Our building’s namesake, Senator Horace Mann, was politically active in the mid-1880s. I suspect our building bears his name due to the educational reforms for which he fought, especially his passion that community-funded schools should be provided for all children. Of course, the meaning of “all” has evolved since Mann’s time; however, the same value still holds true. I’m honored to serve as principal of a school that prizes the unique identities of its children, families, and staff members, and I look forward to the creative ways we will continue to grow in the years to come, becoming what we are meant to be.
Speaking of our physical building, this year is a real milestone for Horace Mann Elementary School - the 100th anniversary of its construction in 1921. We are grateful that the facility was completely renovated 12 years ago, giving us all the modern comforts, yet still retains the stately, solid presence as a safe and inspiring place to learn. We hope to celebrate this important event sometime in the fall of 2021 - and we welcome ideas and suggestions about how to do so!
Looking back on the 2020-21 school year, we each overcame challenges and explored opportunities as we never have done before. With fingers crossed that we begin the 2020-21 school year with minimal-to-zero precautions for COVID-19, I wish you a healthy and joyful summer :)
With warmest regards,
Merritt F. Waters, Ph.D.