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New Start Time!


On Monday May 9th 2016, Chief Manuelito Middle School will start at its regular time of 8:25 am to accommodate end of year testing.  Please make sure that your child reports to their bus stop at the regular school time for pick up on these days.  For more information on end of year testing as well as our start time on May18th, please contact CMMS at 721-5600.

8th grade promotion ceremony

Chief Manuelito Middle School will be conducting its 8th grade promotion ceremony on May 24th from 2-3 pm in the Chief Manuelito Gymnasium.  All parents are invited to attend.  Once ceremonies have concluded, parents are encouraged to check students out for the remainder of the day.  For more information on our promotion ceremony, please contact us at CMMS at 721-5600.

2016 PARCC Testing Dates

Chief Manuelito Middle School will be giving the 2016 ARCC test on the following dates:

April 19-21  8th Grade
April 26-28  7th Grade
May 3-5  6th Grade

It is very important that your child be in attendance on these days and that they get  a good nights rest every night before PARCC testing.  It is also important that they eat a good, healthy breakfast before testing.  If you have any questions on PARCC testing, please contact us at Chief Manuelito Middle School at 721-5600.  Thank you and we look forward to another successful testing season.

Chief Manuelito 8th Graders created Power Points to address the illiteracy issue in the United States. Showcased below are the TOP FOUR.

Chief Manuelito Middle School is very excited to announce that we have received a B Grade from the New Mexico Public Education Department for our school performance for the 2014-15 school year!.  Our school grade went up nearly 28 points and was one of the highest gains for a middle school in the state of New Mexico.  We thank our students for all of their hard work, our teachers for their dedication to our direction as well as our parents for being actively involved in helping to make this special event happen.  We look to continue to grow as our second semester begins and want more parent involvement in helping us move up to an even better grade.  Thank you everybody!

Weekly Achievers

CMMS is proud to continue our "Weekly Achievers" program as we begin our second semester.  This program asks our teachers to recognize the hard work that our students put in to be their best.  Students selected by teachers will get recognized during our morning announcements as well as earn a privilege to get to move to the front of the lunch line as well as to be a part of our "Wall of Excellence".  Encourage your students to be an achiever!


CMMS Vision

The vision and mission of CMMS is to get our students to make meaning of what they are learning in the classroom, to participate and contribute in the learning process and to get our teachers to manage their learning so that students are ready for all the challenges that lie ahead for them once they get into high school.  Our motto of "Pursue, Practice and Produce Academic Excellence" is for everyone here at CMMS and we strive to continue to move our school and our students forward.

School dress code at a glance

Chief Manuelito  Middle School Students are expected to be neat, clean, and appropriately dressed for learning while on campus or on school sponsored activities and field trips. Interpretation of the following dress code is subject to administrative discretion.

SHIRTS POLO STYLE SHIRT SHORT OR LONG SLEEVED SOLID COLORS Dress Code Colors (ALL SOLIDS): Black, white, pink, green, orange, yellow, burgundy, purple or gray. UNDERSHIRTS must be solid and uniform colors only (black undershirts are acceptable).   Boys and girls must have undershirt tucked into pants. Polo shirts must be buttoned up, only top  button can be left unbuttoned.  

PANTS COTTON SLACKS OR DRESS PANTS LONG OR CAPRI LENGTH KHAKI COLOR Pants must be worn at the waist and FIT properly. No saggy, baggy, oversized or tight fitting, stretch pants. No cargo (pockets below mid-thigh), denim, sweatpants, wind pants, or warm-ups are allowed. BEGINNING IN 2015-16 SCHOOL YEAR, NO NAVY BLUE PANTS.

SHORTS and SKIRTS COTTON SHORTS 4 INCH INSEAM KHAKI COLOR Short length should not be more than 2 inches above the knee. NO cargo, denim, or athletic type shorts are allowed. Skirt length is not more than 2 inches above the knee (no mini-skirts) and can be long. Socks or hose must be approved dress code colors.  
SPIRIT DAYS: Students will be allowed to wear BLUE DENIM JEANS (not ripped or distressed) on Fridays--With either a  CMMS Spirit shirt or a regular dress code approved polo.
Shoes:  Students  are encouraged to wear normal footwear to school .No sandals or open toe shoes and no red or blue shoe laces are permitted.  With athletic shoes, please no red or blue athletic shoes.

From the Principal

Dear Parents, Students, Families and Friends,

As we begin the 2015-16 school year here at Chief Manuelito Middle School we are energized and deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of your children. We will accomplish this by setting high academic expectations for all children, with teachers that incorporate a high level of rigor into their daily instruction. We also want you as our community members to be involved in what our school does. Parents are welcome at anytime and asked to be a part of our ASC and Indian Education committees. The more parents are involved, the greater we can see our kids achieve in their futures! We are also asking our teachers to make an investment in our school this year, and with this will come a greater commitment to your children. Put everything together and we believe that we have the making of a great school experience for your child here at Chief Manuelito.

We encourage our students to participate in the variety of extra-curricular activities that our school offers such as our after school program, after school tutoring, interscholastic middle school sports, and Junior National Honor Society, just to name a few. The more kids are involved with our school, the better students they will become as they grow into young adults.

We are looking forward to working with you and your student as we work toward an academically successful school year. Thank you!

Steven E. Wargo
Chief Manuelito Middle School
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Chief Manuelito Middle School is happy to announce our  Advisory School Council for the 2015-16 school year.  Our members include:

Ida Mangum Chairperson & Parent
Susan Palochak  Co-Chairperson & Parent
Ginger Nielson  Treasurer and Parent Community member
Valerie Antonio  Secretary & Parent Community member
Ryan Daw  CMMS Representative
Michelle Galaviz  CMMS Representative

Our next meeting will be on May 10th to discuss end of school year events and to begin preparations for next year.. All parents are invited to take part and to get involved.  For more information, please contact us at CMMS at 721-5600.

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Parent Workroom

Parents are welcome to visit us in our counseling office and ask to use our parent workroom.  This area is specifically designated to give our stakeholders the opportunity to learn how to use PowerSchool to check up on your child's grades and assignments as well as to ask us how we can help in getting your child to reach their potential and be ready for high school!  For more information on our parent workroom, call CMMS at 505-721-5600.


Gallup McKinley County Schools 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. Gallup McKinley County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability or age in its programs and activities. Gallup McKinley County Schools provide equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Title IX—Frank Chiapetti, GMCS Superintendent, 505-721-1188; 504 District Coordinator—Mary Lindenmeyer, Assessment/Counselor/Media Coordinator, 505-721-2240.