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Attendance Matters!


Parents.  At Chief Manuelito Middle School, attendance is very important.  In the past month, the number of late students and absences has increased tremendously.  Beginning on November 28, 2016, students will be on a three strike discipline policy for being tardy.  For the first tardy, the student will be given a lunch detention/lunch support for the class they are late for.  Second strike will constitute a mandatory parent conference and the third strike will become a multiple day suspension.  The tardiness does not have to be on consecutive days.  Our students education is our number one priority.  Please get your child to school on time.  Our school day starts at 8:15 am.  Students can not learn when they are not in school.  Please help us by getting students to school on time everyday.  If you have any questions, please call our offices at 505-721-5600.  Thank you for your help in increasing our attendance. 

Pennies for Pets

Beginning February 21st thru March 17th CMMS will be conducting a service activity "Pennies For Pets"!.  Grade levels will donate pennies where all proceeds will go to the local Gallup Humane Society.  The grade level that collects the largest amount of money for the Humane Society will win a pizza party for their entire grade level.  Students that donate at lest a quarter will be able to get a ticket for a raffle prize at the end of the week, provided that they have perfect attendance for the week, and no discipline issues.  We are hopeful that "Pennies for Pets", will raise lots of money for our local Humane Society. 

Spring Sports

    Spring Sports are in full swing at CMMS with Baseball, Softball and Track taking place.  Please check out the tabs at the top of our page to access sports schedules!  For more information on spring spots, please contact us at 721-5600.

Spring Testing

         Spring Testing is set to kick off at Chief Manuelito with TLI testing taking place on February 22nd for 7th graders, February 24th fro 8th graders and March 1 & 2 for 6th graders.  Selected eighth grade students will also participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress on February 28th.  PARCC testing will take place the week of April 18-20. April 25-27 and May 2-4.  Finally, EOC testing will be conducted toward the end of the school year from may 15-26.  Please make sure that your child is in school for all of these critical assessments as Chief Manuelito strives to move all of our kids forward.  For more information on testing, please contact us at CMMS at 721-5600.

ACT for 8th graders

  Eighth grade parents of students with a CIB number, CMMS is registering kids for the April 8th ACT test that can be paid for via JOM monies.  The ACT test is a college entrance exam that will allow students to understand expectations to get into college and by taking this test, provides a great opportunity for college readiness.  For more information on registering for the ACT by March 3rd, please contact Mr. Wargo at CMMS at 721-5620.

Advisory School Council Meetings

     Chief Manuelito Middle School  has ASC parent meetings on the first Tuesday of each month.  Our next meeting is scheduled for March 7 with other meetings this year set for April 4 and May 2nd.  As we wind down our school year, we will be discussing testing, schedules for next year, expenditure of Title I funds for the 17-18 school year and upcoming cultural events.  We look forward to our ASC committee members as well as any other parents that want a role in shaping how our school functions.  Your input is important to us and we look forward to seeing you there!



Health and Wellness Nights!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chief Manuelito Middle School is proud to announce that we have partnered up with Indian Health Service to have health awareness events beginning every Thursday in the month of October and continuing thru April. Events will run from 6 pm until 7:30 each Thursday and are free to the public. Events will be run by professionals in these areas and will be set for people at a beginning level up to more advanced stages. Each month will have a heath theme to get you active.  Our lists of scheduled activities include: 

February: Tai Chi Month (February 2, 9, 16 & 23)
March: Country Line Dancing Month(March 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30)
April: After School Spinners Cycling for CMMS students (April 6, 13 & 20)

We invite all stakeholders to come out every Thursday starting in October to get fit, have fun and adopt a healthy lifestyle. Thank you.



At Chief Manuelito Middle School we emphasize students following our MAVS!  When we follow our MAVS, everyone wins!


Moving toward excellence

Active Positive Participation

Valuing our community

Staying safe and healthy

Late Start Mondays

Beginning on August 22nd and continuing until May, CMMS will have late starts on Mondays so teachers can have PLC collaboration time.  School will begin one hour later at 9:20 am on Mondays and regular buses will pick students up one hour later than normal.  School will still get out at 3:42 pm.  For more information on late start Mondays, please contact us at CMMS at 721-5600.  

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Words of Wisdom from Chief Manuelito

CMMS Vision Statement

The vision and mission of CMMS is to get all students and teachers to "Pursue, Practice and Produce Academic Excellence Everyday".  We do this by having a positive attitude in the classroom, by differentiating instruction so all students get what they need in order to be successful and by working together with each other so our Chief community becomes ready for the challenges that they will face as they move further into the 21st century.  

Note from the Principal

Dear Chief Manuelito Community,

It is an honor and privilege to be the principal at Chief Manuelito Middle School, where we have created a collaborative learning environment dedicated to placing "students first"!  In my two years at Chief, we have seen our New Mexico state grade rise dramatically by emphasizing teacher collaboration and using data that helps us to know what student needs are to be successful.  As we move into the 2016-17 school year, we will continue to emphasize these concepts, but also dig deep to differentiate instruction for students so that they can be even more successful.   Our goal is to create a great school experience for our kids and families so that when they leave us, they will be prepared for high school with a readiness on knowing what they want out of their futures.  To help in this, we encourage all CMMS parents to come in and visit us and get involved in our monthly ASC meetings, which take place on the first Tuesday of each month.   With the help of all stakeholders, we feel that we have only scratched the surface on what our kids can achieve.  We look forward to a great 2016-17 school year!


Steven Wargo


Chief Manuelito Middle School                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  


Notice of Non-Discrimination

Gallup-McKinley County Schools (GMCS) recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals regardless of national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation in any educational programs, activities or employment. GMCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability or age in its programs and activities. GMCS provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: 504 District Contact—Tim Bond,  505-721-1018; Title IX —Ronald Donkersloot, Director of Personnel, 505-721-1061