Academics

Mary Our Queen Catholic School is committed to providing an excellent education in a faith-filled environment. The highest standards are set to achieve the best academic performance from our students. We understand that students bring diverse needs into our classrooms and we hold steadfast to high expectations and standards for all of our students. Our teachers, with the support of teaching assistants, use differentiated instructional techniques at each grade level to ensure the success of each student. In addition to strong academics, students grow in their understanding and experience of the Catholic faith. We partner with parents to nurture our students' love for learning, foster their spiritual growth and prepare them for high school, college and beyond.

Grades K-3

The primary grade curriculum addresses the needs of the whole child - their intellectual, social/emotional, creative, physical, and spiritual development. Teachers combine their knowledge with students' interests to promote an academically rich and creative environment. Our goal is to build a strong foundation for lifelong learning. The Catholic faith is infused into every subject area: Reading, Phonics, Writing, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science. Weekly classes in Spanish, music, physical education, and media/technology and art enrich and complete our program. Students learn and practice foundational self-discipline skills such as listening, following directions, asking questions, and sharing time, space and resources.

  • Small class size
  • Teacher assistants in every classroom
  • 1:1 ipads

  • Grades 4-6

    Encouraged to use critical thinking, creativity and problem-solving skills, students in grades 4-6 continue to build on the foundation started in the primary grades. A comprehensive, standards-based curriculum includes Language Arts (Reading, Grammar and Writing), Mathematics (Accelerated Program available to qualified students), Science (STEM, Robotics and NGSS), Social Studies and Specials (Spanish, PE, Music, Library/Media/Technology). Using chromebooks (1:1) and our technology lab, students learn to use technology effectively and responsibly. Our school wide discipline program, Discipline with Purpose, teaches students self-discipline skills critical to academic success. Our Catholic faith is infused into every subject area and the Religion curriculum calls on students to put their faith into action through a variety of service opportunities.

    Jr. High

    The Jr. High curriculum is designed to emphasize academic and social-emotional development, self-responsibility, becoming a positive community member, and being an active participant in one’s own learning. MOQ School’s outstanding Jr. High teachers emphasize four key 21st century skills: collaboration and teamwork, creativity and imagination, critical thinking, and problem solving. Our curriculum remains firmly rooted in foundational subjects: Theology, Literature, Grammar, Writing, Mathematics, and Science/STEM (Science, Technology,Engineering, and Math). Students’ unique learning needs are met through a variety of resources such as accelerated math classes and support from Learning Resource specialists. A 1:1 device program provides students with opportunities to effectively and responsibly use technology for learning. In addition to the Specials classes - Spanish, PE, Music, and Library/Media and Art- students have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities. Students are also provided leadership opportunities through our House system. Our House system is time put aside each week for students to work on team building, service activities, or to work with the younger grades in our school. At the center of the Jr. High curriculum is our Catholic faith. In addition to preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation, students work to develop a spiritual framework for moral decision making, with Jesus as a role model for personal maturing and Christian love, through study of a broad spectrum of topics.

    Accreditation

    Mary Our Queen advances excellence in education through the process of accreditation. Accreditation promotes continual school improvement leading to greater student achievement. Mary Our Queen follows the standards, assessments and curriculum guidelines published by the Archdiocese of Omaha that also meet the requirements of the Nebraska Department of Education. Mary Our Queen School is fully accredited by the State of Nebraska as a Rule 10 School. Additionally, MOQ School received an AdvancED accreditation in 2015 and Congnia accreditation (formerly AdvancED) in 2020. Mary Our Queen students are consistently recognized for outstanding achievement in all academic areas. Test results from TerraNova 3 and STAR 360, criterion-referenced assessments, place MOQ students in the top quartile of Catholic Schools each year. Each year between 90-95% of students attend area Catholic high schools with an average of 22% (over the last five years) receiving academic scholarships.

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    Learning Resources

    Two full-time resource teachers provide support and assistance to students in grades K-8. In addition to working directly with students, the resource teachers oversee the SAT (Student Assistance Team) process meeting with teachers weekly to discuss student concerns and academic interventions. The resource teachers coordinate academic referrals to Westside Community Schools for testing and evaluation. Additionally, resource teachers coordinate student accommodation plans, ensuring continuity of support each school year.

    Full-Time Counselor

    A full-time counselor supports the social, emotional and academic growth of students in and out of the classroom. The counselor visits classrooms weekly, provides individual support for students with specific needs, is a member of the Student Assistance Team. Additionally, the school counselor coordinates a partnership with Catholic Charities School Mental Health Program. The counselor assesses students learning styles and evaluate standardized test data to support personalized instruction for students. .

    Technology

    Emphasis is placed on technology usage both as skills as well as developing responsible Digital Citizenship with our students. We have a full-time technology teacher as well as a technology lab for our students. We strive to incorporate technology into project based learning. Students at MOQ use technology as a tool to enhance their learning and to help them express ideas, make inquires, solve problems, and collaborate with others. All classrooms are equipped with SMART Board technology and we incorporate a 1:1 device option for students that include iPads and Chromebook programs. As part of the effort to effectively use technology in the learning environment, MOQ conducts STAR testing, a computer adaptive assessment test for 3rd to 8th graders as a digital tool to build curriculum around individualized learning.

    STEAM

    MOQ recognizes the importance of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) education and is committed to technology and its use to prepare students for tomorrow's world. Our teachers incorporate STEAM education into lessons and special projects throughout the year beginning at the Preschool level. In addition, new STEAM technologies have been added and incorporated school-wide. Some of our STEAM highlights include:

    • 3D Printing allows users to turn any digital file into a three dimensional physical product or create their own Robotics.
    • Dash & Dot, Ozobots, LEGO Mindstorms EV3, Little Bits, Beebots, Root Robotics Coding: Tynker coding software, Coding apps integrated with robotics VEX Go kits for families that provide access to a number of STEM labs connected to curriculum standards.
    • We believe art class is important to the whole child– it is hands-on and has immediate rewards. We also feel art provides opportunities for creative outlets and enables children to grow in confidence and learn how to think positively about themselves and learning.

    Robotics

    Students gain indispensable skills for any career as they work together to solve real world problems, share ideas, work through failures and collaborate with others. Our students learn about the fields of science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on learning. Beyond engineering and design skills, our students will also develop skills in leadership, business, public speaking, coaching and communication. We are looking to provide these students the necessary skills to become the next leaders in our community and beyond.  MOQ has consistently been a nationally ranked Robotics team. Skills for the Future

    • Designing & Developing Ideas
    • Planning & Project Management
    • Research and Solution development
    • Engineering
    • Building and Mechanical skills
    • Programming
    • Collaboration
    • Public Speaking
    • Leadership
    • Creativity
    • Time Management

    Curriculum Specials

    The curriculum at Mary Our Queen is enriched through the inclusion of various specials classes. Students also attend classes for physical education, music, library, Spanish and art.

    Specials

    Spanish

    Our Spanish lessons in person and online involve the use of authentic materials and activities to explore the goal areas of communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities. Students are encouraged to identify meaning through context as we work through scenarios, readings, songs, short videos, as well as materials we create in class. For example, students follow directions in order to complete a task in class, such as interpreting weather information from a forecast in Spanish. In order to complete this task, they have to use their Spanish vocabulary for numbers, weather, days of the week, months of the year, and geography. Additionally, it's a blessing to explore our Catholic faith through prayer and traditions followed in Spanish speaking countries.

    Music

    Students at MOQ have the opportunity to learn about the foundations of music theory, singing, and playing an instrument. Students have music class once a week. We strive to incorporate "beatful, tuneful, and artful" activities in each lesson to allow students to explore various ways to experience music.  K-3 students focus on mastering a steady beat, differentiating between sounds, notating simple rhythms, and developing their singing voice. 4-6 students focus on expressing ideas through improvisation, learning performance procedure, and reading music. Jr. High students focus on applying music notation to playing an instrument, exploring musical careers, and learning about music history. In 5th grade, students  have the opportunity to join band and choose a musical instrument through the Music in Catholic Schools program. 
    The highlight of the MOQ music program is our annual Christmas Cantata.  The Cantata integrates drama in between the musical pieces to tell the story of the birth of Jesus. Students can also be part of the Children’s Choir that sings at Friday's All- school Masses. This choir practices Wednesdays  after school.

    Physical Education

    Students in grades Pre-K through 8 attend a weekly physical education (P.E.) class.
    This includes structured physical activities in a safe and comfortable learning environment to promote good sportsmanship, social skills, and an active healthy lifestyle. The curriculum is based on the National and State Physical Education Standards. The Nebraska State Standards were written in 2016 that included committee member, former MOQ PE teacher, Mrs.Sue Temme.  Physical Education class is based on the student's total wellness through intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual development. One of the highlights is our annual MOQ Field Day held in May. Students are also taught skills that include CPR and safety. Our PE program is based on Physical Education, Physical Activity, Health and Wellness.

    Library

    Mary Our Queen School Library is a dynamic learning environment that provides access and opportunity for all PK – 8th grade learners. Our library provides students access to resources and technology, connecting classroom learning to real-world events.

    By providing access to an array of well-managed resources, we enable academic knowledge and expand our learning environment that ensures that the unique interests and needs of individual students are met. In this way, we establish a community of life long learners.

    Our library delivers a well-rounded educational program. This program focuses on accessing and evaluating information, providing digital learning training and experiences, and developing a culture of reading. The program uses a variety of engaging and relevant resources including both digital and print.

    ART

    MOQ is dedicated to the development of art as an expression of the gifts God has given us.  Each grade level integrates art throughout their curriculum, which allows our students to explore different types of media for visual art expression. We strive to provide art education for each student to obtain a basic working knowledge of art techniques, media vocabulary and history.  Student work can be found displayed throughout the school.  

    The goals of our art education program are:

    • To use fine works of art as an integral part of the learning process.
    • To have students exposed to the great works of many artists.
    • To teach students how to appreciate the world of art.

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