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Military Order Of The World Wars Meets Nov. 21

on November 17, 2017 - 7:26am
MOWW News:
 
This month’s meeting of the Military Order of the World Wars is Tuesday, Nov. 21. The speaker is Commander Brian Gauck, the new commander of the Los Alamos High School NJROTC unit. He will provide an overview of his research on friendships formed by USAFA graduates.
 
The meeting is at the Los Alamos Research Park in the 2nd floor conference room. The Los Alamos Research Park building is west of the fire station.
 
Parking is available east of the fire station (accessible from the southbound lane of the Los Alamos Canyon Bridge) or east of the Research Park building

New Mexico Makes Substantial Strides In Engaging Parents About Their Child’s Early Reading

on November 16, 2017 - 7:38am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  More parents and families than ever before are being notified of their students’ early reading progress. Two years ago, only 8 percent of families were notified mid-year when their child was reading below grade level. This past year, that number jumped to 57 percent.
 
Although more families were informed, only a fraction of them were given the option at the end of the year to provide their children with an additional year of instruction.

NEA-NM Statement On PED Early Literacy Report

on November 15, 2017 - 2:08pm
Betty Patterson, NEA-NM President
 
NEA-NM News:
 
Responding to New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary-Designate Statements Regarding to Retention of NM students, Betty Patterson, NEA-NM President, issued the following statement:
 
As educators deeply committed to student success, our members and the districts they work for are providing reading interventions including extra reading classes to improve these skills. If a student is really trying and can’t achieve at their grade level, then testing to find problem areas is more successful than retention.
 
Many students were

LAHS Key Club Family Fun Night Friday

on November 15, 2017 - 10:54am

UNM-LA Presents Gift To Pat Soran

on November 15, 2017 - 7:25am

At the UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board meeting Nov. 13, UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney presented Advisory Board member Pat Soran with a ceramic vase created by instructor Barb Yarnell in appreciation for the ceremonial mace, which Soran provided to the college for the May 2017 graduation. Soran created the mace, incorporating a unique UNM-LA symbol provided by instructor Skip Canfield. The mace, a traditional symbol of university scholarship and integrity, is used by higher education institutions for graduation and other special ceremonies. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

Gravitational Waves And Dark Matter At Planetarium

on November 15, 2017 - 5:46am
 
PEEC News:
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium has a special gravitational wave planetarium show planned for at 7 p.m. Nov. 17, and the full-dome film Dark Matter Mystery is screening at 2 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19.
 
These shows are organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Education Center (PEEC), and the Friday show is expected to sell out.
 
During the special November 17th show, astrophysicist Dr.

San Ildefonso Pueblo Potter Barbara Gonzales Speaks At UNM-LA Wednesday

on November 14, 2017 - 3:16pm

San Ildefonso Pueblo Potter Barbara Gonzales. Courtesy/Derek Gonzales

UNM-LA News:

The public is invited to hear San Ildefonso Pueblo Potter Barbara Gonzales speak at 10 a.m., Wednesday in the library at UNM-Los Alamos.

Gonzales, the great-granddaughter of Maria Martinez, is known for intricately carved red, black and polychrome bowls, inlaid coral and turquoise and her “good luck spider” motif.

She will talk about the historical aspects of her pottery, the ancestral lands on which Los Alamos is located and her life experiences. She also plans to demonstrate how she builds a pot.

Superintendent Serves Thanksgiving Meals At Aspen

on November 14, 2017 - 3:04pm

Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kurt Steinhaus serves Thanksgiving meals today at Aspen Elementary School. Courtesy photo

LAMS Library Raises Funds For New Book

on November 14, 2017 - 1:19pm

LAMS News: 

After removing worn out, old and unappealing books, the library staff at Los Alamos Middle School needs to buy some new ones to keep students reading.

To accomplish this, an account was established on MackinFunds called Books 4 Hawks to collect donations for new books. The goal is to raise $5,000.

The community is encouraged to contribute, even a small amount, to help make the middle school library collection better. Students want new and exciting books and library staff want them to continue reading.

Remember, recreational reading improves the mind and improves grades and

Coffee Conversation At Aspen School Wednesday

on November 13, 2017 - 10:02am
 
EDUCATION News:
 
The community is invited to attend the first Coffee Conversation for the Road of this school year at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, in the Aspen Elementary School Library. 
 
The topic of discussion is Grit ... The Power of Passion Perserverance by Angela Duckworth.
 
All are welcome and snacks will be provided.

Los Alamos Choirs Madrigal Feast Dec. 1-2

on November 13, 2017 - 9:00am

CHOIR News:

Looking for a night of music, entertainment, and a glorious meal? Come one, come all to the first ever Los Alamos Choirs’ Madrigal Feast, Dec. 1-2 as part of WinterFest.

This special concert event is a student-led scholarship fundraiser to help with travel and performance expenses for students with a need for assistance. Enjoy, as you travel back in time to the renaissance period and watch the royal court sing, entertain, and solve the mystery of Wes Hale.
 
Guests will be served a full three-course meal with dessert, catered by the Los Alamos Co-op and Los Alamos High

Message From New UNM President Garnett Stokes

on November 13, 2017 - 7:44am
By GARNETT S. STOKES
UNM President

A week ago my life changed when I was selected by The University of New Mexico to be its 22nd president and newest Lobo.
 
Let me say that since that time, I have been overwhelmed by the support and enthusiasm I have received from so many of you, as well as members of the New Mexico community. I am truly honored and excited to join you officially in March, when my husband, Jeff, and I make the Land of Enchantment our new home.

Throughout my career in public higher education as a student, educator, researcher and administrator - I have learned the

State Auditor Releases Audit Of UNM Athletics

on November 13, 2017 - 6:12am
 
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  State Auditor Tim Keller released a special audit of the University of New Mexico (UNM) Athletics Department Friday and its related institutions including the UNM Foundation and the Lobo Club.
 
The Office of the State Auditor (OSA) initiated the audit in May after receiving multiple complaints from concerned citizens.

Leadership Los Alamos Welcomes Class Of 2018

on November 13, 2017 - 6:09am
Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2017-18. Photo by Martha Katko
 
LLA News:
 
Question: What do you get when you mix together people from non-profits, Starbucks, LANL, UNM-LA, LA County, Bandelier, Zia and Del Norte Credit Unions, Project Y, the Family Y, TechSource, Zhennovate and the Methodist Church? Answer: This year’s emerging leaders in the Leadership Los Alamos (LLA) program.
 
Twenty-five individuals began their LLA journey in September with a workshop facilitated by Phil Bryson from On The Edge Productions.

TOTH Children’s Christmas Bazaar Dec. 2

on November 12, 2017 - 6:48am

Children shop for gifts for their parents and other family members at the annual Children's Christmas Bazaar at Trinity on the Hill Church. Courtesy/TOTH

TOTH News:

Want to encourage children to be involved in selecting and giving their own gifts this Christmas? The Children’s Christmas Bazaar 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 2 at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, is a child friendly community event for students in kindergarten through 6th grade, where children shop and have their gifts wrapped.

Help is available for children who need a little assistance.

NNSA Awards $27.5 Million In Research Grants To Cornell And Notre Dame

on November 12, 2017 - 6:30am
NNSA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) has named Cornell University and the University of Notre Dame as two of the Stewardship Science Academic Alliances (SSAA) Centers of Excellence program funding recipients for their work in High Energy Density Physics and Radiochemistry. 
 
“These grants insure a pipeline of the next generation of scientists in areas of relevance to the stockpile stewardship mission,” said Dr.

African Library Project Fundraiser Dec. 2

on November 12, 2017 - 6:13am

UT Regents Postpone Vote On LANL Contract Proposal

on November 11, 2017 - 4:56pm

University of Texas News:

University of Texas System Board of Regents has postponed until Nov. 27 a vote on whether to submit a proposal to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to manage and operate Los Alamos National Laboratory.

In September the Board voted to spend $4.5 million to pursue the contract and when the final request for proposals was published Oct. 26, Deputy Chancellor David E. Daniel issued a statement that the UT team was “deeply engaged in developing the most responsive thoughtful plan possible” for future management of the Lab.

UT representatives have

Family Night At Los Alamos Nature Center Nov. 14

on November 11, 2017 - 7:17am
Melissa Mackey designs creative, hands-on activities for PEEC's Family Nights program on the second Tuesday of each month. Courtesy photo 
 
PEEC News:
 
Tuesday, Nov. 14 is Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Enjoy an evening of games and hands-on activities with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey from 6-7 p.m. The nature center will be open for exploring the exhibits until 8 p.m.
 
Mark your calendars: the second Tuesday of every month is Family Night at the nature center. Each month is different with engaging activities crafted by the talented Melissa Mackey.
 

New Mexico Launches Network Of 500+ Teacher-Leaders Statewide

on November 10, 2017 - 5:50pm
NMTLN News:
 
SANTA FE  Thursday, Education Secretary-Designate Christopher Ruszkowski announced the launch of the second wave of the New Mexico Teacher Leader Network (NMTLN) – comprised of more than 500 teacher-leaders from districts and charters across the state.
 
These teachers-leaders are working together to elevate the profession, share best practices, create new communications channels, bring classroom teacher voice to the forefront of policy and program conversations, and leverage all available resources in an effort to bring our professional community together, improve the

Hilltopper Basketball Red Chile Powder Fundraiser

on November 10, 2017 - 11:23am

Sharon Lucero, left, and Jenny Gallegos are busy filling bags with a pound of red chile. Courtesy photo

Bags of red chile that volunteers have filled are ready for sale and awaiting pick up. Courtesy photo
 
HILLTOPPER News:
 
The Hilltopper Basketball red chile powder fundraiser is under way. Each Lady Basketball player, C team JV and Varsity player will be given 20 red chile bags to sell.
 
All proceeds from this fundraiser will help defray the cost of expenses within the basketball program.
 
The donation for each bag of chile would be a minimum of $12 for each 1-pound bag.

 

Native Hawks Host Fundraiser At Smith's

on November 10, 2017 - 7:44am

The Native Hawks including, from left, Keegan Medina-Torres, Cameron Medina-Torres and Isiah Harrison, from Los Alamos Middle School at Smith's Marketplace last week selling teal ribbons and scented pencils to raise money during Native American Heritage month. The teal ribbons show support for the Native students, especially during Rock your Mocs week, Nov. 13-17, in which students wear moccasins to share their culture. The fundraising goal is to provide a cuisine sampling event for fellow students before the end of the month. To learn more, email B.Lauritzen@laschools.net. Courtesy photo

LAPS Earns ‘A’ On District Report Card

on November 9, 2017 - 4:24pm

Courtesy/PED

LAPS News:

The New Mexico Public Education Department has released its annual list of district report cards and Los Alamos Public Schools earned an “A”.

District report cards provide a summary of:

  • Demographic profile
  • Accountability
    • Summaries of A-F School Grades
    • Cohort graduation rates (4, 5, and 6 year)
    • Status of non-graduates
    • Attendance
    • Growth for Q1 (lowest 25 percent) and Q3 (highest 75 percent) subgroups
  • Achievement
    • Proficiencies in reading, mathematics, and science
    • Participation in assessments
    • NAEP statewide summary for grades 4 and 8
  • School board member training
  • Budgeted

UNM-LA Instructor Receives Federal Grant

on November 9, 2017 - 6:53am
UNM-LA faculty member Kristy Nadler has received a grant to study reducing sexual violence on college campuses. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

Kristy Nadler, adjunct faculty of psychology and of University Studies at UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA), was recently awarded a grant from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) at the U.S. Department of Justice.

The OVW grant to “Reduce Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking on Campus” provides $300,000 over three years to organize effective sexual misconduct prevention, education, and response for the UNM-LA

UNM-LA Invites Community To Bitsui Poetry Reading

on November 9, 2017 - 6:27am
Navajo poet Sherwin Bitsui. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News:

Navajo poet Sherwin Bitsui will read his poetry at UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) at 1 p.m. Nov. 15 in the UNM-LA Library as part of the celebration of National Native American Heritage Month on campus.

A Diné (Navajo), Bitsui studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe and now teaches for the MFA in Creative Writing for the IAIA. His honors include the 2011 Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Native Arts & Culture Foundation Fellowship for Literature, a PEN Open Book Award, an American Book Award and a Whiting Writers Award.

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