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

AVID's Mission: To cloes the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success for a global society.

Teen Creed
Be humble enough to obey: 
You may give orders someday.
Don't let the crowd pressure you;
stand for something or
you'll fall for anything.

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.

2017 goals will focus on strengthening these 4 areas.

School Supply Lists

6th Grade:
1- 3 ring notebook binder; 4 inches
200 sheets- loose leaf paper
3- Composition notebooks
24- Pencils
2- blue or black ink pens
1 box- colored pencils
1 large eraser
2- highlighters
2- sheet protectors
1- USB
2- Kleenex boxes
5- Notebook dividers
1- heavy duty backpack
PE Supplies
1- PE lock
1- PE plain white t-shirt
1- PE pair of shorts/sweats

7th Grade:
1 three ring notebook binder; 3 inches
200 sheets – loose leaf paper
24 pk - #2 pencils
Blue, Black, red pens (replace throughout
the year)
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
notebook paper
PE Supplies
1 – lock
1 – plain white Tshirt
1 – pair of shorts/sweats

8th Grade:
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
notebook paper

Principal Garza's Newsletter


“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement and success, have no meaning.”          Benjamin Franklin

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. As an AVID school we must meet the 11 essentials (see chart, right). As classroom teachers, your part is to ensure you meet essential 5–7. Administration will be looking for these 3 essentials as we observe and walk through your classrooms. 

Sierra MS Goals - When writing your PDP, I would like for you to incorporate the Sierra goals. You may choose to use your own personal goal but must also include the Sierra goals. 

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 evi-denced 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. 

Before and After School Tutoring

The following programs will be offered this semester: 

CAPs - J. Jones T/Th 7:30—8:30 

Musical Theater – P. Quinones Mon 3:45—5:45 

Photo Journalism –A. Padilla Wed 3:45—4:45 

Language Lab (Rosetta Stone) / Flocabulary –A. Padilla Wed 3:45—4:45 

Archery –H. Doolittle Wed 3:45—4:45 

Jazz Band –P. Podruchney T/TH 7:30—8:30 

Animal Maintenance—E. Brown-Meeks TBD 

Science Olympiad—J. Frausto & N. Wood Wed 3:45—4:45 

Magic the Gathering—J. Pohl W 3:45—4:45 

Robotics—J. Neakrase & J. Wojtko W 3:45—4:45 

Tutoring—C. Tan & R. Madrid TBD 

Programs will run for 10 weeks this semester beginning September 19th - Dec 2. and again for 10 weeks, 2nd semester. 

Congratulations to Anita Martos. She earned funding at Donorschoose.org for a classroom project call “Getting our “hands-on” History”. Ms. Martos is the second teacher following in Mr. Gustin’s foot-steps to have their proposed projects funded. Mr. Gustin received funding in August for his project “Mathtastic Technology for 6th grade”. 

Spotlight on the Las Cruces Public Schools Foundation

The LCPS Foundation is a private, nonprofit corporation that raises money for the sole purpose of enhancing the educational experience for students and teachers. The foundation’s major projects include Teacher grants, Scholarships, Comcast Cares Day, and organizes the Excellence in Education Awards dinner to recognize teacher of the year, National Certified teachers, the Sandra Nakamura Professional Award, National Merit Scholarship and Hispanic Scholarship awards. Teachers can help support the foundation through payroll deductions, one time donations, use of Citizen’s Bank Card (donates $.05 every-time you swipe) or using AmazonSmile. Next time you order from Amazon go to www.smile.amazon.com and choose LCPS foundation as the charity you wish to support. A percentage of all your future purchases will go to the foundation. For more information contact Betsy Geery, LCPS Foundation Executive director at 527-5888. 

Special Thanks: We appreciate our parents for their many contributions, support and assistance. This special thanks goes out to parent, Vivian Hill, for bringing water and vitamin drinks to the office staff on a hot day. To Janessa Lujan for bringing Cookies to our secretaries. Also to parent, Veronica Reyes. She is treating our science teachers to lunch from Olive Garden because the science teachers do so much for our students at Sierra. A BIG THANKS to our wonderful, thoughtful parents. We appreciate all of you. 

Recent Announcements

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    Posted Sep 22, 2016, 2:28 PM by Richard Romero
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Calendar of Events

  • Sat., Sept. 24th - Solo and Enemble (All Day)
  • Sat., Sept. 24th - Girls Volleyball (L. Lopez), 8:30am @ Sierra MS
  • Tues., Sept. 27th - Football vs. Picacho MS, 4:45pm @ Sierra MS
  • Wed., Sept. 28th - 6th FAB @ Lone Tree (All Day)
  • Wed., Sept. 28th - Volleyball Tourn. Time/Location TBA
  • Thurs., Sept. 29th - 6th Science, Carlsbad (All Day)
  • Thurs., Sept. 29th - 6th FAB @ Lone Tree (All Day)
  • Thurs., Sept. 29th - Volleyball Tourn. Time/Location TBA
  • Fri., Sept. 30th - 6th Science, Carlsbad (All Day)
  • Fri., Sept. 30th - 6th FAB @ Lone Tree (All Day) 
  • Fri., Sept. 30th - 7th FAB @ Southern NM Fair
  • Fri., Sept. 30th - 7/8th Bilingual @ Southern NM Fair
  • Fri., Sept. 30th - Volleyball Tourn. Time/Location TBA
  • Sat., Oct. 1st - Volleyball Tourn. Time/Location TBA
  • Tues., Oct. 4th - Football vs. Camino MS, 4:45pm @ Sierra SM 
  • Wed., Oct. 5th - 7 FAB - Parent Night Albuquerque Trip Mtg. in Cafe @ 5:30pm to 6:30pm

(Click on link above for school calendar)

Sierra Middle School Building Improvements

School Improvements/Construction Update

Gymnasium and Physical Education Facilities - Now Open

Front Office - Awaiting Office Furniture for Transition to Full Use

December 16th - Music Wing

New Roof on entire building is scheduled to start later this fall