Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Families,
Welcome to the 2018-2019 School year!  Horace Mann has a strong tradition of providing a quality education to our students.  You and your family are now part of that tradition.

Horace Mann offers grades kindergarten through fifth grade with two sections of each of the grades.  There are a variety of after school programs, volunteer opportunities, and ways for your child and your family to be involved in our school.  Be on the look-out for PTA meetings, events, and other announcements.

Student learning and safety are our priorities.  You can help by checking your child’s backpack each day for notes and homework.  Yes, homework.  Look for the “Home Links” which are your child’s math homework to come home regularly along with books to read.  We do our best to communicate regularly with notes home, Class Dojo messages, newsletters, OCSD app messages, and emails as we want you to be well informed.  You are also welcome to call with any questions.

To help us with safety, please check into the office when visiting school during the day.  This helps us to monitor adults in the building.  Until further notice, please use the South entrance to enter the building after the school day has started.  If you need your child to leave during the school day, come to the office.  We will then phone the classroom and have the child come to the office.  We ask that you stay in the office to wait for your child.

Know that there may be changes to how we handle entrances and visitors during the 2018-2019 school due to the Iowa Legislature Senate File 2364 passed into law that requires all K-12 schools to have additional safety measures.

I invite you to read through the Student Handbook as it may answer many questions you have about school and Horace Mann.  If you misplace this copy, a version is on the OCSD district website.

On behalf of our staff, we appreciate you being an integral part of your child’s educational journal and working as team with us for your child’s education.  It is a pleasure to serve you and your family.


Jody Williams