Celebrating the new Year of the Ox

February 15th, 2021: It’s another new year, this time in the Chinese lunar calendar.  Our students enjoy learning Mandarin Chinese under the vibrant teaching of Yulin Zhang.  It’s fun to dress in beautiful, traditional costumes and parade. In addition to this YouTube link are a few stills: The preceding days Yulin decorated the school: Students […]

Sodium in water experiment -finale

11 December 2020: students in our grades 6-8 science class finished a series of experiments with a dramatic show for the younger students. Teacher Vince Gutschick bought sodium metal online after the students and he planned a series of experiments on reaction rates.  Sodium is a very reactive metal, combining vigorously with water to generate […]

In-person education

Operations of the Las Cruces Academy for the 2020-21 academic year Classes will begin on September 8th for in-person instruction 5 days per week We, teachers and administration, have reached this decision to open to classroom instruction on the basis that it is the best choice for the good of both students and their families. […]

Distance education in Chinese

Our incredibly effective Chinese program continues in distance-education mode.  Teacher Yulin Zhang meets with students on Zoom.  She also gives them assignments in ClassDojo, including quizzes to take on Quizlet.  Students are in 5 groups by level of advancement in instruction. Here are instructions for 2 of the 5 groups: Red Group: Last week: Students […]

Theater club

Saturday, 14 March 2020.  Our theater club prepared for the play they wrote last year – 31 pages of script, lots of set design, lots of practice, and, now, more set-building.  Parents helped too – Ugonna, Aaron, Charlotte, and Todd.  Thanks to all! The play will be performed under unusual circumstances this year, with all […]

Learning to manage money

6 March 2020: Our students in grades 3-8 got valuable lessons in money management from Bryan Stein of Washington Federal bank.  He engaged the students about credit cards and debit cards, offering four illustrative scenarios of fictional people using credit cards, well or badly.  Students had a wealth of good questions, all well-posed and on-target.  […]

Mattress sell-a-thon

6-16 March 2020: Ashley Homestore is running a mattress sale to benefit the Academy!   We’ll get 40% of the sale price on all mattresses sold when buyers present the event flier… and LCA students earn rewards!  The mattress prices are just what you’d pay without the LCA tie-in – you get the regular price and […]

Young engineers

28 February 2020:  More in our after-school engineering club. Our young students in kindergarten through 6th grade recently constructed a “Core Sampler,” which basically uses potential energy with rubber bands and straws to puncture holes in fruit and extract a core—it’s inspired by the Mars rover drilling for samples.