Suzanne Lynne began teaching at LAPS in 1997, and also served as literacy coach for 12 years. Before becoming principal at Chamisa Elementary School, she was the principal at La Tierra Montessori School of the Arts and Sciences, a K-8 school in the Espanola Valley.
Ainsworth has a bachelor’s degree in history from Western New Mexico University, a master’s degree in secondary education from Western New Mexico University, and his Educational Administration Certificate from New Mexico Highlands University. He has taught for a total of nine years, the last seven of which have been in Los Alamos. He received administration experience from a year as dean of students at TFA/LAHS. With his leadership as head coach, the LAHS Varsity Golf team won two consecutive state championships.
Dear LAMS Families:
Middle school is an exciting time filled with many new, fun and rewarding opportunities. We are fired up about the possibilities for bringing our talents together to create an exciting atmosphere in which our whole community can learn and grow-staff and students alike. Our staff has been meeting and coming together this summer with enthusiasm and great ideas that will promote a healthy atmosphere for our students. We are interested in your ideas as well. As this is our first year together, there is great potential to come together to combine our strengths and talents in order to make our students’ experiences rich, safe and meaningful.
Middle school years are a crucial time in child development. Middle school students should be exposed to a variety of meaningful, new and challenging opportunities-both academic and extra-curricular. We encourage students to get involved in all LAMS has to offer: choose fun and interesting classes, play a sport, or join a club! At the heart of our message to every LAMS student is explore dreams, expand abilities, and make lasting memories.
Finally, our priorities for this school year are both academic and social/emotional. We will place a high priority on respect, community, and a culture of success. In just two short years middle school students arrive from elementary school and exit as high school students. We are grateful for the opportunity to support your students as they pursue academic success and discover their unique talents at LAMS. Go Hawks!
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to get involved!
7th grade counselor, Cara Michel, email@example.com
8th grade counselor, Jenn Neil, firstname.lastname@example.org
LAPS uses the School Messenger system to notify parents for reasons that impact safety and academic performance of students.
Once your child is enrolled at LAPS, you will be automatically enrolled to receive email notifications from School Messenger. LAPS highly recommends that parents also sign up for text messaging so that they may receive important announcements via text, such as emergency notifications. To sign up for text messaging, please follow these instructions in English or Spanish.
If you have a student in one of our schools, please ensure that your school contact information and emergency contact information is up-to-date.
If you need to make a change to your contact information, please call or visit your school office.
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
The LAPS attendance policy (School Board Policy 5110.pdf
) is based on New Mexico State Law, which is included under School Board Policy 5110R.pdf
. The policy mandates students to attend class and teachers to keep accurate daily attendance records. The sole intent and purpose of this regulation is to attain the highest degree of attendance for each student at LAMS.
According to the New Mexico school law, children are required to attend school until they have reached their seventeenth birthday unless the child has previously graduated from high school.
All students are expected to attend school regularly and to be on time for classes in order to benefit from the instructional program and to develop habits of punctuality, self-discipline, and responsibility. There is a direct relationship between attendance and student success. Students who have good attendance generally achieve high grades, enjoy school more, and are more employable after leaving high school.
LAMS provides several intervention strategies which support regular attendance. These include phone calls or letters to parents, meetings with the counselors, and/or meetings with an administrator and the teachers to form remediation plans.
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.
The parent/guardian, with proper identification, must sign students out in the office when leaving school. Students must sign in when returning to school.
Students are allowed to be transported from school by older siblings if they are listed on the medical emergency card.
Los Alamos Middle School and the Prevention Office is pleased to announce the launch of the Bullying Tip Line.
The reporting can be done anonymously by students, their parents or community members.
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.
2019-2020 Registration Information:
LAMS REGISTRATION DAY & COMPUTER PICKUP, AUGUST 5TH
LAMS will host a computer and agenda pickup day on Monday, August 5th
8th grade, A-L, 8:30-10am
8th grade, M-Z, 10-11:30am
7th grade, A-L, 12-1:30pm
7th grade, M-Z, 1:30-3:00pm
Fees will be listed in your students PowerSchool page, https://powerschool.laschools.net/public/home.html on August 1st.
Please pay fees online at https://laschools.hotlunch.com/fees/lams/registration.php. Bring a copy of your receipt with you to pick up your student’s computer and agenda.
If you prefer to pay with cash or check, bring your checkbook or cash. The bookkeeper will be available to take your payment on August 5th.
Click here to access the 2021-2022 school supply lists.
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.
• Ethical Use of Technology Board Policy 6144R
ockers will be provided upon request. Any student can request a locker. Lockers are the property of LAMS. They may be opened and searched by school administrators and their designees for reasonable suspicion or in an emergency situation. LAMS does not assume responsibility for any lost, stolen, or damaged items that are not secured. Students should keep all lockers locked and not to share lockers or combinations.
essages during school. Because of the importance of instructional time, classes are not interrupted. Students will be called to the main office by the PA system at the end of the period or taken a note in emergency situations. Parents should only attempt to contact a student via the student’s cell phone before school, during lunch, and after school, not during the instructional school day, even if the student has an unsupervised period on campus.
Student ID’s ARE REQUIRED
- 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