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Senate Bill 140 Rewarding High Performing Public Schools Is Voted Down In Senate

on February 22, 2017 - 8:43am

GOP STATE News:

ALBUQUERQUE Sen. John Sapien and fellow Democrats have voted against Senate Bill 140, which would have provided high-performing school districts the same additional flexibility provided to charter schools in New Mexico.

The legislation would have given school districts with grades of A or B for two consecutive years flexibility on several legal requirements of public schools in New Mexico, including the length of the school day, class load, and subject areas covered by the curriculum. These requirements are already waived for New Mexico charter schools.

When the legislation

LAHS Class Of 2019 Prepares For Annual ‘Duct Tape A Staff Member’ To The Wall Fundraiser

on February 22, 2017 - 8:16am

The Los Alamos High School Class of 2019 will hold its annual duct tape a staff member to the wall fundraiser. Last year security filled the bill as Scott Reynolds was hoisted for the cause. Today and Thursday students can purchase a ticket for just $1 and pick their favorite staff member from a list of willing volunteers. Here, Topper Freshman Academy teacher Debbie Grothaus gives some support to Reynolds before the entire school paraded by for selfies. Courtesy photo

Helen Idzorek Presents Healthy Hearts Talk March 9

on February 22, 2017 - 7:41am
COMMUNITY News:
 
Aspen Ridge Assisted Living hosts a Healthy Hearts presentation with speaker Helen Idzorek, at 2 p.m., Thursday March 9, in the first floor sun room at Aspen Ridge, 1010 Sombrillo Court in Los Alamos.
 
Idzorek is the Family Sciences Agent for the New Mexico State Cooperative Extension Service.

Los Alamos community members are invited to attend and refreshments will be served.

For information, contact Community Liaison Cynthia Goldblatt at 505.695.8981.

Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Math And Science Academy Offers Partnership Opportunities

on February 21, 2017 - 3:33pm

Monica Martinez-Archuleta of LANL's Math and Science Academy facilitates a teacher discussion of their students' understanding of math concepts. Courtesy/LANL 

LANL News:

The Math and Science Academy of Los Alamos National Laboratory is inviting elementary schools and institutions of higher education in northern New Mexico to partner with them in opportunities to influence educational outcomes, practice and policy.

These opportunities include developing and operating a partnership school and developing and participating in a math teacher leader network.

Information sessions are scheduled

AFT-NM Responds To House Bill 2

on February 21, 2017 - 3:01pm
AFT-NM News:
 
SANTA FE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President, Stephanie Ly, released the following statement:

“It is no secret New Mexico is in an unprecedented budgetary crisis, and no part of State government has been held harmless during throughout the several rounds of deepening cuts. Public education funding in New Mexico has been hit particularly hard – from early education through higher education – with roughly $125 million dollars in lost funding since the New Mexico Legislature passed the budget for the 2017 fiscal year.
 
“House Bill 2, as it is drafted, adds

Letter To The Editor: IHM Initiates Feasibility Survey

on February 21, 2017 - 10:08am
By Rev. Glenn Jones
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church
Los Alamos

Our community is unique in that so many people come from all over northern New Mexico to work here at LANL—from Chama to Belen and beyond. One of the things lacking in our community is a Christian-based school, which parents might opt to utilize should they feel moved to do so. 

Not infrequently, parents—Catholic and not—have queried us as to whether we might one day start a school here at IHM for this purpose.

This letter is to inform parents and our extended community that IHM has initiated a feasibility survey in

Internationally Acclaimed Alpha Course At IHM Tonight

on February 21, 2017 - 8:28am

IHM News:

The community is invited to join the fourth session of the internationally acclaimed Alpha Course at 7 p.m. today at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church at 3700 Canyon Road.

 The course, which has attracted participants from Catholic and other Christian denominations over the past two years, addresses questions such as:

  • Is there more to life than this?
  • How can you make the most out of life?
  • Does God exist?
  • Who is Jesus?
  • How can we have faith?

 A typical Alpha evening begins with a home-cooked meal followed by a 30-minute talk.

House Passes Bill Removing Teacher Leave Penalty

on February 21, 2017 - 8:21am

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Monday evening, the House of Representatives approved House Bill 241, a bill sponsored by Reps. Jason Harper (R-Sandoval) and Dennis Roch (R-Quay) to allow teachers to use their contractually-allotted sick leave without the fear they will be docked points in their evaluations.

House Bill 241, known as the “Teachers Are Human Too” bill, would allow teachers to use up to ten days of sick leave and all personal days without it negatively affecting their annual performance evaluations.

LAHS Heading To National Science Bowl ... Again!

on February 20, 2017 - 4:39pm

Nature Center Planetarium Line-up For Feb. 24-26

on February 20, 2017 - 7:54am

PEEC News:

How do we know the Universe is expanding and how long ago the Universe began? Dr. Rick Wallace will lead a discussion and exploration of the age of the Universe and distances between galaxies, Friday, Feb. 24.

This journey starts at 7 p.m. in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium and is the second show in a series about astronomical measurements.

Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25 and 26, Mysteries of the Unseen World, a film that uncovers what is normally too fast, too slow, too small or outside the visible spectrum, will play at 2 p.m. in the planetarium.

For more

NMAA Foundation Announces Student Scholarships

on February 20, 2017 - 7:36am
NMAA News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  The New Mexico Activities Association is excited to announce the 17 recipients of the 2016-2017 NMAA Foundation Scholarships.
 
The NMAA Foundation will recognize the students receiving these scholarships March 7-11 during the U.S. Bank State Basketball Championships.
 
More than 200 students applied for the scholarships, with nine receiving $1,000, six receiving $1,500 and two receiving $2,500. There were eight different scholarship categories for which students could submit applications.
 
The following list details those students selected:
 

Lunch With A Leader: Andrea Cunningham Feb. 21

on February 19, 2017 - 7:40am
Andrea Cunningham

LWVLA News:

Lunch with a Leader features Andrea Cunningham this month at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21 in Mesa Public Library.

Cunningham was the nurse at the New Mexico Public Health Office in Los Alamos across the street from Los Alamos High School. She will discuss the role of a public health office in Los Alamos as well what steps might be possible since the services were drastically reduced.

Cunningham graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor’s of Science and Nursing and has been a practicing nurse for 27 years.

SFCC Celebrates Black History Month Feb. 21

on February 19, 2017 - 7:09am
Courtesy image
 
SFCC News:
 
Santa Fe Community College celebrates Black History Month 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Jemez Rooms at 6401 Richards Ave. in Santa Fe.
 
Special guest speakers include writer and researcher George Geder and activist and organizer Sonya Maria Martinez. The event also will feature drummers and African dancers.
 
For more information, contact SFCC’s Office of Student Development at 505.428.1686.

SFCC Hosts Mathematics Festival Feb. 24

on February 18, 2017 - 7:04am
SFCC News:
 
Santa Fe Community College is partnering with STEM Santa Fe and Math Circles Collaborative of New Mexico to host New Mexico’s first Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival (JRMF).
                               
About 150 students (seventh and eighth graders from around the state) will explore the joy and power of mathematics through games, puzzles and activities not typically seen in the classroom. This lively, engaging math festival builds on ten years of successful festivals that have been held across the nation and internationally.
                               
The

Los Alamos Family YMCA Honored At Legislature

on February 18, 2017 - 6:18am

Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, center, welcomes Los Alamos Family YMCA members from left, CEO Linda Daly, Board member Eric Vasquez, Garcia Richard, Board President Lou Santoro and Senior Program Director Diana Martinez to the legislature Thursday, Feb. 16 in Santa Fe for ‘YMCA Day’. This day is set aside each year to honor YMCA organizations across New Mexico for the work they do serving youth. Courtesy photo

LAHS Senior Wins New Mexico Brain Bee

on February 17, 2017 - 4:54pm

Los Alamos High School senior Wilbur Wang and winner of the 2017 New Mexico Brain Bee with 2016 winner Victoria Roy from Sandia High School. Courtesy photo

Participants in the New Mexico Brain Bee. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Fourteen Los Alamos High School AP Psychology students participated in the 3rd Annual New Mexico Brain Bee, Feb. 4, at UNM in Albuquerque. LAHS AP Psych students earned all top spots in the competition. After quite a battle, Wilbur Wang earned 1st, Faith Koh came in 2nd and Megan Hemphill was 3rd.

Wang, a LAHS senior, is the winner of the 2017 New Mexico Brain Bee.

Bill Making Teacher Evaluations More Fair Advances

on February 17, 2017 - 4:52pm

STATE News:

SANTA FE -- Today, Rep. Debra Sariñana’s (D-Albuquerque) bill to make teacher evaluations more fair, HB 163, passed the House Education Committee.

The bill specifically ensures a teacher’s evaluation is not disproportionately affected by students who have too many absences, and therefore have far less classroom hours with that teacher.

“Teachers want evaluations to be fair, and this provision will ensure our educators are not unfairly judged,” Rep. Sariñana said.

UNM-LA Honors First PCA Class Graduates

on February 16, 2017 - 8:37am

UNM-LA's first class of PCA graduates with their certificates Wednesday morning, from left, Weifeng Fan, Maria Eadie, Instructor Melanie Colgan, RN, MA, Carmen Salazar and Maria 'Victoria' Rygh. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

Gathered for a photo following Wednesday's PCA graduation ceremony at UNM-LA, from left, Instructor Melanie Colgan, RN, MA, Maria 'Victoria' Rygh, Maria Eadie, Weifeng Fan, Los Alamos Medical Center CEO John Whiteside, program supporter Barbara Stoddard and UNM-LA CEO Dr. Cindy Rooney. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Living With Alzheimer’s Talk Offered In Santa Fe

on February 16, 2017 - 8:08am
HEALTHCARE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Families facing Alzheimer’s disease will have access to a free education presentation in Santa Fe, offered by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter.
 
“Living with Alzheimer’s - for Caregivers: Late Stage” will be presented from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, March 3, at Kingston Residence, 2400 Legacy Court, Santa Fe New Mexico 87507.
 
Participants will learn effective ways to communicate, connect with and provide daily care for their loved ones in the later stage of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.
 
To register or for more information on either

Early Childhood Education Investment Moves Forward

on February 16, 2017 - 7:13am
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  A major investment in early childhood education, House Joint Resolution 1, has cleared the House Local Government, Elections, Land Grants and Cultural Affairs Committee.
 
House Joint Resolution 1 proposes to amend the New Mexico Constitution to increase funding for early childhood education.
 
Sponsored by Representatives Javier Martinez (D-Albuquerque) and Antonio “Moe” Maestas (D-Albuquerque), HJR1 seeks to increase enrollment in early childhood education programs, create 4,000 jobs, and provide a strong return on investment to the state.
 
During the

State Auditor Releases List Of ‘At Risk’ Agencies

on February 16, 2017 - 7:08am

New Mexico State Auditor Tim Keller

STATE News:

SANTA FE – State Auditor Tim Keller released the annual list of New Mexico’s state and local governments considered “At Risk” based on the latest audit cycle.

Government agencies are placed on the list if they fail to submit annual audits or receive audit opinions that indicate significant problems with their financial statements. If public funds are not audited, the risks of fraud and abuse increase.

“The ‘At Risk List’ helps policymakers and the public easily identify which entities are behind schedule or reporting financial information

PMI’s Otowi Bridge Chapter Hosts Project Management Professional Training At UNM-LA March 15-June 21

on February 15, 2017 - 9:41pm

PMI News:

Nationally, one in six large projects costs 200 percent more than planned. Los Alamos’ Otowi Bridge Chapter of the Project Management Institute can help!

According to a 2014 article by teagantt, projects budgeted for more than $1 million are 50 percent more likely to fail than projects budgeted below $350,000. This is why 90 percent of global senior executives say good project management is a necessary ingredient in producing success, and gaining a competitive advantage.

According to a 2010 study, failed projects account for 8.9 percent of GDP.

Los Alamos Students Bring Home Trophies From First Lego League Regional Championship

on February 15, 2017 - 7:45am

Atomic Phoenixes, from left, Silas Morgan, Malcolm Olsen, Sara Tompkins, Erik Werkhoven and Annika Olsen. Photo by Jennifer Olsen

FLL News:

Students from Los Alamos were among the 36 teams competing Saturday, Feb. 11 in the First Lego League New Mexico Region Championship at Menual School in Albuquerque.

Both teams, the Atomic Phoenixes (#3819) and the Split Atoms (#5639) advanced from the Los Alamos Qualifier where 15 teams from New Mexico and Colorado competed for five championship slots.

The Atomic Phoenixes brought home the 1st place Programming Award, and the Split Atoms brought home

Two Guided Snowshoe Hikes In VCNP This Month

on February 15, 2017 - 7:06am
In January, snowshoers visited a historic building and observed the elegant frozen landscape in the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Photo by Jonathan Creel
 
PEEC News:
 
The Valles Caldera is coated in snow and open for people to explore its frozen beauty.
 
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is working with the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VALL) to offer educational, family-friendly, hikes this winter.
 
The next hike is 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, and will be led by a VALL ranger and a PEEC representative.

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