New Backpack Policy

2018–2019 School Year

Thoreau Middle School will begin enforcing a new dress code in August. If a student wishes to bring a backpack to school, his or her bag must be entirely transparent.


New Bell Schedule

2018–2019 School Year

Thoreau Middle School will begin following a new bell schedule this upcoming August. Click here for to see the updated bell schedule which includes revised times for the start of the day and dismissal.

  • The new bell schedule uses a block schedule. As such, most classes will be 90 minutes in length, except on early release Fridays.
  • Students will have the one set of courses on Mondays and Wednesdays and a different set of courses on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For example, a student might have Math during 1st period every Monday and Wednesday, but Physical Education during 1st period every Tuesday and Thursday.
  • On Fridays, students will alternate (every-other-Friday) between attending their Monday-Wednesday courses and attending their Tuesday-Thursday courses.


New Breakfast Schedule and Policies

2018–2019 School Year

Beginning in August, breakfast will be served from 7:25 to 7:45 am in the school cafeteria. Breakfast may only be eaten within the confines of the cafeteria. No food will be allowed outside of the cafeteria during breakfast or lunch. Students are only be permitted to go outside or to stay in the cafeteria during that time. Students may not hang out in the front lobby during breakfast or lunch.



Summer School

June 4–21, 7:30–12:15 pm

Thoreau Middle School will be offering summer school this year through Title I funding. It will be offered Monday through Thursday, June 4 to June 21, from 8:00 am to 11:45 am. The summer food program will provide breakfast from 7:30 am to 8:00 am and lunch from 11:45 am to 12:15 pm. Transportation will be provided. Buses will depart school at 12:15 pm.

Permission slips were sent home with your child. If you are planning to send your child to summer school this year, please complete the permission slip and return it to Thoreau Middle School's front office by Wednesday, May 18. If you have questions, please call (505) 721-4600.




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Gallup-McKinley County Schools (GMCS) recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals regardless of national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation in any educational programs, activities or employment. GMCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability or age in its programs and activities. GMCS provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: 504 District Contact—Tim Bond,  505-721-1018; Title IX —Sandra Lee, Director of Personnel, 505-721-1063