St. Margaret Mary School will utilize the standards, assessments and curriculum guidelines promulgated by the Archdiocese of Omaha that also meet the requirements of the Nebraska Department of Education.
Religion, reading, English, spelling, phonics, handwriting, mathematics, social studies, science, Spanish, library-media skills, art, music, health, physical education, and computer skills are taught.
Catholic Based Education
Our Catholic faith is paramount in our school day. Religion is taught and incorporated into all subjects. The Church's position on all issues, regarding the sanctity of human life, social justice matters, human sexuality, chastity, and other such issues, shall be taught in an age-appropriate way in the school, both in direct instruction and when such topics are raised in class.
The associate pastor regularly visits classrooms in coordination with his other duties in the parish. He supports the religious instruction of the students by these visits.
Liturgies, Sacraments and Altar Servers
Students attend weekly all-school Mass. Parents are invited to attend any of the school Masses. Parental attendance and support are very much appreciated by all in the school community.
Classroom teachers under the direction of the parish Director of Religious Education provide sacramental preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist, and Confirmation. The sacraments are celebrated jointly between St. Margaret Mary School students and Religious Education students and their families.
Students and parents in both programs are asked to cooperate fully with the Director of Religious Education in all plans for the preparation of these Sacraments. Reconciliation and First Eucharist are received in the second grade; preparation for Confirmation begins in the seventh grade and Confirmation is received in the eighth grade.
Regular reception of the Eucharist and Reconciliation are available to students throughout the school year. Time dedicated to these sacraments is essential to the religious mission of our school.
6th grade students have the opportunity to be trained as altar servers for the parish liturgies. They will join the 7th and 8th grade students in serving the daily parish Masses and the weekend parish Masses. Altar servers who are exemplary in their duties may receive Golden Cincture recognition.
St. Margaret Mary School utilizes the Terra Nova3 Plus and InView norm-referenced testing programs for students in grades 3-8 according to Archdiocesan guidelines as one measure of student achievement and school effectiveness. The Terra Nova3 Plus test is a general survey of a student's basic skills. The InView is a basic survey of a student’s ability.
They are both administered once each year, usually during the first quarter. Results are provided to parents. The teachers and administration utilize results to identify the areas of strength and address areas that would benefit from a different instructional approach.
ACCELERATED MATH CURRICULUM
St. Margaret Mary School offers students in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades an opportunity to participate in an accelerated mathematics curriculum. Participation in this program is based on outstanding performance in math testing scores and classroom grades.
To enter the program students must have scored at the 97th percentile or above in mathematics tests on the standardized tests given in the fall, in at least two of three years in grades 3, 4 or 5, have achieved 'A's in math in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades and/or have the recommendation of their teachers from those three grades. Students in the program will complete Algebra II by the end of 8th Grade. The purpose of this program is to challenge gifted math students.
Most Junior High students will take Pre-Algebra in 7th grade and Algebra I in 8th grade.