https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Watrous Day https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/watrous-day-1 <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/8_22_watrous_day_1.jpg" alt="Lawrence Garcia passes wrapped beef to Nick Lucero, president of Watrous Day, out of the cooking pit during Saturday’s festivities. " title="Lawrence Garcia passes wrapped beef to Nick Lucero, president of Watrous Day, out of the cooking pit during Saturday’s festivities. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Lawrence Garcia passes wrapped beef to Nick Lucero, president of Watrous Day, out of the cooking pit during Saturday&rsquo;s festivities. More annual events planned as summer winds down, including this Saturday&rsquo;s Peoples Faire and Wagon Mound Bean Day and the Cleveland Millfest on Labor Day weekend.<br /> &nbsp;</p> School already? https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/school-already <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/8_22_first_day_school_0.jpg" alt="Students from Los Niños and Sierra Vista elementary schools enjoyed their first day of the new school year Monday. From the left are Esequiel Mascarenas, R.J. Trujillo, Lucas Mascarenas, Nathaniel Mascarenas, Erynn Trujillo and Andrew Trujillo." title="Students from Los Niños and Sierra Vista elementary schools enjoyed their first day of the new school year Monday. From the left are Esequiel Mascarenas, R.J. Trujillo, Lucas Mascarenas, Nathaniel Mascarenas, Erynn Trujillo and Andrew Trujillo." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> Students from Los Ni&ntilde;os and Sierra Vista elementary schools enjoyed their first day of the new school year Monday.</p> City Schools: Memorial MS gets ‘F’ grade https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/city-schools-memorial-ms-gets-%E2%80%98f%E2%80%99-grade <p> Just in time for students to return to class, Las Vegas-area school districts and the rest of the state received report cards from the New Mexico Public Education Department.</p> <p> Using the PED&rsquo;s A-F letter grade system &mdash; determined by measuring categories such as graduation rates, attendance and performance on standardized tests like PARCC &mdash; Las Vegas City Schools saw a gain at Sierra Vista Elementary, rising from a D to a B, but the middle school fell from a D to an F.</p> Las Vegas native earns administrator of the year award https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/las-vegas-native-earns-administrator-year-award <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/jim-abreu-766x1024.jpg" alt="Jim Abreu received the Administrator of the Year award from the New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders." title="Jim Abreu received the Administrator of the Year award from the New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders." align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> <em>By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University<br /> </em></p> <p> Jim Abreu, a former School of Education dean at New Mexico Highlands, received the Administrator of the Year award from the New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders.</p> <p> Abreu&rsquo;s career as an educator spans 43 years, with 26 of those years spent on the Highlands faculty. For the last eight years, he has served as the executive director for the Northeast Regional Education Cooperative.</p> Qué Pasa, Wednesday, August 22, 2018 https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/qu%C3%A9-pasa-wednesday-august-22-2018 <p> <strong>Saturday, Aug. 25</strong><br /> The 40th annual Las Vegas Arts Council&rsquo;s People&rsquo;s Faire welcomes over 60 arts, crafts an specialty food vendors to an outdoor market at Carnegie Library Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, rain or shine. Visit LasVegasArtsCouncil.org or call 505-425-1085 for more information.<br /> <strong><br /> Saturday, Aug. 25</strong><br /> Noticias, Wednesday, August 22, 2018 https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/noticias-wednesday-august-22-2018 <ul> <li> A Friday bridge group plays at the Las Vegas Senior Center at 1 p.m.&nbsp; New players are welcome. For information call Bill Neis, 454-4118, or email eumo@stonefieldsheep.com.</li> <li> A benefit breakfast for Masonic Scholarships takes place every first Saturday of each month from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Masonic Building at 518 Douglas Ave. Buffet consists of French toast, bacon, sausage, fruit bowl, cold cereal, biscuits and gravy, eggs, potatoes, green chile, pancakes, coffee, tea, juice, and milk. Cost is $10 per person.</li> <li> I must have been ‘hung up’ https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/i-must-have-been-%E2%80%98hung-%E2%80%99 <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/art_trujillo_mug_17.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="65" height="85" /><p> Is it time to give up? Are people in my field &mdash; the world of letters, spelling, punctuation and word choices a bit too &ldquo;hung up&rdquo;?</p> <p> I use &ldquo;hung up&rdquo; because a Highlands student once gave me that label as I returned assignments with a circled misspelling. That brought on a remark from a student, Angie, who said she &ldquo;just knew&rdquo; I would flag her word, &ldquo;aggravated,&rdquo; possibly &ldquo;just to be mean.&rdquo;</p> Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, August 22, 2018 https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/editorial-cartoon-wednesday-august-22-2018 <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/8_22_18_cartoon.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="121" height="85" />