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 […]

For the moment, the Academy is NOT closing

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has mandated the closing of all public K-12 schools in New Mexico, to begin at the end of school, Friday, March 13th.  The closure will last at least three weeks, and it may be much longer.   As a private school we are not under the mandate.  It is, of course, […]

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.

Writing Chinese stories

27 February 2020: Our young students in grades 1-4 write Chinese characters and illustrate their stories with pictures.  We have 5 levels of Chinese classes covering grades K-8; here is work of students in just their second year of Chinese.  Our teacher, Yulin Zhang, asked students to write some short stories about a person or […]

Have you eaten a dinosaur lately?

24 February 2020: Our students in grades 1&2 get a science lesson from Dr. Lou Ellen Kay, our Head of School.  Here she takes the stance of a bird to demonstrate how birds and lizards use their legs differently… all in the course of explaining the evolution of birds as the only surviving dinosaurs.  She […]