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Los Alamos Teens Needed For Citizen Science Mission

on February 11, 2017 - 8:37am
 
SCIENCE News:
 
Café Scientifique Los Alamos is hosting a Teen Science Café at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 9 in the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
 
The presentation will focus on the Sun’s Corona Observed During A Solar Eclipse.
 
Café Presenter, Dr. Galen Gisler of Los Alamos National Laboratory will present on sun’s corona, which is normally visible only during a total solar eclipse and why this is important. He also will talk about the upcoming solar eclipse Aug. 21 and the path it will be take to seen as a full solar eclipse across the US.
 
Eight Los Alamos

Pastel Portraiture Workshop At Art Center Today

on February 11, 2017 - 7:58am
Pastel Portrait by Susan E. Roden. Courtesy photo

ART CENTER News:

Artist Susan E. Roden will conduct a pastel portrait workshop 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge Art Center.

The class will learn the fundamentals of the layered medium through demonstrations and progress to hands-on exercises with one-on-one instruction. Each participant will take home a finished portrait.

Roden moved to Albuquerque after residing in San Diego for 18 years. She taught drawing and pastels at University of California San Diego Extension and First Saturday Workshops at the San Diego Museum of Art.

House Education Committee To Review Teacher Evaluation Bills 9 a.m. Saturday

on February 10, 2017 - 6:39pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Saturday, Feb. 11 at 9 a.m., the New Mexico House Education Committee will review bills that address controversial teacher evaluations.

Democratic House bills aim to improve teacher evaluations and protect teachers from unfair evaluation practices becoming statute.

The hearing is open to the public:

  • What: House Education Committee Hearing on Teacher Evaluation Bills
  • When: Saturday, Feb. 11 at 9 a.m.
  • Where: Room 307, New Mexico Capitol, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501
  • Who: Chair Rep.

2017 Los Alamos School Board Election Results Official

on February 10, 2017 - 6:33pm

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County (LAC) Clerk’s Office completed the required canvass process to certify and finalize the 2017 School Board Election results for the Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) and the University of New Mexico - Los Alamos (UNM-LA) School Board.

The Canvass Board met at 1 p.m. today in the Los Alamos County Municipal Building. The board consisted of Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, LAPS Superintendent, Dr. Cynthia Rooney, UNM-LA Chief Executive Officer, the Honorable Pat A. Casados Los Alamos County Magistrate Judge and County Clerk Naomi D. Maestas.

During the canvass process,

Scenes From County Science & Engineering Fair

on February 9, 2017 - 10:15pm

LAHS 9th grader Lillian Petersen is awarded the CB FOX Overall Best of Show Award for her project on Climate Change during Saturday's County Science & Engineering Fair in the Duane Smith Auditorium at Los Alamos High School. Photo by Derrick Key/ladailypost.com

LAHS 9th graderJake Werner with his Tesla Coil. Photo by Derrick Key/ladailypost.com

Science and Engineering Fair awards ceremony Saturday in the Duane Smith Auditorium. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

K-5th grade Science and Engineering Fair projects fill the Dance and Drama classroom Saturday at Los Alamos High School

LAPS Foundation Professional Book Groups

on February 9, 2017 - 9:10pm
Barranca teachers. Courtesy photo
 
LAPSF News:
 
Professional Book Groups for Los Alamos Public School teachers and instructional assistants are a rewarding and low-cost way for the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation to provide professional development.
 
Five groups formed in the early Fall and have been meeting regularly this school year to discuss their selections and application of the strategies they find
within.
 
Reading Specialist Alisa Rolfe from Aspen School was funded to study, “Teaching Struggling Readers: How to Use Brain-based Research to Maximize Learning.”
 

2017 LAPS And UNM-LA Board Election Results

on February 9, 2017 - 8:59pm
Winners of the 2017 School Board and UNM-LA Advisory Board races, from left, Sheila Schiferl Position 5 and David Sutton Position 1 on the UNM-LA Advisory Board. Michelle Hall (not pictured) ran unopposed for re-election to Position 2. Stephen Boerigter District 2 and Ellen Ben-Naim District 1 were elected to positions on the Los Alamos Public Schools Board. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Elections were held Tuesday for the Los Alamos School Board and the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Advisory Board.

A total of 1,432 votes were cast.

Fancy Fiddles Auction Sample #2

on February 9, 2017 - 7:37am

This instrument and 45 others will be on offer at the Fancy Fiddles Auction beginning at 2 p.m., Feb. 18 in Fuller Lodge. Silent bidding is underway now at Village Arts Framing on DP Road. Proceeds will benefit the Los Alamos Public Schools orchestra program. Click here for details. Courtesy photo

Standards For Brainiacs Passes House Committee

on February 9, 2017 - 6:13am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – House Bill 211, requiring the PED to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for New Mexico schools, has passed the House Education Committee (HEC).

NGSS standards establish a framework that incorporates the application of technology and engineering in addition to science and mathematics. Sponsored by Rep. Andres Romero (D-Albuquerque) and Rep.

Family Night At Los Alamos Nature Center Feb. 14

on February 9, 2017 - 5:59am
Young kids engage in fun activities with Melissa Mackey at the Nature Center where there is something new each month. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center is 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14. The community is invited to enjoy an evening of games and hands-on activities with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey. The nature center will be open until 8 p.m. for exploring the exhibits.
 
The second Tuesday of each month is Family Night at the nature center and thanks to a generous sponsorship from the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, this program is free for all.

SCHIFERL: Success Was Not Mine Alone; I Owe Thanks To Many People

on February 8, 2017 - 8:48pm
By SHEILA SCHIFERL
Newly Elected UNM-LA Board Member
Los Alamos

Tesday was my first run as a candidate. Success was not mine alone; I owe thanks to many people:

First, thank you to my tireless campaign team.

Thank you to all the people we met, by phone and canvassing the town, for their advice, their participation, and their hospitality.

Thank you to the people who shared their experiences on school and college boards.

Thank you also to the people who brought us non-UNM-LA problems (including several potential hazards to children). We have contacted appropriate authorities to start

UNM-LA Holds Movie Class At Reel Deal

on February 8, 2017 - 3:20pm
O’Donnell shows the class a movie on 35 mm film, which was the industry standard until around 2010. Courtesy photo
 
REEL DEAL News:
 
On Wednesday evening, Feb. 1, Jim O’Donnell, owner of the Reel Deal Theater, treated UNM-LA’s Intro to Film Studies class (MA210) to a tour of the projection room, then a viewing of the film “La La Land.”  
 
One of the topics for discussion was the transition from film projectors to digital projectors. The students in this semester-long course at UNM-LA have already studied the history of musicals in film. 
 
Follow up projects will address how

Fancy Fiddles Auction Sample #1

on February 8, 2017 - 10:23am

This instrument and 45 others will be on offer at the Fancy Fiddles Auction beginning at 2 p.m., Feb. 18 in Fuller Lodge. Silent bidding is underway now at Village Arts Framing on DP Road. Proceeds will benefit the Los Alamos Public Schools orchestra program. Visit http://www.villageartsframing.com/news/  for details. Courtesy photo

Robinson: Reflections On Elections

on February 8, 2017 - 9:40am
By JAMES ROBINSON
Los Alamos

I want to begin by congratulating Sheila Shiferl on her election last night. It was a great contest, and I wish her all the luck in her new position. UNM-LA deserves no less than all of her energy and talents going into the future.

It is always hard to wake up the day after all the hard work, time and energy spent suddenly ended. Just over two weeks ago, I got to celebrate the approval of the Mil Levy for UNM-LA. Today, however, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed, BUT, there are things I can say I am proud of.

Just two year ago, I finished the

2017 LAPS And UNM-LA Advisory Board Election Unofficial Results

on February 7, 2017 - 9:20pm
Final vote totals posted at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Alamos County Municpal Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost
 
2017 LAPS AND UNM-LA BOARD ELECTION TOTALS
 
Los Alamos School Board District 1
Ellen Ben-Naim               307
James W. Hall                  241
Total Votes                       548
 
Los Alamos School Board District 2
Stephen T. Boerigter    277
Darryl Mathew Sugar     60
Total Votes                    337
 
UNM-LA Advisory Board Position 1
David Sutton                 656
Michael D. Redondo     631
Total Votes                  1,287
 
UNM-LA

2017 LAPS And UNM-LA Board Election Results

on February 7, 2017 - 6:03pm

Winners of the 2017 School Board and UNM-LA Advisory Board races, from left, Sheila Schiferl Position 5 and David Sutton Position 1 on the UNM-LA Advisory Board. Michelle Hall ran unopposed for re-election to Position 2. Stephen Boerigter District 2 and Ellen Ben-Naim District 1 were elected to positions on the Los Alamos Public Schools Board. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

Vote Until 7 p.m. In LAPS & UNM-LA Board Election

on February 7, 2017 - 5:26pm

Poll workers assist voters obtain ballots for the 2017 LAPS and UNM-LA Advisory Board Election late this afternoon in the Municipal Building. Los Alamos County Elections Manager Gloria Maestas told the Los Alamos Daily Post that as of about 4:45 p.m. today, 311 votes were cast at the Municipal Building in Los Alamos and 489 were cast at the library in White Rock. The County Clerk's Office also has received 352 early/absentee ballots delivered in person and another 19 sent in by mail. The polls close at 7 p.m. today.

Pinon Elementary Teachers Start Robotics Academy

on February 7, 2017 - 11:08am
Courtesy photo
 
Courtesy photo
 
LAPS News:
 
Reynie Benelli and Christine Peters were awarded a Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation Great Ideas Grant to start a new S.T.E.A.M. Robotics Academy for the school’s 5th and 6th grade students.
 
Students will use innovative modular robots called “Cublets”. The robots will encourage students to learn about engineering and design principles. Cublets teach the three primary actions of a robot: sense, think, and act. Each Cublet is a smaller component of a larger robotic system.
 
In its first year, the program will benefit 100 students

Chinese New Year Lantern Festival Feb. 11

on February 7, 2017 - 10:58am

Members of the Los Alamos Middle School WEB Crew and friends celebrate Chinese New Year Friday, Jan. 27, educating their peers about the year of the Rooster and other cultural traditions. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

The annual lantern festival takes place Feb. 11 and students made dozens of lanterns for classroom displays. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

NJROTC Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser Thursday

on February 7, 2017 - 8:17am

Udall Recruiting Summer Interns For D.C. Office

on February 7, 2017 - 8:02am

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Tom Udall:

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for summer internships in his Washington, D.C. office.

For more information and to apply for an internship, visit http://www.tomudall.senate.gov/internships. During the upcoming summer internship program, Udall's office in Washington, D.C., will host two summer sessions: May 30 to June 30, and July 3 to Aug.

Letter To The Editor: Ellen Ben-Naim Is The One For LAPS Board

on February 6, 2017 - 8:58pm
By JEFF WAUSON
Los Alamos

The LAPS school board needs compassionate, yet knowledgeable leadership with new ideas, different points of view, and someone who can spur the board into action while working collegially with all stakeholders.

Balancing what the staff and students truly need is important and so necessary at this time when teacher morale is at an all time low. Ellen herself is an educator with first hand experience of the constant demands the profession faces.

Letter To The Editor: I Endorse Ellen Ben-Naim For Multiple Strengths She'll Bring To School Board

on February 6, 2017 - 6:35pm
By BILL HARGRAVES
LAPS Board Member
 
As a LAPS School Board member, I endorse Ellen Ben-Naim for School Board in the Pinon District.
 
My support is based on strengths Ellen brings in the following areas:
  • New ideas, thoughts and questions about youth and education based on her experience as an educator;
  • First hand understanding of emotional and social needs and struggles of our youth;
  • Support for our teachers who work in a constrained and demoralizing environment;
  • Leadership to team with other Board members; and
  • Move forward together with new members to the School Board to bring fresh

Family Strengths Network Extends Hours

on February 6, 2017 - 6:33pm
FSN News:
 
Parents asked and Family Strengths Network listened and has extended its hours to 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays (closed holiday weekends) and 3 p.m. Wednesdays.
 
Parents are invited to stop by Family Strengths Network and let their kids enjoy the indoor play structure while they relax and chat on comfortable sofas. FSN has books to read aloud with the kids along with the Beth Ladino Lending Library to check out books to take home.

New Mexico Public Charter School Students Hold Capitol Day Rally And Legislative Visits

on February 6, 2017 - 3:58pm
NMC News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico chapter of PublicSchoolOptions.org (PSO) will host a Capitol Day Rally Tuesday to celebrate school choice with families and students who benefit from New Mexico’s public virtual schools. The event, which will take place at the Inn and Spa at Loretto, will be followed by legislative visits by families and students. 
 
Each year, PSO hosts Capitol Day rallies across the country to highlight the benefits of school choice and the opportunities it brings to families, and to inform legislators, the media and other stakeholders about choice. 
 

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