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Horrall/LEAD is a public elementary school that implements a rigorous academic curriculum.

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 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 behalf of many people!  A few examples are:

  • The extraordinary efforts of our staff to enrich and deepen learning.
  • The Rebranding efforts in which so many stakeholders have participated and given input to recognize our strengths, build on our Literacy efforts and explore new territories in Digital Literacy and Digital Arts.
  • Our stellar Office Team of Denora Smith, Administrative Assistant and Erika Hoole, Office Assistant, who give professionally, unselfishly, with wisdom, talent, heart and soul to serve as the backbone of our school.
  • Our PIP Team who support and enrich the lives of all of our TK-2nd graders and all of us!
  • Our Local Control Funding Formula (LCAP) and Magnet Funding that set aside funds for this school year that helped fund our ELD teacher, our Reading Intervention and Reading Recovery Teacher, our 2 Reading Intervention Para-Professionals, our Full Day Kindergarten Instructional Support Teacher, our Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA), our Half Day Tech Coordinator, our part time Digital Arts teacher, and Funding for Professional Development for our teaching staff.
  • Did you know that having a Reading Intervention teacher, an ELD teacher and designated paraprofessionals who are trained in reading intervention reduces class size and allows for differentiation and scaffolding so that the learning needs of ALL children are met?

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Some examples of our Professional Learning for our teachers include participation  in Year 2 of  Early Literacy trainings this year,  as well as on-going Readers' and Writers' Workshop  trainings that have enhanced and enriched their teaching. Nine LEAD educators  participated in Google for Education in Napa this past weekend .The team returned to the classrooms as students while at New Tech High School in Napa this past weekend  to learn more about Google Classroom, Digital Portfolios,  Resources for Tech Principals, Digital Photography and Story Telling,  Puzzle Making,  Mapping, to just name a few!  Many thanks to Elisabeth Glikbarg K, Zoya Salameh 1, Matt Sullivan and Nicole Habeeb 2, Tim Merritt 3/Tech Coordinator, Heather Taft 4/ Special Education, Rebecca Slater 5,  and Erin DeMartini, TOSA who joined me this past weekend.

TK/K INFORMATION MEETINGS: Come by the District TK/ Kindergarten Information Meetings for parents and the community this TUESDAY at the Bayside Performing Arts Center. Morning session is from 9-10:30 and evening session from 6-7:30. A team from LEAD will enthusiastically be there with our new LEAD banner and updated materials describing our new magnet theme as well as fliers with our TK/K Tour dates! Come on by!!!

Our LEAD TK/K and new family tours are all on Wednesdays at 10:30: January 14, Spanish speaking only,

21, 28 and February 4th, all English only. Spread the word!

REBRANDING UPDATE: Next Steps for our Rebranding include finalizing our Pitch Team who will promote our promotional video and marketing materials and meet with corporate funders and private donors to seek funding for our new magnet theme of Literacy and Digital Arts.

NO SCHOOL DAYS: Monday, January 19th is a school holiday to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Tuesday, January 20th is a Staff Work Day, no students.

WEDNESDAY, January 20th: Return to school; Minimum Day, 12:20 and 12:28 Dismissal. Please pick up your children on time. We have an all staff meeting at 12:40 and office personnel will be participating.

STAFFING UPDATES: Jessica Stewart is joining our Horrall/LEAD family in Room 25 as the long term substitute while Mrs. Abbey is on medical leave. Please take a minute to greet Jessica and extend our warm Horrall/LEAD welcome! Chuck Bradley joins us as our PE sub. The District is moving towards Credentialed PE teachers who are trained in CA PE standards and who will be able to deliver the required minutes of PE. Coach Bill decided right before break to take advantage of a job opportunity closer to his home. We thank him for his service and dedication to the children and staff at our school. Our Reading Intervention teacher, Jackie Burnett is going on maternity leave this month and we are hoping to have her position filled soon; stay tuned!

GOOD NEIGHBORS: Please do not park in the Shoreview Park’s Parking spaces for their preschool program.   



~Pattie Dullea


January Parent Newsletter.docx

January Parent Newsletter Spanish.docx

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.

Lead Flyer Spanish 1 12 15 2.docx

Lead Flyer 1 12 15.2.pdf

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 

2015/2016 TK - Kinder Tours

Wednesday, January 14th

10:30 am – 11:30am – Spanish only

Wednesday, January 21st

10:30 am – 11:30 am English only

Wednesday, January 28th

10:30 am – 11:30 am English only

Wednesday, February 4th

10:30 am - 11:30 am English only


TK Schedule:

8:05 – 12:20 M-F

Kindergarten Schedule:

 8:05 – 2:10 M, T, Th, F

8:05 – 12:20 W

Kindergarten LEAD.docx

Kindergarten LEAD SPANISH.docx

Attendance Message Line: 650-312-7549

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

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


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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