Letter to the Editor: Open Letter to Middle School Parents

By  Dr. Gene Schmidt
LAPS Superintendent

I am pleased to share the exciting news that middle school students and staff will move into their new school on Tuesday, Sept. 17. In sharing this wonderful and long anticipated news, I begin by thanking voters for approving the 2009 construction bond that funded our beautiful new school.

I also thank taxpayers throughout New Mexico for providing an additional $5.2 million in Public School Capital Outlay Council matching funds. But most of all, I thank our community for its patience during the construction of the building. The completion of the project was delayed by a number of factors, none of which will deter from the educational stateliness of this structure.

As the opening day of the new school approaches, students and staff can look forward to a truly remarkable state-of-the-art facility. Classrooms are well designed and equipped to enable teachers to integrate classroom instruction with technology in a more seamless fashion. It is fitting that a facility of this quality becomes a visible landmark on North Mesa.

To facilitate the shift in educational setting from classroom portables to their new classrooms, decisions were made, with School Board endorsement, to allow teachers three days to transfer materials and supplies to the new school.

Middle school students will be released from school at the close of the day on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Middle school students will not attend school Sept. 12, 13 and 16. Middle school classes will resume on the morning of Sept. 17.

Los Alamos Middle School Student Council members, under the direction of Student Council Sponsor Linda Bennett, are working closely with LAMS Principal Rex Kilburn and Assistant Principal Anna Vargas-Gutierrez to plan celebratory events for the move into their new school. LAMS administration and members of the Student Council will announce the dates of the official Ribbon Cutting and Community Open House in the near future.

Los Alamos Middle School students and staff can look forward to a warm and inviting learning space when the building is officially open. Having walked the new building already it is a facility for which we can be proud. In closing, even though the school building will soon open, additional grounds work will continue into the late fall and possibly next spring. For this reason, I urge students, staff and parents to exercise caution when moving about the campus.

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