WELCOME TO HAWK COUNTRY
Greetings from the Aerie!
Our year started strong and is now in full swing. We are continuing with Saturday School, HAT (Homework and Academic Time), and after school tutoring. Our Band has already finished its Hummingbird concert (and our Orchestra will do so this month). Our sports teams are competing with vigor. Our Hawktalkers have already won awards. Our counselors are sponsoring Coffee with the Counselor Friday mornings (8 to 9). Our PTO is in full swing, raising funds and supporting our efforts. As I said before, our year is in full swing!
I welcome your thoughts, comments and questions about what we are doing and, of course, why we are doing it that way. Good communication is at the heart of our success. Let’s keep our year rolling along!
Los Alamos Middle School Principal
Please email losalamosmiddleschoolpto@
Absence Line: Please call 505-663-2376 if your student will be absent.
Attendance Contact Person: Kathleen Gonzales
Please leave the following information on your message.
1. Guardian’s first and last name 2. Student’s first and last name 3. Date the student will be absent 4. Grade of student 5. Reason why your student will be absent – Examples: Dr. appointment, parent absence, travel, or bereavement
(505) 663-2223 • Hours: M-F 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Attendance Policy Regarding Tardies
An excused tardy is being late due to a medical appt. In this case, a student must have a slip from the doctor. There are also weather conditions and road conditions that are taken into consideration. These need to be approved by the administration and will be examined on a case by case basis. When weather is a factor, please allow extra time so the student gets to school on time. Students who are late and are riding the bus are considered excused.
More Information on Tardies
1. All students are expected to arrive at school by 7:53 A.M. Classes begin promptly at 8:00 A.M. Students who arrive at 8:00 am or later will be considered tardy.
2. It will be the responsibility of each student to be in class and ready to work when the tardy bell rings.
3. Tardiness is defined as arriving late after the normal starting time or after the tardy bell rings to start the period.
4. Students will not be penalized for tardies related to school operation such as late bus runs, another teacher detaining a student, etc.
5. Students who arrive late need to let the school administration know that the parent is aware of the student’s lateness via note. (A card from the doctor’s office will suffice in case of an early appointment.)
6. Students are responsible for obtaining a note from a teacher who has detained them and caused them to be tardy to their next class.
7. Unexcused tardies will be handled by the teams and/or administrators. For persistent tardiness, a parent/team conference will be scheduled to prevent additional tardies. Additional consequences may be assigned.Ditching/Truancy
Truancy is being absent from school without permission. Ditching is leaving school grounds or cutting classes without permission.
These offenses will result in disciplinary action, and parents will be notified. Chronic violators will be referred to the appropriate agency.
Students are allowed to be transported from school by older siblings if they are listed on the medical emergency card.
Los Alamos Middle School Bell Schedules
Regular Bell Schedule:
1st Bell: 7:53 am
1st Period 8:00 am – 8:47 am
2nd Period 8:52 am – 9:45 am (Pledge and snack break)
3rd Period 9:50 am – 10:37 am
4th Period 10:42 am – 11:29 am
5th Period: Group A – 11:34 am – 11:55 am and Group B – 12:01 pm – 12:21 pm
6th Period: Group C – 12:26 pm – 12:47 pm and Group D – 12:52 pm – 1:13 pm
7th Period 1:18 pm – 2:05 pm
8th Period 2:10 pm – 3:00 pm
HAT Wednesday Only Bell Schedule:
(Homework and Academic Time)
1st Bell: 7:53 am
1st Period 8:00 am – 8:42 am
2nd Period 8:47 am – 9:33 am
3rd Period 9:38 am – 10:20 am (Pledge and Snack Break)
4th Period 10:25 am – 11:07 am
5th Period 11:12 am – 11:54 am
6th Period 11:59 am – 12:41 pm
7th Period 12:46 pm – 1:28 pm
8th Period 1:33 pm – 2:15 pm
HAT Period 2:20 pm – 3:00 pm
1st Period 8:00 am – 8:40 am
2nd Period 8:45 am – 9:27 am (Pledge and snack break)
3rd Period 9:32 am – 10:12 am
4th Period 10:17 am – 10:57 am
5th Period: Group A – 11:02 am – 11:19 am and Group B – 11:22 am – 11:42 am
6th Period: Group C – 11:47 am – 12:04 pm and Group D – 12:07 pm – 12:27 pm
7th Period 12:32 pm – 1:12 pm
8th Period 1:17 pm – 1:57 pm
HAWKTIME 2:02 pm – 3:00 pm
One Hour Delay Schedule
1st Period 9:00 am – 9:40 am (Pledge and snack break)
2nd Period 9:45 am – 10:25 am
3rd Period 10:30 am- 11:10 am
LAMS PERSONAL APPEARANCE/DRESS CODE FOR STUDENTS
The School Board recognizes that each student’s mode of dress and grooming is a matter of individual preference. The Board will not interfere with students’ and parents’ decisions regarding appearance except when their choices disrupt the educational process, interfere with the maintenance of a positive teaching/learning climate or violate reasonable standards of health, safety, decency, and respect for others. The purpose of the student dress code is to encourage students to come to school prepared for the instructional program.
The Board prohibits the displaying of apparel, accessories, or the marking of the skin with designs or patterns, which advocate drugs, tobacco, and/or alcohol use, violence, disruptive behavior, disrespect for others, or denotes gang membership.
Two Guidelines to Note:
- Students may not wear hats indoors.
- Students’ midriffs need to be covered.
Student Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures
Following these procedures will help ensure the safety of students as well as expedite the drop off and pick up process:
- Help us keep students safe by staying in a single traffic line in front of the school.
- Pull up to the front of the drop off lane as much as possible (allowing traffic to stop) before allowing your child to exit the car. Traffic moves in “waves”.
- Follow directions of the duty staff.
- Have your student exit the vehicle from the sidewalk side of the drop off lane ONLY.
- Remain in your car and allow your student to exit on his/her own with their backpack or other items with them. Minimize the need for students to move between vehicles (i.e. to remove items from the trunk / hatch).
- After drop off or pickup occurs – WHEN SAFE – SLOWLY pull forward with traffic from the drop off lane once your student exits following traffic.
- Always EXIT LEFT off of the drop off lane towards North Mesa Rd. (No right turns during drop off and pick up times)
- Do not use the bus loop to drop off students – this lane is reserved for buses only
- Avoid dropping off in the parking lot. It is not safe for students to walk between moving cars, lanes, etc.
- Keep traffic moving and refrain from watching your child enter the school.
- Avoid blocking the crosswalk and follow the direction of crossing guards.
- Avoid passing other cars on the front driveway (even if there is an opening ahead) There is NO PASSING in the drop off lane.
- Obey the speed limit – 5 MPH
- Avoid parking on the drop off lane which is always a NO PARKING ZONE.
- When picking up students during the school day- please park in the parking lot and come into the office to check students out.
Should an emergency or disaster situation ever arise in our area while school is in session, we want you to be aware that the schools have made preparations to respond effectively to such situations. In fact, public schools in New Mexico are built to meet stringent construction standards, and they may be safer than your own home in the event of a disaster.
Should we have a major disaster during school hours, your student(s) will be cared for at this school. Los Alamos Public Schools have detailed emergency response plans, which have been formulated to respond to a major catastrophe. While the specific details of these plans cannot be made public, we will provide any information necessary for your emergency planning needs and peace of mind, in case of an emergency. After you have thoughtfully reviewed these process, please sit with your child(ren) and help them to understand that it is necessary for them to follow the directions of any school personnel in times of an emergency drill or actual emergency situation. The safety of all depends on all personnel and students treating drills and emergency directions with serious respect.
Your cooperation is necessary in any emergency:
- Do not telephone the school. You can receive updated information through an emergency communication system, provided by the school district and Los Alamos County. Telephone lines may be needed for emergency communication.
- In the event of a serious emergency, students will be kept at their schools until they can be picked up by an identified, responsible adult who has been listed as such on a LAPS emergency card, which is required to be completed by parents/guardians at the beginning of each school year. Please be sure you consider the following criteria when you authorize another person to pick up your child at school:
- S/He is 18 years of age or older.
- S/He is usually home during the day.
- S/He could walk to school, if necessary.
- S/He is known to your child.
- S/He is both aware and able to assume this responsibility.
During an extreme emergency, students will be released at designated reunion sites, to be identified by the Incident Commander and located on school campuses. Please instruct your student to remain at the school until you or your designee arrives.
- Turn your radio to AM 1610 for emergency announcements. If students are to be kept at school, radio stations will be notified. If electrical service is not affected, information will be relayed via LAPS to the radio and television broadcast media. In addition, information regarding day-to-day school operations will be available by accessing our website, or subscribing to our E-Alerts web-based system. All sites have hotline numbers, which will be updated.
- In the event that any emergency takes place during the time that students expect to be transported to or from school:
- If students are on the bus at the time, they will be kept on the bus, and the driver will ask for assistance through radio contact with the school and district personnel.
- Any child who is home waiting for the bus will not be picked up and remains the responsibility of the parent or guardian.
- In any situation, if the student’s bus does not arrive at the stop within fifteen (15) minutes, the student should return home.
- In the event that an emergency occurs in the afternoon, the driver will make every attempt to continue delivering the students to their homes. Should road conditions prevent the driver from delivering students to their home or to school in the morning, the students will be delivered to the nearest district site, and that site’s personnel will communicate with home school personnel to inform them of the students’ whereabouts.
- In case of a hazardous release event (i.e. chemical spill) near the school area, Shelter-In-Place procedures will be implemented to provide “in place” protection. All students and staff will clear the fields, report to their rooms, and all efforts will be made to prevent outside air from entering the classrooms during the emergency. “Shelter-In-Place” signs will be placed in classroom windows or hung outside classroom doors during a drill or emergency. Students arriving at school during a Shelter-In-Place drill or event should report to the school office or to a previously designated area at the school because classrooms will be inaccessible. When the dangerous incident has subsided, an “all clear” signal will be given.
In the case of a county-wide evacuation, which would include the schools, that evacuation would proceed in accordance with the protocols established in the Los Alamos County Emergency Operations Plan. Please access the County’s website for this county-wide evacuation plan.
Please discuss these matters with your immediate family. Planning ahead will help alleviate concern during emergencies.
Registration For LAMS Saturday School Is Now Open!
LAMS will be offering Saturday School this year to help our students with the following needs:
- Further develop skills that the teacher has identified the student is needing
- Make up homework/quizzes/tests
- Prepare ahead for an upcoming week
- A quiet place to study
Registration for Saturday School may only be done by the student or parent. Teachers will send you an email if they are recommending your son or daughter for Saturday School. However, you may register your child without your teacher’s recommendation based on the criteria above. Saturday School is open from 8:15am-11:15am at LAMS. Students are required to stay the entire 3 hours and must arrive no later than 8:25am.
To register for Saturday School, complete the Registration Form.
If you have any questions please contact the LAMS registrar: firstname.lastname@example.org or 663-2407.
The purpose of any computer utilization is to enhance the educational experience. All students and staff are required to have a signed district Technology Agreement on file. Use of computers is a privilege and not a right. Inappropriate use will result in the cancellation of those privileges. LAHS administration will determine what is inappropriate use and that decision will be final. Inappropriate use will result in the closing of an account at any time or by removal from a computer-based class.
- Student photos will be taken during registration.
- Hats or sunglasses are not allowed to be worn. Clothing must not breach the dress code.
- RETAKES – TBA