Zuni Middle School

Home of the Falcons

Message From the Principal


Mr. Lewis and I are excited to begin the school year at Zuni Middle School.  We believe that the changes we have made for the 2019/2020 school year will make ZMS a fun and exciting place to learn.  This year we will focus on meeting the individual needs of students, offering students exposure to new experiences and creating a school culture that makes your children feel loved and supported.  This school belongs to the students and the community.  If we work together, we can help our students achieve great things.

We believe that all of our students should be given a variety of opportunities to become proficient in the academic disciplines with special emphasis in their Zuni Language and Culture.


Every student at Zuni Middle School reads at or above grade level by the time he or she successfully completes the eighth grade

We believe that reading is vital to our students’ success on all academic areas. Zuni Middle School’s mission is to develop and encourage our students to be lifelong learners

We believe that all of our students should be given a variety of opportunities to become proficient in the academic disciplines with special emphasis in their Zuni Language and Culture



We the staff, at Zuni Middle School would like to challenge all students to step up to the plate by attending school every day without an absence or tardiness.    We realize this task can be quite a challenge for you and your family and we understand that you may have reasons that may not be preventable. Nevertheless, we the teachers, staff and administrators would like to challenge you to strive for better attendance this year.


In reward for students at Z.M.S, we are offering a giveaway of several incentives for perfect attendance with no tardiness.The grand giveaway will be a boys and girls bicycle for those with no absences.  Students with less than five absences and no tardiness will qualify for other gifts and prizes. Other gifts and prizes will consist of basketballs, base balls, gloves bats gift certificates.


Our “Strive for Excellence in Attendance” program will start immediately.   We are challenging not only our students but our teachers, staff and administration to focus on improving our attendance this year.  Please contact Mr. A Johnson, Mr. T. Lopez and Mr.Uranga for further information.


We welcome parents, community members to join us in our efforts on improving excellence in school attendance at Zuni Middle School.

Falcon Enterprise Leadership Class

Zuni Middle School Cross Country


Ryan Dashner

Mr. Dashner grew up and attended school in a small community in Southern Indiana.  After graduating college with a degree in Elementary Education he returned home and taught 5th grade in his home town of Washington, Indiana. 


After serving several years as a classroom teacher, Mr. Dashner decided to expand his horizons and moved to Namibia, Africa to work with schools, building computer labs and training teachers how to use technology in the classroom.


In 2010 Mr. Dashner returned to the United States and moved to Gallup, NM.  He he took over Indian Hills Elementary School in 2013 and under the state’s grading system he improved Indian Hills’ school grade from an F to an A.  Mr. Dashner is a strong believer in public education and believes that schools can and will improve their performance when they focus on always doing what is best for every student!


In his spare time Mr. Dashner enjoys spending time with his wife Kristen, a principal in Gallup and their two sons.  He also enjoys almost every kind of outdoor activity including mountain biking, skiing, hiking, climbing and kayaking.

Ryan Dashner


Boyd Lewis
Assistant Principal



Kayla Lesarlley
Principal's Administrative Assistant


17 Mid School Drive
PO Drawer E
Zuni, NM  87327

Ph: (505) 782-5561
Fx: (505) 782-5563

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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