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Student Access - School Internet

PLEASE BE ADVISED It is a violation of LCPS policy for the secure network to be accessed on personal devices.  Any student caught using the secure network key on their own personal devices will be written up.  Write ups will also be given to any student sharing, saving or sending the secure network key.  If a student has been given the code, they should immediately forget the secure network on their device and erase any photo of the code they may have been saving or sharing. School officials will be running a report showing personal devices still accessing the secure network and proceeding with write ups from there.

Sierra Students in the News

Congratulations, 2017 All City Band Concert Qualifiers:

Maddie Wright

Breann Sanchez

Andy Mosier

Kinam Sarellano

Noah Raess

John Wood

Arianna Urquidi

Kirk Baloun

Mateo Garcia-Bryce

Marrisa Peay


Congratulations to Matthew Power, who was selected to sing the National Anthem for The Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce at their annual Chamber Gala and Choice Awards Dinner, where several different community awards are presented.  Thank you for representing Sierra's finest, Matthew!

Students in Las Cruces are learning about science, technology engineering and math, or STEM categories at the Las Cruces Public School District’s Challenger Learning Center. The unique experience also ties in critical thinking to help students prepare for a real life space scenario. Take a look….


LCPS Transfer Window Open

New Rules Apply for Students Transferring
 to Different Schools

Students who want to transfer to a school outside of their home attendance zone beginning next school year will face several changes to the transfer process.  Las Cruces Public Schools officials said transfer applications are being accepted between February 1 and March 1.  However, .. read more

Mission Statement

We believe that all students can reach their full potential and achieve their dreams.  Sierra is dedicated to preparing tomorrow's leaders for a dynamic, global society through the diligent efforts of our committed students. parents, staff and community members.

SMS Shout Outs

Congratulations to THREE Sierra Staff members who received special acknowledgement this week for their outstanding work and commitment to students!  Please extend congratulations to:

  • Ms. Christina Parra for receiving the 2016 Dr. Sandra K. Nakamura Professional Development Excellence Award 
  • Ms. Angela Frausto for her nomination for 2016-17 LCPS Teacher of the Year
  • Mr. Jason Day for his nomination for 2016-17 LCPS Teacher of the Year


Congratulations Science Olympiad Teams.  Team 1 placed 3rd, and team 2 placed 5th during the Regional Tournament held on Saturday.  The Falcons will be the only middle school team from Las Cruces in the upcoming state competition.

Alvaro Garcia
Andy Mosier
Janos Braun
Quinton Kriner
Julianna Barnett
Adam Homsi
Rabiya Kamaran
Kassi Navarrete
Fateh Aswad
Jackie Alvarado
Jessey Pfeiffer
Kirk Baloun
Moses Stacy
Lucas Sedillo
Jeanette Garcia
Ksenia Sevostianov
Richard Del Plain
Gaige Million
Victoria Quesada
Sarah Davila
Mya Arroyos
Jonathan Wood
Alena Sheen
Lilly Li
Arnabh Borah
Ben Widner
Emily Alcantar
Oscar Barraza
Canaan Bower
Wendell Oderkirk
Jose Gonzales
Colton Hash
Nick Elias
          

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Principal Ronga's Newsletter

Principal, Michelle Ronga

NEWS FROM THE NEST

The district has scheduled Parent Teacher Conferences for Monday, February 27.  In an attempt to better meet the needs of parents’ work schedules, Sierra Middle School teachers will be hosting parent conferences by appointment on the following days/times:

 

·      Tuesday, February 21 from 4:00-6:30 PM

·      Wednesday, February 22 from 4:00-6:30 PM

·      Thursday, February 23 from 4:00-6:30 PM

Teams will be contacting parents/guardians of students who are currently at risk in their academics, and the teams will be scheduling meeting times.  If you would like to drop in to see teachers, please check in the office by 6:00 PM, and we will make contact with the teams.  Administration will be available on Monday, February 27, from 7:30 AM- 4:00 PM.  As always, teachers are also available via email, and their email addresses are posted on the school’s website.


Principal, Michelle Ronga with 
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Award Winners
6th Grade: Carlos Moran & Kyliegh Garcia
7th Grade: Danielle Alejandrez & Hope Barron
8th Grade: Shae Quintela and Ely Marquez


The Falcon Family would like to welcome Vanessa Dabovich our new 6th Grade Film and Broadcast Teacher.

Sierra’s Goals and Focus 

School Focus - We are currently in year 3 of the implementation of AVID. Our focus is to build a school wide system that utilizes AVID strategies to help students be academically successful.  

Goal 1. 100% of Sierra students will show growth towards academic proficiency each 9 weeks as evidenced by CFA scores and show yearly growth as evidenced by EOCs and PARCC scores. 

Goal 2: All teachers will establish benchmark data for their students, assess students every 4 weeks utilizing CFAs or other assessments and be able to illustrate student growth utilizing 3—5 sets of data each semester 

Goal 3: Teacher will implement AVID strategies in their classrooms on a weekly basis as evidenced by their lesson plans and evident in observations, to assist student with mastery of content and academic success. 

AVID Update

AVID UPDATE - Where are we with AVID Schoolwide in Year 3?

Instruction: Majority of teachers are utilizing AVID strategies on a weekly basis & utilizing planners, binders & the Cornell note taking method to increase academic performance.
Systems: Our AVID elective, PLCs, AVID site team meetings & college awareness field trips & lessons are a few systems in place to help support AVID.
Leadership: In August of 2017 all 3 Administrators and 12 staff members will have attended AVID summer institute . Former & current site team members will continue to support the staff in implementing AVID strategies.
Culture : Many have shifted to the growth mindset & belief that all students can be successful . Many promote college readiness & are working to-wards preparing students for the workforce or college.

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Calendar of Events




Valentine Dance and Reward Activity
Friday, February 17th




FEBRUARY
Monday, 20th - Presidents Day - No School
Tuesday, 21st - Choir Concert
Saturday, 25th - Soundsation Competition in Albuquerque
Tuesday, 28th - Band Concert

MARCH
Thursday, 16th - Project Unified Basketball Game at SMS from 10:00 to 1:00pm


Recent Announcements

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  • SMS Student Sings National Anthem for Chamber of Commerce Congratulations to Matthew Power, who was selected to sing the National Anthem for The Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce at their annual Chamber Gala and Choice Awards Dinner, where ...
    Posted Feb 12, 2017, 8:14 PM by Richard Romero
  • After School Programs MONDAYMusical Theatre (P. Quinones) - 3:45pm to 4:45pmTUESDAYCivil Air Patrol (J. Jones) - 7:30am to 8:30am Photo Journalism (A. Padilla) - 3:45pm to 5:00pm ...
    Posted Jan 1, 2017, 5:44 PM by Richard Romero
  • Athletic Physicals Required for Participation Eighth Graders interested in participating in Boys Basketball, Girls and Boys Track, MUST HAVE A CURRENT MEDICAL PHYSICAL EXAM prior to participation.  A player cannot practice or participate in any ...
    Posted Jan 1, 2017, 5:44 PM by Richard Romero
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AVID - Advancement Via Individual Determination

What AVID Does

Simply, AVID trains educators to use proven practices in order to prepare students for success in high school, college, and a career, especially students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

How AVID Works

AVID brings research‐based strategies and curriculum to educational institutions in elementary, secondary, and higher education. The AVID System annually provides 60,000+ educators with training and methodologies that develop students’ critical thinking, literacy, and math skills across all content areas throughout the entire campus, in what we call Schoolwide AVID.

AVID:

  • Teaches skills and behaviors for academic success
  • Provides intensive support with tutorials and strong student/teacher relationships
  • Creates a positive peer group for students
  • Develops a sense of hope for personal achievement gained through hard work and determination

As a result, policymakers and educators now consider AVID's mission to be an essential strategy for closing the achievement gap, making college access and success available to all students.

Learn more about AVID’s college and career readiness efforts