The Sierra Monthly

Sierra Middle School - December 2020 Newsletter

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Shockwave Halloween Giveaway

The Shockwave teachers knew this fall would be a different kind of learning experience for our students. We wanted to be able to see our students face-to-face, but we wanted to do it in safe and fun manner. Mrs. Patterson built the slide. Mrs. Ward was in charge of putting together the goody bags with the help of Mr. Dunnahoo and Mr. Vigil. The goody bags included hot chocolate and candy for the Shockwave students. The teachers dressed in Halloween costumes to complete the event's atmosphere.

Thanksgiving Dinner Giveaway

On November 21, 2020 Sierra hosted a Thanksgiving Dinner Basket and Gift Card Giveaway. Sierra Staff generously donated food items to give away and volunteers helped put these wonderful baskets together. Also, Albertsons donated 12 gift cards to the giveaway all worth $10 each. Not only did the volunteers put these baskets together, but they also helped drop them off to the lucky winners. To all the people who made it possible to do the giveaway you are very much appreciated and thank you for making other peoples day.

Hour of Code

On December 10, 2020, over 30 students and their families participated in Sierra Middle School’s first ever Hour of Code event. The coding challenge was designed to give students a fun and interactive introduction to computer science. The included breakout rooms were Fishing with Moana, Designing the Solar System, Creating a Dance Party, Making Music, Solving Puzzles with Angry Birds, An Intro to Python and JavaScript, and Coding Flappy Bird. We also had staff members facilitate and participate in breakout rooms, including Mr. Bewley, Mr. Busby, Mrs. Busby, Ms. Diaz, Mrs. Gilbert, Mrs. Gutierrez, Ms. Hanes, Mr. Matta, Mrs. Patterson, and Mr. Ware. We had a lot of fun, and plan on hosting this event during each year’s Computer Science education week.


Code.org, the organization responsible for starting Hour of Code, has the following to say about the event:


What is the Hour of Code?


  • The Hour of Code began as a one hour coding challenge to give students a fun first introduction to computer science and has become a global learning event, celebration, and awareness event. Activities require no experience.
  • The Hour of Code takes place every year during Computer Science Education Week, the first week in December. With a huge groundswell of support and attention, it’s an ideal time for schools and districts to put the spotlight on computer science programs and expand opportunities.



Why computer science?


  • Computer science is changing every industry on the planet. Every 21st century student should have the opportunity to learn how to create technology. Computer science concepts also help nurture creativity and problem solving skills to prepare students for any future career.
  • Computing occupations are the fastest growing, best paying, and now the largest sector of all new wages in the US. Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed.
  • Recent surveys show that among classes students “like a lot,” computer science and engineering rank near the top---only performing arts, art, and design are higher.

Talons Christmas Bag Giveaway

The Talon teachers wanted to give a little something back to our students for all their hard work during Semester 1. The Talon Team learned so much together during this new online adventure. Students and teachers pulled together to navigate Canvas and learn the ins and outs of Zoom. On December 21st, we decorated the front drop off/pick-up area at Sierra so that our students/parents could safely drive up and receive their Christmas bag. Talon teachers were so excited to see many of their students’ faces. It was a great ending for the semester.

MESA Club Food Drive

The Sierra Middle School MESA club held a donation drive from December 16 - 23, 2020. The donations were for the benefit of the Roswell Community Disaster Relief Services. The non-profit organization has the following to say:


"The Roswell Community Disaster Relief Services is a disaster response team that unites the skills and experiences of local citizens to rapidly deploy as volunteer disaster relief teams, free of charge, to families affected by man made or natural disasters. Our teams operate day and night 365 days a year to help disaster victims get some immediate relief. Our aim is to provide the greatest service and impact possible, and serve our community in a compassionate and caring way. We will continue to do so through the goodwill and generosity of our community, partners, and our volunteers."


Requested critical items were Powerade, Gatorade, canned fruits, and canned meats. Other donations requested included clothes and coats, shoes, blankets, toys, hygiene supplies, and non perishable food items. Even though we are in the midst of difficult times, we received many donations, and for that, we would like to thank the Sierra community.

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NO DOUBT - 6TH GRADE

  • Kayla Alvarado
  • Hunter Irish

NO FEAR - 6TH GRADE


  • Brayden Hardy
  • Nemaryah Riley

STORM - 7TH GRADE

  • Isabella Jenks is a positive role model for Team Storm. She demonstrates respect in the classroom. She shows up to class with a smile and is ready to participate. Isabella enjoys drawing while listening to music, playing video games, watching YouTube and twitch, and sometimes catching up on homework. Her dream job is to open an ice cream shop that sells homemade ice cream, or be a video game developer, maybe even both. Isabella’s advice to our students: All I would say is even though school may seem tough, it only lasts for 12 years (plus college if you want to go to college), and with a lot of hard work and determination I'm sure you'll get through it.
  • Carlos Salazar is a very respectful student. He participates in class discussions and is a leader in the classroom. He has a positive attitude and always strives to do his best. Carlos’ hobbies are gaming, reading, playing outside, and hanging out with his friends. His dream job is to become a coder. Carlos’ advice to our students: school is hard, but if you work in school it will be worth it later on in life.

TALONS - 7TH GRADE

  • Isaiah Aranda
  • Marisol Hernandez

RAPTORS - 8TH GRADE

  • Alexis Ortega
  • Gavin Harvey

SHOCKWAVE - 8TH GRADE


  • Kylee Sisneros Alvarez
  • Roberto Rodriguez III
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Department Message - Mathematics

The Math Department is in the process of planning a Virtual Math Night. There will be engaging activities set up in breakout rooms in which students/parents will be able to choose which activities they would like to attend. Math night will be held on March 4, 2021 from 5:45pm-7pm. Further details regarding activities will be forthcoming. Stay Tuned.

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