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17 November , 2018- Book fair for the LCA at Barnes & Noble in the Mesilla Valley Mall

8 December, 2018, starting at 5 PM – End-of-term performance and potluck supper

22 – 26 April, 2019, before and after school – Scholastic Book Fair

11 May, 2019, starting at 5 PM – End-of-term performance and potluck supper

24 May, 2019 – Last day of school; there will be an all-school picnic at noon

29 May, 6-8:30 PM – Food for Thought, our big community event and fundraiser


Our scrollable calendar is always here on this News and Events page.

We  also provide this printable, 1-page, full-year calendar in color, as a PDF file.  It covers from April, 2021 to January, 2022.  However, COVID-19 has caused pandemonium in scheduling by the Las Cruces Public Schools, whose beginning and ending dates for each semester we follow – that gives some order to lives of parents who have children in both the public schools and the LCA. Only two fixed holidays are known at this time (April, 2021) – Labor Day and Thanksgiving week.  Other dates will be added as they get set.


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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Letters from kindergarten students to new students

Teacher Arielle Lane asked the kindergarten students to write letters to the next class, to tell them what they should know about the class.  Enjoy these two! ...
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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 ...
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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.  ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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