School-wide Initiatives

In 2007 we established a school wide initiative, or general theme, that is integrated into the curriculum and practiced thoughout the year. The theme changes from year to year and is carried on into the following years. Below is a list of the initiatives we have implemented thus far:




2007 - 2008 "Power"
St. Malachy students visit National Public Radio broadcasting site

The goal for the year was the theme of power. By the end of the year students, teachers and parents understood how much individual power we each have to make positive choices, to make changes, to learn and to form relationships that will open doors of opportunities. The overarching theme was Power of God working in us. It is this power that gives us the strength each day to use our gifts and talents.

2008 - 2009 "Power of Community"
St. Malachy students celebrate Obama's victory

This year we expanded on the previous year's theme and focused on the power of community. By the end of the year our students, teachers, and parents understood how much power a community has when each individual brings his/her power to the community. Each quarter we had a different focus: 1st quarter – Power of the school community; 2nd quarter Power of the local community; 3rd quarter Power of the nation’s community and 4th quarter power of the world community. The overarching theme was the Power of God working in us. It is this power that gives us the strength each day to use our gifts and talents.

2009 - 2010 "Power of Green"
St. Malachy students plant a seed

This year we raised our students’ awareness of the importance of “going green”. Each quarter we focused on ways we can help our environment through efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle. We wanted our students to understand that we are all responsible for taking care of the earth’s resources and each person has the power to make a difference through responsible stewardship. Each quarter had a different focus. 1st quarter - Power of green in our school community, 2nd quarter - Power of green in our neighborhood community, 3rd quarter - Power of green in our country’s community, and 4th quarter - Power of green in our world community. Our overall spiritual theme was The Power of God calling us to be generous stewards in our world. By the end of the year our students, teachers, and parents understood how much power we have to make an impact on our world by each of us doing a small part.

2010 - 2011 "Healthy Bodies/Healthy Minds"
A St. Malachy student learns exercising can be fun while ice-skating at Millenium Park.

This year our staff worked to raise our students’ awareness of the importance of eating healthy, so they could have healthier bodies and therefore, a healthier mind. This was a major undertaking. Each month included lessons at every level to teach the students about better food choices. We incorporated more physical activity periods in their day and, most importantly, we imposed a ban on junk food, sweets and unhealthy snacks. This year good behavior was not rewarded with candy treats, chips, etc., but with healthy treats. Ultimately, our goal was to help our students understand more about nutrition and make better choices in food selection.

2011 - 2012 "The Power of Words"
Word board in the 3rd Grade Classroom

This year we focused on the power of words. The school wide initiative focused on learning a new word every week during Monday morning assembly. The words were then sprinkled throughout the curriculum school wide. We also focused on the power of kind words, with an emphasis on only speaking nicely towards one another.

2012 - 2013 "We're Going to College"
Students on a field trip to The Museum of Science and Industry practicing the climb to success.

This year the staff really tried to drive home the idea that every student is on a path to the ultimate goal of going to college. Teachers posted their alma maters on the doors of their classrooms. The idea around the path to college was discussed within curriculum and discipline. We started our "College Store", a place filled with notebooks, pens, and even coffee mugs all donated by the colleges our staff graduated from. The store was a place where students with outstanding work or behavior could go and "shop" - they were allowed to choose one item to take home. The store continues to exist in our school as an incentive for good work and behavior.


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