District Announcements

Principal's Corner

February 2016

Dear Parents and Members of the Barnstable Community Horace Mann Charter Public School,

Over the past few months, I have had a very difficult decision to make about the future of my family and my career.  After considerable thought, I have made the decision to retire from education after 41 joyous and tireless years.  I have always had the greatest admiration for teachers and I feel very gratified for the amazing people I am working with at BCHMCPS who are working vigorously to make our school the best it can be.

I enjoy working with your children and look forward to seeing their smiling faces each day when they arrive at school.  It is obvious to me that there is a lot of love and care that is shared in your home when I see that the children of our school are nurtured and sent to school prepared to learn.

The closing months ahead will be joyous ones.  My retirement will start at the end of the school year and we will have many accomplishments to celebrate at that time.  Until then, I will continue to dedicate my years of experience and passion for being principal at BCHMCPS!


Kathy Podesky, Principal



Happy New Year, Families! The PTO is back in full swing planning some fun things to get us through the winter. We have a movie night planned for Friday, February 26th. Stay tuned for movie title! We would love to explore another bowling night in April and could use some help with that. Please come to our next PTO meeting on February 10th at 4pm in the library for that and other great plans. It is also time for 3rd grade families to think about planning a 3rd grade celebration for the kids! We will soon set up an initial planning meeting and will send word as soon as we do. Lastly, we are looking for new officers for next year. Please attend the next meeting or express your interest to any one of us. (Jennifer Steinhilber, Crystal Marcantonio, Jen Ward, Amy Wrightson or Amy Camelo Killoran) As always, we thank you for your support!


Board of Trustees NOTES:

The next meeting of the BCHMCPS Board of Trustees will be held on Monday, February 22, at 5:30 pm in the Hyannis Youth & Community Conference Center at 141 Bassett Lane, Hyannis.  Our meetings are open to all and public comment is welcome.  If you are unable to attend, our minutes will be available on our school website and posted in the school lobby for your review.  If you have any questions or would like further information about the Board of Trustees, please contact our Chairman – Eric R. Steinhilber at  Thank you for being part of our school.



Our Mission


The mission of BCHMCPS is to create a nurturing and safe learning community that will…


*Engage, educate and challenge a diverse K-3 population to achieve the highest level of academic excellence.


*Foster the development of respectful and responsible students who are contributing participants in their education, and in their community.

*Support continuous improvement in the teaching process; and


*Cultivate parent and community partnerships.