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Letter to the Editor: Appreciation for Piñon Elementary Teacher & Staff

on May 10, 2013 - 8:43am
By LEEANN FOSTER, Coordinator
2013 Piñon Elementary PTO Teacher & Staff Appreciation Luncheon

May 6-10 was Teacher Appreciation week, and I again had the privilege of organizing Piñon Elementary’s Teacher & Staff Appreciation Luncheon.

This reminded me how many people at Piñon work together to provide a good educational experience for the children. This includes teachers of preschool through 6th grade, special education, gifted & talented education, English language learners, art, library, PE, music/band, and orchestra; instructional assistants; principal; secretary; clerk; custodial and

UNM-LA Holds 32nd Annual Graduation

on May 9, 2013 - 11:46am
UNM-LA Executive Director Cedric Page addresses the audience at Wednesday's graduation ceremony. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Angie Patterson, left, and Santana Garcia-Chang were among those receiving associate's degrees. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
By Bonnie J. Gordon
Los Alamos Daily Post

The UNM-Los Alamos Graduation Convocation was held Wednesday, May 8 at Crossroads Bible Church in Los Alamos.


Udall, Hirono, Polis Introduce Bill to Support Pregnant and Parenting Students

on May 9, 2013 - 11:11am
  • Measure Would Help Teen Parents Graduate and Become College or Career Ready
WASHINGTON, D.C. – To mark National Teen Pregnancy Month, U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) have joined with U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) to introduce a bill that would help states and local school districts support pregnant and parenting youth who face unique challenges staying in school and graduating ready for college or a career.
Each year in the U.S., approximately 750,000 teens get pregnant and almost one-fifth of students across the country drop out of

LAHS Students Heading For Premier Global Science Competition

on May 9, 2013 - 9:49am

LAHS students Holly Erickson, David Murphy and Coleman Kendrick will compete May 13-17 at Intel ISEF. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

Three Los Alamos High School students will compete next week at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix. Senior Holly Erickson, Sophomore David Murphy and Freshman Coleman Kendrick will compete May 13-17 at Intel ISEF.

Intel ISEF is the world's largest international pre-college science competition, which provides an annual forum for more than 1,500 high school students from more than 70 countries, regions, and territories to showcase their


Del Norte Credit Union Announces DNCU Scholarship Winners

on May 8, 2013 - 12:28pm

DNCU News:
  • Seven northern New Mexico students win $1,000 for higher education

SANTA FE—Del Norte Credit Union, northern New Mexico’s hometown financial co-op, is pleased to announce the winners of the DNCU Scholarship program for 2013.

The seven winners each will receive $1,000 toward the higher education program in which they are enrolled in the fall of 2013.

“We understand that higher education costs are driving students to look for non-traditional sources of financial aid,” said Chuck Valenti, President and CEO of Del Norte Credit Union.

LAMS Conducting Off-Site Evacuation Drill Thursday

on May 8, 2013 - 10:35am

LAMS News:

Los Alamos Middle School will conduct an off-site evacuation drill from approximately 8:15-9 a.m. Thursday, May 9.

Students and staff will be grouped east of the solar array near the school, 2102 Hawks Dr.

Online Registration Available For LAHS Sports Programs

on May 8, 2013 - 9:26am


LAHS Athletic/Activities Director Vicki T. Nelms has released the following letter announcing the sports department's new capability to accept online registration:

Dear Athletes and Families:

We are excited to announce that we are now offering the convenience of online registration for our sports programs through partner company, FamilyID (

FamilyID is a secure registration platform that provides you with an easy, user-friendly way to register for our programs, and helps us to be more administratively efficient and environmentally responsible.

Nathan Lang Receives Los Alamos Garden Club Scholarship

on May 7, 2013 - 8:07am

Scholarship winner Nathan Lang. Courtesy photo

LAGC News:

The Los Alamos Garden Club Scholarship has awarded a $500 scholarship, in memory of Erla Mae Larson, to Nathan Lang of Los Alamos.

Lang will attend UNM in the fall and plans to major in Biology or Biomedicine.

He has been on the cross country team for four years, has been a down hill skier at Pajarito Mountain for six years and since 2012, has worked on computers for the New Mexico Consortium building.

He said that a brief experience helping the homeless in Denver opened his eyes to the number of “needy around us."

Lang is the

LADOC's paRENT Free Club Graduates 13

on May 6, 2013 - 12:14pm

From left, Annie Conklin, Dara Armstrong, Dana Urbatch, Nicole Pino, Natalie Stafford and Angela Davydenko (not pictured Annika Nye, Ashley Nye, Audrey Nye and Sruthi Garimella.) Courtesy/LADOC

From left, Charlie Young and Astro, Kalem Smith and Bantu, and Caleb Nolen and Pepper. Courtesy/LADOC


This spring Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club (LADOC) has been offering a special class called the paRENT Free Club or "RENT" free club for children.

Children attend this class with their dogs and without their parents.

Support Barranca School and Teachers on Bobcat Pizza Day!

on May 6, 2013 - 10:38am

PTO News:

Barranca Elementary Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is holding a Bobcat Pizza Day Wednesday, May 15 through Papa Murphy's Pizza.

On that day only, Papa Murphy's will donate $1 for each pizza ordered to the Barranca Elementary PTO.

The PTO uses these and other fundraising events to support the teachers and the school.

The PTO gives each teacher a stipend at the beginning of every school year, which allows them to purchase extra supplies for their classooms without having to spend their own money on those supplies.

The PTO also helps to pay for teacher training, field trips,

Letter to the Editor: Wholehearted Support for Aspen Principal

on May 6, 2013 - 7:53am
Los Alamos

I would like to express my wholehearted support for Kathryn Vandenkieboom, Aspen principal.

I know Kathryn to be a kind, compassionate and supportive woman of integrity. The students of Aspen are always her first priority.

Though the demands of her position require much of her, her door is always open and she is always available. She is the ultimate professional.

Kathryn exudes a calm and confidence as a leader. She does not make decisions lightly, but rather is very thoughtful and conscientious.

Two Special School Board Meetings Thursday

on May 5, 2013 - 7:44am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Board of Education has scheduled a Special School Board meeting for noon Thursday, May 9 at the Central Office, Suite U, 2075 Trinity Dr. to discuss Construction Material Change Requests (MCRs.)

The Board also has scheduled a Special School Board meeting for 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9 at the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater to hear public input on the 2013/14 Los Alamos Public Schools’ budget.


Savvy Social Security Strategies Seminar May 14

on May 4, 2013 - 7:50am

Savvy Social Security Strategies

Baby Boomers: Will Social Security be there for you in retirement? Join Kate Stalter, retirement planning advisor, for a free seminar on Savvy Social Security Strategies.

The seminar — 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 at La Farge Public Library, 1730 Llano St. in Santa Fe — is designed to answer questions about when to begin taking Social Security, how much you will receive, and strategies to maximize benefits.

Call (505) 490-6474 or email to register.

Math Competition Winner Earns Funds for LAHS

on May 3, 2013 - 7:48am
Alex Wang presented a $1,000 check Tuesday, April 30, to the Math Department of Los Alamos High School. Wang, a sophomore at LAHS, placed third in the national competition, 'Who Wants to Be a Mathematician' and as a result of his achievement, the school was awarded $1,000. From left, with Wang are Sherry Anderson (Math Department co-chair), Joy Handsberry, Wang, Judy Nekimken, Marilyn Fabry (Math Department co-chair) and Sally Shockey. All are math teachers at LAHS. Wang requested that the money pay for future LAHS registrations of a national mathematics competition. Courtesy photo

Barranca Principal Chosen as LAPS Curriculum Coordinator

on May 3, 2013 - 7:43am

Pamela Miller tapped for LAPS program coordinator. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Barranca Mesa Elementary School Principal Pamela Miller has been selected as Curriculum and Instruction Coordinator for Los Alamos Public Schools.

Miller brings a wealth of national experience to her new role in curriculum. During her many years in public education, she served in both the Indianapolis Public Schools and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

She also served as K-8 principal at McCurdy School and more recently three years as principal at Barranca Mesa Elementary School.

Miller's ability to


Learn How to Make Your Own Organic Soil at PEEC

on May 2, 2013 - 11:10am


PEEC News:

Do you struggle to garden in soil that just blows away in the New Mexico spring winds? Join arborist Laural Hardin at PEEC to learn organic methods of enriching your soil, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, May 2.

Hardin will demonstrate how to feed and nourish not just your crops, but your soil, too. Home gardeners can unwittingly harm beneficial soil microbes with synthetic fertilizers.  

These cheap, abundant products degrade the integrity of your soil and prevent plants from thriving.

Oppenheimer Scholarship Winners Announced

on May 2, 2013 - 10:56am
Courtesy photo
Nine college-bound high school students from Northern New Mexico have been selected for scholarships administered by the J. Robert Oppenheimer Memorial Committee.
The students are from Los Alamos, Pojoaque Valley and Santa Fe high schools.
The JROMC has awarded nearly 170 scholarships and other awards totaling more than $347,000 since the program was begun in 1984. The philanthropic organization's scholarship program is supported by several endowments; numerous small, individual donations; and major contributions from the Los Alamos National Bank.

LAHS Hilltalkers Hot Waffle Breakfast May 11

on May 2, 2013 - 9:05am

LAHS News:

The LAHS Hilltalkers would like to invite the public to their all-you-can-eat Waffle Breakfast 7:30-10 a.m., Saturday May 11 at Pajarito Mason Lodge, 15th Street and Canyon Road in Los Alamos. 

The breakfast features scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, grits and waffles with whipped cream, blueberry and cherry toppings. Coffee, tea and juice will be served.

Tickets are $6 each and can be purchased at the door. Children under 6 eat free.

This community event raises funds for Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School Speech and Debate Teams to attend tournaments and

School Board to Meet Saturday

on May 2, 2013 - 7:56am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board has scheduled an Executive Session at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Town Hall in White Rock to discuss certified and classified negotiations of the collective bargaining agreements per Section 10-15-1-H(5) of the Open Meetings Act.

Following that meeting, the Board will hold a retreat at 9 a.m for the purpose of discussing Board goals and aligning the budget to the Strategic Plan.


PTK Inducts Largest Membership Group in its History

on May 2, 2013 - 7:20am
 Twenty-nine new members were inducted March 22 into Phi Theta Kappa, Beta Zeta Chi Chapter at UNM-LA. Courtesy photo  

UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Phi Theta Kappa, Beta Zeta Chi Chapter recently welcomed 29 new members - the largest group of new members in its history.

During the induction ceremony March 22, new members recited the PTK Oath of Membership and accepted a white rose and membership in the prestigious organization that was established in 1918. Inductees must have an overall GPA of 3.5 or above to join and be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours to


Letter to the Editor: Do Great Conversations Matter? 'You betcha!'

on May 1, 2013 - 10:12am
Los Alamos

Do great conversations matter? How about civility? Does having the best possible local schools matter? I say, “You betcha!”

Sunday marked the 4th Annual Great Conversations fundraiser hosted by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation; a delicious afternoon of sharing ideas with a diverse group of Los Alamos-ites, who enjoy critical thinking, problem-solving, listening intently with an open mind to new ideas and worldly experiences of some neighbors we hadn’t had a chance to know until Sunday’s “meeting of the minds.” 

I loved every minute of our

Community Engages in Sunday's 'Great Conversations'

on May 1, 2013 - 9:30am
The Los Alamos Public School Foundation hosted its annual fundraiser, 'Great Conversations' Sunday. A packed house dined while engaging in conversation with 14 experts in a wide variety of subjects. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Auctioneer/LAPSF Board President Kurt Steinhaus and LAPSF Executive Director Joanna Gillespie show off a tasty treat auctioned at 'Great Conversations' Sunday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Table Six chats with Fashion Maven Alexandra Hehien, left, at 'Great Conversations.' Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Kids Create Journals at PEEC May 18

on May 1, 2013 - 9:06am

Journaling has become a favorite way to reflect and remember special events and experiences. Photo by Katy Korkos

PEEC News:

Kids, like adults, can enjoy creating journals about memorable experiences with nature or travel. 

This workshop for kids aged 8 through 12 gives them the chance to make one journal for the day’s activities and one to take home to use on a summer vacation or an adventure trip in the woods. 

Taught by long-time creative artists Katy Korkos and Terry Foxx, the workshop will meet from 9 a.m.

Faculty Share Passions at 'UNM-LA on Display'

on May 1, 2013 - 9:01am
Biology Lecturer Susan Schauer presented 'How Do You Teach Biology Labs Online?' explaining how she presents material traditionally delivered in a lab to an online audience. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Instructor Jody Shepard showes off examples of green sculpture created in her class. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

UNM-Los Alamos faculty shared their research and projects Thursday, April 25 at ‘UNM-LA on Display.” From the paintings of Patrick Harris and the ceramics of Barb Yarnell to the environmental research and