Regular Business Meeting
Monday, December 18, 2017
The New Mexico Activities Association and Magdalena High School would like to remind Steer Fans of the “Compete with Class” Sportsmanship Initiative which promotes the core values of respect, integrity, and responsibility. Please remember to do your part, stay in your lane, and always remember to “Compete with Class!” Your cooperation and support of the NMAA’s “Compete with Class” Sportsmanship Initiative is greatly appreciated.
When Magdalena High and Junior High Schools sponsors an athletic event, it is considered to be an extension of the classroom, with lessons learned as important as those coming out of a textbook. Perhaps the most important lesson is good sportsmanship, a course which will serve everyone well in the game of life. Sportsmanship is one of the strongest educational lessons and lifetime values taught by interscholastic athletics.
So please, be a good sport. Honor the rules of the game; adhere to high standards of fair play and that good sports are the true winners of interscholastic athletics! We ask that you be a positive role model at all times, take accountability for your actions, possess self-control, and learn from adversity while at games. Remember to always – “Compete with Class.”
Also remember to:
Let the players play!
Let the coaches coach!
Let the officials officiate!
Let the spectators cheer!
Parents/guardians of Magdalena School students are invited to visit a student’s classroom by calling and making an appointment with the teacher or Principal. All visitors must first check in at the main office. Students will be checkout through the main office. Visitors, other than parents or guardians, who wish to accompany a student through his/her daily schedule must obtain permission from teachers and school administration at least two days in advance. No visitor, other than parents or guardians, may accompany a student through his/her daily schedule more than one day in the school year. The length of the visit is determined by the Principal. Visitors are required to adhere to the school dress code policy (#5050). No gang attire is allowed.
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.