We would like to thank our school community, pastor, parents, students, and staff members for all of your input and effort during our re-accreditation process. We greatly appreciated all of your feedback and prayers during this laborious process. We are excited to share with you that sometime in November 2017, St. Margaret Regional School received its certificate for re-accreditation for Middle States! To read about our journey through this process, please continue to read.
We began this process two years ago by creating a team of internal coordinators: Sr. Michele DeGregorio, Mrs. Zuccarelli, Mrs. Carolyn Noonan, and Miss Laura Noonan. Our internal coordinators organized the various committees to research ways in which our school could improve and grow. Through this process, the internal coordinators created a Planning Team which consisted of teachers, administration, parents from various grade levels (representing early childhood, elementary, intermediate, and middle school), and community members to help represent all areas of our school giving every group a voice in the planning process.
The Planning Team reviewed and examined all of the research and data from the surveys to review and reword our school’s mission statement, create a beliefs statement, generate a profile of a graduate of SMRS, and create two student performance goals and one organizational capacity goal for our school.
School’s Mission Statement:
Inspired by the lives of Saint Francis of Assisi and Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, Saint Margaret Regional School provides a challenging curriculum complemented by Catholic traditions, engaging activities, and competitive athletic programs that nurture a child’s spiritual, intellectual, and physical development. As a Catholic environment, enriched by prayer and the tradition of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Infant Jesus, the school creates a foundation for children in pre-school through eighth grade to realize their potential as children of God.
St. Margaret Regional School believes that every child is made in the image and likeness of God and therefore they are to be treated with dignity, respect, kindness, and love. Therefore, it is our duty and responsibility to assist parents in educating their child to be citizens of the Kingdom of God as well as our country and society as a whole.
We believe students at St. Margaret Regional School are lifelong learners; who live in the faith exemplifying the teachings of the Gospel, aspiring to be Christ in word and action, who willingly accepts the responsibility to serve others and contribute to society, and regards life as a blessing to be cherished, acknowledging its challenges and rewards as part of the journey which requires self-discipline and humility. We expect our students to do better tomorrow for God, self, and community, aspiring to succeed while accepting failures, at all times grateful for the gifts of God, family and community, and the ability to journey along the path of life together. Students share both time and talent, recognizing that this is just the beginning of a lifetime of learning.
Profile of a Graduate:
- Places Christ at the forefront of their lives, turning to Him for guidance and support as they mature and grow
- Develops a personal relationship with Christ through the practice of prayer, worship, and sacraments
- Demonstrates significant knowledge of Catholic beliefs and doctrine
- Exhibits critical thinking skills
- Acquires information independently and applies knowledge to new situations
- Utilizes technology in the learning process
Service to Others
- Answers the call to be stewards of God through service to humanity
- Responds to the needs of others with compassion
- Recognizes all gifts and talents are God-given and uses them to serve others
- Demonstrates self-discipline; takes responsibility and understands consequences for actions
- Communicates effectively the Gospel values of love, respect, and charity
- Lives with virtues, filling the world with faith, hope, and charity in all that they do
- Forms meaningful, healthy relationships with others through cooperation, respect, and courtesy
- Shows appreciation for individual differences and diversity
- Values the earth as God’s gift
By 2024, the students at St. Margaret Regional School will meet and demonstrate an increased achievement in mathematical skills and mathematical reasoning by:
- Increase the mathematics computation of the IOWA test culminating in a 1% increase overall for 3rd grade through 7th grade each school year.
- Increase the required number of annual points by 25 points each school year in the First in Math software program for 3rd grade through 8th grade.
- Teachers in kindergarten through 5th grade will implement timed practice drills to being each mathematics class to practice mathematical concepts and skills for at least 80% of the days out of 180 school days (at least 144 school days out of 180 days).
By 2024, the students at St. Margaret Regional School will meet and demonstrate an increased achievement in language arts by:
- Implementing a writing program across the curriculum that will require 5th-8th grade students to accomplish a set number of writing samples in Religion, Science, Social Studies, and Mathematics for the school year.
- Increasing the capitalization and punctuation of the IOWA test culminating in a 1% increase overall for 3rd through 7th grade each school year.
- Implementing a reading program where everyone in the building will stop and read for at least 10 minutes a day for at least 70% of the school days out of the 180 school days (at least 126 school days out of 180 school days).
By 2024, St. Margaret Regional School will demonstrate that they have increased their organizational capacity to ensure the quality of communication while streamlining the communication channels effectively using these channels to disseminate information and policies to the families, stakeholders and external community by:
- Maintaining or increasing the number of visits to the school’s website each quarter by utilizing the website for all areas of communication.
- Increasing public relation presence and branding of the school in relation to social media on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter by 25% each school year.
- Decreasing by 1% the number of families who perceive that there is a lack of communication from St. Margaret Regional School.
After complying numerous binders of evidence, research, documentation, and plans, we had a team of professional educators and principals visit our school in May of 2017 to examine the authenticity of our report and goals. The oral report from the visiting team sounded very positive and promising as our school moved onto the next round of reviews. Our report along with the visiting team’s report went on to be reviewed and examined three more rounds where we wait receive a final report stating whether or not we will be receiving our re-accreditation based our our research, reports, teams, and their visit to our school.
In meantime, we as a school have moved forward with our goals and plans and have begun to implement many of the changes that were discussed and reviewed by the Planning Team. To hold us accountable for following through with our goals, we have also created an Implementation Team made up of teachers, staff members, and administration to ensure we are following the Planning Team’s goals and action plan. The Implementation Team will generate a yearly report to share with the Planning Team about our progress, issues, concerns, or suggestions for improvement. The Planning Team will review all of the data and make changes to the action plan where necessary.