Education

Enterprise Bank Provides Grant To Ponderosa Montessori

A Ponderosa Montessori School student. Courtesy photo

Ponderosa Montessori News:

Enterprise Bank & Trust has provided at $3,000 grant to enable the elementary students at Ponderosa Montessori School in White Rock to use distance learning more effectively.

When the State’s stay-at-home order went into effect, Ponderosa had no school-based access to educational resources in the online environment.

Montessori elementary teacher Steve Mosier has been using a combination of email, texting, Skype and Zoom to stay in touch with his class.

“One issue I have encountered has been the fact


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Udall, Heinrich Urge DeVos To Rescind Harmful Title IX Rule And Focus On Student Safety

SENATE News:

  • Secretary DeVos’ new rule governing how schools handle allegations of sexual harassment and assault will weaken protections for survivors

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with 35 Democratic senators, are condemning Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ final Title IX rule, which will weaken protections for student survivors of sexual harassment and assault.

In a letter to Secretary DeVos, the senators stressed that it was inappropriate to ask schools to implement this new rule within 100 days amid the COVID-19 crisis and urged her to rescind


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Governor Announces More Summer Resources For Families

STATE News:

Multi-agency state effort addresses access to food, child care, cultural learning opportunities

SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today additional resources for New Mexico families interested in summer youth programming.

Through a collaboration between the Department of Cultural Affairs, Public Education Department, Early Childhood Education and Care Department, and Children, Youth & Families Department, the state has assembled a comprehensive array of supports for families – including a directory of available programs, online and print resources,


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In And Around Town: June 4, 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

MONDAY, June 8

Quinn Alexander Fontaine kicks off Pride Week
Quinn Alexander Fontaine performs at 7 p.m. Monday, June 8 to kick off Los Alamos Pride Week 2020. This event is free and will be live-streamed at https://www.facebook.com/events/2672254259766872. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

YMCA Reopening

  • The Y will be open Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • The hours

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Life After 50: A Corona Graduation

LAHS graduates Mikey Aslam, Zoe Butler & Lucario Chavez headed to life beyond Los Alamos. Courtesy photo

Graduates Mikey Aslam, Zoe Butler & Lucario Chavez arrive to Pomp and Circumstance. Courtesy photo

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Executive Director
Los Alamos Retirement & Senior Organization

During this pandemic, I need a constant positive, to remain hopeful.

When the Class of 2020 might not walk a stage, our neighborhood attempted a Socially Distanced Graduation Experiment.

As I am married to a retired “labby”, I knew we could ‘Do the Science’ and pull off something appropriate.


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LAPS School Board Work Session Recap

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public School Board met Thursday evening, May 28 for a work session.

Board President Ellen Ben-Naim and members Julia Baker, Christine Bernstein and Dawn Jalbert joined the virtual meeting via Google Meet.

The meeting started with recognitions by the board. Ben-Naim acknowledged the contributions of senior student liaisons Ogden Berry, Zoe Butler and Justin Pena for their contributions to the School Board over the past two years.

Kimberly Clayton was honored as the school district’s nomination as New Mexico Teacher of the Year, and Susan Fellows was recognized


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LAPS Parents Nominated For ‘Above And Beyond’ Recognition

 LAPS Foundation News:

What do you do when teaching and learning move from the classroom to home?

At the beginning of the school year no one expected the changes that were coming, certainly not parents.  However, they stepped up and adjusted, helping students make the best of our situation and extending help with online classrooms and assignments so that learning did not come to a halt.

Los Alamos Public Schools offers sincerest thanks to ALL the parents of our students during this year that we will never forget. Your support, flexibility and patience helped all of us get through the last many weeks.


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LAPS Expands New Mexico Preschool Program

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools is happy to announce that it will expand its New Mexico Preschool programs for the 2020-2021 school year.

New Mexico Preschool programs will be available at Piñon Elementary in White Rock and Mountain Elementary in Los Alamos.

Each program will be an extended day program that runs five hours per day. Students will have a certified teacher and instructional assistants in each classroom.

All Los Alamos County residents with children who will be 4 years old by Sept. 1, 2020 are encouraged to apply. Students do not have to reside within the Mountain or Piñon school


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LANL, NM Building And Construction Trades Council, Taos Municipal Schools Announce New Job Training Collaboration

Beginning in fall 2020, Taos High School will be training the next generation of building trades workers for jobs with the NMBCTC and the Laboratory with starting salaries as high as $72,000 annually. Courtesy photo

CSF warehouse Construction Progress April 30 on the west side of the TA55 campus. Photo by Carlos Trujillo

LANL News:

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Director Thom Mason, New Mexico Building and Construction Trades Council (NMBCTC) Executive Director Brian Condit, and Taos Municipal Schools Superintendent Lillian Torrez announce a collaboration creating a building-trades


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Los Alamos Teen Town Hall Thursday June 4

TEEN CENTER News:

Right now there are parents, teachers, school administrators and some students meeting to discuss how the 20/21 school year will be conducted.

This is your chance to make your voice heard and ask questions in a teen run, teen dominated setting.

Conducting school during a pandemic is something new for everyone, the adults included. Your input is vital for this to work.

Los Alamos High School Principal Carter Payne and Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus are this week’s Teen Town Hall guests on the Teen Center’s Discord server. Join the conversation at 4 p.m. Thursday


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Los Alamos High School Graduate Laura Ambrosiano Is Senior Modeler On Emmy Nominated ‘The Dragon Prince’


LAHS graduate Laura Ambrosiano is a senior modeler on the Emmy nominated show ‘The Dragon Prince’.

Scene from the Emmy nominated show ‘The Dragon Prince’, on which LAHS graduate Laura Ambrosiano is a senior modeler. Courtesy/Bardel Entertainment

 

COMMUNITY News:

Popular Netflix animated series ‘The Dragon Prince’ has been nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Children’s Animated Series.

Among the artists on the show is Los Alamos High School 2006 graduate Laura Ambrosiano.

Ambrosiano was a senior modeler on Dragon Prince, working at Bardel Entertainment, and since has shifted


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The Last Graduate…

The last graduate of the Class of 2020 at Los Alamos High School, Katie Herrmann, was given a special ceremony today after missing her graduation Friday while searching 3.5 hours before finding her missing dog. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Three days of individual graduations concluded Friday for all but one of the 279 members of the Class of 2020 at Los Alamos High School.

Senior Katie Herrmann missed her graduation because as she opened the door to her car in the high school parking lot to head inside for the ceremony her beloved dog Simon jumped from her car and took off like a shot for parts unknown.


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LAPSF: Final Awards In Superintendent’s Project Challenge

The Hanson siblings with their Inspirational Chalk Art. Courtesy/LAPSF

Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation News:

The final round of the Superintendent’s Project Challenge is over as the school semester comes to an end. 

Fifty-two entries were received for Round 4 bringing the total number of entries for the entire contest to 225. 

The enthusiasm, imagination and innovation generated by the contest far exceeded expectations, creating a bright spot during challenging times for students this semester. 

Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation awarded a total of $6,900 in prizes for the projects.


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ECECD Holds First Of Four Transition Committee Meetings In Partnership With The Hunt Institute

STATE News:

SANTA FE — The Early Childhood Education and Care Department’s Transition Committee (ECECD) Thursday hosted its first of four meetings.

The three-hour gathering, coordinated by The Hunt Institute and conducted via Zoom, addressed challenges and opportunities facing ECECD as it prepares for its July 1 launch.

In particular, the Committee focused on ways to ensure better coordination across the state’s prenatal-to-five programs – and to involve local and tribal communities more fully in the development and implementation of programs and services across the state.

“I am grateful


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Alzheimer’s Association New Mexico Chapter Offers Free Webinar Series With COVID-19 Tips For Family Caregivers

To learn more, visit www.alz.org or call 800.272.3900. Courtesy/Alzheimer’s Association

Alzheimer’s News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Helping Alzheimer’s caregivers prepare for the challenges ahead of them – and cope with the changes brought by the coronavirus pandemic – is the goal of a series of free webinars offered in June by the Alzheimer’s Association, New Mexico Chapter, along with other chapters in the Rocky Mountain Region.

“During this crisis of Covid-19 and stay-at-home instruction, we are pleased to be offering an array of online resources, accessible from the comfort and safety of people’s


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Highlands University Receives COVID-19 Grant To Present Financial Literacy Seminars At No Charge

Program Coordinator Leon Bustos

NMHU News:

LAS VEGAS, NM — New Mexico Highlands University will present free financial literacy seminars that aim to help people cope with COVID-19 impacts thanks to a $10,000 grant from the Regional Development Corporation.

Professors in the Highlands School of Business, Media and Technology will teach the financial literacy seminars along with business professionals in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

The seminars will begin in late June and continue through July.

The dates and times for the seminars will be announced as this information is finalized. To register,


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Final Scenes Of LAHS Graduation Parade

Los Alamos High School wraps up a month long series of festivities for the Class of 2020 with a special parade Saturday morning on Diamond Drive. Due to the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, school was canceled for the remainder of the year, which also canceled the traditional graduation ceremony. LAHS hosted individual ceremonies for all 279 graduates over a 3-day period last week during which Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus and Principal Carter Payne personally congratulated and presented each graduate with their diploma. Photo by Kimberly Haskett Petersen

Community members line the parade


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Scenes & Video Of Los Alamos High School Class Of 2020 ‘Keep Moving Forward’ Graduation Parade This Morning

Video of this morning’s LAHS Graduation Parade on Diamond Drive. Video by Nate Limback/ladailypost.com

 

Community members line Diamond Drive this morning to cheer on Los Alamos High School seniors in their ‘Keep Moving Forward’ Graduation Parade. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene this morning during the LAHS graduation parade on Diamond Drive. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene this morning during the LAHS graduation parade on Diamond Drive. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Scene this morning during the LAHS graduation parade on Diamond Drive. Photo


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Cultural Affairs Department Continues To Offer Educational And Inspirational Programming For All Ages Online

The virtual exhibit Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe. Screenshot/ladp

DCA News:

SANTA FE — The museums, historic sites, and cultural institutions of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) each week offer a series of online educational and inspirational programs designed for all ages to be enjoyed at home.

Listen to the newest installment of the podcast “La Hilacha: Words and Memories,” produced by the National Hispanic Cultural Center. In this episode, History and Literay Arts Director Valerie Martinez interviews six members of the Barelas Youth Art


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