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'I Get By With A Little HEP From My Friends': Lives Changed By High School Equivalency Program

on May 12, 2017 - 5:59am
NNMC students Aida Saucedo and Marina Lopez. Courtesy photo
 
NNMC News:
 
Marina Lopez has a hectic schedule. After working a graveyard shift as a certified nursing assistant (CNA) at Aspen Ridge Lodge in Los Alamos, she barely gets a few hours rest before rushing off to a full day of classes.
 
What the 26-year-old student lacks in sleep, she makes up for in drive and enthusiasm. Her life didn’t always look like this. She had been out of school for 10 years. After realizing that being a high school student was just not for her, she decided to drop out and enter the real world.
 

AFT New Mexico And ATF Respond To Second Round Of Cuts To K-3 Plus And Bilingual Programs

on May 12, 2017 - 5:17am
AFTNM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly, and Albuquerque Teachers Federation President Ellen Bernstein, released the following joint statement:
 
“The announcement by Secretary of Education Hannah Skandera and the New Mexico Public Education Department of proposed cuts to the State’s Bilingual programs on top of already announced cuts to K-3 Plus programs is an outright assault on the ability of New Mexico’s students to receive a quality public education in our State.
 
“Secretary Skandera and Governor Martinez’s so-called

County Invites Scouts, Other Organizations To Be Color Guard For Council Meetings

on May 11, 2017 - 5:08pm

COUNTY News:

The Los Alamos County Council invites Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, along with other local organizations, to serve as Color Guard at any Council Regular or Work Session.

Presentation of the flags by a Color Guard can occur at the beginning of any Council meeting at 6 p.m. on a Tuesday evening in either Council Chambers or White Rock Fire Station 3. The presentation is followed by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

The name of the troop or organization presenting Color Guard will be included on the agenda and announced at the meeting.

To reserve a date, the troop

Chamisa Green Team Organizes Waste Free Lunches

on May 11, 2017 - 3:53pm
The Chamisa Green Team. Top row from left, Dilynn A., Louis G., Zoe B. and Ava S. Bottom row,  Kylie A., Ella M. and Jen Bennett of Los Alamos Co+op Market, Natalie C and Rebecca B. Courtesy photo

EDUCATION News:

Chamisa Elementary students finished their week long challenge of bringing a waste free lunch to school Friday, April 28.

Led by teacher Megan Lee, the Green Team an environmentally-minded club comprised of fourth grade students at Chamisa, successfully deployed a one day event in February. More than 175 students participated by bringing a waste free lunch.

PAC 8 Community Media Center Offers Summer Classes For All Grade Levels

on May 11, 2017 - 7:55am
Courtesy photo
 
PAC8 News:
 
PAC 8 is offering new classes this summer as well as some of the old favorites. 
 
In “GoPro + Drone Flying”, students learn how to use a GoPro and do time-lapse, slo-mo and also fly a drone with a GoPro attached to it. All levels of video classes are offered with instruction in editing with Adobe Premiere. Students can also learn how to make a music video and in another class, create music with Logic software.
 
New this year are PSA and Ad production. These finished products will play at the Reel Deal Theater.

NEA-NM President Betty Patterson On National Teacher Appreciation Week

on May 10, 2017 - 5:02pm
By BETTY PATTERSON, President
NEA-New Mexico

This week is National Teacher Appreciation Week. We have wonderful Teacher's, and Education Employees! We need to celebrate the incredible teaching happening all over New Mexico.

New Mexico has more students graduating and better test results, thanks to teachers!

Everyday teachers give of themselves and their small paychecks. Gena in the South Valley supplies snacks and fruit so her students are not hungry. Sylvia in Las Cruces helps students learn English.

Eat And Celebrate Nature Like A Bear And Experience The Great Outdoors At Bandelier National Monument

on May 10, 2017 - 1:39pm
PEEC News:
 
Los Alamos is the perfect destination to get back to the great outdoors this May, with unique and exciting activities, as well as scenic and unforgettable outdoor trails for hiking, biking, exploring history and more.
 
This May, celebrate nature and one of its most incredible creatures at the Los Alamos Nature Center’s Bear Festival.

BSMA Thanks Volunteers And Seeks More

on May 10, 2017 - 9:58am
BSMA volunteers standing behind the counter of the Gadgets Gift Shop inside the Bradbury Science Museum. Back row from left, Alison Moore, Lindsey Fullop, Ronaele Freestone and Shari Foley. Front row from left, Suranjana Basu (Reema), Ann Lane and Pam Sutton. Photo by KayLinda Crawford
 
BSMA volunteers having lunch at the Blue Window Bistro, from left, Lindsey Fullop, Ann Lane, Alison Moore, Suranjana Basu (Reema), BSMA Board President Andy Trottier, Shari Foley, Ronaele Freestone and Bradbury Science Museum Director Linda Deck. Photo by KayLinda Crawford
 
BSMA News:
 
The Bradbury

Nature Center Talk: Unusual Wildlife Of Madagascar

on May 10, 2017 - 8:32am

This leaping lemur, diademed sifaka, is endemic to specific regions of eastern Madagascar. Photo by Martin Cooper

PEEC News:

Local photographer Martin Cooper will share photos from his three-week visit to Madagascar, which covered four ecosystems and gave him the chance to capture images of wildlife including lemurs, chameleons, and endemic birds that are unique to the island. This free talk, organized by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), is 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 16 at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road.

Madagascar has been biologically isolated from Africa and

Rotary Honors Camryn Dickson As Distinguished Student Of Service

on May 10, 2017 - 8:05am
Camryn Dickson, a Rotary Club Distinguished Student of Service, shares a moment with guest speaker State Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard at the Club meeting. Photo by Camille Dickson
 
Rotary Club News:
 
Los Alamos High School junior Camryn Dickson was honored recently by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos as a Distinguished Student of Service. Dickson is the daughter Camille and Carl Dickson.
 
Each school year, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects nine high school juniors to honor as a Distinguished Student of Service.

Luján Introduces Legislation To Make It Easier For Families To Save For College

on May 10, 2017 - 7:20am
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
 
CONGRESSIONAL News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) has introduced the Save for Success Act, which creates a fully refundable savings credit program to better help middle class and working families save money for college expenses and to help address the growing student debt crisis.
 
Nationwide, total student loan debt now exceeds $1 trillion. In 2015, nearly 70 percent of seniors who graduated from public and nonprofit colleges had an average of $30,100 in student loan debt. 
 
Currently, college tuition and savings programs, such as

AFTNM Pass Resolutions In Support Of Immigrant Community In New Mexico

on May 10, 2017 - 5:57am
AFTNM News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly and American Federation of Teachers Executive Vice President Kathy Chavez released the following statements:
 
“Today, our union took a stand of solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters, and especially our immigrant students.

Los Alamos School Board Adopts $60.7 Million Budget For 2017-18 School Year

on May 9, 2017 - 9:10pm

Los Alamos High School. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board this evening adopted a $60.7 million budget for the 2017-18 school year. 

The budget reflects parent, student, staff and community priorities and is designed to meet the mission and eight focus areas in the LAPS Strategic Plan. The first three focus areas are:

  • Student Well-Being;
  • Student Learning; and
  • Teacher and Staff Well-Being and Excellence. 

https://www.laschools.net/cms/lib/NM01000458/Centricity/Domain/1179/LAPS_Strategic_Plan-FINAL-Pages.pdf

Due primarily to one-time administrative cost savings, the Board

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Skandera: Teachers Should Be Celebrated

on May 9, 2017 - 8:07pm
Education Secretary Hanna Skandera during a visit in 2016 to the Los Alamos Daily Post. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
By HANNA SKANDERA
New Mexico Education Secretary
 
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week in New Mexico – a perfect opportunity to reflect on the tremendous impact our teachers have in helping every New Mexico child have a chance to succeed in life.
 
Every child in New Mexico – no matter their background – can learn, and the more we stand behind our teachers and support them, the more they have that chance.
 
Isis Feraudy-Marsilli is a bilingual math

Rotary Honors Richard Thompson With Distinguished Student Of Service Award

on May 9, 2017 - 7:00am
From left, Rotarian Karen Easton, LAHS Richard Thompson, and LAHS orchestra director Michelle Rosette. Photo by Kurt Schoenberg
 
ROTARY News:
 
Los Alamos High School junior Richard Thompson, Jr. was honored recently by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos as a Distinguished Student of Service. Thompson is the son of Darla and Richard Thompson.
 
Each school year, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects nine high school juniors to honor as a Distinguished Student of Service.

Heinrich Proposal To Reinstate Year-Round Pell Grants Included In Bipartisan Budget Deal

on May 8, 2017 - 11:43am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich
 
U.S. SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) has announced that his proposal to reinstate year-round Pell Grants was secured in the omnibus appropriations bill approved in the Senate.
 
The deal includes provisions from the Year-Round Pell Grant Restoration Act, which Heinrich co-sponsored, that would allow low- and moderate-income students to use Pell Grants for three semesters each academic year, rather than the current law’s limit of two semesters. 
 
"Pell Grants are the primary form of financial aid for millions of

UWNNM: First Born Program Of Los Alamos Supports Mental And Behavioral Health In Young Families

on May 8, 2017 - 10:15am

UWNNM News:

Editor's note: This is part of the series for the United Way of Northern New Mexico Behavioral Health(y) Community Initiative.

Ask any parent you meet, and they will all agree: parenting is one of the most rewarding and challenging relationships in life. Every child is different, and every stage in life is different.  

There are many changes and adjustments that occur in the family dynamic during pregnancy and the first three years of the child’s life.

Rotary Honors LAHS Junior Sara Shiina With Distinguished Student Of Service Award

on May 8, 2017 - 8:42am
Rotarian Karen Easton, right, welcomes Mary Nunz, Akiko Shiina and Sara Shiina during a recent Distinguished Student of Service ceremony at the golf course community room. Photo by Kurt Schoenberg
 
Rotary News:
 
Los Alamos High School junior Sara Shiina was honored recently by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos as a Distinguished Student of Service. Shiina is the daughter of Akiko and Toshiyuki Shiina.
 
Each school year, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects nine high school juniors to honor as a Distinguished Student of Service.

UNM-LA Advisory Board Meeting 5:30 p.m. Today

on May 8, 2017 - 8:24am

Mysteries In Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium

on May 8, 2017 - 7:33am

Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

To prepare for the upcoming Bear Festival, this Friday there will not be an evening planetarium show. However, there will be fun for the whole family at the Los Alamos Nature Center Saturday, May 13, including New Mexico's first Bear Festival, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a full-dome planetarium show at 2 p.m. of Mysteries of the Unseen World. This full-dome film, which allows viewers to discover what is normally too fast, too slow, too small, or outside the visible spectrum, also will play at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The Los Alamos Nature Center is open regular hours this month:

Help Spread Blessing Of Creativity To Rusinga Island In Kenya

on May 7, 2017 - 4:27pm

Local retired teacher, Sharon Allen, is traveling to Rusinga Island at the end of May with Project Humanity as part of their educational outreach, which also is focusing on creating school libraries. She is looking for help from the Los Alamos community to collect lightly used and new art supplies for these artists. Courtesy photo

 

Courtesy photo

 

COMMUNITY News:

Project Humanity launched a new initiative Nov. 14, 2016 on Rusinga Island, Kenya - Rusinga Island Artists' Guild. Rusinga Island is in Lake Victoria, Kenya, an area hard hit by AIDS. 

Christopher Gomzy, Project Humanity’s

Jury Rules In Favor Of Big Bad Wolf At Mock Trial

on May 7, 2017 - 9:54am
Barranca Mesa Elementary School students from Samantha Waidler's fourth grade class arrive Friday morning at the Los Alamos Justice Center for their mock trial in the case of the Three Little Pigs vs the Big Bad Wolf. In the end, the jury ruled in favor of the wolf. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
Brendan De Roma is the presiding judge at Friday's mock trial in Municipal Court. Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com
 
By MAIRE O'NEILL
LOs Alamos Daily Post

The case of The Pigs vs The Big Bad Wolf went to trial Friday in the Los Alamos Municipal Courtroom under the direction of

Rotary Club Honors LAHS Student Ethan Aulwes

on May 7, 2017 - 6:18am

Los Alamos High School junior Ethan Aulwes, center, is awarded the Distinguished Student of Service at a recent Rotary Club meeting. He is joined by, from left, teacher Catherine Purananda, Rotarians Karen Easton and Vincent Chiravelle and teacher Anita Boshier. Photo by Sheila McClees

ROTARY News:

Los Alamos High School junior Ethan Aulwes was honored recently by the Rotary Club of Los Alamos as a Distinguished Student of Service. Aulwes is the son of Rob Aulwes and Sheila and Dr. Robert McClees.

Each school year, the Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects nine high school juniors to honor as

Centerra Awards $10,000 To Rio Arriba Teachers

on May 7, 2017 - 6:10am
2016 winner Elias Alison 2nd Grade Teacher at ETS Fairview Elementary School in Espanola with his students and Centerra-Los Alamos General Manager Ted Spain, left, during the check presentation. Courtesy photo
 
LANL Foundation News:
 
ESPANOLA — Centerra - Los Alamos has again provided $10,000 to the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation to continue the Rio Arriba County Excellence in Teaching Award program.
 
“We are so proud to continue to recognize the teachers in the communities where many of our employees live and raise their families.

UNM-LA Invites Community To 2017 Commencement

on May 6, 2017 - 3:03pm

Scene from the 2016 UNM-LA graduation event. Photos by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico – Los Alamos (UNM-LA) will host its commencement ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, May 12 to recognize students earning degrees.

This spring, 128 students completed a recognized level of study at UNM-LA, with 19 students completing degrees in more than one field. Sixty-nine students earned Associate of Arts, Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science degrees. Forty-eight students completed a Certificate program.

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