This information has been designed to acquaint you with the Lovington Municipal School District. You will find that you will get more out of your school experience if you will become actively involved in the activities offered to you. Meet the challenge and take advantage of all the opportunities extended to you as a student of the Lovington Municipal School District.
We have included information that will be of benefit to you and perhaps answer many questions. If there is something you do not understand, please feel free to call the school office. Additional board policy may be found at www.lovingtonschools.net under the School Board link.
The mission of the Lovington School District is to inspire every student to think, learn, achieve, and serve.
LOVINGTON MUNICIPAL SCHOOLS NOTICE TO PARENTS AND STUDENTS
The Lovington School Board hereby gives public notice, as required by the Amended Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, to all parents of students under the age of 18 and to students 18 or older that the Lovington Municipal School System maintains the following educational records directly related to students: academic records, personal information, disciplinary records, health records, and standardized testing records.
A student's records will be filed at the building in which he/she attends school. For access to a student's records please contact the building principal. Access to education records is limited to:
The Lovington Municipal School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its educational programs, activities, and employment. Furthermore, it provides equal access to designated youth groups. The following person is designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:
District Activities Director
701 West Avenue K
Lovington, New Mexico 88260-5514
Telephone: (575) 739-2266
The provisions in this Handbook apply:
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Sixth Grade Academy
Taylor Middle School
Lovington Freshman & Lovington High School
New Hope High School
Student Record Requests
The Lovington Municipal School District recognizes the rights of parents and guardians to access their student’s educational records in accordance with FERPA. In addition, students who are at least 18 years old may access their own records. In brief, these rights include:
Parents, guardians, or students who are emancipated or at least 18 years old
Parents, guardians, or students who are emancipated or who are at least 18 years old must give written permission for a school to release a student’s educational record to third parties not exempted by FERPA. FERPA also allows schools to disclose a student’s information without consent, to the following parties or under the following circumstances. In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA) to provide student directory information to the military unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent. Parties who may receive student information without parental consent include:
School sites shall direct all questions about fulfilling these requests for student information to the Custodian of Records. LMSD will redact students’ personally identifiable information from responses to requests for records from third parties.
Any parent, guardian, or person having custody and control of a "school-age person" is responsible for the school attendance of that person until that person has reached at least eighteen (18) years of age unless the person has graduated from high school, received a school equivalency credential or withdrawn on a hardship waiver. The school-age person has the right to attend public school within the school district of residence. The school-age person shall attend school for at least the length of time of the school year that is established in the school district in which the child is a resident or enrolled. A "school-age person" means a person is at least five (5) years of age prior to 12:01 a.m. on September 1 of the then-current school year.
Pregnant and parenting students must have the same educational opportunities as their peers. The regular school attendance of a child of school age is required by state law. Regular school attendance is essential for success in school; therefore, absences shall be excused only for necessary and important reasons. Such reasons include, but are not limited to illness, injury, bereavement of a family member, other family emergencies, and observance of major religious holidays of the family's faith or religious instruction and tribal obligations. For religious instruction and tribal obligations written consent of a parent and approval of the principal are required. A student may be excused for authorized reasons and time shall be provided for the student to make up the work.
An unexcused absence means an absence from a class or school day (half of the student's approved program) for which the student does not have an allowable excuse. Absent means not attending a class or school day for any reason, excused or not except for interscholastic extracurricular activities.
In the event of a necessary absence known in advance, the parent is expected to inform the school. If the absence is caused by an emergency, such as illness, or injury the parent is expected to telephone the school office, if possible. When a student returns to school following an absence, a note of explanation from the parent is required, unless the parent notified the school before the absence.
School administrators are authorized to excuse students from school for necessary and justifiable reasons as determined by the circumstances surrounding the cause of the absence.
The District shall provide interventions for students who are missing school, depending on the number of absences.
Intervention is called for if a student misses five percent (5%) or more of classes or days of school. A public school shall provide interventions to students who are absent or chronically absent, which may include:
The attendance team may be convened to establish;
If a student misses twenty percent (20%) or more of the classes or days of school. The attendance team shall:
Student-teacher incompatibility, if alleged, will require consultation with the teacher and a meeting initiated by the principal with the student, parent, and teacher.
If a student does not respond to intensive support as implemented above but continues displaying excessive absenteeism, the School Board shall consult with the Superintendent in executive session on the issue and shall cause the student to be reported to the probation services office of the appropriate judicial district for the purpose of an investigation as to whether the student should be considered a neglected child or a child in a family in need of family services, subjecting the child to provisions of the Children's code.
The records supporting such action shall be provided to the juvenile probation services office by the Superintendent within ten (10) days of the identification of the student as excessively absent.
Consequences shall not include out-of-school suspension or expulsion but should focus on intervention and fostering retention of students in the educational setting.
Only after the exhaustion of intervention strategies may the District consider withdrawal of the student from membership in the school. Consulting with the juvenile probation services office or the caseworker for child services should be accomplished before such action.
Upon a written request by a parent for attendance data the school shall provide the following information within five (5) days:
Food and Nutrition
Food/drinks are not to be allowed in the building or classrooms without prior approval by the principal. Food deliveries will not be accepted at any school campus at any time.
All students are to meet the requirements as set forth by the Lovington Board of Education and the State of New Mexico. A record of individual immunizations is maintained in the nurse's office. Failure to have up-to-date immunization records is cause for disenrollment.
Student insurance is available to all students. Forms will be available in the Main Office.
Medication may be given at school under Lovington Schools Medication Policy. If you feel that a doctor will prescribe medication that needs to be taken at school, please pick up a "Physician order and Medication" form from the office.
Students whose parents, or legal guardians, are not residents in the Lovington School District MAY be admitted for attendance. Continued attendance is expressly conditioned upon compliance with the rules of the Lovington Schools and of the school attended.
Out-of-district students who are currently expelled or suspended from another school district will not be allowed to attend Lovington Schools.
Pledge of Allegiance
State Law, section 22-5-4.5, requires that the "Pledge of Allegiance shall be recited daily in each public school district (see District Policy I-8250).
Leaving School During School Hours
Students are under the jurisdiction of the school during school hours. School personnel will attempt to see that no pupil leaves the school during school hours, voluntarily or involuntarily in company with anyone that is not authorized by the parent or guardian to take the child. To ensure compliance with this rule, school personnel shall request identification of unfamiliar individuals who request the removal of a child from school property. If said individuals refuse to identify themselves or if they do not have parental/guardian permission to take the child, the child will not be allowed to leave school. A record of who may pick up a child will be kept in the school office.
Student Directory Information
If a parent, guardian, or student who is emancipated or who is at least 18 years old does not want to disclose any or all of the types of information designated below as directory information from a student’s education records without their prior written consent, the parent, guardian, or student who is emancipated or who is at least 18 years old must notify the school district in writing.
Lovington Municipal School District recognizes the following types of information as student directory information:
A primary purpose of directory information is to allow LMSD to include the type of information from student education records in certain school and district publications. Examples include:
Directory information is available to anyone who asks for it; its use is not limited by LMSD, however, LMSD expects that all information be used ethically.
Through the annual registration process, the district shall notify students and parents/legal guardians of the option to withhold directory information. Parents/guardians or students who are at least 18 years old may refuse to allow LMSD to designate any or all of those types of information about their student as directory information, provided the notice of such refusal is given to LMSD upon annual registration. Parents, guardians, or students who are emancipated or who are at least 18 years old may also designate in writing all or any of those items that they do not wish to be designated as directory information. If the parent, guardian, or student who is emancipated or who is at least 18 years old, desires to opt out after the annual registration process, they will need to submit an opt-out through the Student Information System and notify the building administrator.
Parent opt-out for student directory requests from military recruiters or recruiters from institutions of higher education:
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act mandates that, upon request by a military recruiter or recruiter for an institution of higher education, school districts must provide access to all currently enrolled secondary school student’s directory information, specifically names, addresses, and telephone listing, except in instances when the parents have “opted out” of the release of directory information about their student without their consent. A secondary school student who is emancipated or who is at least 18 years old or the parent or legal guardian of the student may request that the student’s directory information not be released to any military or post-secondary recruiter by submitting an online opt-out request. The District shall notify students and parents, legal guardians, and students of this option to withhold directory information. The District shall comply with these “opt-out” requests regarding the release of student directory information.
Opt-out for Third-Party Requests
Directory information for students whose parents have blocked the release of their directory information under FERPA will be excluded from any third-party data requests. LMSD will give notice to parents or guardians of the matters considered to be directory information and the time period for opting out at least annually through the registration process or other reasonable forms of parental notification.
When a third party submits a request for student directory information, the Custodian of Records may inform the requester that pursuant to NMSA 22-21-2(A), it is against the law to sell or use student, faculty or staff lists with personal identifying information obtained from a public school or a local school district for the purpose of marketing goods or services directly to students, faculty or staff or their families by means of telephone or mail.
Transportation Policies, Procedures, and Rules for Students
Failure to comply with the Policies, Procedures, and Rules will result in suspension of bus privileges. The first suspension will be temporary, but a second serious breach of good conduct will bring about suspension from the school bus for the remainder of the school year. Consequences for students receiving bus referrals will be handled as follows:
1st referral: Conference/Warning
2nd referral: Up to 1-week suspension from bus
3rd referral: 1-week suspension from bus 4th referral – 2-week suspension from bus
5th referral: Possible suspension from the bus for the remainder school year
Visitors and Guests on Campus
The parents/guardians of students should report to the Principal's Office of the school, where arrangements will be made for visits to students, teachers, departments, classes, or activities. Students will not be called out of class for anyone other than persons listed on their sign-out permission form. The legislature of the State of New Mexico has passed a very strict law regarding trespassing on school property. This law makes unwarranted trespassing a criminal offense. Therefore, all visitors must present a photo ID and will be required to have a pass from the Main Office before visiting the school areas. The same courtesy will be extended to other visitors except when the site of the group or the nature of the visit might make it necessary to make special arrangements. If arrangements are properly made in the office, the visitor(s) will have a form properly completed and signed by the principal.
Withdrawal from School Procedures
A student withdrawing from school for any reason (moving, dropping out, etc.), regardless of age, must have his/her parents notify the office in person, giving the reason and date of leaving. The office will assist the student in completing the check-out procedure. All fees and fines must be cleared before records will be sent to the forwarding school.
Bullying and harassment will not be tolerated as stated in the Lovington Municipal School Board Anti-Bullying Policy. Bullying behavior by any student in the Lovington Schools is strictly prohibited, and such conduct may result in disciplinary action, including suspension and/or expulsion from school. Students and parents should report bullying or harassment of any kind to school officials.
Bullying means any repeated and pervasive written, verbal, or electronic expression, physical act or gesture, or a pattern thereof, that is intended to cause distress upon one or more students in the school, on school grounds, in school vehicles, at a designated bus stop, or at school activities or sanctioned events. Bullying includes but is not limited to, hazing, harassment, intimidation, or menacing acts of a student which may, but need not be based on the student’s race, color, sex, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, age, or sexual orientation.
Bullying/Student Harassment/Cyberbullying Prevention (see J-2550)
Cyberbullying, as defined below, is prohibited when such bullying creates or is certain to create a hostile environment on the school campus that is so severe or pervasive as to substantially interfere with the targeted student's educational benefits, opportunities, or performance.
Bullying and harassment is prohibited in the school, on school grounds, in school vehicles, at a designated bus stop, or at school activities or sanctioned events. Anti-bullying shall be included as a part of the health education curriculum as set forth in 126.96.36.199 NMAC.
"Harassment" means knowingly pursuing a pattern of conduct that is intended to annoy, alarm or terrorize another person.
"Bullying" by another student means any repeated and pervasive written, verbal, or electronic expression, physical act or gesture, or a pattern thereof, that is intended to cause distress upon one (1) or more students in the school, on school grounds, in school vehicles, at a designated bus stop, or at school activities or sanctioned events. Bullying includes but is not limited to, hazing, harassment, intimidation, or menacing acts of a student which may, but need not be based on the student's race, color, sex, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, age, or sexual orientation.
"Cyberbullying" means electronic communication that:
targets a specific student;
is published with the intention that the communication be seen by or disclosed to the targeted student;
is in fact seen by or disclosed to the targeted student; and
creates or is certain to create a hostile environment on the school campus that is so severe or pervasive as to substantially interfere with the targeted student's educational benefits, opportunities, or performance.
A licensed school employee who has information about or a reasonable suspicion that a person is being harassed, bullied, or cyberbullied shall report immediately to the school principal, an administrator, the superintendent, or any of these school officers.
Any school administrator who receives a report of harassment, bullying, or cyberbullying shall take immediate steps to ensure a prompt investigation of the report and shall take prompt disciplinary action in response to these acts upon confirmation of the occurrence through such investigation. Such action may include the least restrictive means necessary to address a hostile environment on the school campus resulting from confirmed harassment, bullying, or cyberbullying that includes;
Where disciplinary action is necessary, District policies and regulations pertaining to permissible penalties and procedures shall be followed as in policy.
Search and Seizure
The Board of Education, in recognition of the necessity of conducting searches and seizures from time to time in order to enforce school policies, adopts the following policy for students regarding searches and seizures.
Sexual Harassment Policy
Anyone who is subject to sexual harassment, or who knows of the occurrence of such conduct, should inform the compliance officer, as provided in ACA-R.
A substantiated charge against a staff member in the District shall subject such staff member to disciplinary action.
A substantiated charge against a student in the District shall subject that student to disciplinary action, which may include suspension or expulsion.
All matters involving sexual harassment complaints will remain confidential to the extent possible.
Student Dress Code
The Lovington Municipal Schools recognize that parents are primarily responsible for students’ dress and general appearance. However, student behavior and academic expectations are influenced by dress and grooming. Therefore, the following requirements for student dress in secondary schools (grades 6-12) shall be based upon the following principles:
There will be certain days during the school year that will allow for dress attire other than what is addressed in the dress code. These dates will be announced.
On certain occasions, a more stringent dress code may be enforced. For example, shorts will not be acceptable at special events such as graduation, awards ceremonies, installations, or other events so determined by the administration and/or activity sponsor. Also, Prom is a semi-formal occasion that requires special dress.
Failure to follow the dress code as written above will cause the student(s) to be assigned disciplinary consequences by an administrator. Items in violation may be confiscated. If students are sent home for dress code violations, unexcused absences will be issued for the school time missed. Repeat violators could face consequences up to expulsion from the Lovington Municipal School system.
Truancy is defined as the deliberate absence from school without the prior knowledge or consent of the parents and/or without proper school authorization. The student automatically forfeits his right to a grade in the day's courses and will, therefore, receive a "0" for the classes missed. The student may, on the first offense, make up the work missed and receive the average of the "0" and the grade of the make-up work. Failure to make up the work automatically gives another "0". In subsequent truancies, no make-up will be allowed for credit.
Administrative Action may be administered by the Principal/Assistant Principal.
Alcohol and Drug Abuse
The Lovington Municipal Schools recognize that alcohol and drug abuse is a treatable health problem. Health problems of youth are primarily the responsibility of the home and community, but the schools share that responsibility because misuse, abuse and dependency problems often interfere with school behavior, student learning, and the maximum possible development of each student. The schools shall intervene with persons manifesting a sign of misuse or abuse and make an effort to educate and aid them.
The Lovington School Board prohibits students from using or being under the influence of, possessing, selling, giving away, or transporting alcohol, illegal drugs, and/or drug paraphernalia on school property or at school-sponsored activities or in school vehicles.
The schools shall endeavor to educate and counsel students and staff concerning the abuse of alcohol, illegal drugs, and/or controlled substances. Every reasonable effort shall be made to provide for students and staff, an environment that is free of alcohol, illegal drugs, and/or controlled substances.
School authorities shall give consideration to the health, safety, and educational rights of all students when administering consequences for students who use, are under the influence of, possess or distribute alcohol, illegal drugs, and/or controlled substances on school premises or while engaged in school-sponsored activities.
The schools will allow students to self-report drugs and/or alcohol to an administrator prior to being caught. A student may only do this one (1) time and the student will be referred to Lovington Municipal School District counseling services.
Consequences for Consumption, Possession, and Distribution of Alcohol, and/or Drugs
Description: If a staff member suspects, witnesses, or can substantiate a student's consumption, distribution, and/or possession (actual or constructive) of alcohol, other illegal drugs, unauthorized drugs, or controlled substances while at school, on school property (at any time) or at a school-sponsored activity then:
Tobacco and Vaping
The use, possession, and distribution of tobacco products, e-cigarettes, vapes, nicotine liquid containers, alcoholic beverages, mood-altering substances, and illicit drugs are prohibited in the following locations:
A student found in possession of a vape pen or vape paraphernalia will be sent home immediately pending investigation. If a guardian cannot be contacted the student will be placed in ISS until one is contacted. After the investigation, a decision will be made by the school administration. If the determination includes drug violations, the student may contest the administrative decision by submitting to a drug test within 24 hours from the accredited drug testing business contracted with by the Lovington Municipal School District or a local hospital at the student’s expense. If the drug test is negative for illicit drugs then the vape product will be considered a tobacco product and the tobacco policy will be enforced. If the drug test is positive for illicit drugs, the drug policy will be enforced.
Consequences for Tobacco Products
Administrative Action by the Principal/Assistant Principal for Tobacco Products:
The following are prohibited activities: criminal or delinquent acts; gang-related activities; sexual harassment; disruptive conduct; refusal to identify self; and refusal to cooperate with school personnel.
A student may be subject to disciplinary action when the student engages in the above or those below:
Use of Physical Force
Reasonableness of use of physical force in self-defense, defense of others, and defense of property will be considered as a mitigating factor in determining penalties for misconduct. The threat or use of physical force by a student is not reasonable (i) when made in response to verbal provocation alone, (ii) when assistance from a school staff member is a reasonable alternative, or (iii) when the degree of physical force used is disproportionate to the circumstances or exceeds that necessary to avoid injury to oneself or to others to preserve property at risk.
The range of penalties that may be imposed for violations of student discipline rules include, but are not limited to, the following:
Depending upon the nature of the violation, student discipline may be progressive, i.e., generally, a student’s first violation should merit a lighter penalty than subsequent violations. A District employee or agent should take into account all other relevant factors in determining an appropriate penalty. The above penalties may be imposed either alone or in combination.
Any teacher, administrator, Board member, parent, or other person may report a violation of student disciplinary rules to an administrator. The administrators will then make an investigation of the charges as deemed appropriate and will institute appropriate proceedings.
In order to promote effectiveness of student discipline, the assistance of parents in enforcing rules for student discipline shall be invited and encouraged.
Electronic Devices of Any Type
Electronic devices of any type, including accessories (i.e. air pods) will be allowed ONLY for educational purposes. All lessons allowing students to use their electronic device will be documented in the teacher's daily lesson plans and approved by the campus administrator. The right to use an electronic device for learning during classroom instruction will be permitted to only those who have signed the LMSD Technology Acceptable Use Policy.
The use of any electronic device during State Mandated Testing is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. Any electronic device not issued by the school will NOT be allowed for any other purpose. If this policy is violated and an electronic device is stolen while at school, the school district/personnel will not be responsible for replacement of the electronic device. School issued electronic devices are the responsibility of the student. Lost, stolen, or damaged school issued devices and parts become the financial responsibility of the student. All electronic devices found in violation of, or not authorized by, this policy will receive consequences. If it is determined an inappropriate video is on any electronic device, it may be confiscated (i.e. fight, nudity, pornographic images) and turned over to proper authorities with school consequences to follow.
The subject grade should be based on pupil mastery of the standard content of the course.
The District will establish a uniform system of grading. Content of the course shall be set up to be measured by numerical percentages which are then transferred to letter equivalents. The following scale will serve as a guide for the distribution of grades but reasonable alternative letter grades may be approved at the District level:
90% - 100% = A
80% - 89% = B
70% - 79% = C
60% - 69% = D
Below 60% = F
The following should be observed in implementing a grading system:
The grading system should be consistent within the class for the entire year.
The student should understand the system thoroughly, such as the content on which the grade for the course depends, the weight attached to various phases of the material, the manner in which the letter grade is devised, and the meaning of the final letter grade which is sent home as a report to the parent.
Report Cards and Records
At a minimum, an average of two (2) grades per week will be kept in the teacher's grade book for each subject (language arts, mathematics, science-health, social studies) in numerical values. The average for the nine (9) weeks will also be recorded in the grade book in numerical values.
Grade reports to the parents are made on a nine (9) week basis. Report cards include an explanation of the system of marks used. Before cards are sent out each nine (9) week period, the teacher should explain the marking system to the pupils.
Cards are sent home according to a schedule that is developed at the beginning of the school year.
Grades A, B, C, D, or F are given in numerical percentages, in the following subjects for grades three (3) through five (5):
Grades A, B, C, D, or F, in numerical percentages, are given in the following subjects in grades one (1) and two (2):
Kindergarten (K) teachers will not use letter grades but will report progress in a standard-based system using S, U, and N.
First Grade will not use letter grades/numerical percentages A, B, C, D & F in the 1st nine weeks. S, U, and N will be used 1st nine weeks.
Teachers may use additional reporting forms if they so choose, and conferences are encouraged.
Examinations for Secondary Students
Single-period examinations are given at the end of each nine-week period. At the end of each semester, a comprehensive exam will be given in each class on a schedule that will be announced at least one week in advance.
Late Work Policy
All class work and homework is due when the teacher calls for it. Any work turned in after that time will be considered late. Credit will not be allowed for late work after two school days. After the second school day a zero will be given for a missing assignment.
Make-up Work Policy
When students are absent they will have the same number of days to make up assignments as the number of days absent. Students are responsible for getting their makeup work from each of their teachers and turning it in within the required timeframe. Number of days missed = number of days to make up work. If a student goes beyond the timeframe, refer to “Late Work Policy.”
SECONDARY (Grades 7-12) INFORMATION
Extra-Curricular Activities Policy
As a student of the Lovington Municipal Schools athletic/activity program, it is extremely important that I maintain a good public image as well as set a good example. I shall contribute my best effort to the success of our programs. I agree to conduct myself according to the Lovington Extra-Curricular Activities Policy. I realize that in case I do not live up to this agreement, I could be removed from the activity in which I am involved, in accordance with the following.
**The student and parent/guardian waive any right to privacy concerning the use of illegal drugs and alcohol that might be obtained from law enforcement agencies, JPO agencies, or other reliable sources.
In order for a student to be eligible for all extra-curricular activities, the student must have maintained a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale and not have failed any class from the previous semester's grading period. Eligibility is based on semester grades. No F’s allowed for eligibility.
Eligibility for student participation in extracurricular activities is determined by the New Mexico Activities Association's by-laws that are developed to create a level playing field for all student athletes. Changes to enrollment, home residence, academic standing, and family status are some of the factors that determine student eligibility. Parents/ guardians are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the rules and regulations associated with student eligibility PRIOR to making changes to their student's status. Transferring schools may impact a student’s opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities (New Mexico Activities Association By-Laws: https://www.nmact.org/nmaa-handbook/).
Extra-Curricular Infractions Away from School (including summer and holidays)
First Violation for Minor in Possession: The student will not be eligible for any extracurricular activities for 15 (fifteen) school days and 20% of scheduled games for athletes. Students involved in other extracurricular activities will not be eligible for 15 (fifteen) school days and the next scheduled event for the activity they are involved in.
First Violation for Consumption: The student will not be eligible for any extracurricular activities for 40% of scheduled games for athletes. Students involved in other extracurricular activities will not be eligible for 15 (fifteen) school days and the next scheduled event for the activity they are involved in.
Second Violation for Minor in Possession or Consumption: Will result in the student becoming ineligible to participate in any extra-curricular activities for 90 school days from date of offense.
Third Violation for Minor in Possession or Consumption: Will result in the student becoming ineligible to participate in any extra-curricular activities for one (1) year from date of offense.
The student may participate in practice during this fifteen (15) day time period, but will not suit up or travel.
**Any student cited for possession or consumption by law enforcement will be required to submit to a drug/alcohol test at the district's earliest convenience.
***There will be other consequences, consistent from activity to activity after each violation, set by the Athletic Director and the sponsor of the activity.
****All violations will include drug/alcohol counseling before the student can return to activities. It will be the responsibility of the student to receive counseling and the student must present evidence of such counseling to the school administration, before he/she may return to activities.
The Guidance Office is available to students in grades 7-12 to assist them in making their school careers successful and in making plans for the future. Students are encouraged to use this resource so that their interests and needs may be met. This office is the link between students and administration. The office will handle the scheduling of classes, registration, next-step plans, student records, credit checks, and schedule changes. Counselors are assigned to cohorts at the high school.
Secondary students must have their school issued ID on them, visible at all times. A student not having their school issued ID visible will be given consequences as outlined in the school discipline matrix.
For the purpose of District policy, a gang of three (3) or more people who:
The principal will coordinate with law enforcement regarding the latest gang signs, symbols, and actions to maintain consideration for constitutionally permitted activities and speech.
Public Displays of Affection
Public displays of affection are prohibited on school property. Students who display affectionate behavior, such as kissing, hugging, and all other affectionate physical contact will be counseled and parents shall be informed if necessary. Students will be warned on the first offense. The second offense will result in being referred to an administrator where consequences will be administered.
Suspension Schools are typically a form of alternative education for students who choose not to follow the rules and procedures of the Lovington Municipal Schools. While at Suspension School, students will be provided with their work from each of their teachers and will be supervised while completing their work. Students who refuse to work or cause disruptions while in ISS will receive additional days in ISS or will be suspended at home for the remaining ISS assignment. Rules for in-school suspension will be given to the student when said student is assigned to ISS.
When suspension is necessary, it is advisable to contact the parent or guardian by telephone. If it is impossible to make telephone contact, the student should deliver a note or letter from the principal's office, written in the student's native language, when necessary, outlining the problem and the disposition. A copy of the note/letter will also be mailed to the parent/guardian. Students suspended will receive zeros in all classes missed.
HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATION
Advanced Placement Classes
LHS is very fortunate to offer Advanced Placement, which are college level courses. AP exams are scored on a scale of 1-5, with a possibility of receiving college credit and or scholarships. Any student enrolled in Advanced Placement class is required to take the Advanced Placement Exam at the end of the year. The student will reimburse the District for testing fees of AP Course Exams not taken. The students and guardians will be required to sign a contract.
The Bilingual Seal Pathway will be presented to incoming freshmen. Upon qualifying for the Bilingual Seal Program, their senior year, the student will be provided the District Bilingual Seal Handbook. Once all requirements are obtained through the course, the student will receive the BiLiteracy Seal on their diploma and transcript as well as the Bi-Literacy Stole to wear at Graduation.
Students must be ranked a senior and must be on schedule for graduation. Seniors must have a prerequisite of Spanish I and Spanish II (minimum). Seniors may also have Spanish III but may take Spanish III in congruence with the Bilingual Seal class. This will complete the required 4-year credit in a Foreign Language (Option 3 NMPED Bilingual Seal Pathway).
*Students must read and sign Student/Parent/Teacher/Principal Contract to have in the student file.
Please obtain more in depth information from the Counseling Department.
Check Out Procedures
If a student must leave campus during the day, the following procedures must be followed: The parent will pick up the student at the front office or send a note requesting the release of the student. The parent may also call the office in the event of an emergency. The student must sign the check-out sheet if leaving during the school day and sign in if returning. Failure to sign out could result in truancy and may be filed as such.
English 4 Units
Math* 4 Units
Science 3 Units
New Mexico Studies 1 Unit
U.S. History 1 Unit
World History 1 Unit
Government .5 Unit
Economics .5 Unit
Health . 5 Unit
Required Physical Ed.** 1 Unit
Career Cluster, Workplace Readiness, or Foreign Language 1 Unit
The total number of required course credits 17.5 Units
Minimum number of elective course credits 7.5 Units
The minimum number of credits required 25 Units
* At least one unit of math must be equivalent to Algebra II or higher
** Successful completion of three (3) full semesters of marching band in grades 9-12 equals 1 unit of required physical education. Successful completion of three (3) of the following extra-curricular (after the regular school day) sports seasons in grades 9-12 satisfies the PE requirement.
Cross Country Cross Country
Track & Field Track & Field
High School Diploma
To receive a diploma from LHS, students must:
• Earn the specified minimum number of credits in the required courses.
• Earn the minimum number of credits in elective courses.
• Beginning with the class of 2013, students must show competence on New Mexico High School Graduation Assessment or portfolio assessment in order for a diploma to be earned. This replaces the NM High School Competency Exam.
A student must complete all of the senior year in Lovington High School to be eligible for "Graduation with Honors". The number of Honor Students is to be computed on a percentage of the total graduates with a ratio of one (1) per twenty-five students and it is computed on the 120th reporting day. These Honor Graduates will wear a white gown at Graduation.
Lockers are provided as a convenience to secondary students. Students are responsible for keeping their lockers clean and orderly. No decorations are allowed outside of the locker. Students are advised not to share their locker combinations with others. Locker assignments, combinations, and changes will be handled through the office. The lockers belong to the school. The Administration has the right to search the lockers and its contents at any time.
Lovington High School has an open campus for students that are Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. This means students may leave the campus at lunch. Although leaving is allowed, it is discouraged because of traffic congestion and the need to be on time to afternoon classes. Also, the school cannot be responsible for supervision of the students who leave campus. Freshman students will have a closed campus and therefore will not be allowed to leave campus during lunch.
National Honor Society
National Honor Society (NHS) is a national program recognizing students who display exemplary scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Membership in the NHS is one of the highest honors a high school student can receive.
Schedule changes may be requested following enrollment on the designated days according to grade level. Pre-enrollment forms signed by a parent must be on file in order for a change to be made. Schedules will only be changed on the scheduled dates, unless prior arrangements have been made with the guidance department. All schedule changes must have parent signature allowing permission to deviate from the NM Next Step Plan. Schedules are NOT changed after the first day of class of each term without written permission of an administrator, parent, and all teachers involved with the change.
Guidelines for Schedule Changes after Registration
During the week of enrollment, you may request schedule changes according to the posted schedule. Once school has begun, changes will only be made if they are considered to be an emergency. However, it is imperative that you choose carefully in your original selection, since changes may only be considered if they meet the following conditions:
*****WHILE WAITING FOR YOUR SCHEDULE TO BE CHANGED, YOU MUST CONTINUE IN YOUR ORIGINAL CLASS, OR YOU WILL BE COUNTED ABSENT, AND THE ABSENCE WILL CARRY OVER TO YOUR NEW CLASS.
Student Parking Regulations
All students will be required to park in the WEST parking lot. Students are not allowed to park on Ave. K or in the lot across the street from LHS on Ave. K.
Students are required to park within the designated lines in designated areas only. No parking in fire lanes or handicapped spaces without appropriate permits.
All students must obtain a parking permit, of the current year, which must be placed in the front lower right windshield. All other parking permits shall be removed. Students may not park in the teacher parking lot north of the school.
All students must park their car and immediately leave the student parking lot. No student will be permitted to sit in the car during the day.
LHS assumes NO responsibility for your car or its contents. Be sure to lock your car, and do not leave valuables in it.