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 […]

Gearing up for Food for Thought 2019

Our signature fundraiser and community event, Food for Thought, is coming up on Wednesday, May 29th, 5:00-8:30 PM.  It’s an evening of scintillating discussion with 10 engaging people from the community, augmented with a full dinner, wine, coffee, tea, dessert, and a silent auction.  Please see the full page with more information!

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]