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Hodgin Supports the Framework of the Del Norte Cluster



Hodgin vision is performance, success, and excellence for every student.


The Del Norte Cluster shares a commitment to prepare students for the future by:

  • Ensuring high academic standards;
  • Providing a safe and caring school environment;
  • Respecting and valuing diversity;
  • Partnering with the Del Norte community.
  • Providing an educational environment that is responsive to all students.


All Del Norte Cluster students will communicate and reason effectively to succeed in life.


We will continuously improve instruction to increase student performance across the content areas.


Del Norte Cluster schools will:hodgin-vision.png

  • implement research based literacy instruction that contains balanced literacy components
  • deliver literacy instruction across the curriculum
  • align instructional practices to content and performance standards
  • adjust instruction based on continuous assessment
  • adopt and employ common standards of exemplary practice
  • create structures that allow time for collaboration, planning and professional development
  • support student learning and healthy development through family and community partnerships


Attendance (APS District Policy)

The Federal No Child Left Behind Act requires that state, school districts and schools be held accountable for ensuring that all students meet high academic standards.  On time, daily attendance is a critical component of this educational process.  New Mexico law dictates that:

  • Students between the ages of five (5) and eighteen (18) years of age are mandated to attend public school, private school, home school or a state institution.
  • APS report habitual truants to the Children’s Court Liaison office and to the State of New Mexico.
  • APS students are allowed no more than 10 unexcused absences per school year.
  • Parent/guardian must notify the school each day that the student will be absent, in accordance with the notification procedure established by the school.
  • Absences may be excused for the following reasons, with appropriate documentation
  • illness
  • doctor’s appointment
  • religious commitment
  • family emergency
  • diagnostic testing
  • school or college visit
  • In the event that the school has not received notification of absence by a parent for three (3) consecutive days, the school must make an attempt to contact the parent/guardian.
  • Excessive excused absences may result in further inquiry from the principal and request for additional documentation.
  • Students who are signed out before the end of the instructional day must have written documentation of the reason (as defined under excused absences) or be subject to the same consequences as tardy.


The cost of a complete lunch is $1.95; Milk $.40 for students and $3.20 for adults at all APS schools.  Hodgin is a Provision II school and provides free breakfast & lunch to all students.  This year we need to have 100% participation in completing the Reduced/Free lunch application to continue receiving free lunch. These prices are subject to change by APS Food Services. 

Change of Address & Phone Number

It is essential that parents inform the school of correct home and business addresses and telephone numbers. This is important for school records, federal census accounting, and in emergency situations. Please include unlisted numbers. Your privacy will be respected.

Classoom Transfer Policy

Hodgin’s philosophy is that every child needs to develop the ability to adapt to a changing society and to the different personalities in that society.  Based on this philosophy, parents who perceive their children to be having a problem in a particular classroom need to follow this specific procedure:

  • The current teacher and parent will hold a conference to identify concerns, establish communication and take positive steps to address areas of concern.  It is recommended that written documentation be maintained prior to step two.
  • Teacher and/or parent will request a conference with the principal after other positive and cooperative avenues are exhausted.  (A two-week minimum attendance in the classroom is required prior to step three.)
  • The principal will, after ascertaining that steps above have been followed, decide whether the student will remain with the present teacher or be transferred to another classroom.
  • A transfer will be initiated; the teacher with the lowest pupil-to-teacher ration will receive the student.


  • Hodgin has a full-time counselor who is available to work with students, parents, and staff. The primary objective of the guidance and counseling program is to assist all children in academic, social, and emotional development.  This is done through classroom guidance activities, group counseling, individual consultations, and other cooperative efforts with the teacher and parent. Students are helped to recognize and resolve problems, which interfere with learning or with personal relationships to become responsible citizens. Parenting programs are offered to assist in better understanding and becoming more effective in working with your children. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the counselor at 881-9855.

Crossing Guard Schedule

Morningside in front of school:

7:30 a.m. - 8:05 a.m.

1:50 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

Please cross only at crosswalks!!!

Discipline Policy

The Hodgin administration and staff believe that all students deserve a safe learning environment where they are treated fairly and with respect. Parents overwhelmingly tell us that they expect their children to show respect, citizenship, caring, trustworthiness, fairness, and responsibility. As a school community we have adopted the Character Counts Pillars, and our goal is to help students develop these attributes.

Hodgin students are expected to:

  • respect school property and the property of others
  • stay on school grounds and be in assigned areas.
  • refrain from fighting
  • refrain from throwing rocks or other dangerous items
  • observe all safety rules
  • follow classroom policies and procedures
  • show respect to all people at all times in both word and action

At registration, parents will receive a copy of the Hodgin Discipline Policy to read and sign. While most of our students behave appropriately at school, others need reminders to help them learn to follow the rules. We are committed to teaching that both positive and negative consequences are the result of the choices that each student makes.

  • Students who break the rules receive a ticket, which result in consequences. Students attend Redirection Room for discipline issues.
  • Students who do not receive tickets for poor choices receive positive consequences (for example: assemblies, extra privileges, etc.).

Parents are expected to be partners with the school in its effort to maintain proper discipline.  We are confident that Hodgin's School-Wide Discipline Plan will provide the foundation that will encourage our children to be responsible for their actions and make this school year a positive learning experience.

Dress Code

Hodgin has adopted a dress code consistent with Albuquerque Public School (APS) district policy and Del Norte cluster behavioral goals. 

The following clothing items will not be allowed:

  • Hats, caps, or sunglasses (except for prescription) are allowed only outdoors, before school and during recess. Caps must be worn facing forward;
  • muscle shirts, tank tops, bare midriffs, halters, spaghetti strap top, or excessively torn clothing;
  • clothing with offensive slogans or pictures, or advertising for tobacco or liquor goods;
  • Sagging and oversized pants; belts hanging longer than 2" from fastener. Pants must be worn at waist level.
  • gang associated attire (for example: specific team insignias that the Albuquerque Police Department has earmarked as gang identification labels);
  • Shorts must be at least below fingertips.
  • Make up of any kind is not allowed to be worn or brought to school.
  • Roller blades or shoes with wheels.

Flannel shirts and jackets may be worn only if they are tucked in and the top button is unbuttoned.

Because gang attire is subject to rapid change, this list of inappropriate clothing is not all-inclusive. School administrators and staff must exercise judgment and individual discretion based on the current situations or trends.

Also, seasonally appropriate clothing should be worn. For example, shorts should only be worn during warm times. During the winter months, the children are expected to have coats and other items such as hats and gloves.

Parents will be called to bring appropriate clothing. We ask for your continued support as we enforce this dress code.

Field Trips

Field Trips are a privilege and a supplement to the regular curriculum.  A permission slip, signed by a parent or legal guardian, must be submitted to the teacher before a child may participate in a field trip.  Your child’s teacher will send permission slips home a few days in advance of the trip.  Students who do not return signed field trip forms will not be allowed to leave campus.  Students must also meet requirements set at each grade level.   Due to liability, field trips can be denied to students who exhibit behavior choices that are safety concerns.  In cases such as this, parents will be notified. Everyone attending field trips must have an APS background check on file in office for each and every field trip.


In accordance with the APS Board of Education resolution November 21, 1990, holiday activities should be incorporated within the curriculum and be sensitive to the beliefs and customs of all students and staff at Hodgin.

Homework/Agenda Notebooks

As a part of our focus on study skills, Hodgin requires all students to use Agenda Notebooks to record daily assignments, homework, and special activities at the school. As a general guideline, count on ten minutes of homework for every year a child has been in school, for example, 10 minutes for K, 20 for 1st. etc.  Makeup work from absences or special projects may require additional time.  Completing these assignments students are building study habits and applying skills and concepts learned

Hodgin has also has adopted a school-wide nightly reading and writing requirement which is in addition to any assigned homework or makeup work.

Illness/Accidents at School

Emergency situations will be handled according to the APS Board of Education Policy. Should your child become ill or injured, you will be contacted in order for you to come for your child at once.  Please keep the office advised of phone number changes, etc.  If the school is unable to make contact with you and your child becomes seriously ill or injured, we will call 911.

If your child is ill with a contagious illness, please let the office know, but do not sent them to school. If you have any questions, call the school nurse.


The APS Board of Education makes a student accident insurance policy available to all regularly enrolled students of the Albuquerque Public School system. Forms are available in the main office.

Leaving School

Children will not be permitted to leave before the regular dismissal time unless accompanied by a parent.  The name of all parties allowed to pick up the child must be on the enrollment card. Proper clearance for checking out students is handled through the school office.  All parties are asked to provide photo identification each and every time.  Please limit, when possible, appointments which may impact your student's instructional day as well as checking your student out early (which is similar to a tardy, as school time is being missed.)


Books are checked out for one week. Students must pay for lost and damaged books or report cards will be held.

Lost and Found

Please label all coats, caps, jackets, lunch boxes, and school supplies with your child's name.  This also applies to any books or other items from home that a child may use as extra materials in school.  Please check the lost and found box, located in the cafeteria, if your child is missing an item.  Unclaimed items will be turned over to the clothing bank.


Students are not allowed to bring any medication to school.  If it is absolutely necessary for a student to receive medication at school, a physician must fill out and sign an APS authorization form authorizing the school to assist with medication. The parent or guardian must also sign this form.

Parent Teacher Associations (PTA)

General Meetings will be held at 6pm on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Activity nights will vary in nights and times. These will be announced and posted on the marquee. We look forward to seeing you there! You may email to: hodginelementarypta@hotmail.com

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Conferences will be scheduled with parents following the first and second trimester. There will be times when you may have a reason to talk with your child's teacher. The teachers and principals encourage and welcome all parents to visit Hodgin and hold conferences. However, we ask that you do not attempt to discuss any personal matter while a faculty member is on playground duty, cafeteria duty, or conducting class. Please make appointments for conferences through the school or teacher. Teacher’s telephones will only ring before or after school hours, so please leave a message.

Parent Conferences are typically scheduled for November and March. There will be no school during the days set aside for conferences, so please make sure you have arrangements for your children for those days.

Parent-Teacher-Student Compact

Parents, teachers, and students are expected to sign a compact. The compact outlines the responsibilities of each role group. A successful school experience depends on all role groups working as a team.


Designated areas of school have been identified for parent parking and pickup. Handicapped parking is available in the front and south lots. Duty Staff are responsible for monitoring the safety of pick up and drop off areas and instructing parents and students on safety issues. These procedures were established with the safety of all children in mind.

The pickup area directly in front of school is for childcare vans and buses only. The north lot is for parent parking as well as drop off and pickup of students. The lot directly in front of school is available for parent parking excluding arrival and dismissal times. The drop off and pick up area is located directly in front of the media center. Cars should not be parked and exited in this area. For safety purposes we ask that children and adults cross in the designated crosswalk area in front of the school. We wish to avoid children darting out into oncoming traffic in order to meet their parents.

Pets and Toys

Only items used for schoolwork and/or requested by the teacher should be brought to school. Pets and toys should not be brought to school. Scooters and bicycles may be used to and from school, but must be secured with a chain and lock in the bike rack during school hours. 

Cell phones, pagers, and laser pointers should not be brought to school.  Please be aware that toy guns are identified in the Student Behavior Handbook as weapons and will result in suspension.  Inappropriate items taken away from students will be available for pick up at the end of the school year.

Physical Education

Physical education is a regular part of our curriculum, and all children are expected to participate. Exceptions may be made for health reasons with a doctor's statement.


Children need this outdoor activity and will be expected to play outside. Please make sure your child has appropriate outdoor clothing for seasonal weather.  If, for any health reason, a child must remain in the building, a note from the parent indicating the reason is required. When weather conditions are severe, the children will be kept inside. Recess Club, an indoor alternative, is held each recess. Attendance is limited to two per room unless otherwise designated by the principal.

Remediation/Retention Information

In 2000, the New Mexico State Legislature passed legislation relating to educational standards, remediation programs and promotion policies. This legislation requires school districts to develop and offer academic improvement programs for those students who have failed to attain levels of academic proficiency as established by state content standards. The school district is required to notify the parent/guardian by the end of the second grading period, if it is apparent his/her child is failing to attain content standard proficiency in reading and math and to provide remediation plans for these students. Remediation plans may include tutoring/intervention programs during the school day, parent support at home and summer school. If the remediation plan is unsuccessful and at the end of summer school, the student fails to attain the required level(s) of proficiency, one of two options may be exercised: (1) retention in the same grade for one year or (2) the parent/guardian refuses retention and signs a waiver promoting the student to the next higher grade. NOTE: A parent/guardian may waive a student on to the next grade only once in grades 1-7.

Safe School Plan

Hodgin has a comprehensive safe school plan that addresses ways to develop and share information about safety, intervention and prevention programs, and emergency procedures. In addition to fire drills, other drills such as lock down and evacuation drills are routinely held. In an effort to share information about critical incidents in Albuquerque Public Schools we would like to provide you with some guidance, should a lock down or “shelter in place,” occur at your child’s school.  The City of Albuquerque has designated its 311 Center to be the point of contact for information pertaining to an incident at a school.  311 will be working directly with both APS and the Albuquerque Police Department to share information about what is taking place at the school and where parents are to meet their student.  Please do not call the school.

School Parties

Only scheduled parties will take place at school. Because of the problems that are caused when others aren't invited, invitations to birthday and home parties are not to be handed out at school.

Student Transfers

Please give the school at least two (2) days notice of intention to withdraw your child from Hodgin. This will permit us to prepare the transfer papers. All books belonging to the school and/or monies due the school or cafeteria must be turned in before the child is withdrawn.


Textbooks, as well as some consumable books, will be assigned to each student. Students are expected to take responsibility for the care and safety of the books. Lost or damaged books must be paid for. Report cards will be held at the end of the year until money is received.

Two-Hour Delay Day

A late start day schedule will be used on mornings when street conditions would endanger the safety of students and employees on their way to school. A decision to institute an abbreviated day schedule will be announced by the news media by 6:00 a.m. If no announcement is made by that time, a regular school day will be held.

When weather conditions are severe, parents should listen to the radio or watch television for announcements concerning the school schedule. If an abbreviated day is declared, the instructional day will begin two (2) hours late at 10:00 am and end at the regular time of 2:00 pm.

Visitors/Classroom Visits

Classroom visits are welcomed. Visitors must report to the office to check in and get a visitor's badge so that the staff and children know you have been cleared to be on school grounds. This is a safety precaution for everyone.  In order to avoid conflict with the teaching schedule, classroom visits and conferences should be arranged in advance. This is also a common courtesy that should be extended to school staff. Background checks are now required for everyone.