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.

Exam Schedule
5/16 Monday – Electives, AVID, Leadership
5/17 Tuesday – Math
5/18 Wednesday – Social Studies and Language Arts
5/19 Thursday - Science
5/20 Friday – Electives, AVID, Leadership

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Tiffany Valles, Sierra Middle School Language Arts teacher, poses with her 6th grade students and Principal Maryester Garza 
holding a mock check symbolizing the award the school received for participation in the Money Smart Essay and Art Contest. 
Students entered the Money Smart contest on the topic of "What is a budget and why is it important?" 
Winners includes 6th graders, Padraic Nielsen, 
Kendra Van Dorn and Paris Gonzalez. 
Each received personal computer devices courtesy of Best Buy. Students were also given a gallon size bag of shredded money to create an art project. 
The projects are currently being displayed at the Dona Ana County Government Center on Motel Boulevard. 
On April 16th at the Farmer's Market, students received their prizes and the school was presented with a check. 

On April 16th, Students participated in the Knowledge Bowl at Picacho Middle school. Sierra students took home several trophies. 
The 6th grade team won first place, the 7th grade teams won first and third place and the 8th grade team won 3rd place. 
Students pictured here with their sponsor Stephen Glines, 6th Grade Social Studies teacher and AES facilitator raise their trophies in triumph. 

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Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math
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City of Las Cruces - 2016 Student Video Winners Announced

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News from the Nest, Update from Principal Garza

Students in Ms. Frausto’s Project Lead the Way class wrote articles about their experiences making and testing their self-supporting, free-standing, earthquake-resistant structure. Part of the assignment was to publish their writings. Below are two articles written and submitted by students. This is part 1 of 2.

TITLE: The Tower Of Hope

By: Andrew Mosier

The tower of hope was a hard structure to make. At first, we made a competition to see who could cut the measured bamboo skewers the fastest. Later, when we started gluing, we had trouble making the building completely flat. When we finished the structure, we found that it was too short so we added a pole to one end of it to extend height to the minimum height requirement. We also used extra straw laying around to make a place for the weight to be put on. When the building was tested, it shook very easily because of the lack of weight. When it reached the severe earthquake, it trembled. It shook. Then, the whole building fell shooting the weight. It was so close, to surviving the severe earthquake. We were happy that it could withstand at least the moderate earthquake. Overall, we had an affordable building design which could withstand some earthquakes and I think that with more testing and designing, a model based off of this structure may be an optimal design to use.

TITLE: The Earthquake-Resistant Structure Project

By: Emily Rogers

When my partners and I first started this project we didn’t really know what we were doing so we started off really slow. All we did was the first few worksheet pages then we got a little lost. When we finally got help and finished all the worksheets, it was super easy from there until the end. The building part was I think the most fun because we got to see our progress and how much stronger our structure got at the end of every day. At the end of this project we had to test it with a light and moderate earthquake stimulation, our structure stayed standing the whole stimulation. Since we passed this, we got to do the severe earthquake stimulation which is a faster shake and a weight that had to stay on our structure, we passed this test too. Passing these tests was the success. We didn’t have any failures, except that our structure was very lop-sided. So overall the experience of building the structure and working with my partners was cool. 


 April Successes

  Tiffany Valles and her students participated in the Money Smart Essays and Art Contest. Out of 147 entries, Sierra 6th graders won 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Additionally, Ms. Valles received $500 to use in her classroom. 

 Jason Day and Anna Perez Wright provided an opportunity for their students to create and submit Public Service Announcements. 6th and 8th grade students won Silver and Gold places and will be presented with awards at the City Council meeting on May 2. 

 Peter Podruchny had two of his students achieve outstanding member awards at the Jazz festival. 

 Anna Perez-Wright & Janice Garcia’s students received top honors at the Desert Light Film Festival. 8th graders brought home 2nd place in NM Tourism Commercial, 1st Place in Experimental Film, 1st place in Short Film, and 1st place in Music Video. Garcia’s 7th graders won 2nd place in Middle School Music Video and 2nd place in Stop motion animation. Congratulations.

 Awesome Accolades – SCHOOL WIDE Contributions

Dan Gomez, Tiffany Valles, Kristin Knight and Lori Aaron-Brass – for their organization and coordination of PARCC testing. 

Mari Gutierrez for her assistance with the translation of documents to spanish. 

Heather Doolittle for organizing and preparing students to lead a fabulous Honor Society Induction Ceremony. Stephen Glines – For sponsoring the Knowledge Bowl and preparing students for competition. 

Thanks to all the 8th grade teachers for assisting the counselors and administrators with entering course requests into Synergy for next year. 

Julie Wojtko – for organizing the WWII veteran guest speaker, Frank Newby to talk to our studetns.

Calendar of Events - May

May 2 - PSA Awards presented at City Council meeting 1 pm

May 9 - Teacher Choice Awards 6:00pm

May 10 - Choir Concert 6:00pm

May 11 - Choir Banquet 6:00pm

May 12 - Band Concert 6:00pm

May 16 - Finals Week

May 20 - Athletic Banquet

May 16 - Cheer Clinic

May 18 - Cheerleader Tryouts 4:00pm

May 23 - 8th grade dance, 6:30 – 9:00pm

May 24 - Yearbook Signing / Last day of School = Early Dismissal 12:00pm