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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.
 
When:

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

AFTNM On Senate Passage Of House Bill 2

on March 12, 2017 - 8:28am

NNMHGG Supports Life-Skills Classes At YMCA

on March 12, 2017 - 7:14am
Española YMCA Teen Center honored as Non-profit of the Year. Courtesy photo
 

Courtesy photo
 
YMCA News:
 
ESPANOLA  A group of youth, looking like EMTs, hands on the motor, hover around a motorcycle. They are in the Automotive Class at the Española YMCA Teen Center. Nearby, others move through Tae Kwon Do forms on the Center’s outdoor basketball court.
 
Con Alma’s Northern New Mexico Health Grant Group (NNMHGG) has awarded a $13,000 grant this year to the Española YMCA Teen Center in support of healthy activities for youth, mentoring support and connecting youth to health

Second Grade GATE Students Transform Class Into Ancient Egypt

on March 11, 2017 - 2:04pm

Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus chats with students at the museum March 3 at Baranca. Courtesy/LAPS

Parents, students from other classrooms, Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus and Board Member Andrea Cunningham visit the museum. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

“I always use project based learning in my class,” explained Ms. Shipley, the GATE teacher at Barranca Elementary School.

So, when her second-grade students wanted to learn about Ancient Egypt, they didn’t open a textbook. Instead they transformed the classroom into a museum.

They needed artifacts and they needed to be able to answer

Registration: Los Alamos Dog Obedience March 13-27

on March 11, 2017 - 11:10am

Registration opens Monday for the next session of dog training classes. Courtesy/LADOC

LADOC News:

Registration for the next session of dog training classes offered by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club (LADOC) opens Monday, March 13 and runs through March 27.

LADOC has been serving Los Alamos Dog Owners since 1952, LADOC trainers and competitors are up to date on the latest training techniques and have helped pet owners and competitors train thousands of Los Alamos dogs over the past 64 years.

Course offerings this session include Basic Manners, Puppy Kindergarten, Agility and Canine

Meet New Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board Resource Advocates

on March 11, 2017 - 8:58am

JJAB Resource Advocates from left, Cindy Koehler, William High Eagle Sandoval, Katy Fellows, Caron Inglis and Santina Shije. Courtesy photo

JJAB News:

The Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) recently hired three new Resource Advocates. Caron Inglis joins William High Eagle Sandoval and Santina Shije as a Youth Resource Advocate (YRA). Cindy Koehler and Katy Fellows are new Family Resource Advocates (FRAs).

The Resource Advocates provide wraparound case management services to youth and their families who live or attend school in Los Alamos County.

Letter To The Editor: Veto Override Of HB241 Hurts

on March 11, 2017 - 7:42am
By CHARLES BOWYER
NEW-NM Executive Director
 
Gov. Susana Martinez doesn't think teachers are human, too, since she vetoed HB 241 introduced by Republican legislators.
 
The veto is inhumane - hurting both students and educators. House Bill 241 recognizes that teachers might occasionally need to take sick leave.
 
Fortunately the majority in both the House (only three votes against) and Senate (unanimously in favor) do believe teachers are human, too.
 
Educators statewide urge the House and the Senate to override the Governor's veto, as called for by Sen. Brandt (R-Rio Rancho).

Fisherman Bill Orr Teaches Two-Day Fly Tying Class

on March 11, 2017 - 7:19am
Each participant in the upcoming fly tying class receives a copy of Fly Patterns of Northern New Mexico. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is working with fisherman Bill Orr, who co-authored the book Fly Patterns of Northern New Mexico, to offer another two-day fly tying class, 1:30-3:30 p.m., March 19 and 26. 
 
Participants will create their own ties designed for local fishing and receive a free copy of Orr's book. All experience levels are welcome, even those who think they are all thumbs.
 
In this class, Orr will cover flies that were

PAC 8 Community Media Center Online Auction

on March 11, 2017 - 7:00am
Students enrolled in a PAC 8 class learn video making and are shown here working on location at Ashley Pond Park. Courtesy photo
 
PAC8 News:
 
PAC 8 is holding its annual online auction fundraiser. The auction this year is not as fancy as previous years due to limited resources. PAC 8 is a nonprofit organization and community media center. The money raised by this auction will go to scholarships for students, PAC 8 internships and other worthy programs.
 
The auction ends at midnight Sunday, March 12. The community is invited to email bids to pac8@lsalamos.com. Include, phone number,

Local Trumpet Recital By Miriam Wallstrom Sunday

on March 11, 2017 - 6:45am

MUSIC News: 

Miriam Wallstrom, a high school junior, will present her first trumpet recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 12 at Fuller Lodge. Playing pieces on both a b flat trumpet and a piccolo trumpet, Wallstrom will perform works by Haydn, Albinoni, Sasche and a Dixieland jazz piece.

Jan McDonald is her music teacher and will accompany her on trumpet for several of her recital pieces. Cindy Little, well-known piano player, also will accompany her on the piano, and her friend Jenny Paige will play duets with her on the euphonium.

Wallstrom has studied the trumpet for almost six years, played

Scenes From County’s Emergency Tabletop Exercise

on March 10, 2017 - 10:12am

Los Alamos County staff worked through an emergency tabletop exercise this morning in Council Chambers, testing its updated emergency operations plan. Courtesy photo

County Utilities Manager Tim Glasco and Police Chief Dino Sgambellone participate in this morning's exercise. Courtesy photo

From left, County employees Bryan Aragon, Chris Wilson and Dan Erickson participate in discussions during this morning's drill. Courtesy photo

Heinrich Congratulates Two New Mexico Students On Acceptance To Prestigious US Senate Youth Program

on March 10, 2017 - 10:02am

From left, James Michael Valerio of Taos, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and  Irene Tenaya Fernald of Las Cruces. Courtesy photo

EDUCATION News: 

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) joined in honoring New Mexico students Irene Tenaya Fernald of Las Cruces and James Michael Valerio of Taos at a reception wednesday celebrating their acceptance into the prestigious United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). 

“I congratulate Irene Tenaya Fernald and James Michael Valerio on their acceptance into the highly competitive and merit-based United States Senate Youth

Family Night At Los Alamos Nature Center March 14

on March 10, 2017 - 8:37am

The community is invited to enjoy activities with Melissa Mackey, 6-7 p.m. March 14, at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s Family Night. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Tuesday, March 14 is Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Enjoy an evening of games and hands-on activities, 6-7 p.m., with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey.

The nature center will be open for exploring the exhibits until 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The second Tuesday of each month is Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center and thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, this program is free to all.

Civil Air Patrol Cadet Jack Stafford Receives General Billy Mitchell Award At Monday’s Promotion Ceremony

on March 10, 2017 - 8:12am
CAP Cadet Jack Stafford, right, receives his Mitchell Award Monday from Major Mark Peters. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
LTC Annette Peters recognized Cadet Master Sergeants Zach Lang, Juan Romero and Gabe Fox at Monday night's ceremony. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
CAP cadets at Monday's award ceremony, front row from left, Malcolm Olsen, Jacqueline Lang, Ty Swavely, Juan Romero, and Bryce Gentille. Back row from left, Caleb Britton, JD Downing, Zach Lang, Gabe Fox, Jack Stafford and Silas Morgan. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
Los

Newly Elected Los Alamos School Board And UNM-LA Advisory Board Sworn In

on March 10, 2017 - 7:07am
From left, newly elected UNM-LA Advisory Board members Sheila Schiferl, Michelle Hall and David Sutton with newly elected Los Alamos School Board members Ellen Ben-Naim and Stephen Boerigter. Los Alamos County Municipal Judge Alan Kirk administered the Oath of Office to the new members Monday at the Los Alamos Justice Center. They will take up their duties at the next meeting of their respective boards. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Barranca's Kindergarten Roundup April 5

on March 9, 2017 - 9:41am

Local Students Excel In New Mexico Children’s Bible Quizzing Competition

on March 9, 2017 - 9:11am

Coaches Katrina Granillo, left, and Cindy Byerly with from left, Sienna Granillo, Hannah Granillo, Alex Byerly and Kyle Granillo. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Sienna Granillo, 10, Kyle Granillo, 9, Alex Byerly, 8, and Hannah Granillo, 6, of White Rock recently represented the La Vista Church of the Nazarene in White Rock at the District level of the New Mexico Children’s Bible Quizzing. The quiz meet took place Saturday, March 4 in Albuquerque.

The children competed against 40-50 other participants from all around New Mexico.

Meet Ali Renner, New LAHS Physics Teacher

on March 8, 2017 - 5:16pm

Ali Renner, the new Conceptual Physics teacher at Topper Freshmen Academy. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Ali Renner began teaching Conceptual Physics, Jan. 30, at the Topper Freshman Academy at Los Alamos High School.

Her path to landing the job started with a walk around Ashley Pond. Renner was hanging out with her kids and a friend. Her friend introduced her to Carter Payne, Topper Freshman Academy Principal.

She told him that she used to be a physics teacher. That got his attention.

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