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    LCPS Calendar of Events
       October 22, 2012-June 30, 2013
         At the bottom of this document is 2012-13 school year information for traditional-calendar
               and balanced-calendar schools and Arrowhead Park Early College High School:
              1) School calendars        2) School hours and 3) ACT and SAT test dates.
                       Visit http://lcps.k12.nm.us/Calendar/index.asp for more events.



Today and This Weekend
Monday, October 22, the 296th day of 2012.69 days remain in the year (2012 is a leap year.).

October 21-27: National Character Counts! Week. http://josephsoninstitute.org/index.html.

October 21-27: America’s Safe Schools Week. www.schoolsafety.us/safe-schools-week.




Ongoing

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ONGOING: Donate new or gently used coats or make a cash donation to the program.

Visit http://lcps.k12.nm.us/News/uploads/Coats%20for%20Kids%20NR%20101012.doc

for locations and mailing address to send cash donations. Contact Karen Bailey at

575.636.6706.

Thru Monday, October 29: 13 German students and teachers visit Centennial High School, Las

Cruces and surrounding area as part of CHS’ exchange program. Contact Ingrid Luchini at 522.3615,

520.9556 or iluchini@zianet.com. Visit www.facebook.com/CentennialHighGAPP and

www.facebook.com/CentennialHighSchoolDeutsch. Visit

http://lcps.k12.nm.us/News/uploads/CHS%20GAPP%20Itinerary%20NR%20100912.doc.

Through October 2012: Art by students from all LCPS elementary schools, Vista Middle School,

Oñate High School on display in the Doña Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Blvd.;

student art shows have been a rotating fixture for the county building’s main lobby since 2000. Contact

Jess Williams at 525.5801.

Thru Tuesday, November 6 (Election Day): Early and absentee voting; vote early at the County

Government Center, 840 N. Motel Blvd., now through Saturday, November 3; vote early at alternate

voting locations throughout Doña Ana County beginning October 20; vote

absentee through election day. Visit the LCPS website

(www.lcps.k12.nm.us) and look for ELECTION 2012 and the VOTE! symbol for all the information

– including the NMSU bond issue and the five proposed amendments to the New Mexico Constitution.

Thru Friday, November 9: Teachers, counselors, etc. can apply for LCPS Foundation grants. Visit

http://lcps.k12.nm.us/News/uploads/Foundation%20Teacher%20Grants%20FORM%20082812.docx


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or http://lcps.k12.nm.us/Committees/Foundation/index.shtml. Contact Leslie Cervantes at 527.5946 or

lcervantes@lcps.k12.nm.us.

Thru Monday, December 3: 4:00 p.m., Nominate educators for the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of

Commerce’s Crystal Apple Education Award, which is given annually to Las Cruces grades pre-K-

12 educators in public or private schools who have shown excellence in teaching and/or

administration; award categories: 1) Principal/Administrator, 2) Teacher, and 3) Early Career Teacher

(one-three years in the profession). Nomination form: http://lcps.k12.nm.us/z-

temp/The%202012%20Crystal%20Apple%20Award%20Nomination%20final.doc.

Thru Thursday, April 25, 2013: 5:150-7:15 p.m. (every Thursday except holidays), LCPS Bowling

League bowls; Ten Pin Alley, 1201 E. Amador Ave.; annual sanction fee is $16, weekly fee is $13.50.

Contact Kellie Dinsmore at kdinsmor@lcps.k12.nm.us or 640.5915 after 3:15 p.m. weekdays.




OCTOBER 2012

National AIDS Awareness Month, National Depression Education and Awareness Month, National

Stamp Collecting Month

Birthstone: Opal (hope and fortune); flower: calendula or marigold

Tuesday, October 22: 6:00 p.m., Mayfield High School academic awards ceremony; school

gymnasium; students in grades 10-12 will be recognized for academic achievement during the 2011-12

school year. Contact JoBeth Hawk at 527.9415 or jbhawk@lcps.k12.nm.us.

October 23-31: National Red Ribbon Week. www.nfp.org.

Wednesday, October 24: Elementary report cards issued.

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Wednesday, October 24: Report cards issued, balanced-calendar elementaries (Booker T.

Washington, 755 E. Chestnut Ave., 527.9595; and MacArthur, 655 N. 4th St., 527.9556); no classes for

balanced-calendar students.

Wednesday, October 24: East Picacho Elementary School kindergarten field trip to Mesilla Valley

Maze, 3855 W. Picacho Ave. Call the school at 527.9516. Visit http://mesillavalleymaze.com/school-

tours.html.

October 24: United Nations Day. Visit www.timeanddate.com/holidays/un/united-nations-day.

Friday, October 26: 9:30-11:30 a.m., Valley View Elementary School’s 22nd annual Red Ribbon

Parade; beginning in front of the school, 915 E. California St. Contact Madeline Gonzales at 527.9586

or madelgonzales@lcps.k12.nm.us.

Friday, October 26: 5:00-8:00 p.m., Desert Hills Elementary School Fall Festival, at the school 280

N. Roadrunner Parkway; tickets for ages five and up are $5 before the event, $7 at the door; tickets

allow unlimited access to booths; food sold at an additional charge. Call Gena Castillo at Desert Hills

Elementary School at 527.9619.

Friday, October 26: 5:00-7:00 p.m., White Sands Schools Fall Festival; at the school, located on

White Sands Missile Range; admission is free, but tickets must be purchased for booths; lots of fun

activities for students in grades K-8 and families, lots of Halloween costumes. Call White Sands

School at 575.674.1241.

Friday, October 26: 5:30-7:30 p.m., University Hills Elementary School Fall Festival; at the school,

2005 S. Locust St., cost is $1 or a canned good, tickets are four for $1 – booths cost one-three tickets

each; food and games. Call Elena Martinez at 527.9649.


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Friday, October 26: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sonoma Elementary School Fall Festival, at the school, 4201

Northrise Drive; students must be accompanied by an adult; tickets are 25 cents each, activities are

one-four tickets; food for sale; students and adults encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. Call

Sonoma Elementary School 541.7320.

Friday, October 26: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Columbia Elementary Fall Festival: at the school, 4555 Elks

Drive; cost: one can of food per person or $1 per person; free games and booths and a silent auction;

food tickets are $2 for nachos; $1.50 for hotdogs; $1 for chips, vegetables, fruit, bottled water, sodas;

50 cents for pretzels and Capri Sun; photos are $5 per sheet. Contact Janie Rios at 527.1561 or

jarios@lcps.k12.nm.us.

Friday, October 26: 6:00-8:00 p.m., Sunrise Elementary School Fall Carnival, at the school 5300 N.

Holman Road; free; game booths and cookout. Contact Brian Peterson at 527.9626 or

brpeters@lcps.k12.nm.us.

Friday, October 26: 6:00-8:00 p.m., Doña Ana Elementary School Harvest Festival, at the school

5551 Camino de Flores in Doña Ana; tickets are five for $1 – booth prices will be one-four tickets

each; will include a haunted house, hay ride, games, food and drinks. Contact Rosa Apodaca at

527.9506 or rapodaca@lcps.k12.nm.us.

Friday, October 26: 6:00-8:00 p.m., Highland Elementary School Fall Festival, school cafeteria, 4201

Emerald St. admission is one bag of candy; includes food (pizza, nachos, hot dogs, pickles, string

cheese, fruit and drinks), games, face painting, photography ($5 for one 5”x 7”, $8 for two), haunted

house. Tickets for games: 25 cents each. Each game will be one ticket, except our cake walk. Call




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Highland Elementary School at 527.9636 or contact the Highland Elementary School Parent Teacher

Organization at highlandpto13@yahoo.com.

Friday, October 26: 6:00-8:00 p.m., Jornada Elementary School Fall Carnival, at the school, 3400

Elks Drive; admission is $5 per family; food for sale; games, Magic 105 Radio will broadcast live

children encouraged to wear costumes. Call the school at 527.9536.

Friday, October 26: 6:00-8:30 p.m., Monte Vista Elementary School’s Third Annual Math Howl and

October Festival: 6:00-8:30 p.m., at the school, 4915 Peachtree Hills Road; Math Howl: 6:00-7:00

p.m.: parents and their children will enjoy math games and activities focusing on geometry in

classrooms. October Festival: 7:00-8:30 p.m.: Tickets are five for $1 in advance, four for $1 at the

door; students encouraged to dress in costume, costume contest, hay ride, cake walk, bouncy balloon,

face painting, food and Monster Mash (dance). Call the school at 527.9490.

Friday, October 26: 6:00-9:00 p.m., Central Elementary School Fall Festival, at the school, 150 N.

Alameda Blvd.; admission to the spooky house (library) is 50 cents per person; food sold in the

cafeteria; Thriller line-dance on the playground; activities (face painting, temporary tattoos, cake walk,

pumpkin bowling, costume contest and more) and game booths in classrooms, hallways. Contact Saul

Arzapalo at 527.9496 or sarzapalo@lcps.k12.nm.us.

Friday October 26: 7:00 p.m., LCPS-TV webcasts Mayfield High School v Oñate High School

football game – LCPS’ annual military appreciation game; at the LCPS Field of Dreams. To view, go

to www.lcps.tv. The district web site at www.lcps.k12.nm.us also has a direct link to www.lcps.tv.

Simply click on the “LCPS Football on the Web” icon, then click on the game you want to watch. The




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games are broadcast live, so the link will only webcast the game at the date and time listed. Contact

Janice Garcia at 527.9428 or jagarcia@lcps.k12.nm.us.

October 26: Approximately 3:00 p.m., Shootout at the O.K. Corral, Tombstone, AZ. An estimated 33

shots were fired in 30 seconds, as Wyatt, Virgil and Morgan Earp, along with John Henry “Doc”

Holliday, faced off against Ike and Billy Clanton, Tom and Frank McLaury and Billy Claiborne. Billy

Clanton and Tom and Frank McLaury were killed. Virgil and Morgan Earp were both wounded. Doc

Holliday was grazed by a bullet. The gunfight actually occurred on a 15-20 foot empty lot on Freemont

Street, between C.S. Fly’s lodging house and photographic studio and the MacDonald assay house, six

doors east of an alley used as the entrance to the O.K. Corral. The opposing factions were

approximately six-10 feet apart during the shootout (1881). www.ok-corral.com.

Saturday, October 27: 5;00-8:00 p.m., Centennial High School Hawk Harvest event; at the school,

1950 S. Sonoma Ranch Blvd.; haunted house (proceeds benefit Children’s Miracle Network of New

Mexico), games are 25 cents each, wear costumes, concessions available. Call the school at 527.9330.

Monday, October 29: Middle and high school report cards mailed.

Saturday, October 27: 5;00-8:00 p.m., Las Cruces High School Bulldawg Broadcast Media Program

fourth annual Trunk or Treat Halloween Carnival; vote on the vehicle dressed in the best Halloween

costume; enter the scariest haunted house in town; enjoy games, music, dance performances, food;

proceeds benefit LCHS clubs and organizations. Call the school at 527.9400.

Monday, October 29: Middle and high school report cards mailed.

Monday, October 29: 2:00-4:00 p.m., LCPS Board of Education retreat regarding Las Cruces High

School master plan and renovation. Contact Karen Robles at 527.5806 or krobles@lcps.k12.nm.us.


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Monday, October 29: 5:30 a.m., Picacho Middle School Theatre Department presents “Scariest Play –

Ever”; Picacho Middle School theatre, 1040 N. Motel Blvd. Contact Tracy Bennett at 527.9455 or

tbennett@lcps.k12.nm.us.

October 29: 1:59:30 p.m., MDT: Full Hunter’s Moon.

October 31: Halloween.



NOVEMBER 2012

National American Indian Heritage Month, Good Nutrition Month, National Diabetes Awareness

Month, National Red Ribbon Awareness Month, National Epilepsy Month

Birthstone: Topaz (fidelity and cheerfulness); flower: chrysanthemum

Thursday, November 1: 6:00-7:30 p.m., Sierra Middle School’s annual spelling bee; at the school,

1700 E. Spruce St. Contact Heather Doolittle at 527.9640 or hdoolitt@lcps.k12.nm.us.

Saturday, November 3: The Oñate High School Royal Knight Regiment Marching Band competes in

the University of New Mexico Zia Marching Fiesta October 20 in Albuquerque. Contact Shawn Silva

at 527.9430 or ssilva@lcps.k12.nm.us.

Sunday, November 4: 2:00 a.m., M.D.T.: Daylight Saving Time ends and Mountain Standard Time

returns. Visit www.webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/b.html.

Monday, November 5: 5:00-6:30 p.m., LCPS District Advisory Council (DAC) meeting; Hillrise

Elementary School library, 1400 S. Curnutt St. Contact Leslie Cervantes at 527.5946 or

lcervantes@lcps.k12.nm.us.




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Tuesday, November 6: Election day. No classes for most students (exception: Arrowhead Park Early

College High School: no classes for ninth or 10th graders, but 11th graders do have class), but LCPS

administration building is open. 57th quadrennial presidential election, U.S. Senate elections, 33 races

including New Mexico, as well as U.S. House of Representatives elections to elect all 435 members for

the 113th Congress (including New Mexico’s three congressional seats).

Wednesday, November 7: 4:00-5:00 p.m. (networking begins at 3:45 p.m.) LCPS School Health

Advisory Council (SHAC) meetings; Principals’ Center, LCPS administration building, 505 S. Main

St., Loretto Towne Centre, Suite 249. Contact Barbara Berger at 527.5943 or bberger@lcps.k12.nm.us.

Thursday, November 8: University Hills Elementary School open house (all day), ribbon cutting for

new wing (9:00 a.m. ceremony, tours every half-hour begin after ceremony), and family night and

book fair (5:30-8:00 p.m.); at the school, 2005 S. Locust Ave. Contact Judy Foster at 527.9649 or

jfoster@lcps.k12.nm.us.

Friday, November 9: 10:30-11:30 a.m., Las Cruces High School Bulldawg Battalion Veterans Day

celebration; school gymnasium. Contact Sgt. Major Vernon Locklear Jr. at 527.9400 or

vlocklear@lcps.k12.nm.us.

Friday, November 9: Zia Middle School Veterans Day celebration; at the school, 1300 W. University

Ave.; includes choir singing the National Anthem and recognition of Zia staff who are veterans, plus

other events and activities. Call the school at 527.9475.

Friday, November 9: 5:00 p.m., Deadline for teachers to apply for LCPS Foundation grants. Contact

Leslie Cervantes at 527.5946 or lcervantes@lcps.k12.nm.us.




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Friday November 9: 7:00 p.m., LCPS-TV webcasts Las Cruces High School v Mayfield High School

football game; at NMSU’s Aggie Memorial Stadium. To view, go to www.lcps.tv. The district web

site at www.lcps.k12.nm.us also has a direct link to www.lcps.tv. Simply click on the “LCPS

Football on the Web” icon, then click on the game you want to watch. The games are broadcast live, so

the link will only webcast the game at the date and time listed. Contact Janice Garcia at 527.9428 or

jagarcia@lcps.k12.nm.us.

Saturday, November 10: America Recycles Day – take your unwanted electronic devices (televisions,

computers, cell phones, iPods) to the Doña Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Blvd., for

recycling. Visit http://americarecyclesday.org to host or join an event. Call 528.4723.

November 11: Veterans Day. (All schools and the LCPS administration building will be open on

Veterans Day.) www1.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp.

November 11-17: 91st annual American Education Week/School Board Week.

www.nea.org/grants/19823.htm.

Monday, November 12: 11:30 a.m., LCPS Foundation monthly meeting; the LCPS Foundation is a

private, non-profit corporation created in 1998 to benefit LCPS students; Principals’ Center, LCPS

administration building, 505 S. Main St., Loretto Towne Centre, Suite 249. Contact Leslie Cervantes

at 527.5946 or lcervantes@lcps.k12.nm.us.

Tuesday, November 13: 6:30 p.m., LCPS Board of Education regular meeting; board room, LCPS

Administration Building, 505 S. Main St., Loretto Towne Centre, Suite 249. Contact Karen Robles at

527.5806 or krobles@lcps.k12.nm.us.




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Thursday, November 15: The LCPS Nutrition Services Department will serve Thanksgiving lunch at

most schools. Call the department at 527.5996.

Friday, November 16: All-State wind and percussion tryouts in Las Cruces. Visit

www.nmmea.com/audition.htm.

Monday-Friday, November 19-23: Thanksgiving break, Arrowhead Park Early College High School,

3600 S. Arrowhead Drive, NMSU campus. Call the school at 527.9540.

November 20: 69th birthday of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, born 1942.

Wednesday-Friday, November 21-23: Thanksgiving holiday. All schools (except Arrowhead Park

Early College High School – see November 19), and LCPS administration building are closed.

Thursday, November 22: Thanksgiving Day.

November 22: 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas.

Monday-Friday, November 26-30: LCPS Custodial/PPD/Print Shop/Warehouse Week.

November 28: 7:47:28 a.m., Full Beaver Moon.



DECEMBER 2012

Read a New Book Month, Universal Human Rights Month

Birthstone: Turquoise (harmony and prosperity); flower: narcissus or holly

Week of Monday, December 3-7: LCPS Foundation teacher grant awards delivered to LCPS

teachers. Contact Leslie Cervantes at 527.5946 or lcervantes@lcps.k12.nm.us.




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Monday, December 3: :00-6:30 p.m., LCPS District Advisory Council (DAC) meeting; San Andres

School, 2355 Avenida de Mesilla in Mesilla. Contact Leslie Cervantes at 527.5946 or

lcervantes@lcps.k12.nm.us.

Tuesday, December 4: 4:00 p.m., LCPS Board of Education work session; board room, LCPS

Administration Building, 505 S. Main St., Loretto Towne Centre, Suite 249. Contact Karen Robles at

527.5806 or krobles@lcps.k12.nm.us.

December 7: Attack on Pearl Harbor, World War II (1941). www.pearlharbor.org/history-of-pearl-

harbor.asp.

December 8-16: Chanukah.

Monday, December 10: 11:30 a.m., LCPS Foundation monthly meeting; the LCPS Foundation is a

private, non-profit corporation created in 1998 to benefit LCPS students; Principals’ Center, LCPS

administration building, 505 S. Main St., Loretto Towne Centre, Suite 249. Contact Leslie Cervantes

at 527.5946 or lcervantes@lcps.k12.nm.us.

Friday, December 14: Semester ends, Arrowhead Park Early College High School, 3600 S.

Arrowhead Drive, NMSU campus. Call the school at 527.9540.

Monday, December 17-Tuesday, January 8, 2013: Winter break for students, Arrowhead Park Early

College High School, 3600 S. Arrowhead Drive, NMSU campus. Staff winter break is Wednesday,

December 19-Friday, January 4, 2013. Call the school at 527.9540.

December 17: Wright Brothers Day. The date commemorates the Wright brothers' first successful

flight in heavier-than-air, mechanically propelled craft December 17, 1903 near Kitty Hawk, NC.

www.timeanddate.com/holidays/us/wright-brothers-day.


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Tuesday, December 18: The LCPS Nutrition Services Department will serve winter holiday lunch at

most schools. Call the department at 527.5996.

Tuesday, December 18: 6:30 p.m., LCPS Board of Education regular meeting; board room, LCPS

Administration Building, 505 S. Main St., Loretto Towne Centre, Suite 249. Contact Karen Robles at

527.5806 or krobles@lcps.k12.nm.us.

Friday, December 21: noon, semester ends for all schools except Arrowhead Park Early College High

School.

December 21: 4:12 a.m., MST: Winter solstice.

Monday, December 24-Friday, January 4, 2013: Winter break for regular-calendar and balanced-

calendar schools; LCPS administration building is closed.

December 25: Christmas Day. Also, one of the four English and Irish quarter days when accounts

were settled.

December 26-January 1: Kwanzaa. www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org/index.shtml.

December 28: 3:22 a.m., MST, Full Cold Moon.




JANUARY 2013

National Blood Donor Month; National Braille Literacy Month; National Hobby Month

Birthstone: Garnet (faith, optimism, constancy, safety during travel); flower: carnation

Tuesday, January 1: Las Cruces Public Schools celebrates its 59th birthday as a school district. It was

created effective January 1, 1954 with the consolidation of six area school districts. Carl S. Conlee,

superintendent of both the Las Cruces Municipal School District and the Las Cruces Union High School

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District; and Haskel B. Smith, superintendent of the Doña Ana County School District; shared duties as

superintendent of the new Las Cruces School District #2 (LCPS) until the new board of education

appointed Tom J. Mayfield superintendent effective July 1, 1954.

January 6: New Mexico celebrates its 101st anniversary of statehood. www.nmcentennial.org.

Monday, January 7: Work day for all staff.

Tuesday, January 8: High school classes begin (except Arrowhead Park Early College High School –

see Wednesday, January 9); elementary and middle school staff professional development – no classes

for elementary and middle school students.

Wednesday, January 9: Elementary (including balanced-calendar schools) and middle school classes

begin spring semester.

Wednesday, January 9: Students at Arrowhead Park Early College High School, 3600 S. Arrowhead

Drive, NMSU campus, return to classes. Call the school at 527.9540.

Wednesday-Saturday, January 9-12: 2013 New Mexico All-State Music Festival; University of

New Mexico in Albuquerque. Visit www.nmmea.com/allstateinformation.htm

Monday, January 14: 11:30 a.m., LCPS Foundation monthly meeting; the LCPS Foundation is a

private, non-profit corporation created in 1998 to benefit LCPS students; Principals’ Center, LCPS

administration building, 505 S. Main St., Loretto Towne Centre, Suite 249. Contact Leslie Cervantes

at 527.5946 or lcervantes@lcps.k12.nm.us.

Tuesday, January 15: 6:30 p.m., LCPS Board of Education regular meeting; board room, LCPS

Administration Building, 505 S. Main St., Loretto Towne Centre, Suite 249. Contact Karen Robles at

527.5806 or krobles@lcps.k12.nm.us.


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Tuesday, January 15: The 51st New Mexico Legislature, session one, convenes for a 30-day session in

Santa Fe. The Legislature has 70 state representatives and 42 state senators. www.nmlegis.gov/lcs.

Wednesday, January 16: 4:00-5:00 p.m. (networking begins at 3:45 p.m.) LCPS School Health

Advisory Council (SHAC) meetings; Principals’ Center, LCPS administration building, 505 S. Main

St., Loretto Towne Centre, Suite 249. Contact Barbara Berger at 527.5943 or bberger@lcps.k12.nm.us.

Thursday, January 17: Spring semester classes begin at New Mexico State University.

Monday, January 21: Martin Luther King Jr. holiday; no classes at any school and LCPS

administration building is closed. www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1964/king-bio.html.

January 26: 9:40:18 p.m., MST, Full Wolf Moon.




FEBRUARY 2013

National Black History Month

Birthstone: Amethyst (sincerity); flower: violet or primrose

February 2: Groundhog day. www.groundhog.org.

Monday, February 4: 5:00-6:30 p.m., LCPS District Advisory Council (DAC) meets; Mesa Middle

School, 7224 Jornada Road North. Contact Leslie Cervantes at 527.5945 or

lcervantes@lcps.k12.nm.us.

Tuesday, February 5: 4:00 p.m., LCPS Board of Education work session; board room, LCPS

Administration Building, 505 S. Main St., Loretto Towne Centre, Suite 249. Contact Karen Robles at

527.5806 or krobles@lcps.k12.nm.us.



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Monday, February 11: 11:30 a.m., LCPS Foundation monthly meeting; the LCPS Foundation is a

private, non-profit corporation created in 1998 to benefit LCPS students; Principals’ Center, LCPS

administration building, 505 S. Main St., Loretto Towne Centre, Suite 249. Contact Leslie Cervantes

at 527.5946 or lcervantes@lcps.k12.nm.us.

February 12: Birthday of Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States (1812).

http://home.att.net/~rjnorton/Lincoln77.html.

Thursday, February 14: 4:00-7:00 p.m. (by appointment): Parent conferences for grades six-eight; no

school for students in grades six-eight, regular school days for students in grades K-5 and 9-12;

February 14: Valentine’s Day. www.history.com/topics/valentines-day.

Friday, February 15: Parent conferences, grades K-5, all elementary schools; no classes all day for

students in grades K-5, all schools.

Monday, February 18: Presidents’ Day holiday; no classes at any schools (exception; Arrowhead

Park Early College High School 11th grade students will attend classes), LCPS administration building

is closed.

February 18: Pluto discovered by Clyde W. Tombaugh of Las Cruces (1930).

www.icstars.com/HTML/icstars/graphics/clyde.htm

Tuesday, February 19: 6:30 p.m., LCPS Board of Education regular meeting; board room, LCPS

Administration Building, 505 S. Main St., Loretto Towne Centre, Suite 249. Contact Karen Robles at

527.5806 or krobles@lcps.k12.nm.us.

February 21: Mardi Gras (2012). www.holidays.net/mardigras/story.htm.




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February 22: Birthday of George Washington (1732).

www.whitehouse.gov/about/presidents/georgewashington/.

February 25: 1:28 p.m., MST, Full Snow Moon.




MARCH 2013

Arts Awareness Month; Music in Our Schools Month; National Athletic Training Month; National

Nutrition Month; National Social Work Month; National Women’s History Month; National Theater

in Our Schools Month; National Music in Our Schools Month

Birthstone: Aquamarine (courage and intelligence); flower: jonquil or violet

March 2: Birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) (1904; he died September 24, 1991).

www.catinthehat.org.

March 2: National Anthem Day. The Star-Spangled Banner was adopted by Congress as the National

Anthem on this day in 1931. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Star-Spangled_Banner.

March 2: 3:30:20 a.m., MDT: Full Worm Moon.

Monday, March 4: 5:00-6:30 p.m., LCPS District Advisory Council (DAC) meets; Tombaugh

Elementary School, 226 Carver Road. Contact Leslie Cervantes at 527.5945 or

lcervantes@lcps.k12.nm.us.

Tuesday, March 5: 4:00 p.m., LCPS Board of Education work session; board room, LCPS

Administration Building, 505 S. Main St., Loretto Towne Centre, Suite 249. Contact Karen Robles at

527.5806 or krobles@lcps.k12.nm.us.


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Thursday-Friday, March 7-8: Parent conferences for grades six and seven; Next Step planning

conferences and pre-registration for grade eight; students in grades K-8 have regular classes, no classes

for students in grades nine-12.

Wednesday, March 6: 4:00-5:00 p.m. (networking begins at 3:45 p.m.) LCPS School Health

Advisory Council (SHAC) meetings; Principals’ Center, LCPS administration building, 505 S. Main

St., Loretto Towne Centre, Suite 249. Contact Barbara Berger at 527.5943 or bberger@lcps.k12.nm.us.

Thursday-Friday, March 7-8: Next Step planning conferences for ninth and 10th graders at

Arrowhead Park Early College High School, 3600 S. Arrowhead Drive, NMSU campus; 11th graders

attend regular classes. Call the school at 527.9540.

Friday, March 8: 8:00 a.m.-noon (by appointment), Next Step student planning conferences for

students in grades six-eight and their parents; no classes for students in grades six-eight; students in

grades K-7 have regular classes.

Friday, March 8: Grading period ends, balanced-calendar elementaries (Booker T. Washington, 755

E. Chestnut Ave., 527.9595; and MacArthur, 655 N. 4th St., 527.9556).

March 10: Alexander Graham Bell invents a working telephone, as he says to his assistant, Thomas

Watson, “Come here, Watson, I want to see you.” (1876). www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-

bin/page.cgi/jb/recon/telephone_1.

Monday, March 11: 11:30 a.m., LCPS Foundation monthly meeting; the LCPS Foundation is a

private, non-profit corporation created in 1998 to benefit LCPS students; Principals’ Center, LCPS

administration building, 505 S. Main St., Loretto Towne Centre, Suite 249. Contact Leslie Cervantes

at 527.5946 or lcervantes@lcps.k12.nm.us.


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March 15: The Ides of March. The day Gaius Julius Caesar, dictator of the Roman Republic, was

murdered by Roman senators, led by Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus, 44 B.C.

Tuesday, March 15: K-12 grading period ends, regular-calendar schools.

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day. Visit www.history.com/minisites/stpatricksday.

Monday-Wednesday, March 18-20: High school assessments.

Monday-Thursday, March 18-21: Elementary (including balanced-calendar elementaries) and middle

school assessments.

Tuesday, March 19: 6:30 p.m., LCPS Board of Education regular meeting; board room, LCPS

Administration Building, 505 S. Main St., Loretto Towne Centre, Suite 249. Contact Karen Robles at

527.5806 or krobles@lcps.k12.nm.us.

March 20: 5:02 a.m., MDT: Vernal equinox.

Thursday-Friday, March 21-22 and Tuesday-Wednesday, April 1-2: Assessment make up testing.

Friday, March 22: Elementary school (regular calendar) report cards issued.

Monday-Friday, March 25-29: Spring break for all schools; administration building is open.

Monday, March 25-Friday, April 12: Spring intersession for fourth- and fifth-grade students at

balanced-calendar elementaries (Booker T. Washington, 755 E. Chestnut Ave., 527.9595; and

MacArthur, 655 N. 4th St., 527.9556). Kindergarten, first-, second- and third-graders at these two

schools return to classes Monday, April 1 for K-3+ program.

March 25: Lady Day. One of four English and Irish quarter days when accounts were settled.

Wednesday, March 27: Middle- and high school report cards issued.

March 31: Easter Sunday. www.religioustolerance.org/easter.htm.


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March 31: American labor leader Cesár Estrada Chávez was born (1927).

http://familycrafts.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site=http://www.chavezfoundation.org/.



APRIL 2013

Autism Awareness Month; Backpack Safety Awareness Month; Math Education Month; National

Poetry Month; Child Abuse Awareness Month

Birthstone: Diamond (innocence and purity); flower: sweet pea or daisy

Monday, April 1: 5:00-6:30 p.m., LCPS District Advisory Council (DAC) meets; Mesilla Elementary

School, 2363 Calle del Sur in Mesilla. Contact Leslie Cervantes at 527.5945 or

lcervantes@lcps.k12.nm.us.

April 1: April Fools’ Day. www.infoplease.com/spot/aprilfools1.html.

Monday, April 1-Wednesday, April 10: K-3+ program for kindergarten, first, second and third

graders at LCPS balanced-calendar schools (Booker T. Washington and MacArthur elementaries). Call

527.5851.

Tuesday, April 2: 4:00 p.m., LCPS Board of Education work session; board room, LCPS

Administration Building, 505 S. Main St., Loretto Towne Centre, Suite 249. Contact Karen Robles at

527.5806 or krobles@lcps.k12.nm.us.

Tuesday-Thursday, April 2-4: Student assessment make up testing.

Friday, April 6: Good Friday.

April 6-14: Passover. www.infoplease.com/spot/movablefeasts1.html.




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Monday, April 8: 11:30 a.m., LCPS Foundation monthly meeting; the LCPS Foundation is a private,

non-profit corporation created in 1998 to benefit LCPS students; Principals’ Center, LCPS

administration building, 505 S. Main St., Loretto Towne Centre, Suite 249. Contact Leslie Cervantes

at 527.5946 or lcervantes@lcps.k12.nm.us.

April 12: American Civil War begins as the Confederate States of America attack union Fort Sumpter,

S.C. (1861). The war ends with Lee’s surrender in the house of Wilmer McLean (the McLean farm

was also the site of the First Battle of Bull Run, July 18, 1861) in Appomattox Court House, VA on

April 9, 1865.

April 13: Birthday of Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States (1843; he died July 4,

1826).

Monday, April 15: Classes resume, balanced-calendar elementaries (Booker T. Washington, 755 E.

Chestnut Ave., 527.9595; and MacArthur, 655 N. 4th St., 527.9556).

Monday, April 15: LCPS Foundation annual Celebration of Excellence dinner. Contact Leslie

Cervantes at 527.5946 or lcervantes@lcps.k12.nm.us.

Tuesday, April 16: 6:30 p.m., LCPS Board of Education regular meeting; board room, LCPS

Administration Building, 505 S. Main St., Loretto Towne Centre, Suite 249. Contact Karen Robles at

527.5806 or krobles@lcps.k12.nm.us.

April 18: Paul Revere rides to warn the colonists that the British are coming (1775).

www.paulreverehouse.org/bio.

April 22: Earth Day. www.earthday.org.




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April 23: Birthday (uncertain) of William Shakespeare (1564; died April 23, 1616). www.william-

shakespeare.info.

April 25: 1:59:57 p.m., MDT, Full Pink Moon.

Friday, April 26: Snow day holiday (if no previous school days are cancelled due to inclement

weather); no classes for regular-calendar schools (see Monday, June 3 for balanced-calendar elementary

schools), administration building closed.

April 27: National Arbor Day. www.arborday.org.

Monday, April 29: Deadline for students to apply for scholarships managed by the LCPS Foundation. Contact

Leslie Cervantes at 527.5946 or lcervantes@lcps.k12.nm.us.

MAY 2013

Asian- and Pacific-American Heritage Month; Better Hearing and Speech Month; National Physical

Fitness and Sports Month; Pride in America Month

Birthstone: Emerald (success in love); flower: lily of the valley or hawthorn

Wednesday, May 1: 4:00-5:00 p.m. (networking begins at 3:45 p.m.) LCPS School Health Advisory

Council (SHAC) meetings; Principals’ Center, LCPS administration building, 505 S. Main St., Loretto

Towne Centre, Suite 249. Contact Barbara Berger at 527.5943 or bberger@lcps.k12.nm.us.

May 1: May Day. www.theholidayspot.com/mayday/history.htm.

May 5: Cinco de Mayo. Holiday in some parts of Mexico and the southwestern United States,

celebrating Mexico’s victory over a much larger French invasionary force at Puebla, Mexico (1862).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinco_de_Mayo.



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Monday, May 6: 5:00-6:30 p.m., LCPS District Advisory Council (DAC) meets; MacArthur

Elementary School cafeteria, 655 N. Fourth St. Contact Leslie Cervantes at 527.5945 or

lcervantes@lcps.k12.nm.us.

Tuesday, May 7: 4:00 p.m., LCPS Board of Education work session; board room, LCPS

Administration Building, 505 S. Main St., Loretto Towne Centre, Suite 249. Contact Karen Robles at

527.5806 or krobles@lcps.k12.nm.us.

Friday, May 10: High school seniors’ last day of classes.

Friday, May 10: Semester ends, Arrowhead Park Early College High School, 3600 S. Arrowhead

Drive, NMSU campus. Call the school at 527.9540.

May 12: Mother’s Day.

Monday, May 13: 11:30 a.m., LCPS Foundation monthly meeting, a private, non-profit corporation

created in 1998 to benefit LCPS students; Principals’ Center, LCPS administration building, 505 S.

Main St., Loretto Towne Centre, Suite 249. Contact Leslie Cervantes at 527.5946 or

lcervantes@lcps.k12.nm.us.

Friday, May 17: 6:00 p.m., San Andres High School graduation; Doña Ana Community College, East

Mesa Branch, 2800 Sonoma Ranch Blvd. Call the school at 527.6058.

Saturday, May 18: High school graduations: Pan American Center, NMSU campus; 9:00 a.m.: Las

Cruces High School; 1:00 p.m., Oñate High School; 5:00 p.m.: Mayfield High School.

Tuesday, May 21: 6:30 p.m., LCPS Board of Education regular meeting; board room, LCPS

Administration Building, 505 S. Main St., Loretto Towne Centre, Suite 249. Contact Karen Robles at

527.5806 or krobles@lcps.k12.nm.us.


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Friday, May 24: Noon, school year ends for all regular-calendar schools; one-half day of classes.

Friday, May 24: Regular-calendar elementary school report cards issued.

May 24: 10:27:03 p.m., MDT, Full Flower Moon.

Monday, May 27: Memorial day holiday; no classes for balanced-calendar elementaries, administration

building closed.

Friday, May 31: Semester ends, balanced-calendar elementaries (Booker T. Washington, 755 E.

Chestnut Ave., 527.9595; and MacArthur, 655 N. 4th St., 527.9556); balanced-calendar elementary

report cards issued.



JUNE 2013

National Safety Month; National Dairy Month; Rose Month; Skin Cancer Awareness Month

Birthstone: Pearl (purity and innocence), moonstone (hope), alexandrite (health, longevity, prosperity);

flower: rose

Monday, June 3: Snow day makeup day – if necessary, only for balanced-calendar elementaries

(Booker T. Washington, 755 E. Chestnut Ave., 527.9595; and MacArthur, 655 N. 4th St., 527.9556).

Tuesday, June 4: 4:00 p.m., LCPS Board of Education work session; board room, LCPS

Administration Building, 505 S. Main St., Loretto Towne Centre, Suite 249. Contact Karen Robles at

527.5806 or krobles@lcps.k12.nm.us.

Wednesday, June 5: Middle and high school report cards mailed.

June 14: The United States Army was founded (1775). www.army.mil.



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June 14: Flag Day. (The Stars and Stripes was adopted as the American flag, 1777).

www.usflag.org/history/flagday.html.

June 16: Father’s Day.

Tuesday, June 18: 6:30 p.m., LCPS Board of Education regular meeting; board room, LCPS

Administration Building, 505 S. Main St., Loretto Towne Centre, Suite 249. Contact Karen Robles at

527.5806 or krobles@lcps.k12.nm.us.

June 19: Juneteenth, or the "19th of June", recognizes June 19, 1865, in Galveston, TX, when Union

Army General Gordon Granger announced freedom for all slaves in the Southwest. This was the last

major vestige of slavery in the United States following the end of the Civil War. This occurred more

than two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham

Lincoln. www.juneteenth.us.

June 20: 11:04 p.m., MDT: Summer solstice.

June 23: 5:33:38 a.m., MDT: Full Strawberry Moon.

June 24: Midsummer Day; one of four quarter days on the calendar in British and Irish tradition.

June 25: Battle of the Little Big Horn, Montana (1876); the most famous action of the Great Sioux

War of 1876-77, as Lakota and Northern Cheyenne, led by Sitting Bull, met members of the U.S.

Seventh Cavalry. Col. George Armstrong Custer was among those killed. www.nps.gov/libi.



Following are 2012-13 school year, school hours and ACT and SAT (anticipated) test dates.




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                           2012-13 School Year
                              Traditional-Calendar Schools
    Includes all schools except balanced-calendar elementaries and Arrowhead Park ECHS
Fall semester begins: grades 9-12: Mon., Aug. 13; grades 1-8: Wed., Aug. 15; kinder: Fri. Aug. 17;
         pre-school: Tues., Aug. 21, 2012. Fall semester ends for all Fri., Dec. 21, 2012.
   Spring semester begins: 9-12: Tues., Jan. 8; K-8: Wed., Jan. 9; pre-sch: Mon., Jan. 14, 2013.
        Spring break: Mon.-Fri., March 25-29, 2013; Seniors’ last day: Fri., May 10, 2013.
                               School year ends: Fri. May 24, 2013.

                                Balanced-Calendar Schools
                       Booker T. Washington and MacArthur elementaries
     Start date: grades 1-5: Mon., July 23; pre-school and kindergarten: Wed., July 25, 2012.
     Fall intersession: Mon., Sept. 24-Fri., Oct. 12, 2012 (K-3+: Mon., Sept. 24-Fri., Oct. 5).
                              Fall semester ends Fri., Dec. 21, 2012.
       Spring semester begins: grades K-5: Wed., Jan. 9; pre-school: Mon., Jan. 14, 2013.
     Spring break/spring intersession: Mon., Mar. 25-Fri., Apr. 12, 2013 (K-3+: Apr. 1-10).
                            School year ends for all Fri., May 24, 2013.

                     Arrowhead Park Early College High School
                      Grades nine, 10 and 11 (Follows NMSU calendar)
    School year begins Mon., July 2, 2012; Summer break: Wed., Aug. 8-Fri., Aug. 17, 2012.
       Fall semester begins Mon., Aug. 20, 2012. Fall semester ends Fri., Dec. 14, 2012.
    Spring semester begins Wed., Jan. 9, 2013. Spring break: Mon.-Fri., March 25-29, 2013.
                             School year ends Fri., May 10, 2013.




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  2012-13 School Hours
                  ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
                         8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
          White Sands Elementary School: 8:15 a.m.-2:45 p.m.

                      MIDDLE SCHOOLS
                        8:35 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
            White Sands Middle School: 8:15 a.m.-3:25 p.m.

                        HIGH SCHOOLS
                          9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
San Andres High School: Day school, Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.;
            Night school, Monday-Thursday, 3:30-7:00 p.m.
 Arrowhead Park Early College High School (NMSU): 9:05 a.m.-3:00 p.m.




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                             ACT & SAT Testing Dates
ACT: 2011-12
 Remaining Test Dates                       Registration Deadline                              (Late Fee Required)
     June 9, 2012                               May 4, 2012                                      May 5-18, 2012


ACT: 2012-13
        September 8, 2012                              August 17, 2012                                 August 18-24, 2012
         October 27, 2012                            September 21, 2012                         September 22-October 5, 2012
        December 8, 2012                             November 2, 2012                                 November 3-16, 2012
        February 9, 2013*                             January 11, 2013                                 January 12-18, 2013
          April 13, 2013                                March 8, 2013                                   March 9-22, 2013
            June 8, 2013                                 May 3, 2013                                      May 4-17, 2013
Source: www.act.org
-------------------
SAT: 2011-12
Remaining Test Dates
June 2-3, 2012

SAT: 2012-13
Anticipated Test Dates
October 6, 2012
November 3, 2012
December 1, 2012
January 26, 2013
March 9, 2013
May 4, 2013
Source: Source: www.collegeboard.com and http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/sat-reasoning/register/test-dates
Test dates are the first Saturday in November, December, May and June; the second Saturday in October and March; and the fourth Saturday in
January. Sunday tests usually are the day after each Saturday test date for students who cannot test on Saturday due to religious observance.




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