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.
Each semester a new set of diverse course opportunities are published in the Monday Memo for interested students. Enrichment classes are scheduled right after the school day and held in the school building. Course selections change each semester.
Professionals from industries within the Omaha community offer their expertise for a 4-6 week class. Courses are targeted for specific grade levels.
All grades have an opportunity to participate in at least one course. Past courses include Egad Science!, Scrabble tournament, robotics, junior robotics, beginning web development, fun with legos, 3D video game design course, and knitting.
School day Enrichment Activities
School day enrichment activities are scheduled throughout the year.
On Law Day a school parent and professional lawyer, visits with students about the legal profession, answers questions and demonstrates some aspects of trial law.
Fourth graders study Nebraska history as part of their Social Studies curriculum. Students read stories, share and learn about historical artifacts, tour the Nebraska History Museum, learn about the Native American culture, and spend a day without all of their some modern technology to imagine life as settlers in the early 1900s.
This special day near the end of their Nebraska history studies is a celebration where students bring lunches from home and participate in hands-on crafts and activities is the SMM Pioneer Day.
Thomas Jefferson from The Durham Museum delivered a memorable, entertaining lesson to students about the history around the Declaration of Independence and United States history.
Students were presented with a unit on the value of money, called Silver Cash.
Secret Kindness Agents
UNO professor, Ferial Pearson, spoke about kindness. Her creative approach to interest student in kindness is called The Secret Kindness Agents. The presentation included reasons for the need for kindness, how actions impact others as well as engaging ideas, stories, and challenges for the students to seek opportunities to incorporate kindess into their lives.
An expert in social media presented students with the significance of their digital history. Two separate sessions were held for students of different ages. An evening session was held for parents.
Students learned about the meaning of the parts of Mass from a teaching session with Fr. Letak in St. Margaret Mary Church.
The Geography Bee
All students are invited to prepare and take an initial screening test to participate in the annual Geography Bee. The finalists compete in a quiz bowl style competition in the school auditorium. The winning student advances to the Metro Catholic School Geography Bee.
The Spelling Bee
All K-8 students are invited to take the spelling test to determine who will participate on stage for the upbeat annual event, the SMM Spelling Bee. The finalists compete on stage during Catholic Schools Week.