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Sarah Pohl

The 2nd Annual Special Olympics Unified School Event for Los Lunas Schools was held on April 20th at Valencia High School. Elementary, middle, and high school games were held. Athletes competed in events such as corn hole, ring toss, softball throw, soccer kick, and relay races. Middle school and high school athletes participated in a kickball tournament. Valencia Jaguars took the wins for both middle school and high school kickball games. It was a fun field day with great weather. Congratulations to all the athletes that participated! 


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Sarah Pohl

VMS students win at local art show

Alaina Sanchez wins best of show at LL Heritage and Art Museum Art Show

Valencia Middle School had over 52 pieces displayed at the annual Los Lunas Heritage and Art Museum Art show. Three VMS students placed for the middle school category. 

1st Place “Sun” painting by Angelique Ortega

Best of Show “New Mexico Evening” by Alaina Sanchez

1st Place “Sun” Angelique Ortega

Honorable Mention “Happy New Mexico :)” Ariana Lares-Chavez

Congratulations to these VMS students! Go Jags! 

Honorable Mention “Happy New Mexico :)” painting by Ariana Lares-Chavez
Sarah Pohl

Spring Assembly Guest Speaker

Fitness Expert Patrick Ryan gives a presentation at the VMS spring assembly. 

Fitness expert and VMS Alumni, Patrick Ryan, presented at the VMS spring assembly for all students. During his presentation Patrick shared his experience as a former VMS Jaguar. He included information for the students that they can use to build healthy habits in their life both physically and mentally.

VMS Students participate in breathing exercises during guest speaker presentation. 

In preparing for the remainder of the school year, Patrick encouraged students to participate in breathing exercises that will help with any stress and anxiety. He encouraged our VMS Jaguars to put their best foot forward, do their best work, and finish the school year strong! Thank you Patrick for joining us on campus! 

Sarah Pohl

See Photos From D.C. & NYC

students in front of the White House

After an exciting and educational journey filled with unforgettable experiences, a group of Valencia Middle School students and their teacher, has returned from their highly anticipated trip to New York and Washington, D.C. The trip, organized by their school and 7th grade Social Studies Teacher Sara Trujillo, aimed to provide students with a unique opportunity to explore the nation's capital and the bustling metropolis of New York City.

The group had the chance to visit several iconic landmarks and historical sites, including the White House, the Supreme Court, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, just to name a few. They also had the opportunity to explore the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Arlington National Cemetery, as well as touring the U.S. Capitol and Mount Vernon.

students in Times Square

The students also embarked on an exciting journey to the bustling streets of New York City. They were able to visit to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and marveled at the impressive skyline from atop the Empire State Building and experienced the vibrant energy of Times Square. Broadway became their stage as they attended a captivating musical performance, leaving them in awe of the talent and creativity on display. 

The trip provided the middle school students with a unique blend of educational and cultural experiences. Beyond the historical significance of the sites they visited, the journey fostered personal growth, independence, and a sense of global citizenship. By exploring the nation's capital and New York City, the students gained a deeper understanding of American history, government, and culture. As they settle back into their classrooms, the students will carry the memories of their trip, the knowledge gained, and the friendships formed. The journey will serve as a constant reminder of the possibilities that lie beyond the confines of their textbooks, inspiring them to explore, learn, and embrace the world around them.

Sidney Olivas

Important For Incoming Freshmen


Hello future VHS Jag Families! 

Valencia High School will be hosting an incoming 8th grade Parent/Student registration information night:

  • Monday, February 26th
  • 6:00pm
  • VHS Performing Arts Center (PAC)

Come to hear information about graduation testing and credit requirements and the exciting opportunities for core and elective classes offered to your student. 

Please park in the South parking lot where the gym and the PAC are located.  Any questions, please contact the VHS Counseling Department (505) 565-8755.

Sidney Olivas

Students up to 18 years of age

New Mexico flag; flowers

The Los Lunas Museum of Heritage and Arts is hosting the 11th Annual Student Art Show! This year's theme is Enchanted New Mexico. 


The Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts is accepting submissions for the 11th Annual Student Art show. Dates for the show are from April 6, 2024 through June 1, 2024.


Open to artists 18 years of age or younger living in Valencia County.

Entry Parameters:

  • Entries must be original works and may be any medium (e.g. acrylic, oil, pastel, water color, pen & ink, photography, ceramics, fibers and mixed media) that portrays the theme.
  • Abstract and non-representational works are welcome. However, works must be with the specified theme.


Artists may enter up to three works. Submissions will be accepted up until April 2, 2024.

Procedure to Submit Works:

Artists may submit digital or printed entries via mail, email or in person. We prefer to have teachers submit all student entries from their school at the same time on the same device, or collected together in a binder. If submitting printed versions of artwork, please include with them artist and title information on a separate piece of paper to keep your work anonymous for judges. If submitting digital versions of artwork, acceptable files include PDF, JPG, TIFF or MSWORD files. Please name digital files in the following way: (Name Title). Please label storage devices with the name of your school and teacher.

Completed Submission Form:

Printed photos, external storage device (CD or USB drive), or emailed file of submitted work. Note: Submitted photographs and disc will not be returned. Unlabeled photographs and storage devices will be disqualified. Artists with incomplete submission forms will not be accepted.

Mail To:

11th Annual Student Art Show
Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts
660 Main Street
Los Lunas, NM 87031

Delivery, Exhibition, & Pick-Up:

Artists accepted into the 2024 Student Juried Art Show will be notified by phone first, mail, as well by email. Accepted works must be display—or hanging ready and delivered from now thru April 2, 2024. Works will be on display April 6, 2024 thru June 1, 2024. Artists may choose to have their artwork available for purchase throughout the exhibit. Pieces that are sold will remain in the show until its conclusion. All sold pieces cannot be picked up by buyer until show closes. Pieces can be picked up on the week after June 1, 2024. Work not picked up will become property of the Los Lunas Museum of Heritage & Arts unless other arrangements are made.

Show Awards: (Elementary, Middle, and High School Categories)

  • Best of Show (cash prize)
  • 1st Place (cash prize)
  • 2nd Place (cash prize)
  • 3rd Place (cash prize)
  • Honorable Mentions (one per grade level)

Contact Information: If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Louie Huning, or Owen Baca at Or call 505-352-7720.

Click here for Application.