August News

Welcome Back!

School begins on August 9th for all students. Traffic and parking is very heavy on the first few days, so plan on coming before 7:30am. Please be cautious, careful and considerate in the parking lot.
For student safety, no student should cross the parking lot without an adult. Please feel free to walk your children to
their classes, no earlier than 7:20 am. We encourage parents to leave the classroom right away this first day so that the teacher and children can immediately begin their community building.  We expect tears to flow freely during this
time…. These are critical life moments to cherish. We will have tissue handy as we assist you in starting your day and assist your child in starting his/her new academic experience. Isn’t it exciting? Bring your cameras!

Attendance Procedures

Attendance at school is very important since it is a key to success.  Students cannot learn if they are not in school.  As per Arizona Revised Statutes [state law], teachers take attendance at 7:45am and immediately after returning from lunch recess.  Students must be in their classrooms at 7:45.  Students who come after 7:45am must report to the office and must be signed in by a parent. Tardies can lead to disciplinary actions for the student, including detention and even suspension from classes.  

Announcements begin at 7:40am. All students should be inside their classrooms no later than 7:40am on school days.  Breakfast is served 7:20-7:35am in the classrooms every day. Classes begin at 7:45am. Students arriving after this time or departing before 2:24 p.m. will be given a tardy slip. Even one tardy will result in students not being awarded a perfect attendance certificate. 

We will continue with the school’s uniform policy. All students should be wearing the uniform on the first day of school. 

Uniform Code

Our main concern at school is to provide a safe and orderly learning environment for all students.

As per NUSD Governing Board Policy #J-2362, JICA-RA, students who attend AJ Mitchell must wear a uniform.


  • Solid red, solid white [no stripes]
  • Short or long sleeved shirt, with or without collar. 
  • No spaghetti straps, halter tops, muscle shirts or tank tops.
  • No DESIGNS/PICTURES/LOGOS other than the AJM logo


  • Khaki, jeans or navy blue, in solid colors not plaid
  • Pants, shorts, skirts, and skorts, no shorter than finger-tip length


Acceptable shoes must be worn that are a secure type for safety and comfort.  Shoes with wheels are not allowed.  Sandals should not be worn, because students have recess every day.  


Please ensure that you fill out the Transportation form to show us how your child will come to school and go home, along with who is authorized to pick up your child.  We know everyone will cooperate with our efforts to ensure student safety. 


Students who walk to school:  Students will enter school and walk directly to the cafeteria. 

Students who ride the bus:  Our school personnel will be at the bus area to welcome students to school each morning.  Students walk to the cafeteria.

Students who are brought to school:  The designated drop-off area is in front of the cafeteria.  Students must walk on the sidewalk and go directly inside the cafeteria.

If you prefer to park, you can park in a designated parking space and escort your child over to the cafeteria.   Do not drop your child off in the parking lot to cross to the sidewalk alone—this is a safety hazard.

If you need to see a teacher in the morning, you will need to report to the front office to sign in and wait for the teacher to arrive [teachers arrive at 7:20am unless you make an earlier appointment with the teacher].  


We will not release students between 2:30 and 2:45.

Students who walk home:  Students will be escorted to the crosswalk area by school personnel.  Students must follow the directions of the crossing guards and walk directly home.  Our Nogales Police Department wants you to remember that Baldwin Street and Poston Drive are not parking lots.  Please avoid breaking traffic laws by parking there to wait for your child to cross the street.  (If your child will walk home, summer is a good time to practice the safest route to and from school. It is a perfect time to identify walking buddies as well, and talk about safety as they walk home. Set up a routine from the beginning to help your child, and your family, in the long run.) 

Students who ride the bus:  Students are eligible to ride the bus to their home addresses only.  Students are not allowed to change buses without consent from the principal.  Students under open enrollment are not eligible to ride the bus.

Students who are picked up:  Students gather in one assigned classroom for each grade level.  At 2:45, the doors are opened for parents to go to classroom to pick their children up.  Parents [or authorized adult picking up student] must sign them out.  This procedure ensures traffic flows as quickly as possible.   We do not let adults wait outside of the classrooms to pick up a student.

Be on time to pick up your child.  There is no staff available to supervise students after school. Anyone coming after 3:00pm will have to come into the office to sign your child out.  

We realize that this is a lot of information all at once. Please know that everything here is available in your child(rens) student handbook and will be there for you to read at any time.

We will have more ideas available at the “Meet the Teacher” event on Tuesday, August 8th.