Education

2020 State Spirit, Spring Sports & Activities Canceled

NMAA News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Based on the recent directive from the New Mexico Public Education Department that schools will close for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year, the NMAA and its Board of Directors have canceled the 2020 State Spirit Championships, the 2020 Spring Sports Season, and all remaining activities for this academic school year.

This cancellation applies to practices and workouts in addition to contests and events. 

Due to the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, the Public Education Department has closed schools and additionally addressed interscholastic


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LA Garden Club Announces 2020 Scholarship Winner

LAHS senior Kathryn Laintz is the Los Alamos Garden Club 2020 scholarship recipient. Courtesy/LAGC

LAGC News:

The Los Alamos Garden Club (LAGC) announces today that Kathryn Laintz is the recipient of its 2020 scholarship.

Laintz is a Los Alamos High School graduating senior and is planning to focus on environmental science in her university studies. Future possible career plans include being a hydrologist, a freshwater ecologist, an agricultural scientist or a botanist.  

Her high school experience has included track and field, cross country and tennis in addition to the Eco Club and various


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Los Alamos Virtual Teen Center Now Open

TEEN CENTER News:

While the Los Alamos Teen Center, operated by The Family YMCA under a contract with Los Alamos County, is temporarily closed, its staff members have created a new website and an online space where Teen Center staff and teen members can interact via text and voice.

Named, “Los Alamos QUARANTEEN Center”, the website can be reached at www.losalamosquaranteencenter.com and will allow youth to access a curated collection of web resources shared by their favorite Teen Center staff, other teens and community members.

Resources include links to games, music, Ted Talks, cool videos


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PED Secretary: K-12 Schools Closed Through Academic Year

Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

SANTA FE — Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart hosted a virtual conference call with members of the media 10-11 a.m. today.

Early Childhood Education and Care Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky, Children, Youth and Families Secretary Brian Blalock and Indian Affairs Secretary Lynn Trujillo joined Stewart for the call.

Stewart announced that schools will remain closed through the end of this academic year in May. Educators will communicate with students online and via cell


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Superintendent Responds To Governor’s Announcement

Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus today sent the following letter to parents and families:

Dear LAPS Parents and Families,

Attached is today’s announcement from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Education Secretary Ryan Stewart. 

This information tracks closely with what I sent yesterday about our plan called innovative LA learning. 

Today, we are working on a special message for high school


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New Mexico Governor Announces K-12 School Closings Must Continue To Prevent Potential Spread Of COVID-19

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico public education will shift to a learn-at-home model as schools remain closed for the rest of the academic year, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state education and child care officials announced today.​

The decision is part of a two-pronged plan to protect New Mexicans from COVID-19 and ensure that children are protected, fed and educated and that families are supported through this crisis.

The governor previously ordered all public schools closed for three weeks, March 16-April 3, but warned at the time that an extension could be needed. It came today with


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Chartwells And LAPS Add Breakfast To Free Meals Program

Chamisa Kindergarten Instructional Assistant Lindsay Young and her children, Kohynn, left, a student at Chamisa and Kyler, a student at Los Alamos Middle School, are ready to hand out lunches at Chamisa Elementary School. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Beginning Monday, March 30, Chartwells and Los Alamos Public Schools will serve free breakfast along with free lunch as part of the Free Emergency Meals program for any child 18 and under.

Meals will be packaged together for one single distribution. Single pick up times are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday at Aspen Elementary School and noon


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Free Community Learning Opportunity In Days Of COVID-19

Richard Skolnik

COMMUNITY News:

Richard Skolnik of White Rock is the instructor for Yale’s Essentials of Global Health, on Coursera. ( https://www.coursera.org/learn/essentials-global-health )

The course is a comprehensive introduction to global health. It is based on a similar course that Richard taught to Yale undergraduates for five years. It is intended for lay people with no or limited experience in global health. It is appropriate for students in the upper years of high school and adults.

COVID-19 has spawned considerable interest in a range of global health topics and members


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Superintendent Shares Plan If School Ends For This Year

Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus today sent the following letter to parents and families:

Dear LAPS Parents and Families

In light of the PED Secretary’s announcement today that “there is a strong likelihood that school will be closed for the remainder of the year”, we have a plan to help you and your children.

It is called innovative LA learning.

The idea is to keep the minds of LAPS students engaged with creative, age-appropriate and constructive activities. While this is a time of uncertainty and challenge,


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Episode 2 Of The Space Policy Show: Game Changer – Blockchain In The Space Sector With Karen Jones March 26

The Space Policy Show is brought to you by The Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy. Courtesy photo

AEROSPACE News:

Tune in to The Space Policy Show, brought to you by The Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy.

We know working from home can be isolating, stressful and potentially boring. We are here to help keep you connected to the latest in the space policy community! The Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy is offering a series of online webcasts and virtual meetings as an opportunity to stay engaged with the larger space


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Scenes Of Construction On Sullivan Field House Today

Construction continues today on the Sullivan Field House adjacent to UNM-LA. The Field House will feature home and visitor locker rooms, an official’s room, training room, public restrooms, ticket booths and concessions. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene of construction continuing today on the Sullivan Field House adjacent to UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene of construction continuing today on the Sullivan Field House adjacent to UNM-LA. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Scene this afternoon of the construction site for the Sullivan Field


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Early Childhood Education Department Offers Guidance To Child Care Providers Amidst ‘Stay At Home’ Order

STATE News:

SANTA FE — New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky commented Monday on Gov. Lujan Grisham’s “stay at home” order.

The order, which goes into effect at 8 a.m. today, March 24, requires all non-essential businesses to close and limit activities for New Mexicans outside of their homes. The goal of the order is to limit the spread of COVID-19.

“The Governor understands that child care providers are front-line, essential workers. They are first responders. Without them, our public health workforce couldn’t contain the virus or care for the sick.


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LAPS Update On COVID-19 Resources

Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus

This is the next in a series of information Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus is sending to parents and staff about COVID-19 and the schools closure for the next three weeks.

Dear LAPS Parents and Families,

Here is an Update for Monday March 23.

  • The health and safety of our staff and families comes first.
  • In a press conference earlier today, the Governor stated: 
    • “It is possible that the school closure will be extended;” the return date for students and teachers is currently listed as Monday April 6, 2020.
    • Beginning tomorrow, spas, gyms, and

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LANL Foundation Awards $741,000 In Scholarships

Monica Chavez

LANLF News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation, in partnership with the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF), has awarded $741,000 during its 2020 four-year scholarship cycle.

These scholarships will support the educational goals of 110 Northern New Mexico students.

Three graduating seniors, Monica Chavez of New Mexico School for the Deaf, Lillian Peterson of Los Alamos High School and Kyran Romero of Santa Fe Indian School, were awarded the top-level $20,000 Gold Scholarship.

Chavez has been accepted to the Rochester Institute of Technology,


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State Boards & Commissions Division Suspends Requirement For Continuing Education Due To COVID-19

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department’s Boards and Commissions Division is suspending the requirement for proof of continuing education for those who have licensure expiration dates through July 31, 2020.

Once the restrictions have been lifted, licensees will have specified period of time to submit their continuing education credits to their applicable board.

Check the Boards and Commissions Division website for additional information that may apply to your licensure area, and for updates at www.rld.state.nm.us.

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In And Around Town: March 24, 2020

In and Around Town:

The Los Alamos Daily Post community calendar features events happening in Los Alamos, White Rock and surrounding areas. Send event announcements to bjgordon@ladailypost.com.

CALL ORGANIZATION OR VENUE TO SEE IF EVENTS ARE TAKING PLACE

We are receiving many notices of event cancellations due to the New Mexico State of Emergency because of  COVID-19 virus. The calendar will be updated as we receive notifications.

ONGOING EVENTS ONLINE, TELE-CONFERENCING ETC., VIRUS RELATED ONGOING EVENTS

Senior Shopping Times at Smith’s Stores

Smith’s Store Manager Isaac Chavez


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LAPS Superintendent Issues Spring Break News

Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus today sent the following letter to parents and families:

Dear LAPS Parents and Families,

As we prepare for a spring break unlike any in the past, here are some thoughts about how to help children, teens and even adults, make the most of your time together.  

These ideas are about:

  • making connections while following CDC guidance on social isolation;

  • taking action to reduce anxiety; and

  • creating positive and productive environments in our own homes with our children.


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Online Registration For Kindergarten; NM PreK Opens April 6

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools reports that online registration for Kindergarten for 2020-2021 at Aspen, Barranca, Chamisa, Mountain and Piñon elementary schools will be available Monday, April 6, 2020 through the LAPS website.

Registration is an important step to ensure that your child is placed in a kindergarten class for the upcoming school year.

To enroll your child, simply visit the LAPS Registration page at laschools.net/registration. From the Registration page, choose the Kindergarten tab to begin the application.

Children who turn five before 12:01 a.m. Sept. 1, 2020,


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Los Alamos History Museum Launches Home Activities

History Museum News:

The Los Alamos History Museum buildings are closed, but there’s now a way to bring the museum into your own home.

The museum’s new History at Home page has hands-on history activities for learners of all ages, and is available at http://www.losalamoshistory.org/historyathome.

These activities include three fun long-term projects, and the History Museum is running a contest for them now through April 15. Complete any of these long-term projects and share it on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #LosAlamosHistory to enter. The museum will award five winners a $25


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