Award Year: 2021

Mesquite Elementary School

205 NM Highway 228
Mesquite, NM, 88048-5404

(575) 233-3925

Mrs. Angela Marie Silvaggio, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Gadsden Independent Schools

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Mesquite Elementary School is committed to the Academic development of all students in both English and Spanish. Through this developmental process students will become secure in their ability to become successful and productive citizens.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 1%
  • Hispanic: 98%
6th Grade Dual Language Math Class

6th Grade Dual Language Math Class

The biggest challenge at Mesquite Elementary School has been getting students, community, teachers, and staff to believe that students can succeed. What was essential to the turnaround at Mesquite was changing the culture from an "I can't" to an "I will" mentality. Teachers adapted curriculum standards to meet the individual needs of all students. An atmosphere in which data became paramount helped administrators and teachers with targeting specific areas of need. In essence, each student was given their own individual education plan that outlined both their strengths and areas of need. One positive outcome of the pandemic was both teachers and students becoming experts in using technology. Although technology can never replace face to face learning, student use of Chromebooks helped them adapt to using technology as a supplemental resource to daily learning.

Parents have become comfortable in seeking support when necessary. Parents realize that our school is their school. Faculty and staff readily reach out to families whenever something positive occurs in the classroom. The relationship between school and home has become effective and transparent. In order for a child to learn, the environment both at school and home must be productive. As a result, our parent liaison assists families in any and all aspects of family needs.

What we have learned at Mesquite Elementary School is that education is a community effort. By identifying the academic, social, and emotional needs of our students, our children have excelled in all areas.