News & Announcements

Academic Parent Teacher Teams

Del Norte Elementary on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 5:30 pm
Navajo Elementary on Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 5:00 pm
Lincoln Elementary on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 5:00 pm
And Jefferson Elementary Thursday, Dec. 9 at 5:30 pm
This is a great opportunity for parents to learn how to make school work a fun experience for their children.

Pre-K openings now!

All Gallup McKinley County Elementary Schools have openings for 4-year-old children to attend, full-day Pre-K programs.
contact your area Elementay School or call 505-721-1013.

Covid Information

This page will show you everything from general information to what we are doing within our district.

Reading/Writing contest

The New Mexico State Library will conduct the "New Mexico Letters About Literature" competition again this school year. Children ages 13 and under as of Nov. 1 may participate in this reading and writing contest by reading a book and then writing a letter to the author explaining how his or her work shaped their perspective on the world or themselves. This is the ninth year the New Mexico State Library has sponsored the competition. The entry form, permission form, official rules, and terms of participation are available on the Letters About Literature website. All entries must be submitted by Jan. 7.

Writing Contest for Cash Prizes

​We are seeing climate changes disrupt the natural balance of this “circuit of soils, plants, and animals.” Unpredictable variations in temperature and rainfall in the Southwest are creating soil erosion, water scarcity, habitat loss, and more.

ESSAY PROMPT What actions have you taken to help “tend the land” (such as protecting soil, plants, animals, wildlife habitat, water sources, etc.), or what are your ideas for how you and other young people can help counteract the impacts of climate disruption on the different elements of your local environment?

2022 Graduation Dates

Thursday, May 19, 6:30 PM Gallup High, Thoreau high
Friday, May 20, 6:30 PM Navajo Pine High, Crownpoint High, Ramah High
Saturday, May 21, 10:00 AM Gallup Central High, Tse Yi Gai High
Saturday, May 21, 6:30 PM Miyamura High, Tohatchi High

Essay Contest-Elks Lodge

Members of the Grand Lodge Fraternal Committee have selected the
theme, “What does it mean to love your country?”

Important athletic update for our GMCS community:

Effective today, for the remainder of this school year, GMCS will no longer require athletic facility entry fees for any regular-season home athletic event. District and State games held at our schools will still have an entry fee per the NMAA. This change was approved by the GMCS school Board at yesterday’s board meeting to help lessen the financial burden on families during this time and to encourage more fans to come support our student athletes.

McKinley Academy is now accepting applications

If you are interested in gaining college credits while still in high school or earning an associate degree at the same time you graduate from high school, this is the program for you! McKinley Academy is located on the UNM-Gallup campus in Calvin Hall.
Applications are now being accepted for any GMCS Sophomores and Juniors who would like to apply to McKinley Academy for the Spring semester.

Register your 5-11 year old for the Covid Vaccine here

Parents can now add their 5-11-year-old children to the COVID vaccination registration portal as a dependent to the parent account. This will allow parents to schedule an appt for the covid vaccine for their children as soon as the rollout is approved. Scheduling is expected to begin as early as next week. Please share this information with your school community.

Parent Procedural Safeguards under IDEA

Please click on the link below for a 12-minute presentation on Parent Procedural Safeguards under IDEA. The virtual presentation will be available beginning Wednesday, November 17, 2021, and can be played any time after that date for as many times as parents may need. This short presentation provides highlights of parent/student rights under IDEA. For a detailed print copy please click the link below. If you have any questions related to this topic please contact John Overheim, Director of Services for Exceptional Students at 505-721-1820 or joverhei@gmcs.org

Dr. Andrew Egel's virtual Q & A Sessions for parental Autism supports

Please join us for a virtual/online live question and answer session with Autism expert Dr. Andrew Egel. Parents are encouraged to join us via Microsoft TEAMS to discuss any concerns or ask any questions related to their student, as well as interact with other families that have similar situations in and out of the school environment.

New Activity Busses on their way to GMCS!

Last spring the GMCS School Board approved funding for 8 new activity busses for each high school that offer athletics. We are excited to release the first approved activity bus design. This bus is currently being painted and will be issued to Crownpoint High School Eagles.
We will release each activity bus design as it is finalized.

Services for Exceptional Students presents:

Building Routines-Providing parents guidance on how to set daily/weekly schedules and routines for their children that can improve performance in school. presented by LSG Consultants. A boxed meal will be provided for the first 20 participants. SES Office located at 345 Basilio Drive in Gallup (Rocky View School). For questions, please call John at 505-721-1820.

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act Survey

Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund is to help schools to return safely to in-person instruction, maximize in-person instructional time, sustain the safe operation of schools, and address the academic, social, emotional, and mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic for New Mexico’s students.

The Gallup-McKinley County Schools is seeking stakeholder feedback at this time. Please share this survey with any individual who may have feedback they would like to provide the District.
This survey will close on 10/15/2021, 5pm MST.

Fall Break

No-School for students on October 8th and October 11th.
All GMCS Schools and offices will be closed on Monday, October 11, 2021

GMCS Vendor Expo-Sept. 14th 9-1:00 PM

GMCS will have presentations on how to become a Vendor with GMCS.
This is a good opportunity to get your business involved with our students in job shadowing, internships and hopefully hiring some of our students at your establishments.

We're Hiring

We need Bus Drivers. Must have a clean driving record, CDL preferred but not necessary. Training available.

OPEN HOUSE EVENTS

Please click the link above to see all the information for your child's Open House event.

GMCS Drive-thru Vaccine Event

GMCS is hosting a Drive-thru Covid Vaccine event in the Miyamura High School parking lot on August 24, 2021, from 4:30-7:30 PM

Watch the Board Meeting live HERE

Here is the link for today's School Board Meeting. It will start at 1:00 PM
Due to the Mask Mandate, our meeting will not be open to the public.

Monday's School Board agenda

The school board meeting will be held on Monday, August 23, 2021, at 1:00 PM
Board members will attend in person however the meeting will be available virtually for the community, with no in-person attendance per the recent health order.You may watch it live. The link will be posted on Monday.

Covid-19 Survey

Please take this quick survey regarding the Covid-19 Vaccine. This survey will end on August 4, 2021.

GMCS Summer Hour Schedule

Starting on June 30, 2021 our hours will be 7:30-5:30
We will be working 4 day weeks. Please see the schedule for the days we will be closed.

Heritage Language Intern Position Survey

The Gallup-McKinley County Schools will have 5 Heritage Language Intern positions in school year 2021-2022. These positions will start as educational assistants working in the classroom of a current GMCS Heritage Language Teacher. Each Heritage Language Intern will be provided support, professional development and training with the goal of becoming a licensed 520 Teacher within 2 school years.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete this brief survey.
Please feel free to share this information with any individual who may be interested in securing one of these positions. This Survey will close on 06/30/2021 at 5pm MST.

Emergency Broadband Benefit

The Federal Communications Commission has launched a temporary program to help families and households struggling to afford Internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Emergency Broadband Benefit provides a discount of up to $50 per month toward broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers.
Eligible households can enroll through a participating broadband provider or directly with the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) using an online or mail in application.
You can learn more about the benefit, including eligibility and enrollment information, by visiting www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit, or by calling 833-511-0311

Music Resources

The Roswell Symphony Orchestra has created several virtual events to replace its annual Young Person's Concert and invites music educators around the state to use them as classroom resources:
• Youth Virtual Concert: Students of all ages can learn about the four instrument families of the classical orchestra by watching this pre-recorded Virtual Concert Hall. A pre-concert survey for students is available here and a post-concert survey is available here.
• Mariachi Outreach Program: Students can listen to this pre-recorded virtual concert, "Cuando México Canta," featuring Mariachi Aztlán and Ballet Folklorico UTRGV. Then they can access six educational video tutorials available on YouTube to learn about instrumental technique, mariachi style and best performance practices for all experience levels. Music educators who would like students to participate in a live online Master Class should contact the orchestra at rso@dfn.com.

Special Board Meeting-Agenda

Monday, June 21, 2021, 3:30 PM GMCS will be holding a special School Board meeting. 20212/22 School Calendar is the topic of discussion.

School Calendar

Gallup McKinley County Schools has reached a tentative agreement with the Union on the 2021/2022 school year calendar. The Union has notified the District that they will be taking the calendar for approval to their membership on June 19, 2021. Once the Union approves the calendar, the Gallup McKinley County Board of Education will meet to finalize the calendar.

What was this year like?

The Public Education Department is asking families, educators and school staff to share a little about your experience during the pandemic by completing this short survey. It will take you about eight minutes and will offer us critical insight about our areas of strength and areas for growth. This survey will also provide an opportunity to join the NMPED community listserv, where you will receive monthly updates, resources, invitations to engage, and more. We invite you to share this blurb and these social media graphics to let others know:

Gallup-McKinley County Schools is seeking stakeholder feedback-Take Survey

GMCS is seeking feedback to take a short survey.
The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act; Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund is to help schools to return safely to in-person instruction, maximize in-person instructional time, sustain the safe operation of schools, and address the academic, social, emotional, and mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic for New Mexico’s students.

The Gallup-McKinley County Schools is seeking stakeholder feedback at this time. Please share this survey with any individual who may have feedback they would like to provide the District.
This survey will close on 06/04/2021, 5pm MST.

The 2021-2022 In-District Transfer From is now available.

You may fill out the form on your personal device, but it will have to be printed, signed, and returned to a member of the STARS team at the Student Support Center.
If you are unable to fill the form out online or print it, you may pick up a copy at the Student Support Center.
Please be prepared to show your ID when you bring the form in. A member of the STARS team will review the form with you and provide you with a receipt for the form.
- Forms will be reviewed by the school site Director of Instruction starting July 1, 2021.
- Approval will be dependent on enrollment of transfer request school.
- Students must be enrolled and attending their attendance area school until notified by a STARs Team member of transfer approval into the requested school.

APR survey

The American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act; Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund is to help schools to return safely to in-person instruction, maximize in-person instructional time, sustain the safe operation of schools, and address the academic, social, emotional, and mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic for New Mexico’s students.

The Gallup-McKinley County Schools is seeking stakeholder feedback at this time. Please share this survey with any individual who may have feedback they would like to provide the District.
This survey will close on 06/04/2021, 5pm MST.

Impact Aid-NM FY 2021

On April 15th GMCS received notification that the State will not be eligible to take credit for Impact Aid in FY21 (current fiscal year). This determination is in response to GMCS’ request for hearing and subsequent filings regarding the State’s submittal in March of 2020. Among other significant issues, the State did not file its request timely to the US Department of Education per federal statute, and their preliminary approval has been revoked by USDOE.
GMCS Board and Administration will continue to work every day to provide necessary resources to assure a quality education for all students.
The State or any adversely impacted LEAs have 60 days to request a hearing related to this ruling.

16-18 Year olds can now get the Covid Vaccine

If you are 16 or older, you can help end the COVID-19 pandemic. How? Get vaccinated! It will protect you from illness and protect our community from dangerous variants in the coronavirus. The sooner everyone eligible is vaccinated, the sooner we get back to the things we love.

Scholarships

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