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SBAC Testing


May 11th - 22nd



  • No unnecessary trips or appointments during the weeks of May 11-22.
  • Arrival at school on time (testing begins first thing in the morning). Students should be at their classroom doors no later than 8:05, not being dropped off or running through the gate at 8:05.
  • A Consistent pattern of sleep every night, at least 9 ½-10 hours
  • Healthy breakfasts with fruit, protein and nutritious carbs
  • Reminders to wear and bring glasses for reading or screen work 

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.


A Message from Ms. Dullea


April 21, 2015

Dear Horrall/LEAD Families and Community,

CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress) SBAC Testing: The weeks of May 11-15 and May 18-22 are important weeks for our students and our school. Our transition to the Common Core Standards in English/Language Arts and Mathematics continues as we prepare for the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC) that will be administered May 11-22 with our third through fifth grade students participating. Please help support us in providing the best possible testing environment for your children by ensuring the following:

  • No unnecessary trips or appointments during the weeks of May 11-22.
  • Arrival at school on time (testing begins first thing in the morning). Students should be at their classroom doors no later than 8:05, not being dropped off or running through the gate at 8:05.
  • A Consistent pattern of sleep every night, at least 9 ½-10 hours
  • Healthy breakfasts with fruit, protein and nutritious carbs
  • Reminders to wear and bring glasses for reading or screen work

All assessments will be taken on our chrome book devices. Students have been preparing for this by using chrome books for all of their Galileo benchmark testing this year.  A letter from the San Mateo Foster City School District regarding this new testing and accountability system is posted on our web site, our Front Office Face Case, and will also be sent home in hard copy on Tuesday, April 28th.

Common Core: Critical thinking, understanding and communicating ideas orally and in writing, and producing high quality work are all important components of the Common Core. Many of you have become more acquainted with the common core curricula this year by attending our PTA/Principal/Parent Coffees where we have had monthly presentations by our teaching staff on ELA/Math Common Core, Early Literacy with specific tips for how to best support your children at home. We will continue to provide these Parent Education Opportunities monthly; many thanks to all of our teacher presenters and Mrs. Correa who helped coordinate it all!  

 As we quickly approach the end of the year, please note these important dates.

  • April 24: Free Dress All Classrooms who exceeded their goal for the Read-a Thon
  • May 4-8: Teacher Appreciation Week coordinated by our PTA, thank you!
  • May 18-21: Book Fair with Open House on May 21
  • May 25: Memorial Day Holiday, no school! (Monday)
  • June 3: Olympic Field Day AM  (Wednesday)
  • June 4: TK/Kindergarten Orientation 6:00 LGI (Thursday)
  • June 8: Dr. Simms Horrall/LEAD Visit (Monday)
  • June 11: Minimum Day, Last day of School, 5th Grade Promotion 10:30 (Thursday)

Thank you to our PTA for a happy and fun filled Bingo/Auction Evening last week, the District for finishing the new play structures project and all of you for your continued support!



~Pattie Dullea 

Transitions from Horrall/Lead to Lead Elementary

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 ...more

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


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 

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Academic Center Parent Survey

Parents of students participating in Academic Center, please complete the survey to help us maintain funding and staffing for next year.

Thank you!


PTA/Principal Coffee

May 1st - 5th Grade Focus

8:15 a.m.

All Parents Welcome


Daily Schedule (M-T-Th-F)



2014-2015 School Year







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


2015-2015 School Year (coming soon!)


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

Archived editions are available in pdf format in English and Spanish and located on the District website under Community Relations section:

SMFCSD Community Relations

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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