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Handbook Essentials

Attendance

No children are allowed on school grounds before 7:30 AM or after 2:10 PM unless they are accompanied by a parent/guardian, or are enrolled in the YMCA, or another after-school program.

If a parent is accompanying a student before school, the student and parent must be on the playground and not in the patio area near the classrooms.

If you have an emergency and must change your previously arranged plans, you may call the office and they will attempt to reach your children to let them know of the change. Although every attempt will be made to forward your information, we cannot guarantee that the change in plans will be relayed to your child. No students will be called from class or given messages after 1:30 PM.

Absences

Report an Absence: (505) 299-1937

  • It is the parents’ or guardian’s responsibility to call the school the day that the student is absent. 
  • Absences resulting from short-term suspensions or authorized absences, such as those approved for participation in extracurricular or co-curricular events, will not be included when evaluating excessive absences.
  • A student shall not be allowed more than ten (10) school-related absences per class per semester.
  • State law requires schools to withdraw a student after ten (10) consecutive days of absence. 

Tardiness

  • Late students must be accompanied to the office by a parent or guardian (over the age of 18 to sign the student in) to receive a tardy slip.   
  • Students must have a tardy slip to enter the classroom.   
  • If excused, parents shall notify the school in accordance with our school's notification procedure.
Dial-A-Teacher

Free over-the-phone homework help is available!

Monday – Thursday

5:30 – 8:30 PM

505-344-3571 or 1-800-947-8839

Help in Spanish is also available

Provided by the Albuquerque Teachers Federation and Sandia National Laboratories.

Dress Codes

Students’ dress may not present a health or safety hazard, violate municipal state law, or present a potential disruption to the instructional program.  Attire or accessories that advertise, display, or promote any drug, including alcohol or tobacco, sexual activity, violence, disrespect and/or bigotry towards any group are not acceptable. 

Hats may be worn on campus, but are not allowed in the classroom or any other inside setting. Unacceptable clothing and accessories include, but are not limited to, gang-related attire, excessively tight or revealing clothes, short shorts or skirts (above the end of the students’ fingertips when arms are at their sides), bare midriff, low-cut and/or off the shoulder blouses, spiked jewelry, chains, belts with more than 2 inches excess. 

“Sagging” (the wearing of pants below the waist and/or in a manner that allows underwear or bare skin to show) and “bagging” (the wearing of excessively baggy pants with low hanging crotches) are prohibited.

Drop off & Pick up

Inca Street will be used for ALL student drop-off and pick-up Kindergarten through 5th grade. Parents should access Inca from San Gabriel headed south, enter the parking lot using the north entrance, drop-off and pick-up students is designated area near cafeteria and exit back on to Inca headed south. You may drop them off on Inca, south of Comanche and they can use the crosswalk to access campus.

There is no student drop-off or pick-up on the east side of the school. All students in cars should arrive and depart school on the west side of the school.

The circular drives on Comanche are for buses and child care vans only. Do not drop-off or pick-up your child on Comanche Street.

Parents should NOT park the north parking lot at any time. The East parking lot on Comanche can be used for student drop-off and pick-up only if you are parking your car, in a parking space, and walking your child onto campus.

Nightly Reading & Writing Program

All Mitchell students will participate in a Nightly Reading and a Nightly Writing program.  Each grade level has developed specific criteria to best meet their needs. 

The general components of the Nightly Reading and Nightly Writing program include reading and writing for 20 minutes a night, parent monitoring of these activities, and periodic parent response.  In order to improve fluency and comprehension in reading, we recommend each student participate in daily oral reading with a parent or sibling.

Free Access to Books

Governor Susana Martinez has continued her initiative to provide a book for each of New Mexico’s first graders. 

As part of this initiative, the publisher of Deep in the Desert/En lo Profundo del Desierto, Arbordale Publishing, is providing free access to 140 dual-language (English/Spanish), interactive eBooks for every elementary school student and their families through December 2018.  

Access these books at the site below with the password Albuquerque:

School Messenger

APS has implemented School Messenger, the new district-wide communication system.  Parents will receive a phone call or e-mail every time their child is late or absent. As soon as teachers take attendance, the system begins to call or e-mail the parents to notify them of their child’s absence or tardies, whether excused or unexcused.  

Please continue to call the school to report your child’s absence or tardy.  

School Messenger will also be used to notify you of upcoming events, school delays or closings, if your child has a negative account in the cafeteria, and in the event of an emergency.

Please remember to notify the office if you have a change of contact information:

Visitors

All visitors to campus, even regular volunteers, need to sign-in in the office and get a visitors pass. The only time a pass is not required is during drop-off and pick-up.

Dogs are not allowed on campus, even on a leash. Please refrain from bringing your family pet to school to pick up your child. We have many students that are very afraid of dogs and this has caused some stress for them.