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In this Handbook
  • Information Regarding Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • Bullying & Sexual Harrassment
  • Character Counts
  • Respect
  • 2016–2017 APS/James Monroe Calendar Dates
  • Bell Schedules 
  • Albuquerque Public School's Mission
  • James Monroe Instructional Component
  • James Monroe Middle School's Mission
  • Cibola Cluster School's Mission
  • When is the Student Handbook in force? 
  • Assemblies
  • Attendance
  • Bus Transportation
  • Campus Visitors
  • Cell Phones & Electronic Devices
  • Closed Campus
  • Counselors
  • Deliveries to the Office
  • Uniform Policy
  • Emergency Procedures & Drills
  • Food, drinks, and gum
  • Grades
  • Hall passes
  • Health Room
  • Homework
  • I.D. Cards & Lanyards
  • Intramurals & Clubs
  • Locks & Lockers
  • Library-Media Center
  • Lost & Found
  • Lunch
  • Mediation
  • Mid-school Athletics
  • PTSA
  • School Supply List (General)
  • Standards
  • Student Aides
  • Student Rights & Responsibilities
  • Teamed Intervention to Promote Self-Responsibility (TIPS) 
  • Classroom Offenses and Use of Contracts
  • School Discipline
  • Substitute Teachers
  • Telephone Usage
  • Textbooks
  • Transfers
  • Transportation
  • Valuables, personal property, and money
  • Albuquerque Public School's Profile of the Graduate

Handbook Essentials


Students must be in class no later than 8:20 am. If the student is absent more than 50% of the class period, they are considered absent for that entire class.


Attendance Line: (505) 897-0101, Option 1

Parents, report absences to our Attendance Line before 9 am each day the student is absent.

Failure to notify the school for absences will result in a documented, unexcused absence. Excessive excused or unexcused absences can result in loss of credit or disciplinary consequences. Chronic unexcused absences will result in a referral to the District Attendance Office. 

School Messenger will place a phone call and email to parents of students that are absent for any reason, excused or unexcused, to ensure parents are aware of the absence. It is not necessary to phone the school to discuss the absence, as long as they have contacted the attendance line. Contact the school to update your contact information.


Students who arrive late must report to the administrative office to receive an "Admit Slip." Then, parent must do one of three things: 

  1. Come into the office and sign you in, or 
  2. Supply a note explaining the tardiness along with a phone number where the parent can be reached, or 
  3. Phone the attendance secretary explaining the tardiness 


If the student is absent more than 9 days throughout the entire school year, or 4-5 times per semester, please refer to the School Attendance Policy in the APS Student Behavior Handbook.

If the student is tardy three or more times, in general, the following steps will be followed:

  • 3 tardies in a class = the teacher/office will notify the parent
  • 4 tardies in a class = 3 lunch detentions will be assigned through an office referral
  • 5 tardies in a class = 5 lunch detentions will be assigned through an office referral
  • 6 tardies in a class = 3 days in TIPS is assigned (in school suspension)

The process begins again each semester. Please refer to the discipline policy outlined in the APS Student Behavior Handbook on page 25. 

Makeup Work

If you are absent, excused or unexcused, it is your responsibility to make up any and all missed work. You will need to make arrangements with each of your teachers upon returning to school. If you will be out for more than three consecutive days, your parent can call the attendance secretary for your assignments. There is a 24 hour waiting period to gather assignments from your teachers. All work can be picked up in the administrative offices during school hours.

For each day you are absent, you will be allotted one day for the return of assignments to your teacher or as is deemed reasonable by your teacher, parent or administrator. 

Cell phones & Electronic Devices

Cell Phones and other electronic devices brought to school by students must be used prior to the 8:13 am bell or after the 3:05 pm bell. They must be turned off during the school day and kept in the student’s backpack. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in these items being confiscated by a staff member and brought to the main office.

On the first confiscation, the teacher will write the referral and the parent or guardian must pick up the item(s) from the main office during school days between 7:45 am – 3:30 pm. Upon the second confiscation, the parent will need to wait seven days before being able to pick up the item. Upon further confiscations, there will be a minimum of fourteen days before the release of the confiscated item to the parent. The student will be given a referral for a minor consequence which must be signed by the parent/guardian. Further violations will result in disciplinary action. 

Drop off & Pick Up

Parents transporting students to or from school must use the east driveway and adhere to the markings for student Pick-up & Drop-off. Please be aware of markings that indicate use is for emergency vehicles only.

When dropping off/picking up students in the east driveway, please pull to an open non-marked gray curb area. Please do not stop and drop off/pick up in the middle of the road. Please refrain from entering the south and west parking lots either at the beginning or end of the school day. The buses must have free access to get in and out quickly and safely. If you must pick up a student who normally rides a bus, please park your vehicle in the east parking lot, rather than the bus loading zone.

Bicycles are not allowed on the James Monroe campus at any time. It is unsafe for students to bring bikes to school because of traffic concerns. Skateboards, scooters or roller blades are not allowed on campus at any time. There will be no exceptions.

Any individual on campus or picking up a student will be asked for identification. Students will not be released during a school day to any individual not designated on registration and/or health cards.

Parents, please do not take this as an insult if this happens to you. We do this to ensure the safety of your student and all others. We ask that you allow 20 minutes for pick up of a child at school due to the size of the campus.

Discipline Policy

We recognize that middle school is a time when students begin to take on more responsibilities and to make increasingly important choices about their own behavior and academics. We know that children need guidance and experience to make wise choices. Students make mistakes, and we allow for that, encouraging them to LEARN from their mistakes.

Our discipline system works on a scale that increases consequences each time a student is sent to the office by a staff member. Consequences move from a contract, to lunch detentions, to in-school suspensions, and, as a last resort, home suspensions. A student, for minor and medium offenses, receives at least ten consequences before being brought to a district disciplinary hearing. Please call an administrator at any time if you have questions about your student’s disciplinary procedures. We want to work with parents as a team for maximum student success!

Please refer to the James Monroe Student Handbook (page 32) to learn more about the different offense scales and consequences.

Uniform Dress Code

The students and their parents/guardians are responsible for compliance with the JMMS Uniform Dress Policy. This list is not all-inclusive and administration may determine the appropriateness of clothing articles or accessories if not listed in policy to follow.

The JMMS Dress Code Policy is in effect from the time the student arrives on campus until he/she leaves campus after school. Students are not permitted to change into or out of their uniform clothing at school. Students must remain in dress code while on campus.

General Guidelines

Student photo ID and JMMS lanyard must be worn every day around their neck. No exceptions. Student IDs should be clear of any obstructions. Stickers, pictures, cards or writing on the protective case or actual ID are not allowed. The picture, name, and student ID number must be visible at all times. No objects can be attached to the ID/lanyard while being worn around the neck. This can include, but not limited to: keys, toys, or objects that are distracting. Replacement IDs must be purchased if the ID is damaged or broken in any way.

Most articles of clothing including jackets are to be solid colored. Any color is acceptable. Striped shirts, plaid, checkered designs, polka dots, patterns are allowed. Students may wear either camouflage pants or shirt, but not both. Articles of clothing that have been turned inside out should not show graphics or patterns of any type.

All articles of clothing should fit properly. No tight or baggy clothing is acceptable. This includes items worn under the approved dress code shirt. Undergarments shall not show at any time, this includes leggings and jeggings.

All articles of clothing must be neat and in good condition. No torn, tattered, or excessively long clothing.

Undershirts must be worn tucked into pants, shorts or skirts. If the shirt pulls out of the pants, shorts or skirts when the arms are raised above the head, the shirt is too short.


Most materials, including denim, are acceptable, with the following exceptions: No transparent or sheer materials, no net or lace, and no spandex, which includes leggings. This guideline applies to those articles of clothing worn under acceptable dress code clothing.

JMMS graphics are acceptable on collared shirts and approved sweatshirts on Monday through Thursday, and on collar-less shirts on Fridays.

Manufacturer logos will be allowed on approved articles of clothing as long as they are no larger than 1 1⁄2 inches in diameter. No graphics or writing on jackets, sleeves, shirt or pants of any kind. Skull graphics are not permitted.

Negative messages

No clothing or accessories that promote negative behaviors (profanity, violence, sex, drugs, alcohol, bigotry, disrespect, gangs), or that are highly distractive, disruptive or immodest.


No chains, dog collar necklaces, metal ball, studded, or spiked jewelry, no oversized rings, no wallets or pocket chains, or any accessories that can be construed as a weapon (ex: a cluster of objects on a necklace, oversized rings, or a large belt buckle). No more than two necklaces may be worn at one time, and necklaces must be worn underneath the shirt. No facial or tongue piercings or jewelry. Pierced ears only.

Hair Styles

Students hairstyles must not be distracting or disruptive to the educational process. No graphics or lettering is allowed to be shaved or dyed into the hair. NO BANDANAS ALLOWED.

Other Accessories

No sunglasses, baseball caps, hair nets, or bandanas. Absolutely no writing or graphics on wristbands, backpacks, skin or clothing. No stickers, buttons or patches are allowed on clothing or skin. Gloves and knit hats are allowed, (weather permitting and outside only). No fingerless gloves or baseball caps allowed at any time.


Belts are encouraged unless the student has been contracted for dress code violation such as sagging of the pants or shorts. If worn, belts must comply with the same rules as "jewelry," and must fit properly with no belt hanging. No large buckles or inappropriate messages on belt or buckle are allowed. No studded belts are permitted.

Shoes and Socks

Shoes must be worn at all times. Bedroom slippers are never allowed. Socks are to be of solid color. For safety reasons flip-flops, backless shoes, platforms, high heels, and sandals are discouraged.

Jackets and Coats 

Jackets are discouraged while in class. If jackets must be worn, clothing under jackets must be in compliance with JMMS dress code policy.

Shirts (Boys and Girls)

  • Observe all guidelines listed in "general guidelines"
  • Collared polo, button down, Oxford or turtlenecks (mock or regular)
  • Short or long sleeves, no sleeveless
  • All shirts must have buttons or snaps, and button/snap to the neck (collar)
  • No more than two buttons/snaps from the top may be undone
  • No zippered shirts

Un-tucked Uniform Shirts

Un-tucked shirts are allowed within the following guidelines:

  • Must not be longer than wrist of a student when his/her arms are held at the side
  • Must not rise above the waistline of the student when arms are raised above his/her head
  • Shirts that are too long need to be tucked in
  • Shirts that are too short need to be changed
  • Only outer uniform shirt may be un-tucked
  • Undershirts or layered shirts which are worn under the dress code shirt must be tucked in and may not be seen

Skirts, Jumpers, and Shorts

  • Observe all guidelines listed in "general guidelines"
  • Must be no shorter than fingertip length with arms fully extended

Sweatshirts, Sweaters, and Vests

  • Observe all guidelines listed in "general guidelines"
  • Must be worn over a legal shirt
  • No logos or writing on front, back or sleeves.
  • Hooded sweatshirts are appropriate when weather indicates. Hoods may be worn outside only.
  • No sweatshirt graphics are allowed including those garments with zippers.

Pants, Shorts

  • Observe all guidelines listed in "general guidelines"
  • Pant legs no wider than 10 inches. Pant legs that drag on the ground or are rolled up are not allowed.
  • 5-pocket jeans, carpenter pants, painter pants, Capri and crop pants are allowed.
  • No sweat pants, sweat shorts, bike shorts, athletic shorts, leggings/jeggings (undergarments), swishy/nylon pants, shorts, leather or pleather, or joggers made out of sweatpant material
  • Shorts must be at least fingertip length, but no longer than the bend of the knee.
  • Only jean and khaki Joggers are allowed

Coats, Jackets

  • Observe all guidelines listed in "general guidelines"
  • Must be worn over approved JMMS clothing
  • No graphics or writing allowed on coats or jackets.
  • Hoods to be worn outdoors only
  • All coats/jackets must be waist length. No short jackets permitted.
  • Spirit Days/Dances
  • Observe all guidelines listed in "general guidelines"
  • On Fridays and other administration approved days students may wear JMMS insignia shirts without collars.
  • Athletic participants may wear dress approved by the administration on designated days
  • No Cibola or Volcano Vista graphics will be allowed

Consequences for Uniform Dress Code Violation

  • 1st & 2nd offense – Written notification
  • 3rd offense – Referral to Administration for consequence.
  • 3 Raptor Reminders results in 1st administrative referral - 3 days of lunch detention
  • 6 Raptor Reminders results in 2nd administrative referral - 5 days of lunch detention. Failure to attend lunch detention or community service will result in additional days or placement in TIPS/In-School Suspension if chronic.
  • 9 Raptor Reminders results in 3rd administrative referral - 3 days of TIPS (in school suspension) & parent notification.

After the third administrative consequence Student will serve a minimum of 1 day home suspension and parent conference will be arranged. Further dress code violations may result in additional disciplinary action that could include a due process hearing and long-term suspension.

Extreme defiance and non-compliance of dress code can result in a disciplinary referral.

Referral sequence process will start over at second semester. In addition to the issuance of a Raptor Reminder, students may be asked to change out of the clothes they are wearing if deemed unacceptable or inappropriate by a staff member. Discretion is left to the individual staff member or administrator. The parent may be contacted to bring the student clothing from home if the school is unable to provide acceptable clothing for the student to wear. The student will be provided an acceptable shirt from the school, if available. The student will be asked to leave the “out of dress code shirt” with the school until the “school-issued temporary shirt” is washed/cleaned and returned to the school.

Consequences for School ID Violations

  • 1st through 4th offense – Written notification to be signed and returned
  • 5th offense – Referral to Administration for consequence (Begin student discipline hierarchy)
  • 3 Raptor Reminders results in 1st administrative referral – 5 days community service at the school
  • 6 Raptor Reminders results in 2nd administrative referral – 5 days lunch detention
  • 9 Raptor Reminders results in 3rd administrative referral – 3 days of TIPS

After the third administrative consequence, the student will serve a minimum of 1 day home suspension and parent conference will be arranged. Further dress code/ID violations may result in additional disciplinary action that could include a due process hearing and long-term suspension.

Referral sequence process will start over at second semester. After each administrative consequence, the cycle of Raptor Reminders begins again, with the 1st through 4th offenses and then the 5th offense will result in another referral to be written. A lanyard must be worn at all times around the neck with ID attached. Lost or damaged IDs can be replaced in the office for a cost of ten dollars. Referral sequence process will start over at second semester. 

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