Horace Mann Happenings

November 19, 2018

Message from the Principal

Happy Thanksgiving! We look forward to seeing you at our annual Thanksgiving Feast tomorrow - Tuesday, November 19th. We have reserved two rooms this year to accommodate our growing guest list.

Parents are asked to park in Parking Lot 62, which is located west of the Ron Houston Performing Arts Center directly off 4th Street (by the practice football fields). A shuttle will be available to the J.W. Student Union beginning at 10 AM. Dinner will start at 11 AM. Following dinner, guests will be shuttled back to Lot 62. Parking spaces may be limited, so please consider carpooling.

School will be dismissed for holiday break following the meal.

There will not be childcare offered after school on this day.

Please keep the Snuffer family in your thoughts.

Kayden Snuffer, a former kindergarten student, lost his mother to a car accident this weekend. Kayden and his family left Horace Mann two weeks ago after moving to a new home they purchased in Hopkins, MO. Horace Mann sent flowers and will make a donation to go into a fund for the care of Kayden and his little sister, Diana.

Meet Our Counseling Practicum Student

Surmeet Gaba is spending the semester with Horace Mann and providing counseling lessons to complete her certification requirements for her school counseling degree. Surmeet needs to begin doing small group and individual counseling lessons with children to finish her counseling--in-training hours. The lessons are open to any student and will focus on the topics outlined in Surmeet's letter below. Please see Mrs. King if you would be willing to help Surmeet by allowing your child to participate in six small group or individual counseling lessons. A permission slip is required and students can discontinue lessons at any time.

Message from Our Counseling Practicum Student


I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you. My name is Surmeet Gaba. I am a M.S. Ed. School Counseling graduate student from Northwest Missouri State University completing my practicum at Horace Mann School. I am working as a school counselor-in-training under the direction of my instructor Mrs. Veasey and on-site supervisor Mrs. Laura King.

My work with the students involves implementing the Missouri Comprehensive School Counseling Program (MCSCP). According to this model, I address social/emotional, academic, and career development needs of all students by providing the following program components:

  • · Curriculum includes implementing classroom lessons.
  • · Responsive Services include, small group and individual counseling sessions.
  • · Individual Planning activities involve implementing transition activities and assisting students in planning, monitoring, and managing their social/emotional, academic, and career development, and
  • · System Support includes program, staff, and school support activities and services.

Large group and small group lessons are based on student needs and include topics such as social skills training, academic success and career exploration. Individual counseling sessions focus on students’ academic, career and social/emotional needs. For small groups and individual counseling sessions, students need parent/guardian consent and have the option NOT to participate or can opt out at any time. These students are randomly selected for my practicum experiences, which allow me to develop as a counselor-in-training as well as offer the opportunity for growth for these young learners.

If you have any concerns or questions regarding this, please contact Principal King at lmking@nwmissouri.edu or 660.562.1235.

Thank you,

Surmeet Gaba

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