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Horace Mann Principal Sandy Seipel discusses a project with students attending the laboratory school. Horace Mann and the Leet Center for Children and Families will host an information night March 9. (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

Horace Mann Principal Sandy Seipel discusses a project with students attending the laboratory school. Horace Mann and the Leet Center for Children and Families will host an information night March 9. (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

March 2, 2017

Horace Mann, Leet Center hosting open house March 9

Community members interested in learning more about Northwest Missouri State University’s Horace Mann Laboratory School and the Phyllis and Richard Leet Center for Children and Families are invited to a student recruitment and information open house from 5 to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 9.

Visitors will have the opportunity to meet with teachers, graduate assistants, students and Bobby Bearcat while learning about exclusive campus resources. The open house also will offer door prizes, including Bearcat gear.

Located centrally on campus in the Everett Brown Education Hall, Horace Mann places an emphasis on innovative and interactive teaching practices accompanied with individualized instruction by dedicated and caring faculty as well as staff and administrators. While the laboratory school benefits from Northwest programs and activities, the school’s teachers also incorporate state-of-the-art technology into students’ learning.

As a laboratory school, Horace Mann also is a clinical teaching environment for students in Northwest’s School of Professional Education. The relationship between master teachers, practicum teachers and graduate assistants allows Horace Mann students to 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.

Offering a core curriculum and working in concert with the University, Horace Mann offers unique learning opportunities for its students that have included guitar lessons, the study of robotics, lessons about crops and animals at the University farm, and Spanish and sign language lessons. Students from multiple countries also add to the school’s diverse atmosphere. 

Horace Mann offers a traditional nine-month academic calendar for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Early childhood classes for children age 3 through pre-kindergarten are offered in the Phyllis and Richard Leet Center for Children and Families in Brown Hall. The school day is 7:50 a.m. to 3 p.m. August through May. After-school care, known as Bearcat Club, also is available.

Parents of students are encouraged to participate in their child's progress every step of the way. In addition to classroom blogs and activities throughout the year, parent involvement opportunities include a parent advisory council, a Thanksgiving dinner, field trips and an adopt-a-family program.

The Leet Center is an educational setting for community children, and a teaching and research Laboratory for University students, faculty and staff. It serves approximately 90 families with children from three to five years of age. The primary goal of the Leet Center is to promote high quality early care and education in a model setting.

For more information about Horace Mann or the Leet Center, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/horacemann. Interested parents may also contact Principal Sandy Seipel by phone at 660.562.1234 or by email at sseipel@nwmissouri.edu.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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