We welcome you to the Capitan Municipal Schools District website and on-line home of the Fighting Tigers. Famously known as the birthplace of Smokey Bear, the Village of Capitan is Located in Lincoln County, near the heart of New Mexico. Our village is set in the temperate mountain climate between the Capitan and Sacramento mountains of New Mexico. Founded in the harsh frontier days of 1891, we have grown in numbers while retaining our small town country flavor.
The Capitan Municipal Schools District is honored to serve and guide our most precious assets: our children. We know that these young learners represent us – and our future.
We are an educational community with a mission that values and strives to empower young learners in a safe and nurturing environment. We invite you to browse our website and learn about the remarkable students, staff, and community that make us unique.
We are all delighted with the scores our schools have earned! Raising and maintaining school grades is a community effort and our congratulations go out to our students, faculty, administration, and parents for all of the hard work that goes into making this one of the finest school districts in the state. If you would like to access all public school grades, these are available on the New Mexico Public Education Department website. You can easily access the PED website by going to the Capitan website. From our home page, click on the “Parents” Quick Link. You will find the New Mexico Public Education Department in the drop-down menu. The grades can be found under the “School Grading” tab on the PED home page. This will provide you with information on all New Mexico schools.
Our middle school was renovated over the summer. New paint, new tile, new carpet – what a wonderful environment for our students! Your continued support of the SB-9 2-mil levy, that has been in place in the Capitan District for many years, made this revovation possible. Thank you for your renewal of this funding source that allows us to maintain our buildings and keep them inviting and safe for our students.
This year our high school is undergoing a yearlong renovation made possible by the Capitan District voters approving a five million dollar bond. We will be housing classrooms in various places on campus, as we will not be able to occupy the majority of our high school building. The high school administrative offices will be in the high school library area. Mrs. Sambrano and Mrs. Wood will also be having classes in this area. Mr. Brown and Mrs. Brooks will have classes in the middle school while all English, social studies, and math classes will be in the north wing of the elementary school (where art, 2nd, and 3rd grade used to be). We will house special services in the district administration building. As you can see, this badly needed renovation has provided unique challenges for everyone on our campus. Many thanks to all of the folks who have helped move classrooms and materials to help us make all the adjustments needed so we can have school continue as normally as possible in the midst of this major construction project.
This school year brings the implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in all grades. Our teachers have been attending numerous professional development opportunities for the past two years to better prepare for this dramatic shift in educational rigor across our state and nation. Successful implementation will fall on all of us as we work to meet the goals of the CCSS. More about these standards is available for you on the PED website. Click on the “A-Z Directory” then go to “Common Core Standards.” We encourage you to become familiar with the CCSS and to communicate regularly with your student’s teacher(s) to help us monitor and work with your student’s progress to meet these more rigorous standards.
We encourage you to visit your child’s classrooms. If you have the time, we are always in need of substitute teachers – or perhaps you might like to volunteer some each week. Your partnership helps our schools become even stronger.