Welcome to the Falcon Nation

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.

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.


  • 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

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.

Principal Ronga's Newsletter

The Falcon Community; Students, Parents, Faculty and Staff would like to WELCOME our New Principal, Michelle Ronga!


The Falcon Family would like to welcome Ricardo Rincon as a new member of our Administrative Team

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. 

Calendar of Events


Sunday, 1st - New Year's Day
Wednesday, 4th - Professional Development
Thursday, 5th - Professional Development
Friday, 6th - Professional Development
Monday, 9th - First Day Second Semester for Students
Monday, 9th - IPT Testing
Tuesday, 17th - ACCESS Testing
Wednesday, 18th - ACCESS Testing
Thursday, 20th - 8th Grade Film and Broadcast Field Trip to El Paso
Thursday, 26th - Youth All-State Festival
Friday, 27th - Youth All-State Festival
Friday, 27th - 7B Field Trip to NMSU
Monday, 30th - All-City Band @ Sierra M.S.
Tuesday, 31st - All-City Band @ Sierra M.S.

Wednesday, 1st - All-City Band @ Sierra M.S.
Thursday, 2nd - All-City Band @ Sierra M.S.
Friday, 3rd - All-City Band @ Sierra M.S.
Friday, 17th - Reward Activity
Friday, 17th - 7B Field Trip to Asombro
Tuesday, 21st - Choir Concert
Saturday, 25th - Soundsation Competition in Albuquerque
Tuesday, 28th - Band Concert

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