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.
Field Day Activities: games and races held throughout the last week of school for all grades. Parents and Grandparents invited to help with games and/or have a seat on the grassy hill and watch the games.
Father-Daughter Dance and Mother-Son Bowling
The Father-Daughter Dance takes place each December just for Dad and their SMM daughters. There are plenty of cookies to eat and music to enjoy in the SMM School Auditorium. Be sure to get your keepsake photo taken to remember this annual event!
The Mother-Son Bowling Night takes place in January each year. Moms and their sons spend the evening at a nearby alley and enjoy the company of friends while competing for the most strikes and spares.
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
This yearly tradition is a morale booster for students and faculty. The fun-spirited game is attended by the entire student body and evokes cheering and excitement from everyone in attendance. Go Spartans!
Art Fair and Ice Cream Social
All K-8th-grade students submit works to the Art Fair. Students may create an artwork specifically for the Art Fair or select a piece from their collection from Art class. The Art Fair is an optional event to attend held in the evening. 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 dinner 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 singers in the choir loft.
7th Grade Science Fair
7th Grade Science Fair: 7th Graders work throughout their first semester learning the scientific method. The Science Fair provides an opportunity for 7th graders to present their findings. Each science project demonstrates their hypothesis, experimentation, and results. Many 7th Graders present their works at the Metro Engineering and Science Fair later in the 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 a special time 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.
8th Grade Play
The 8th Grade Play is an annual performance during the spring semester. In 2018 the 8th-grade class shared "The Rockin' Tale of Snow White" with the SMM student body and parents. The tale was presented through a variety of methods including singing, rapping, speaking, dancing and acting.
SMM Music Teacher, Miss Gregoski and PE Teacher, Mrs. Vollmer assisted the junior high Literature teacher to delegate many key production roles to students. 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.