Spring 2017 Book Fair



 Books for Valentines Day!


Chief Manuelito Middle School will be hosting a Community Book Fair in the School Library from February 1st-February 13th. 8:00 am - 4:00 pm daily and all day during Parent/Teacher Conferences on February 6th.

Funds raised will help purchase books. Families, faculty, and the community are invited to attend this fun reading event that helps inspire children to become lifelong readers.

 The Book Fair offers specially priced books and educational products,  popular series, award-winning titles, new releases, adult bestsellers, and other great reads from more than 100 publishers.  

Thank you. Rosa Armstrong


District Spelling Bee


to our very own  Sam Ayesh from Chief Manuelito Middle School, placing third in the regional spelling bee at Gallup High School. Ayesh placed third making her the alternate for the state competition.

also, to our very own Rynil Lachica from Chief Manuelito Middle School, placing 5th in the regional spelling bee at Gallup High school.

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. 

Youth Health and Wellness Cultural Night

On Friday November 18th at 6 pm Chief Manuelito Middle School will be hosting a Health and Wellness Cultural night courtesy of Indian Health Services.  Speakers include Char James who will discuss Navajo Culture and Suicide Prevention with our youth.  Marla Jaspers who will discuss the Navajo Wellness Model and Navajo Philosophies as well as having world renowned Navajo story teller Sonny Dooley at 7 pm.  We look forward to your attendance.  For More Information, please call Chief Manuelito Middle School at 721-5600.     

Chief Manuelito Middle School; A New Mexico Grade "B" School!

                      Chief Manuelito Middle School is very proud to announce that for the second consecutive year, we have earned a "B"grade from the New Mexico Public Education Department.  This is not an easy task and we want to thank all of our Chief Manuelito students, parents, and teachers for making this happen.  We are only 6 points away from an "A" grade and it is our mission this year to get students into school, use tactics to drive home academic language so that next year, we can move forward even more.  Great job to everyone that played a role in our success! 

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, and a nutritionist will be on site to educate on how to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Chief Manuelito Middle School will also be running a healthy snack bar to serve stakeholders during our events. Our lists of scheduled activities include: 

October: Zumba Month (October 6, 13, 20 &27) Spinners Cycling for CMMS students October 13 & 20
November: Yoga Month (November 3, 10 & 17)
December: Self-Defense Training Month(December 1, 8 & 15)
January: Kick Boxing Month (January 5, 12, 19 & 26)
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

Basketball Is Here!

Basketball season is upon us!  Below are our home and away  basketball games in November and December!  Good luck to all of our student athletes and GO MAVS!

November 30 vs. Crownpoint    Girls B 4 pm Boys B 5 pm Girls A 6 pm Boys A 7 pm
December 3 @ Wingate 10 am
December 5 vs. Tohatchi Boys B 4 pm Girls B 5 pm Boys A 6 pm Girls A 7 pm
December 7 vs. Rehoboth Girls B 4 pm Boys B 5p m Girls A 6 pm Boys A 7 pm
December 10 @ Gallup Mid 10 AM
December 12 vs. Newcomb Boys B 4 pm Girls B 5 pm Boys A 6 pm Girls A 7 pm
December 14 @ JFK

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.  

Advisory School Council & Indian Education Committee Election Results

   Chief Manuelito Middle School  is proud to announce our Advisory School Council (ASC)and Indian Education Committee (IEC) Members for the 2016-17 school year.  We nominated individuals at our open house back in August and held a parent "Meet and Greet night on September 13th for our candidates to talk with parents.  After candidates  met parents, we held our elections. 

Our 2016-17 ASC committees parent representatives are: Brenda Chicharello, Ruby Haley, Crystal Reece, Elvira Silago and Ervina Tso.

School Employee representatives are Cecilia Henry-Kee and Michele Reeves

Community Members are Larry Foster and Marsha Eriacho

Ms. Elvira Silago is our IEC representative and Brenda Chicharello is our alternate IEC.

Parent meetings will take place on the first Tuesday of each month.  We look forward to an active parent committee this school year.

Thank you Parents!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  


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