Horace Mann & Leet Center Connect

December 10, 2020

Horace Mann Music Showcase

Hello Families,

I am pleased to share with you the videos of our Horace Mann music performance. Mrs. Horton accepted the challenge to create a musical performance following all the safety protocols needed during this time of social distancing. Our special thanks go out to Jack Bilbo from the Ron Houston Center for helping Mrs. Horton coordinate this event and for the recording to share with families.

Please enjoy the musical talents of our Horace Mann students with the link below.


Infant and Toddler Center Update

Plans continue to develop for the new center. You will begin seeing visitors this week working towards the first day of construction.

Families who are interested in getting their names on the infant and toddler waitlist may add their entry on the "Join the Waitlist" link on the website. Contact Cindy Rouner through email cindysc@nwmissouri.edu with any additional questions.

The physical location of this classroom will be where Mrs. Buck’s current classroom is. The architects have already started drawing ideas and will most likely begin construction in January/February. We will have infants and toddlers in the center on July 1st of 2021.

Mrs. Buck’s children will have a new home together inside the Leet Center when the construction begins and will be able to remain a school family through the end of the year. They will be in a new space but will have the same materials, schedules, routines, and teachers. We will do everything we can not to disrupt their lives here at school. Our teachers are hoping it will be a lot like a family moving into a new home.

Jump Rope 4 Heart

Thank you to everyone who supported the American Heart Association Jump Rope for Heart (Kid's Heart Challenge). Horace Mann raised $4,500 for the American Heart Challenge. Congratulations to Grace Pierce as our top fundraiser this year raising $375! Ms. Gina's continued facilitation of this event not only helps the American Heart Association but also provides school coupons to purchase new equipment for the Physical Education Program.

Also, this year our school was selected to receive new equipment Ms. Gina can use in teaching CPR to our students and faculty.

Ms. Gina was honored by the American Heart Association last year for 30 years of hosting Jump Rope for Heart at Horace Mann. Thank you to Ms. Gina for all her work to make this event something our students look forward to doing. This year, we weren't able to invite families to join us but we did share some of the fun on Facebook you can view. https://fb.watch/2i09iOLvWB/

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Thank You

Thank you to Elizabeth Bowles and Jill Baker for volunteering to help with the supervision of Horace Mann morning arrivals. We were running a bit short-handed with personnel for this no-contact position and these ladies were kind enough to jump in and lend a helping hand. Anyone else wishing to help supervise the Horace Mann morning drop off from 7:30am to 8:00am are encouraged to reach out to Sarah Winters slwhitewinters@gmail.com to sign up.

Thank you to the parents who have sent in extra bottles of hand soap and Eucerin lotion. These donations are very helpful in maintaining good hand hygiene at school.


  • PAC Dress up days for the next couple of weeks
  • December 18 - Last day of school in 2020
  • January 11 - Return from Winter Break
  • Lost & Found - Please email LaTessa (latessa@nwmissouri.edu) if you are looking for lost jackets or lunch bags.
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A Note from Parent Advisory Council (PAC)

Hello Parents,

Every family enrolled at Horace Mann and the Leet Center are members of our Parent Advisory Council. We encourage every family to attend our meetings to help in making decisions for our schools.

Our next parent advisory council meeting will be on February 4th at 6:30PM.

Thank you to our new leadership for taking on the following roles:

President: Sarah Winters

Communications: Chris Kuhlemeyer

Treasurer: Brad Cline

Ways and Means: Jessie Nuffer

Wellness Committee: Jackie Cochenour

New Families Coordinator: Elizabeth Dimmitt

Secretary: Michelle Vaught

Please contact Sarah Winters if you have any questions about PAC participation.



No Change in Face Mask Protocols

On November 12, 2020, the Nodaway County Health Department updated us on information regarding how contact tracing will be conducted in schools based on guidance from the Missouri Department of Health and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Under the updated guidance, proper mask-wearing may now prevent individuals from being identified as close contacts in K-12 schools. This means that if both individuals at school – the person diagnosed with COVID-19 and the person in close proximity to the positive case – have masks on and are wearing them correctly, the individual in close proximity does not need to quarantine.


Since Horace Mann mitigation measures are already in compliance with the recommended guidelines, there will be no need to change our protocols. We will, however, continue to encourage our students to wear their face masks and to wear them correctly. We appreciate our families continued support to help our children in wearing masks covering the mouth and nose. Please ensure that your child's mask fits well and send extra masks in case the one they come to school in becomes soiled.

Currently, Horace Mann and Leet Center have had a total of seven positive cases since the beginning of the school year resulting in the need to assist Nodaway County Health Department with contact tracing. We will continue to keep families updated and to follow the guidance of the Nodaway County Health Department.

Mitigation Measures

We are continuing to implement a multilayer approach to mitigation.

  • Masks are our first line of defense with all ages wearing their masks. Children are reminded respectfully to keep their masks on whenever they are within 6 feet of others. Children are encouraged to distance themselves on the playground if they need to take a moment away to take their mask off. We are very pleased with how well the children are doing with this and the need for reminders has decreased. This is a good thing with flu season coming up.
  • Distancing is used as much as possible through the placement of furniture and designated spots marked on the floor.
  • Vinyl barriers are used at the children's tables as another layer of protection. However, these barriers are not intended to replace the use of wearing a mask.
  • Frequent hand washing is used in all classrooms with soap and water. We wash our hands A LOT!! Hand sanitizer is also readily available.
  • Faculty and staff are taking extra measures to sanitize materials and surfaces. Children in grades K-6 have individual learning kits to decrease the number of shared materials. Toys are sanitized after each use in both the Leet Center and Horace Mann. NW provides additional cleaning in the evening and the Maryville City Council has provided cleaning supplies through Cares Act funds.
  • Hallway traffic is limited by having the Art and Music teacher go to each classroom for instruction. In addition, lunch is provided in the classroom.
  • The library cart travels to classrooms to allow children to check out books. Returned books are kept in isolation for 72 hours before returning them back to the library checkout rotation.
  • Nurse Cara actively walks the building to keep an eye on children watching for signs of illness and conducts temperature checks at 11:00 am. We have also increased Nurse Cara's hours to have her at school when children arrive and to conduct temperature checks. An isolation room has been set up with provisions to care for sick children.
  • Families are complying with all protocols and following our wellness policies. We appreciate how well everyone is cooperating and for the advice our Parent Advisory Council provides.
  • Even with all these measures, nothing is 100% effective in preventing illness but it can significantly reduce the chances of spreading illness.

With all the increased handwashing and colder weather coming, we could use some donations of fragrance-free Eucerin Hand Lotion for our children. Donations can be sent to school with your child or you can call the office to arrange a time to donate.

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Arrival Procedures

LEET CENTER: A faculty member will be posted at the circle drive to receive LC children from 7:30-8:15 AM. Children should wear their face covering to enter the building. Parents/caregivers are asked to remain outside the building. This entrance is reserved for Leet Center arrivals only.

HORACE MANN: A faculty member will be posted at the HM drop off in Lot 57 and the main entrance on the East side of the building to receive HM children from 7:30-8:00 AM. Parents/caregivers have the option to remain in their car and drop off their children at the parking lot drop off point or walk their children to the main entry. Children should wear their face covering to enter the building. Parents/caregivers are asked to remain outside the building.

HM/LC: School officially begins at 7:50 AM. Staff members will be posted outside to receive children from 7:30 AM-8:00 AM. Families arriving prior to 7:30 AM should refer to the protocols for Bearcat Club. Families arriving after 8:00 AM should pull into the circle drive, call 660-562-1267, and remain outside until a staff member can arrange to come out to receive your child. All children will wash their hands upon entering the classroom.

HM/LC: Families/caregivers will conduct a daily temperature check and screening with their child or children prior to arriving at school. If a child screens positive, the student should not go to school and the parent/caregiver should contact the school. Nurse Cara will coordinate a temperature check on all students starting at 11:00 AM.

All children MUST have a face covering to enter the building!

Dismissal Procedures

Families – Please communicate clearly with your classroom teacher on how your child plans to go home. Consistency would be very appreciated as we work to be efficient and have your child ready to go when you arrive to pick them up. For Leet Center and Kindergarten dismissal in the circle drive, we ask that families only park on the right side and leave the left side for families to pass around families waiting for their child.

Part Time Leet Center: These children will dismiss at 11:00AM in the Circle Drive. Families/Caregivers are asked to remain in their cars. Leet Center faculty & staff will deliver children to your car.

Full Time Leet Center: These children will begin dismissing at 2:50PM in the Circle Drive. Families/Caregivers are asked to remain in their cars. Leet Center faculty & staff will deliver children to your car. Only HM siblings may be dismissed at the circle drive.

Kindergarten & Kindergarten Older Siblings: These children will dismiss at 3:15PM in the circle drive.

1st & 2nd Grade & Older Siblings: These children will dismiss at 3:15PM from Lot 57.

3rd-6th Grade: These children will dismiss at 3:30PM from Lot 57. Please do not enter the dismissal line until 1st & 2nd Grade have cleared.

Walkers (Grades 1-6 only): Families who walk to pick up their children may wait for them at the paved area outside the Student Union. The children will be released to you as the classes move toward Lot 57.

All families should plan to remain in their cars and Horace Mann faculty & staff will deliver children to your car. Your patience is appreciated and we will work to be as efficient as possible.

The children MUST wear their face covering for dismissal.

Bearcat Club - Before and After School Care

Please Note: Horace Mann and Leet Center WILL NOT be able to maintain classroom cohorts during Bearcat Club. We will maintain a Leet Center Bearcat Club cohort and a Horace Mann Bearcat Club cohort. Parents are encouraged to find alternate care if this is a concern for their family.

Morning Care: 6:15-7:30AM

Afternoon Care: 3:15-5:30PM

Morning Drop off: Parents/Caregivers should come to the circle drive, remain in their car, and call the designated Bearcat Club phone line. A staff member will come to the circle drive to receive the children.

Afternoon Pick up: Parents/Caregivers should come to the circle drive, remain in their car, and call the designated Bearcat Club phone line. A staff member will bring the children to the circle drive to be released to the parent/caregiver.

The designated Bearcat Club phone number (660-562-1267) is posted in the circle drive and will be added to the Horace Mann website.

Late Arrivals & Early Pick Up

Late Arrivals: Families arriving after 8:00 AM should pull into the circle drive, call the school office 660-562-1233, and remain outside until a staff member can arrange to come out to receive your child.

Early Pick-Up: All early pick ups should occur before 2:00pm to avoid disrupting the dismissal procedures. Advance notice is appreciated. Families needing to pick up their child early should pull into the circle drive, call 660-562-1267, and remain outside until a staff member can arrange to bring your child out to you.

Re-Entry Policy: Families choosing to pick up their child for anything other than a prescheduled medical appointment should plan to keep their child for the remainder of the day. Children needing to leave for a medical appointment, such as, a well check up, immunizations, orthodontist, dentist, chiropractor, etc. may return with a note from the medical professional. Children will not be readmitted without a note from the medical professional.

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Winter Weather Policy

The Leet Center and Horace Mann do not participate in late starts or early dismissals for weather conditions. However, we do encourage our families to use their best judgment and there will be no penalty for children if they arrive late or leave early when weather conditions exist. Safety is the top priority.

The Leet Center and Horace Mann Laboratory School will be closed due to inclement weather IF the Maryville Public Schools cancel school. Decisions made in the early morning hours or late evening hours will be given to KNIM and KXCV radio stations.

Notifications are pushed out through Textcaster, Brightwheel, and Seesaw. We encourage parents to sign up for the Leet Center and Horace Mann Text Caster; you will receive texts regarding HMLS. Sign up at http://my.textcaster.com/ServePopup.aspx?id=1003. Also, be sure to sign up with Brightwheel (Leet) or Seesaw (Horace Mann) through your child's teacher or contact Mrs. King or Cindy Rouner for assistance.

Extended care (K-6) and Snow Daycare (preschool) are available for children that are enrolled in after-school childcare BEARCAT CLUB on days Leet and Horace Mann are closed for inclement weather and NWMSU is open. Students attending Bearcat Club on snow days will need to bring a cold lunch.

If NWMSU is closed due to inclement weather, school and snow daycare are also closed.

Horace Mann Laboratory School * Phyllis & Richard Leet Center

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.

At the Leet Center, family relationships and children are our passion! At the heart of our learning together, you will find educators who see children as capable learners. Children learn through investigation, exploration, and communication. Our pre-school environment is a natural home-like atmosphere that is filled with inquiry and joy each day.

The Leet Center is also home to our developing outdoor classroom and we believe that all the learning that happens indoors can also be present in the outdoor spaces. Open-ended materials and carefully cultivated spaces provide a place for collaboration, thinking, and representation of ideas. Our learning community includes educators and university students who are working together to listen and learn with children. Children, educators, and families each play an important role in honoring the intellectual and emotional integrity of children.

If you have any questions related to preschool, please contact Cindy Rouner.


If you have any questions related to grades K-6, please contact Laura King