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Full Day Kindergarten Registration 

TK Registration 

March 9-27, 8:00-2:30, M,T,Th,F


School Tour for new TK/K parents and 1-5 parents 10:00, April 7th

Lead Elementary School's Mission Statement

Lead Elementary School prepares our students to positively impact a dynamic and diverse world as they:

·         Develop career and life skills through academic excellence and personal wellness

·         Become critical thinkers while taking responsible risks in their learning

·         Acquire and exchange knowledge through collaboration and effective communication

·         Utilize creativity and technology to maximize their potential

·         Demonstrate socially responsible citizenship


Lead Elementary School's vision is to educate and inspire students to live, lead, and learn with integrity and joy.

Read Across America

  dr-seuss1.jpgOn Monday, March 2nd, Horrall/LEAD Elementary School observed Dr. Seuss's 111th Birthday and National Read Across America with a school wide celebration!

In preparation for the celebration, classes made literature studies of Dr. Seuss and a variety of his books. These studies culminated in a door decorating contest that created festive cheer across the campus. Monday morning began with guest readers from the community in each classroom.Our exciting reading role models included SamTrans Senior Planner Samantha Erickson, members from the SMFCSD District Office, Professional NFL player Danny Fells, former LEAD staff members and many more! The day continued with a school wide Read-a-Thon to honor Read Across America Day.

Students made personal reading goals and collected sponsorships. Students raised $10,000 to support Horrall/LEAD's literacy programs! Students and teachers alike commented that this was a meaningful day in promoting positive attitudes surrounding reading.

Hour of Code


Over 500 Horrall / LEAD Elementary students - from Transitional Kindergarten all the way up to 5th grade - set aside an hour (or more) to learn the basics of computer coding for the Hour of Code, a global event organized by the nonprofit Code.org.  The school held a kickoff assembly on December 8th where the community was invited to help lead groups and join students.  A huge thank you goes out to volunteers from local community partner GuideWire for assisting in the Hour of Code throughout the week.


Today's generation of students are ready to learn critical skills for 21st century success.  In an article in the San Mateo Daily Journal, kindergarten teacher Angela Kollerer expressed, "It's really exciting!  It's exposing the kids almost to a different language.  As teachers, we're learning about it too."  Read more here - San Mateo Daily Journal article.


Anyone can still participate in the Hour of Code.  Try it out yourself at Code.org - no programming knowledge needed.  Happy Coding!

Students from grades TK-5 take part in Computer Science Education Week at Horrall/LEAD Elementary School. Angela Swartz/Daily Journal




March 17, 2015

Dear Horrall/LEAD Families and Community,

Important Reminders: Minimum Days this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, March 18, 19, 20. Dismissal TK-3 at 12:20 and 4/5 at 12:28 all three days. Spring Break: Monday, March 30-Friday, April 3rd.  School resumes Tuesday, April 7th.

This is one of our last newsletters that will refer to our school community as Horrall/LEAD. As of June 30th, our transition year will come to a close and we officially begin July 1, 2015 as LEAD Elementary, a magnet school focused on Literacy, Enrichment, Academics and Digital Arts. Our staff and school community have been preparing for this for almost three years, with focused professional development for teachers and analysis of data that drives teaching practices and content. Horrall School when I arrived in the fall of 2012 had troublesome scores on the state accountability tests, STAR, and was what, I referred to, as a “Diamond in the Rough.” I immediately recognized a loving community, adorable children, a teaching and classified staff who were here for the right reasons. We jumped in and together, as a Professional Learning Community, took “Baby Steps” and were on our way!  How did we together accomplish all of this?

  • We encouraged the teachers’ creativity, knowledge, dedication and desire to learn more in the content areas of teaching writing and reading.
  • We provided professional development in all areas of literacy including the Writers’ and Readers” Workshop Model out of Columbia University Teachers’ College, Reading Recovery for our Intervention Teacher, Guided Reading, Running Records and the incorporation of technology with a balanced approach.
  • We began to purchase devices and invest in people and positions to enhance this learning.
  • We empowered teachers to lead at the site, district and community levels.  
  • Through a complete school reconstitution, we built community and trust, continued our partnership with PIP, started an After School Academic Center,  set high expectations for ALL,  gathered input from teacher and parent surveys, incorporated new systems, improved communication, established on-going collaboration within the school and community including monthly newsletters, more parent education opportunities and monthly PTA/Principal Coffees  Our new parking lot and campus security both have added to our increased sense of safety on our campus.
  • We researched and implemented additional community resources such as the Family Resource Center, CuriOdyessey, Guide Wire, Cal State Hayward, Reading Bug and the Khan Academy.
  • We set academic and growth goals with educators and students.
  • We formed new committees including vertical teams at staff meetings and a Site Student Services Team that meets weekly!
  • We “got the word out” about our wonderful and unique community school.
  • We created new positions such as Tech Coordinator, T.O.S.A., and Digital Arts Coordinator, and focused on our children, our most precious resources.
  • We implemented a full day Kindergarten.
  • We have begun teacher training around incorporating Digital Arts into our curriculum and enrichment opportunities.
  • We are the prototype for the new District school web sites; ours will be unveiled in April!
  • We created a new vision for our school that builds on the strengths of our community and enriches and refines it so that we can become a state of the art school for our community and beyond.  

A caring, hard-working parent community immediately pitched in and over the course of the last few years:

  • Created and designed a new library, the center of Literacy for our community
  • Refurbished a small room laden with broken chairs, outdated technology equipment and boxes of discarded materials into an iPad Lab.
  • Our PTA will be refurbishing the red Horrall Sign from the front of the school into a “Buddy Bench” for the play yard where students will sit when they need the company of a friend or an adult.
  • PTA will be assisting with the creation of a “Little Lending Library” for the front of the school where community members, young and old, can borrow books, donate books, and if they feel like it, sit under our beautiful shade tree and relax and read!

Thank you for your continued support!


~Pattie Dullea


Happy Valentines’ Day & Presidents’ Day

February 10, 2015

Dear Horrall/LEAD Families and Supporting Community Members,

Happy Valentines’ Day next Saturday and Presidents’ Day Weekend to all!

On Friday, Feb. 13th: Instead of bringing sugary ...more

Happy New Year to our LEAD Family

January 15, 2015

Happy New Year to our LEAD Family,

Thank you all for your support and belief in "All Things Great" that are happening at our special school as a result of numerous efforts on the ...more

End of Year News

December 16, 2014

Dear Horrall Families and Community,

As we approach the Holidays and the end of 2014, it seems to be an appropriate and fitting time to celebrate our “Transition Year” ...more

LEAD Elementary School

LEADing Gains in Achievement

with Technology-based Learning

Under the guidance and leadership of Principal Pattie Dullea, LEAD is emerging as a new K-5 magnet school with a focus on Literacy and the Digital arts—an emerging field of study that uses technology to facilitate literacy, writing and creative arts through recording, video production, graphic design, coding and other mediums. LEAD will officially transition from Horrall Elementary in the 2015-2016 school year. Full-day Kindergarten was implemented in 2014-15.

The Benefits of a LEAD Education

  • Through a new partnership with California State University (CSU) East Bay, LEAD teachers will explore, create and incorporate best teaching practices with a focus on literacy. LEAD instructors will have access to Cal State professors and experts.

  • Lunchtime and after school enrichment programs will enhance learning by offering students of all age levels classes in coding, reading practice and other digital arts.

  • Students will benefit from increased and expanded instructional strategies for teaching reading and writing as well as increased use of technology with the Common Core Standards curriculum.

  • Students will also benefit from tablet and chrome book- based learning opportunities enabling them to learn
    at their own pace and level – techniques proven to be especially helpful for English Language Learners.

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LEAD Elementary School

Rigor + Relevance + Relationships = Increased student achievement

Empowering the students and families of LEAD Elementary is our mission, and we as teachers and role models are passionate about and committed to doing whatever it takes to effect change. We are proud to introduce LEAD as an innovative center for learning and an incubator for this region’s future talent.

Pioneering Change

The curriculum and instructional practices at LEAD
are aligned with Common Core State Standards, recommendations for quality schools and with the District’s Standards of Excellence, educating all students to achieve their potential through a rigorous program that builds a solid academic foundation and challenges 
students to think critically and communicate effectively.

LEAD’s balanced literacy program of listening, speaking, reading, and writing is based on best practices of Early Literacy, Guided Reading, and the Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop model. Mathematics and science instruction are activity and communication-based and promote investigation and higher level thinking skills.

The Structured English Immersion Program promotes English language development of English Language Learners. LEAD boasts a dedicated, well-trained staff with a wealth of knowledge in Language Arts, Technology,

English Language Development, and Differentiated instruction. Along with their dedication to academic excellence, the LEAD community believes in the development of active, well-rounded, socially responsible citizens who positively impact today and the future.

LEAD’s team of dedicated educators is working hard to close the achievement gap.

  • API score increased by 38 points in 2013 from 710 to 746 (most current year for API)

  • LEAD is the only school in San Mateo-Foster City to increase performance in all three sub groups:

    • –  English Language Learners

    • –  Socioeconomically Disadvantaged

    • –  Students receiving Special Services through Individual Education Plans 

Minimum Days

Minimum Days this week 

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

March 18, 19th, and 20th.  

Dimissal Times:  

K, 1, 2 & 3:  12:20

4 & 5 12:26

Attendance Message Line


Spring Break Reminder


Spring Break begins on Monday, March 30th through April 6th.  Everyone returns to school on Tuesday, April 7th.

Daily Schedule (M-T-Th-F)






TK 8:05 am 12:20 pm
K 8:05 am 2:20 pm
1st - 3rd 8:05 am 2:20 pm
4th & 5th 8:05 am 2:40 pm


Minimum Day Schedule (W)






TK & K 8:05 am 12:20 pm
1st - 3rd 8:05 am 12:20 pm
4th & 5th 8:05 am 12:26 pm

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Community Relations

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Why literacy?

Research shows that reading
and writing proficiency is directly
linked to student success. Children
who do not read proficiently by the

end of third grade are four times
more likely to leave school without a high school diploma1. At LEAD, our goal is to empower students by prioritizing literacy and ensuring that all students graduate with the reading and writing skills needed to be successful throughout their education.

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