This week, some of the K-12 district science leadership team are spending part of their Spring Break in Atlanta, Georgia at the National Science Teachers Association Conference!
Join the LCPS Finance Division, on March 29th at 5:30p.m. for a Town Hall Meeting covering your district's budget. Next week, voice your child's needs and participate in the decision-making. We'll see you soon!
The LCPS Board of Education will hold a Special session on March 13, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. to discuss the vacancy in District 1 and the appointment of an acting and/or interim superintendent (closed session) at the Dr. Karen M. Trujillo Administration Complex. You can watch a livestream here: https://livestream.com/lcpstv/events/10584699
Mission 1 signup link: Friday, March 31, 2023, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm https://forms.gle/R9no9ss2iVYkAQL5A Mission 2 signup link: Saturday April 1, 2023, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm https://forms.gle/wtY22dwz1ShVTL3NA Mission 3 signup link: Saturday April 1, 2023, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm MISSION 3 IS FULL AND CLOSED
As part of the 2023 Las Cruces Space Festival, our center is offering free space simulation missions to the public. Bring the family, friends, co-workers, or just yourself for a trip to the Moon or Mars. The missions are open to anyone ages 8 and above. Space is limited and these offerings usually fill quickly. Registration is required and we'll post a link to register on our Facebook page this Friday (3/10). More details to follow.
Parents, We hope you can still join us for "One Pill Can Kill", a conversation with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the New Mexico National Guard on the threat of fentanyl in our community. This event is open to the public Tuesday, Feb. 28 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Dr. Karen M. Trujillo Administration Complex. Translation services will be available. A livestream of the meeting is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBCvAbg7imQ
Power Outage for White Sands School Prompts Remote Learning for Monday Students at White Sands School will be working remotely from home on Monday February 26, due to a reported power outage after overnight high wind gusts. El Paso Electric is working to resolve the issue. Busing for High School students who live on the installation traveling from the White Sands area will still be available for students and will resume as normally scheduled. Parents and staff are advised to check www.lcps.net for any additional Information.
*Please see the following updated advisory, which corrects the middle school game to Sierra Middle School v. White Sands. Wednesday's weather forced the cancellation of three scheduled games for Las Cruces Public Schools: Sierra Middle School v. White Sands (boys basketball) and the District 3-5A Boys Basketball Tournament between Alamogordo and Las Cruces High and Organ Mountain versus Centennial High School. The district games have been rescheduled as follows: Alamogordo v. LCHS - Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. OMHS v. Centennial - Thursday, Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. To accommodate the rescheduled games, start times for the District 3-5A Girls Basketball Tournament had to be adjusted. Please see attached brackets for additional information.
WEATHER PROMPTS BASKETBALL CANCELLATIONS Wednesday's weather forced the cancellation of three scheduled games for Las Cruces Public Schools: Picacho Middle School v. White Sands (boys basketball) and the District 3-5A Boys Basketball Tournament between Alamogordo and Las Cruces High and Organ Mountain versus Centennial High School. The district games have been rescheduled as follows: Alamogordo v. LCHS - Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. OMHS v. Centennial - Thursday, Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. To accommodate the rescheduled games, start times for the District 3-5A Girls Basketball Tournament had to be adjusted. Please see attached brackets for additional information.
New Mexico State University's Physics Graduate Student Organization (PGSO) will host their annual Physics Fun Day on March 24, Friday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at Gardiner Hall, NMSU. This popular event, which has been taking place since 2009 obviously last couple of years has been difficult to organize because of COVID-19, is designed to introduce the public to the exciting world of physics. With hands-on demonstrations and some poster presentations, participants will get a glimpse into the cool physics demos. The experiment will be set-up outdoor and indoor of Gardiner Hall. PGSO's commitment to diversity and inclusion within STEM fields is evident through the event's aim to attract a diversified audience, including high school students, college students, and members of the NMSU community. The experiments will be presented in multiple languages, including Spanish, to ensure that everyone can participate and engage with the demonstrations. The goal of the event is not only to generate excitement for physics but to showcase the kind of work and research that takes place at NMSU's Physics department. The demonstrations will cover basic physics concepts such as conservation of energy and angular momentum, as well as more advanced topics like optics and space-time curvature. Additionally, attendees will get to see and taste ice cream made with liquid nitrogen. President of PGSO, Krishna Acharya said that Physics Fun Day is not just about fun; it's about inspiring the next generation of scientists and showcasing the importance of physics dissemination. PGSO believes that diversifying the field of physics is crucial for the advancement of science and society as a whole. Any questions, you may contact Krishna Acharya firstname.lastname@example.org or Marisela Chavez email@example.com
The Las Cruces Public Schools Foundation will be hosting Trivia Night on Wednesday, February 15 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on the patio at the Game II, located at 4131 Northrise Dr. Register your teams of 3-5 participants, test your knowledge, have fun, win cash prizes, and support our Supply Mini-Grant program. Register here: https://lcpsf.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/list/event?event_date_id=1331. The LCPS Foundation awarded $40,000 during the 21-22 School Year, supporting all of our outstanding LCPS educators in the quest for excellence in our classrooms. With the help of generous donors, the Foundation provided $100 vouchers to Alpha Teaching Tools for classroom supplies. *See the attached flyer for more information. If you have questions, contact Michael at 575-640-1923 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Valentine's Day! Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know. – Robin, Winnie the Pooh
Congratulations to all of the 4th-9th grade Las Cruces Public Schools students who were selected for and performed in the 2023 New Mexico American Choral Directors Association Youth All-State music festival! Many thanks to our teachers for preparing students and traveling with them to Farmington! Leslie Kowalski, Mesilla ES Jonathan Wheatley, CRMS Marco Jimenez, LMS Ida Holguin, MMS/OMHS Virginia Ramos, PMS Anton Tan, SMS Autumn Haeker, WSS Kylie Taylor, ZMS Christa Fredrickson, CHS Chelsea Bolas, MHS
The Organ Mountain High School Knights of Stage are getting ready for the premier of the new Broadway Musical, Anastasia. Check out these photos taken by OMHS student Sebastian Garcia, as he takes us behind the scenes for rehearsal. Be sure to catch the show on February 2nd and 3rd at 7:00p.m. and on February 4 at 1:00p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Organ Mountain High School. Click the link more information: https://5il.co/1o1ye
Every February, the CTE community celebrates CTE Month® to raise awareness of the role that CTE has in readying learners for college and career success. CTE Month is also a time to recognize and celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of our CTE partners at the local, state and national level.
Celebrating Black History Month Historical Person in Focus Bessie Coleman 1892-1926 Bessie Coleman soared across the sky as the first woman of African American and Native American descent to earn her pilot’s license in the U.S. Known for performing flying tricks, Coleman’s nicknames were: “Brave Bessie,” “Queen Bess,” and “The Only Race Aviatrix in the World.” Her goal was to encourage women and African Americans to reach their dreams – and this became her legacy. Though her life and career were cut short in a tragic plane crash, her life and legacy continue to inspire people around the world. Born in Atlanta, Texas on January 26, 1892, Bessie Coleman had twelve brothers and sisters. Her mother, Susan Coleman, was an African American maid, and her father George Coleman was a sharecropper of mixed Native American and African American descent. In 1901, her father decided to move back to Oklahoma to try to escape discrimination. Coleman’s mother decided not to go with him. Instead, Coleman, her mother, and siblings stayed in Waxahachie, Texas. Coleman grew up helping her mother pick cotton and wash laundry to earn extra money. By the time she was eighteen, she saved enough money to attend the Colored Agricultural and Normal University (now Langston University) in Langston, Oklahoma. She dropped out of college after only one semester because she could no longer afford tuition. At age 23, Coleman went to live with her brothers in Chicago. She went to the Burnham School of Beauty Culture in 1915 and became a manicurist in a local barbershop. Meanwhile, her brothers served in the military during World War I and came home with stories of their time in France. Her brother John teased her because French women were allowed to learn how to fly airplanes and, in the United States, Coleman could not. Her brother's stories, along with other news of pilots in the war, inspired her to become a pilot. She applied to many flight schools across the country, but no school would take her because she was both African American and a woman. Robert Abbot, a famous African American newspaper publisher told her to move to France where she could learn how to fly. Since her application to flight schools needed to be written in French, she began taking French classes at night. Finally, Coleman was accepted at the Caudron Brothers' School of Aviation in Le Crotoy, France. She received her international pilot’s license on June 15, 1921 from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale. She then returned to the United States. Click the link to learn more about Bessie Coleman's life: https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/bessie-coleman By Kerri Lee Alexander, NWHM Fellow, 2018 | Updated December 2022 by Rebecca Ljungren, Education Programs Manager
Today, 5th graders from Monte Vista Elementary School presented a bill they helped draft with New Mexico State Sen. Bill Soules. Students presented SB 188, before the Senate Committee during their legislative session. These young lobbyists asked legislators to consider adopting the smell of green chile roasting in the fall as New Mexico's official aroma. Students answered questions from the committee and highlighted that New Mexico would be the first state with an official aroma, which would help boost tourism. The bill passed unanimously, 5-0 by the committee and moves on. What a victory! Great job, students! More about SB 188: Senate Bill 188 establishes the official state aroma of New Mexico as the smell of green chile roasting in the fall. This bill does not contain an effective date and, as a result, would go into effect June 16, 2023, (90 days after the Legislature adjourns) if signed into law. No fiscal impact.
Winter Weather Forecast Prompts Delays, Cancelations — Inclement weather in Monday night’s forecast, expected into Tuesday, has prompted administrators at Las Cruces Public Schools to call a two-hour delay for all students and staff on Tuesday, Jan. 24. According to officials, bus schedules have been adjusted to accommodate the late start. Tuesday’s delay prompted the cancelation of all morning DD preschool classes. A girls basketball game Monday night between Mayfield and Alamogordo was also canceled and rescheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 24. The ninth-grade teams will play at 4 p.m., followed by junior varsity at 5:30 p.m. and varsity at 7 p.m. All games will be held at Mayfield High School. Wrestling matches between Mayfield, Las Cruces and Organ Mountain high schools set for Tuesday, Jan. 24 at Mayfield were rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 5 p.m. Updates will be posted on the LCPS Athletics page, linked here. For any additional weather delays or updates, please monitor the LCPS homepage, www.lcps.net.
After a two year hiatus, the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestras - EPSYO held its annual Concerto Competition on Monday, January 16, 2023. Las Cruces HS sophomore violinist, Chloe Morris, has won this year’s competition. As grand prize winner, she will be performing the 1st movement of Édouard Lalo’s Symphonie Espagnole on March 26 at the EPSYO Side by Side concert with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra. The competition was open to all musicians under the age of 23. BRAVA, CHLOE!!! Las Cruces Public Schools is so very proud of you! #wearelcps p/c: Lauren Morris
The Southern New Mexico Trail Alliance brings you the 11th annual running of the Sierra Vista Trail Runs. This event serves as the primary fundraiser for the Southern New Mexico Trail Alliance, a 501 (c)(3) corporation. The 2023 event will include the 50k, half-marathon, 10k, 5k, and 1-mile kids fun run. We keep the registration cost low to make trail racing financially accessible for more people. As always, race registration requires the donation of an old pair of shoes. Bring the shoes to packet pick up or race day. Donated shoes will be offered to the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope, http://www.mvcommunityofhope.org/. Click here to register: https://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=98958 Runners in all distances get a pair of race socks. Sizes cannot be guaranteed after February 18, 2023. Extras will be ordered but sizes and quantities will be limited and available on a first come first serve basis. There will be awards for top three men and women in all distances. Post race food will be provided. All races will take place on Saturday, March 11, 2023. All distances will start at the Sierra Norte trailhead off of Dripping Springs Road. The 50k will begin at 7:00am The half-marathon will begin at 8:00am. The 10k will begin at 9:00am. The 5k will begin at 8:30am. The cutoff time to finish will be 5:00 pm. All proceeds will be donated to the Southern New Mexico Trail Alliance to preserve and enhance the trails and outdoor recreation in the area. Visit us at snmta.org. Funds support trail work days, trail building workshops, training, and tools. Visit our website, Sierra Vista Trail Runs, for more information. Review the race manual at prior to the event. Come join us for a fun, low key community trail event. Banner photo of Ian Maddieson courtesy of Organ Mountain Outfitters, one of the past partners. The Sierra Vista Trail Runs is authorized under a Special Recreation Permit from the Bureau of Land Management Packet Pickup Packet pickup will be Friday, March 10, from 4-7 PM at Bluebird Running Company 300 N Main St, 2nd floor, Las Cruces, NM 88001