HMS is one of the best midde schools in NM. The teachers are highly effective and provide multiple methods for students to learn. The leadership is caring and ensures that all students are focusing on learning not only academics but also interpersonal skills. The students actually enjoy school!
I went to HMS from 6th to 8th grade, and now I am in college. The school and teachers are great! However, the principal was uncompassionate to my medical conditions. I was very sick in middle school and went to the hospital often, but my grades where 3.8 and higher and I was in the gifted program. However, she treated me coldly and as if I was a nuisance. She had the nerve to ask me to step down from prestigious organizations because she thought my absences (which were all singed by a doctor at Holloman or from the ER) where a bad sign to other students. It angers me to think about the way she treated me! The students she loves are the ones who can get her recognized in society, have officer parents, and can not see through her false sentiments towards them. To sum it all up, she is an Attention Mongrel, who will use your children to get herself recognized! I saw her true colors, and they are not blue and gold, but green with envy! But in the end I have had the last laugh because I am a straight A student in college, go to a prestigious college, and have out grown my sickness. She however, is still stuck there in the desert chasing fame through other people's children.
HMS provides a safe environment in which to learn. My 6th grader has enjoyed all of his classes this year, especially the gifted class. The school is small, student/teacher ratio is low, and teachers get to know their students well. There is good communication between teachers and parents, and the staff genuinely cares for the children. The PTO is very active, and I have enjoyed being a member and helping out this year. I look forward to next year!
We just had our first parent/teacher conference for our 6th grader. All my son's teachers were in attendence and so positive and upbeat! As another parent mentioned in 2006, your child chooses between band or choir but also PE. I don't know if that was an option in 2006, but it is now. I really like the principal and teachers. It is a small school but there are many clubs and extra-curricular opportunities.
My child attended this school for two years. I was very happy with it and now that we have moved away I realize even more what a great school HMS is! The principal, Ms. Showalter, is a strong leader, caring towards the students and always makes time to talk to parents. Discipline problems seem to be rare in this school. There are many teachers in the school who have been there for years and are very dedicated to the kids. Most of them go above and beyond to make sure the kids in this small school have extra opportunities to compete on a state and even national level. Such as art, writing, science, history, math and knowledge masters. The gifted program is very creative and fun - but at the same time I felt that my child was really learning in an exciting and interesting way. Parent volunteers are encouraged.
Holloman Middle School is an outstanding educational opportunity! It is by far the best middle school in the Alamogordo Public School District. The location on Holloman AFB creates a safe environment for the kids. The teachers and staff truly care about the students' safety and education. The Principal ensures respect is given to each individual (staff and students)and educational goals are met. They have a surplus of volunteers I assume to be contributed to the military. The spouses of those enlisted spend many hours at the school volunteering their time keeping all extra curricular programs active and strong.
My child was in 6th grade. The online grade/homework monitoring is great. MOst teachers do a good job of updating the site. The fact the kids must take choir or band as their only options in the 6th grade for electives is rather dumb. Bottom line, you are either stuck paying for an instrument for one year or making your child take choir. The principal is ok, and the teachers do an adequate job. Not bad, but not outstanding. They do offer the National Junior Honor Society program. I would say it is the best middle school in Alamogordo/Otero county, but that isn't saying much.
All I have to say is that Holloman Middle School is GREAT for any student willing to actually learn. The leadership at Holloman is outstanding and the new principle is very concerned with each and every student, and is willing to try new things every year. I am very impressed with the parent involvement and the discipline policy. It gives the students more determination. The teaching is very great, although the school only lacks size. I'd recommend it to any parent.
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