Las Cruces Public Schools students and staff dove headlong into a new school year with a flurry of back-to-school activities, assemblies and events to kick off the 2018-19 school year. First day of class for most LCPS students was Monday, August 13.

Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Greg Ewing and New Mexico State Senator Bill Soules will co-teach two sections of Advanced Placement Psychology at Oñate High School during the 2018-19 school year.

Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Greg Ewing and New Mexico State Senator Bill Soules will co-teach two sections of Advanced Placement Psychology at Oñate High School during the 2018-19 school year.

Superintendent Greg Ewing visited several schools, including Oñate High School, where he will co-teach two sections of Advanced Placement Psychology with state Senator Bill Soules, D-Las Cruces. Soules, a longtime educator and former OHS teacher, chairs the Senate Education Committee.

When Soules’ senate obligations require him to miss class, Ewing, who has a doctoral degree in psychology, has agreed to serve as co-teacher for the courses.

Meanwhile, students at Lynn Community Middle School and Mesilla Valley Leadership Academy were greeted on their first day of school by stilt-walkers, clowns, the New Mexico State University Pride Drumline and a circus-themed pep rally.

Principal Toni Hull and her staff performed a flash mob routine in the school’s gymnasium. Borrowing inspiration from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, the theme of the assembly was “The Greatest School on Earth.”

The entire White Sands community came together on Aug. 9 for the 19th annual First Day of School Holiday for the students of White Sands School. The long-established tradition brings together all of the community agencies of White Sands Missile Range, who provide backpacks and school supplies for all students.

The White Sands Missile Range community came together on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, to welcome back students of White Sands School at the 19th annual First Day of School Holiday.

The White Sands Missile Range community came together on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, to welcome back students of White Sands School at the 19th annual First Day of School Holiday.

The event is designed to send the message to students and parents that education is important, and that they have the support of the entire White Sands community. LCPS Board of Education President Ed Frank addressed the gathered crowd, as did Dolores Lopez, school liaison officer for White Sands Missile Range Child Youth & School Services, and Heather Kingery, LCPS Assistant Superintendent of Leadership and Middle Schools.

After a welcome assembly in the school’s gymnasium, parents and students visited their classrooms and met with teachers.

— Damien Willis, LCPS Director of Communications, 575-527-5811, dwillis@lcps.net