Welcome to Middle School ELA!
Meet the Teacher!

Raffaele Malafronte
7th Grade Homeroom Teacher
and MS ELA Teacher
Employed Since: 2016

Mr. Malafronte considered entering the priesthood and is a graduate of Cathedral Prep High School in Brooklyn and Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception in Douglaston, NY. After graduating Cathedral College with a BA in English (and a double major in Philosophy), Mr. Malafronte began teaching at Saint Rose of Lima Elementary School on Parkville Avenue in Brooklyn. While teaching at St. Rose of Lima Mr. Malafronte began his graduate studies at Brooklyn College eventually earning his MA in English. Mr. Malafronte taught at St. Rose for three years before moving on to Saint Edmund Prep High School where he taught for thirty-two years and was instrumental in helping St. Edmund become an International Baccalaureate school, serving as its first coordinator. After a two year break from teaching Mr. Malafronte found a home at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic academy and will begin his fourth year there as the ELA teacher for grades 5-8.

Mr. Malafronte was born in Brooklyn but now lives in Wantagh, Long Island with his wife Erin and their three children. Mr. Malafronte loves working on puzzles such as sudoku and jigsaw puzzles. He is an accomplished artist, working in oils, watercolor and charcoal. He also enjoys playing the guitar and singing in his spare time.


  • NY Progress Workbooks - Grade 5
    Today the students worked on the story "Hurricane Taylor" pp. 18-23 and had to answer the questions on pages 21 and 23. They also had to do the questions in the margins labled A,B,C,D, etc. Student's who did not finish today have until next Thursday to finish.
    Posted Sep 19, 2019, 10:57 AM by Raffaele Malafronte
  • NY Progress Workbooks
    6th Grade students should finish the assignment "My Cousin's Quincinera" by next Wednesday.

    7th Grade students should finish their assignment "Courage in the Water" by Friday of this week.

    5th Graders will work in their Progress workbooks tomorrow. Their assignment will be posted tomorrow as well.
    Posted Sep 18, 2019, 11:07 AM by Raffaele Malafronte
  • Common Lit
    There seems to be concern about how Common Lit will be used so please let me explain. Most assignments have aroun 5-7 questions at the end which are graded. The Guiding Questions are not graded. Now, if an assignment has only 5 questions, that means they are worth 20 points each. Get just 1 wrong and you're looking at an 80. Get 2 wrong and you fail with a 60. I recognize that this is patently unfair. Therefore, be assured that the Common Lit assignments will not be recoreded as separate test or quiz grades. Rather, they will used as part of the students' classwork grade. Students will be graded not on how well they answered the questions but instead they will be graded on whether or not they did the assignment and if they handed it in on time. Having said said that, it is still important to check these assignments and review with students which questions they get wrong. A student who consistently gets 40s and 50s needs to work on improving his/her reading skills.
    Posted Sep 18, 2019, 10:57 AM by Raffaele Malafronte
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