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An 11-Year-Old Protagonist in a Little Known Chapter in American History

on May 2, 2012 - 10:51pm

OTOWI STATION BOOKSTORE News

Barbara Wright, author of the critically acclaimed novel for middle readers, Crow, will sign her book Friday, May 4, at 5:30 at Otowi Station Bookstore. She will visit Mountain and Barranca Elementary Schools and Los Alamos Middle School earlier that day.

The thought-provoking novel and its memorable cast present an unflinching and fresh take on race relations, injustice, and a fascinating, little-known chapter in American history, the race riots of 1898 in Wilmington, North Carolina,through the eyes of the 11-year-old narrator, Moses, a likeable, credible young

LAYL Students Mentor the Younger Set

on May 2, 2012 - 3:59pm

Older and younger students share a fun-filled day together through the Los Alamos Youth Leadership program. Photo by Karyl Ann Armbruster

LAYL News:

Los Alamos Youth Leadership (LAYL), a longtime program of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, sponsored an event for elementary age students last Saturday, April 28 at Los Alamos High School.

LAYL members were the "big brother and sisters" to local elementary school students.

The students played tag games, made art projects and seed planters, ate, decorated with sidewalk chalk, interacted with police officers and played with the Los Alamos

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LAPSF: Thank You Letter for Great Conversations Support

on May 2, 2012 - 1:26pm

LAPSF News:

To the Community of Los Alamos,

The Los Alamos Public School Foundation exists to raise funds to promote innovative learning in each of the seven public schools in Los Alamos.

We believe that our children are our future and that a quality education is critical to prepare them for an increasingly complex workplace and world.

The Foundation supports and invests in a successful future for all LAPS students through grants and programs.

Great Conversations, our signature fundraiser event held April 22 at LAHS, was a huge success.

The fabulous food and the terrific speakers

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NM Search and Rescue Annual Conference at Buffalo Thunder Resort

on May 2, 2012 - 8:56am

The New Mexico Search and Rescue Council Announces Annual Search and Rescue Conference.

The New Mexico Search and Rescue Council (NMSARC) will be hosting ESCAPE (Emergency Services Annual Preparedness Event), its annual training event for search and rescue volunteers on May 4-6 at the Buffalo Thunder Resort, Spa, and Casino in Pojoaque, NM.  Over 200 volunteers from throughout New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and Texas, will be attending to train in all aspects of effective search and rescue.

Los Alamos Youth Food Project - Flash Mob Practice

on May 1, 2012 - 5:08pm

Watch as the Los Alamos Middle School Green Team practices an original song they plan to perform as a "flash mob."  When and where will the flash mob occur? So far it's a big surprise.

See the Los Alamos Daily Post "Focus - Los Alamos Youth Food Project" special section for more information on the Project and it's goals.

Summer Video Editing Classes at PAC 8

on May 1, 2012 - 3:03pm

This summer, PAC 8 is offering 20 sessions of video education classes. Classes will be for students in grades 2- 6 and additional classes will be held for middle school students. The classes are lots of fun - students make music videos, news shows, documentaries, commercials and comedies. This year we’re also offering animation classes.

There are four levels to choose from:

Beginning Classes – basic camera techniques, audio, editing with I Movie, interviewing, studio production.

Intermediate Classes – digital cameras, editing with Final Cut Pro, blue screen, special effects.

Advanced

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Gwynn Cunningham is Rotary Student of the Month

on May 1, 2012 - 9:01am

Rotarian James Nesmith with Los Alamos High School senior Gwynn Cunningham as she is recognized as "Student of the Month" by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos Tuesday at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Rotarian James Nesmith, left, with the Rotary's "Student of the Month" Gwynn Cunningham, her parents Andrea and Greg Cunningham and mentor Diane Toups whom she credited greatly for her success development. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The Los Alamos Rotary Club honored Gwynneth Cunningham as April’s Student of the Month at Fuller Lodge April 24. Gwynn is the

Students Earn $1,000 for LAHS Science Department

on April 30, 2012 - 2:39pm

Washington D.C. – Underscoring the Obama Administration’s investments in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and ensuring educational opportunities are available to students across the nation, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced that Lexington High School from Lexington, Mass., and Hopkins Junior High School from Fremont, Calif. won the 2012 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl today at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

Los Alamos High School ranked among the top 16 high schools at the event.

Nearly 14,000 students have competed in

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Los Alamos High School Advances to "Sweet 16" in the National Science Bowl

on April 29, 2012 - 10:11pm

A team of students from Los Alamos High School is competing this week in the U.S. Department of Energy's National Science Bowl (NSB) in Washington, D.C. and has advanced to the "sweet sixteen" from an original field of 69 high school teams from across the country.
 

Members of the Los Alamos High School team, Los Alamos, NM concentrate on the answer to a question at the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl in Washington DC on April 29, 2012. Photograph by Dennis Brack, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science/Courtesy
 
The National Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition

DOE Launches National Science Bowl Lithium-Ion Battery-Powered Model Car Race

on April 28, 2012 - 10:30pm
 
Middle School Regional Champions From Around the Country to Compete
 
Beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 29, 44 middle school teams from across the nation will race against one another in the Lithium-Ion Battery-Powered Model Car Challenge as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl Competition.
 
The middle school teams designed and built their model cars from everyday household materials and brought them to D.C. to compete.
 
The teams will be judged on two criteria – time trials and car design.
 
The three middle school teams with the fastest cars and the

LAPS Party for Retiring Teachers & Staff is May 10

on April 28, 2012 - 9:37pm

LAPS News:

Nineteen teachers and staff will be honored for their years of service to Los Alamos Public Schools at a retirement ceremony next month.

The 2011-2012 LAPS retirees goodbye party is set for 4-6 p.m., Thursday May 10 at Fuller Lodge.

Those retiring include Luis Aguilar, Michael Baxter, Anell Crews, Ann Daley, Shirley Graziano, Margaret Guthrie, Loretta Hupke, Jose Martinez, Lynette McLean, Suzanne Melton, Kay Nease, Dana Salmond, Phillip Sena, Kathryn Thomas, Diane Toups, Fernando Trujillo, Judith Uhrich, Amy Vierra and Jane M. Ziehmn.

 

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Jr. Hilltopper Basketball Academy Summer Camps Announced

on April 28, 2012 - 1:33pm

Language Access Specialist Certificate Program Earns Creative Award for U.S. Copyright

on April 28, 2012 - 9:10am

From left, Lisa Kuuttila President and CEO of STC.UNM; Paula Couselo, Director of NMCLA; Dr. Cedric Page, Executive Director of UNM-Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie Gordon

By Bonnie Gordon

PaulCouselo, director of the New Mexico Center for Language Access (NMCLA) was the recipient of a 2012 Creative Award for U.S. Copyright from the University of New Mexico, for the innovative Language Access Specialist Certificate Program.

The award was presented to Couselo at the 2012 Annual Creative Awards Reception hosted by STC.UNM Wednesday April 25.

The mission of STC is to support UNM and its

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LAPS Hires Assets Manager to Find Cost Savings

on April 27, 2012 - 9:11am

LAPS Assets Manager Joan Ahlers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos Public Schools has created an “assets manager” position in an effort to find cost savings opportunities for the district.

Superintendent Gene Schmidt has hired Joan Ahlers in the new post.

Ahlers was instrumental in negotiating contracts beneficial to the district during her four-year tenure on the Los Alamos Board of Education from 2007-2011.

“The need for this position is something that has been talked about for at least six years,” Schmidt said.

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PEEC‘s Summer Adventure Program Offers Financial Aid

on April 26, 2012 - 5:50pm

PEEC News:

A birdwatching trip. Courtesy/PEEC

This summer parents can enroll their fourth through sixth graders on an outdoor adventure with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center's Nature Center.

Youth can explore the Rio Grande, June 4-8 or the Valles Caldera June 11-15.

PEEC has established two scholarship programs for children of families with incomes that might limit their ability to participate:

  • Income-based Full Scholarship
  • Public Service Partial Scholarship for the children of policemen, firefighters and public school employees

For details, visit

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Next Big Idea Coming Downtown Sept. 14-15

on April 26, 2012 - 5:24pm

Los Alamos MainStreet News:

A useful robot showed its stuff during last year's Next Big Idea event. Courtesy photo

What is it that differentiates Los Alamos from other communities?

It is a place of big, world changing ideas.The Next Big Idea: A Festival of Discovery, Invention, and Innovation is an annual signature event that highlights Los Alamos’ unique creative heritage while providing an opportunity for inspiring young people from throughout the state about possible futures in science, technology,engineering, math, and innovation.

The Next Big Idea is brought to you by Los Alamos MainStreet.

Annual 8th Grade Athletic Night Set For May 22

on April 26, 2012 - 4:16pm

The Los Alamos Athletic Department is holdong its 8th grade Athletic Night at 6 p.m., Tuesday May 22 in the Smith Auditorium. 

The LAHS Athletic Department asks anyone with a son or daughter who will be in the 9th grade as of the 2012-13 school year to attend the meeting.  

The meeting will begin with general information and then each of the coaches of the LAHS sports teams will have a table in the high school lobby for parents to visit. 

The coaches will answer questions about the upcoming school year, summer questions, etc. 

Refer to the LAHS website for additional information:

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'Great Conversations' Filled Los Alamos High School

on April 26, 2012 - 10:34am
Executive Director Joanna Gillespie of the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation thanks all of the participants, sponsors and community members who participated in this year's "Great Conversations" fundraising event. The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation leverages time, talent and funds to promote innovative learning for the local schools and last Sunday was no exeption. Its annual "Great Conversations" was packed with people interested in supporting the schools as well as learning something interesting and new from a broad spectrum of experts. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
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$400 to Young Entrepreneurs to Start a Business

on April 24, 2012 - 10:58pm

Summer 2012 Youth Business Grant Program

If you are between the ages of 13 and 19 and have a great business idea then this unique opportunity is for you.

The Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation (LACDC) in conjunction with UNM-LA Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is providing a fantastic opportunity to youth in the communities of Los Alamos, Jemez Springs, Espanola and Pojoaque.

The Youth Business Grant Program (YBGP) provides youth the opportunity to experience the rewards of starting and running a business.

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The Family YMCA Encourages Kids to Play and Learn at Healthy Kids Day, April 28

on April 24, 2012 - 10:53pm

FAMILY YMCA News:

On April 28, The Family YMCA is celebrating Healthy Kids Day with a free community event for kids and families.
More than 1,900 Ys across that country are taking part in the celebration, meant to kick start physical activity and learning throughout the summer.
 
Healthy Kids Day, a national initiative of the Y to improve the health and well-being of kids, is filled with fun, active play and educational activities that will help parents improve their kids’ lifestyles for the long term.
Research shows that without access to activities that stimulate the mind and body,

The Family YMCA to Offer Red Cross Courses

on April 24, 2012 - 10:20pm

FAMILY YMCA News

First Aid, CPR and AED

The Family YMCA is now taking registration for its May 5th and June 2nd First Aid, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certification courses.  The courses, taught by American Red Cross certified instructors, are generally scheduled for the first Saturday of each month throughout the year.

First Aid training includes the basics of wound care, bleeding control, and bandaging and provides information about poisoning, sudden illness, and how to care for other injuries.

Bilingual Montessori School Demonstrates Earth Day Spirit

on April 24, 2012 - 8:39pm

Students, staff and parents from the Bilingual Montessori School, 115 Longview Dr., in White Rock picked up trash for Earth Day. (Student names intentionally withheld) Courtesy Photo

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Crowd Packs Party for PEEC Benefitting Nature Programs

on April 24, 2012 - 5:35pm

Applause rang out for Pajarito Environmental Education Center Board President Becky Shankland, left, and Board Vice-president and Earth Day Chair Teralene Foxx during the PEEC Party to Benefit Nature Programs held Sunday evening at the Best Western Hilltop House Hotel. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The annual "Party for PEEC" benefit dinner supports the Nature Center at 3540 Orange St. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

PEEC Board President Becky Shankland and Patron Dave Schiferl chat with Rep. Jim Hall. Photo by Carol A. Claek.ladailypost.com

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LAHS Olions Thespian Club Presents 'RAGS'

on April 24, 2012 - 10:37am
LAHS News:
 
Kicking up your heels in the big new city. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos High School Olions Thespian Club proudly presents the musical "RAGS"opening 7-10 p.m. Wednesday at Duane Smith Auditorium.
 
The play about Jewish immigrants dealing with politics and the breaking of sweatshops in New York City at the turn of the century is directed by Jillian Clay Morse.
 
It's a music machine! Every home should have one. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com
 
The orchestra is conducted by Zane Meek, music direction by Greg Henderson and Bruce Letellier and

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