Happy Autumn Parents!
Fall is definitely in the air. I love the crisp mornings and the change of color appearing in the Jemez.
We have been busy here at Piñon. The teachers and students are settling into their routines, our Safety Patrol is up and running, and many of our clubs have started. Primary students have finished their initial Istation assessments, and upper grade students have completed MAPS testing. Soon we will be preparing for our first round of Parent-Teacher conferences marking a halfway point in the semester.
I want to say thank you all for your participation in your students’ education. I am glad to be working together as a team to help them mature and achieve all that they are capable of during their elementary years.
As always, check out my page for updated information.
Ivanna Austell, Principal
Safety Standard Response:
A critical ingredient in the safe school recipe is the classroom response to an incident at school. Weather events, fire, accidents, intruders and other threats to student safety are scenarios that are planned and trained for by students, teachers, staff, and administration.
The Piñon School Safety Plan follows both the district and the New Mexico State Public Education Department’s guidelines for school safety plans. We review our plan periodically with the school’s Action Crisis Team and on an annual basis with the Piñon Site Council. There are three key elements to our plan: Prevention, Intervention, and Crises Response. We also keep an address list and photographs on file of the sex offenders who reside in Los Alamos. This list is updated by the Superintendent’s office and available in our front office.
This part of our plan refers to what we teach our students so that they learn how to make healthy and safe choices. Our curriculum includes life skills, media literacy, conflict resolution, class meetings, student counseling, Friendship Groups, and Lunch Buddies.
This part of our plan refers to the school’s behavior rules, a progressive discipline policy, dress code, attendance, and abuse/neglect reporting.
If you want to review the complete plan, please come by the office. You may direct any questions to Principal Ivanna Austell.
Please make sure to update your student’s school emergency card. Call or come by the school to update. Remember to update again when necessary.
- Sign up for E-Alerts on the school and district websites. You’ll be notified by email whenever an emergency results in a delay, cancellation, or early dismissal.
- Sign in and wear a Piñon Volunteer or Visitor badge when you are in the building.
As part of your family plan, know your student’s schedule. Please check the accuracy of this schedule with your child.
Parents with students currently taking emergency medication (i.e. medication for diabetes, seizures, anaphylaxis, asthma, etc.), please provide the nurse with a three-day supply of medication in a prescription container that is clearly marked with your child’s name and dosage. Please include doctor’s orders for the prescription and parental permission for dispensation of the medication and any special storage instructions.
Notify and provide school with special dietary needs of your student.
You might want to think about having your student have a change of clothes and personal hygiene articles (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, contact lens kit) in their locker.
Stay calm in emergencies! At Piñon, we have emergency plans in place. We have planned, prepared, and practiced for such emergencies.
Going To and From School
The school district assumes responsibility for students when they are using school bus transportation as they come to and from school and when they are on the school grounds between 8:05 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. on regular school days. The schools are not responsible for children while they are walking, riding bicycles, or otherwise coming to and from school. In this area, the County and the parents share responsibility for the children. However, the school and the Piñon PTO have an active interest in maintaining and assuring the safety and welfare of students who are walking or bicycling to and from school and will work cooperatively with the police, parents, and the County Transportation Committee in promoting and educating children in pedestrian and bicycle safety and law enforcement.
Early Dismissal/Snow Day Plan
On days of deep snow or exceptionally bad weather, schools may choose to follow a 2 hour delay plan. Any activities scheduled before school, such as band or orchestra, are canceled on snow days. Students should arrive at school two hours later than usual. If a 2-hour delay is called on a Wednesday, there will be NO school at the elementary level. Announcements concerning snow days will be made over the radio station KRSN AM 1490, on major local television channels (4, 7, or 13) beginning at approximately 6:30 a.m., or call the district info line at 663-2223.
On rare occasions, school will be dismissed early because of unusually heavy snowfall or other emergency situations. This decision is made by staff in Los Alamos Schools Central Office in collaboration with LANL staff and Los Alamos County staff. When this occurs, there will be radio messages to inform you of the decision. We ask your cooperation at this time. Please make a plan with your child ahead of time so he or she knows where to go after school is dismissed. We will send home a form for you to fill out to share your plan with us. This will help us know what you and your child have decided to do. Each teacher will keep a copy of your plan at school. Keep your email address current since we will send out a general announcement to our Pinon Family email list. When the decision to dismiss early occurs, it generally precedes early county and laboratory closings. For that reason, it is important for students and school staff to proceed home quickly so the roads may be clear for subsequent county and laboratory traffic. Please understand that the school phone lines must remain open during this time. Please go over the plans with your child to avoid any confusion.
8:20 am: Classes begin
10:15 am – 10:30 am: Morning recess
12:20 pm – 1:05 pm: Lunch (K-6)
2:10 pm – 2:20 pm: Afternoon recess
3:20 pm: Classes dismissed
3:30 pm: Buses leave
Wednesdays only: Classes dismissed at 12:00 pm. Buses leave at 12:10 pm.
9:00 am – 11:30 am: Morning class
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Afternoon class
No preschool on Wednesdays
When there is a two-hour delay, there will be no morning preschool. Afternoon preschool will meet as usual.
Band and Orchestra
Band and Orchestra meet in the gym or music room.
Tuesdays: 7:30 am – 8:20 am
Thursdays: 8:20 am – 9:10 am
Tuesdays: 8:20 am – 9:10 am
Thursdays: 7:30 am – 8:20 am
Our School Programs Include: Lunch Buddies • Preschool • Intervention
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.