Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year!

  Chief Manuelito Middle School is excited to welcome all of our students, parents and stakeholders to the 2017-18 school year!  The first day of school is set for August 9th!  We have some exciting changes planned for this school year beginning with a three lunches schedule designed to make things more consistent for grade levels and better for our students.  We also look to incorporate a daily 15 minute reading initiative in our day to get kids to move forward academically.  Other changes include CMMS inviting parents to monthly symposiums to discuss issues that surround mid school kids and our school changing some of the processes we do as a school so that we can work with our teachers to provide the very best education possible for our students.  For information on bell schedules, school calendars and sports schedules, please see the tabs at the top of this page.  For other inquiries, please contact us at CMMS at 721-5620.  We look to have a tremendous 2017-18 school year!

Be There! Open House!

   Chief Manuelito Middle School will hold its annual beginning of the year OPEN HOUSE on Tuesday August 15th from 4:30 pm until 6:30 pm.  We invite all parents to come for a brief visit with your students teachers as well as administration and to see what our school has to offer for the 2017-18 school year.  A limited amount of school supplies will be handed out and pizza and refreshments will be served courtesy of Title I on GMCS.  We will also look for parents that want to get involved in our ASC committee and ask for ideas from on what you would like to see us spend our JOM funds on.  We look forward to seeing you there!

GMCS School Supplies

    Students at all GMCS schools will receive the school supplies and class materials they need throughout the school year.  This is an initiative from our district leadership to help parents know that we understand the expense of these items and that we want to help in moving your student forward.   School supplies will be issues to students in classes once the school year begins.  For questions on school supplies, please contact us at CMMS at 721-5600.

Cell Phone and GMCS Electronics policy

  A reminder to all CMMS students and parents that cell phone usage and the usage of all electronic devices including headphones is not allowed at school from our first bell at 8:15 am until 3:42 pm.  On the first occurrence that an electronic device is confiscated, the parent will need to pick up the device for it to be returned.  If a second incident takes place, the student will be given a misbehavior and the phone will be kept until the end of the school year.  For more details on the electronics policy, please see the GMCS website or contact us at 721-5600.  Thank you.

Attendance Matters!


Parents.  Chief Manuelito Middle School and all GMCS schools, attendance is very important.  Studies show that the more students miss school, the greater the chance that they will not graduate.  We need your help in making sure your child is in attendance every day and on time!  For the 2017-18 school year, students who are late to school five times will receive a misbehavior and we will require parent conference to discuss the situation.  On the 10th tardy to school, we will again cite the student with a misbehavior , require another parent conference and refer your child to our SAT process and reserve the right to refer your child to CYFD services     On days of inclement weather, administration will use common sense on citing students who are tardy.  Our goal is to see all students be successful and graduate on time.  Fostering good habits in middle school will pave the road for your child's success in the future.  If you have any questions, please call our offices at 505-721-5600.  Thank you for your help in increasing our attendance. 

Fidget Spinners prohibited during classtime

  Fidget spinners and other distracting devices are not allowed in the classroom at CMMS during class time unless a student has an appropriate  IEP stating that they need it in order to concentrate in the classroom.  Students are allowed to have them during lunches, before school and after school.  Students using spinners in class will have them confiscated and parents will have to come and pick them up after the first violation and on a second violation, CMMS will not return it until the end of the school year.  For any questions on our fidget spinner policy, please contact us at 721-5600.

Advisory School Council Meetings

     Chief Manuelito Middle School  will again have an Advisory School Council (ASC) and conduct parent meetings monthly beginning on August 29th. ASC meetings benefit our school community and provide an outlet for you as parents to get involved in what our school does and how we spend some of our funds like Title I funds as well a JOM funds which go directly back to our Native American students.  We hope to have a high level of parent involvement this school year.  For information on ASC and getting involved, please call us a t CMMS at 721-5620.




Fall Sports Practice

  Practice for Volleyball, Cross Country and Football will officially begin on August 16th after school from 4 until 5:30 pm.  Football practice will take place on the CMMS field behind the school.  Volleyball will be in teh gym and Cross Country will meet on the basketball courts behind CMMS.  All students participating must have a physical on file in order to participate and 7th and 8th grade students must be academically eligible based on their 4th quarter grades from last school year.  Athletic schedules are available in the athletics tab at the top of our web page.  For more information on CMMS athletics, please contact us at 721-5600.


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

AfterSchool Tutoring

  Chief Manuelito Middle School will offer after school tutoring beginning after labor day thru the month of March from 4-5 pm.  Students that are tutoring will need to sign in and out with teachers for accountability purposes.  We encourage all students that are struggling with classes to take advantage of after school tutoring.  Students that stay for tutoring  are responsible for transportation home.  For more information on after school tutoring, please contact us at 721-5620

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