Spectrophotometry plans

14 January, Daniel: we will need a scale, water, methylene blue,ethanol, Quartz cuvettes, and dye stock

–> 17 January: we will need water, scale, methylene blue dye, ethanol, PhTh, NaOH, Quartz cuvettes, spectrophotometer, 8 flasks, 3 test tubes, isopropyl alcohol, solid dye water/(if we make it on our) dye stock, extra containers,mixing  pipettes, extra measuring containers, pipette tips, weighing paper, stopwatch, and all school supplies.

16 January, Sam:

Experiment 1:

Methylene Blue, water, volumetric flasks or bottles (at least six), pipette, clean pipette tips, spectrophotometer (already warmed up), cuvettes, scale, clean weighing paper, excel spreadsheet
Experiment 2:
PhTh, 91% isopropyl alcohol, water, some kind of stir stick, large container and flasks, three test tubes, pipette, clean pipette tips, scale, weighing paper, NaOH
Experiment 3:
Spectrophotometer (warmed up), cuvettes, PhTh, NaOH, flask/beaker, pipette, clean pipette tips, stopwatch, excel spreadsheet
FOR ALL EXPERIMENTS:
Lab notebook, pencil, eraser, science cart, maybe goggles and lab coat, and 🧠 <– Cute!

Great news of the 2020-21 Annual Fund

Our Annual Fund 9 finished on June 30th with generous donations from 23 families, 5 businesses, the board, a former teacher, and 4 long-time friends of the school – a heartfelt “Thank you” goes out to all of them, and to donors yet to be. We’re above our initial goal; the “plus amount is an extra boost toward accreditation and purchasing our building. Find out about our matching fund! We now are registered as well with Benevity.com for corporate matching donations and with Cocatalyst.org for stock donations.

We now are registered as well with Benevity.com for corporate matching donations and with Cocatalyst.org for stock donations.

We use your donations for many things: We use your donations for many things:
We improve our academic program. Last year we added sections in English to give even better attention to individual students; we added a section in Chinese, similarly. This year we raised teacher pay 3.5%, being one of the few businesses fortunate enough to do so. That added teacher time, pay, and payroll taxes. We improve our academic program. Last year we added sections in English to give even better attention to individual students; we added a section in Chinese, similarly. This year we raised teacher pay 3.5%, being one of the few businesses fortunate enough to do so. That added teacher time, pay, and payroll taxes.

This year and last we covered a lot of added costs for pandemic safety precautions – desks, outdoor canopies, sanitizer, extra Web technology. This year and last we covered a lot of added costs for pandemic safety precautions – desks, outdoor canopies, sanitizer, extra Web technology.
Last year we used the Mead Foundation funds as we noted above, for computers, teacher time, and presentation technology, reserving some for the future for more teacher time. Last year we used the Mead Foundation funds as we noted above, for computers, teacher time, and presentation technology, reserving some for the future for more teacher time.

We are using $11,000 for the exhaustive documentation of our curriculum for our application for accreditation with the best and most demanding private school accreditor, the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest. We are using $11,000 for the exhaustive documentation of our curriculum for our application for accreditation with the best and most demanding private school accreditor, the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest.

We run well and keep tuition moderate because of the many volunteer services provided by our LCA parents, grandparents, students, teachers, board members, and friends of the school. We run well and keep tuition moderate because of the many volunteer services provided by our LCA parents, grandparents, students, teachers, board members, and friends of the school.
We’re revising our donor acknowledgment webpage. See the first results, for the prior year, here. We’re revising our donor acknowledgment webpage. See the first results, for the prior year, here.

As a public educational charity under section 501(c)(3) of IRS regulations, our current financial statement and our IRS form 990 are a matter of public record. As a public educational charity under section 501(c)(3) of IRS regulations, our current financial statement and our IRS form 990 are a matter of public record.
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Our students and their parents have a real affection for the school: Our students and their parents have a real affection for the school:

“We are beyond grateful to you and all the staff at LCA for all that you do to create a magical, fun and safe environment for our kids…We are so proud of both girls and look forward to many more years of laughter and learning at LCA.” – Kimberly

“We are beyond grateful to you and all the staff at LCA for all that you do to create a magical, fun and safe environment for our kids…We are so proud of both girls and look forward to many more years of laughter and learning at LCA.” – Kimberly

“We really appreciate all you do for the students & families of LCA. You’re a wonderful school director, teacher, and friend. Have a restful summer! I can’t wait to see you again in the fall.” – Brigit

“We really appreciate all you do for the students & families of LCA. You’re a wonderful school director, teacher, and friend. Have a restful summer! I can’t wait to see you again in the fall.” – Brigit

“Thank you so much for being an awesome science and cursive teacher! [Lou Ellen] I really enjoyed learning about atoms! (And everything else). I will miss you this summer! Thank you for making LCA. It’s the best school ever!” – Cailin

“Thank you so much for being an awesome science and cursive teacher! [Lou Ellen] I really enjoyed learning about atoms! (And everything else). I will miss you this summer! Thank you for making LCA. It’s the best school ever!” – Cailin

Thank you and all the wonderful teachers for keeping kids engaged in learning! – Yumiko Isoyama

Thank you and all the wonderful teachers for keeping kids engaged in learning! – Yumiko Isoyama

I just want to say that you and your staff have done a wonderful job with the remote learning. There have been plenty of activities to keep them engaged and Emily has enjoyed all her zoom meetings. – Bridget Mitchell

I just want to say that you and your staff have done a wonderful job with the remote learning. There have been plenty of activities to keep them engaged and Emily has enjoyed all her zoom meetings. – Bridget Mitchell

I hope I’ve said this before, but, thank you, and all the teachers for everything you do for our children. You’ve always done a lot, but now more than ever, you and your peers have stepped up beyond all reasonable expectations to provide for our kids and we’re forever thankful for that. – Doug Petranoff

I hope I’ve said this before, but, thank you, and all the teachers for everything you do for our children. You’ve always done a lot, but now more than ever, you and your peers have stepped up beyond all reasonable expectations to provide for our kids and we’re forever thankful for that. – Doug Petranoff

Thanks for a great school year, the upheaval notwithstanding! – Audrey Ezeh

Thanks for a great school year, the upheaval notwithstanding! – Audrey Ezeh

It’s good to know how hard it is to teach young children and keep them focused. Teachers are doing amazing work at school! – Yumiko Isoyama

It’s good to know how hard it is to teach young children and keep them focused. Teachers are doing amazing work at school! – Yumiko Isoyama

We are so grateful for all that you do and the wonderful education you provide for our children- Carolyn Bowman

We are so grateful for all that you do and the wonderful education you provide for our children- Carolyn Bowman

 

Halloween fun, 2021

Halloween fun for the students, October 29th and 31st, 2021

We had a Halloween party on Friday, October 29th. There were many imaginative costumes among our students. Teachers Katie, Lou Ellen, and Yulin led the younger students outside to draw Halloween designs on the sidewalk with chalk. Vince did a dramatic science demo of Dry IceTM . Students went trick-or-treating to the teachers, some of whom asked each student a cute question, while others played games. Shortly, students and teachers alike formed a long line to parade around our neighboring plaza.

LCA parents and teacher Elizabeth Brasher proposed a trunk-or-treat evening at the school for the 31st. Twenty-one families showed up, most with decorated cars, along with their students, of course, and teacher Arielle Lane. One family had a wry twist of Christmas decorations!

 

Noted teachers at the LCA

 

 

 

At the Las Cruces Academy, our non-profit K-8 private school in Mesilla, we have good news. We’re happy that Vince Gutschick, our Board Chair, teacher, and Deputy Treasurer, has been cited as standing in the current top 2% of scientists in the world.  A study at Stanford University analyzed all the scientific publications up to 2019.  Vince’s 67 peer-reviewed articles in 23 different international journals in physics, chemistry, biology, and applied fields and his book publications qualified him for the ranking. Lou Ellen Kay, our founder, Head of School, and teacher, also has notable scientific publications and a great teaching record that started 5 decades ago. She and Vince bring their experience to our science teaching, along with a remarkable collection of scientific equipment and supplies. We are also proud of our teachers Arielle Lane, grades 1&2, and Katie Bushma, kindergarten, who bring science into the early grades at levels that are both advanced and enjoyable for the students. Our teachers of English, social studies,  PE, and music (Elizabeth Brasher), Mandarin Chinese (Yulin Zhang), and Spanish (Yolanda Guevara) are equally successful and beloved by students. Our website, lascrucesacademy.org, has more to offer about our school.

New Mexico Supreme Court Justices visit the LCA

Las Cruces Academy was graced by the visit of three justices of the New Mexico Supreme Court on Sept. 16, 2021 as Justices C. Shannon Bacon, Julie Vargas and Briana Zamora visited the school. The justices fielded questions from 24 students in grades 3 to 8 as the justices, students and teachers assembled in open air in the school courtyard.

Students asked how one becomes a lawyer, a judge and a justice; what were the hardest cases to decide; who represents a person who dies; how do justices interpret laws passed by the Legislature that have some ambiguity; do they associate with the governor (circumspectly, to retain the independence of the branches of government); will there be a vaccination mandate; why they chose to serve in New Mexico over other opportunities (they’re all native-born New Mexicans pleased to help our fellow citizens); how many supreme courts there are, and do they ever meet together to learn how each one operates; how do cases reach the Supreme Court; when in their lives did they decide they wanted to work in law; how opportunities in law arose for women and other groups; and many more queries.

The justices and students showed mutual admiration. The academy has to thank parent Mollie Mc- Graw for creating this occasion.

New Mexico Supreme Court justices, left to right, are Julie Vargas, C. Shannon Bacon and Briana Zamora with students at Las Cruces Academy.