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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.

Elementary Student Orchestra Performs At School Board In Honor of Music In Our Schools Month

on March 17, 2017 - 7:48am
LAPS Orchestra Teacher Michelle Rosette conducts the Enchanted Forest Ensemble, made up of students from all of the Los Alamos elementary schools as well as home schooled students. The group performs during Tuesday's School Board Meeting in honor of Music In Our Schools Month. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Scenes From LAPS Student Art Show

on March 16, 2017 - 4:41pm
Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus and Pinon Elementary Art Teacher Stephanie Ritner welcome guests to last Thursday's opening of the Los Alamos Public Schools Art Show. The show, which featues work from students at all of the Los Alamos Public Schools continues through March 31 at the Mesa Public Library Gallery. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
In full color. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Young guests take in the show. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Whimsical art by elementary school students.  Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
High school

Los Alamos Freshman Academy Eases Transition From Middle School

on March 16, 2017 - 4:37pm
Topper Freshman Academy Principal Carter Payne in his office in the administration area, added at the front end of the building. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Topper Pride is spotted in the hallway at Topper Freshman Academy. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com
 

By MAIRE O’Neill
Los Alamos Daily Post

Transitioning from eighth to ninth grade can be a very difficult time in a young person’s life.

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LAPS Announces The Healthy Schools Initiative Community Book Read

on March 16, 2017 - 4:03pm
 
LAPS News:
 
The LAPS Healthy Schools Initiative invites parents, teachers, and community members to join a Community Book Read sponsored by 100+ Women Who Care and the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.
 
LAPS staff gather on a regular basis in professional learning circles to read and discuss the latest developments in educational research and practice. These book groups have been supported by the LAPS Foundation and other generous funders. They provide a venue for exchanging ideas and building mutual support.
 
The Healthy Schools Initiative would like to extend this

UNM-LA Students Consider LANL Technician Pipeline

on March 16, 2017 - 10:27am

Students with a variety of educational interests attend the recent presentation by Debbie Martinez who is the HR lead on the LANL Institutional Technician Pipeline Job Program. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. Irina Alvestad and UNM-LA student Justin Garcia chat with presenter Debbie Martinez. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

In an ongoing effort to help students transition to the workforce, faculty at UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) regularly invite representatives from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) to campus to speak about opportunities at

LAHS Key Club Elects Officers For Next Year

on March 15, 2017 - 8:27am

LAHS student Sydne Ashford is the newly elected Lieutenant Governor of the Sangre de Cristo Division of the Southwest District Key Club. Photo by Morris Pongratz

LAHS Key Club President-elect Miriam Wallstrom. Photo by Morris Pongratz

LAHS Key Club Vice President-elect Radhika Iyer. Photo by Morris Pongratz

KEY CLUB News:

The 75 members of the Los Alamos High School Key Club have elected their officers for the 2017-2018 school year.

The new officers include President-elect Miriam Wallstrom, Vice President-elect Radhika Iyer, Secretary-elect Sara Shiina, Co-Treasures-elect Zoe Hemez and

Guided Hike With Jean Dewart This Sunday

on March 15, 2017 - 8:04am
View of the Rio Grande from Blue Dot Trail. Photo by Craig Martin
 
PEEC News:
 
Join LANL meteorologist and Los Alamos Mountaineering Club member Jean Dewart for a challenging hike in White Rock Canyon with PEEC.
 
This guided hike down Ancho Canyon and up Blue Dot Trail includes great views, interesting petroglyphs, natural springs, and 1,000 feet of elevation gain—all the climbing is on the return trip. Participants will enjoy great views, experience a variety of ecosystems, and get a workout!
 
To hike Ancho to Blue Dot with PEEC, register online at www.peecnature.org.
 

Nationally Recognized Summer STEM Program Coming To Barranca Mesa Elementary Week Of June 19

on March 14, 2017 - 10:37pm

EDUCATION News:

Camp Invention, a nationally recognized, nonprofit summer enrichment camp program, is coming to Barranca Mesa the week of June 19. Camp Invention is a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame®, a nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing inventors and invention, promoting creativity, and advancing the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. What makes this camp truly unique is that the curriculum is inspired by some of our nation’s most brilliant minds — the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

For students entering kindergarten through sixth

New Teacher Evaluation System Passes Senate

on March 14, 2017 - 5:40pm

STATE News:

 

SANTA FE – On a strongly bipartisan basis, the New Mexico Senate today passed legislation to develop a new system for evaluating teachers and principals that relies less heavily on students’ scores on controversial standardized tests. By a vote of 30-7, with both Democratic and Republican support, SB 34 was passed by the Senate. 

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Howie Morales of Silver City, also was amended to include language offered by Republican Sen. Craig Brandt from the historic Senate override earlier in the day of the Governor’s veto of teacher sick days legislation.

LAPS: Notice Of Possible Quorum Thursday

on March 14, 2017 - 3:08pm

Bills Limiting School Testing And Restricting Use Of Restraint And Seclusion Head To Governor

on March 14, 2017 - 8:38am

STATE News:
  • Bills Aim to Improve the Quality of Student Life at New Mexico Schools

SANTA FE – Monday night, the House concurred with two bills to improve the quality of student life at New Mexico schools.

House Bills 185 and 75 will now head to the Governor’s desk. House Bill 185 sets limits on the amount of time that students spend taking standardized tests.

“This bill puts teaching ahead of testing, and makes sure students aren't missing out on valuable classroom time,” said Rep. Joanne Ferrary (D-Las Cruces), one of the bill’s sponsors.

SFCC Meet And Greet With Respiratory Care Dept.

on March 14, 2017 - 8:12am
SFCC News:
 
The public and current community college students are invited to meet the SFCC Respiratory Care program director Rebecca Jeffs. Current students should bring a copy of your transcript and learn how you can transition into the program. 
 
Attend one of the meet and greet sessions to find out what opportunities will open up for you with a degree in Respiratory Care. Respiratory therapists who earn a degree at SFCC find good jobs in hospital settings, emergency rooms, critical care units, clinics and home health care organizations. Call 505.428.1723 for information.
 
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Senate Sends School Restraint Bill To Governor

on March 13, 2017 - 8:36pm

Rep. Jim Smith

SENATE News:

SANTA FE – This afternoon, the Senate approved House Bill 75, a bill to limit the use of restraint and seclusion techniques in schools. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Jim Smith (R-Bernalillo, Sandoval and Santa Fe), passed on a bipartisan 30 to 4 vote.

House Bill 75 specifies conditions when restraining and seclusion techniques may be permitted in schools, and it requires New Mexico’s public schools to adopt policies and procedures for the use of restraint and seclusion techniques in their school safety plans.

LAHS Junior Parent Night 6 p.m. Monday

on March 12, 2017 - 10:07pm

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