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Snowmen Spotted Hanging Out At Barranca School

on December 26, 2017 - 8:11am

Pastel snowmen of all sizes and shapes hang in the hallways of Barranca Mesa Elementary School. They are the work of Cristi Carr's art students. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Pastel snowmen of all sizes and shapes hang in the hallways of Barranca Mesa Elementary School. They are the work of Cristi Carr's art students. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Pastel snowmen of all sizes and shapes hang in the hallways of Barranca Mesa Elementary School. They are the work of Cristi Carr's art students. Photo by Maire O'Neill@ladailypost.com

Pastel snowmen of all sizes and shapes hang

Incoming! At Nature Center Planetarium Dec. 30-31

on December 26, 2017 - 7:46am

PEEC News:

The Los Alamos Nature Center is screening the full-dome film Incoming! at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 30-31.

The Los Alamos Nature Center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 30 and 1- 4 p.m. Dec. 31 but closed on New Year's Day.

Incoming! traces the paths of comets and asteroids and takes a close-up look at interstellar collisions that have impacted Earth—as well as those still pending. For more information about this and future planetarium shows, visit www.peecnature.org/plane tariumTo reserve tickets ($6/adult and $4/child), call 505.662.0460.

The Los Alamos Nature

Herd Of Reindeer Spotted At Barranca School

on December 25, 2017 - 8:51am

Reindeer painted by Adrienne Hetrick's class at Barranca Mesa Elementary School. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Reindeer painted by Adrienne Hetrick's class at Barranca Mesa Elementary School. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Reindeer painted by Adrienne Hetrick's class at Barranca Mesa Elementary School. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Reindeer painted by Adrienne Hetrick's class at Barranca Mesa Elementary School. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Reindeer painted by Adrienne Hetrick's class at Barranca Mesa Elementary School.

LAPD And Barranca School Help Needy Families

on December 25, 2017 - 8:50am

Los Alamos Police Department Community Liaison Sgt. Chris Ross helps Barranca Mesa Elementary School Counselor Alyssa Romero load presents for needy families into his patrol unit. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Barranca Mesa Elementary School Principal Gina Terrazas, center, and Kelly Saeger hand off presents for needy families to Los Alamos Police Cpl. James Keane. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Waddle Of Penguins Spotted At Barranca School

on December 25, 2017 - 8:47am

One of a waddle of penguins found Friday at Barranca Mesa Elementary School. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

One of a waddle of penguins found Friday at Barranca Mesa Elementary School. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

One of a waddle of penguins found Friday at Barranca Mesa Elementary School. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

One of a waddle of penguins found Friday at Barranca Mesa Elementary School. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

One of a waddle of penguins found Friday at Barranca Mesa Elementary School. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

One of a

Y Staffer Nominated For Con Alma Award

on December 23, 2017 - 8:27am

Española Teen Center Administrative Assistant Renee Sandoval and Teen Leader Thomas Snow get stockings ready to deliver to children in the Pajarito Housing community. Courtesy/YMCA

Y News:

A staff member at the Española YMCA Teen Center was nominated in November for a Hero for Health award sponsored by the Con Alma Health Foundation. The Family YMCA, administratively based in Los Alamos, operates the Teen Center in Española under a contract with the city.

EYTC Administrative Assistant Renee Sandoval, a 10-year employee, was nominated by a Los Alamos co-worker.

LAPS Receives State Funding Award For Facility Upgrades At Mountain Elementary School

on December 22, 2017 - 6:21am

Entrance to Mountain Elementary School. Courtesy photo

This stairway will be repaired and completely enclosed to prevent weather damage. Courtesy photo

 

By Dr. KURT STEINHAUS
LAPS Superintendent

I am pleased to announce that the state Public School Capital Outlay Council approved funding for building upgrades at Mountain Elementary School. These funds are allocated through a pilot initiative called the Systems-Based Capital Outlay program that is designed to help New Mexico school districts upgrade existing facilities. 

The money for LAPS will extend the usable life of Mountain

Barranca School Performs At Betty Ehart Senior Center

on December 21, 2017 - 1:39pm

Barranca Mesa Elementary School students perform Christmas songs Wednesday for folks gathered at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Singing their hearts out! Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

LAPS Custodians To Retain Jobs Despite Outside Contract

on December 21, 2017 - 12:36pm
Assistant Superintendent Lisa Montoya speaks about the custodial service contract between SSC and Los Alamos Public Schools at the Nov. 11 School Board Meeting. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

A contract for a Tennessee-based company to provide night-time custodial services for Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School will not result in the loss of jobs for Los Alamos Public Schools employees, according to Assistant Superintendent Lisa Montoya.

Montoya said she has met with custodial staff three times

PEEC Announces Nature Center Holiday Hours

on December 21, 2017 - 8:47am
PEEC News:
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center will be closed Dec. 24, Dec. 25, and Jan. 1 and open all other days in December and January. The nature center is free, and offers a great place to bring family to orient to the Pajarito Plateau before venturing outside or to the neighboring national parks and preserve.
 
People of all ages enjoy exploring the nature center's interactive exhibits, watching the local wildlife, discovering more about the geology of our area, and exploring the unique collection of nature-inspired items in their gift shop.
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600

LAFD Honors Chamisa Student For Bravery

on December 21, 2017 - 6:13am

Los Alamos Fire Department Station 1 C Shift crew pose with Monday with Moorea Montano who was honored for her bravery following a Nov. 6 vehicle accident in which her father was injured. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Moorea Montano sits in a Los Alamos Fire Department truck Monday with Driver/Engineer Joe DiFranco. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Chamisa Elementary School students and the Los Alamos Fire Department honored an 11-year-old girl Tuesday for her bravery during a two-vehicle accident Nov.

Chamisa Students Share Holiday Joy At Sombrillo

on December 21, 2017 - 5:38am

Students from Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock spent Monday morning handing out cookies and visiting with the elderly at Sombrillo Nursing & Rehab Center. There visit brightens the holiday season for those involved in this community effort. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Snowmen Spotted In Mountain Elementary Hallway

on December 21, 2017 - 5:04am

Snowmen created by kindergarteners at Mountain Elementary School. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

LAPS Employee Spotlight: Alicia Kirkland

on December 20, 2017 - 3:32pm

Greetings from the Superintendent’s Desk!
By Dr. Kurt Steinhaus
LAPS

As part of our shared work to increase communication throughout the district, we are highlighting one staff member per week in an Employee Spotlight feature.

Our school district is made up of incredible employees who care about students; whether it is a teacher, a secretary, or a bus driver, each has an important role at LAPS. Those selected for the Employee Spotlight are chosen at random by each LAPS site.

The Employee Spotlight is a collection of short stories celebrating LAPS staff doing extraordinary things for students,

Inmate Receives High School Equivalency Credential

on December 20, 2017 - 7:57am

Anthony Lambson shows some of the books he used to study for his High School Equivalency Credential while incarcerated in the Los Alamos Detention Center. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

 

By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Anthony Lambson, 21, just received his High School Equivalency Credential from the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA). While this would be a cause for celebration for anyone, it is particularly significant for Lambson who will be leaving the Los Alamos Detention Center Thursday after almost 18 months in custody.

Lambson said

PEEC: Movie, Special Solstice Show This Weekend

on December 20, 2017 - 7:14am
 
 


 
PEEC News:
 
This weekend, the Los Alamos Nature Center has two special planetarium programs: a special solstice show Friday and a full-dome film Saturday. The Friday, Dec. 22, show Bones, Tombs, and Solstice will start at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, the exciting full-dome film Exploding Universe is screening at 2 p.m. These planetarium programs are made possible thanks to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
 
LANL astrophysicists Erica Fogerty and Galen Gisler will take planetarium visitors back in time to Newgrange, a 5,000-year-old passage tomb dedicated to the

Europe Coffee And Cocoa Sale At LANB Dec. 20-21

on December 19, 2017 - 1:02pm
 
COMMUNITY News:
 
Love coffee? Looking for last minute meaningful gifts? Stop by LANB for a free cup of coffee as you finish your holiday errands Wednesday and Thursday afternoon and support amazing Los Alamos students and educational travel.

The Europe 2018 Holiday Coffee and Cocoa Sale is 1:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20 and Thursday Dec. 21 in the lobby of LANB at 1200 Trinity Dr.
 
Coffee is $13 for a 10 oz. bag, whole bean or ground, freshly roasted in French Roast, Dark Roast, Medium Roast, and Decaf.

LAPS Foundation Seeks To Connect With LAHS Alumni

on December 19, 2017 - 7:23am

LAHS class of 1987 gathers on the steps at the high school during a reunion tour hosted by the LAPS Foundation. Courtesy photo

LAPS FOUNDATION News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation would like to put a call out to all Los Alamos High School (LAHS) alumni to connect with the organization via its website, www.lapsfoundation.com/alumni. The LAPS Foundation wants to hear what alumni have been up to, tell them about all that's going on at LAHS in present day, and offer benefits to them as alumni.

The LAPS Foundation supports alumni in a number of ways, including hosting tours of the

LAHS Graduate Kyle Partin Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant In United States Air Force

on December 19, 2017 - 7:15am

2nd Lt. Kyle Partin with his mother Marcie, sister Lauren and father Doug following his USAF commissioning. Courtesy photo

 

Staff Report

Los Alamos High School graduate Kyle Partin has received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. He is the son of Doug and Marcie Partin.

Partin graduated from Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas with a degree in mechanical engineering and minors in history, mathematics and military studies. He is assigned to the 47th Flying Training Wing for USAF Pilot Training at Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, Texas.

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Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes Completes Studies At Naval Postgraduate School Center For Homeland Defense And Security

on December 17, 2017 - 7:09am

Los Alamos County Fire Chief Troy Hughes, right, with his friend, former Los Alamos National Laboratory Physical Security Division Leader Michael Wismer Friday at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. Wismer, who lives in Santa Fe flew out with his wife Lisa Wismer to join Hughes and his wife Jodi Hughes at a ceremony in which Hughes graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Security Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

Mountain’s Project VeX Robotics Team Takes 3rd

on December 17, 2017 - 5:19am

Mountain Elementary School Robotics Team Project VeX bring home 3rd place in Arizona competition. Courtesy/LAPS

Members of the Mountain Elementary School Robotics Team Project VeX. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The Mountain Elementary School Robotics Team, Project VeX, traveled to Arizona Dec. 1-3 to compete in the Northern Arizona VeX IQ Challenge. Out of 40 teams, they finished 3rd in the skills portion of the competition, an impressive feat for a brand-new team. Not only was this the first competition for the young team, they also were the only team from New Mexico.

Mountain’s PE teacher,

Zia Credit Union Donates $500 To Los Alamos 4-H

on December 16, 2017 - 12:24pm

Zia Credit Union presents a check for $500 Thursday afternoon to the Los Alamos 4-H Club. Top row from left, Zia representatives Sonya Chacon, Tanisha Rivera, Natalia, Tretiak, Annitte Lujan, 4-H shotgun and archery leader Mike O'Neill, 4-H rifle and meeting leader Sha-Marie Reid, 4-H reporter Monica Smith and Albanita Romero of Zia. Bottom row from left, 4-H Activities Director Isaac Romero, Michael Lujan, 4-H President Kelsey Decker, Kara Moss and 4-H Secretary Christopher Garcia. Photo by Riley Arnoudeille

Udall Congratulates Northern New Mexico Nominees To United States Service Academies

on December 16, 2017 - 6:40am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced Friday the 50 New Mexico students who have received his nomination to attend a United States service academy beginning in 2018, including four students from Northern New Mexico.
 
A congressional, vice-presidential, or service-connected nomination is required for admission to the U.S. Military Academy (West Point), the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

LAMS Implements Saturday School

on December 15, 2017 - 5:11pm

Los Alamos Middle School implements Saturday School. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Middle School (LAMS) is successfully implementing Saturday School, a completely voluntary program in which students get extra help from teachers and catch up on school work.

The goal is to finish assignments and make sure they are not falling behind. Last year was the first year for 7th and 8th grade Saturday School and this year’s improved version comes with extra assistance and better communications from teachers.

Letter To The Editor: Tragedy In Aztec

on December 15, 2017 - 9:43am
By STEPHANIE NAKHLEH
Los Alamos
 
Perhaps the saddest fact about the awful shooting at Aztec High School last week is that it won’t be the last in New Mexico or anywhere else in America.
 
Los Alamos High School, where my son is a student, has also faced credible shooting threats in recent years. So has Santa Fe High SchoolEverytown for Gun Safety research shows that the shooting in Aztec is at least the 62nd school shooting nationwide this year.
 
In 2016, the FBI had investigated the shooter after he made threatening comments in an online gaming forum about mass shootings.

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