Monday, October 16, 2017
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Also of Note

2017-2018 Employee Appreciation Dates

2017-2018 Employee Appreciation Dates

Athletics
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Watch the vs. Oñate vs. Carlsbad 10-6-17 Football Game LIVE!

Viewers can watch the Oñate vs. Carlsbad football game beginning at 6:45 p.m. as LCPS.TV continues their webcasts live at: www.lcps.tv. Join us as an all student production crew brings you the action from the Field of Dreams! Send your comments to lcpstv@lcps.net.

Awards
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APECHS Receives National Blue Ribbon Award

Arrowhead Park Early College High School was the first early college in New Mexico. LAS CRUCES—Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Greg Ewing has announced that Arrowhead Park Early College High School (APECHS) has been named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.  APECHS is the only New Mexico school to be recognized as an “Exemplary High Performing School,” Ewing said. According to a news release from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, APECHS is More >

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RFP 17-18-01P CATEGORY ONE BROADBAND CONNECTIVITY

Ad Notice RFP 17-18-01P   DUE DATE:  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2018 @ 3:00 P.M. MANDATORY PRE PROPOSAL WILL BE HELD WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2017, @ 9:00 A.M. 505 S. MAIN STREET, SUITE 249, LAS CRUCES, NM 88001.

Bilingual
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FREE LANGUAGE ACADEMIES OFFERED

LAS CRUCES—What proved to be a huge success among adults and students last year, the Las Cruces Public Schools Language Academies will once again be available for individuals who want to learn a new language. Mari Rincon, the LCPS Dual-Language and Bilingual Education Director, said five academies are being offered this semester: Spanish as a second language; English as a second language; American Sign Language; Arabic as a second language and Chinese as a second language. “We are adding More >

Board Meetings
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LCPS Superintendent Given 2-Year Contract

Superintendent Greg Ewing has been with Las Cruces Public Schools since Dec. 5, 2016. His new contract runs through June 30, 2019. Following many words of praise for the work he has done since he arrived in Las Cruces, Dr. Greg Ewing, Superintendent of the Las Cruces Public Schools, was given a two-year contract by the Las Cruces Board of Education.  The contract is effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019 and was based on his mid-year performance evaluation. “The Board is overwhelmingly More >

Board of Education
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LCPS Superintendent Given 2-Year Contract

Superintendent Greg Ewing has been with Las Cruces Public Schools since Dec. 5, 2016. His new contract runs through June 30, 2019. Following many words of praise for the work he has done since he arrived in Las Cruces, Dr. Greg Ewing, Superintendent of the Las Cruces Public Schools, was given a two-year contract by the Las Cruces Board of Education.  The contract is effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019 and was based on his mid-year performance evaluation. “The Board is overwhelmingly More >

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Healthy Kids Las Cruces Monthly Newsletter

Download: March 2017

Charter Schools
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Court Charter Campus Groundbreaking Event Set

LAS CRUCES—Students and staff from J. Paul Taylor Academy and Alma d’arte Charter High School, along with dignitaries from Las Cruces Public Schools (LCPS), will celebrate the New Year with a groundbreaking ceremony for the Court Charter School Campus.  The event will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, behind Alma d’arte Charter High School, 402 W. Court. The ceremony will take place on the west side of the campus on Reymond Street, LCPS officials announced. Throughout December, More >

Closed Surveys
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2013 Central Office Climate Survey

Las Cruces Public Schools invited staff, parents and community members to participate in a survey about their opinions of the school district as a whole. Survey topics include: School board and district leadership Significant decisions and budget considerations Quality of service School operations Communication District staff members were sent an email invitation with a unique link to access the survey. Parents and community members for whom the district had email addresses were also sent an More >

Count Me In!
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EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WINS A CAR

Marco Garcia of Arrowhead Park Early College High School starts up the car he won for having good attendance in school. He was one of thousands of students eligible for the 2014 Toyota Yaris, which was given away at the LCPS Count Me In! car giveaway event. LAS CRUCES—Marco Garcia was home studying for his school finals when he got the call that he had won a car. His name was drawn from among thousands of high school students who had good attendance this school year and were eligible to win a More >

DAC/SAC
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Parent Advisory Council Meets Sept. 26

Any parent of a student from the Las Cruces Public Schools can get involved with the district’s Parent Advisory Council (previously known as the District Advisory Council).  The next meeting will be Monday, Sept. 26 at Centennial High School on Sonoma Ranch Blvd.  The meeting will be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Laboratory (PAL).  This month’s discussion will focus on the community schools initiative and the search process for a new LCPS Superintendent. Organizer Jaime Calderon More >

District Advisory Council
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District Advisory Council to Meet Sept. 28

The District Advisory Council (DAC) will begin its 2017/18 meeting series on Thursday, Sept. 28 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Zia Middle School library, 1300 W. University Ave. The meeting will feature discussions about a broad range of districtwide topics and a guest presentation by LCPS Board Member Terrie Dallman. Click here to view the Sept. 28 Meeting Agenda The DAC consists of parents, teachers, staff and community members who will meet bi-monthly basis, which equates to two meetings each More >

Ecology
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Schools = Recycling Leaders

By Suzanne Michaels: Recycling “Green Team” students near the blue recycling dumpster at Sonoma Elementary School, one of the top recycling schools. “The Las Cruces Public Schools have proven to be great community leaders – they are setting the tone for recycling, waste reduction and environmental awareness that benefits everyone,” says Tarkeysha Burton, Recycling Coordinator for the South Central Solid Waste Authority (SCSWA). Burton explains that the bright blue recycling dumpsters – at More >

Employee ID Registration

Friday, December 19, 2014

Featured
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MVLA Students Earn Recognition at State Fair

MVLA students hold up photos of their award-winning baked goods and award ribbons in the MVLA kitchen. Thanks to their culinary creations and creative artwork, middle school students from the Mesilla Valley Leadership Academy (MVLA) took home some of the Southern New Mexico State Fair’s (SNMSF) most prestigious youth awards Sunday, Oct. 1 at the SNMSF. “As a project-based school, we actively encourage our students to participate in competitions. Competitions showcase some of the amazing More >

Finance
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District Finance Committee to Meet on Dec. 8

Any individual is welcome to attend the district’s Finance Committee meetings that are held monthly.  In December, the meeting will be held on Dec. 8, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Superintendent’s Conference Room of the LCPS Administration Building, 505 S. Main, Loretto Towne Centre.  The committee receives updates from the LCPS department of finance on how funds are being spent and what financial issues need to be reported to the Board of Education. — For more information, contact Crystal More >

Fine Arts
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High School Poster Contest to Promote Democracy

High school students have the opportunity this week to show what democracy looks like through their eyes. In conjunction with a Sept. 16 event to study overhauling interest in democracy in Doña Ana County, the Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office is inviting high school students to create posters that depict the way they see democracy in Doña Ana County. Contest entrants should bring their submissions to the Doña Ana County Government Center at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 16. The first-place winner of More >

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Graduations
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1,553 Seniors Set to Graduate from LCPS

 LAS CRUCES—Hundreds of high school students from throughout Las Cruces Public Schools will don their caps and gowns as the 2017 commencement ceremonies take place in Las Cruces from Friday, May 19 to Tuesday, May 23.  A total of 1,553 seniors are expected to graduate from the following schools:  Arrowhead Park Early College High School (104 graduates); Centennial High School (290 graduates); Las Cruces High School (337 graduates); Mayfield High School (294 graduates); Oñate High School (352 More >

Health
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Training is Required for Groups Fundraising with Food

The LCPS Nutrition Services Department will have important information for any organization or group that will be doing food-related fundraising activities this school year.  The training is mandatory for anyone who is fundraising in the school district or in the name of a school, officials said. There are three sessions from which to pick on Tuesday, Sept. 12 in the Board Room of the LCPS Administration Building, 505 S. Main.  The sessions will be held at 11:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m. or 5:30 p.m.  More >

Homeless
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Donate Food for LCPS Families for Spring Break

LAS CRUCES – While many LCPS families will be vacationing during spring break (March 24-28, 2014), some will be struggling to feed their children during those extra days they are not in school. The LCPS Project Link Homeless Education program is collecting food donations to help 25 of these struggling families. Project Link has received a generous donation from the Loyal Order of the Moose, Lodge #2081 of Las Cruces, for the spring break food box donation project; but additional donations are More >

Human Resources
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Looking for a Job? Consider Attending LCPS Job Fair

LCPS is having its second job fair. Teachers, counselors and Speech-Language Pathologists are among the positions that need to be filled.  If you are interested, or know of someone who may qualify, get registered for the free job fair on March 4, 8am-noon at the LCPS Professional Development Center, 505 S. Main, Loretto Town Centre. Click this flyer to see the registration information. 

IPE
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Las Cruces High School
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Marching Bands to Preview Productions at Annual Exhibition

In preparation for several upcoming marching band competitions, bands from Centennial, Las Cruces, Mayfield and Oñate High School are set to perform previews of their latest productions at the 17th Annual LCPS Marching Band Exhibition Tuesday, Sept. 26 starting at 7 p.m. at the Field of Dreams Football Stadium, 2501 Tashiro Road. The event is free and open to the public. “The exhibition gives the bands an opportunity to perform for their family and friends without the added pressure of scoring More >

LCHS Renovation Community Updates
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LAS CRUCES HIGH COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE IS SATURDAY

LAS CRUCES – The first phase of the Las Cruces High School renovation project is finished and the school is opening its doors so that the community can take a look at the new facilities. A community open house will be held Saturday, Dec. 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., said Principal Jed Hendee. Visitors should enter the school on the east side of El Paseo where the new sky bridge is located. The pedestrian bridge spanning El Paseo Road is one of the most unique features of the Las Cruces High More >

LCHS Renovations
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LCPS Construction Update, June 2014: Your Bond Dollars at Work

LCPS Construction Projects: June 2014 Update LAS CRUCES – Work on major construction projects continues at LCPS schools, according to a report submitted by LCPS Construction Projects Director Gloria Martinez to the LCPS Board of Education for its June 26, 2014 meeting. Here is an update on LCPS construction projects (June 2014 updates are in red.): • Remodel of Loma Heights Elementary School. The New Mexico Public Schools Facility Authority (PSFA) awarded $684,924 for educational More >

LCPS Foundation
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LCHS Graduate Wins National Merit Scholarship

Eric Leung, LCHS 2016 Graduate Eric Leung, 17, who recently graduated from Las Cruces High School, has been awarded a University of New Mexico National Merit Scholarship.  He is among 3,000 high school students nationwide, and the only one in Las Cruces, who earned a National Merit Scholarship financed by various universities and colleges.  Universities, including UNM, select their winners from among the students who were named as Finalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. Awards More >

LCPS TV
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Science Standards Up For Discussion on Oct. 16 in Santa Fe

A public hearing is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 16 in Santa Fe for the New Mexico Public Education Department to hear citizen input about the proposed changes to science standards in New Mexico’s schools.  The hearing begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Apodaca Education Building, 300 Don Gaspar Ave.  LCPS Superintendent Dr. Greg Ewing and the Board of Education in Las Cruces have written to the state’s Acting Secretary of Education regarding the proposed standards.  Read the letter here. In addition, More >

LCPS TV News
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2014 (and Earlier) Graduation DVDs for Sale

Copies of 2014 commencement ceremonies at Arrowhead Park, Centennial, Las Cruces, Mayfield and Oñate high schools and Rio Grande Preparatory Institute will be available for purchase from LCPS.TV, said LCPS.TV Manager Janice Garcia. You also can order videos of Las Cruces, Mayfield and Oñate graduations from 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Videos are $10 each. For information, call 575.527.9428.

Legal Notices
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SCHOOL DISTRICT BUDGET OUTLINED AT TOWN HALL TODAY

LAS CRUCES—Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Stan Rounds will explain during a town hall meeting today why the district is recommending multiple cuts in order to present a balanced 2015-16 budget to the Board of Education later this month. The town hall meeting begins at 5 p.m. today in the LCPS Administration Building Board Room, 505 S. Main. The meeting will be televised on CLC-TV, Comcast channel 20, said Communications Director Jo Galvan. The operational or state-funded portion of More >

Mayfield High School
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Marching Bands to Preview Productions at Annual Exhibition

In preparation for several upcoming marching band competitions, bands from Centennial, Las Cruces, Mayfield and Oñate High School are set to perform previews of their latest productions at the 17th Annual LCPS Marching Band Exhibition Tuesday, Sept. 26 starting at 7 p.m. at the Field of Dreams Football Stadium, 2501 Tashiro Road. The event is free and open to the public. “The exhibition gives the bands an opportunity to perform for their family and friends without the added pressure of scoring More >

NEA/CSEC
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NEA-NM Comments on NM Teach System

ALBUQUERQUE—The state’s teacher evaluation system does not improve teachers’ performance, according to leaders from the National Education Association-New Mexico chapter.  Betty Patterson, NEA-NM president, and a former LCPS teacher, said the NMTeach system is flawed.  Agreeing with her is LCPS Superintendent Greg Ewing, who said that teachers need to continue to focus on good instructional practices and not on the outcomes of the controversial evaluation system.  Read more about the matter in More >

News Release
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MVLA Students Earn Recognition at State Fair

MVLA students hold up photos of their award-winning baked goods and award ribbons in the MVLA kitchen. Thanks to their culinary creations and creative artwork, middle school students from the Mesilla Valley Leadership Academy (MVLA) took home some of the Southern New Mexico State Fair’s (SNMSF) most prestigious youth awards Sunday, Oct. 1 at the SNMSF. “As a project-based school, we actively encourage our students to participate in competitions. Competitions showcase some of the amazing More >

Non-Profit
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LCHS STUDENTS CONDUCTING ANNUAL LUMINARIA FUNDRAISER

LAS CRUCES – In its decades-old tradition, the Las Cruces High School Showcase Band’s 28th annual sale of holiday luminarias is underway. Sales will continue through Tuesday, December 15, 2015.  The luminaria fundraiser is the LCHS Showcase Band Parents Association’s biggest fundraiser during the year. Band students provide luminarias for the traditional display in the Town of Mesilla. Clark Myers, LCHS Band Parents Association luminaria coordinator, said in addition to selling luminarias More >

Open Surveys
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COMMUNITY ASKED TO PARTICIPATE IN EDUCATION SURVEY

LAS CRUCES—Parents and community residents are asked to complete a short, 10-question survey that will help the Las Cruces Public Schools determine its strengths and weaknesses, and to make improvements, where needed.  Tim Hand, LCPS chief of staff, said the annual Quality of Education survey is available online, in both English and Spanish, from February 23 through May 1, 2016. Parents, staff and community residents do not have to give their names to complete the survey, he said. “The survey More >

Partnerships
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High School Poster Contest to Promote Democracy

High school students have the opportunity this week to show what democracy looks like through their eyes. In conjunction with a Sept. 16 event to study overhauling interest in democracy in Doña Ana County, the Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office is inviting high school students to create posters that depict the way they see democracy in Doña Ana County. Contest entrants should bring their submissions to the Doña Ana County Government Center at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 16. The first-place winner of More >

Policies and Regulations

KCB: School Advisory Councils (English)

KCP- School Advisory Councils

Policy Review

GCQ: SEPARATION FROM EMPLOYMENT

Download: GCQ Policy DRAFT 9.2016_3rdRead

Regulation Review

BEDB-R: Board Agenda Regulation

Download: BEDB-R_BoardAgenda_080417

Rio Grande Preparatory Institute
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Congrats to all the LCPS Summer Graduates!

Twenty four students, who spent their summer earning the final credits required to graduate high school, received their graduation diplomas at the annual LCPS summer commencement ceremony Thursday, June 29, at 6 p.m. in the Centennial High School Gymnasium, 1950 Sonoma Ranch Blvd. “Summer school gives the students a final opportunity to graduate as part of the class of 2017,” said Kathie Davis, LCPS summer school principal. “It’s a fast-paced setting that focuses on moving them towards earning More >

Safety
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SCHOOLS WERE IN SHELTER-IN-PLACE FRIDAY AS PRECAUTION

LAS CRUCES—At approximately 12:18 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, Conlee Elementary School was placed in a lockdown as a precautionary measure after the school was notified of threatening comments made over social media.  As an additional safety measure, all LCPS schools throughout the school district were concurrently placed into shelter-in-place, said LCPS spokeswoman Jo Galván. “As soon as we heard about the threat, the Las Cruces Police responded immediately to keep our students and staff More >

Schools In the News
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MVLA Students Earn Recognition at State Fair

MVLA students hold up photos of their award-winning baked goods and award ribbons in the MVLA kitchen. Thanks to their culinary creations and creative artwork, middle school students from the Mesilla Valley Leadership Academy (MVLA) took home some of the Southern New Mexico State Fair’s (SNMSF) most prestigious youth awards Sunday, Oct. 1 at the SNMSF. “As a project-based school, we actively encourage our students to participate in competitions. Competitions showcase some of the amazing More >

Section A

ADF-R Wellness of Students and Staff

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Section B

BDF-E2: Student Advisory Council Recommendations form

BDF-E2: Student Advisory Council Recommendations form

Section C

CBI: Superintendent Evaluation

CBI Supt Evaluation

Section D

DJB: Procurement of Professional Services

DJB: Procurement of Professional Services

Section E

EFD-R: Meals, Apps,Prices and Charges

EFD-R: Meals,Apps,Prices and Charges

Section F

FFA: Naming School Facilities

Download: FFA: Naming School Facilities

Section G

GBAA: Title IX/Gender Equity (Staff)

GBAA Title IX/Gender Equity (Staff)

Section I

ILBB-E1: State Program Assessments – Assessment Parent Refusal Form (Spanish)

ILBB-E1 Parent Refusal Form-Espanol

Section J

JICK-E1 Report of Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying or Hazing (Interactive)

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Section K

KCB: School Advisory Councils (English)

KCP- School Advisory Councils

Special Event
Highland Jog-aThon

Highland Jog-a-Thon to Honor Military and First-Responders

Students from Highland Elementary School walk alongside school staff and local first responders at the school’s Annual Hero parade. The parade takes place just before the Annual Jog-a-Thon fundraiser, the school’s largest annual fundraiser. Hundreds of Highland Elementary students are collecting pledges for the school’s annual jog-a-thon, sponsored by the Highland Parent-Teacher Organization.  Approximately 800 students will participate in the day-long activity on Friday, September 15, said More >

STEM
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Science Standards Up For Discussion on Oct. 16 in Santa Fe

A public hearing is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 16 in Santa Fe for the New Mexico Public Education Department to hear citizen input about the proposed changes to science standards in New Mexico’s schools.  The hearing begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Apodaca Education Building, 300 Don Gaspar Ave.  LCPS Superintendent Dr. Greg Ewing and the Board of Education in Las Cruces have written to the state’s Acting Secretary of Education regarding the proposed standards.  Read the letter here. In addition, More >

Straight Talk
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2016 Mill Levy Election | Straight Talk

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Superintendent
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Superintendent Ewing Issues Community Letter Regarding DACA

August 7, 2017 • Dear LCPS Staff, Students and Community Citizens: By now you have heard that President Trump has decided to end DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  This Obama-era program has allowed hundreds of thousands of young people throughout the country — the “dreamers” — to live among us without fear of deportation. This includes children and students within our community.  On behalf of our students and their families, I urge Congress to act quickly in making this More >

Technology
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Jornada Students Qualify for the NM FLL Championship

LAS CRUCES—The Jornada Elementary Thunderbirds competed in the First LEGO League® at the Las Cruces Qualifier at Oñate High School on November 14, 2015. This is the first year for this rookie team that is comprised of three girls and seven boys, two coaches and three mentors.  Jornada placed second in the Champion’s Award category. According to the First LEGO League web site, the Thunderbirds met the following criteria:  “FLL’s Champion’s Award recognizes a team that “embodies the FLL More >

Training
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Mandatory Meeting for Fundraising With Food in Schools

Fundraising in schools requires some specific guidelines when there’s food or food items involved.  Businesses, school groups, clubs or others who want to hold school fundraisers or sell food on campuses must attend one of two meetings set on Tuesday, August 11 at the LCPS Administration Building, 505 S. Main, at either 4:00 or 5:30 p.m.  Click on the flyer to read more about it.

Uncategorized
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Free Children’s Art Workshops at the NMSU Art Gallery

Free Children’s Art Workshops at the NMSU Art Gallery

Your Voice
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COMMUNITY ASKED TO PARTICIPATE IN EDUCATION SURVEY

LAS CRUCES—Parents and community residents are asked to complete a short, 10-question survey that will help the Las Cruces Public Schools determine its strengths and weaknesses, and to make improvements, where needed.  Tim Hand, LCPS chief of staff, said the annual Quality of Education survey is available online, in both English and Spanish, from February 23 through May 1, 2016. Parents, staff and community residents do not have to give their names to complete the survey, he said. “The survey More >

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