Spread Joy, Not Germs

Message from the SuperintendentDear Canutillo community,

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and a restful break. With the holiday season vastly approaching, I am excited for a new year and new opportunities for our students.

On behalf of our entire district, I want to send our deepest condolences and heartfelt prayers to all the victims, their families and loved ones of the Oxford High School shooting. This hits us all involved in the school system and those of us with school-age children close to home and our hearts break for the students, educators and families impacted by this dreadful tragedy. Let us lift each and every one of those affected and the entire Oxford Community Schools district up in our thoughts and prayers.

COVID-19 Updates
As much as the holidays are a time of family, friends and fellowship, we aim to spread joy, not germs! Local and national health advisors are warning that due to gatherings over Thanksgiving and Christmas, districts can expect a sharp increase in COVID-19 positive cases throughout campuses when we return from the winter break in January. That coupled with the new COVID-19 variant on the rise, we are remaining vigilant in keeping our students, faculty and staff healthy and our schools safe.

To date, we have a total of 829 vaccines successfully given at our previous series of vaccination clinics hosted at our various campuses, where the University Medical Center Mobile Unit provided COVID-19 vaccines and boosters plus flu vaccines to students, staff and family members.

We continue to urge our district and campus community to get vaccinated to slow the spread of this virus and its variants. We will continue to host mobile vaccination clinics to make it fast and convenient for our campus community to get vaccinated. Visit Vaccination Clinics - Canutillo Independent School District ( for the schedule of upcoming clinics. Our campuses are also continuing to be thoroughly sanitized. We will continue to do our part to help combat the spread of this virus.

2022 “I Voted” Sticker Design Winner
Congratulations to our very own Layla M. Gonzalez, a 7th grader from Jose J. Alderete Middle School for winning the 2022 “I Voted” Sticker Contest! Layla’s winning design will make its grand debut during the 2022 elections for all of us to enjoy and proudly display on our lapels when we go out to vote in the coming year.

The El Paso County Elections Department invited local middle school students to participate in the second El Paso County “I Voted” sticker design contest. The contest was open to all middle school students in the county with Layla coming out on top. What an achievement for the aspiring young artist! This young lady is an example of the immense talent our Canutillo students possess. Layla, the entire Canutillo community is very proud of your accomplishment!

Layla will be honored along with the runners-up on Monday, Dec. 6 by the El Paso County Commissioners Court.

Northwest Lights
Join us for a night of fun to celebrate the holidays at the Northwest Early College High School drive-through light show from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9. There will be free admission to the public and goody bags. Donations for canned goods, new toys, toiletries, feminine hygiene products and small blankets will be collected during the event.

Coats for Kids
This year, our students are again on the receiving end of a charitable collaboration between the Knights of Columbus of St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Charlie Clark Nissan and Fort Bliss. The organizations are teaming up to offer over 200 winter coats, teddy bears, toys and more to children in need in the Canutillo community through the annual Coats for Kids program. Thank you to these organizations for their generosity towards our kids most in need this holiday season.

Let’s get in the holiday spirit, be kind, be grateful for one another and be mindful of the health and safety of ourselves and others as we get ready to celebrate the holidays.


Pedro Galaviz
Superintendent of Schools