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Library Books Are Off To Kenya!

on December 9, 2017 - 4:52am

Students carry box of books to U-Haul truck. Courtesy photo

Students, faculty and community members help load books into U-Haul truck. Photo by Morrie Pongratz

EDUCATION News: 

A sendoff celebration for the African Library Project was held Tuesday, Nov. 28 in the Sullivan field parking lot. 

A U-Haul truck decorated with balloons and a sign for the African Library Project was loaded by kids of all ages from all the schools in Los Alamos with boxes of books headed to Kenya, Africa, to make 12 school libraries.

LAPS Statement On Tragic News In Aztec

on December 8, 2017 - 5:17pm

By LAPS Board of Education 
 
Jenny McCumber, President
Andrea Cunningham, Vice President
Ellen Ben-Naim, Secretary
Bill Hargraves, Member
Steven Boerigter, Member
Kurt Steinhaus, Superintendent

The School Board and I are deeply troubled by the tragic news from Aztec, New Mexico. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families. We are keeping the students, parents, staff, and the entire Aztec community in our thoughts and prayers. We want to also acknowledge and appreciate the quick actions of the school staff and first responders in Aztec.

While school shootings are rare, we

Jingle Bell Run Sunday

on December 8, 2017 - 4:57pm

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos High School Band is hosting the third Annual Jingle Bell Rock 'N Run Sunday, Dec. 10 to raise money for the Los Alamos High School and Middle School band programs.

The fun run includes the choice of a 5K or 1 mile run and is modeled after the popular Rock and Roll marathons by featuring live music along the routes. Students from the Los Alamos High School and Middle School bands will be playing holiday tunes for the runners. Costs are $30 for the 5K (race day registration is $35) and $10 for the mile.

Both of the fun runs start and end at Los Alamos Middle

Pinon Collect Books For Kenyan School Libraries

on December 8, 2017 - 4:51pm
Students pack books to send to Kenyan school libraries. Courtesy photo
 
By Ian Swavely and Miles Weaver
Pinon School Students

Pinon School is trying to help kids in Africa by sending books to the kids in Kenya so they can learn to read and read more.

We gathered one thousand books and we wrote a grant to the Alex Kirk Foundation, which donated $200 to help us finish our goal of $500. We rasied  have all the money we need to send the books to Kenya. People from the community donated bookmarks they made which also helped pay to send the books.

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LAPS Weather Delay, Cancellation, Early Dismissal

on December 8, 2017 - 7:45am
From Superintent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools

This message is to help us prepare for winter weather and focus on safety for students and staff. 

  • The decision to close LAPS or delay the start of school due to weather will usually be made by 5:30 a.m. 
  • Official announcements will be made via the media, district web page, LAPS School Messenger email and text, the school district’s information telephone line and each individual school line (see list below)
  • We will coordinate with LANL and the County on all decisions about a delayed start, cancellation, or early dismissal
  • In

Santa Fe Community College And Santa Fe Higher Education Center Winter Break Closure

on December 8, 2017 - 6:53am
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will close for Winter Break Saturday, Dec. 18  through Monday, Jan. 1.
 
No classes or activities will be held and no other student services will be available during this time. Snow removal and grounds maintenance will not be operational during this time. The college’s early childhood development center, Kids Campus and the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center also will be closed.
 
The SFCC main campus at 6401 Richards Ave., and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center at 1950 Siringo Road

LAMS Hawks Sweep Robotics Tournament

on December 8, 2017 - 6:44am
Alpha Hawks are generally on the left and top row and the Beta Hawks are on the right middle and bottom in similar T-shirt styles and Logos. Photograph by Heath Watkins
 
By ANN COOKE
Los Alamos
 
Los Alamos Middle School’s two robotics teams travelled to Phoenix over the weekend to compete in Glendale’s FIRST Technical Challenge (FTC) Qualifying Tournament.
 
The Alpha Hawks, a team comprised of mostly eight graders, and the Beta Hawks, a team comprised of seventh graders, competed in a field of over twenty robotics teams, and were two of only three middle school teams attending in

LAHS Orchestra Concert Packs UNM-LA

on December 7, 2017 - 9:06pm

The Los Alamos High School orchestras and Los Alamos youth orchestra are performing in concert this evening at UNM-Los Alamos because Duane Smith Auditorium is undergoing renovations. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

Heinrich Statement On Aztec High School Shooting

on December 7, 2017 - 2:49pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

STATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) released the following statement on the shooting today at Aztec High School in Aztec, NM:

“I am distraught to learn of this tragic shooting at Aztec High School. This is a parent’s biggest nightmare – every child deserves to be safe at school.

“I want to thank and commend our local law enforcement officers, emergency first responders, teachers and staff who took immediate action to protect and aid those who were hurt.

“But Aztec now joins a list of communities touched by school shootings and gun

NMPHA Health Policy Legislative Forum Friday

on December 7, 2017 - 9:03am
NMPHA News:
 
The New Mexico Public Health Association will hold its 14th Annual Health Policy Legislative Forum this Friday, Dec. 8, at the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza Hotel. 
 
Registration is still open with just a few spaces left, please see link below. 
 
Learn the latest health policy issues, network with people, and influence health policy decisions in New Mexico.
 

Attracting, Nurturing Volunteers Part II - A Conversation

on December 7, 2017 - 7:57am
LACF News:
 
Next LACF Nonprofit Training:
  • Attracting and Nurturing Volunteers: Part II - A Conversation
  • Linda Boncella, Los Alamos Volunteer Association (LAVA)
  • Diana Martinez, Los Alamos Family YMCA
  • Todd Nickols, Los Alamos Historical Society
  • 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14
  • UNM-LA, Bldg. 2, Room 203 (note change in room from usual)
Based on our popular session last October, we are continuing our conversation on volunteer engagement. Join us for this interactive panel discussion.

AFT New Mexico, ATF, And AEAA Respond To NM PED School Closure Threats

on December 6, 2017 - 2:51pm
AFT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE ― American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly, Albuquerque Educational Assistants Association President Kathy Chavez, and Albuquerque Teachers Federation President Ellen Bernstein released the following statement:
 
“Yesterday, Secretary-designate Christopher Ruszkowski announced the New Mexico Public Education Department is placing four elementary schools on “rigorous intervention” tracks – three in the Albuquerque Public School district, and one in the Dulce Independent School district.
 
“It is incredible disheartening that instead of

Free Weekly Raspberry Pi Club At Los Alamos Makers

on December 6, 2017 - 2:33pm
Einstein meets Raspberry Pi is one of the projects completed at Los Alamos Makers. The bust of Albert Einstein was 3D printed and brought to life with Raspberry Pi-powered animated eyes. Courtesy/Prisca Tiassé Yoder

Los Alamos Makers News:

“It's small. It's cheap” ($10). “You can turn it into an environmental monitor that can keep track of the temperature in your house, and even turn on your fan or air conditioner before you get home from work.”

This is how Akkana Peck describes the Raspberry Pi in her latest book, “Jumpstarting the Raspberry Pi zero - Controlling the world around you with

Educators Pension Fund Investments Posts Positive Return For The Eighth Consecutive Quarter

on December 6, 2017 - 12:18pm
NMERB News:
 
SANTA FE — The New Mexico Educational Retirement Board Fund, which provides defined pension benefits to the state’s public educational employees, posted an investment return of 3.0 percent, net of management fees for the three months ending Sept. 30, 2017.
 
This marks the eighth consecutive quarter of positive returns. The fund has experienced only one negative quarter in the last 17 calendar quarters.
 
The fund also reached a new high in assets at $12.6 billion, an increase of $365.6 million for the quarter.
 
As for longer term results, net of investment management

History On Tap: ‘From Bride Price to Gay Propaganda: 90 Years Of Sexuality Legislation In Central Asia’

on December 6, 2017 - 11:13am

HISTORY ON TAP News:

Join the Los Alamos History Museum for History on Tap, with an engaging discussion led by Samuel Buelow. History on Tap, part of the On Tap series presented by the Los Alamos Creative District, is 5:30 p.m. Thursday at UnQuarked, 145 Central Park Square ... don't forget that UnQuarked now serves food!

Buelow will speak on the topic “From Bride Price to Gay Propaganda: 90 Years of Sexuality Legislation in Central Asia” Control of gender and sexuality has featured heavily in modernizing projects across the globe. The Soviet Union was no exception regarding those efforts.

Chamisa Students Compete In Electric Car Challenge

on December 5, 2017 - 11:12am

Chamisa 6th graders who participated in the Electric Car Challenge include Seth Javernick, Owen Wylie, Rosario Dodd, Victoria Raven, Lia Rushton, Maya Carpenter, Julianna McCabe and Ella Javernick. Courtesy/LAPS

Chamisa students with their medals and trophy. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

With support from Los Alamos National Laboratory, two teams of Chamisa Elementary School 6th graders participated in the New Mexico Electric Car Challenge and proudly brought home a 3rd place trophy.

Susan Hettinga, a teacher at Chamisa Elementary School, was the “ringleader” of the eight students who

Heinrich Releases Video Promoting Computer Science Education Week, STEM Education

on December 5, 2017 - 9:18am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ranking Member of the Joint Economic Committee, released the following video promoting "Hour of Code" events taking place this week across New Mexico during Computer Science Education Week.
 
 
The Hour of Code is a national initiative to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming, designed to demystify "code," to show that anybody can learn the

PEEC: Learn To Grow Penstemons Tuesday

on December 4, 2017 - 9:18am
Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Gardener and scientist Larry Deaven will share stories, tips and photos for getting a penstemon garden started. This special presentation is 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the Los Alamos Nature Center and free and made possible by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
 
Deaven has been growing penstemons for more than 40 years, and he began work on the nature center penstemon gardens in 2015. He received a special projects grant from the American Penstemon Society in 2016 to help support garden construction.

Luján: 2017 Nominees To U.S. Service Academies

on December 3, 2017 - 6:18am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) Thursday announced that he has nominated 29 students from northern New Mexico to enter the United States Service Academies as part of the freshman class of 2018.
 
“Our state has a long tradition of serving our nation in all the branches of our military.  Having the chance to nominate some of New Mexico’s best and brightest young people to our United States Service Academies is a distinct honor for me each year,” Luján said.

Amateur Naturalist: The Mathematical Symmetry Of Pine Cones

on December 2, 2017 - 7:55am
The shape of the pinecone bracts create eight spirals going outward and counter clockwise. Photo by Robert Dryja
 
The Mathematical Symmetry of Pine Cones
By ROBERT DRYJA
Amateur Naturalist
 
 
The shape of the pine cones lying on the ground below a tree provides a kind of predictability that is the complete opposite to predicting the youthfulness or maturity of a tree. A cone grows overlapping bracts that protect the developing seeds within. When the seeds mature, the bracts open. The seeds then may flutter away to germinate or become food for some animal or insect.
 
What

State Auditor Reveals Nearly $145,000 Likely Stolen From Deming Public Schools

on December 2, 2017 - 7:54am
State Auditor Tim Keller
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Thursday, State Auditor Tim Keller released a special audit of Deming Public Schools.
 
The audit resulted in 19 findings and identified nearly $145,000 in public funds that were likely stolen from the District. State Auditor Keller designated Deming Public Schools for a special audit after receiving information from the school district about the potential mishandling of money by a former employee.
 
“We see our fair share of fraud, but it’s especially disappointing to see tens of thousands of dollars apparently being taken from

Young Explorers: Winter Camps For School Age Kids

on December 2, 2017 - 7:45am
Children explore and learn during the NMMNHS Winter Camp Programs. Photo by Caitlin Jenkins
 
Children participate in hands-on activities during the NMMNHS Winter Camp Programs. Photo by Caitlin Jenkins
 
Children investigate the diversity of garden habitat during the NMMNHS Winter Camps. Photo by Caitlin Jenkins
 
NMMNHS News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Keep your young explorers engaged and active this winter for one or all of the day-long Young Explorers Winter Camps at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque. 
 
The camps start Dec. 18 and run through Jan.

Barranca Celebrates 80 Days Of School

on December 1, 2017 - 3:47pm

Barranca Mesa Elementary School students and staff celebrate 80 days of school this morning by line dancing in front of the school. They were joined by some parents who are Los Alamos police officers and firefighters. Principal Gina Terrazas said the actvity also was held to promote 'Show Up. It Matters'. Photo  by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Fire Department Firefighter Dwight Williams shows off his moves at the 80 days of school celebration this morning at Barranca Mesa Elementary School. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Cpl.

LAPS Promotes ‘Show Up! It Matters!’ Theme

on December 1, 2017 - 8:30am
By SERENITY MAESTAS
Los Alamos Daily Post
Student Intern

The 80th day of school is today, Dec. 1, and Los Alamos Public Schools will be celebrating all of the hard work that students and staff have put into this year so far by promoting the theme “Show Up! It Matters!” This theme was developed right here in Los Alamos.

Students can participate in the Show Up! part of the theme by:

  • fostering healthy life skills;
  • asking for help when needed;
  • creating a positive climate about school; and
  • taking ownership of grades and homework.

“Let’s keep in mind, if we don’t Show Up!

Los Alamos County Chaplain Training Jan. 15-19

on November 30, 2017 - 11:58am

IFOC News:

The Los Alamos County Chaplain Corp (a non-sectarian service organization supporting the Fire and Police) is hosting an International Federation of Chaplain (IFOC) training Jan. 15-19 at the White Rock Fire Station #3 at 129 N.M. 4.

This training is for anyone who has ever been interested in Chaplain service.

It is a 45-hour accredited course awarding a certificate of completion and 4.7 Continuing Education Units of credit (CEU) also are available.

This training includes but is not limited to:

  • Chaplaincy and the Law;
  • Stress Management;
  • Critical Incident Stress Management;

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