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Attention all Parents, students, families and friends!

Come enjoy some savory Village Pizza!


When: September 28, 2017 (anytime) just bring the attached flyer, however, if you forget it please mention you are there for LBJ night!


Where: 3200 La Orilla Rd NW Suite E-3, Albuquerque NM 87120. Conveniently located, just minutes away from LBJ!


Why: To help support LBJ!


How: By purchasing any menu item(s) at Village Pizza. Enjoy good food, laughs, and a night off from cooking. Hope to see you there!

Posted by: Patricia Garcia
Published: 9/20/17

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Posted by: Patricia Garcia
Published: 7/19/17

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Convene in the new gym at 12:30 for opening remarks from administration.  Pick up your kids at 2:30.

Posted by: Patricia Garcia
Published: 7/19/17

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Last name starts with A-L:  10:00 - 11:00

Last name starts with M-Z: 11:00 -12:00

Posted by: Patricia Garcia
Published: 7/19/17

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New student registration is July 28, 2017 from 9am - 11am.  Please bring shot records, birth certificate if they have never been in an APS school and proof of residency.

Posted by: Patricia Garcia
Published: 5/10/17

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The LBJ Advanced Orchestra had been preparing for state competition since January, and all their hard work paid off when the group placed first in the recent NMAA State Orchestra contest at Volcano Vista High School, winning the middle school division and equaling the marks of the highest-performing high school in the process.


"There were three judges and our scores were 97, 98, and 99 (out of 100 points)," said Orchestra teacher Karen Schindwolf. "They did everything right. They were focused, they listened to each other and performed beautifully as a group."


The orchestra played "Ocean Storm" by Antonia Vivaldi and "For the Star of County Down," a medley of Irish folk tunes.


"Judges graded us on playing in tune, playing together, technique, interpretation and style, among other things," Schindwolf explained. "They really rose to the occasion to demonstrate what superior musicians they really are.


"This is a close-knit group. I am so proud of these students and the heart they put into playing each and every day. A big thank you to all of them!"

Posted by: Charles Kappus
Published: 4/20/17

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LBJ added another city title to its packed trophy case early this year as Coach Paul Romero's seventh and eighth grade girls won the city tournament and finished the season with a perfect 12-0 record.


"The girl's played outstanding basketball and never gave up, even when they struggled in a couple games," Romero said. "The biggest challenge was trying to keep players healthy and injury free, because several girls also play on club teams."


Providing leadership for the team were team captains Amelia Gallegos, Giannah Aragon, and Eboni Winfield -- all eighth graders. Winfield also received the Barb Anderson award for outstanding academics, leadership, and multi-sport participation.


Other members of the team were: Sydney Jaramillo (8), Ariana Zajac (8), Iliana Encinias (8) Tiana Bowman (8), Julianna Navarrete (8), Jill Sims (8), Savannah McGuire (7), and Angelyn Aranda (7).


Special thanks go out to assistant coach David Gallegos and all the parents and fans for their support.

Posted by: Charles Kappus
Published: 4/16/17

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The LBJ Choir turned in an outstanding performance at the District VII Choral Music Assessment Festival March 16 at UNM.  The group, under the expert direction of Judith Castro, earned an overall score of 90 and a superior rating, receiving better marks than even some of the high school choirs performing at the event.


"I am extremely proud of their performance," said Castro, now in her fourth year at the helm of the LBJ Choir.  "When I was conducting, I couldn't help but smile because it was the best I had heard them sing all three songs. Although no performance is ever perfect, they had enthusiasm and sang from their hearts, which is all I ask for.


"Although this wasn't our first performance in a concert hall, we had to perform in a brand new space in front of an audience and judges," Castro continued.  "Some students were a little nervous, but overall they performed well."


Besides the added pressure of competition, the choir had to sing in different languages.


"We performed three songs: "Jentends le Moulin," a French folk song about a windmill, "By the Waters," a Hebrew folk song, and "Tongo," a Polynesian canoe song," Castro explained. "We started learning these songs in January when we returned from winter Break. We had about eight weeks to learn and memorize each song. French is a difficult language because of all the different sounds.


"Another challenge was combining three classes into one group," Castro added, "so we had several after-school practices in order to prepare for our performance in front of the judges."


Castro still has bigger plans for the choir, even as the group savors this accomplishment.


"My goal is always to increase the size of the choir," she said. "The more voices we have, the more interesting and exciting songs we can learn.  For the rest of this year, the choir will be performing a Disney/Broadway show on May 11, and we want to put on a fun and exciting performance."


Here is a list of choir members:


6th grade 
Aragon, Monet J. 
Archuleta, Arianna 
Arguelles, Mikayla M.
Argueta, Alexa A. 
Calva, Eom Jie G. 
Corse, Anneliese 
Davenport, Nicholas 
Foyt-Gade, Emma R. 
Garcia, Jenna E.
Gonzales, Klarissa D. 
Herrera, Marisol A.
Ivnitski, Lilly A. 
Johns, Christopher K. 
Koronkiewicz, Frank 
Lalacita, Angel M. 
Levandowski, Zoe C. 
Lucero, Alexa M. 
Nix, Mihika  
Perea, Madison R. 
Prestage, Jade M. 
Quintana, Breana J. 
Ramirez, Allie M. 
Santos, Sophia E. 
Suarez, Addyson T
Ulibarri, Angelina 
Velasquez, Heaven L.
7th grade
Barnes, Kyle C.
Bali, Gid-Mareesh 
Candelaria, Daniel O.
Carranza, Deanna M. 
Chavez, Renee C. 
Corlew, Cassandra R. 
Damon, Eryss 
Escobar, Cheyenne B.
Frias, Eliana M. 
Gutierrez, Alyssa P. 
Lord Ramos, Leea 
Martinez, Angelique 
Padilla, Raylyn L. 
Pitz, Elisa M. 
Rodriguez, Analee 
Romero, Adryana R. 
Sanchez Jr, Michael C. 
Sanchez-Asbury, Deeanna R
Sandoval, Jenna M. 
Stamper, Emma E. 
Trinkaus, Kailey B. 
Vasquez, Aris A. 
Vigil, Ariel 
8th grade 
Bowman, Tianna M.
Briceno, Hailey 
Carter, Nicolette D.
Catanach, Jessana M. 
D'Elia, Leanness S. 
Gonzalez, Gabriel C.
Herron, Tiffany A. 
Martin, Sydney M. 
Mitchell, Kendall R. 
Montoya, Isabella R. 
Romero, Alexis C. 
Winchell, Diandra I.






Posted by: Charles Kappus
Published: 4/11/17

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In coming 6th graders can take the Accelerated Math test on one of the following dates:

     - Wednesday, March 8th at 3:20 p.m.  Media Center

     - Wednesday, March 15th at 3:20 p.m.   Room C7

     - Saturday, March 11th at 10:00 a.m.   Media Center


No need to sign up -- just show up!  Test lasts 1 hour.

Posted by: Patricia Garcia
Published: 3/6/17

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Buy your LBJ Middle School yearbook for only $35.00.  Yearbooks can be pre-ordered online at, order number 10950.  

They can also be ordered at school (cash only) in room F-1, both before and after school only.

Posted by: Patricia Garcia
Published: 2/27/17

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They come from every corner of the LBJ campus, headed down "A" hall as soon as the lunch bell rings. Anticipation and hunger converge nicely, and a wonderful meal awaits every staff member participating in the FSP program's well-planned themed lunch. On Wednesday, Jan 25th, it was chili dogs; in February, 2017 it will be cupcakes. If the amazing staff lunches of the past are any indication (there have been pasta days, salad days, taco days, etc.), you don't want to miss it.


"My students plan the menu under my direction," said Kendel Ritter, teacher in the FSP program. "We decide what we need for a supply list. Then my students go around to staff with the sign-up list, and we send out reminders as the event gets closer.  As items come in, they mark off the list, sort the food items, and stock them into refrigerator or counter item.


"On the day of the lunch (chili dogs), we boil water, turn on crock pots to heat the hot dogs and chili, chop onions, clean tables, and set up serving areas," Ritter continued. "Involving them in these activities allow them to show skills on specific goals they can be graded on. The big reward for the student is: if you don't help out the team, you don't get to try the food."


Ritter, now in her 14th year of teaching, wants her special needs students to acquire valuable real-world skills. Her program, formerly known as FSP (functional skills program) has been renamed "Intensive Global Support" (IGS1), and it serves 16 middle school students ranging in ages from 11-14.


"The vision for my program is to give students the necessary tools for each individual to become a contributing member of our community and/or society," she said.  "I want my students to learn to build on the skills they already have acquired.  We started making hats in our class, and we donated them to hospitals just before winter break. This one project focuses on all of my students' goals. I want them to be respected for their abilities and accomplishments, not judged for their differences."


As with any teaching assignment, Ritter faces a range of challenges every single day.


"Many students come to middle school thinking it's too hard," she explained. "Getting them to believe in themselves, to make short term goals they can reach and build up to bigger goals is key. Once they reach these goals, confidence soars and goals grow. The most rewarding aspect of teaching these students is watching them overcome obstacles."


Ritter, who works with fellow teacher Estevan Lucero, is supported by two incredible paraprofessionals, Ms. Cheri Clayton (who has been working at LBJ since our school opened), and Ms. Lisa Ullola, who came to LBJ at the end of last year.


Like an LBJ orchestra performance or band concert, the staff lunches are a celebration of learning and a joy to attend.


"I would like to have one per month January through May for a total of five this year," Ritter said.


The LBJ teachers can hardly wait.

Posted by: Charles Kappus
Published: 2/4/17

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LBJ students are always looking for a great book for nightly reading or SSR, a literary place you can escape to whenever and wherever you find the time. I just finished an amazing book titled "365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Book of Precepts" by author R.J. Palacio.


This is a book of precepts -- principles to live by -- that is set up like a daily diary with a quotation for every day of the year.  Along with the precepts are letters and emails from "characters" Summer, Charlotte, Julian, Jack, and Amos, as well as essays from Mr. Browne, an English teacher.


Here are some of my favorite quotations:


"The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up."


"Just love life and it will love you back."


"You're free to make your own choices, but you will never be free of the consequences of those choices."


"Life is like a roller coaster with all its ups and downs."


Some people may think you have to read "Wonder," an earlier and more traditional young adult novel by R.J. Palacio (the pen name of author Raquel Jaramillo) before you read this "spin-off" book. I don't think so. This book not only keeps me interested in reading; it inspires me as well. I love it!


Review written by Alexus Romo, student reporter for the LBJ Howl.

Posted by: Charles Kappus
Published: 1/25/17

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The LBJ Middle School campus is utilized by many groups for many reasons. It is a voting site, a venue for performances, a place for sports leagues, a center for worship and discussion.  Since 2010, it has also been the home of the Civil Air Patrol, an organization that works in conjunction with the United States Air Force to serve our nation.


There are 60,000 members of the Civil Air Patrol nationwide, proud to be "vigilant civilian volunteers."  CAP members conduct 85% of all inland search and rescue missions within the United States.  The group also provides education and training to young people interested in aviation or a career with the military.


The Cadet Squadron based at LBJ is the 811th and includes 22 cadets ranging in age from 11-20, 12 of whom are current or former LBJ students.  Four of the 22 cadets hold private pilot certificates and two more have soloed in gliders. 


When current squadron commander Major William Fitzpatrick took over the group in November, 2013, the mission of the 811th changed from a drill and ceremonies focus to flight training, operational management, and aviation advocating.  The program has 14 single engine aircraft, two gliders, and one hot air balloon.


The balloon has been in the group since October, 2013, when the former "New Mexico Sunrise" was renamed "Phoenix" after recovering from an unfortunate crash.  The Phoenix retired in June, 2016, and the envelope was replaced in October of that year, resulting in a new balloon named "Integrity" (currently part of the fleet).


Another connection to LBJ is the "Leadership" elective class, which uses CAP curriculum and is currently taught by a CAP officer, Lt. Garland Harris.


The Civil Air Patrol group at LBJ meets Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in portables 9 and 10. Activities include aerospace education, physical fitness training, drill and ceremonies, as well as other topics. The meetings are open to the general public and anyone interested in joining the group is invited to attend.





Posted by: Charles Kappus
Published: 1/20/17

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LBJ Librarian Lisa Finke loves getting books into the hands of students.


"My main goal for the LBJ Library is to get students to check out books and read them," Mrs. Finke said. "The most challenging thing about this job is finding books for students who tell me they don't like to read."


There are certainly enough books to pick from. Mrs. Finke reports that there are 11,816 books available for checkout including 7,007 non-fiction books and 4,809 fiction books. "I know we have something for everyone," she added.


Mrs. Finke is always adding new materials to the library, including the newest and most popular books kids want to read. Money for new materials comes from three places: our school, general obligation bonds, and the mill levy (a kind of tax) on property.


The look of our Media Center is also new, thanks to a remodeling project that is currently in its final stages.


"The remodeling project is being done in four steps," Mrs. Finke said. "Step one was to pack up all of the books; step two was to tear out all of the metal shelving; step three was installing new wooden book cases and shelves. The last step is to unpack all of the books and this will take place sometime at the beginning of January.  Some of the book cases are movable, so it will be easy to change the layout if desired."


Mrs. Finke said there are no plans for a Book Fair this year.


One of the reasons Mrs. Finke is such a great librarian is she is passionate about reading herself.


"I am just about done with a book called "I Will Always Write Back," Mrs. Finke said. "It's a true story about a girl in Pennsylvania and a boy in Zimbabwe who are pen-pals. They become best friends, and once she realizes that he lives in horrible poverty, she helps him and his family survive. Eventually he is able to come to the United States to attend college. It's a great story! You can check this book out from the LBJ library."


This story was written by Alexus Romo, student reporter for the LBJ Howl.





Posted by: Charles Kappus
Published: 1/10/17

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UPDATE - As of 7:15 a.m., classes have been cancelled for all APS schools.


As of 4:49 a.m., Classes have been canceled for East Mountain Schools. This cancellation applies to:

    • Manzano High School students who live in the East Mountains
    • Roosevelt Middle School
    • San Antonito Elementary
    • A. Montoya Elementary

All other APS schools are operating on a two-hour delay.

Posted by: Brian Beeler, District Admin, Albuquerque Public Schools
Published: 1/6/17

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Besides its excellent faculty, LBJ is lucky to have many other talented adults helping out in a variety of ways. None of these caring individuals is more important than officer Art Marquez, now in his 11th year as a policeman based at an APS school site.


"I started at Cibola High School," Marquez said, "but wanted to work with middle school age students. I always ministered to young people as a youth pastor, so it was right up my alley."


Besides being LBJ's most visible Dallas Cowboys fan, Officer Marquez uses his skills to handle a variety of situations and conflicts.  One dramatic example was breaking up a girl fight in which one girl was biting the other -- and wouldn't let go.


"I don't think anything is complicated when you are properly trained," Marquez said. "Dealing with parents is one of the hardest things I have to do. The most exciting task is being a good listener and being able to make a difference in a young person's life."


This story was written by Sasha Sargeant, student reporter for The LBJ Howl.


Posted by: Charles Kappus
Published: 12/30/16

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Physical Exam & Concussion forms must be turned in to Coach Andy BEFORE a child can participate (this includes tryouts).  Take the Physical Exam form with you to your primary health care provider for a physical.  PHYSICALS are good for one year and can be used for multiple sports.  In addition, ALL students must have a concussion form and grade check of ALL classes turned in before they can tryout.
Posted by: Patricia Garcia
Published: 8/13/16