Horace Mann Happenings

March 8, 2019

Message from the Principal

Happy 100th Day of School!

Our classrooms are buzzing with learning and hands-on activity. Check out the items below for just a few of the many learning opportunities going on in our classrooms. We appreciate the parents and teacher candidates who allow us to offer an individualized learning experience for our children.

Please continue to send in your addresses to support our STEM-a-thon fundraiser to help us continue to fund STEM education. The money earned from this fundraiser will be used to continue to support and expand STEM education at Horace Mann.

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. King

Upcoming Calendar Dates

  • March 11 - No School/No Bearcat Club
  • March 25-29 - No School - Spring Break
  • April 11 - Taco Johns Fundraiser Night
  • April 18 - STEM-a-thon
  • April 22 - No School/No Bearcat Club
  • April 30 - Spring Music Program 7:00 PM
  • May 9 - Art Show
  • May 24 - Last Day of School
  • June 10-July 3 - Summer School (more information coming next week)
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Maryville Young Players Registration

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Thank You, Families!!

We had a great turn out for the Book Fair and participation in our coin challenge. Our 1st/2nd Grade classroom won the coin challenge by turning in 4,222 coins. The prize they selected was camping in the library for a day of reading. What a great way to spend the day!

Overall, our coin challenge raised $493.15. That makes all of our classrooms winners. All of this money was spent on purchasing new books for every classroom library. Thank you for your support of reading at Horace Mann.

Learning and Special Events in the Classrooms

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National Public Radio Contest

Mrs. Brown's 5th/6th multiage classroom conducted research to assist them in creating their own podcast to enter in the National Public Radio Contest!
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Congratulations to our 6th grader, Hadley Cline, for winning 1st place for the Junior Historical Paper. Hadley will progress to the state level in April. Way to go!
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Taking Care of Business

Mrs. Mason's 3rd/4th multiage classroom participated in a project-based learning unit. In this unit, the children learned how to interview for a job, apply for a business loan, and operate their own small business in Mason City. They learned many life skills including paying their taxes. The unit ended with a live auction where they could "spend" the money they earned.
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Dr. Seuss Celebration

Our children in grades k-2 participated in a number of reading activities to celebrate reading for Dr. Seuss's birthday. Some of the events included visits from mystery readers, a visit from the cat in the hat, a variety of reading activities.

Random Acts of Kindness

Mrs. Haughey's and Mr. O'Neal's 1st/2nd multiage classroom distributed homemade chocolate chip cookies for their Annual Random Acts of Kindness Day! They distributed these sweet treats to staff and students on campus to brighten their days. Thank you to our student and family volunteers who came to walk with the children for this special event.

Kindergarten Read 100 Books Today!

Kindergarten kicked off their 100th-day celebration with visits to all the classrooms to read 100 books. Our older students offered support by listening to our young readers.
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STEM Education at Horace Mann

Our annual STEM-a-thon is quickly approaching. We still need your help getting names to us. You can email them to Mrs. King lmking@nwmissouri.edu or send back the paper form we sent home earlier this year.

What is STEM?

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. STEM learning is a philosophy of education that embraces teaching skills and subjects in a way that resembles real life. Instead of teaching math as separate from science, they can be taught together in a way that shows how the knowledge from those two fields pair up and support each other.

The key component of STEM is inquiry-based learning and integrating subjects. Children learn to work and solve problems through hands-on exploration and investigation. With STEM we are teaching skills the way they will be used in the workforce, and the real world. Rarely does a job require only one skill, like math alone. Picture an architect, they use science, math, engineering, and technology to do their jobs. The subjects do not work on their own. Instead, they are woven together in practical and seamless ways allowing the architect to design complex buildings.

What is STEM-a-thon?

Horace Mann is gearing up for their annual STEM-a-thon on April 18. This event is a fundraiser and a celebration of STEM learning at Horace Mann. Horace Mann is a tuition assisted school which means tuition assists but does not cover all operating expenses. Funds raised through the STEM-a-thon allow us to provide STEM materials and experiences for our classrooms.

How can I support the STEM-a-thon?

Before the day of the event, each family provides 5-10 addresses of family and friends to obtain pledges and donations in support of STEM-a-thon. Families who participated last year will be asked to resubmit their addresses to ensure the contact information is accurate and up to date. We also request families add 3-5 additional addresses to help us grow our efforts. The STEM-a-thon is a great way to avoid selling things door-to-door and takes the burden of fundraising off the families.

If you have any questions, please reach out and talk to Mrs. King.

About Horace Mann Laboratory School

Horace Mann Laboratory School is located on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University. Horace Mann is one of only a small number of laboratory schools in the United States. Horace Mann provides a hands-on, project-based learning, individualized approach that is only possible with small class sizes and multiple teachers. Students of all ages make Horace Mann home, from our youngest kindergarten students to University practicum students. Master teachers provide a unique learning environment for all students that include technology, innovative best practices, and exemplary educational experiences. From measuring temperatures and creating data tables at our University Pond, learning about recycling at the on-campus recycling center, roller skating and swimming lessons in Physical Education class, and multicultural education from student organizations on campus, Horace Mann provides the best educational experience for your child.
Please see the attachment below for more information about this exciting opportunity!