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Mann Families, It is with great enthusiasm that I send this message for two reasons: 1. I want to wish you all a wonderful break and ensure families know there will be NO SCHOOL Wednesday, November 23rd - Friday, November 25th. We look forward to seeing students on Monday, November 28th! 2. PTO has made it possible for our K-6 student body to attend a live performance of the Nutcracker at the Englert Theatre on Friday, December 2nd! This is a huge shout out to PTO as we would not be able to go without their support securing busing and ticket costs for all students! Please note that permission slips were sent home today and there will be a very quick turnaround before the field trip happens so please return those slips in a timely manner. In the event that a child is not able to attend the performance, an educational alternative will be provided for students at school. The students will board buses starting at 9:15am and arrive back at school around 11:50. We will still be serving hot lunches to students on the day of the field trip although their lunch times will be different on Friday due to their scheduled arrival time back to the building. We are very excited about this fine arts opportunity that we can provide to our students and look forward to stimulating continued interest in the arts through future events like this. Happy break Mustangs! Mr. Wylder

Get to Know Mr. Wylder

  • Mann Elementary Staff, Students and Families,

    It is with great pleasure that I write and announce my excitement in joining the Horace Mann family as principal. I come to the Iowa City Community School District with a BA from the University of Iowa in Elementary Education and a Master’s from the University of Northern Iowa in Educational Leadership. I have had the opportunity to work as an educator for the last fifteen years - six as a second and third grade teacher in the Cedar Rapids Community School District. Over the past nine years, I have served the Winfield-Mt Union Community School District as the elementary principal and curriculum director. On a lighter side, I am an avid Hawkeye fan, CrossFit enthusiast, volleyball and wrestling official (feel free to ask me about the Dan Gable Donnybrook), and salsa dancer.

    Throughout my career, I have learned that the development of strong relationships cannot be undervalued. As I transition to the Mann family, I would like to invite you to share with me what makes you a proud member of the Mann community and what I can do to help our school move forward together. I look forward to building these relationships and learning together with the staff. I firmly believe that every child can learn at high levels and that regular collaborative opportunities are important not just for student learning but professional learning as well.

    In closing, please know that my door is open and I am ready to serve my new community. I readily welcome your partnership and positive input throughout the coming school year. Keeping our focus on students and success for all will help keep us all focused and lead us to many future celebrations of our collective success. I look forward to starting our new chapter together as a fellow Mann Mustang!


    Gabe Wylder, Principal
    (319) 688-1145
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