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Annual Events

In these pandemic years we have not scheduled annual events for the LCA community or for the public.  Please keep watching this space.


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 the whole 2021-22 school year, from August, 2021 to May, 2022.  This year we deviate a bit from the Las Cruces Public Schools calendar, in that we start earlier (12 August vs. 17 August) and end later (27 May).  This lets us get our full 180 days of classes while having the final week being a full week, which is best for academics.


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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