P.O. Box 2000

200 Center Street

Moriarty, New Mexico 87035

Telephone (505) 832-5927

Fax (505)-832-5989


Welcome to Moriarty High School!  This 2018-2019 Student Handbook will help you learn what is expected of you at all times.  Regular school attendance is required and will help you develop and realize your goals, organize your time, and acquire new study habits. 

Moriarty High School has an excellent tradition of student scholarship and citizenship.  Students are expected to have initiative and a sense of responsibility, and are supported by a knowledgeable, caring staff and supportive community.  MHS provides many opportunities for learning in academic, athletic and extra-curricular areas.  We know that you will experience success when you make the commitment to attend all classes regularly, prepare for your classes, become actively engaged in your school work, and get involved in activities and athletics.

              We hope that you will take every advantage of this school year and the opportunities available to make your high school years here both meaningful and enjoyable.  HAVE A GREAT YEAR!



Mr. Robert Adams                                   -Principal                Mrs. Teresa Salazar                          -Superintendent

Mr. Mike Reese                          - Asst. Principal                  

Mrs. Rhiannon Chavez                   -Asst. Principal                Mrs. Natalie Romer    -Director of  Learning Services

Ms. Christine Armijo         -Student Support Services                Dr. Cindy Sims       -Executive Director of  Personnel

Mr. Joe Bailey                        -Athletic Director               Mrs. Antoinette Young               - Director of Finance


                   SUPPORT STAFF                                 MESD BOARD OF EDUCATION

Ms. Becky Crow                         -High School Secretary        Mrs. Elizabeth Howells                        -President

Mrs. Shirley Payne                                                  -Registrar        Mr. Charles Armijo                     -Vice President

Ms. Sylvia Bryan           -Attendance, Discipline Secretary        Mr. Albert Chavez                 -Secretary                                                                  Mrs. Becky Spindle                 -Member

Mrs. Linda Apodaca                            - Athletic Secretary         Ms. Selia Gomez                          -Member


Moriarty-Edgewood School District Mission Statement

Moriarty-Edgewood School District cultivates positive relationships and inspires each student to excel today and tomorrow.


Moriarty High School is accredited by the New Mexico Department of Education.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

It is the policy of the Moriarty-Edgewood School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, or handicap in any of its educational programs or employment practices.  Inquiries regarding compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, or Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 may be directed to the office of the superintendent.



In order to enroll at Moriarty High School (MHS) a student must meet the following requirements:

     Be a resident of the Moriarty-Edgewood School District.  Note: Out-of-District residents must petition the Moriarty-Edgewood School District for enrollment.

     Have the equivalent of an eighth grade education.

     Provide documentation to show that all immunizations are current.

     Be accompanied by his or her parent or guardian.  All exceptions must be cleared by School


    Provide addresses of all schools previously attended.  For transfer students, all credits earned from another

accredited school in New Mexico will be accepted. Transcripts from other states will be evaluated and

equivalent credit will be awarded.


Moriarty High School is the only comprehensive, four-year high school in the East Mountain area.  The curriculum is designed to prepare students to attend a college or university, other post-secondary educational training programs (including vocational schools and military service), or to join the workforce.  Many challenging and advanced courses and opportunities are available through Dual Credit, Advanced Placement, other guidance supported services and school organizations.

SPECIAL EDUCATION (Student Support Services)

Special Education and specific related services are provided at MHS for students found eligible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004).  Individual Education Plans (IEP’s), including courses of study are developed to address student needs while providing access to the general curriculum.  Students with an IEP generally receive a continuum of supports and services to include monitoring in general education classes, inclusion and self-contained services.  A myriad of related services are also provided as required to meet individual needs.  For any questions or concerns, please make initial contact with the Student Support Services Department at 832-5954. 



The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school and to receive college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams.  Advanced Placement Exams are given in May for a fee determined by the College Board.  Currently, Moriarty High School offers numerous AP courses. Only those students who are willing to spend the extra time and effort to successfully complete these rigorous courses should enroll.  All AP courses are graded on a weighted scale.  *Weighted courses have an additional .025 added to the transcript GPA,  (Refer to Board Policy 401). 

Dual Credit

Vast and varied dual credit (high school and college) opportunities are available to students who have successfully completed their 9th grade school year and meet attendance and GPA requirements.  Some courses require COMPASS or ACCUPLACER cut scores.  Testing may be done on-site for interested students.  Credits that can be earned for high school include vocational and core academic areas.  More information is available through your guidance counselor or administration.  MHS accepts courses taken at an approved college, university, or vocational school for elective credit while simultaneously enrolled in high school.  Dual Credit enrollment allows students to accelerate their learning and supplement some elective and core courses offered at MHS.  Students must meet with their assigned Guidance Counselor and receive prior administrative approval before enrolling in any supplemental program.  The MHS Guidance Department must receive a transcript and the number of institutional hours completed in order to document the assigned credit and for the credit to be placed on the high school transcript.  

MHS has partnered with Central New Mexico Community College (CNM), University of New Mexico (UNM), Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) and Mesalands to offer dual credit opportunities.  Dual credit classes will be offered during the school year, many of which may be taken on the MHS campus during the school day, as an online course at home or at the CNM or UNM campus outside of the MHS school day.  The classes that are offered will be on the matrix of transferable courses and will transfer to New Mexico colleges and universities.  Out of state colleges may or may not accept these credits.  Students earn 1.0 high school credit for each 3 college credit hours earned in Dual Credit courses. 

Registration will be the responsibility of the student and parent.  Students may be required to take a college placement test in order to enroll in dual credit courses.  Textbooks purchased by the district for dual credit courses are the property of MESD and must be returned at the end of the course to the library.  Any textbook not returned will be charged against the student and be placed on that student's fine list, preventing the issuance of official transcripts until paid in full. 



Virtual Academy of Learning (VAL), an alternative educational setting, provides the use of an online curriculum by Edgenuity.  Students work in a classroom setting one day weekly to receive online curriculum.  Additional time must be spent outside of the classroom to complete courses.  Applications may be picked up at Moriarty High School in the registrar’s office or accessed online through the MESD website and submitted to be considered for enrollment. Potential and current students must meet specified criteria to become and remain enrolled in the program. Administrative approval is required. This program has criteria and students should meet with counselor to discuss approval procedure.


One-half (.5) credit is assigned to each course where a passing grade of 60 percent (60%) has been earned for each semester. One unit of credit (1.0) is earned when a course is completed with a passing grade each year.  Courses meet for one period daily — normally Monday through Friday — for 18 weeks for .5 credits.


A list of courses taken, letter grades earned, and credit assigned is maintained while a student is enrolled in high school.  This record provides a means of tracking graduation requirements, determining grade point averages, and assigning rank in class.  Students are encouraged to review their transcript with their guidance counselor.


Moriarty High School will accept credits and courses in progress from another school that is accredited by the State Board of Education.  The Registrar will assist in determining how the credits transfer in on the transcript, and the assigned counselor will assist in determining how the credits will meet the graduation requirements according to the New Mexico Board of Education.  It is the student’s responsibility to assure that official documentation of transfer credit is forwarded to MHS.


Credits transferred from non-accredited schools that are supported by a transcript will be accepted under the following guidelines:  Please refer to School Board Policy 307.  Administrative approval is required for all credits transferred from non-accredited schools.



All credit recovery opportunities are based on a student’s failure to earn course credit. If a student fails a course credit recovery options will occur with administrator approval. Credit recovery options may include placement in an intervention class, student prep, and/ or a class online. Moriarty High School is committed to assisting students in many capacities to help them recover credits.  Students should speak to teachers, counselors, or administration about setting up a credit recovery plan. 


Credit will be granted on the student’s high school transcript for high school courses taken at the middle school campus (health and Algebra I only) or an approved high school course taught on a college campus while the student is still enrolled in high school.  An arrangement is currently articulated between the two middle schools and the high school in the Moriarty-Edgewood School District regarding middle school credits transferred to high school as per the MESD School Board Policy (388).

SUMMER SCHOOL credit earned out of district

Credit earned through an accredited State Board of Education school will be accepted toward the fulfillment of graduation requirements.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the summer school transfer credit is forwarded to MHS. 

Summer School credit earned in district

Credit earned through MHS during summer school (when available) will be posted to the student’s transcript upon successful completion of the course.



Students must receive prior Administrative approval to take correspondence courses.  A maximum of two courses may be included on a transcript to meet graduation requirements.  All correspondence courses must be started before Dec. 1st and completed by April 15th.  Students must earn a minimum of 60% to pass.  (Refer to Board Policy 316 F.)



Students must maintain seven courses in their schedule during their school day.  Off-campus classes must receive prior administrative approval and will be authorized only to a senior in good academic, attendance and behavior standing who have obtained enough credits to graduate without those credit hours.  Students may not return to the campus after an off-campus period.  Therefore, anyone wanting to participate in athletics or enroll in any 7th period class will be eligible to take an approved off-campus 1st period only.  Students who wish to register for off-campus should be prepared to provide documentation on official letter head from their employer or evidence they are enrolled in a college course.  It is vital for students to continue rigorous academic pursuits throughout high school, to better prepare for post-secondary college and career experiences.  Off campus is a privilege reserved for seniors who wish to pursue college and career opportunities.


 Administrative approval must be obtained in these situations.



Students will not be allowed to withdraw at their choice from any class after the 10th school day of each semester.  Any course dropped or changed must have prior administrative approval and will only be granted where legitimate educational plans and/or emergencies develop. Student must follow internal checkout procedure for any class dropped.



All books must be returned and all fees and fines paid upon withdrawal from Moriarty High School.  Records are held until all books and fines are reconciled.



MHS has determined that 9 week grading periods will be utilized in all courses.  Therefore, progress reports will be issued at alternative 4 ½  week intervals and report cards will be issued at 9 week intervals.  


These percentages determine semester grades:

               Fall Semester                                           Spring Semester

1st quarter =45%                                                        3rd quarter = 45%

2nd quarter= 45%                                                        4th quarter = 45%

Semester final=10%                                                Semester final= 10%


Midway in each grading period, progress reports are completed to keep students and parents up-to-date.  Computerized progress reports, which are either mailed or distributed by teachers, contain progress grades, attendance and comments.  The progress report will be sent home with the student for parental review.  Please check the school's yearly calendar for these dates.


At the end of each nine-week grading period, a computerized report card is mailed home.

Parents, guardians and students can access grades and attendance through the MESD web-based PowerSchool program.  This program provides opportunities to email teachers check specific class assignments and read the school's bulletin.  Parents, guardians and students can obtain a username and password by contacting the MHS Administrative Office at (505) 832-5920.

Students needing support

Students that are at-risk of not graduating due to attendance, grades, or behavior will receive support from an assigned teacher and counselor through weekly grade and attendance monitoring and on-going support through student prep and/or other classes. Students should also expect meetings with teachers, parents/guardians, and counselor.

Late Work POLICY

Departments will clearly define their grading policy regarding accepting late work.  Their guidelines will include acceptable reasons, appropriate deadlines and point value of assignments submitted by a student after the due date.  


No grade changes are allowed at the end of any grading period without prior administrative approval.  Grade changes will only occur if a student can substantiate a legitimate reason for failure to submit work in a timely manner.  Legitimate reasons would be due to a documented medical absence or documented family emergency and with administrative approval.  With prior approval, a teacher has two weeks after the end of the grading period to change any grade for which a student has met the criteria for a grade change (Board Policy 320).


To be eligible to participate in activities sponsored by MHS and/or the New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA), a student must have established a 2.0 Grade Point Average or better during the most recently completed grading period and have no more than one F.  Other specific guidelines may be obtained by contacting the Guidance Office or the Athletic Director.



Each letter is based on the Final grades for the full school year.  The student must have at least a 3.33 GPA per semester.   The student must be enrolled in and have completed four academic classes each semester at MHS. 

The first year a student letters he or she receives an academic “M” cloth letter. For the second, third, and fourth years, he or she receives a gold bar.

Letters are awarded once a year and given annually at the awards assembly. Seniors qualifying for their first-year letter will be presented at the awards assembly at the end of the year.

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Below 60


The points awarded for grade point average are:

GPA                       POINTS                                                  

4.000       =              10

3.835       =              9

3.668       =              8

3.501       =              7

3.334       =              6

3.167       =              5

3.000       =              4

Beginning with the class of 2013-14 the following will be used for AP or Honors Courses.

The grading structure for all courses will be:

A = 4 points

B = 3 points

C = 2 points

D = 1 point

F = 0 points

A point value of .025 shall be added to the total number of points earned to compute the GPA of any students successfully completing an Advanced Placement or an Honors course.  No points will be added if a student earned a D or an F.

All courses shall be awarded a letter grade, including student aide, internships, or any class offered for credit to be posted on the high school transcript.

New student transcripts shall be evaluated to conform to this policy.

(Board Policy 401)


To be named to the honor roll, students must have achieved a 3.5 Grade Point Average for the nine-week grading period and be enrolled in at least four classes with a minimum of three classes in academic areas.  Students may not have any grade below a C. There is no formal notification of student placement on the honor roll.  


A student must have been enrolled the previous two semesters to serve as Valedictorian or Salutatorian.  The final decision as to who will serve as the Valedictorian and Salutatorian is contingent on the highest and second highest GPAs at the end of the eighth semester.  Should there be a tie of the Valedictorian position, each will serve, provided the cumulative GPA is maintained through the eighth semester.  In the event of a tie for Salutatorian, each student will serve, provided the cumulative GPA reflects a tie of the second highest GPA at the end of the eighth semester.

Graduation Class Requirements for students who entered HS 2011-12

 Language Arts                4        English I, II, III, IV

Math                                4        One equivalent to Algebra II or IMP 2

Science                        3        Must include two lab classes

History                        3.5        WH, NM (.5), US, Government/Economics

PE                                1

Fine Arts/Practical Arts        1

Career Cluster/Workforce        1

Electives                        8.5   Including required health credit

TOTAL                        26 CREDITS


      Any student needing a transcript can request one from the Guidance Office

      A $2.00 fee will be charged for any transcript after the fourth request per school year.

Class Counselor

      Guidance Counselors are assigned by grade level.  Check with the Guidance Office for your counselor.


Schedule Changes: After the 10th day of classes from the start of each semester students will NOT be allowed to request schedule changes without administrative approval.  Schedules can be changed for the following reasons:

       Changes needed to satisfy graduation requirements.

       Changes needed for the health of a student. Medical documentation required.

       Successful completion of the course in summer school.

       Inappropriate placement as determined by counselor and administrator.

The administration may be required to make late changes to balance class loads or correct student


All schedule changes are to be approved by the Moriarty High School Administration.  The Guidance Office will schedule a conference (with the parent, student, appropriate staff member, and a member of the Guidance Office) to identify the reasons for the proposed schedule change


Next Step Plan

As students move into the high school setting, it’s important that they undertake a broad view of all available options.  To provide students with a tool for exploring and organizing these possibilities, the State of New Mexico requires and Moriarty High School has implemented the Next Step Plan.  A parent signature is required each year the Next Step Plan (NSP) is developed with the student (Board Policy 316). 


This process allows students and their parents to select courses that cultivate individual growth and development in view of personal goals beyond high school.  Through this process, guidance counselors will familiarize students with academic and personal goal setting, credits needed for graduation, and future course planning.  Students will plan, year-by-year, which courses best fit their particular academic situation Students and their parents will plan year by year which courses best fit their academic and career pathway.  MHS recognizes that everyone may not have a firm grasp of their future plans and that many changes will occur during the course of the four years.  It is important, however, to begin planning early to avoid missed opportunities or options.




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Moriarty High School serves breakfast and operates a hot lunch program on a daily basis. All parents are required to fill out an application in an effort to aid MHS with funding. Application forms for free or reduced meals are available at the Guidance Office and must be completed upon registration or schedule pick up.   This funding helps pay for a variety of programs.  Students will be notified as to their qualification for free or reduced breakfast and lunch as soon as possible after forms have been submitted.  



To ensure a safe and academically sound environment, the Moriarty High School campus is closed at all times.  Students are not to leave campus without written permission from the office.  Peripheral areas and parking lots are off limits.  Students are not permitted to leave at lunch, unless checked out by a parent in person.  If a student has an appointment, documentation of the appointment must be provided to the attendance office upon return or the time will be considered unexcused.   Transporting a student off campus who does not have permission to leave is a violation of school rules.  Truancy incurred by leaving campus without permission may not be cleared by any individual, including a parent, after the fact.

The Moriarty-Edgewood School District, in cooperation with the Moriarty Police Department, has a certified School Resource Officer who helps with campus safety, security and educational programs.  

Daily Check-out Procedures

It is vital for students to attend school every day and every period.  Every missed class is lost valuable instructional time.  We recognize that students become ill and that some appointments must be made during the school day.  We respectfully request that families limit absences to the greatest extent possible.

        If a student must leave campus during the day, the following procedures must be followed: Phone number to call for absences: 832-5961.

1. The parent will present a photo ID and pick up the student at the front office/attendance office or send a signed note which includes a parent phone number requesting the release of the student and the purpose of the absence, or parent may call to request student to leave with proper identification.

2. The student must sign the checkout sheet if leaving during the school day and sign in if returning.  Failure to sign out will result in truancy and will be filed as such.

3.  Non-parents/ guardians are able to pick up students providing they are on the emergency contact list, it is verified with parent, and proper identification is presented.

4.  Parents may not give students permission to leave campus for the lunch period.  MHS has a closed campus and if a parent wants a student to leave during the lunch period they must physically check them out of school.  


ALL VISITORS ARE TO CHECK IN AT THE OFFICE.  For student safety, all visitors must obtain a pass at the front office, and the pass must be worn while on campus.  Moriarty students may not bring relatives or friends to visit.  

Motor Vehicles

Students who drive to school must display current parking stickers which may be purchased from the bookkeeper for a cost of $5.00.  Students will be required to provide a driver’s license and proof of insurance.  All others will be towed away at owner’s expense.  The posted speed limit is 5 miles per hour on campus.  All vehicles must yield to school bus traffic.  Reckless driving will cause a student to lose driving privilegesThe students are required to park and lock their cars upon arrival on campus and are prohibited from going to their cars or loitering in the parking lot at any time during the school day without administrative permission. Student vehicles when on campus or otherwise under school control may be searched in accordance with school board policy.

Change of Address

Whenever there is a change of address or telephone number, parents/guardians must notify the Attendance Office or Guidance Office immediately.  Incomplete and inaccurate information may result in MHS not being able to contact parents or guardians in a timely manner in case of an emergency.



Students will be called to the school telephone in the event of a family emergency.  Students need permission from the Front Office or Discipline Office to use school phones.  Telephones are to be used during passing periods and lunch only, if non-emergency.  As per the student behavior policy, use of cell phones is strictly prohibited during instructional time unless directed by a teacher for instructional purposes.



Textbooks, which are issued by title and number, are provided for students from the annual allotment made from the state textbook fund.  Each student is responsible for seeing that each book checked out to him/her is well cared for.  If your books show excessive damage when you check them in, you will be charged accordingly.  Due to greatly increased textbook costs, it is absolutely necessary students pay for the lost books before new books are issued. 

Official transcripts and diplomas will be withheld if any outstanding textbooks are owed by the student. 




Student lockers are available and are assigned with priority given to seniors first, juniors second, sophomores third, and freshmen last.  Students are responsible for the contents of their assigned locker.  Locks not issued by the school are not permitted and will be removed.  The school reserves the right to inspect the lockers.  Inoperative lockers should be reported to the front office immediately.  Locks that are lost or stolen should be reported to the head secretary immediately.  Replacement locks will cost $5.00.  Students are not to share lockers or locker numbers.  Students are discouraged from bringing valuable items to school.  The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Lost and Found

Any books or other articles found should be turned in to the front office where owners can claim lost articles after providing proper identification.  Unclaimed articles will be disposed of after ten (10) days.



Athletics will have an activity pass to purchase for students who wish to get into high school games. The pass will allow entry into all home high school games including tournaments (Alice King, Pinto Duals, Volleyball tournament).  It can be purchased for $10.00 in the athletic office or at games.  Student ID is required to purchase athletic passes.

Fees and Supplies

Students will be requested to pay laboratory fees and to purchase supplies and materials in certain elective courses and for special class projects.  There also may be elective class and club dues.  All money is to be turned into the school head secretary where it will be receipted.  Students are responsible for keeping their receipts.

Collection of Debts

Any debt incurred by a student will be recorded as the debt is incurred.  Debts may be incurred as follows: lost or damaged textbooks, instructional materials or equipment; lost or damaged library materials; lost or damaged athletic equipment; lost or damaged organization or club material; fundraising merchandise or money not turned in; damages to school property, building or any other debt deemed to be legitimate by the administration.  All money is to be turned in to the head secretary where it will be receipted.  All debts must be cleared prior to obtaining a course schedule.

The collection of fees and fines will occur annually during the registration process before the start of the school year.  The School authorizes the sending of invoices to parents/guardians in June for fall registration and with report cards at the end of first semester. At the end of second semester, freshmen, sophomores, and juniors with unpaid balances of $15 or more will have their report cards withheld and an invoice sent. Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors with fines will not be given their schedules prior to the first day of school if fines are not paid in full. In addition, graduating seniors will have their diploma withheld until the delinquent amounts are settled.

Collection in full for the current and any previous year is required unless there is a payment agreement on file signed by the parent/guardian and a school administrator.



All prescription medications must be submitted to the nurse health assistant upon the student's arrival to school.  No student may possess OTC or prescription medications at any time.  All medications must be distributed by the nurse to the student.


Student Insurance

Moriarty High School has accident insurance available to students.  The coverage is voluntary and is paid by the student.

Hall Passes

Before a student may leave any classroom, he or she must request a hall pass (clipboard) from the teacher.  If permission is granted, the clipboard  will indicate the student, date, time,  and destination on the pass. 

Emergency Drills

As per state law, the school must have a minimum of one fire drill per week during the first month of school and one every month thereafter.  Evacuation routes are posted in each room.  When the fire alarm sounds, students must evacuate the buildings in an orderly manner.  Students will return to classes after an all-clear bell rings.

MHS also will conduct Lockdown and Evacuation drills during the school year.  These drills will be held during the Fall and Spring Semesters. 



A parent or guardian must accompany a student to withdraw from Moriarty High School.  The parent/guardian will sign a withdrawal form, issued through the Guidance Office, which will be taken to each of the student’s teachers. Teachers will check in all books and clear the student of all fees or fines prior to assignment of withdrawal grades.  When all grades are obtained, the remainder of the checkout signatures and check out will be completed in the Guidance Office.


Guidance and Counseling

The Guidance Office is available to students to assist them in making their high school careers successful and in making plans for the future.  We encourage you to use this resource to help you meet your needs and interests.


This office is the link between students and administration The guidance office will facilitate the scheduling of classes, registration, “Next Step” plans, student records, credit checks and schedule changes.  Schedule changes and some courses, such as student aide, off-campus, tutoring and internships require administrative approval.  Independent studies are only offered in the form of Principal-approved online, correspondence, or dual credit opportunities.


The high school has a full range of programs and related services for exceptional students who meet the State of New Mexico standard for Special Education.  These services involve enrichment and intervention opportunities, as appropriate.


Community and Parent Volunteers

The Board of Education recognizes that the development of good schools is promoted when community members, parents, and educators, work together.  Community/parent volunteerism and direct involvement in the schools is a principle means of promoting cooperation and understanding between community members, parents, and educators.  It is accordingly, the policy of the Board to promote community member and parent volunteerism in the district.  Anyone who wishes to be a school volunteer must go through Volunteer Training, as per School Board Policy (532).


Community/parent volunteers are encouraged to contribute their services to the schools on an equal and uniform basis and in compliance with the following:

1. The community member/parent agrees to provide volunteer services, subject to state law, district policy, and according to building procedures.

2. Community members/parents who wish to provide a list of proposed donations to the building principal.  The building principal shall review and forward the list to the maintenance department and district office for review.  After this process, a meeting will be set up with maintenance personnel to provide for implementation.



The library operates as an educational media center to serve faculty and students with print, audio, and visual materials.  The use of its facilities is encouraged for personal enjoyment and academic achievement.  Teachers may schedule classes for individual reading and research or for lectures in the facility.

Students may use the library before school, during lunch, and after school.  Check out privileges are for two-week periods.  Fines are collected for overdue materials to encourage prompt return.



New Mexico State law provides that all students must attend school as long as school remains in session.  It is important that parents/guardians and students be aware of the New Mexico “Compulsory Attendance Law.”  Relevant portions follow: “A person subject to the provisions of the Compulsory School Attendance Law (22-12-1 to 22-12-7, NMSA, 1978) shall attend school for at least the length of time of the school year that is established in the school district in which the person is a resident.  Any parent, guardian or person having custody and control of a person subject to the provisions of the Compulsory School Attendance Law is responsible for the attendance of that person.”


  1. Excused absences:

An absence for which an appropriate excuse has been provided by the student’s parent or legal guardian within 3 days.  Acceptable explanations include illness, personal injury, death in the immediate family, medical appointments that cannot be scheduled apart from school, family emergencies (with administrative discretion), prior approved educational experience, documented or verified religious holidays, and when the school bus cannot make its run. Determination of an excused absence rests with administrative discretion. Email call 505-832-5961.


II. Tardies

Students must be in the classroom and ready for class when the tardy bell rings.  MHS teachers will follow school procedure and refer any students with 3 or more tardies per quarter to administration.  

ALL TARDIES ARE UNEXCUSED (students are given a FIVE (5) minute passing period between classes. Students who fail to follow the MHS tardy policy will receive consequences.  MHS teachers have a procedure that is communicated to students and failure for students to get to class on time will result in administrative consequences.

Tardy students disrupt the educational process, and our goal is to have all students in class for the full instructional period.  A tardy in excess of ten (10) minutes is considered truancy, and will not excuse a student from consequences.  A student, who is tardy by more than ten minutes, although considered unexcused absent, must report to class or further disciplinary action will be administered.

III. Absences Due to Activities/Athletics

A student is allowed fifteen (15) absences for school sponsored activities per semester.  Any student who exceeds fifteen absences per semester may not attend a school activity during the class/classes in which the fifteen absences have occurred.


Attendance Rule

It is vital for students to attend school every day and every period.  Every missed class is lost valuable instructional time.  We recognize that students become ill and that some appointments must be made during the school day.  We respectfully request that you limit absences to the greatest extent possible.

If a student exceeds 3 consecutive absences, they may be asked to provide appropriate documentation for future absences (i.e. note from doctor, dentist, chiropractor, other professional appointments). Future absences will lead to a referral to JPPO and CYFD.
See board policy # 300

Student Dress

A student’s appearance will be governed by standards that are compatible with decency, cleanliness, safety and an atmosphere of learning.  Dress, which disrupts the educational process, will not be allowed.  The school has the right and responsibility to intervene anytime it feels that the appearance of a student does not meet these standards.  Sponsors and coaches may require participants to adhere to a predetermined dress code for some events.

All staff members are responsible for addressing dress code violations through-out the campus. 




The purpose of this document is to assist students, parents, teachers, staff and school administrators in understanding that the school community exists to help all students develop their full potential for learning and the necessary self-discipline to enable them to become productive, responsible members of a democratic society.


The quality of the school community, both socially and academically, depends in a significant way on the choices made by the student population.  Upon entering a school, students assume part of the responsibility for creating a stimulating academic and social environment in which everyone is free to grow and learn.

Students may exercise their constitutional rights of free speech, press, assembly, and privacy.  The exercise of such rights, however, must be conducted in a manner that does not disrupt the learning of others in the educational process.  Maintaining a school climate free of disruptions enables all participants to learn and grow.  Students, teachers, parents, and administrators, working together create a common willingness to learn.


Certain student behaviors and attitudes foster the desirable, healthy learning environment schools encourage.  Among these are the following:

* Friendliness and acceptance of people of different political, economic, social, religious, and racial backgrounds and abilities;

* Eagerness to participate in both academic and non-academic activities;

*  A spirit of cooperation and willingness to share abilities, time, skills, not only to further one’s own goals but also to help others to succeed.

* Prompt and regular attendance in classes and at activities of school-sponsored organization;

* Willingness to adhere to school rules and to make positive contributions to the academic and social climate.


Certain other student behavior disrupts the educational process. School authorities shall promptly, efficiently, and with a district-wide consistency, deal with such negative behaviors.  Unacceptable behavior is defined, and the consequences of this behavior are outlined in this document.  The list is not all-inclusive; acts of misconduct not specified herein shall also be subject to discretionary action by appropriate school personnel.


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, or principal or other administrator from using his/her best judgment with respect to a particular situation. (Adopted 5-14-92)


Statement of Behavioral Expectations

The right to attend public school is not absolute.  It is conditional on each student’s acceptance of the obligation to abide by the lawful rules of the school community until and unless the rules are changed through established processes.


Teachers, administrators, and other school employees also have rights and duties.  Teachers are required by law to maintain a suitable environment for learning in their classes and to assist in maintaining school order and discipline.  Administrators are responsible for maintaining and facilitating the educational program by ensuring an orderly, safe environment in the public schools.  In discharging their duties, all school employees have the right to be free from intimidation or abuse and to have their lawful requests and instructions followed by students.  Students are required to follow staff requests promptly without argument or disruption.  Failure to follow school rules will result in administrative referral.  Students will have the opportunity to discuss problems and concerns in private with the administration but must not disrupt the learning environment of the school.


The schools have both the authority and responsibility to ensure those suitable rules of student conduct and appropriate disciplinary processes are established.


PLEASE NOTE: UPON REQUEST FOR ENROLLMENT/ADMISSION TO MORIARTY HIGH, a student’s history will be used in determining enrollment/admission and /or disciplinary action by the school administration.

Search and Seizure

Any certified school personnel, licensed school personnel, or school security personnel may conduct a search of the student’s person, student’s vehicle while on school property, or school property assigned to that student if there is reasonable cause to believe that a search is necessary.  General searches of school property including vehicles, lockers, and school buses may be conducted at any time with or without the presence of students.


The search of a student’s person, possessions, and property assigned to him or her by the school is permissible if there is suspicion that a crime is being or has been committed, or school officials believe that a search is necessary in order to maintain school discipline.


Student vehicles when on campus or otherwise under school control may be searched in accordance with school board policy.  Any contraband or illegal substances will be seized and held for further investigation.  For additional implementation guidelines, refer to Moriarty School Board Policy #336.


ALL electronic devices (including CD Players, Cellular Phones, IPOD, Video game and MP3s): PLEASE READ CAREFULLY:

The school is not responsible for such items being lost, stolen or destroyed.  To prevent distractions in the learning environment, the use of cell phones for any purpose is strictly prohibited during instructional periods.  In the event of an emergency, parents/guardians and students are to use the school phones.  Parents/guardians may call the school to relay emergency information.  Students are not to call their parents/guardians directly to pick them up if they feel sick.  They must report to the nurse’s office and the nurse will contact their parents/guardians.  

PLEASE NOTE:  During any testing, ALL electronics must be turned off and placed in a teacher-specified location.  ANY VIOLATION OF THIS RULE WILL BE TREATED AS A DISCIPLINARY OFFENSE AND MAY RESULT IN THE STUDENT’S TEST BEING INVALIDATED.  In state-mandated testing, such a violation could result in a student’s failure to graduate.


What types of behavior disrupts the educational process?

This list is not all-inclusive; acts of misconduct not specified herein shall also be subject to discretionary action by appropriate school personnel.


This document does not attempt to set societal standards.  The criterion used for defining unacceptable behavior is whether or not it has the potential to disrupt the educational process.  These guidelines follow municipal and state guidelines (see Moriarty Edgewood School Discipline Matrix).

Bullying, Cyberbullying, and Harassment:

Bullying, cyberbullying , intimidation or harassment will not be tolerated. Students who have concerns about situations involving any such behaviors are strongly encouraged to report  their concerns directly and immediately to an administrator, counselor, security officer, school resource officer, or other trusted adult. Parents are similarly encouraged to contact the school with any such concerns. The school is committed to investigating and addressing any such inappropriate behavior promptly .

The school has also developed an anonymous on-line reporting system (see district website) to facilitate reports  of these kinds of concerns, as well as making reports for other problematic behaviors such as the presence of drugs or weapons, suicide threats or other potentially dangerous or disruptive activities.

Your help in ensuring a safe and secure learning environment will be greatly appreciated.

For further information please see MESD school board policy 335.

Bullying, Cyberbullying, intimidation and harassment are considered serious offenses and will result in severe disciplinary action with possible referrals to law enforcement.


Acting in Concert/Conspiracy

Any student participating in an effort to harm or intimidate (such as following, stalking, harassing) another student or acting together to commit a crime or violate a school rule.


Alcohol and Drug Abuse

The Moriarty Edgewood Schools prohibits students from use, possession, sale, or transportation of alcohol and/or illegal drugs on school property, at school or at school-sponsored activities.  For this rule, illegal drugs include controlled substances, prescription drugs used or possessed without a prescription, solvents used for intoxication and those substances possessed; sold, and/or used that are represented to be controlled or illegal substances.  Additionally, students are prohibited from selling or giving away alcohol and/or illegal drugs and from possessing, selling, giving away and/or using drug paraphernalia on school property, at school, or at school-sponsored activities.


Maliciously, willfully, and/or neglectfully starting, by any means, a fire or causing an explosion on school property or any school-related activity.

Category I – Deliberately, or with reckless disregard, starting a fire with resulting expense under $100.

Category II – Deliberately, or with reckless disregard, starting a fire resulting in serious damage to person(s) or property (e.g., setting a building on fire).



Intending or performing assault and battery with a weapon, instrument, or any means of force likely to produce bodily injury.  This category includes sexual assault and/or other offenses.


Bomb Threat and/or False Alarm

Bomb Threat – Falsely and maliciously stating to another person that a bomb or other explosive has been placed in such a position that persons or property are likely to be injured or destroyed.

False Alarm – Interfering with the proper functioning of a fire alarm system or giving a false alarm, whether by means of a fire alarm or otherwise.


Chronic Offenders

A chronic offender is any students who are repeatedly warned and disciplined for violating school regulations.  Administration will determine when a student is considered a chronic offender.

Delinquent Acts

An act committed by a child, which would be designated as a crime under the law if committed by an adult.  See NM Statute Annotated Section 32-1-3.


Disrespect/Defiance of School Personnel/Authorities

Refusing to comply with any reasonable demand or request by any school official or sponsor at places and times where school personnel have jurisdiction.


Using intimidation or the threat of violence to obtain money, information, or anything else of value from another person.


Failure to Serve Detention will result in further disciplinary action.



Employing hostile contact in which at least one party has contributed to a situation by verbal action and/or bodily harm.


Gang-Related Activity

No gang-related activity shall be tolerated. 


1.      Wear, possess, use, distribute, display or sell any clothing, jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol, sign or other article or item which is evidence of membership or affiliation in any gang.

2.      Commit any act or omission, or use any speech, either verbal or non-verbal (gestures, hand-signs, graffiti, etc.) showing membership or affiliation in a gang.

3.      Use any speech or commit any act or omission in furtherance of the interests of any gang or gang activity, including, but not limited to:

A.     Soliciting others for membership in any gang.

B.     Requesting any person to pay protection (or otherwise) into intimidating or threatening any person.

C.    Committing any other illegal act or other violation of School Board Policy

D.    Inciting other students to act with physical violence upon any other person.


General Disruptive Behavior

Any other conduct, which disrupts the educational process, constitutes a health or safety hazard, is in violation of state or municipal law, or is in violation of specific school rules. 



Threatening, intimidating or inducing fear in another by an individual or in concert with others.

Language – Profane and/or Abusive

Using language, which is crude, offensive, insulting, or irreverent use of coarse words to show contempt or disrespect; swearing.


Materials – Obscene

Displaying material, which is indecent or affiliated with gang activity.


Public Display of Affection

Students are not permitted to engage in excessive public displays of affection.  As a general guideline, “hand-in-hand, side-by-side” is acceptable.



Taking of property of another through means of force or fear.

Sexual Harassment

Verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature by one student of another may constitute sexual harassment when the allegedly harassed student has indicated by his or her conduct that the conduct is unwelcome, or when the conduct, by its nature, is clearly unwelcome or inappropriate.



Unauthorized possession and/or sale of property of another without consent of owner.


Tobacco Use/Possession

Using or possessing any form of tobacco (including e cigarettes) is prohibited.


Trespassing/Unauthorized Presence

Entering or being on school grounds or in a school building without authorization.


Deliberately or maliciously destroying, damaging, and/or defacing school property or the property of another individual.


Weapons – Possession

Possessing a weapon such as, but not limited to: a firearm, knife, club, an explosive, spike-wristband, chains, or other item that may cause or is intended to cause injury or death.


How will the school handle unacceptable behavior?

Minimum mandatory consequences have been established and must be expected for any violation (see Moriarty Edgewood Schools' Discipline Matrix).  Administrators may impose consequences beyond those identified as minimum mandatory.  The administrative response to the unacceptable behavior may vary as each Administrator selects from a broad spectrum of actions such as those listed here and in each school’s discipline handbook.

1.      Staff/Student Contact – Staff members, defined, as any school employee assigned to that school, will contact student.

2.      Staff/Parent Contact - Staff member will contact parents by note, telephone, or in person.

3.      Administrator/Student Contact – Administrator will contact student in person, by note, or by telephone.

4.      Administrator/Parent Contact – Administrator will contact parents by note, telephone, or in person.

5.      Administrator/Student/Parent Conference – Administrator, student, and parent will be involved in one conversation.

6.      Seek Restitution – Restitution will be sought from anyone for damage or the theft of personal or school property.  This includes: damages to the school facilities (bathroom, lockers, desks, etc); damage or loss of school textbooks, materials, and supplies for which student and parents are responsible; or damage to personal property of school employees or students or school neighborhood residents.  Such actions may be referred to the Moriarty Police Department for further action.

6.      Lunch Detention --  Student reports directly to the assigned area and will receive a sack lunch in the classroom (if a student has brought their lunch, they can have that in place of the sack lunch). A duty teacher supervises the detention, and students will work on missing/late work or current assignments.

7.      After school detention  --  Student reports to an assigned location for the duration of the detention.  Student must bring school work to complete during the detention, which is supervised by staff.  

8.     In-School Suspension – ISS is a suspension served on campus in a classroom with an adult supervisor.  Work from regular classes will be provided by teachers when possible.

9.      Saturday Detention – Students will attend school during the assigned time on the assigned Saturday(s).  The assignments will be at the discretion of the administration as per the Discipline Matrix.  The student is to provide his or her transportation.

10.      Short-term Suspension – Removal of a student from classes and all school-related activities for a period of time, ranging from a minimum of a few minutes to a maximum not to exceed ten (10) school days.  MAKE-UP WORK WILL ONLY BE GIVEN WITH ADMINISTRATIVE APPROVAL.

11.  Long-term Suspension – Removal of a student from school and all school-related activities for more than ten (10) days and up to the balance of the semester.  The hearing authority will determine the length of the suspension A student receiving a long-term Suspension will lose credit for the semester.  Students have the right to a due process hearing.

12.  Maximum Term Suspension – A suspension that will be more than ten (10) days, but will not exceed one year from the date of the hearing.  Students have the right to a due process hearing.

13.  Expulsion – Expulsion means the removal of a student from school permanently.  EXPULSION FROM SCHOOL IS PERMANENT.

14.  Referral for Legal Action – Communication of any illegal act or action by a student will be forwarded to the appropriate authority or law enforcement agency.

15.  Suspension of Extra-Curricular Privileges – Removal, at the discretion of the principal or designee, of any part or all, of extra-curricular privileges for time periods up to one full calendar year.  Participation and attendance at extra-curricular activities is a privilege offered to, and earned by, students.  Because participants are serving as representatives of their school and community, their conduct is expected to exemplify high standards at all times.  Participation in extra-curricular activities is not a student right, and suspension of such privileges does not require a due process hearing procedure

16.  Community Service – This is not available for students who have committed acts of vandalism or theft.  All community service must have administrative supervision and approval.


The Disciplinary Matrix identifies a range of measures and responses, either Mandatory or Discretionary, to the most commonly occurring offenses.  It should be noted that this is basically a “first offense” matrix.  Repeated or severe infractions would invariably result in a disciplinary action further along in the chart. This matrix serves as guide and administrative discretion is always used.




Students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular organizations and activities.  This involvement helps students to become well rounded as an individual, acquiring experiences that cannot be taught in a classroom.  The level of successful participation in these activities is important for scholarships, applications, and recommendations by the faculty.


Moriarty High School is a member of the New Mexico Activities Association and abides by its rules and regulations with reference to extracurricular and co-curricular activities.  This includes eligibility of students and compliance with Moriarty High School athletic and activity codes.  Students will be given these codes, and they must familiarize themselves with them if they participate.


Eligibility Requirements for Athletic, Extra-Curricular, Organization and Co-Curricular Participation

Interscholastic Eligibility: Scholastic Requirements NMAA – A student shall have passed a minimum of four (4) classes, not failed any classes, and have had a grade point average of 2.0 or better for the immediate previous semester, or cumulatively, beginning with and including the second semester of grade nine (9). .   All class work counted for eligibility must be acceptable for graduation. For purposes of this definition a qualified student is a student who is enrolled in at least 51% of the classes in the normal school day or qualified home-schooled student under the NMAA regulations.


Activities and Organizations at MHS:

Some of the activities and organizations may include:  Class Officers, Drama Program, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National FFA Organization, JROTC, Musical Organizations (Messenger, Chorus, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Flag Unit, and Pep Band), National Honor Society, Robotics Club, Spanish Club, Student Council, Technology Students Association, Rodeo Club, Gay/Straight Alliance and Yearbook Staff, Solar Car Club, Speech and Debate.


Athletic Program

The Athletic Program at Moriarty High School consists of the following sports:

Boys Compete in football, basketball, track, cross-country, soccer, baseball, wrestling, cheerleading, and tennis.

Girls Compete in volleyball, cheerleading, basketball, track, soccer, cross-country, softball, dance, and tennis.  


The school is a member of the New Mexico Activities Association and competes at the AAAA level in all sports.  Teams are divided in to Varsity, Junior Varsity, and C-team levels. 


School Sponsored Activities and Trips

A.     All rules that apply to student behavior on campus and in the classroom apply to any student attending a school-sponsored activity.  Even if the activity is after school and at another location, the students must behave in such a manner as to credit the Moriarty-Edgewood Schools.  Any student participating in activities that discredit the school will not be allowed to attend future activities.

B.     On a field trip or activity trip where school transportation is being used and where the school is providing supervision, a signed parental permission form to attend the event will be required before the student is allowed to board the bus.

C.    Conduct on all school buses and vehicles will be in accordance with all campus and classroom conduct requirements.



The Moriarty-Edgewood Schools recognizes that alcohol and drug abuse is a treatable health problem.  Health problems of youth are primarily the responsibility of the home and community, but Moriarty-Edgewood Schools shares that responsibility because chemical dependency problems often interfere with school behavior, student learning, and the maximum possible development of each student.  Moriarty-Edgewood Schools shall intervene with persons manifesting signs of misuse or abuse and shall endeavor to educate and counsel students concerning abuse of alcohol, illegal drugs and/or controlled substances.  Every reasonable effort shall be made to provide a school environment that is free of alcohol, illegal drugs and/or controlled substances.

(See Policy 222.)


School authorities shall give consideration to the health, safety, and education rights of all students when prescribing disciplinary action 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.


State and District Policies

The Moriarty-Edgewood Schools prohibits students from use, possession, sale, or transportation of alcohol and/or illegal drugs on school property, at school or at school-sponsored activities.  For this rule, illegal drugs include controlled substances, prescription drugs used or possessed without a prescription, solvents used for intoxication and those substances possessed, sold and/or used that are prohibited from selling or giving away alcohol and/or illegal drugs and from possessing, selling, giving away and/or using drug paraphernalia on school property, at school or at school-sponsored activities.


The Board has the authority to expel and the Superintendent or designee has the authority to long-term suspend a student who, after a notice and a hearing, have been found by a preponderance of the evidence to be guilty of an alcohol/drug related violation of the school rules or state laws.  (See Policy 336-11, 12.)


Due process rights for students and parents are guaranteed under Moriarty-Edgewood Schools' policies and State Board of Education regulations.  Reviewed by the Board of Education.  (See Policy 336-18.)

 Revision Adopted April 23, 1998 by

Moriarty Board of Education

Revision Adopted 2-24-2000



For further information on Moriarty-Edgewood Schools' policies and procedures please contact the MHS Principal’s office at 832-5943 or the Superintendent’s office at 832-5902.


Moriarty High School must be a safe and secure facility in which each student matters and all staff are committed to student success.  As a staff, we believe that it is our job to attain this goal and to create a school in which each student can grow to his or her full potential.  To meet this challenge, it is necessary that students have a clear understanding of the expectation of the staff, the rules of the school, and the opportunities that are available here.


This handbook contains a wealth of important information about our school’s mission, and organization, concerning its academic and behavioral standards and about its daily practices and procedures.  Please take the time to read this document closely and familiarize yourself with its contents.  It is your responsibility to know and adhere to the school’s policies, procedures and rules.  You have the right to a full and rewarding high school experience at Moriarty High School.  It is our job to provide an environment in which you are safe and free from fear and intimidation and where you can grow and prosper as a young adult.  Within this school you will be expected to exercise good judgment in all matters and to make responsible decisions that will benefit you and the rest of our school community.  The rules and standards outlined in this handbook have been developed to protect the rights of everyone, to ensure that all students and staff are treated with respect, and to assure that our school operates in a safe and orderly manner.


Note the following:

The policies and regulations in this handbook apply to any student who is on school property, who is in attendance at school or at any school-sponsored activity or event, or whose conduct at any time or any place interferes with or obstructs the mission of the school, the operations of the school/school district, or the safety and welfare of any student or employee.

Acceptable Use Policy                                                                                                                                           Policy #477


The Moriarty-Edgewood School District (MESD) provides its students and staff access to a multitude of resources related to information and communication technologies (ICT). These resources provide opportunities to enhance learning and improve communication within our community and with the global community beyond our campuses. The advantages of having access to these resources are far greater than any potential downside. However, with the privilege of digital access comes the responsibility of students, teachers, staff, and the public to exercise appropriate personal responsibility in their use of these resources. MESD policies are intended to promote the most effective, safe, productive, and instructionally sound uses of networked information and communication tools. MESD also makes a good faith effort to protect its students from exposure to internet materials that are harmful or explicit. The district maintains a system of internet content filtering devices and software controls that meet federal standards established in the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA),

Digital Citizenship

Users of the district’s information and communication technologies are expected to behave in safe, legal, and ethical ways as responsible digital citizens. A responsible digital citizen is one who:


Responsible use of MESD's technology resources is expected to be ethical, respectful, academically honest, and supportive of the district’s mission. Each user has the responsibility to respect every other person in our community and on the Internet. Digital storage and electronic devices used for school purposes will be treated as extensions of the physical school space. Administrators and/or their designees may review files and communications (including electronic mail) to insure that users are using the system in accordance with district policy. Users should not expect that files stored on servers or disks will be private. Users also should understand that district servers (including cloud services) regularly record internet activity in log files that are available to the public under NMSA 1978, Chapter 14, Article 2: Inspection of Public Records Act. It is also important for users to be aware that the use of district-issued account credentials (i.e. MESD Google accounts, etc.) outside of school and/or on personal devices is also monitored and logged with no expectation of privacy.

Some activities are expressly prohibited by law. Users are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. The following guidelines are intended to clarify expectations for conduct, but they should not be construed as all-inclusive.

Policy Violations

The school reserves the right to refuse access to the Internet to anyone. Violating any portion of this policy may result in disciplinary action, including temporary or permanent ban on computer or internet use, suspension or dismissal from school, and/or legal action. The district may cooperate with law enforcement officers in investigations related to illegal activities conducted through its network.

Approved by Board of Education

June 19, 2018