A Message from Dr. Kelly

Dear Friends,

The school year is in full swing, and the Horace Mann School family of students, teachers, administrators and staff is deeply involved in the learning and activities that enable us to achieve each year’s goals and dreams. HM parents are a vital part of this family dynamic. In this issue of Across the Divisions, I’d like to call your attention to a significant step we ask you to take toward solidifying the home-school partnership that fosters our School’s success. I’d also like to invite you to events taking place this month through which we can together celebrate our Horace Mann School family.

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H1N1 Influenza Update   

The NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene and Horace Mann School strongly urge students to get vaccinated against seasonal influenza and H1N1 influenza. Both vaccines are available through either your local health care provider or an approved clinic under the supervision of your local health department. Horace Mann School will not be participating in the H1N1 vaccination program. The School does not believe it is in the best interest of families we serve to disrupt the instructional program in order to administer a two part vaccination that is widely available through appropriately qualified professionals. 


Support Horace Mann

We’ve launched Annual Fund 2010: Community, Commitment, and Support. Strong support of the Annual Fund ensures that we are able to fulfill our mission of providing the finest academic experience possible for every student every day. Please consider making an early gift to the Annual Fund. Each gift is appreciated and makes a difference! Thank you for your support.

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Information, News & Events

Please join us on Wednesday, October 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Gross Theater for Dr. Tom Kelly’s State of the School Address, with opening remarks by Mr. Steven Friedman, Chairman of the Horace Mann Board of Trustees. New parents are invited to attend the New Parent Reception in Olshan Lobby, beginning at 6:30 p.m., for a Meet & Greet with Dr. Kelly, the Division Heads, Mr. Friedman and other Trustees, PA Officers, and their parent mentors.

Please click on the link below to view upcoming events and activities, as well as our new, printable Riverdale Guide.

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Healthy Horace Mann

HM hosts a farmers' market on Wednesday, October 7.


Summer on the Hill

SOH's 2009-2010 academic year programs will begin October 17.


Alumni & Development

Save the Date: Homecoming & Reunion Celebration is October 24th

Mark your calendars to join us on Saturday, October 24th us for the largest annual gathering of alumni, students, parents, faculty, staff and friends! Come cheer on our student athletes, “Have a Ball” at our PA’s sports themed Family Fair or spend time with our student ambassadors on a campus tour. Reunions are scheduled that evening for the classes of 1939, 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999 and 2004. (Please look for your formal invitations in the mail!) For more information, please contact the Alumni Office: 718-432-3450. 

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Office of Curriculum and Professional Development

For more than a year, faculty members, administrators, trustees, parents, and students have been hearing about the NYSAIS visit, the Self-Study, and Horace Mann’s process of re-accreditation.


Nursery Division

Every fall the Nursery Division asks new parents to come to school for an evening of active learning experiences led by teachers. This year we had four activities.

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Center for Community Values & Action

The Upper Division Service-Learning Team has begun its third year with significantly larger numbers, more training, and more student leadership.

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Lower Division

We knew our playground upgrade would bring smiles to the faces of our students, but the extent of the joy is still being realized. Excitement from grateful children is part of each day.

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Robert Hass at HM

United States Poet Laureate, Environmentalist, and Teacher Robert Hass will be visiting the Upper Division on Tuesday, Nov. 17th.



Middle Division

What makes a good Middle Division teacher at Horace Mann? Many meetings of department chairs last year were devoted to finding a complete answer to this question. 

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School Calendars

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Upper Division

The days are crisp and the fall teams are successful. The year looks good. The blank page with which we began the trimester now has a few words written on it - but not many, and none of them definitive.

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Stay Connected


Astronomy is the centerpiece of the program. We use activities such as stargazing, constellation myth writing, telescope use, and building and launching rockets as a means of exploring our universe.

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