Early Release


           February 11th

    1:00pm Early Release 

         & Parent/Teacher




Board Notice 2/22/16


    The Magdalena

     Municipal Schools’

    Board Of Education

      Business Meeting


      Notice & Agenda

     Monday, 2/22/2016

    6:00pm, in the Library

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Upcoming Events



Zoo To You (FAC)
09:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Zoo To You for secondary students
Parent-Teacher Conferences
2:00 PM to 7:00 PM
FFA Dinner
4:00 PM
The FFA is sponsoring a fundraising dinner during the Mescalero Basketball game.
50/50 Raffle/Bake Sale
4:00 PM
The 8th Grade class is sponsoring a 50/50 Raffle and Bake Sale during Mescalero Game



Basketball vs Cloudcroft RESCHEDULED



Teen Youth Meeting FAC
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Soldiers in Christ - The Next Generation (Teen Youth Group)



JV/V Boys & Girls Basketball vs Cloudcroft @ Home
3:00 PM
Moved from Sat., Feb. 13. JV teams will play at 3:00 in both Gyms.
Baseball Dinner
3:00 PM
The Baseball Team is sponsoring a fundraising dinner in the Cafeteria.



Class of 2019- World's Finest Chocolate Sale
The 9th Grade class will be selling World's Finest Chocolate.

  Mask Making Exhibition

The Magdalena Municipal Middle and High students explored mask making in various cultures.  They became aware of how masks are used in different societies for different purposes and learned to identify the difference between form and function.  After they developed two dimensional images of their own masks, they transformed them into three dimensional form by a method of making armatures from paper and developing the facial features with papier mâché, paint and fiber.  Through the procedure of developing a mask of their own, the students demonstrated the dynamics of the creative process and increased their awareness of diverse cultures.  In addition, they made their own unique contributions to the visual arts.

We thank the Socorro Chamber of Commerce for having included our students in an exhibition of “Our Masks: Our Cultures.”

The Artists:

High School

Middle School

Melphina Apache

   Aleah Apachito

   Gwynie Apachito

   Angelia Avalos

   Mikayla Craddick

   Andres Murillo

   Cristian Bustamante

   Kateri Gutierrez


   Brooknea Lewis

   Mariah Martinez

   Micheal Martinez

   Roy McClendon

   Gabriella Monte

   Holly Ray

   Lenay Willie


Wiil Bennett

Catrina Otero

Bastisto Secatero

James Thornton

Cheyenne Sullivan

Samuel Henderson






About Magdalena Schools 

The Magdalena Municipal School District is a Pre-K through 12th grade school, which is housed on a single campus. MMSD has a multicultural student population of 357. The ethnic structure of the district is approximately 47% Navajo, 29% Hispanic, and 24% Anglo or other. Additionally, in 1988 the district implemented a four-day week schedule to help address and accommodate students who are bussed significant distances. Over half of all MMSD students are bussed, with an average bus ride being 26 miles one way. The longest distance any one student has to travel is 70 miles one way.

The Village of Magdalena is located on the edge of the Cibola National Forest, at the base of the Magdalena Mountains in central New Mexico. The nearest city is Socorro located 26 miles to the east, Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest city, 100 miles to the northeast. Magdalena’s population is approximately 1,100 and reflects the community’s unique history as a mining town and as one of the largest cattle shipping centers west of Kansas City. Its nickname, “Trail’s End,” is an enduring reminder that for nearly 70 years (1890s-1960s) Magdalena was the end of the trail for cattle drives originating from Arizona to southern Colorado.

Today the community’s principal industries consists of education; the federal government in the form of the National Forest Service; the National Radio and Astronomy Observatory, which operates the Very Large Array (the worlds largest radio telescope) located on the San Augustine plains 25 miles west of Magdalena; the Bureau of Indian Affairs which operates a charter school and Indian Health Services clinic on the Alamo Navajo Indian reservation; and, finally ranching. The public school district is the largest employer.

The Alamo Navajo reservation is located 29 miles north of Magdalena, and is a vital part of the community at large. Although Alamo is a Chapter of the Navajo Nation, it is located approximately 200 miles southeast of the largest reservation in Arizona. Because of their isolation, the Alamo people have maintained a unique traditional and linguistic heritage. The Alamo band is the only living Native American group who is a blend of Navajo and Apache tribes. The Alamo dialect (Navajo) is predominate in the homes and in all tribal government, religious, social, and cultural interactions.