Student Life

Welcome to St. Margaret Mary School

St. Margaret Mary School provides a positive learning environment to motivate students to learn, grow and develop personal and spiritual growth. Our student life demonstrates the expanse of opportunities and interests of our students.  While rigorous study, exploration and development take place in the classroom, a wide array of opportunities abound outside of the classroom .

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Annual Walkathon – This community building fundraiser takes place each spring within the St. Margaret Mary campus and out into neighboring Memorial Park. The student body, alongside teachers, parents and grandparents enjoy this 1 mile walk together at the beginning of the school day.  Each class walks with their teacher and carries a unique banner through the event. Grandparents, parents and community members are invited to participate and may gather for coffee before and after the walk.

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Band – The SMM band is brought to us by the Music in Catholic School (MCS) program.  Students in grades 5-8 are invited to participate. Instrument rental is available and explained at information sessions. If children don’t know which instrument to try, teachers can help with the selection or parents are invited schedule an appointment at the MCS office and find more information on the Archdiocese of Omaha website.

Boy Scouts – each grade from K-8 has a pack for boys to join. Meetings and activities are often monthly with leaders providing specific information in the Monday Memo on Sycamore. More information about the overall organization can be found on the boy scouts website http://www.scouting.org

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Certified Speech-Language Pathologist – St. Margaret Mary School students have access to services provided by a Speech-Language Pathologist.  Our specialist, Mrs. Joanie Cahalan, contracts with the Omaha Public Schools to provide speech-language therapy services on site at St. Margaret Mary School.  Students are identified and referred for screening and evaluation through teacher and/or parent referral.

Children’s Choir – Childrens’ singing voices  float from the choir loft weekly during school Masses and periodically each semester at weekend Masses. Rehearsals take place the day prior to Mass and more frequently for Christmas and Easter Masses. Up to date rehearsal information is listed in the Monday Memo on Sycamore.

Enrichment Program – Diverse course opportunities arise for any interested student for these after school programs. Course selections change each semester. Professionals from many industries within the community offer their expertise with students. Courses are limited to certain grade levels and all grades have an opportunity to participate in at least one course. Past courses include Egad Science!,  Scrabble tournament, robotics, beginning web development, fun with legos, 3D video game design course, and knitting.

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Girl Scouts – Each grade from K-8 has a troop which welcomes all girls to participate. Meetings and activities are held monthly. Leaders provide specific logistical  information in the School’s Monday Memo on Sycamore. More information about the overall organization can be found on the Girl Scout website. http://www.girlscouts.org

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Math Team – 6-8th grade students participate in a variety of mathematics preparations weekly after school and attend competitions throughout the school year. The yearly list of competition hosts include: the Omaha Archdiocese, Duchesne Academy, Creighton Prep, and Central high school. Junior high math teacher, Mrs. Linda Coates, leads the math students through their training and competition. To find out more contact Mrs. Coates at

Monarch Garden

The SMM Monarch Garden is a beautiful living outdoor classroom offering students an opportunity to witness part of the yearly migration of the monarchs. To learn more about this project click here and stay up to date with the Monarch Meadow happenings on Twitter, below.



 

Robotics Club – SMM Create Jr. Robotics is a year-long extra-curricular activity designed to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning and positive team dynamics. The Create Jr. teams compete in area competitions on Saturdays beginning in November and lasting until February. If the teams qualify for Nationals the season will extend into March and April. The teams are made up of four or five students per team.
Spartans Ablaze– A Spirit led after school prayer group available to all SMM students. This student group offers an atmosphere for young people to realize God’s personal love for them and experience Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Spartans Ablaze provides an opportunity for students to make new friends of all ages and to grow in faith alongside the SMM community.

Speech Team-  Students grades 6-8 compete in several competitions with several other schools throughout Omaha area.  Meetings take place after school in the spring semester.  Speech team participation offers value in many ways. Participants learn to discuss new issues and to speak effectively. Most importantly, better communicate skills provide students a mode of expression which enhances their ability to achieve their fullest potential.

STAC (St. Thomas Aquainas Club)St. Thomas Aquinas Club (STAC), is a Quiz bowl type program for 5th-8th graders to practice trivia questions covering a variety of topics including geography, history and science. The club meets monthly with specific information in the Monday Memo on Sycamore. Please contact Ann Marie Bausch with questions (ambausch@gmail.com)

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Student Council – This leadership opportunity is available to the junior high. Students participate in the nomination, campaign speech,  and election process.   Student Council members plan, direct, and lead classmates through select activities and programs.

Student Portrayal of Stations of the Cross – Junior high teacher, Mr. Rouse, leads live stations of the cross during Lent each year. The students study, rehearse, and perform the reenactment for the entire student body

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Washington DC Trip– The junior high students are invited to participate in an educational tour of the monuments, museums, landmarks and exhibits of Washington DC. The trip is held every other year and parents join in the fun while offering their service as chaperones.

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Traditions at SMM

  • Weekly Mass and First Friday Sacred Heart Devotion
  • First Friday Donuts for 8th Graders
  • Field Day Activities and Events for All Grades

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  • Yearly 8th Grade Musical, Kindergarten, 3rd and 5th Grade Music Programs, and Talent Show

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  • Father/Daughter Dance and Mother/Son Bowling
  • 7th Grade Science Fair
  • 8th Grade History Day

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  • Art Fair available for students in all grades. Parents and Grandparents are invited.
  • Half-way Hoedown for 4th Graders and Parents

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  • Kindergarten Saint Parade on All Saints Day
  • 8th grade field trip to Morrill Hall, Sheldon Art Museum and University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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  • 8th Grade Mass and Breakfast for Students and their Parents

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  • Faculty vs 8th Grade Volleyball Game attended by Entire Student Body

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Youth Group – Programming is specifically geared toward 7th and 8th grade students and or their parents. Meeting topics focus on parenting advice such as teens and technology,  provide fellowship through field trips to a pumpkin patch, Worlds of Fun, faith formation and service. Activities and speakers address relevant issues for teens and lead worship. Contact Jennifer Varner for more information at