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    Moon & Mesa

    We are lucky to live in the Land of Enchantment! We are surrounded by natural beauty and during this time of stress and the unknown, we can always pause and enjoy the peace of our surroundings that don’t change! Our world as been here for a long time and will be here long after we are gone. Let is take a moment today to find a peaceful, renewing, beautiful part of our world and give thanks.




    District Mission:

    Our district will educate, nurture and strengthen all our children to be productive, contributing members of society.

    District Vision:

    Dulce Graduates will be self-directed, capable, responsible, life-long learners, who maintain their cultural identities and creative individualism.




    Welcome to Dulce Independent Schools, Heart of the Jicarilla Apache Nation! Dulce Independent School District No. 21 is a New Mexico Public School District that is located in Dulce, New Mexico on the Jicarilla Apache Reservation.  It serves students Pre-K through 12th Grade students.  It is Home to the Dulce Elementary Warriors and the Dulce Middle and High School Hawks. If you have any questions, please visit our department tabs for further information.  Thank you. 





Superintendent Updates

  • Announcement

    Posted by Dr. Jim Hattabaugh on 11/10/2020

    Good Afternoon Everyone:


    As you may know by now, the Jicarilla Apache Nation will go into lockdown beginning Monday, November 16, 2020 until Sunday, November 29, 2020.

    They are still developing plans and requirements which they will adopt on Thursday, November 12.


    Here is what we know at this  time.

    1. Access to and from the reservation will be strictly enforced during this time.
    2. Two days each week may be designated for one person per family may leave to buy food and necessities.
    3. The local story on Hawk Drive will have limited hours of operation.


    What this means for Dulce Schools:

    1. If you live in Dulce, you may want to stock up on necessities before Monday.
    2. Classes will continue as they have been this semester.
    3. All teachers will operate remotely.
    4. Some essential workers may get a pass into the reservation if they live outside of the reservation (not sure yet).
    5. We will continue to serve meals as we have been. The hours/days/place may be adjusted but we will announce any changes on our social media outlets and robo calls.
    6. We will continue to work with the Nation to keep everyone as safe as possible.
    7. All school buildings will be closed as much as possible with essential employees will be allowed into the schools. Call your principal for advice.
    8. Please take time in your classes to reassure the students and encourage all safety measures.
    9. As soon as I find out more details, I will send it out to everyone.
    10. Stay safe and follow all precautions.



    Dr. Jim Hattabaugh


    Dulce Independent School District

    Dulce, NM 87528

    (575) 759-2925


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  • Winter Weather

    Posted by Dr. Jim Hattabaugh on 10/26/2020

    Dear Parents and Students;

    As winter weather gets here, we must prepare for what we will do. It is a bit easier this year as we are all in distance learning so classes will go on as usual.

    So sorry students, there will not be any snow days this year. I feel a bit like Santa cancelling Christmas. Both as a student and educator, I really looked forward to snow days. I guess, we will just have to settle for small breaks outside and the weekends to play in the snow.

    We still need to prepare for those things that happen in the winter.

    • If you have issues with connectivity, please contact your principal so we can work something out to make sure you can connect with your teacher.
    • If your power goes out, well, I guess you are in the dark?
    • Instruction will go on as planned. It is so important to you and all of us that we continue to meet our obligations and expectations for learning.
    • Improving learning for all students is what we are charged with in our district. For that reason, we need to touch base and provide opportunities every day regardless of the weather outside.

    Let the learning continue every day for our students because we care about your progress and success. Keep on Learning!

    Dr. Hattabaugh,


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  • Decisions

    Posted by Dr. Jim Hattabaugh on 9/23/2020

    Return to the Classroom or Not? That is the question.

    The DISD School Board at my recommendation, voted to remain in on-line learning and cancel all athletics/activities until January 2021. This is a challenging decision in many ways.

    Remaining on-line, places a burden on all stakeholders.  Parents are asked to take more of a hands-on role in educating their children, it asks students to isolate when all they want to do is socialize and visit with friends, it asks teachers to use a medium of instruction that few were trained for, it places a burden on our delivery system and those that make it work.

    We all agree that face to face learning is the best way to educate our students. With this in mind, we must weigh the benefits versus the risks involved. The risks are apparent to all of us. We are in a pandemic with COVID 19 that has shown to have a harsher effect on Native Americans and Latino populations than for others. Is risking the lives of our children and community members worth the risk?

    We have all observed the inconsistencies at all levels on how to deal with this pandemic. For instance, while we could re-open our schools at the K-5 level with restrictions, DISD along with many other schools in New Mexico, chose not to go down this path for the safety of our community.

    With all of these considerations in mind and concerns about the overall health of everyone, it is not an easy decision. But after weighing all the possibilities, ramifications and what we know about this disease, it was clear that the safety of all concerned was the right decision.

    Please continue to work closely with your students and teachers as we all continue to learn what is the best way to reach and educate our students!


    Dr. Jim Hattabaugh,



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  • Food Services in DISD

    Posted by Dr. Jim Hattabaugh on 9/3/2020 8:00:00 AM

    Greetings Everyone!

    I hope you are all healthy and enjoying this beautiful September day!

    All of us at DISD miss all of you and hope we can resume our on campus teaching sooner than later.

    I just finished a wonderful lunch/breakfast feast from our Ms. Christina at Food Service that goes out to many of you. The Frito Pie was really good (one of my favorites), banana nut bread that would give my wife’s a run for its money, juice, animal crackers (do vegans eat these?) I tried but could not eat it all then found out it was both breakfast and lunch! I am so full and will save the crackers for a snack later today!

    Do you know that we get exactly $3.26 to fix a meal for you? From this money we must pay salaries, benefits, facilities, containers and the food. I find that amazing that Christina does so much with so little.

    Back in my day, the school cooks could and would fix anything they wanted. Now there are so many restrictions on what we can serve than it makes my head hurt. We have to consider, fat content, sugar content, calories, food groups….just to mention a few.

    I know that in a perfect world with restrictions of costs and what we can serve we would have buffalo, elk, deer steaks every day with some fish thrown in! But we must go by the rules and guidelines from the state and federal mandates.

    I hope you enjoyed the meal today as much as I did and if so, you might give a shout-out to those wonderful folks that prepare and bring it to you!

    Bon Appetit

    Dr. Jim Hattabaugh,


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