December, 2009

Dr. KellyA Message from Dr. Kelly



Dear Friends:    


As the New Year approaches, we have much to be thankful for and much to look forward to in the coming weeks. With the hustle and bustle of the approaching holidays bearing down on us, it's all too easy to forget about the large number of celebratory moments that occur during the month of December at Horace Mann School. From winter sports contests, to plays, to musical performances, I encourage all of you to spend a few minutes looking a the School's master calendar in order to identify one or two events to attend. Ours is a fascinating and interesting journey, a journey that tends to young minds across a growing number of academic and intellectual pursuits.    

The needs of our talent-rich and socially significant student body remind us all of the importance of our curriculum and the faculty members who bring it to life each day. With the success of our first trimester behind us, our community has once again affirmed our belief in the need to prepare our students for the 21st Century and all that will be required of them to care for the world in purposeful ways.  

With best wishes always for a safe, healthy, and happy holiday season,





Thomas M. Kelly, Ph.D.
Head Of School



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Holiday Gift Fund - Please Contribute Today

We hope you will use this last blast of 2009 to contribute to the Holiday Gift Fund. Individual gift giving is not permitted at Horace Mann, so the HGF has become the traditional way for parents to thank the Faculty, Staff and Administration. To learn more about the HGF or to make a contribution online today, click on the link above. Contributions must be received by December 9 so that the holiday gifts can be presented to the teachers and staff prior to winter recess.   


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Support Horace Mann

Please consider making a gift to Annual Fund 2010.  All contributions help to ensure the School's ability to fulfill its mission of providing each student with he finest educational experience possible.  Gifts received by January 31 will be listed in the Interim Report of Donors.  Thank you.


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Alumni & Development

Horace Mann alumni have opportunities to become active with their School and its students in many ways. Last year alumni took part in life on campus as speakers and participants in such dynamic programs as HM's annual Book Day and Women's Issues Dinner, as volunteers at the School's Service Learning Day, as exhibitors in an alumni photography show, and in alumni athletic events and Theater Department productions.


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A  Note from the Financial Aid Office

Financial Aid Application materials for the 2010-2011 are now available. 

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Nursery Division

Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to engage children in furthering a sense of community in school. This year the Nursery Division continued a tradition of involving the children in the preparation of the Thanksgiving meal.


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Office of Curriculum and Professional Development

On December 1, the Upper Division assembly featured a celebration of the four hundredth anniversary of the birth of Galileo Galilei and the two hundredth anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth as well as the one hundred fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species in 1859.


Lower Division  

As has become our tradition on the evening prior to parent conference day, the Lower Division community came together for a family evening of Bingo and pizza. With no school for our students on Thursday, November 12, Wednesday evening provided the perfect opportunity to stay up just a little bit later.



Center for Community Values & Action

Find out information on the Third Annual All-School Service-Learning Day and an Ethics' Class Service-Learning Project.


Middle Division

I recently attended a conference on leadership presented by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development in Maryland. One of the presenters referenced the educational practices that research has found to best support successful student learning. One of those qualities is providing opportunities for recognition and to celebrate progress.


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Upper Division  

The process of college application and admission is among the most vexatious and difficult experiences students and their parents encounter in their years at Horace Mann. As the junior year lengthens, the work gets harder and the stakes (at least seem to) get higher.  

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The Eighth Grade programs are designed to create a working community within each group through adventure-based activities. The challenge of the program is to draw together individuals with disparate thoughts, feelings, experiences and values into a supportive unit. 

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