Annual Report

Welcome! I am eager to share with you all the great accomplishments at St. Malachy School this last school year.  The school year of 2019-2020 was one of many firsts along with many trials and tribulations. But, with strength, determination and dedication the faculty and staff at St. Malachy School made sure our students had a momentous year. During the pandemic our students were still learning. In the spring of 2020 our school forged ahead by providing online learning.  It wasn’t easy but it was the right thing to do. We continued to uphold many of our annual traditions in nontraditional ways including an outdoor graduation at McKinley Park.  We started fall of 2020 with the option to attend school online or in person.  Our faculty, staff and students have mastered the complicated task of attending school both in person and virtually.

It is important as we share with you our Annual Report about how we are doing here at St. Malachy School.  We are proud of the strides we have made, and hope you will not only take a look at the report, but share it with others, as well.

What is an Annual Report?

Every year, St. Malachy School and all schools in the state of Iowa are required to report to the Department of Education about the progress of our students.  

Within the St. Malachy Catholic School insert in the Creston News Advertiser, you will find our 2019-2020 Annual Report to the public.  

I look forward to all the things we have yet to accomplish at St. Malachy School.  I am so blessed to be part of this great school and community.  

God Bless,

Jennifer Simmons

Faith Formation

Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Des Moines give the Information for Growth-Assessment of Catholic Religious Education (IFG-Acre) assessment as a progress monitoring tool for our Religion classes in grades five and eight.  This assessment lets us know how well our students are progressing in their understanding of Catholic doctrine as well as their own beliefs and attitudes.

Content Standards: Science

At St. Malachy School, along with all schools in the state of Iowa, we are in the fourth year of adopting the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) .  Students at St. Malachy have science class everyday which includes content study, inquiry based activities and engineering design projects.

Content Standards:  Reading

The Journeys curriculum by Houghton Mifflin is our Balanced Literacy program.  We also administer a fluency and comprehension assessment to students three times each year. Teachers use these assessments to look at student’s score individually and decide what focused, personalized strategies they can use to make sure every student becomes proficient in reading.


St. Malachy uses Go Math curriculum by Houghton Mifflin. Go Math is a comprehensive Grade K-8 mathematics program developed to support the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and the NCTM Curriculum Focal Points. Teachers also supplement their math curriculum with Dreambox Learning. This is an adaptive, online K-8 math program designed to provide additional individualized instruction to help students close achievement gaps in their math skills.