Yá’át’ééh! Hola! Hello! On behalf of our Board of Education, remarkable staff and incredible students, I welcome you to the Magdalena Municipal School District! It is an honor to serve the children and families of Magdalena, Alamo, and surrounding areas. At Magdalena Schools, we skillfully and knowledgeably offer Pre-K (3-4 year olds) through 12th grade students with fun, rigorous, and exciting learning opportunities, both in and out of the classrooms. Our competent, instructional staff provide mindful, high-quality educational experiences for our students in a safe and positive learning environment that prepares our students for bright futures, full of opportunities and adventure.
As superintendent, it is my expectation that our students have wonderful and successful experiences while attending Magdalena Schools. The general areas of my goals this year focus on:
• Instructional Leadership
• District Management
• Stakeholder Communications
• Budgetary Support and School Funding
• Partnership Development
• Integrate International Perspectives and Opportunities for Students and Teachers
You are welcome in our schools! Please visit classrooms, attend our many academic and athletic events, serve as volunteers, and, of course, be sure to stop by my office to share with me how things are going with your students, what works well for you and your family in our schools, and how you believe we can improve our service to community.
Feel free to contact me at any time. I can be reached at 575.854.2241 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a peaceful and productive year!
Yours in education,
Vannetta R. Perry, Ed.D.
Magdalena Municipal School District
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.