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					                                         Albuquerque Public Schools




            Dual Language Fine Arts Academy

                  STUDENT & PARENT HANDBOOK
                                                  2009-2010
                                          1101 Park Ave. SW
                                        Albuquerque, NM 87102
                                        PHONE: (505) 764-2000
                                            FAX: 764-2022
                                   WEBSITE: http://washington.aps.edu
Administration
Cynthia Challberg-Hale, Principal                ext. 61001   Jeanette Paiz, 7B & 8B Dean     ext. 61163
Cesar Hernandez, School Administration Manager   ext. 61002   Charlene Seidl, Secretary       ext. 61003
Linda Corona, 6A & 6B Dean                       ext. 61179   Gloria Larios, Office Clerk     ext. 0
Richard Broyles, 7A & 8A Dean                    ext. 61106   Rita Brito, Secretary           ext. 61191

COUNSELORS’ OFFICE                                            NURSE’S OFFICE
Rosario Magallanes-Flores                        ext. 61102   Tomas Panzlau, Nurse            ext. 61122
                                                              Oralia Rubio, Assistant         ext. 61004

SPECIAL EDUCATION                                             LIBRARY
Lisa Atencio                                     ext. 61174   Rachel Torres                   ext. 61123
TBA, SLP                                         ext. 61101
TBA, Social Worker                               ext. 61113
                                                              PARENT CENTERS
CAFETERIA                                                     Raquel Navarro                  ext. 61119
Debbie Espinosa, Manager                         242-1596     Alma Alvarez                    ext. 61109

EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT
It is the policy of the Albuquerque Public Schools not to discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion,
national origin, or handicap in any of its’ educational programs or employment practices.

POLICY DISCLAIMER
If discrepancies are found between the information contained herein and the policies, laws, and
regulations of the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education, local, state or federal government
agencies, the policies, laws, and regulations of those agencies will be the final authority.

Washington Middle School is accredited by the New Mexico Public Education Department.


                                                                                        Revised July 14, 2009

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General Information
MASTER CALENDAR The Master Calendar is published at the beginning of the school year. It contains
dates and times of vacation, parent conferences, performances, IC and Parent Meetings, newsletters,
special events and fundraisers.

SCHOOL NEWSLETTER Our bilingual newsletter is sent home on a monthly basis.                It provides
information on Washington activities and issues.



Daily Schedule
      8:15                 School Office Opens
      8:44                 Staff Report In
      8:54                 Bell Rings
      11:31- 12:01         A Lunch
      12:15- 12:45         B Lunch
      3:40                 Dismissal
      4:30                 School Office Closes
      5:00                 Activity Bus (Monday-Thursday)


IMPORTANT DATES                    (Inservice days are for staff development. No student attendance.)

                       Washington Middle School Calendar 2009-2010

July 31 ………………………………………………………………………………………………….…..….Staff Orientation
July 30 & 31………………………………………………………………………………………………………..Registration
August 3 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………First Day of Classes
August 17 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………Teacher Prep Day
August 18 & 19 ……………………………………………………………………………District Professional Development
September 7 ………………………………………………………………………………………………. Labor Day Holiday
October 9 …………………………………………………………………………….………………………………..Fall Break
October 15 & 16…………………………………………………………………………………………...Parent Conferences
October 19 – October 23 ………………… ………………………………………………………………. Fall Intersession
October 26 – October 30 ………..…………………………………………………………………….All School Intersession
November 11 ………………………………………………………………………….…………..…….Veteran’s Day Holiday
November 25 – November 27…………………………………………………… ……………………Thanksgiving Holiday
December 21 – January 1 ……………………………………………………… ……………….………………Winter Break
January 4 ………………………………………………………………………….……..…… Site Professional Development
January 18………………………………………………………………………………………Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday
February 15 …………………………………………………………………………….....................President’s Day Holiday
March 8 – March 12……………….…………………………………………………………………….… Spring Intersession
March 15 – March 19………………………………………………………………………………………………Spring Break
April 2 …………………………………………………………………………………………………………….Vernal Holiday
April 29 & 30……………………………………………………………………………………………….. Parent Conferences
May 31 …………………………………………………………………………………………..………Memorial Day Holiday
June 7 ………………………………………………….………………..………………………………………Last of School
June 8, 9, 10 …………………………………….…………………………………..….…………….Snow Days (if needed)




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          WMS STUDENT & PARENT HANDBOOK
The staff of Washington Middle School expects our students to have good values and strong character.
Good values and strong character don’t just happen. It’s up to each of us, WMS teachers, parents,
students, and community to lay a solid foundation for character development by teaching right from wrong
and by acting as positive role models. All people who follow these rules and regulations will help WMS
students build TRUSTWORTHINESS, RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, FAIRNESS, CARING, and
CITIZENSHIP.




                     STUDENT RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES

      You have the right:
             To be safe
             To learn
             To be taught, and graded in a clear, proper, and fair way
             To know exactly what is expected of you in class
             To be treated with dignity and respect
             To express your opinion in a fair and respectful manner
             To give your side if accused of breaking school rules
             To receive help in resolving problems with other students


      You have the responsibility:
             To respect and obey ALL adults
             To respect and take care of your school
             To respect the rights of others, to learn, and to be safe
             To bring to the attention of teachers or administrators situations
              in which you are in danger or have been treated unfairly
             To attend school every day, and to make up all work missed if you
              must be absent
             To be on time and prepared for each class every day
             To do your work both at school and at home
             To dress appropriately- school is your “job”
             To follow school rules, including those set up by individual teachers,
              and accept responsibility for your actions
             To make a good effort to find solutions to problems
             To abide by all WMS & APS policies

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TRUSTWORTHINESS
              Be honest.
              Don’t deceive, cheat or steal.
              Be reliable – do what you say you’ll do.
              Have the courage to do the right thing.
              Build a good reputation.
              Be loyal – stand by your family, friends and country.

“Character is revealed by how we behave when we are sure we won’t be found out.” -Thomas
Babington Macauly

CLOSED CAMPUS
Students may leave only with parent or an authorized person. School age visitors are not allowed.

PARENT VISITS TO CAMPUS
It is APS policy that all visitors to a school campus check in at the main office. Washington Middle
School also requests that you sign the visitor log on the counter in the main office. You will be asked to
provide a photo ID.

Teachers give their full attention to students during class time, so parents are encouraged to set up
appointments to meet with teachers during their prep periods. Group teacher conferences can be
arranged through any of your child’s teachers.

TELEPHONE AND CELL PHONE USAGE
The classroom telephones at Washington Middle School are business phones. Students will be
allowed to use them with the permission and under the supervision of the teacher. If a student needs to
use the office phone during the day, he/she must have a pass from their class teacher. Any student
who misses the bus or has another emergency after school may use the telephone in the office.

Students are not permitted to call a parent to come for them if they are not feeling well, until they clear
the call through a supervising adult in the Nurse’s Office.

Students may not request to use the phone to get permission to go home with a friend.

   Students are permitted to have cell phones however, their use during school hours is disruptive,
    therefore, they need to remain turned off and inside backpack or purse. They may NOT be kept in
    pockets. Any cell phones displayed or used will be confiscated and an academic meeting will
    be required to return item. Second infraction on same item will result on school retaining
    article until last day of semester.


FIELD TRIPS
To enrich the learning experiences of students, field trips are scheduled throughout the year. Before
students are permitted to participate, they must complete an APS Field Trip Permission Form. This
form must be read and signed by parents and the student, then returned to school before the field trip
takes place. An alternate activity will be planned for any student not participating or who does not have
a permission form. Permission to attend a field trip can be faxed to school with original APS form but

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may not be phoned in.


RELEASE OF STUDENTS
It is the policy of Washington Middle School that students not be released between 3:10 p.m. and final
dismissal at 3:40 p.m. Dismissal during this time is considered detrimental to the classroom teaching
environment and a loss of important instructional time and learning for the student.
Exceptions will be made by the principal only for recognized emergencies. If release is required for
medical appointments, parents are asked to call early in the day to make arrangements for early
release.

No student will be released to a minor or to any individual who is not properly recorded on the student’s
current registration form. Photo ID will be required for release. Calls regarding different student pick-up
arrangements can be called in or sent as a note from the parent, however only persons listed on the
student’s emergency card will be permitted to pick up students. The parent may amend this information
but must come to the office to make changes.

MEDICATION
If prescription or over-the-counter medication must be taken at school, the health care provider must
complete a medication form available in the Nurse’s Office. Medication, which must be taken during
the school day, must be left with the school’s nurse or the health assistant in its original container with
the appropriate medication form.

Non-prescription medications such as Tylenol or cold tablets many not be taken without prior written
permission of the parent. Under no circumstance may school personnel provide medication to a
student without written approval.

Students with chronic medical conditions must have information concerning the condition on file in the
Health Center. Information on the health emergency card must be accurate, current and is solely the
responsibility of the parent to maintain. The school staff and the Health Center staff will use good
judgment and due diligence when serving the needs of the child.




RESPECT
              Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule.
              Be tolerant of differences.
              Use good manners, not bad language.
              Be considerate of the feelings of others.
              Don’t threaten, hit, or hurt anyone.
              Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements.


    “Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.”
                                                                                     - Eric Huffer

The Albuquerque Public School Student Behavior Handbook states guidelines for student rights and

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responsibilities. It does not create a contractual rights, and the school district has the discretion to
modify the provisions of this Handbook at anytime.

WHEN IS THE HANDBOOK IN FORCE?
The provisions of the Student Behavior Handbook are in force:
    During regular school hours and/or on school property
    During transportation of students
    At times and places where appropriate school administrators and staff have jurisdiction
       including, but not limited to school-sponsored events, field trips, athletic functions and other
       school-related activities.
    On the way to or from school or a school-related event.
    The Extra-Curricular Substance Abuse and Tobacco Policy is in effect twenty-four hours a day,
       seven days a week, at all times/locations from the first day of fall sports practices to the end of
       the school year. Additional sanctions may apply above and beyond the minimum mandatory
       consequences of this policy for violations which occur when this Handbook is in force (i.e.; on
       school property, during school times, or at school events).

Additionally, the principal, any public school official or designated chaperone is authorized to take
administrative action when a student’s misconduct away from school during a school activity may have
a detrimental effect on the other students, staff or on the orderly educational process.

The principal has the responsibility to take discretionary action any time the educational process is
threatened with disruption. Nothing in the following is intended to prevent a staff member, teacher,
principal or other administrator from using his/her best judgment with respect to a particular situation.

LIBRARY/MEDIA CENTER
The library/media center is used by students and staff for reading, studying, and research. This facility
is a place for quiet work; it is not a social center. The library/media center is open from the first bell of
the day to the last bell of the day. In order to enter the library, students must always have a pass or be
accompanied by a faculty member or the representative of an authorized support group. Books and
materials may be checked out by students and faculty. Materials or books that are damaged or lost
must be paid by the person who checked it out. Students owing money for lost books may not check
out any other books or materials until the matter is resolved. Computers are available for research use
only.

PARTIES
Plan to celebrate birthdays before or after school. Flowers, balloons or presents delivered to students
during class time will be kept in the main office for the student to take home at the end of the day.
Classes may not be disturbed. Please do not bring birthday cakes to school.



RESPONSIBILITY
              Do what you are supposed to do.
              Persevere: keep on trying!
              Always do your best.
              Use self-control; be self-disciplined.
              Think before you act—consider the consequences.
              Be accountable for your choices.


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“The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source
from which self respect springs.”                         - Joan Didion


ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE UPDATES
It is important that the school have up-to-date address and telephone numbers to use in case of an
emergency. Please notify us about any changes of address or phone number for home or work.
Returned mail will require proof of residency.

POSITIVE DISCIPLINE PROGRAM
An important part of a student’s learning is how to live and work with other people. WMS students are
expected to follow the Character Counts guidelines for behavior:
 Trustworthiness (Integrity, Honesty, Reliability, Loyalty)
 Respect (“Golden Rule”, Tolerance, Acceptance, Nonviolence, Courtesy)
 Responsibility (Duty, Accountability, Pursue Excellence, Self-Control)
 Fairness (Justice, Openness)
 Caring (Concern for Others, Charity)
 Citizenship (Do Your Share, Respect Authority, Respect the Law)

ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES
New Mexico law dictates that students between the ages of six (6) and eighteen (18) years of age
attend public school, private school, home school, or a State institution.

Daily attendance is mandatory for students to benefit to the fullest from the instructional program. The
district recognizes, however, that there are situations that dictate a student’s absence. Therefore, in
accordance with District guidelines, an absence may be excused for the following reasons:
          illness
          medical appointments
          death in the family
          family emergency
          religious commitment
          diagnostic testing
          other circumstances as agreed to by the principal
An unexcused absence is any absence that does not adhere to the prescribed district guidelines (listed
above), is not school-related, is for family convenience, or is not reported within two (2) school days.
Excessive excused or unexcused absences, defined as 4.5 or more absences per semester may
result in a recommendation for retention and/or disciplinary action. Students that have excessive
absences will be referred to Children’s Court.

It is the parent’s/guardian’s responsibility to notify the school when their child is absent. Please call
764-2000 between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on the first day of absence. A recorder will take your
messages during non-office hours.
Parents must come in and sign in with their child anytime after 9:30 a.m.

Parent permission is required if a student leaves school during the day; students must first report to the
attendance office. Parents must pick up their child in the administration office. If someone other than
a parent will pick up the child, you must list them on the school registration card. We will
request a picture I.D. before we release your student. Anyone not listed on this card will not be
allowed to remove the student from school.

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Although extended absences for family trips are not excused, trips of three days or more must be
approved by an administrator. When assignments are requested, teachers should be given 24 hours
notice to prepare the assignments. All work must be completed prior to the absence.

If the teacher is unable to provide the assignments prior to the trip, the work would be due in a period of
time equal to the number of days absent or a time mutually agreed upon by the student and the
teacher.




REPORT CARDS & PROGRESS REPORTS
Report cards will be distributed two weeks following the end of each grade-reporting period. The dates
of distribution will be on the Master Calendar. Trimester Report Cards and Progress Reports will be
sent with students or may be picked up in the office. Parents will be notified by ParentLink phone calls
and emails.

TRANSFERS
Students who do not reside in the Washington Middle School attendance area must obtain written
permission to attend Washington. The residence of the legal guardian determines a student’s home
school attendance area. A limited power of attorney does not establish residence. Transfers will be
approved only on a space available basis. Transfer students are subject to abiding by all school rules.

VISITORS
Student visitors ARE NOT ALLOWED! All other visitors should telephone before coming to the school.
Visitors must report directly to the main office when entering the campus and sign in. Parents are
encouraged to visit the school, but must check in at the main office. Please convey this information to
all brothers and sisters, or relatives who would be picking up Washington students.

DRESS CODE
Washington Middle School and the Board of Education expect student dress and grooming to reflect
high standards of personal conduct. Student attire is to promote a positive, safe and healthy
atmosphere within the school. Student dress may not present a health or safety hazard, violate
municipal or state law or present a potential for disruption to the instructional program. Attire or
accessories that advertise, display or promote any religion, drug, including alcohol or tobacco, sexual
activity, profanity, gang activities, violence, disrespect and/or bigotry towards any group are not
acceptable.

Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education has approved a policy which states, …”all Washington
Middle School students will be required to wear standard dress”. All guidelines which have been
adopted for the Albuquerque Public Schools and for the Albuquerque Cluster schools are still in effect
and are included, where appropriate, in the itemized lists that follow.

The uniform dress policy will apply:
    To all students at WMS while on campus or involved in school events
    Exceptions are made with Principal’s approval where there are specific instructional, safety,
       religious, or medical reasons
General Requirements:
 No clothing or hair in red, yellow, purple, orange or turquoise. No hairstyles and/or colors that are
   identified with gangs.
 No sunglasses, hairnets, hats, bandanas, heavy chains, oversized religious, or spiked jewelry.
 Small religious necklaces are permitted

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   No clothing or accessories which promote negative behaviors and/or advertise any religion,
    profanity, violence, sex, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, bigotry, disrespect, or gangs nor that is highly
    distractive, disruptive, or immodest
   No flip-flops or high-heeled shoes are permitted
   No jackets with hoods on campus at any time. Students cannot wear jackets inside building unless
    permitted by staff or administration due to malfunctioning heating. No jackets over arms. No gloves
    or half gloves inside the building.
   Excessive make-up, glitter, and stickers on the face are not allowed. No finger nails over 1/4 inch,
    natural or cosmetic.
   Only one earring per ear. Not over ¼” in boys 1 1/2” in girls. No piercings other than ears.
   No perfume or cologne will be allowed due to allergies and asthma health reasons.
   Only single compartment backpacks of solid colors (Jacket colors) will be allowed. No large multi-
    access bags will be allowed. There should be NO marking or writing on backpack. Large backpacks
    have been shown to cause health and back problems.
   Soft drinks, coffee, energy drinks, bags of chips, candy are not permitted in campus. They will be
    confiscated and disposed of in the trash.
   All inappropriate articles will be confiscated and an academic meeting will be required to
    return items. Second infraction on same item will result on school retaining article until last
    day of semester.


Skirts/Jumpers (females only):
    Solid colors: blue, black, khaki, grey
    Straight, pleated, broomstick
    Length from finger tips to ankles
    Jumpers must be worn with polo shirt.

Pants & Shorts:
    Solid colors: blue, black, khaki, grey
    Straight leg, regular cut
    Cotton-blend, “Docker” or “Dickies” style (No denim jeans, corduroy, or stripped)
    Length from finger tips to ankles (Capri pants, mid-calf shorts OK)
    No cargo pants/shorts
    No designs on pants/shorts
    No “pegged” pants (rolled or with rubber bands)
    No oversized (wide legs, overlong, sagging, not fitted at waist) or undersized (spandex, tight
      clothing, immodest)

Shirts:
    Solid colors: blue, white, grey, green, black, pink (females only)
    Polo style with collar, cotton-blend, 3 buttons.
    Short or long sleeves (not sleeveless)
    Uniform shirt may be worn un-tucked, but any undershirt must be tucked in
    Undershirts must be the same color as the polo shirt

Sweatshirts and Sweaters:
   Solid colors: blue, white, khaki, grey, black, pink (females only)
   Polo shirt collar must be visible
   No oversized or undersized
   No clothing with hoods.
   No plaid or stripes


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Jackets & Coats
    Solid colors: blue, khaki, white, grey, black, pink (females only)
    “Suit coat” style OK
    No oversized or undersized
    No clothing with hoods
    No plaid or stripes, No denim.
    No sports teams or commercial logos
    No oversized writing, symbols, logos


Students and their parents/guardians are:
• Responsible to be aware of the dress code.
• Responsible to conform to requirements.
• Responsible to be in standard dress at all times when on campus.

Where do you find standard dress?
   Most retail stores (such as Walmart, Target, Sears, JC Penny’s) carry clothing that meet these guidelines.
   The WMS Parent Room and Operation School Bell offer a limited supply of uniforms for students.
   Further information available in the WMS Office.
If you have any questions about the uniform policy, please check with personnel at Washington Middle
School prior to making any clothing purchases.

Exception to dress code will be permitted only after conference with the principal and only when there
are specific instructional, safety, religious or medical reasons for the variation.

HOMEWORK
The teaching staff at Washington Middle School will regularly give homework assignments to reinforce,
further explain, or provide more practice in the classroom skills being taught. Homework in the
academic areas will be assigned. Parental support and involvement are vital in motivating students to
develop good homework habits. The administration of Washington Middle School will support all efforts
of teachers who make homework a key element of their teaching strategy.

Students absent due to illness or home suspension may request missed assignments from the teacher
when he/she returns to school. This is the students’ responsibility. The student will have the opportunity
to complete the work in a period of time equal to the number of days absent unless the student and the
teacher have mutually agreed upon other arrangements.

INSURANCE
The laws of the State of New Mexico are such that a school district cannot assume liability for costs
incurred in student accidents. For this reason, the Board of Education makes a student accident
insurance policy available to all regularly enrolled students in the Albuquerque Public Schools. The
coverage will usually meet all of the reasonable charges pertaining to a student accident. It is available
at a nominal cost. Insurance applications will be available at registration and in the counseling office
throughout the school year. Enrollment application and premium payments must be sent DIRECTLY to
the insurance company by the parents.

LOST AND FOUND
If a student finds an article belonging to someone else, it should be brought to the main office. The
principal’s secretary keeps small items like jewelry, glasses and keys. If you lose something, check for
it in the office. If it has not been turned in, you may write a description of it to be read on the
announcements. Do not bring valuable items or more than a moderate amount of money to school.

VALUABLES/PERSONAL PROPERTY/MONEY
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For their own benefit, students are asked to leave items that are valuable, easily damaged or lost, at
home. It is also a good idea to bring only a small amount of money to school.

Cassette players, cameras, MP3 players, video cameras, radios, video games, and toys are not
allowed at school because they are disruptive to the educational process, and easily misplaced, stolen
or broken. These items will be confiscated. When an item is confiscated: 1) No items will be returned to
the students; 2) Parents will have to have a parent conference on academics with the core Family
teachers before items will be returned (we will have a form for you to sign); 3) Confiscated items will
only be returned Monday afternoon from 4:00 – 5:00 pm; 4) Items confiscated a second time won’t be
returned until the end of the semester.

Bicycles and skateboards are allowed as transportation to and from school, but may not be ridden on
school grounds. Bicycles must be locked in the bike rack and skateboards must be brought to the
office before the first bell. By law a helmet is required while riding bicycles or skateboards.

It is against school policy for students to buy or sell things at school except for officially sponsored
Washington Middle School activities.

THE SCHOOL ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOSS OR DAMAGE TO VALUABLES
BROUGHT TO SCHOOL.



FAIRNESS
               Play by the rules.
               Take turns and share.
               Be open-minded; listen to others.
               Don’t take advantage of others.
               Don’t blame others carelessly.
 “If they are just, they are better than clever.” Sophocles, a Greek
philosopher
PROGRESS REPORTS
Progress Reports will be sent home following the six week of each trimester and teachers will request a
Parent Conference if a student is in danger of failing.

HARASSMENT POLICY
Harassment of students, whether sexual, verbal, physical, intimidation, etc. by other students and/or by
APS employees will not be tolerated. Sexual harassment includes (but is not limited to) the following:
Sexually oriented verbal or written communication, persistent unwelcome attempts to change a
previous relationship, creating a hostile environment, and joking, name calling, or teasing; unwelcome
touching.

Racial or ethnic joking or name-calling is inappropriate. Internet, blogging, text messaging or e-mail
harassment will not be tolerated.

Harassment extends to any individual who is physically or mentally handicapped and who is the object
of any form of verbal, written, or physical mistreatment.


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Students who believe they have been subject to harassment should discuss the problem with their
principal, counselor, other certified staff member, and/or parents.

Harassment by students will be dealt with in an administrative manner and could result in suspension
from school and a report filed with APS Police.

MEDIATION PROGRAM
Conflict mediation is provided by the counselors and social workers who are trained in the mediation
process. Mediation is different from other forms of conflict resolution in that disputants decide for
themselves the resolution to the problem. This promotes a win-win scenario. Students are responsible
for formulating a solution and taking responsibility for the problem.
Anyone can request mediation: Students, teachers, counselors, administrators, parents.


AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Many before and after school programs are offered at and are conducted by certified staff, ENLACE
parents, and Title I staff. Opportunities for students to participate in athletics are available in track and
field, basketball (for both girls and boys), volleyball, flag football, and soccer (for both girls and boys).
In addition to athletics, tutoring is available in language arts, math, and homework club. Other activities
include arts and crafts, Rock and Roll, and our famous Mariachi music program. Transportation, an
activities bus, is provided for students participating in the above programs. Students may sign up for
these programs on the second week of school.


PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
Parent conferences for the entire student body are held 2 times a year. Report cards are issued at this time, and
teachers, counselors, and administrators are available to meet with parents. There are no classes on these 2
days.

Parents may request to meet with their child’s teachers at any time during the year. Parents should contact their
grade level Dean. The Dean will schedule a convenient time for the parent to meet with one or all of the child’s
teachers.



CARING
               Be kind.
               Be compassionate and show you care.
               Express gratitude.
               Forgive others.
               Help people in need.




“The best portion of a good person’s life is the little nameless,
unremembered acts of kindness and love.”                                            - William
Wordsworth


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90/10 DUAL LANGUAGE (Spanish/English) BILINGUAL MODEL
The 90/10 Dual Language Immersion program develops two-way bilingualism and biliteracy. WMS is a
6-8 school that is part of the Albuquerque High Cluster's K-12 commitment to dual language. We utilize
a team teaching approach (bilingual classroom and elective teachers) to plan and implement a
comprehensive core curriculum of Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies through
an emphasis on Fine Arts and Spanish language development.
 Research Based Model
     Limited English speaking students receive strong core concept development in Spanish, which
       strengthens their ability to learn English.
     Monolingual English speaking students are immersed in Spanish, which research shows, is the
       optimal method for learning a second language and provides cognitive academic advantages.
     Bilingual students recover and refine the heritage language and develop strong academic ability
       in both languages.
 Language Instruction Percentages by Grade Level
     Sixth Grade                      Spanish 50% English 50%
     Seventh Grade                    Spanish 50% English 50%
     Eighth Grade                     Spanish 50% English 50%
English Program Model This model provides 100% English instruction in all content areas.

FINE ARTS
The Fine Arts are an integral part of the curriculum. Classroom teachers integrate the visual arts into
the classroom curriculum through thematic units of study. Through the elective teachers, music, the
visual arts, drama, and dance are integrated into the curriculum on a planned basis. is committed to
helping students develop into life-long learners who are proud of their talents in the fine arts, their
bilingualism and their multiculturalism.

PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION
Students are encouraged to show friendship with other students in appropriate ways. There should be
no Public Displays of Affection (PDA) that involve kissing or hand-holding or Full Frontal Body Hugging
(FFBH). Side hugs are OK if they don’t involve inappropriate touching.

BUS TRANSPORTATION
Bus transportation is provided for students living more than 1 1/2 miles from school. Each student
entitled to bus transportation must present an APS identification card, upon request, when boarding the
bus. Students will be assigned seats on the bus, which may be changed at the discretion of the driver.

The following rules are the State of New Mexico law and we have no power to make exceptions:
       1. Students may only ride assigned bus.
       2. Students may not ride a bus to go home with a friend.
       3. You may only get off and on the bus at your designated bus stop.

Any questions regarding these rules should be directed to APS Transportation at 880-3989.
Bus transportation is a privilege. A student who fails to maintain appropriate conduct when on the bus,
waiting for the bus, or walking to or from the bus, may be suspended from riding the bus or may be
subject to other disciplinary actions by school administration.

All rules that apply at school are also in effect on the way to and from school. There are rules which
only apply to bus related situations. For minor behavior problems on the bus: being out of one’s seat
while the bus is moving; not sitting in one’s assigned seat; hanging out the window; throwing objects
from the bus; being too loud; etc., may result in the following minimum consequences.

   1. first referral         principal & parent notification
   2. second referral        1-3 days off the bus

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   3. third referral          3-5 days off the bus
   4. fourth referral         5-10 days off the bus
   5. fifth referral          Off the bus for the rest of the year

INCLEMENT WEATHER Delayed Start
    Listen to the radio (770 KOB-AM) for an announcement prior to 6:00 am
    Students will attend school from 11:00 – 3:40
    No Lunches will be served
    Bus will follow its normal route

COUNSELORS
The counselors are at your service to help with personal, social and academic concerns. Counseling is
available to students, parents, and other affected individuals. Parent conferences are an integral part
of the counseling services at Washington. Counselors, teachers, and/or administrators are available for
conferences with parents, classroom teachers, counselors and/or administrators. Parents are strongly
encouraged to contact the school to request telephone or personal conferences at 764-2000. The
counseling department offers crisis and brief individual and group counseling as well as referrals to
appropriate outside providers. The counselors are available to students for academic and social
guidance. They provide mediation services to resolve conflicts between students. The counselors also
serve as liaisons for the many community programs available at Washington MS and facilitate/match
students with the best possible services available for their particular situation. Counselors have
community resources that may be available to Washington students and families.

HEALTH ROOM
Students who are ill should remain at home. If a student becomes ill or is injured at school, he/she may
get a pass from the teacher whose class will be missed, to report to the health room in the main hall. If
the health aide or nurse determines that the student needs further treatment or should be sent home,
the nurse or nurse aide will contact parents. Only the staff of the Health Office will determine if the
student should go home and will advise the main office. Students are never excused to go home
unless the school contacts a parent or guardian and the student is picked up and signed out by a
parent or guardian. In case of serious illness or injury and when the school is unable to reach a parent
or guardian, 911 will be called.

Students are not to call home on their own to a family member to be taken home. The student must
first be seen by the Health Office personnel. Students may go to the Health Office at any time, but they
must first seek adult permission, or obtain a pass from their teacher.

UNM sponsors a School Based Health Center here at school in the nurse’s office. They can see
students if they are not feeling well, have personal issues, or just want a sport physical. They are at
school on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:30 – 4:30. A nurse practitioner, a social worker,
a child psychiatrist and a clinical assistant staff the clinic. The SBHC is able to provide a variety of
services including immunizations, sport physicals, check-up, and counseling. Parents must register
their child and give permission for their child to be seen. Parents are encouraged and welcome to
come with their child for an appointment.

CAFETERIA
Our cafeteria staff has worked hard to provide each child with a balanced, nutritional breakfast and
lunch. We serve whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, and also avoid sodium, fats, and refined
sugars whenever possible. Students are required to take at least a main dish, milk or juice, and two
other items. If your child has dietary restrictions, please inform the nurse and cafeteria manager. Meal
tickets may be purchased in the cafeteria. To make our cafeteria a more pleasant place for all, we use
indoor voices.

SCHEDULES
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Breakfast                                    8:35 am-       8:50 am
First Lunch & Recess (6A, 6B, 7A)            11:31 am-      12:01 pm
Second Lunch & Recess (7B, 8A, 8B)           12:44 pm-      1:14 pm

FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH
 participates in the Federal Free & Reduced Lunch Program. Breakfast and lunch are served free to all
students.

FOOD GUIDELINES
Food is not permitted outside of the cafeteria unless under the direct supervision of the classroom
teacher or activity sponsor. Soft drinks, large bags of chips, and candy are not permitted at school
except for limited circumstances under the direct supervision of teachers.

PICTURES
A professional photographer will take school pictures, usually in August and April. Special bulletins will
be sent to parents at that time. These student pictures are also published in the school yearbook.
Announcements will be made about ordering and paying for yearbooks.

SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS
Substitute teachers are treated as valued employees at WMS. They will be treated with appropriate
respect and caring. Our reputation as a school depends on our treatment of guest teachers. Students
are expected to follow all school and classroom rules when any adult is present, including guest
speakers, parents, etc. A referral written for inappropriate behavior when the classroom teacher is not
present will result in a consequence.



CITIZENSHIP
              Do your share to make your school and community better.
              Cooperate.
              Stay informed; vote.
              Be a good neighbor.
              Obey laws and rules.
              Protect the environment.


“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
                                                                - Charles Dickens
STUDENT COUNCIL

All students of , carried on the Registrar’s rolls as middle school students, shall be members of the
WMS Student Body. Any member of the WMS student body is eligible to serve on the Council. No
individual may hold more than one of the following positions at any given time: a Council
representative, a Council standing committee chair, and/or a Council officer. There shall be openings
for one Council representative for every social studies class. No instructional family/team at WMS shall
have more than four openings. Officers are nominated and elected by the Council at it’s August
meeting. Members terms will be for one year, starting the first week of September and may seek re-
election.
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INSTRUCTIONAL COUNCIL

The Instructional Council (IC) serves as the representative decision-making body for the Washington
school community within these five areas:
     Curriculum and Instruction
     Continuous Improvement and Professional Development
     School Community and Advocacy
     School Programs and Activities
     School Calendar and Schedule
The IC is composed of representatives from community associations, Join-A-School partners, PSTCAT,
school staff and administration. The IC also acts as the Title I Parent Involvement Council (PIC) and
the Bilingual Parent Advisory Council (BPAC). The IC meets the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month,
at 4:00 pm in the Office Conference Room. Please call the school if you are interested in the IC.

PARENT STUDENT TEACHER COMMUNITY ACTION TEAM (PSTCAT)
The PSTCAT functions as an activity of Washington Middle School. It plans and implements activities
on Parenting, Communicating, Volunteering, Learning at Home, Decision Making, and Collaboration
with Community. Our PSTCAT encompasses the entire Washington extended community family. All
parents are considered members of PSTCAT.


ASSEMBLIES
Assemblies are held at various times throughout the year for many different reasons. Students are
expected to act appropriately and abide by the following rules:

       1.   Enter quietly and quickly.
       2.   Sit with your teacher and your class.
       3.   Do not talk to neighbors while the assembly is in progress.
       4.   Show appreciation by applauding at appropriate times in a respectful manner.
       5.   Wait to leave until properly dismissed by section.
       6.   Walk to class in an orderly fashion.

Inappropriate behavior will result in removal from the assembly and discipline referral.

TEXTBOOKS
Textbooks are school property provided by the taxpayer for student use. All textbooks are issued to
students, and students are responsible for them. All textbooks issued to students must be kept covered
at all times to prevent excessive wear and soiling. If textbooks are lost, damaged, excessively soiled,
or worn beyond normal use, the student responsible must pay for the damage. Books must be returned
at the end of the year, at which time they will be examined for damages. If a student receives a book
that is marked or soiled, the student should call it to the attention of the teacher at the beginning of the
school year so the student will not be held responsible for it later.


If a student loses a book, he/she is to notify the teacher. The teacher will send the student to the
secretary to pay the charge for it. The student must then show the receipt issued to him/her to the
teacher to get another book. If the student finds the original book, he/she is to present the receipt
issued to him/her to the secretary in the main office for a refund.

The New Mexico legislature passed House Bill 93 during the 1989 session of the legislature, and
Washington Middle School must follow the law as cited below.

“A school district may hold the parent guardian or student responsible for the loss, damage or
destruction of instructional material while the instructional material is in the possession of the
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student. A school district may withhold grades, diploma, and transcripts of the student
responsible for damage or loss of instructional material until the parent, guardian, or student
has paid for the damage or loss.”

Textbooks may be checked out for home use if a teacher is using a classroom set.

FIRE/EMERGENCY DRILL
A drill may or may not be a real emergency. It is essential that students remain absolutely quiet and
follow instructions exactly. There is a map posted in each room next to the exit which shows the
emergency exit route for that classroom. If any emergency drill occurs during the passing period or at
lunch, go out the nearest exit and report to the area assigned to your previous class period. Students
should not talk, run, or push so that order can be maintained during the evacuation of the building.
Once you and your teacher are clear of the building, remain together so that the teacher can take roll.
A signal bell will be sounded when safe to return to class.

Setting off a false alarm is a violation of the Criminal Code of Albuquerque, New Mexico State and US
Federal law and is punishable by a fine of $300.00, ninety (90) days in jail, or both.




GANG RELATED ACTIVITY
Gang related activity can be intimidating to students, faculty, and staff and is disruptive to the
educational process. Although this list is not all inclusive, examples of inappropriate and unacceptable
behaviors are gang graffiti on school property, intimidation of others, gang fights and/or initiation rituals,
wearing gang attire or “colors”. A “gang” can be any group of students and/or non-students whose
group behavior is threatening, delinquent or criminal”.

Since gang behavior, markers, and colors are variable and subject to rapid change, school
administrators and staff will exercise judgment and individual discretion based upon current
circumstances in their neighborhood schools when evaluating gang related activity. Gang related
indicators which will be considered include: 1) the student associates with admitted or known gang
members, 2) the student wears attire consistent with gang dress, 3) the student displays gang logos,
graffiti, and/or symbols on personal possessions, 4) the student displays gang hand signs or signals to
others, and 5) the student talks about gang activity to others.

Washington is a “safe haven” and off-limits to all gang activity. Community standards demand
that our school be neutral territory.

HALL PASSES
When a student is out of class for any reason during class time. They must sign out and have a written
hall pass on their agenda, with time and destination indicated. If a student is out of class without a
pass, the student could be considered to be ditching.

Agendas must be used for hall pass purposes, but will be noted on the monthly calendar page with
teacher signature. Calendar will only be used for passes.

Destinations are:

R-restroom
O-Office
L-Library
C-Counselor

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I.D. CARDS
Students are provided with an identification card after picture day in August. This card is to be carried
with students at all times. A picture ID will be issued to students before the end of the first nine weeks.
Students will need this card for entrance to school activities, to check out library books and to ride the
school bus (if you live over 1.5 miles from school). If the card is lost, a new one may be purchased for
$5.00 in the attendance office before or after school.

IMMUNIZATION
New Mexico law requires that students be immunized before registering in school. Proof of
immunization must be presented before students will be permitted to attend classes. The SBHC
provides immunizations.

NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY
The National Junior Honor Society chapter of Washington Middle School is a duly chartered and
affiliated chapter of this prestigious national organization. Membership is open to those students who
meet the required standards in five areas of evaluation: scholarship, leadership, service, character, and
citizenship. Standards for selection are established by the national office of NHS and have been
revised to meet our local chapter needs. Students are selected to be members by a five member
Faculty Council, appointed by the principal, which bestows this honor upon qualified students on behalf
of the faculty of our school each year.

Students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades are eligible for membership. For scholarship criterion, a student
must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better for three consecutive marking periods.
Those students who meet this criterion are invited to complete a Student Activity Information form that
provides the Faculty Council with information regarding the candidate’s leadership and service.

To evaluate a candidate’s character, the Faculty Council uses two forms of input: first, school
disciplinary records are reviewed. Second, members of the faculty are solicited for input regarding their
professional comments on a student’s qualifications. The Faculty Council reviews all available
information where a majority vote is necessary for selection. Candidates are notified regarding
selection or non-selection. Following notification, a formal induction ceremony is held at the school to
recognize all the newly selected members. Once inducted, new members are required to maintain the
same level of performance or better in all criteria that led to their selection. This obligation also includes
regular attendance at chapter meetings and participation in chapter service projects.




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