K-12 Science

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were adopted by New Mexico in 2018 from Kindergarten through Grade Twelve.

Click Here to view NGSS Parent Guides

Click Here To Read the Standards

Elementary School Instructional Guides

The public can view these guides in their entirety; however, many of the links (specifically any links to STEMscopes) will not be accessible. STEMscopes is only accessible to current L.C.P.S. teachers since individual licenses are purchased for each teacher. 

Please visit the following links if you are interested in learning more about STEMscopes Science. 


First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

Fourth Grade

Fifth Grade

Middle School Instructional Guides

Sixth Grade Earth and Space Science

Seventh Grade Life Science

Eighth Grade Physical Science

High School Instructional Guides

Biology of the Living Earth

Chemistry of the Earth System

Physics in the Universe


K-12 Science Team

Stephanie Hofacket

Stephanie Hofacket

Associate Director of Teaching and Learning
K-12 Science

Stephanie began her career in education with LCPS in 2004 after earning a B.S. in Special Education and Elementary Education from NMSU. She also earned an M.A. from NMSU, an Educational Leadership License from Western New Mexico University, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at NMSU. She loves to hear the excitement of students as they work together during missions at the Challenger Learning Center of Las Cruces. Stephanie is a proud mom and can be found cheering on her 2 children in soccer, basketball, and track in her off time.

Tammy Miller-Dwake

Tammy Miller-Dwake

Secondary Science Content Specialist

Tammy began her teaching career with Las Cruces Public Schools during the 2005-2006 school year. She is also a 3rd generation, NMSU Aggie, receiving her undergraduate degree in Secondary Science Education and her Masters in Science Education. Tammy finds her position to be an honor as she works alongside our district’s outstanding teachers and students and she is thankful for the opportunity to serve our community every day


Michelle Estrada

Elementary Science Content Specialist

Michelle graduated from NMSU in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. In 2011, she earned a Master of Arts in Education degree with an emphasis in Science. She began working for LCPS in 2002 and has taught Kindergarten, 1st grade, K-2 Multiage, and 4th-grade students. Michelle truly believes that science education in elementary school is the key to classroom engagement and preparing students for the future! The best part of her job as a science content specialist is that she has the amazing opportunity to immerse herself in science teaching and learning every day. Also, she can share her passion for Science with teachers from all over the district and support them on their journey in science instruction. Outside of work, Michelle loves to spend time with her grandbabies, her two Golden Retrievers (Gatsby and Daisy), and with her husband riding bikes, going on walks, cooking, and traveling.