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Precision Rifle Team Takes 2nd At Nationals

on February 23, 2017 - 4:45pm
LAHS precision rifle team members Holly Hayes, Samantha Miller, Steffie Nielsen, Jacob Torrez and Jonathan Chavez. Courtesy photo
 
SPORTS News:
 
This past weekend the Los Alamos High School precision rifle team traveled to Alabama to compete in the Navy National Air Rifle Championships.
 
The team finished second against a field of the top teams from across the nation. Samantha Miller placed second overall in the individual category. Stephanie Nielsen was awarded her distinguished air rifle badge which is a major accomplishment.
 
By finishing second, the team earns an invitation

Bills To Attract, Retain Good Teachers Pass House

on February 23, 2017 - 4:43pm
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Tuesday, two bills that aim to ensure New Mexico attracts and retains good teachers by improving teacher evaluations and recognizing teacher skill and competency passed the House.
 
Rep. Debra Sariñana’s (D-Albuquerque) bill, HB 163, makes teacher evaluations more fair by ensuring a teacher’s evaluation is not disproportionately affected by students who have too many absences. The second bill introduced by Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton’s (D-Albuquerque), HB 124, provides a three-tier framework for teachers to advance to level II and level III licensure.
 
“HB

Los Alamos School Board Extends Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus' Contract Maximum Allowed By Law

on February 23, 2017 - 10:02am

Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY

Los Alamos Daily Post

 

The Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) Board of Education unanimously renewed Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus’ contract for three more years, which is the maximum amount of time allowed by state law.

 

The decision to extend the contract occurred during the Feb. 14 regular school board meeting. In addition to extending his contract, the board offered Steinhaus a raise identical to the amount offered to all other staff.

Joshua Ramsey Achieves Eagle Scout Honor

on February 23, 2017 - 7:19am

Eagle Scout recipient Joshua A. Ramsey, a member of Boy Scout Troop 222 of Los Alamos with some of the 44 wooden toys he designed, finished and delivered to UNM Carrie Tingley Children’s Hospital in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Joshua A. Ramsey, a member of Boy Scout Troop 222 of Los Alamos, has earned the highest honor bestowed by the Boy Scouts of American, the rank of Eagle Scout.

He received the award in the Boy Scout Eagle Court of Honor ceremony Feb. 21, 2017 at the Los Alamos Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

BBBS's Dawn Brown Moves To New Job

on February 22, 2017 - 2:11pm
BBBS News:
 
After many years with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, Dawn Brown is moving to a new job, but not before she highlights some great work done by some really great volunteers.
 
The Big Brothers Big Sisters program saluted their volunteers during January, which is nationally celebrated as mentoring month, and our region had some pretty wonderful participation.
 
Los Alamos volunteers Donnie Torres and Peggy Durbin were selected as the top choices for Big Brother and Sister of the Year.

LAHS Band Director Attends Midwest Clinic: International Band & Orchestra Conference

on February 22, 2017 - 1:43pm
Zane Meeks directs a class of students in the newly remodeled Los Alamos High School music wing. Courtesy photo
 
LAPS News:
 
Director Zane Meek was awarded a Professional Development Grant by Los Alamos Public Schools to attend the Midwest Band & Orchestra Festival and Conference in Chicago, IL.
 
This annual conference provides many opportunities for professional development, including sessions about advocacy, recruiting and retention, teaching techniques, instrumental music techniques for specific instruments, music technology in the classroom, student assessments, and so much more.

Sig Hecker To Address Nuclear North Korea, Moderated By Valerie Plame Thursday

on February 22, 2017 - 1:41pm
CIR News:
 
Sig Hecker, Stanford University Research Professor and Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Emeritus will offer his thoughts and opinions on the timely topic of “Nuclear North Korea and Lessons for the Iran Deal.” 
 
His talk is 5:50 p.m., Thursday at the Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living, 505 Camino de Los Marquez.
 
Dr. Hecker is an internationally recognized expert in plutonium science, global threat reduction and nuclear security.

Senate Bill 140 Rewarding High Performing Public Schools Is Voted Down In Senate

on February 22, 2017 - 8:43am

GOP STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE Sen. John Sapien and fellow Democrats have voted against Senate Bill 140, which would have provided high-performing school districts the same additional flexibility provided to charter schools in New Mexico.

The legislation would have given school districts with grades of A or B for two consecutive years flexibility on several legal requirements of public schools in New Mexico, including the length of the school day, class load, and subject areas covered by the curriculum. These requirements are already waived for New Mexico charter schools.

When the legislation

LAHS Class Of 2019 Prepares For Annual ‘Duct Tape A Staff Member’ To The Wall Fundraiser

on February 22, 2017 - 8:16am

The Los Alamos High School Class of 2019 will hold its annual duct tape a staff member to the wall fundraiser. Last year security filled the bill as Scott Reynolds was hoisted for the cause. Today and Thursday students can purchase a ticket for just $1 and pick their favorite staff member from a list of willing volunteers. Here, Topper Freshman Academy teacher Debbie Grothaus gives some support to Reynolds before the entire school paraded by for selfies. Courtesy photo

Helen Idzorek Presents Healthy Hearts Talk March 9

on February 22, 2017 - 7:41am
COMMUNITY News:
 
Aspen Ridge Assisted Living hosts a Healthy Hearts presentation with speaker Helen Idzorek, at 2 p.m., Thursday March 9, in the first floor sun room at Aspen Ridge, 1010 Sombrillo Court in Los Alamos.
 
Idzorek is the Family Sciences Agent for the New Mexico State Cooperative Extension Service.

Los Alamos community members are invited to attend and refreshments will be served.

For information, contact Community Liaison Cynthia Goldblatt at 505.695.8981.

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Math And Science Academy Offers Partnership Opportunities

on February 21, 2017 - 3:33pm

Monica Martinez-Archuleta of LANL's Math and Science Academy facilitates a teacher discussion of their students' understanding of math concepts. Courtesy/LANL 

LANL News:

The Math and Science Academy of Los Alamos National Laboratory is inviting elementary schools and institutions of higher education in northern New Mexico to partner with them in opportunities to influence educational outcomes, practice and policy.

These opportunities include developing and operating a partnership school and developing and participating in a math teacher leader network.

Information sessions are scheduled

AFT-NM Responds To House Bill 2

on February 21, 2017 - 3:01pm
AFT-NM News:
 
SANTA FE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President, Stephanie Ly, released the following statement:

“It is no secret New Mexico is in an unprecedented budgetary crisis, and no part of State government has been held harmless during throughout the several rounds of deepening cuts. Public education funding in New Mexico has been hit particularly hard – from early education through higher education – with roughly $125 million dollars in lost funding since the New Mexico Legislature passed the budget for the 2017 fiscal year.
 
“House Bill 2, as it is drafted, adds

Letter To The Editor: IHM Initiates Feasibility Survey

on February 21, 2017 - 10:08am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Our community is unique in that so many people come from all over northern New Mexico to work here at LANL—from Chama to Belen and beyond. One of the things lacking in our community is a Christian-based school, which parents might opt to utilize should they feel moved to do so. 

Not infrequently, parents—Catholic and not—have queried us as to whether we might one day start a school here at IHM for this purpose.

This letter is to inform parents and our extended community that IHM has initiated a feasibility survey in

Internationally Acclaimed Alpha Course At IHM Tonight

on February 21, 2017 - 8:28am

IHM News:

The community is invited to join the fourth session of the internationally acclaimed Alpha Course at 7 p.m. today at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church at 3700 Canyon Road.

 The course, which has attracted participants from Catholic and other Christian denominations over the past two years, addresses questions such as:

  • Is there more to life than this?
  • How can you make the most out of life?
  • Does God exist?
  • Who is Jesus?
  • How can we have faith?

 A typical Alpha evening begins with a home-cooked meal followed by a 30-minute talk.

House Passes Bill Removing Teacher Leave Penalty

on February 21, 2017 - 8:21am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Monday evening, the House of Representatives approved House Bill 241, a bill sponsored by Reps. Jason Harper (R-Sandoval) and Dennis Roch (R-Quay) to allow teachers to use their contractually-allotted sick leave without the fear they will be docked points in their evaluations.

House Bill 241, known as the “Teachers Are Human Too” bill, would allow teachers to use up to ten days of sick leave and all personal days without it negatively affecting their annual performance evaluations.

LAHS Heading To National Science Bowl ... Again!

on February 20, 2017 - 4:39pm

Nature Center Planetarium Line-up For Feb. 24-26

on February 20, 2017 - 7:54am

PEEC News:

How do we know the Universe is expanding and how long ago the Universe began? Dr. Rick Wallace will lead a discussion and exploration of the age of the Universe and distances between galaxies, Friday, Feb. 24.

This journey starts at 7 p.m. in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium and is the second show in a series about astronomical measurements.

Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25 and 26, Mysteries of the Unseen World, a film that uncovers what is normally too fast, too slow, too small or outside the visible spectrum, will play at 2 p.m. in the planetarium.

For more

NMAA Foundation Announces Student Scholarships

on February 20, 2017 - 7:36am
NMAA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico Activities Association is excited to announce the 17 recipients of the 2016-2017 NMAA Foundation Scholarships.
 
The NMAA Foundation will recognize the students receiving these scholarships March 7-11 during the U.S. Bank State Basketball Championships.
 
More than 200 students applied for the scholarships, with nine receiving $1,000, six receiving $1,500 and two receiving $2,500. There were eight different scholarship categories for which students could submit applications.
 
The following list details those students selected:
 

Lunch With A Leader: Andrea Cunningham Feb. 21

on February 19, 2017 - 7:40am
Andrea Cunningham

LWVLA News:

Lunch with a Leader features Andrea Cunningham this month at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 in Mesa Public Library.

Cunningham was the nurse at the New Mexico Public Health Office in Los Alamos across the street from Los Alamos High School. She will discuss the role of a public health office in Los Alamos as well what steps might be possible since the services were drastically reduced.

Cunningham graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s of Science and Nursing and has been a practicing nurse for 27 years.

SFCC Celebrates Black History Month Feb. 21

on February 19, 2017 - 7:09am
Courtesy image
 
SFCC News:
 
Santa Fe Community College celebrates Black History Month 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Jemez Rooms at 6401 Richards Ave. in Santa Fe.
 
Special guest speakers include writer and researcher George Geder and activist and organizer Sonya Maria Martinez. The event also will feature drummers and African dancers.
 
For more information, contact SFCC’s Office of Student Development at 505.428.1686.

SFCC Hosts Mathematics Festival Feb. 24

on February 18, 2017 - 7:04am
SFCC News:
 
Santa Fe Community College is partnering with STEM Santa Fe and Math Circles Collaborative of New Mexico to host New Mexico’s first Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival (JRMF).
                               
About 150 students (seventh and eighth graders from around the state) will explore the joy and power of mathematics through games, puzzles and activities not typically seen in the classroom. This lively, engaging math festival builds on ten years of successful festivals that have been held across the nation and internationally.
                               
The

Los Alamos Family YMCA Honored At Legislature

on February 18, 2017 - 6:18am

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, center, welcomes Los Alamos Family YMCA members from left, CEO Linda Daly, Board member Eric Vasquez, Garcia Richard, Board President Lou Santoro and Senior Program Director Diana Martinez to the legislature Thursday, Feb. 16 in Santa Fe for ‘YMCA Day’. This day is set aside each year to honor YMCA organizations across New Mexico for the work they do serving youth. Courtesy photo

LAHS Senior Wins New Mexico Brain Bee

on February 17, 2017 - 4:54pm

Los Alamos High School senior Wilbur Wang and winner of the 2017 New Mexico Brain Bee with 2016 winner Victoria Roy from Sandia High School. Courtesy photo

Participants in the New Mexico Brain Bee. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Fourteen Los Alamos High School AP Psychology students participated in the 3rd Annual New Mexico Brain Bee, Feb. 4, at UNM in Albuquerque. LAHS AP Psych students earned all top spots in the competition. After quite a battle, Wilbur Wang earned 1st, Faith Koh came in 2nd and Megan Hemphill was 3rd.

Wang, a LAHS senior, is the winner of the 2017 New Mexico Brain Bee.

Bill Making Teacher Evaluations More Fair Advances

on February 17, 2017 - 4:52pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE -- Today, Rep. Debra Sariñana’s (D-Albuquerque) bill to make teacher evaluations more fair, HB 163, passed the House Education Committee.

The bill specifically ensures a teacher’s evaluation is not disproportionately affected by students who have too many absences, and therefore have far less classroom hours with that teacher.

“Teachers want evaluations to be fair, and this provision will ensure our educators are not unfairly judged,” Rep. Sariñana said.

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