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.”
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.
Principal Ronga's Newsletter
Principal, Michelle Ronga
NEWS FROM THE NEST
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.