Traditions at SMM
Students at St. Margaret Mary School enjoy taking part in a variety of school traditions. Some of these activities are held during the school day and others are scheduled when parents and grandparents may attend.
This special day takes place every year near the end of the spring semester. Students play games and compete in activities with their classmates. Parents and Grandparents are invited to watch the event on the grassy hill.
Father-Daughter Dance and Mother-Son Bowling
The Father-Daughter Dance takes place each December just for Dads and their SMM daughters. There are cookies to eat and music to enjoy in the SMM School Auditorium. Dads have an opportunity to spend an evening out with their daughters, meet their friends and listen to some of their daughter's favorite music. Keepsake photos are taken to remember this annual event.
The Mother-son Bowling Party provides an opportunity for Moms and their sons to schedule an evening out together, participate on the same team and work toward victory. This bowling event is scheduled yearly on a January weekend.
Half-way Hoedown is a celebration for 4th graders and their parents take place yearly in February. The students celebrate their halfway mark within St. Margaret Mary School. This night features upbeat music, line dancing, cowboy hats, and denim. Parents enjoy seeing their students demonstrate line dancing they've learned in PE class and everyone learns a few new steps from PE teacher, Mrs. Sheri Vollmer.
Kindergarten, 3rd and 5th Grade Music Programs
Students perform their dress rehearsal programs during the school day for fellow classmates and the student body. Evening performances are held for parents and family members to attend.
Kindergarten Saint Parade on All Saints Day
Kindergarten students dress as their favorite saint each year on November 1, All Saints Day. The students parade around the school and tell classmates a fact they enjoy about the saint they selected for the event.
8th-grade field trip to Lincoln
Eighth-grade students and parent chaperones visit the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for a day. The tour includes a visit to Morrill Hall, Nebraska's largest natural history museum, and Sheldon Museum of Art.
Faculty vs 8th Grade Volleyball Game
The 8th grade vs. Faculty Volleyball competition takes place each October on the feast day of St. Margaret Mary. K-7 students arrive at the game ready to root for the best team. The annual upbeat and friendly volleyball game cultivates school spirit among the entire school community.
Art Fair and Ice Cream Social
All K-8th-grade students submit works to the Art Fair. Students may create artwork specifically for the Art Fair or select a piece from their collection from Art class. The Art Fair is an optional evening event. Parents, friends, and Grandparents are invited. A Pizza Party and Ice Cream social take place in the Raynor Center for those that want to enjoy pizza and ice cream on campus after the Art Fair.
Weekly Mass and First Friday Sacred Heart Devotion
Students attend weekly all-school Masses. Students have the opportunity to be involved in key roles of the Mass, as altar servers, petition readers, gift bearers, candle lighters, and sing in the choir loft. Parents are welcome to attend weekly Masses.
7th Grade Science Fair
7th graders work throughout their first semester learning the scientific method. Each science project demonstrates a hypothesis, experimentation, and results. The Science Fair provides an opportunity for 7th graders to present their research to fellow students, parents, and teachers. Many 7th Graders present their works at the Metro Engineering and Science Fair each spring.
8th Grade History Day
8th Graders research a historical topic of interest. Through coursework and research time at home, students create a project to effectively communicate their research topic to other Students, Teachers, Parents, and Grandparents on the annual History Day.
8th Grade Mass and Breakfast
The 8th-grade Mass and Breakfast are held during the final week of school each May. This SMM tradition marks meaningful achievements for 8th graders.
Teachers present a variety of awards and recognition to the outgoing 8th-grade class. Parents gather with their student to share in a meal with the entire class and 8th-grade faculty. The 8th grade class of 2019 received a total of 23 scholarships.
8th Grade Play
The 8th Grade Play is an annual performance during the spring semester. 8th graders learn how to operate the sound system, stage lighting, and assisted parent volunteers to produce the set in addition to their performance roles.
Each year, students of all ages showcase their talent on stage for this annual event. Students perform solo or with friends to share their musical acts, comedy, dance and a variety of creative routines.