Dear Horace Mann Community,
Welcome to the 2015-16 school year at Horace Mann! We’re happy to have about 345 students in Preschool through Grade 5 this year. As the principal, I am very interested to experience this school year with you and your children, and I can only imagine all the things we will learn and enjoy together...
As the end of August arrived, there was so much activity at our school. First, we welcomed in the new school year with Meet the Teacher Nights for Grades 1-5 as well as orientation for preschoolers, kindergarteners, new students, and their families. Kindergarten students and their parents also came in for screening during the first week of school. Teachers were delighted to meet their new students and parents as they shared plans for the upcoming school year. A big thank you to families who attended these events, and a warm welcome to families new to our school.
“Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.” This quotation by Lady Bird Johnson ties nicely into the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) initiative being implemented again this year at Horace Mann. At Meet the Teacher Night and on the first days of school, you should have received some basic information about PBIS (sometimes referred to as the Star Program) in our school. If you would like to learn more, please ask your child, contact me or your child’s teacher and/or check out a popular PBIS website: www.pbis.org. Also, please check out page 6 of our newsletter to see the various rewards students can “buy” with star tickets they earn.
We love it when families are present at school. Please try to join us for one or more of the events listed in this newsletter , as well as events throughout the year.
Dr. Merritt F. Waters