Los Alamos High School Prom Committee Seeks Community’s Help Alleviating Expenses

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School (LAHS) prom committee would love the community’s help in alleviating some of the prom expenses in order to keep the ticket prices down for students.

To help them, please use this Amazon wish list: 2023 Enchanted Forest Prom Wish List.

If you order something, please use the “wish list address” to send the items directly to the prom committee.

The prom committee also is looking for businesses to sponsor some of the larger expenses like the photo booth, the music DJ, or even tables of students (10).

If there is a business interested in sponsoring, please contact Read More

2023-2024 Course Selection At LAMS & LAHS Begins Feb. 6

LAPS News:

Course Selection for the 2023-2024 school year is fast approaching for students who will be attending Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School in the fall.

Current 6th and 7th grade students:

Current 6th grade students will visit Los Alamos Middle School on Monday, Feb. 6. That same day, students and their parents/guardians are invited to attend the Hawk Sampler 5:30-7 p.m. Attendees should meet at 5:30 p.m. in the LAMS gymnasium.

Current 6th and 7th grade students will be able to access Electives Course Selection following the Hawk Sampler.

LAMS also will host a Special Read More

LAPS School Board: Meet Christine Bernstein

Los Alamos School Board Secretary Christine Bernstein

LAPS News:

Christine Bernstein marked the start of her fourth year this month  representing District 3 on the Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) Board.

Bernstein was elected Board Secretary at the Jan. 10 board meeting. She also is a board representative on the Budget, Finance and Audit committee, LAC/LAPS/UNMLA Executive Leadership, Facilities Master Plan Work Group, Project Steering Committee for North Mesa, Calendar committee, Superintendent Evaluation committee and the Strategic Plan committee.

Bernstein is originally from Read More

LAHS Wrestlers Take 2nd At Pojoaque Girls Invitational

Los Alamos High School (LAHS) Topper Girls Wrestling team takes 2nd place Saturday at the Pojoaque Girls Invitational. Back row from left, Head Coach Emily Tew, Molly Castille, Natalie Crawford, Wendy Sheppard, Xylin Patterson, Olivia Van De Water, Claire Bullock, Coach Ben Stone. Front row from left, Gala Nelson, Emmeline Weaver and Jade Blackhart. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

Jade Blackhart claps her fists and secures her grip as she overtakes her opponent on the way to victory. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

LAHS Girls Wrestling News:

The Los Alamos High Read More

New Mexico Tech To Showcase Student Research Feb. 20

Mariana Madera and her mother study the schedule ahead of a talk on admissions, financial aid, residential life on Research@Tech Day 2022 last February. Courtesy/NMT

NMT News:

SOCORRO — Prospective students seeking a university where they can engage in hands-on research in science, engineering and other fields can explore the exciting opportunities New Mexico Tech (NMT) provides by attending an upcoming daylong open house.

Research@Tech Day, 9:30 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, will offer participants the chance to see themselves as a student at New Mexico’s premier research university. Read More

Skyeanne Webb Receives 2023 Spirit Of The West Award

Skyeanne Webb took the top prize for the CommUNITY Asset Awards on Saturday. Webb is a special education teacher for the Aspen Tigers. Photo by Chad Lauritzen

Natali Steinberg and Carie Fanning of the Family Strengths Network took the Director’s Choice award for representations of 2022. Photo by Chad Lauritzen

Champions of Youth Ambitions

Saturday was a great day for educators and do-gooders of all kinds as a small ceremony was held for the annual CommUNITY Asset Awards.

The Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) program has held this awards ceremony virtually the last Read More

American Federation Of Teachers NM Commends PED Secretary Dr. Kurt Steinhaus For Lifetime Of Service To New Mexico Public Education

Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

AFT NM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico (AFT NM) President Whitney Holland issued the following statement to mark the retirement of Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary:

“Today’s news of the retirement of Dr. Kurt Steinhaus will leave an enormous gap in the work and vision of the New Mexico Public Education Department.

“I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Steinhaus as a local union leader in Los Alamos. Our professional relationship extended beyond service to the students and families of Los Alamos Public Read More

Boerigters Share Experiences Of Generosity & Grace Found Along 5,051-Mile Bike Ride With LAHS Sports Lit Class

Speaking to Los Alamos High School students in Lori Thompson’s Sports Lit classes Jan. 25-26, Steve and Kathy Boerigter of Los Alamos recounted their 5,051-mile tandem bike ride across America where they discovered generosity and grace along the way. The couple began their journey Aug. 2 from the Olympic Peninsula, ending Nov. 13, 2022 in Key West. The Boerigters pledged $1 a mile up to 5,000 miles and challenged the community to join them in supporting the Los Alamos Community Foundation and United Way of Northern New Mexico, which work ‘in tandem’ to support local area nonprofits. Photo by Read More

This Week In Sports: Monday Jan. 30 – Saturday Feb. 4, 2023

Los Alamos High School Hilltopper games are covered by the Los Alamos Daily Post sports team of Gene Mortensen (Voice of the Hilltoppers), Mike Cote, John McHale and Nate Limback.

The Hilltopper Sports Schedule for Monday Jan. 30 through Saturday Feb. 4, 2023:

Jan. 30 Monday

  • Girls Basketball vs Rio Rancho Home – 7 p.m. – Broadcast on Daily Post YouTube Channel

Jan. 31 Tuesday

  • Boys Basketball vs Pojoaque Home – 7 p.m. – Broadcast on Daily Post YouTube Channel

Feb. 2 Thursday

  • Girls Basketball vs Pojoaque Away – 7 p.m.

Feb. 3 Friday

  • Hockey vs Albuquerque Home – 6:45 p.m.
  • Boys Basketball
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Governor Announces Retirement Of Secretary Dr. Kurt Steinhaus Following ‘Distinguished Career In New Mexico Public Education’

Secretary Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

From the Office of the Governor:

SANTA FE – The Office of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Saturday announced today the retirement of Public Education Department Secretary Dr. Kurt Steinhaus after a lengthy and distinguished career in New Mexico public education.

“I am deeply grateful to Secretary Steinhaus for his lifelong and tireless service in pursuit of improving educational outcomes for every New Mexico student,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “As a seasoned educator, his relationships with districts around the state have enormously benefited the work of the Department. Read More

North Mesa Gymnasium Discussed At Jan. 26 Work Session

Interior rendering of the proposed North Mesa mixed-use gymnasium near LAMS. Screenshot/

Exterior rendering of the proposed North Mesa mixed-use gymnasium near LAMS. Screenshot/

From left, Acting Superintendent Jennifer Guy, Board President Antonio Jaurigue, Vice President Ellen Specter, Secretary Christine Bernstein and members Melanie Colgan and Sondra Wyman at a work session Thursday at Aspen Elementary School. Screenshot/

Los Alamos Daily Post

The main business discussed at Read More

New Mexico Lawmakers Take Field Trip To Get Firsthand Taste Of School Meals

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. George Muñoz

The Santa Fe New Mexican

Members of the powerful Senate Finance Committee took a field trip Friday to get a taste of what New Mexico students are eating at school — part of a fact-finding mission as Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham champions a proposal to provide pupils free breakfast and lunch regardless of family income.

Four of the 11 committee members — three Democrats and one Republican — boarded an electric bus outside the state Capitol just after 10 a.m. and traveled about six and a half miles to Ramirez Thomas Elementary, Read More

Additional Learning Time Soars Through Key Committee With Rare Bipartisan Support

President Ellen Bernstein
Albuquerque Teachers Federation

The Santa Fe New Mexican

Educators may be divided on a bill that would extend the number of hours they spend teaching students and building their own skills and knowledge, but lawmakers displayed rare bipartisan support for the initiative.

The House Education Committee on Friday voted unanimously to endorse House Bill 130, which would mandate an increase in learning time in public schools to 1,140 hours, including up to 60 hours of professional development for teachers, while allowing districts some flexibility Read More

AFT New Mexico Legislative Re-Cap: Extended School Year & Healthcare Lobby Day

Members of AFT NM’s newest (and only) healthcare unit, the United Health Professionals of New Mexico, held their first lobby day Friday in conjunction with fellow healthcare workers from AFSCME District 1199NM and unveiled their effort to pass the NM Patient Safety Act, which would institute safe staffing rations in New Mexico hospitals. Courtesy/AFT NM

Scene from AFT NM’s United Health Professionals of New Mexico at their lobby day Friday outside the Roundhouse to pass the NM Patient Safety Act, which would institute safe staffing rations in New Mexico hospitals. Courtesy/AFT NM 

AFT New Read More

2023 Los Alamos County Science Fair Results

1st place 2023 Science Fair Winner Daniel Kim with LAHS Principal Carter Payne. Courtesy/LAPS

Elementary School Science Fair winners and participants. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Elementary Award Winners by Category: 

Earth Science:

  • HM- Julian Delorey, “Impact Craters from Asteroids” – Barranca; and
  • HM- Mrs. Littleton’s 2nd Grade Class, “Observing the Water Cycle”, LAOLA.

Life Science:

  • HM – Sebastian Holtkamp, “Best Growing Conditions”, Chamisa;
  • 3rd- Oliver Saenz, “The Rise of Yeast”, Chamisa;
  • 2nd- Sequoya Ke & Benji Minko, “Effects of Different Liquids on a Type of
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Scenes From LAPS 2023 Science Fair

Daniel Kim earned 1st place and ‘Best of Show’ for the Senior Division for his project ‘Mapping Anthropogenic Ocean Litter with an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle’ at the 2023 LAPS Science Fair. He attends LAHS. Photo by John McHale/

Leeza Trudolyubov stands by her project ‘Battel of the Rising Agents’ she attends Mountain Elementary School. Photo by John McHale/

Andres Trujillo stands with her project ‘Rethink that drink’. Photo by John McHale/

Aleyana Baca earned a 3rd place for her project ‘Does Sandclear really work on horses’ in the Junior Read More

Topper Company Comes Out On Top At LAHS NJROTC Area Manager Inspection

Topper Company in formation. Photo by John McHale/

NJROTC saluting the flag during the presentation of colors. Photo by John McHale/

By C/LTJG Miranda Lopez
Public Affairs Officer

The Los Alamos High School Navy Junior ROTC (NJROTC) completed its annual Area Manager’s Inspection the morning of Friday, Jan. 20.

During the event, cadets were under strict review of personal grooming requirements and military bearing, as individuals and as a unit.

“AMI went very well and I am beyond proud of Topper Company for showcasing all their hard work and dedication. Read More

NMHM Hosts ‘They’re History’ Reuse Event Feb. 3

NMHM News:

New Mexico History Museum wants to help cleanse closets of leftovers with the free First Friday event “They’re History” 5-7 p.m., Feb. 3 at New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Ave. in Santa Fe.

But this isn’t just about starting fresh … visitors will learn how to take old magazines and books and start origami projects, make old t-shirts into fresh fits, and make Pal-entines to demonstrate their love for family and friends.

The History Museum staff also will help connect visitors with community resources, which can help inspire and educate others. 

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Toppers Swim & Dive To First Place In Hobbs

LAHS News:

Strong individual performances combined with team depth in relay events led the Topper swimmers and divers to a first-place finish at the Hobbs Reid Eagle Invitational meet Jan. 20-21.

“We saw great efforts by the entire team,” Coach Chris Wetteland said. “I’m happy that we had everyone compete so well. This shows the last month of hard work is paying off.” 

The Topper swimmers placed swimmers in the top five in 22 of the 24 events. 

Sophia Pieck, Ming Lo and Anna Wetteland swam to first place finishes in their individual events. William Borovina, Nikolai Nelson and Hayden Sutton took Read More

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