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Welcome to Capitan High School

Welcome to the Capitan High School website, home of the Fighting Tigers! Part of the Capitan Municipal Schools District, we are located in rural Lincoln County, New Mexico. Surrounded by the beautiful wilderness landscape of the Lincoln National Forest, we are famous for being the birthplace of Smokey Bear. Though we are a small community, we are proud of our wild-west heritage, our schools, and most importantly, the students and staff who make this a great place to receive an education.

Here at Capitan High School we are pleased to provide an education and curriculum that utilizes some of the best resources technology has available. We offer a variety of educational program tracks, including a CNA (nursing) program, culinary arts, and agricultural options. We know that education continues outside of the classroom, and offer a variety of extracurricular programs including band, choir, rodeo, and athletics programs. We believe that Capitan High School offers something for nearly every personality!

A Message from Our Principal

Dear Capitan Tiger Family,

Please be advised that the Capitan Municipal Schools’ policy regarding tobacco/e-cigs/vapes was revised by the board of education in the summer of 2019 to now include e-cigs/vapes as included prohibitive items in the K-1750 Tobacco Use/Smoking on School Premises policy.

Furthermore, Capitan School policy J-3000 Tobacco Use by Students/Smoking states, “Disciplinary penalties may include, but are not limited to, suspension of the student from school or a recommendation for expulsion when there is evidence of repeated and continuous violation of this policy.”

Tobacco/e-cigs/vapes are considered a level five offense in the 2019–2020 Capitan student handbook. The discipline matrix in the handbook defines first offense consequences as, “eight days out of school suspension/parent conference/long term suspension and notification to law enforcement.” The second offense consequences are, “long term suspension/expulsion.” Page 18 of the student handbook defines infractions of this policy as cumulative.

Drug and Alcohol

Students are prohibited from using, possessing, distributing, or being under the influence of drugs alcohol, or tobacco, and from possessing, using, or distributing drug paraphernalia while on school property or at school-sponsored activities, including transit and lodging. The Capitan schools will enforce all federal and state laws regarding controlled substances, alcohol, and tobacco. Should any student violate those laws, the violation will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agency. The Capitan schools do not allow drugs, alcohol, or tobacco on its campus, nor use thereof by its students. The Capitan schools will comply within the rights and limits of federal and state laws and with due regard for the student. The Capitan schools may conduct searches of students and students' effects while on campus to find violations of the law. Each infraction is cumulative. Administrator’s discretion will be used in each incident. (Board Policy J-3050 & J-2300)

The terms used in this policy are defined as follows:

  • Drugs: Any drug including illegal drugs, legal prescription, marijuana or inhalants that are used, possessed or distributed for unauthorized purposes including counterfeit (look-alike substances). 
  • Drug Paraphernalia: Equipment or apparatus designed for the purpose of measuring, packaging, distributing, or facilitating the use of drugs. 
  • Substance Abuse: The use of drugs or alcohol in violation of state or federal law, or in violation of school policy. 
  • Tobacco: Any product containing tobacco, which can be smoked or used in non-smoking form, i.e. "snuff", chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes, vapors, etc.

Any student with a previous tobacco/e-cig/vape violation is in jeopardy of facing long-term suspension up to expulsion should the policy be violated. Capitan schools are asking for the help of you, our parents and families, in emphasizing the dangers of tobacco/e-cig/vape use and the seriousness of the consequences should the use/possession of these items occur on our campus.

Thank you for your continued support of Capitan schools,

Shelli Montoya

Shelli Montoya, Principal

Shelli Montoya

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