Las Cruces High School

1750 El Paseo Rd Las Cruces, NM 88001 (575) 527-9400

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SUMMER OUTREACH, JUNE 5, 2020

Good morning Bulldawg Nation and Happy June!

We hope this email finds you all well, continuing to stay safe, and enjoying summer! This is always a wonderful opportunity to rest and reset before we restart. Even though your students have been out of the building since March, we do hope their “summer days” look different than their remote learning “school days.” We thank you, again, for your support in wrapping up the last nine weeks!

We want to take this time to communicate with our families about current school and district level planning efforts for re-entry in the fall. While nothing is finite yet, there is work being done on many levels to ensure both staff and students are prepared to launch the 2020-2021 school year. Here are a few things we would like to share:

  • The District sent out an interest survey to all parents/guardians about those who are interested in full online learning in the fall. This is to gauge how many families would like the option of moving into full online learning. We do anticipate a blended opportunity for students as well, which will support face-to-face time as allowed, so please know that is also in the works. The survey link closes on June 8 at 11:50 PM. Feel free to email me at mronga@lcps.net if you need me to resend it to you.
  • Whether fully online or in a hybrid model, all classes will be hosted in the Canvas learning platform. This digital component will allow us to move in and out of learning as we need to based on the current health guidelines. Teachers and administrators are currently gearing up for this shift through ongoing Professional Development provided by the district. The district has been very thoughtful about anticipating the needs of all stakeholders, so stay tuned for more information about student and parent training as well!
  • We will have to work within the school community, and community at large, to shift the perception of remote learning. While we were wrapping up the 2020 school year, with three-quarters of the learning complete, we focused on participation and engagement to conclude the year. As we shift to the beginning of a new school year, with new content and material being taught, the expectations will also shift. We will continue these ongoing discussions and how to best communicate them with LCHS families.
  • Lastly, students did not need technology to complete the 2020 school year. As we move into the 2020-2021 school year, Las Cruces High School will support ensuring our students have the technology they will need to be successful. In July, be watching for more information from the school about how to secure technology for your student(s). Our school site goal is to be proactive during the summer to ensure every student is prepared for the first day of school!!

In addition to planning for the fall, the school might look empty, but there is still much that is happening! Breakfast and lunch are still being served out front from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, our custodial staff is busy deep-cleaning the entire school, master scheduling is moving forward, and we are in the throngs of actively interviewing and hiring. We are thrilled about our new Bulldawg staff additions, and we look forward to introducing new staff as we get closer to the beginning of the year. As always, we are working hard to maintain the Las Cruces High School “Tradition of Excellence.”

Lastly, there is a lot about prejudiced, discrimination and violence in the news. It may be difficult for parents to know how to start a conversation with their teens about all of this. A resource we use in the schools is "Teaching Tolerance" magazine. Their website has many free resources at www.tolerance.org, and below are two articles specific to tolerance, for teens and their parents.

https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/publications/parenting-teen-development-and-prejudice

https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/publications/principles-to-remember-with-teens

As a mother of three teenagers, ages 14, 15, and 19, I have also discovered that this is also an incredible opportunity to discuss social media etiquette and responsibility. Even I have to admit that I do not have time to check and scrutinize every post my children send- I would never get anything done!!! However, I have also learned that sometimes our youth do not always understand the ramifications of what they post, like, tweet, etc. We encourage you to also have this conversation with your student. As education partners, we are here to support you if you would like further resources. Please do not hesitate to reach out as needed.

Enjoy June! As the weather warms up, don’t forget to encourage your student to settle into a cool space and cozy up with a good book! Reading is a fabulous way to expand the mind:

“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all.” – Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Respectfully and sincerely,

Michelle Ronga

Principal

Community Resource List.docx
Social Media Flyer Student.pdf