School Supply Lists
1- 3 ring notebook binder; 4 inches
200 sheets- loose leaf paper
3- Composition notebooks
2- blue or black ink pens
1 box- colored pencils
1 large eraser
2- sheet protectors
2- Kleenex boxes
5- Notebook dividers
1- heavy duty backpack
1- PE lock
1- PE plain white t-shirt
1- PE pair of shorts/sweats
1 three ring notebook binder; 3 inches
200 sheets – loose leaf paper
24 pk - #2 pencils
Blue, Black, red pens (replace throughout
1 box colored pencils
1 large eraser
2 highlighters any color
1 USB 4GB or higher
1 package of 8 dividers with tabs
1 box Kleenex
1 pencil pouch with eyelets to put in 3 ring
1 package of binder hole reinforcers for
1 – lock
1 – plain white Tshirt
1 – pair of shorts/sweats
1 3” three-ring binder
2 packages of 300 sheets of lined paper
(recommend reinforced paper)
24 #2 pencils
10-12 blue, black and red pens
1 large eraser
1 package of dividers with tabs
2 pocket folders with prongs
1 USB flash drive, 4GB or higher
1 Box of Kleenex
1 pencil pouch
2 spiral notebooks (Science class)
1 package of binder hole reinforcers for
July 5 - 8 our 2016 AVID site team travels to Denver for AVID training.
2016 Site Team members :
Dan Gomez, Shelly Valdez,
Julie Wojtko, Jennifer Hicks,
Craig Beeman, Jason Day,
Alison Padilla. & Jake Gustin
We look forward to the great ideas and strategies they will bring back and share with us.
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.
2017 goals will focus on strengthening these 4 areas.
Principal Garza's Newsletter
“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and in-still a love of learning.”
Spotlight on Rick Romero
Rick Romero, best known for his role as Special Education Lead, wears many hats. Rick has been in education for 30 years taking on roles as coach, teacher, principal, superintendent and more. During his 4 years at Sierra as the Special Education Lead, he has supported the administration team and both the AES facilitators and Special Education Teachers with writing IEPs, monitoring dead-lines, acting as LEA, intervening with parents, and ensuring each special education child is placed appropriately and receiving the appropriate services. What you probably didn’t know is that he holds the same contract as teachers (91/2 month) yet he put in many countless hours this summer on many different things. As Student Council sponsor, he organized a field trip for Sierra students to attend the NM Association of Student Councils Summer Leader-ship conference. The experience was unforgettable for the students that participated. Rick also served on a few interview committees to fill open positions, worked with Central Office staff and parents to ensure IEPs were up to date and finalized and perfected his skills as Sierra’s Web Master. If you haven’t yet checked out Sierra’s Web page, go to lcps.k12.nm.us click on schools, Sierra Middle School and there you will find a link to the school’s website. I would like to thank Rick for his hard work, support, and willingness to go above and beyond to help make Sierra the best Middle School in town. As principal, I feel confident in our success knowing I have the expertise and commitment of staff members like Rick. When you see him in the halls or at events give him a well-deserved pat on the back and a thank you.
Week of August 8 - 12 Ms. Valdez is working hard organizing the professional development days for staff. In addition to the learning sessions and work time in each teacher's room, the administration will also have brief OPTIONAL meetings with teachers and teams to get input during the first four teachers/staff work days, and the first week of school. Faculty and Staff input is necessary on these topics: Calendar /Events, Reward Activities input and the Sunshine Committee. And on other topics that will arise throughout the school year.
Five Keys to Effective Teaching
A recent Edutopia article, by editor Rebecca Alber highlights five classroom practices identified by John Hattie in Visible Learning for Teachers (Routledge, 2011) that make the biggest difference to student learning. The article elaborates on each of these key points. If you are interested you can read more at
Principal Garza has listed the following 5 points and connected them to what the Teachers and Support Staff will integrate as part of their daily instruction throughout this school year.
Clarity of Purpose - The Golden Circle - WHY are we teaching what we are teaching? Posting & referencing the objectives so the students know the purpose.
Classroom Discussion - Engagement - Creating lessons that get the students involved in the listening, speaking, reading and writing across the curriculum.
Feedback - grading, blogs, planner comments, student conferencing, progress reports, verbal & written comments are all ways to give students feedback so that they can make the appropriate adjustments.
Formative Assessments - Exit tickets, quick checks for understanding, quizzes & CFAs will be a goal this year. Starting the year with benchmarks of where the students are and moni-toring growth through data analysis will be our focus.
Metacognitive Strategies - Costa’s Levels of Questioning, Cornell note taking & making, & reflecting on their learning. Uti-lizing AVID strategies that provide opportunities for students to understand the way they learn.
Teachers will be encouraged to think of how they can incorporate these key concepts in their class so that their teaching is effective and student learning is maximized.
As we inch closer to the start
of school you may be wondering if the new gym and front office area will be complete.
Bleachers are installed and the falcon logo is currently being painted on the
center court. After all the paint and finishing touches are complete,
inspections still need to occur and a certificate of occupancy granted before
students and staff can utilize the new facilities. Unfortunately, the gym and
front office will not be ready for the start of the school year. Here are some
estimated dates of completion.
Recommended Reading: Fellow teacher Anita Martos recommends that all teachers read this article. It brings to our attention the need to understand that some students have suffered traumatic experiences that impact their learning and behavior. Often times a simple act of kindness can go a long way in helping these students be successful. Read this article and then make the effort to do a small act of kindness for a student, colleague or family member in hope that your kindness makes a difference in their lives. Copy and paste this website to your browser.
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Calendar of Events
(Click on link above for school calendar)
Sierra Middle School Building Improvements
Sierra Middle School Gets a Facelift
New Construction of Gymnasium, PE Facilities & Entry, Main Office Reconfiguration and changes to main parking lot are on schedule to be completed by first day of classes for the Fall Semester.