Meet the PTA

Welcome to the Horace Mann School Parent Teacher Association (PTA)!

Horace Mann PTA Purpose

The purpose of the Horace Mann School Parent Teacher Association in common with those of the National PTA and the Minnesota PTSA, are:

  • To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, places of worship, and throughout the community;
  • To raise the standards of home life;
  • To advocate for laws that further the education, physical and mental health, welfare, and safety of children and youth;
  • To engage the public in united efforts to secure the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being of all children and youth;
  • To advocate for fiscal responsibility regarding public tax dollars in public education funding.

This school year, the PTA will provide enrichment opportunities such as free field trips, free family fun nights, a rollerskating unit in phy ed class, vocal music and band, classroom support, a red HM t-shirt and hat for all and much more! It is an active group and you’re welcome to join in any capacity you’re able. The PTA meets monthly and there are several activities to join if you’re interested.

HM PTA website is new and updated. Please check it out for more info about PTA and PTA-sponsored events!  https://www.hms-pta.org/

Easy way to give to HMS! We also encourage families to check with their employers as many offer a company match to the cash donations made by their employees and if you are an Amazon user, go to https://smile.amazon.com and search for “PTA Minnesota Congress 008740 Horace Mann PTA” and designate HM PTA as your charitable organization. 

Frequently Asked Questions

 When are PTA meetings and how long do they last?

  • Monday, September 20
  • Monday, October 18
  • Wednesday, November 17 
  • Tuesday, January 11  
  • Tuesday, March 15 
  • Wednesday, April 13
  • Thursday, May 12
  • All meetings are held from 6:30-7:30 pm in the HM library, cafeteria, and/or Google Meet. 
  • Information about each meeting location and if it will be in-person or just virtual will be in Perspectives.
  • School-age child care provided by 5th Grade Ambassadors for in-person meetings.

Why should I go to PTA meetings?

To get the “inside scoop” about school happenings and decisions, to connect with other HMS families, and to be part of making decisions. The HM PTA is a member driven organization.

How do I get involved?

Everyone is welcome to volunteer in whichever capacity works for you and your family.  You may fill out the paper volunteer form or the google form at 

Who do I contact about the PTA with questions, suggestions, or concerns?

2021-22 Horace Mann PTA Board

Karla Lauerman Cummins & Jen Williams, shared  president@hms-pta.org

Dan Dressler & Mike Axtell, shared treasurer@hms-pta.org

Amy Kortuem,  teacher-rep@hms-pta.org

Melanie McMahon & Karen Vander Sanden, shared communications@hms-pta.org

Jill Mack & Joy Collman,  shared volunteer.coordinator@hms-pta.orgCatherine Guglielmo & Allison Broughton shared  recorder@hms-pta.org