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Project Unify

Project Unify is a program within the Las Cruces Public School District that supports physical activity with Low Incidence Special Education Children and their respective General Education Peers.  This year's district participation included Sierra, Vista, Mesa and Zia Middle Schools.  At Sierra Middle School, students from two Low Incidence classrooms, were partnered with students in the 8th Grade Film and Broadcast program, who participated together throughout the school year.  The video was developed by KSTAR Productions and the 8th grade Film and Broadcast Program and the video was produced by two of the eighth grade students; Brooke Maynes and Kynnedy Dixon

Film & Broadcast

Mr. Day's 8th Grade Film and Broadcast students recently attended the Student Television Network competition in Anaheim, CA. Here is news brief about the experience. The Film and Broadcast students traveled to Anaheim, California, March 27-March 31, to compete in the Student Television’s National Competition. Students competed in 9 different Film and Broadcast competitions over three days, and completed all projects by deadline. Sierra took home two first honorable mentions, one for public service announcement and one for convention recap. Students finished the trip with a Disney Animated Story workshop at the California Adventure Theme Park.”

STN Winners
Marley Gbogbo and Natalia Molinar
                Ella Hutchinson

Maxine Avila-Pardo and Christopher Favela  

8th Grade Film and Broadcast Enjoy STN Conference

Vandalism at SMS

Students, Parents and Community members, we are asking for your assistance for information regarding the vandalism at Sierra MS.  In the past 3 months the school has had a rash of windows broken out.  The school had one incident in February, one in March, and six in April.  These windows are very expensive, and each replacement costs the district a great deal of money.  

The school and district are asking for your support with any information you might have or may come across in conversations.  Please report any information you have to Crimestoppers.

AVID / Leadership 6th Grade Orientation

Parents and their incoming 6th Grade child participate in the inaugural  AVID/Leadership Registration/Orientation Meeting held Tuesday, March 27th at 6:00pm.  For parents of incoming 6th grade students who are interested in participating in AVID, or Leadership call the school at 527-9640 for more information.


Project Unify Track Meet


Principal Ronga's Newsletter

                                                        Principal, Michelle Ronga


Sierra Middle School would like to recognize and thank the following banks for donating pencils for student use during PARCC testing: First New Mexico Bank, White Sands Federal Credit Union, Washington Federal, First American, First Light Credit Union and the National Guard.
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.

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

Sierra MS AVID Application

Interested 6th Grade Students interested in participating in Sierra's AVID Program for the 2016-2017 school year - Applications are now available see below.

AVID's Mission is to Close the Achievement Gap by Preparing All Students for College Readiness and Success in a Global Society

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Essay Contest

Pictured left to right Teacher, Tiffany Valles, student finalists 
Kyliegh Garcia, John Switzer and Principal, Michelle Ronga

For the second consecutive year Language Arts Teacher, Tiffany Valles had the most paarticipanats in this Year's Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Money Smart Essay Contest.  Kyliegh Garcia, 1st Place Winner and John Switzer, 2nd Place Winner.  Sierra Middle School won $500.00 from the event for participation.

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.

Calendar of Events

Monday, 24th to Thursday, 27th - PARCC Make Up (time TBA)

Friday, 26th - Last Day of School
Monday, 29th - Memorial Day 
Tuesday, 30th - Snow Day Make-up Staff Only

Recent Announcements

  • Check Frequently for important Falcon Messages
  • 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 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.