Monday, July 16, 2018
LCPS Mission: The Las Cruces Public Schools, in partnership with students, families, and the community, provides a student-centered learning environment that cultivates character, fosters academic excellence, and embraces diversity.



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2017-2018 Employee Appreciation Dates

2017-2018 Employee Appreciation Dates

Brandon Baeza

LCHS Senior Gatorade’s NM Football Player of the Year

Las Cruces High School Senior Brandon Baeza was recently named Gatorade’s 2017-18 New Mexico Football Player of the Year. Baeza, a wide receiver and defensive back for the LCHS Bulldawgs, is the first player from Las Cruces High School to win that award since Franklin Hamilton in 2001. Brandon Baeza “It’s great to see such a talented student athlete recognized for his accomplishments on and off the field,” LCPS Executive Director of Athletics Ernie Viramontes. “We look forward to seeing all the More >


Arrowhead Park Honored by US Secretary of Education

Pictured from left to right are Ms. Defreitas, Dr. Ewing and Ms. Amis who were honored during the awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON, D.C.—Arrowhead Park Early College High School (APECHS) was honored in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 7 by the U.S. Department of Education for earning a national Blue Ribbon Award.  APECHS is the only school in New Mexico to earn the “Exemplary High Performing School” award, according to the US Department of Education.  In attendance to receive the award More >



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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

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

LCPS Concerned with Changes to Statewide Blueprint

LAS CRUCES—High school teachers throughout New Mexico know in advance what general topics will appear on statewide tests that eventually will be given to their students.  The range of topic items are listed on what is known as the End-of-Course blueprint, which is developed by the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) for classroom teachers.  However, LCPS teachers and administrators recently have taken issue with the development of the history and social studies blueprint and with More >


DACC Adult Education

Adult Education Continues Mission Las Cruces – Earning a high school equivalency degree can gain a better quality of life for students. It can also help employees progress in their jobs to earn more money. Not everyone had the opportunity to graduate from their high school. Some had life commitments such as having children, caring for injured or sick family members, or going to work to help pay family bills. For those adults, it is time to come back to school. The Adult Education (AE) program More >

Charter Schools

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

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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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 >


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

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 >

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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 >

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Voters Approve LCPS School Bond Issue

LAS CRUCES—Voters in Las Cruces and Doña Ana County overwhelmingly passed a $50 million school bond election on Tuesday, Feb. 6.  It was approved by an unofficial vote of 5,030 (89%) in favor to 633 (11%) opposed.  The approved bonds will pay for new classrooms, remodeled facilities, safety items, updated equipment, and much more, district officials said. LCPS Superintendent Greg Ewing thanked community voters and also praised the hard work of the 30-member Blue Ribbon Committee.  The More >

Employee ID Registration

Friday, December 19, 2014

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LCPS Releases 2018-19 School Supply Lists

Las Cruces Public schools has released its list of supplies that students will need for the 2018-19 school year.   Each list can be downloaded at the links below:   Elementary Schools (English | Spanish) Middle Schools (English | Spanish) High Schools (English | Spanish)

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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 >

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Read the Visual & Performing Arts Newsletter

The annual LCPS high school art show is scheduled to begin on Feb. 23 in the LCPS Administration Building.  It is one of many items that is promoted in this month’s LCPS Visual & Performing Arts Newsletter. The high school artists will have their paintings, sculptures and drawings on display for the community to enjoy.  The monthly publication summarizes and promotes a number of fine arts activities that are held throughout the school district for children kindergarten through 12th grade. Click More >

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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 >

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Simulated Disaster Planned for Las Cruces High

LAS CRUCES—The Las Cruces High School campus will turn into a major crime scene on Friday, Feb. 2 with injured students, fire and law enforcement officials, and a lot of chaos.  Fortunately, the emergency will be part of a simulated disaster that will test the skills of more than 650 students who are enrolled in the Health & Human Services (HHS) Academy at Las Cruces High School, said Assistant Principal Dana Critchlow.  The mock disaster will begin at approximately 9:45 a.m. during a More >


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

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. 

Straight Talk

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Las Cruces High School
Brandon Baeza

LCHS Senior Gatorade’s NM Football Player of the Year

Las Cruces High School Senior Brandon Baeza was recently named Gatorade’s 2017-18 New Mexico Football Player of the Year. Baeza, a wide receiver and defensive back for the LCHS Bulldawgs, is the first player from Las Cruces High School to win that award since Franklin Hamilton in 2001. Brandon Baeza “It’s great to see such a talented student athlete recognized for his accomplishments on and off the field,” LCPS Executive Director of Athletics Ernie Viramontes. “We look forward to seeing all the More >

LCHS Renovation Community Updates


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 >

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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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LCPS Foundation Awards $31,004 in Teacher Grants

LCPS Foundation Officials present grant award to all of the grant recipients The Las Cruces Public Schools Foundation has awarded $31,004 in grants to fund 11 innovative, teacher-developed projects which will help provide enhanced educational experiences for more than 2,500 kindergarten through 12th-grade students. “This year we awarded $31,004 in grants that will benefit an estimated 2500 students. This is a 9 percent increase in the number of students reached through the Teacher Grants from More >

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District Audit Committee Seeks Community Volunteers

Las Cruces Public Schools is seeking two volunteer members to serve on the Audit Committee for fiscal year 2018-19. One volunteer member must be parent of a student currently attending a Las Cruces Public School. One volunteer member must have experience in accounting or financial matters, but a current Certified Public Accountant is preferred. Neither volunteer member may be a current employee of Las Cruces Public Schools or affiliated organizations. In compliance with §22-8-12.3 NMSA 1978, More >

Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Greg Ewing visits with State Representative Joanne Ferrary, D-Las Cruces, and LCPS Board of Education Vice President Terrie Dallman before a meeting of the Legislative Education Study Committee on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.

LCPS Hosts Legislative Education Study Committee

Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Greg Ewing visits with State Representative Joanne Ferrary, D-Las Cruces, and LCPS Board of Education Vice President Terrie Dallman before a meeting of the Legislative Education Study Committee on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Greg Ewing on Wednesday addressed members of the Legislative Education Study Committee and shared with them many of the district’s successes. Ewing welcomed the committee, comprised of state More >


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


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
MHS Sophomore Mireya Sanchez-Maes

MHS Student Earns National Award for Tech Achievements

Mayfield High School Sophomore Mireya Sanchez-Maes has been selected by National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) as one of 41 national recipients of the 2018 NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing. “It’s great to see such a talented student being recognized for her achievements,” said LCPS Superintendent Dr. Greg Ewing. “We’re honored to have students like Mireya, who are already establishing themselves as leaders at the local, state and national level.” As part of the More >


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

K-3 Plus Classes Begin at Las Cruces Public Schools

Almost 1,800 students and more than 90 teachers are back in the classroom Monday, July 2, marking the start of the K-3 Plus program. K-3 Plus is an optional early education program that offers kindergarten through third-grade students 25 additional days of classroom instruction prior to the beginning of the regular school year. The program runs from July 2 through Aug. 6, Monday through Friday from 7:55 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at 20 elementary schools across Las Cruces Public Schools. “By starting the More >



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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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 >


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

EJA-R: Acceptable Use of Technology Resources Regulation

EJA-R: Acceptable Use of Technology Resources Regulation

Policy Review


Download: GCQ Policy DRAFT 9.2016_3rdRead

Regulation Review

BEDB-R: Board Agenda Regulation

Download: BEDB-R_BoardAgenda_080417

Rio Grande Preparatory Institute
Summer Graduation

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 >



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 >

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