Education

Back-To-School Message From The Superintendent

Students at the textbook pickup area Monday at Los Alamos High School. Photo by Kurt Steinhaus

Dr. KURT STEINHAUS
Superintendent

Dear LAPS Parents and Families,

Welcome to the 2020-21 school year! I am excited about the new year and confident that, with your help, we can provide a high-quality education for your children. As you know, this school year will be very different.

“Back-to-school energy” coupled with extensive safety measures can be found in every corner of the Los Alamos Public Schools. Staff are following guidelines from the state. Specifically, LAPS employees (especially those


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Deadline Extended To Submit Letter Of Interest For Los Alamos School Board Vacancy

LAPS News:

The deadline to submit a letter of interest for the Los Alamos School Board vacancy left by the departure of Julia Baker has been extended to Aug. 20.

The vacant seat represents District 4, which includes Barranca Mesa Elementary School and Los Alamos Middle School.

Click here to view the boundary map. The term will begin Sept. 1 and run through Dec. 31, 2021.

“Being a school board member is a rewarding experience,” School Board President Ellen Ben-Naim said. “We have an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our students, parents and staff.”

Applicants must be a registered voter,


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Teacher Of Year Mandi Torrez Urges New Mexico Educational Retirement Board Trustees To Divest From For-Profit Prisons

By MANDI TORREZ
2020 Teacher of the Year

I first heard the term “school-to-prison pipeline” during my first year in graduate school when I was switching careers and moving into education.

My professor gave us an article that included how one southern state was using third grade test scores to plan for the prison inmate capacity it would need heading into the future.

Let that sink in.

I am a third grade teacher and when I look at my bouncing, bubbly students, I see potential not profit, and I do not know of a teacher who feels differently. So as educators, it is time that we ask why our pension fund is being


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Drive Thru Registration Underway At Los Alamos Schools

Los Alamos High School students arrived Monday at prescribed times to check registration, turn in summer work, check with the nurse, visit the registrar, turn in books, pick up new books and exchange chrome books. Luke Gonzales exchanges and gives chrome books to returning students. Los Alamos Public Schools is preparing students for school year, even though initial instruction will be provided online. The schools are registering students online and assigning their schedules. Each school is providing students with an up-to-date Chrome Book and the necessary books so the students can work


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Analysis: Incomplete 2020 Census Hurts All New Mexicans

CENTER FOR CIVIC POLICY News:

ALBUQUERQUE – The Center for Civic Policy today released an analysis detailing how much New Mexico stands to lose in federal funding if the state has an incomplete 2020 census count.

To view the full analysis on the potential loss of funds for New Mexico due to an incomplete census count visit: civicpolicy.com/incomplete-census-new-mexico.

Examples of social programs funding at stake from undercount:

  • $4.3 billion for Medicaid
  • $693 million for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • $386 million for highway planning and construction
  • $194 million

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New Mexico Launches ‘Moments Together’ Campaign

Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart

STATE News:

SANTA FE — Monday, the Early Childhood Education and Care Department launched its first campaign, Moments Together, to inform, support and inspire parents and caregivers of children zero to five in New Mexico.

Through Moments Together, the Department aims to raise awareness about the importance of early learning across the state – and how parents and other caregivers can foster that learning through everyday moments they already share with their children.

“Parents and caregivers have enormous strengths – and countless opportunities


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LANL: New One-Year Course Prepares Questa High School Students For High-Wage Jobs In Building Trades 

Beginning this fall semester, a one-year course in the building trades provides training at Questa High School for the first cohort of six students, paid apprenticeship and potential full-time employment at LANL. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Initiative is a successful collaboration among Los Alamos National Laboratory, Questa Independent School District, the New Mexico Building and Construction Trades Council, UA 412 Local Plumbers & Pipefitters, the Questa Economic Development Fund and UNM-Taos

Six Questa High School seniors are headed back to school now to train for high-wage,


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LAPS Board President Ellen Ben-Naim Discusses Plans And Preparations Underway For 2020-2021 School Year

Ellen Ben-Naim

By LINDA HULL
Vice President
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

Ellen Ben-Naim, president of the Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) Board and program manager of First Born, spoke Aug. 4 to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos via Zoom.

Ben-Naim discussed plans and preparations underway for the 2020-2021 school year.

With the unexpected and immediate closure of all New Mexico public schools in mid-March due to the COVID-19 crisis, LAPS has been working diligently to establish best accommodations for student safety and education through the District’s Safe Start Task Force.

Three options have


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In And Around Town: August 10, 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

Check with groups that meet regularly to see if they are meeting.

 

MONDAY, August 10

projectY cowork Celebration of projectY cowork
projectY cowork Los Alamos announced today that it will co-host a free coworking day Monday, Aug. 10 at the outdoor patio of Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op to celebrate the International Day of Coworking. The community is encouraged to participate in this day, which


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New Mexico Game & Fish: Squirrel Hunting 101

Abert’s squirrel. Courtesy/NMG&F

From New Mexico Game & Fish:

Have you ever considered small game hunting in New Mexico? Specifically, squirrel hunting? If not, you probably should. Everyone that put in for the big game draw will own a game-hunting license, which includes small game like squirrel.

In addition to this license, you will need a habitat stamp and a habitat management and access validation stamp. Altogether, this will cost $25 for a resident adult. These loud aerial acrobats are fun to observe and listen to.

They often bark out alert warnings when you get too close and are


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Northern Introduces Enhanced Technical Trades Programs

NNMC President Rick Bailey

NNMC News:

Española – Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) will begin enrolling students this Fall in two new and enhanced programs as part of its newly-established Department of Technical Trades.

Students can begin pursuing certificate and associate degrees in the areas of Plumbing and Electrical Technology this August. Both programs are approved by the Higher Learning Commission and the New Mexico Higher Education Department, and provide students with college credit while they learn highly marketable skills in these fields.

“We are pleased to begin fulfilling


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PAC 8 Weekly TV Schedule Aug. 8-13

PAC 8 Community Media Weekly TV schedule:

Saturday, August 8, 2020 

  • Free Speech TV

Sunday, August 9, 2020

6 a.m. — FSTV

5 p.m. — The Prophetic Word

5:30 p.m. — Key to the Kingdom

6 p.m. — Drawing Men to Christ

7 p.m. — United Church

8 p.m. — La Verdad Internacional

8:30 p.m. — Inside Arts – Robert Wells

9:30 p.m. — Free Speech TV

Monday, August 10, 2020

6 a.m. — Democracy Now! LIVE

10 a.m. — The Tom Hartman Program

12:30 p.m. — Los Alamos Makers’ Space

1 p.m. — Behind the White Coat 

1:30 p.m. — Inside Arts – Robert Wells

2 p.m. — Talking Business With Beverly

2:30 p.m. — Spotlight on Los Alamos

3 p.m. — Democracy Now


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AFT New Mexico Seeks Temporary Restraining Order Against Gallup-McKinley County Schools

AFT President Randi Weingarten

 

AFT News:

…Petitioners Seek District Compliance with NM Public Education Department Order

ALBUQUERQUE– American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly, and McKinley County Federation of United School Employees (MCFUSE) President Patrice Carpenter and Executive Vice President Brian Bernard released the following statement:

“McKinley County Federation of United School Employees, Local #3313, AFT-NM (the “Union”), has filed an action today seeking injunctive


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Scholarships Available At UNM-LA For Fall Semester

Seven of 25 recipients at the Fall 2019 Scholarship Luncheon, from left, Jeremayah Palmer-Scott, Jared Mohr, Emily Jones, Laura Dominguez, Aaliyah Sandoval, Shaeon Johnson and Taylor Martinez. Photo by Nancy Coombs

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) continues to welcome new students for fall classes, which begin Aug. 17. Financial aid and scholarship opportunities are still available for incoming students.

This fall, the campus will offer a variety of class modalities for fall semester. Due to the pandemic, the majority of classes will be online, with a few classes that require hands-on


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Lillian Petersen Of Los Alamos Wins First Place In Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020

Lillian Petersen during the filming of her competition video. Courtesy/Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020

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

Lillian Kay Petersen, a 2020 graduate of Los Alamos High School, has won First Place in the 2020 Regeneron Science Talent Search 2020, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors.

Petersen, 17, will receive the top prize of $250,000. More than $1.8 million was awarded to the finalists, who were evaluated based on the scientific rigor of their projects, their exceptional


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Virtual Town Hall On Obtaining Workforce Skills Through Higher Education Available On NMDWS YouTube Channel

NMDWS News:

ALBUQUERQUE — The virtual town hall held Wednesday on Up-skill, Re-Skill, or Re-enter the Workforce Through Higher Education: Re-Opening Safely for Students is now available on the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (NMDWS) YouTube channel https://youtu.be/aOlhuiqcDuw.

NMDWS Secretary Bill McCamley was joined by: Ricky Serna and Stephanie Rodriguez, interim agency authority of the New Mexico Higher Education Department (HED); Dr. Cynthia J. Rooney, Chancellor of University of New Mexico – Los Alamos; Dr. Becky Rowley, President of Santa Fe Community College


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