Dear Horace Mann Community,
The end of the school year is a natural time to reflect on everything we saw, did and learned during the year. As I look back, I am amazed at the accomplishments of our students, staff and parents!
Every year requires adjustments and getting used to new things. This year really provided opportunities for us to stretch with the PARCC/AIR tests, a new teacher evaluation system, and our Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) Star program. Some of those “opportunities” were more fun than others :-). I am so grateful for the absolutely amazing attitudes of our students, the tenacious, caring guidance of our teachers and support staff, and the generosity of our parents and other community members. We have a good thing going here at Horace Mann, don’t we?
Looking ahead, in early August, families will receive a letter detailing opening school activities and information about class assignments. I encourage you to welcome the new school year by attending Meet the Teacher Night for students and parents in Grades 1-5 on Monday, August 17th (see schedule below). Teachers will greet new students and their parents, as well as outline plans for the school year. Students are asked to bring their supplies that evening so they’re all set to begin school on Tuesday, August 18th. The supply list is on the back of this newsletter.
Kindergarten students will participate in their own orientation and screening activities to begin the school year. If you have a student coming to kindergarten next year, please watch your mail in the next couple of weeks for a letter detailing the process, including an Kindergarten Parent Orientation on August 11th at 6:30 pm. Each student also will be assigned a one-hour screening appointment sometime between August 14th-20th. Kindergarten Meet the Teacher Night will be Thursday, August 20th at 6:30 pm. If possible, please bring school supplies to Meet the Teacher Night.
Be sure to let us know if your address changes over the summer. Before June 12th, you may call Horace Mann at 529-4257. After that, please contact the Lakewood Schools Student Registration Office at 529-4279 or 529-4267.
Thank you for a wonderful year. Have a safe and happy (if short) summer!
Dr. Merritt F. Waters