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Graduating Seniors Invited To Apply For J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Scholarship

on March 24, 2017 - 10:29am

J. Robert Oppenheimer. Courtesy photo

EDUCATION News:

The J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee is dedicated to furthering the memory and spirit of J. Robert Oppenheimer through scholarships to graduating seniors attending Los Alamos, Pojoaque, Capitol, and Santa Fe public high schools.

The committee awarded the first scholarship in 1984 and the number of scholarships awarded has grown over the years due to the generous contributions of many people. Twelve scholarships were awarded in 2016.

The Committee would like to remind graduating seniors that the deadline for applications for Los

LAPS Kindergarten Round-Up

on March 23, 2017 - 2:39pm
 
LAPS News:
 
Kindergarten Round-Up will be on Wednesday, April 5, at all Los Alamos Elementary Schools.
 
Children who turn five by September 1, 2017, are eligible to be enrolled in kindergarten for the 2017-2018 school year. Kindergarten Round Up is an important step in the pre-registration process, and gives parents and children an idea of what to expect for kindergarten.
 
Parents and students will get to meet kindergarten teachers, principals, school nurse, school counselor, and other key school personnel.

Hargraves: Highlights Of Work Session 5:30 p.m. Today

on March 23, 2017 - 9:28am
By BILL HARGRAVES
LAPS School Board Member

Schools are important to the entire community. School Board decisions directly affect outcomes and success of our schools. For good reasons, it is difficult and time consuming to stay informed about School Board activities. These columns, planned prior to each Board Meeting and Work Session, highlight Board agenda items that might interest students, parents teachers and the community at large.

A Work Session is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. today at Pinon Elementary School. Agenda item 10 is a budget presentation and discussion.

Los Alamos Students Shine At 'MathCounts' Competition

on March 23, 2017 - 8:41am

Four students from Mountain Elementary School took fourth place out of 25 teams at the New Mexico State MathCounts Competition Feb. 18 at UNM-Albuquerque. From left, Alex Livescu, Pasha Trudolyubov, Isaac Gao, Sonya Ebey, Coach Jane Lataille and Coach Phuong Nguyen. Also pictured is Dr. Walter Gerstle, PE, president of the New Mexico Society of Professional Engineers, whose firm organizes the state competition. A team from Los Alamos Middle School took second place. Courtesy photo

Scenes From Friday's Leadership Los Alamos Economic Development Session

on March 23, 2017 - 8:12am

Participants in the 2016-17 Leadership Los Alamos class learn about local economic development during an all-day session Friday. Photo by Martha Katko

LLA participants learn about local economic development. Photo by Martha Katko

COMMUNITY News:

Participants in the 2016-17 class of Leadership Los Alamos participated in an economic development session Friday.

Leadership Los Alamos was founded to identify current and emerging leaders in the Los Alamos community, enhance their leadership skills, and deepen their knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing the area.

Each class

Los Alamos Middle School Pianist Julia Chen Selected For Artist Master Class With Artist Yi-Heng Yang

on March 23, 2017 - 7:51am
Los Alamos pianist Julia Chen. Courtesy photo
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Julia Chen, a 12-year-old pianist from Los Alamos—having appeared in last week’s news as the Mountain Club 2017 State Swim Champion—trades in her swim cap this weekend for the keyboard of a 9-foot Steinway Concert Grand.
 
Chen, who although having studied piano only four years, has shown a “great dedication to the piano along with a developing command of advanced repertoire,” according to her teacher, Dr. Madeline Williamson of Los Alamos Piano Studio.
 
Chen’s teacher nominated her for the honor of being one of four

A Mountaineer’s Story: Backpacking The Light Way March 28

on March 22, 2017 - 2:39pm
Rick Light's book Backpacking the Light Way can help you enjoy the outdoors in safety, style, and comfort. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
On Tuesday, March 28, Author and adventurer Rick Light will reveal how to shed pack weight without sacrificing comfort.
 
This free talk is part of the Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. and includes information about upcoming outings. The presentation will start by 7:15 p.m. at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Rick Light will open your eyes to the freedom of hiking light.

Altherr Receives Dorothy Hoard Stewardship Award

on March 21, 2017 - 11:50pm
Friends of Bandelier Board members from left, Jonathan Creel, President Craig Martin, award recipient Michele Altherr and Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott. Courtesy photo

Michele Altherr with a painting by Dorothy Hoard entitle 'Thunderstorm over Bandelier.' Courtesy photo

 

By TERRY FOXX
Friends of Bandelier
 
The Board of Friends of Bandelier have chosen Mountain Elementary School teacher Michele Altherr of Los Alamos to receive the 2017 Dorothy Hoard Stewardship Award.
 
Altherr was selected for her work with the children of Los Alamos and her many contributions to the

Los Alamos Community Foundation Presents Media Communications Training For Nonprofits Thursday

on March 21, 2017 - 7:29am

Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium Features Phantoms And Exoplanets At Planetarium This Weekend

on March 20, 2017 - 6:44pm
 
PEEC News:
 
How do we know there are planets outside our solar system, exoplanets? 
 
At 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, March 25 and 26, the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium is showing Exoplanets, which reveals plants found outside our solar system along with the science behind how we find them and what we know about their composition. The Friday, March 24, show was cancelled. 
 
The nature center is ending March with an exciting astronomy show and film exploring dark matter at 7 p.m., Friday, March 31, with Dr. Galen Gisler.
 
This special show includes a talk by Dr.

Los Alamos Hilltalkers Host Seroogy’s Chocolate Bar Fundraiser At LANB Friday

on March 20, 2017 - 8:45am

Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers Speech and Debate Team. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team completed their tournament season with a strong finish by qualifying nine members of the team to the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament in jUne in Birmingham, Ala. 

Twenty-eight members of the Hilltalkers squad traveled to Albuquerque Academy, March 16-18, to battle for an opportunity to represent New Mexico at the National Tournament.

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American Federation Of Teachers New Mexico Marks End Of 2017 Legislative Session

on March 20, 2017 - 8:13am

American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly

AFT-NM News:

SANTA FE – Following the conclusion of the 2017 Legislative Session Saturday at the State Capitol, American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

“With the 2017 regular Legislative session ending at noon (Saturday), proactive agendas for public education and workers continue to make advances with pro-education and pro-worker allies in the Roundhouse.

“From support for all employees in their places of work, to modernizing what our high school students can

Letter To The Editor: In Support Of Our Teachers...

on March 19, 2017 - 11:39am
By ELENA E. GIORGI
A concerned mother grateful for her children’s teachers

Dear Governor and dear Representatives who voted against the resolution that would’ve allowed teachers to take more than 3 sick days without penalty, let me ask you: how many times did you take a sick day this past year? How many times did you have to assist a sick family member, whether a child, a spouse, or an elderly parent? And all this when you hold a position that doesn’t keep you inside a classroom five days a week. Along with train stations and public places, schools are the primary route for the spread of

Safety Town Registration Now Open

on March 19, 2017 - 7:42am

Safety Town fire safety instruction. Courtesy/LAC

Safety Town bicycle safety instruction. Courtesy/LAC

Safety Town crosswalk safety instruction. Courtesy/LAC

COUNTY News:

Safety Town is returning to Mountain Elementary School 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, June 19-30. This free safety program is open to all children entering Kindergarten in the Fall or who will be five years of age by Sept. 1, 2017.

The program is limited to 80 participants and registration is being accepted at the Walkup Aquatic Center front desk or register online via WebTrac on the PROS Division’s main page

Bill To Restore Classroom Funding Heads To Governor

on March 18, 2017 - 10:22am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Friday, Senate Bill 462 passed the New Mexico Legislature. Instead of funding infrastructure projects in their home communities, legislators chose to strengthen public schools’ bottom line statewide after several years of tough budgets.

The bill utilized a complicated transfer of capital outlay funds to the general fund to strengthen classrooms. The bill restores $46 million that was cut from public school cash balances, or ‘reserves’, earlier in the session to address FY ’17 budget solvency.

Tayra Eidenbenz Receives Community Youth Award

on March 18, 2017 - 10:13am
LAHS student Tayra Eidenbenz is honored with the Community Youth Award for February. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Tayra Eidenbenz is honored with the Community Youth Award for February from Champions of Youth Ambitions (C'YA).
 
Jackie Hurtle nominated the Los Alamos High School student saying, "She is an inspiration to me.

Governor Acts On Four More Pieces Of Legislation

on March 18, 2017 - 9:54am

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez

STATE News:

SANTA FE—Late Friday night, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez acted on the following legislation:

  • Signed Senate Bill 103 — Transfer Of College Credits [MESSAGE]
  • Signed Senate Bill 32 — K-3 Plus Eligibility [MESSAGE]
  • Signed Senate Bill 75 — Deferred Compensation Changes [MESSAGE]
  • Signed Senate Bill 28 — Educational Retirement Changes [MESSAGE]
  • Vetoed Senate Bill 297 — Disabled Veteran License Plate Options [MESSAGE]

 

Statement On Attempted Override Of Governor’s Veto Of HB 241 - Attendance Component In Teacher Evaluations

on March 18, 2017 - 8:39am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Rep. Jim Smith (R-Bernalillo, Sandoval and Santa Fe) released the following statement after the House of Representatives failed to override Gov. Susana Martinez’s veto of House Bill 241:
 
“In her veto message, Gov. Martinez stated that she would be willing to consider changes to attendance measures as part of a comprehensive teacher evaluation system. Attendance measures account for just five percent of a teacher’s overall evaluation. House Bill 241 sought to address only the attendance component in teacher evaluations, and we respect Gov.

Eight Los Alamos Pianists Sweep Dennis Alexander Piano Competition

on March 18, 2017 - 8:28am
Composer Dennis Alexander and piano instructor Madeline Williamson pose with Sruthi Garimella, center, winner of a Trifecta of awards at the Dennis Alexander Piano Competition. Courtesy photo
 
Pianists Betty and John Kang with their awards at the Dennis Alexander Piano Competition. Courtesy photo

Music News:

Eight young Los Alamos pianists, ages 8 through 14, competed Saturday, March 11 in the prestigious Dennis Alexander Piano Competition, held annually in Albuquerque at the New Mexico School of Music.

White Rock Elementary Schools Invite Community To Multi-Cultural Fair March 22

on March 17, 2017 - 4:18pm

LAHS Students Participate In Kick Butts Day

on March 17, 2017 - 3:42pm

Los Alamos High School students Emily Jones, left, and Katey Green hold up Jones' poster of a cigarette pack for the high school robotics class' robot to demolish Wednesday  morning. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

Los Alamos High School students Aaron Laurtizen, left, and John Caparone manuever their robot to take down a model of a cigarette. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos High School students participating in the school’s Evolvement program kicked some major butt ... cigarette butt to be exact ... Wednesday

Lottery Scholarship Gap Bill Goes To Governor

on March 17, 2017 - 8:50am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Lottery Scholarship Grace Period legislation, SB 420, sponsored by Sen. Bill Soules of Las Cruces, March 15 was passed by the full New Mexico House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support.
 
The bill allows students to take up to 16 months off before beginning college, and still qualify for the state Lottery Scholarship assistance. The measure was the top priority for NMSU students. It was passed earlier in the session by the Senate, and now goes to the Governor for signature.
 
“I am pleased that legislators passed this bill that is so important to

PEEC: A Living And Exploding Universe This Weekend

on March 17, 2017 - 8:36am
 
PEEC News:
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium will kick off the weekend at 7 p.m. with an astronomy show at by Dr. Rick Wallace the explores what we know about life in the Universe. 
 
At 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, the film Exploding Universe will take attendees on a voyage through space and discover explosive events that shaped the Universe.
 
For more information about these and future planetarium shows, visit www.peecnature.or g/planetarium or call 505.662.0460.
 

Los Alamos School Board Elects New Officers

on March 17, 2017 - 8:22am
Jenny McCumber, left, and Andrea Cunningham at Tuesday's meeting of the Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education in the Administration Building on Trinity Drive. The meeting was the first to include newly elected members Ellen Ben-Naim and Stephen Boerigter. Newly elected school board officers include McCumber as president. McCumber, Andrea Cunningham and Stephen Boerigter supported McCumber, while Ellen Ben Naim and Bill Hargraves voted for Hargraves. Cunningham was the sole candidate for vice president.

School Board Honors Departing LAPS Foundation Executive Director

on March 17, 2017 - 7:50am
LAPS Foundation Executive Director Joanna Gillespie, left, and Foundation Board President Cheryl Pongratz address the Los Alamos School Board Tuesday. Gillespie is leaving her post as executive director after a 12-year tenure. She has been the director of the organization since its inception in 2005. The Foundation has raised $1 million to benefit the Los Alamos Public Schools in that time. Pongratz said Gillespie has done 'a phenonimal job' as director.

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