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July 27, 2020

Welcome back Mora and Surrounding Community Families,On behalf of the entire faculty and staff, I hope that you have enjoyed a restful and relaxing summer!  As I begin my third year as your principal, I am particularly grateful for the blessing of this community of staff, students and families in my life.

Due to the current Pandemic and the New Mexico Governor’s State-Mandated Public Health Order all Public Schools will be required to begin the school year through Virtual/Distance/Remote Learning.The first day of school for students August 13th with a virtual meet-and-greet followed by Virtual/Distance/Remote Learning.Your child will receive their class schedule before the start date of August 13th.After September 8th, schools will begin to accept students in person using a "Phase-In" model.Students K-5 will begin in-person on September 8th.Students in grades 6-8 will begin in-person on September 14th and students in grades 9-12 will begin in-person on September 21st.Please be advised that all students are required to attend school virtually until the "Hybrid Phase" begins.Once the hybrid phase begins, all students will have option to attend school virtually or in-person.Please complete the Pre-Registration Form located at www.mora.k12.nm.us and select whether your child will be attending school remotely or using the hybrid model.

Throughout the summer, we have had many hours of good discussion about how staff and families can work together to ensure that our students are receiving an education that supports and empowers them as they strive to reach their full potential as young men and women of promise, intelligence and goodness. We have spent the summer working hard to strengthen and enrich our academic program. Please click on the links on the Mora High School and Lazaro Garcia Website Page at www.mora.k12.nm.us for important information on the Learning Plan that was created to ensure your child receives an enriching education.The Mora Independent School District has also created an app (Mora ISD) that is available on Apple’s App Store and Google Play.Please download the app to stay up-to-date on the current issues regarding your child’s respective school.

To ensure that parents are knowledgeable about Google Classroom, MISD will be holding series of Google Classroom trainings which will be announced at a later date.

Due to the current state-mandated public health order and the respect for your safety we have created online forms for you to fill out prior to the beginning of the school year. All “Google Forms” are submitted electronically so there is no need to send a hard-copy of the document.All other documents must be submitted via hard copy or email.Please continue to check the MISD website for updated forms.

If you have any questions concerning your child’s education fell free to contact me at 575-387-3122 or via email at lcastillo@mora.k12.nm.us.

Yours in leadership and learning,

Lefonso Castillo, Principal

Lazaro Garcia Middle School

Mora High School