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Horace Mann Principal Sandy Seipel visits the school's kindergarten class last fall. The laboratory school on the Northwest campus has announced it will add a second kindergarten class for fall 2016.

Horace Mann Principal Sandy Seipel visits the school's kindergarten class last fall. The laboratory school on the Northwest campus has announced it will add a second kindergarten class for fall 2016. (Photo by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

    Jan. 29, 2016

    Horace Mann adding kindergarten class for 2016-2017

    Horace Mann Laboratory School and the Phyllis and Richard Leet Center for Children and Families at Northwest Missouri State University have announced it will offer two kindergarten classes, beginning in the fall of 2016.

    Horace Mann and the Leet Center serves as a clinical teaching environment for students in Northwest’s Department of Professional Education. Students reap the benefits of low student-to-teacher ratio in classrooms that implement innovative teaching practices and provide learning experiences designed to stimulate each child’s creative learning abilities and problem-solving skills.

    Horace Mann Principal Sandy Seipel and Leet Center Director Cindy Rouner said the decision to add the second kindergarten class was based on the school’s commitment to forward thinking and employing cutting-edge practices in its classrooms. Michelle Vaught will move from preschool to join Nancy Farlow as kindergarten teachers for the 2016-2017 academic year.

    “We value children by encouraging them to share, listen, learn and explore. We embrace each child’s energy, curiosity, and developing skills,” Seipel said.

    Rouner added, “Teacher learning is the key component to making this happen – teachers working together to understand and value the individual differences of each child.”

    Horace Mann and Leet Center teachers and staff form a cohesive team of dedicated educators and are committed to providing an exceptional learning experience for children ages 3 through sixth grades, Seipel said.

    “As a learning laboratory for Northwest Missouri State University students, we make it our priority to provide learning experiences that enable pre-service teachers to observe and implement promising practices that honor and value developmental learning,” Seipel said. “Problem-solving, critical thinking and collaboration experiences are supported and encouraged in the lab school.”

    Horace Mann and the Leet Center takes pride in offering an emergent curriculum that focuses on children learning through project-based, hands-on work and exploration that fosters each child’s passions and interests. Experiences and materials support each child’s natural wonderings and learning needs, while balanced literacy allows reading and writing experiences to be completely individualized for children’s development.

    Additionally, Horace Mann is the only elementary school in northwest Missouri to be affiliated with Project Lead the Way, which provides experiences with science, technology, engineering and math.

    Horace Mann offers a traditional nine-month academic calendar for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. The Leet Center offers early childhood classes for children age 3 through pre-kindergarten. The school day is 7:50 a.m. to 3 p.m. August through May. Before and after-school care, known as Bearcat Club, also is available.

    Parents may enroll their children online as well as apply for tuition assistance by visiting the Horace Mann website,, and clicking on the Admissions tab. Parents also may complete the enrollment process by visiting the Horace Mann office, located on the first floor of Everett W. Brown Education Hall, centrally located on the Northwest campus, west of the J.W. Jones Student Union, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    For more information about Horace Mann and the Leet Center, visit Interested parents may also contact Seipel at 660.562.1234 or by email at

    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

    Northwest Missouri State University
    215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468