The 2018-19 yearbook is in production

Thursday, 18 April 2019.  The deadline to get all the text, imagery, and layout to Entourage came.  Yearbook club students and faculty advisor Kelly Lin got it all together!  We have a gallery of pictures of students working at that last minute.

Chemistry and more with egg whites

15 April 2019.

Sixth-grade student Erika suggested that we try an experiment to see how fast an enzyme, pepsin, can break down egg white protein.  Pepsin is a protease, which breaks bonds in proteins by hydrolysis, adding water to the peptide bond between amino acids in a protein.  The bond being broken, the protein falls into two parts – and more, as the hydrolysis continues.  We put egg white in water and heated it to make a fine suspension, a colloid. We made several solutions to measure how fast the albumen (egg white) breaks down, using 0ur spectrophotometer to track how the blockage of light by the solution disappeared over time.  The data analysis worked very well.  The whole write-up extends to some advanced math and science.

Science demo at the Space Festival

13 April 2019, at the Las Cruces International Space Festival on the plaza: Vince Gutschick, Board Chair and teacher at the Las Cruces Academy, met LCA graduate Arabella.  They joined in a brief demo of the force of atmospheric pressure, using a small Magdeburg sphere (the video gives a bit of the history of the sphere).  Huaqin Cai, husband of LCA’s great teacher to Mandarin Chinese, Yulin Zhang, took the video.  There’s compact information imbedded in the video.

Math class, grades 1 & 2

8 April 2019.  Here’s a candid shot (sort of; two of the three people in the image did notice the photographer). Kelly Lin, or Ms. Kelly as the students call her, does one-on-one math instruction with two of the fourteen students in grades 1 & 2.  Yes, we have small classes, students who work on their own and with teachers, and great teachers.

In memoriam, Col. Harry Hellmuth

8 April 2019.  One year ago today, long-time board member Harry Hellmuth died peacefully at La Posada Hospice.   Harry gave us his time and wise advice, as well as a fine donation for scholarships. Harry is missed by people inside and outside the Academy.  He was the favorite high school teacher of board member David Gutschick.  He donated all his estate proceeds to a scholarship for NMSU ROTC.  His obituary tells of a long life of diverse careers.

Teaching social studies at a high level

5 April 2019.  At the Las Cruces Academy, our teachers develop their own high-level curricula.  Teacher Elizabeth Brasher has been with us since the 2014-15 academic year.  Her main effort is teaching English at diverse levels, while she also teaches social studies for grades 3-5 and grades 6-7.  Our students engage in real discussions in some depth.  We are a non-profit private school, free to innovate and to address the needs of students who have talents to develop.

Here’s a short video on YouTube.

Upgrading facilities over the break

28 March 2019: We’re very handy with tools and design, and that saves money, while giving us a chance to exercise our skills.  Here, computer programming teacher Mark Leisher is stringing CAT-5 Ethernet cable across the rooms for a better connection to the managed switch at our student computer cluster.  It’ll take another 4 hours to complete the stringing (it’s a long sequence of push up the metal tiles, pull the cable, replace the tile, and repeat). The building has multiple, complex ceiling layers; fortunately, building manage Bryan Fallstead knew where the breezeway through the firewall between gallery rooms could be found.  Meanwhile, Head of School Lou Ellen Kay and Board Chair Vince Gutschick (not in the picture – rather, taking it) are putting up a new 43” monitor for the Spanish and English classroom of teacher Elizabeth Brasher.

Open house, Thursday, 11 April

On Thursday, 11 April 2019: The Las Cruces Academy is holding an open house, 11 AM to 1 PM,
at the school, 1755 Avenida de Mercado in Mesilla. You can meet with our Head of School, Dr. Lou Ellen Kay, observe students in classes and at play, and talk with our great teachers. We’re proud of what we can offer for the community and for our students. LCA is a private school serving academically advanced or motivated students; classes are small, teachers are highly qualified, and we provide a stimulating, supportive environment. Current openings are for grades 3-8; there is a wait list for grades early K through 2. More information is at or by calling Lou Ellen, our Head of School, at 575-521-9384.