The Sierra Monthly

Sierra Middle School - February 2022 Newsletter

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From the Desk of the Principal: Mrs. Norris

What a whirlwind January was. We had so many great things start at our school. We have GED prep classes available, parenting classes and starting this month we will have Keyboarding classes available at 1:00 on Thursdays. Our vaccination clinic was a success; we had almost 30 families come by for vaccinations. Please contact Kristen Salyards with any questions at 575-420-4164.

A day and time has not been determined for out Grief/Loss Group for adults. If you are interested, please RSVP by contacting 575-420-4164. We have many more wonderful things planned for these coming months!

Thank you,
Mrs. Norris

Assistant Principal: Mr. Garcia

Dear Eagles,

As we are getting closer to the end of the year, there are certain points I would like you (6th,7th, and 8th grades) to focus on.

First, Grades. Please keep up with your classes! End of year is coming, and if your grades are not passing, you may be doing Summer School! Especially 8th graders who want to graduate to High School. If your grades are not passing, you will have to go to Summer School if you want to go to High school. Please turn in all your work! Zeros are the hardest grades to bring up. ONLY YOU, can make or break your grades!

Secondly, please remember Eagles, Sierra is our Home! We need to keep our bathrooms clean, playground clean, and we need to respect each other. We are a big family, and we need NOT fight or talk bad about one another. Please help us keep our home safe, and make it a great place to learn! I am proud to be at Sierra Middle School!

Mr. Garcia

Assistant Principal: Mrs. McDonald

Parenting Teens

Taken from NIH News In Health – April 2019

Guiding Kids Through Turbulent Years

The teenage years are filled with change. Body, mind, and feelings are maturing quickly. Teens are also learning about who they are and who they want to become. To do that, they need to try new things. But that means taking risks.

“Parenting during the teen years can be a very exciting but also a really risky time,” explains Dr. Kevin Haggerty, an NIH-funded prevention researcher at the University of Washington.

That’s because a teen’s brain is still developing and is extra sensitive to emotion and to things that feel good. The parts of the brain that control impulses and rational decision-making are still being formed.

“That creates a perfect storm for quick addiction,” Haggerty explains. It puts teens at higher risk for alcohol, drug, and tobacco use, high-risk sexual behavior, and risky driving choices. They’re also more likely to experience mental health issues, like anxiety and depression.

Teens can make unhealthy food choices and neglect physical activity. Most don’t get the eight to 10 hours of sleep they need each night. But certain parenting strategies can help guide kids toward healthier and less risky choices.

“Keeping lines of communication open, monitoring and knowing your children’s peers, and staying engaged and connected as a parent are the key ways to reduce risk,” explains Dr. Beth Stormshak, an NIH-funded psychologist at the University of Oregon.

Stormshak and Haggerty have studied different parenting programs designed to reduce risky teen behavior. Their research and other studies have shown that some strategies can help.

Build a Positive Relationship

Creating a positive, trusting relationship with your kids is key. It makes them more likely to listen to your advice and follow your rules.

“Positive parenting really means forming a positive relationship with your child that’s focused more on praise, support, and incentives and less on negative things like yelling, criticizing, or nagging,” explains Stormshak. “If you could choose one thing to do differently with your teenager, that would be it.”

You can create a more positive relationship by spending quality time with your teen. Listen to what they’re thinking and feeling. Show interest and concern over their problems. That helps them feel more connected with you.

It’s important to stay calm when they share, and respect differences of opinion. That helps build trust. It also gives you the chance to teach them how to problem solve. Sharing your experiences rather than lecturing helps build better communication.

You can build stronger bonds with your teen by recognizing and rewarding their positive behaviors. Give them opportunities to learn new things. Tell them when they’re doing well.

It’s also a good idea to have your kids be a part of the discussion about expectations for the family. That helps create positive, open communication and keeps everyone clear on the rules.

Making sure you have good communication with your teen will help you catch problems early, support positive behavior, and better monitor their life.

Keep in Touch

As your kids age, you’re with them less often. That makes building trust and good communication important. Your ability to know what’s going on in their lives largely depends on what they’ll share with you.

“Monitor what’s going on with your adolescent in ways that don’t destroy bonding or connecting, but in ways that promote it,” Haggerty says. “Have conversations, ask questions, know who your kids’ friends are, have conversations with your kids’ friends. So much of these things take place, not in a face-to-face conversation, but in a casual conversation when you’re walking or talking or in a car or listening when you’re driving kids around, and being aware of what’s going on in your kid’s life.”

Dr. Bruce Simons-Morton, a public health expert at NIH, has found that kids who have more friends who drink alcohol are more likely to do so themselves. In fact, peer influence is one of the highest predictors of teen drinking.

“As teens get older, they spend more time with peers. The parent influence wanes while the peer influence increases,” he says.

Talk with your teen about what qualities to look for in a friend, like being honest, respectful, and involved in school, and not acting in dangerous or unhealthy ways.

Studies have found that parents’ expectations and support can affect their kid’s choices into early adulthood. Teens with parents who are more involved in their lives have less alcohol and drug use and safer sexual behaviors.

Set Limits and Consequences

Parents can also help teens avoid risky behavior by setting clear limits and expectations ahead of time and consistently following through with consequences.

“We find that parenting matters even the year after high school,” explains Simons-Morton. His studies have found that young adults whose parents had high expectations

for them to not abuse alcohol were less likely to increase how much they drank after high school.

Start telling your child early on what your expectations are about drinking, drugs, driving, and sexual behavior. Encourage them to eat healthy and get enough exercise. And keep talking about your expectations and values throughout their teen years. Be consistent with praise and rewards when they follow the rules.

Setting consequences your teen will care about is another important part of parenting. That can mean different things depending on the teen. Privileges like cell phones, video games, spending time doing their favorite hobby or sport, or driving may work to encourage good behavior.

“In adolescence, you’re trying to figure out who you are,” Stormshak explains. There’s no guarantee you can help your teen avoid risky choices. But sharing your values and expectations and talking about how their choices can affect their life can help guide them toward better options. See the Wise Choices box for some tips on parenting teens.

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Third Nine-Weeks Schedule

  • March 9 - Third Nine-Weeks Ends

Fourth Nine-Weeks Schedule

  • March 14 to 18 - Spring Break (No School)
  • March 22 - Third Nine Weeks Report Cards Issued
  • April 4 - Deadline for Ordering the 21-22 Yearbook
  • April 15 - Spring Holiday (No School)
  • April 20 - Fourth Mid-Nine Weeks Ends
  • April 22 - Fourth Mid-Nine Weeks Report Cards Issued
  • May 27 - Last Day of School

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What do I do if I am having technology issues or problems with my school Chromebook?

Contact the front office at Sierra or your advisory teacher. We will try to help fix any problems that you may be having.

What do I need to do to play sports?

  • Sign up with a coach
  • Get a physical
  • Complete paperwork
  • Complete concussion course
  • Check if you are eligible through your grades with your coach

When can I practice?

You can practice after eligibility is checked and all forms, your physical, and the concussion course are completed.

Where can I obtain my student's PowerSchool information?

You can visit with the office to request this information.

2021-2022 Sierra Middle School Yearbook

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Parent PowerSchool Access

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2021-2022 School Calendar

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Community Schools Update from Mrs. Salyards



Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00 - 11:30

Parkview Early Literacy Center


Thursdays at 1:00 Starting February 3rd Sierra Middle School

RSVP by Contacting 575-420-4164


Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 Starting January 18th

On Zoom


Tuesdays 4:00 - 6:00

Sierra Middle School

Grief / Loss Group for Adults

The day and time is to be determined based off interest. If interested, please RSVP by contacting 575-420-4164.

After School Clubs

After school clubs continue to grow in number of kids attending and enjoying. A cooking club will be starting soon for 8th graders. See Mrs. Ford for details. If you want information about any of the current clubs, please see the sponsor.

Math - Mr. Smith or Mrs. Whitlow

Coding/Robotics - Mr. Busby

Anime - Mr. Bewley or Mr. Garcia

Harry Potter - Mr. Busby

Board Games - Mr. Katz

MESA - Mrs. Patterson or Mr. Busby


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Winter Concerts

The SMS Orchestra, Choir, and Band each had winter concerts in the month of December.

Mrs. Fuss had the following to say about the Chior performance:

The Sierra Middle School Choirs presented their Winter Concert on December 14, 2021, to a full house. The four Sierra Choirs each performed two pieces and the program finished with an audience sing-a-long of favorite Christmas songs.

The 7th and 8th grade girls and boys choirs entered singing “Antiphonal Deck the Hall”, and “I Saw Three Ships”. The Ladies sang two Mexican Folk Carols – “A La Puerta Del Cielo”, and “Arruru”, and finished with “Masters In this Hall”.

The 6th grade choirs sang “Hip Hop Reindeer” and “The Twelve Days of Christmas”.

The program finished with “Holiday Favorites”, an audience sing-a-long, led by John Fuss.

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Featured Article: February Facts

  1. February fluctuates between having 28 and 29 days per year. The 29th day only occurs every 4 years during leap years.
  2. The length of February was finalized when Julius Caesar remade the Roman calendar and assigned the month 28 days and 29 days. In 713 B.C., February was officially added to the Roman calendar.
  3. If you were born in February, your birthstone is an amethyst and your flower is a primrose.
  4. The western zodiac signs in February are Aquarius which is until February 19th, and Pisces, which starts February 20th.
  5. Over time, the length of February kept changing. At one point, it had as little as 23 days.
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NO DOUBT - 6th Grade


  • William Million - William is quite an energetic individual, ready to move about the classroom to gather supplies and assist the teacher. When it comes to having his supplies ready, William is always eager to bring out his Chromebook...even if it doesn't necessarily involve schoolwork. We at No Doubt are quite fortunate to have such a hardworking, dedicated student among our students. His hobbies include math, sports, and games. His words of advice to his peers are “Take things seriously and be good to others.”
  • Marley Trujillo - Marley may be on the quiet side, but don't let that fool you. She does not shy away from giving the answers to teacher's questions; exemplifying the growth mindset, she will proudly attempt questions without fear of giving the wrong answer. We look forward to seeing her continued success not just as a 7th or 8th grader, but in all challenges ahead of her. Her main hobby is art, especially drawing. Her words of advice to her peers are “Do your best.”


  • Trey Burrola - Trey not only works hard on his athletic abilities but also on his academic ones as well. Trey is a friendly student, easily making friends with just about anyone and everyone and has a great attitude in his classes. He knows what is expected of him and works hard to deliver the results. His main hobby is to play sports. His words of advice to his peers are “Be yourself.”
  • Rileigh Biggs - Rileigh has a wonderful personality and positive attitude. A hard-working student and eager to help out her teachers, Rileigh goes above and beyond what is asked of her. Her hobbies include sports and drawing. Her words of advice are “Be yourself. Everybody else is taken.”


  • Karlee Graham - Karlee is a quiet yet outgoing young lady who truly is dedicated to her academic career. She is kind and considerate and is focused on her schoolwork. She also maintains a balance of good character while being a positive influence on her peers. Karlee is the ideal student and we are proud she is on Team No Doubt. Her hobby is gymnastics. Her words of advice to her peers are “Just do your work.”
  • I.O. - I.O. is a very kind young gentleman. He is an outstanding student who works hard to maintain good grades and always exhibits good behavior. I.O. always has a positive attitude and a smile on his face and is quite a talented artist. We are blessed to have a student like I.O. on Team No Doubt. His hobbies include football, basketball, and drawing. His words of advice to his peers are “Do your work, keep up with your grades and do whatever you think is right.”

NO FEAR - 6th Grade


  • Enoc Flores - Caring and hardworking are just a couple ways to describe Enoc. Enoc consistently puts his best foot forward. He is a friend to all and offers a helping hand to any student or teacher in need. Enoc is a very conscientious student who is consistent, calm, and cool-headed. Following rules and common sense seem important to him. He participates in class, encourages classmates, and is always eager to learn more. Enoc knows the meaning of effort, responsibility, and integrity, which will take him far in life. Enoc is a wonderful guy in every way. Congratulations Enoc for a job well done! We are proud to have Enoc represent our sixth-grade team as our Student of the Month. His main hobby is to build clay structures. His words of advice to his peers are “try harder.”
  • Yusiria Santillanes - Yusiria is definitely a role model for others in being able to choose kindness in all life situations. Yusiria Santillanes is such a sweet young lady who greets teachers each morning and afternoon with a smile and kind words. Being polite is just part of who she is and how she treats others. She doesn’t draw attention to herself, but she does what needs to be done. She actively participates in class and does a nice job on her work without needing praise or attention. We can always count on her to do the right thing whether we are watching or not. Daily she does what she needs to do with a sweet disposition and without being involved in any kind of drama. It has been a true pleasure to have Yusiria Santillanes in our classes, and we are more than proud to have her as our December Student of the Month. Her main hobby is making bracelets. Her words of advice to her peers are “Be yourself, no matter what.”


  • Savier Villegas - Savier is being recognized for student of the month because of his continuous positive attitude and polite demeanor. Savier does his part to contribute to a positive school environment on a daily basis. He is a well-mannered young man who is consistently conscientious and kind. He has a great attitude and is respectful to everyone around him. He sets a good example for others. He always has a smile on his face and is an all-around terrific kid. He comes to class each day with a great attitude and pleasant personality. Savier brightens up the classroom and is one of those students that makes your day by just walking through the door. In a year where we all need a little extra kindness, Savier has risen to the occasion and been a valued member of No Fear. Savier’s calm and positive energy is appreciated by both his teachers and peers. For all these reasons and more, Savier was an easy choice for student of the month for team No Fear. Congratulations Savier! His main hobby is riding horses. His words of advice are “Be happy.”
  • Elena Teran - Elena has shown an amazing commitment to learning and is an overall great student. She is a diligent worker who turns her work in on time with a high level of quality. She has excellent grades, is respected in the No Fear learning community, and adds to a positive academic environment. Though there are many challenges to this year, Elena has handled herself with grace and possesses exemplary character. She is hard working, kind, compassionate, and responsible. She has a positive attitude, is always mindful of her manners, and is very respectful to both her classmates and teachers. Elena exemplifies what it means to “Soar the Eagle Way!”. Team No Fear is lucky to have students like Elena to help make Sierra a better place and is proud to name Elena student of the month! Her kindness and dedication to learning are very much noticed and appreciated. Congratulations Elena, you have earned this recognition! Keep up the good work! Her hobbies include drawing and baking. Her words of advice are “Never give up.”


  • Gabriella Tipton - Gabriella is team No Fear’s pick for Student of the Month. Gabriella is an exemplary student who takes responsibility to the next level. Her dedication to completing all her work and getting it turned in on time truly illustrates her dedication to being responsible for oneself. As a 6th grade student at the top of her class, she pours her greatest effort into everything she does. Gabriella is also a role model to others in being able to choose kindness in all situations. She is a sweet young lady. Being polite is just part of who she is and how she treats others. She doesn’t draw attention to herself, but she does what needs to be done. She actively participates in class and does a nice job on her work without needing praise or attention. She can always be counted on to do the right thing. She does what she needs to do with a sweet disposition and without being involved in any kind of drama. It has been a true pleasure to have Gabriella on team No Fear, and we are more than proud to have her as Student of the Month.Her hobbies include softball and cooking. Her words of advice to her peers are “You won’t have to always go back to fix things if you try your hardest to get them right the first time.”
  • Adrean Herrera - Team No Fear is happy to announce Adrean Herrera as Student of the Month. Adrean is full of enthusiasm and always has a super positive attitude. He is a true joy and ray of sunshine. He is very kind to others, is always smiling, and passes his happiness on to all of his classmates and teachers. In class, he is bubbly and excited to learn. Adrean has such a big heart! Selfless, caring, and hardworking are just a few ways to describe what a great student he is. He consistently puts the best interest of others ahead of his own. He is a friend to all and offers a helping hand to any student or teacher in need. Adrean is a wonderful guy in every way. He is a great student who participates in class, encourages classmates, and is always eager to learn more. Adrean knows the meaning of effort, responsibility, and integrity, which will take him far in life. No Fear teachers believe every class needs a student just like Adrean. and that is the reason for selecting Adrean Herrera as Team No Fear’s student of the month. Congratulations Adrean for a job well done. His hobbies include playing video games and playing sports. His words of advice to his peers are "To pay attention in school to be able to get good grades and be a good role model for your younger siblings."

STORM - 7th Grade


  • Jose Macias - Jose is a respectful and kind student. He enjoys participating in class, encouraging classmates, and is always eager to learn more. In his free time, he likes to play video games, watch TV, and play with his dog. His dream job is to become a programmer and create video games. His advice to other students is: "If you feel like giving up, don't. Keep trying until you make it through. You'll get there soon!"
  • Jezzebella Melgarejo - Jezzebella is a polite and honest student. She puts 100% effort into everything and is always trying to improve. In her free time, she enjoys watching TV and playing with her dog. Her dream job is to be a doctor or artist. Her advice to other students is: "Try your best in school, although it may be difficult. Do your best in every class, so you can succeed."


  • Zachariah Wallace - Zachariah is a very helpful and kind student. He enjoys working with others and participating in class regularly. In his free time, he likes to play video games, and he one day, dreams, of being a fighter pilot. His advice to his fellow Sierra Middle School students is to work hard and keep out of trouble.
  • Noemi Aguilar - Noemi is very respectful and responsible. She goes above and beyond on all her work, and can always be counted on to do the right thing. In her free time, she really enjoys doing crafts as well as drawing and painting. Her dream job is to be a detective. She really likes being able to treat people as fairly as she possibly can. Her encouragement to her fellow Sierra Middle School students is to not worry about popularity, how many friends you have, or who wants to be your friend. Later on, none of them are going to matter. Your academic performance alone will determine the success you have later in life. Finally, remain positive!


  • Kayla Alvarado - Kayla is a kind and hardworking student. She can always be counted on for her honesty and integrity. Kayla enjoys learning and will persevere through any difficulties. On her free time, she likes to sleep, go on social media, complete assignments, watch movies, and try new eye looks. Her dream job is to be a SWAT officer or a doctor for kids. Kayla's advice to other students is, "If anyone ever told you, you're no good, they're no better. You'll never know how far you can go if you're too scared to move forward". We're so glad to have Kayla in our classes and can't wait to see what great things the future holds for her.
  • James Barnes - James is a great student who participates in class, encourages classmates, and is always eager to learn more. He knows the meaning of effort, responsibility, and integrity, which will take him far in life. On his free time, he enjoys working on homework and reading. His dream job is to be an entrepreneur. His advice to other students is, " Do not wait to do ​schoolwork". We are very proud of what James has accomplished this year, and know he will continue to excel.

TALONS - 7th Grade


  • Addison Wood – Addison shows excellent academic qualities, she is goal oriented and does tasks without being asked. She volunteers to help out around the classroom and school. She always has a smile to share and comes to class with a good attitude. Addison is always polite and shows respect to staff and peers. Her hobbies include video games and skateboarding. Her words of advice are “Don’t let fear hold you back.”
  • Adan Lomeli – Adan shows great characteristics in the classroom as well as throughout the school. He jumps in to help when he sees the need. He comes to class with a great attitude and is patient with those around him. Adan is always polite and shows respect to staff and peers. His hobbies include sports and video games. His words of advice are “Don’t let your bad grades bring you down.”


  • Aricea Molinar - Aricea stays on task with her classes. She has a positive attitude throughout the school. She strives for excellence and is willing to help her peers and staff members. Aricea is on the A honor roll for the 2nd quarter of the school year. Her hobbies include basketball, volleyball, and soccer. Her words of advice to her peers are “Be kind and treat others with respect.”
  • Angel Garcia - Angel shows great character by being kind. He has a good attitude in the classroom and throughout the school. He is always willing to learn new things. Angel is on the A/B honor roll for the 2nd quarter of the school year. His hobbies include soccer, video games, and playing guitar. His words of advice are “Don’t fall behind. Do your work.”


  • Melissa Villa – Melissa shows character by showing respect for teachers and students. She keeps up with her academics. Melissa is helpful and has a positive attitude. Her hobbies include drawing and playing volleyball. Her words of advice to her peers are “Don’t give up, no matter how hard it gets.”
  • Sisco Valdez – Sisco shows great character by being kind. He has a good attitude in the classroom and throughout the school. He is always willing to learn new things. His hobbies include watching tv with his family and playing with his cousin. His words of advice to his peers are "Never give up no matter how hard it gets."

RAPTORS - 8th Grade


  • Alondra Armendariz - Alondra is a very respectful, fine young lady. She respects her fellow peers as well as her teachers. She is a fun person to have in the classroom. She always turns in her assignments and arrives in class on time. Her hobbies include volleyball, playing with her pets, and writing. Her words of advice to her peers are “If you want to succeed, never give up. Continue even though something is in the way. Never give up!”
  • Vanek Seilheimer - Vanek is a wonderful student to have in class. He works very hard on his assignments. He is always on time and he is such a joy to have in class. His hobbies include playing video games and drawing. His words of advice to his peers are "Just try your best to get good grades."


  • Adamaris Vasquez - Adamaris is a very motivated student. She is exceptionally organized and takes care of her things. She is a fun and a positive young lady to have in the classroom. Adamaris is an encouragement to other students. I really like her enthusiasm. Her hobbies include basketball and volunteering in activities. Her words of advice to her peers are “Feel confident in what you are doing.”
  • Jesse Contreras - Though quiet at times, Raptor teachers enjoy having Jesse in class. He is courteous and shows good manners in the classroom. He quietly takes care of his business and motivates other students to complete their work and do their best. His main hobby is reading. His words of advice are “Try not to be nervous about taking risks.”


  • Jazzlynn Morales - I appreciate how motivated Jazzlynn is in completing and turning in her assignments. She is always coming to class on time and with a smile. She is an encouragement to others. Keep up the good work Jazzlynn. Her main hobby is volleyball. Her words of advice to her peers are “Don’t let anyone bring you down. Keep your head up.”
  • Blade Stewart - Blade is committed to doing his best. He is kind and respectful when interacting with his peers. He is well-liked by his classmates. He is a fun person to be around. His main hobby is math. His words of advice to his peers are “Don’t stop. Keep doing what you’re doing. Keep working at it and improving.”

SHOCKWAVE - 8th Grade


  • Angelique Castillo - Angelique is a thoughtful and creative presence who stands out in the Shockwave team. She is always willing to go the extra mile in class and is a pleasure to work with. Her hobbies include reading and drawing and her favorite subject is History. Her favorite song is "Shots" by Imagine Dragons. She doesn't know what she wants to be when she grows up but will no doubt be a success in her life.
  • Carlos Salazar - Carlos is a fun, bright student who works hard and helps out his classmates when they're behind. He is a team player and has great leadership skills. When he isn't in class he likes to play basketball, video games, and chill with his friends. His favorite subject is Math. His favorite song is "Lose Yourself" by Eminem. When he grows up, he wants to build PCs or do something in the NBA. His favorite quote is "The truth is you don't know what is going to happen tomorrow, life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed."


  • Victoria Hargrove - Victoria is a wonderful addition to the Shockwave team. She works hard, has a wonderful sense of humor, and stands out in class. Her hobbies include dancing and reading. Her favorite subject is math. She is fond of all music. Her favorite quote is "10 years from now you'll laugh at whatever is stressing you out today, so why not laugh now?". All Shockwave teachers agree: Victoria is a pleasure to have in class!
  • Hugo Peralta - Hugo is a great, diligent student who works well in teams and on his own. He loves to game, his favorite subject is math, and his favorite song is "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astly. His favorite quote is "know your role, shut your mouth" by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Hugo is a role model to other students in Shockwave.


  • Charity Stover - Charity is a thoughtful, creative, and unique presence in the Shockwave team. She loves history and math and is always willing to assist any other student who may not understand an assignment. Her favorite song is "Goodie Bag" by Still Woozy and her favorite movie is The Secret of Moonacre. This is her favorite quote: "You can't keep the birds of sadness from flying overhead but you can keep them from nesting in your hair." - Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons
  • Jose Chavez - Jose is an extremely intelligent and great addition to the Shockwave team. He enjoys reading about the World War II era and wants to thank his best friend Lucius who has introduced him to Chemistry and Physics. His favorite subject is U.S. History. His favorite movie is Downfall. Here is his favorite quote: "You may live to see man-made horrors beyond your comprehension" - Nikola Tesla
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7th and 8th grade students - Get your physical!

21-22 Athletic Participation And Physical Exam Forms

All participants need to obtain a proper physical. Please click the button above or come by Sierra Middle School for the required paperwork.

Concussion Course For Students

Please click the link above to complete the required NFHS Concussion Course. (Required by all athletes each year).

Message from 8th Grade Girls Basketball Coach Patterson

This 2021 - 2022 8th grade Basketball season has been a wonderful experience at Sierra Middle School. Both the boys and girls team had their ups and downs but they still tried to work hard to make our school proud and they did. Boys had a 6-6 winning season record, took 2nd place in the city for the RISD tournament and made it to the first round of playoffs where they unfortunately lost to Houston Middle School in overtime.

The girls team have a 7-5 winning record this season, took 2nd place in the RISD Tournament, and have advanced to the 8th grade girls Basketball Quarterfinals against Houston Middle school. I am very proud as a coach to watch these 8th graders seeing as how I started working at Sierra 2 years ago when they were 6th graders. Watching them advance their skills, maturity and determination in everything they do, especially sports has been the best times of my tenure here so far.

As a coach I always tell them that we do not determine their time on the field, court, etc…they do, and their determination to play and succeed and advance in any way possible is to prepare them for high school athletics. That is my job as a coach, to make sure they are ready and prepared for the next level. “One person can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one person cannot make a team succeed.”

Coach Patterson

Message from 8th Grade Boys Basketball Coach Garcia

This year's 8th grade Sierra Middle Schools boys and girls basketball season has been a fun journey as they worked hard on their basketball fundamentals in becoming a well-rounded team for the 2021-22 school year. They learned that becoming a better basketball player is not just about getting in the gym and working hard, but now you also must be a student of the game and learn the proper way to do things. In addition, they developed positive traits by learning the game and creating a mentally tough demeanor when the pressure seemed insurmountable. Furthermore, they discovered that this would give you an advantage over your competition, and you will be able to take your game to the next level. The season has gone by fast, and all the players learned some outstanding life lessons. Moreover, it has been a pleasure coaching and guiding our Eagles in developing their mindset, toughness, discipline, and mamba mentality to be the best version of themselves. Lastly, the team's main goal was to inspire and motivate each other to be better teammates and realize their full potential to become productive, responsible, and caring citizens.


Coach Garcia

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This card deck companion to Sean Covey's The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens is the essential go-to resource for busy teenagers preparing for a highly effective and successful life. Use the tools in these 52 cards to build the confidence you need to take on challenges, do hard things, and create lasting change.

Finally get results. Many teens know that establishing proactive habits is the first step toward personal success. The problem is, most teenagers don't know how to implement these new habits while trying to deal with all of their other tasks. Between the pressures of school, society, and overburdened schedules, it’s no wonder many young adults are stressed out. You need a tool to help find balance and increase effectiveness. In this card deck, bestselling FranklinCovey author Sean Covey breaks down the timeless wisdom of the 7 Habits into a weekly format that is easy for busy teens to commit to and apply in your life.

Rely on trusted guidance. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens card deck helps young adults navigate the often confusing spheres of building self-esteem, managing social pressure, promoting activism, and much more. With the tools in this deck, you can build confidence to take on challenges and implement lasting change. This deck contains weekly challenges, calls-to-action, and inspiration to ensure lasting personal change throughout the whole year, all based on dependable advice from Sean Covey.

Learn to:

  • Determine what principles are important to you
  • Create and map out short-term and long-term goals for a meaningful life
  • Foster healthy, meaningful relationships to support yourself into your future
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

In the second book of the Harry Potter series: 'There is a plot, Harry Potter. A plot to make most terrible things happen at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry this year.'

Harry Potter's summer has included the worst birthday ever, doomy warnings from a house-elf called Dobby, and rescue from the Dursleys by his friend Ron Weasley in a magical flying car! Back at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for his second year, Harry hears strange whispers echo through empty corridors - and then the attacks start. Students are found as though turned to stone... Dobby's sinister predictions seem to be coming true.

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