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Attention ZPSD Students, Parents, and Guardians. WiFi access points have been set up for students in accessing their online classes. Access points are set up at the AES portable. This is a temporary setup for students while waiting to get WiFi installed on Buses. ZPSD students are welcome to utilize the access points with the practice of social distancing and adhere to the nightly curfew. For any technical difficulties please contact the school site administrator. Thank you.

Message From the Superintendent


This is a message from the Zuni Public School District Superintendent Daniel Benavidez:


In light of recent events caused by Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are taking precautions for the containment of the virus. The following has happened:

  • New Mexico State Governor Lujan-Grisham has shut down all schools in the state of New Mexico. Starting Monday, March 16, 2020, Zuni Schools will be shut down for three weeks and resume Monday, April 6, 2020. 

  • All school-related activities and academics will be postponed during this time. 

  • ZPSD will serve students (K-12) breakfast and lunch after spring break ends. Meals will be served on weekdays from March 23rd - 27th and March 30th - April 3rd via summer school sites. Watch all social media sites for the times. 


Keep an eye out on all social mediums, as well as, ZPSD Websites and School Messenger. 

Parents, if you have any questions contact your child's school site administrator. 


We are in the following Phase II containment, instructed by the New Mexico State Governor.  We are requesting everyone to stay home during this time. 


Be safe and stay healthy. Stay home and enjoy your time with your families.

Thank you!

Zuni Middle School

Registration For 2020-2021  School Year

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Message From the Superintendent

Keshi, and welcome to all ZPSD Employees,

    On behalf of the Zuni Board of Education, I welcome each of you "Halona:wa Idiwan’a” to Zuni Public Schools.  My name is Daniel P. Benavidez, Superintendent of Zuni Public Schools, and this is my fourth year in this wonderful place.  I am excited to start the school year, as I hope you are ready to return.  We have spent the past three years focusing on one important goal:  Support for the students of Zuni!  This will continue and with a few changes, it will be even better for them.  Therefore, it is with great pleasure that I list some of the items that are tangible which we have been working on for our wonderful students.

  1. We worked with NM legislature and Governor Lujan-Grisham to secure funding ($2.8 million) to relieve our some of our teacherage debt.  This will allow us to free up operational money and allow us to put back into the classroom. Moreover, there is another pot of money (amount TBD in August) for the district to use for other student support mentioned below.  Your Zuni School Board of Education, Senators Sanchez and Munoz, Representative Alcon, the Zuni Governor and Tribal Council were very instrumental in supporting this cause. 

  2. The debt relief allowed us to purchase Interactive Panels (IPs) for every classroom.  This allowed teachers to use them with their students and replace the old SmartBoards.  We also are upgrading our internet connectivity and other needs that have been on hold due to operational constraints of the past.

  3. We have purchased an additional activity bus with USB ports, racks, and individual lights for our student athletes.  We will be buying another activity bus to further support all students when they leave the area for any activity away from Zuni.

  4. In September, we will be finishing the baseball field to appropriate detail that will be the envy of other schools.  Concurrently, we will start and finish the Softball/Little League field that too will be the envy of other schools. We also will have a refurbished concession stand at the football field, as well as, other smaller projects for our students’ benefit. 

  5. More important than our projects is the staff the district has put together for teacher quality for student learning.  I am very (as well as the site administrators) excited to see staff members wanting to give quality and not just quantity to our students.  The standards that they will set will benefit our students.

  6. For all employees, the district increased salaries to ensure we are supporting staff financially.

      We will work together and stay positive. We will communicate and share.  We will use our strengths to overcome our weaknesses.  We will ensure that our students meet the highest expectations we set for them.  Our students are sharp, are brilliant, and really want to be challenged. We will prepare them for the challenges that they will encounter in our global community.   Lastly, essential information about orientation, your employment with the district, and A:shiwi core values are forthcoming in the next few days.  In the meantime, I look forward to supporting you. Thank you for choosing to be a part of ZPSD, and thank you for making education a priority.  To those of you who are new, as I once was, welcome to the Zuni Public School District.  



Daniel P. Benavidez, Superintendent 

Zuni Public School District

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Message from the Bilingual/Title III Program Director

At Zuni Public Schools we are committed to providing language support that meets the individual needs of all our students.  We will provide opportunities for students to become multilingual and focused attention on the Zuni language being used regularly on all of our campuses. We believe that students will better understand their own history and culture when they have a firm grasp on their language.

Ryan Dashner, Director

Bilingual/Title III Program

A:shiwi Core Values

Zuni Public School District

1. Hon ansammo leʼna a:dekʼyanna.

We will all live accordingly.

2. Hon i:yayyułashshikʼyana:wa.

We will respect one another.

3. Hon koʼhoł lewuna:wediyahnan, wan hon i:tseʼmanna.

We will think before we act and consider the consequences.

4. Hon i:yansatduna:wa.

We will help one another.

5. Hon i:yanbeye:na:wa.

We will give advice and counsel one another.


6. Hon i:yayyumoła a:dekʼyanna.

We will be honest and trust one another.


7. Hon i:wichemana:wa.

We will love one another.


8. Hon dewułashshiʼ iwillabaʼ a:dekʼyanna.

We will be kind and generous to one another.


9. Hon i:yanhadiya:na:wa, hon i:yayyuʼhadiyahkʼyana:wa.

We will listen and pay attention to one another.

10. Hon delanko’ha:willi:wa.

Be empathetic to one another.

11. Ihadiya:wa.


12. Don dehwan illaba.

It is your turn.

13. Hom dehwan ukna:we.

It is my turn.


“To Empower a Community of Learners”

Zuni Public School District

Beginning in 1876 and ending in 1956, United States Government and it's Department of Indian Affairs were responsible for the American culture and English language education of Zuni children. Then in 1956, the Americanizing education was transferred from the United States Government to the New Mexico State Government.


During the period from 1956 to 1980, the three existing school sites, that once were operated by the United States Government, were now operated by the Gallup - McKinley County School District which was a State of New Mexico State Government. These school sites were Zuni Elementary, Dowa Yalanne Elementary and Zuni High School. 


However, at the start of the 3rd decade of being apart of the GMKC School District, many community people decided that the Zuni students' educational needs were not being met. Therefore during the latter half of the 1970's, the Zuni people started discussions on the need and desire to have their own school district to address the educational problems, that remain unresolved, under the large Gallup McKinley County School District.



Hon yumola a:ho'ik'yanna. Hon i:yansatdena:wa. 

Don dehwan illaba. Hom dehwah ukna:we


Be honest and trustworthy to one another.  We will help one another. It is your turn.  It is my turn.


- A:shiwi Teaching

5th Grade Congratulatory Video

Good Job 5th Graders!

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2020 Emergency Procurement Form

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Community Input Needed

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Recognition of ZPSD Greenhouse

Congratulations to Mr. Archleta and Joy Bobelu who received recognition at the state capital for Food and Farm Day on February 6, 2020. The New Mexico Food and Agriculture Policy Council in conjunction with its broad coalition of stakeholders organizations and partners recognized the Zuni Public School District with the 2020 Seeding the Future Award. This award recognizes the district's tireless efforts in supporting and promoting access to locally grown foods to our youth and students and for investing in the food infrastructure and economic potential of our communities throughout New Mexico.

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