Education

NMPED COVID-19 Update: 1 Student, 6 Staff Test Positive In New Mexico Public Schools In Last 24 Hours

NMPED News:

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department (NMPED) announced today 7 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 24-hours, after implementing a rapid response and verifying all pertinent information with the schools and school districts. 

The following new cases were reported:

  • One case at a public school in McKinley County. The infected individual is a teacher. The infected individual was last in the school building Sept. 15. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.
  • Five cases at a public school

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Study In Astrophysical Journal Presents Gamma Ray Burst Theory Meets Observations: Birth Of New Standard Candles

Fig. 1 The light curve of GRB 090510 with the regions of prompt emission, plateau and afterglow marked. Courtesy/SSI

Fig. 2 The 3D Fundamental Plane relation, shown by the grey zone, for the sample of GRBs that happen in a fast cooling regime with a wind environment. The three parameters are at the end of the flat part of the plateau, Ta, the maximum luminosity during the prompt emission and luminosity at the end of the plateau phase. Courtesy/SSI

Space Science Institute News:

A study presenting the most comprehensive analysis to date of Gamma-Ray Bursts(GRBs) detected by the Neil Gehrels Swift


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PEEC: Registration Opens For Kids Outdoor Clubs

PEEC is offering two small-group clubs Forest Explorers and Art in Nature Club for kids in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades. Sign up for today at peecnature.org/events. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Get your kids outside this October with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

Space is available in both of PEEC’s outdoor clubs, Forest Explorers and Art in Nature Club. Both programs are for students in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades and will meet once a week. 

Forest Explorers will meet 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Oct. 7 and ending Oct. 28. This 3-hour drop-off program provides the opportunity for


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LAHS Liaisons Provide Voice For Students On School Board

LAHS students Elizabeth Booton, Nina Johnson and DeJahn Tafoya join seniors Logan Black, Shena Han and Audrey Nolen for the 2020-2021 school year. Courtesy/LAHS

LAPS News:

Three new student liaisons were selected by the LAPS School Board during its Sept. 8 meeting. Juniors Elizabeth Booton, Nina Johnson and DeJahn Tafoya join seniors Logan Black, Shena Han and Audrey Nolen for the 2020-2021 school year.

School board student liaisons serve in an advisory capacity on the board. They attend the monthly school board meetings as representatives of the opinions and issues of the students. Student


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NMPED COVID-19 update: 1 Student, 2 Staff Test Positive In New Mexico Public Schools In Last 24 Hours

NMPED News:

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department (NMPED) announced today three new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 24-hours, after implementing a rapid response and verifying all pertinent information with the schools and school districts. 

The following new cases were reported:

  • One case at a public school in Bernalillo County. The infected individual is a teacher. The infected individual was last in the school building Aug. 25. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.
  • One case at a public school

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LAPS School Board Meeting Overview Of Sept. 8

LAPS News:

Los Alamos School Board met for a regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.The meeting was held virtually with over 350 participants in addition to the School Board members.

The meeting began with the swearing in of new Board Member, Melanie Colgan, by the Honorable Judge Elizabeth Allen. They also elected Dawn Jalbert as the School Board Secretary, replacing Julia Baker who resigned from the board to move out of state.

Herb Mclean, Director of Construction, was recognized by the board for his 15 years of service to the district,

overseeing many construction projects including the


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New Mexico Public Education Department COVID-19 Update: Confirming New Positive Cases In Schools Across State

PED News:

As of Sept. 14, two staff and three students from five schools have tested positive

SANTA FE – Beginning today, Sept. 15, the Public Education Department will publish daily case updates regarding the number of positive school-related COVID-19 cases in New Mexico. 

New cases will be reported for the prior 24-hour period. The first daily case update marks one week from the start of hybrid learning in some districts. 

The Public Education Department announced today five new positive cases of COVID-19, confirmed on Monday, Sept 14, after implementing a rapid response and verifying all


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Los Alamos High School AP® Results, Awards For 2020

LAHS News:

Despite the closure of school in mid-March and the need for online testing, 305 Los Alamos High School (LAPS) AP students took 520 AP® exams this past May.

This year, 73 percent of students received scores of 3 or higher on their exams.

“We are proud of our students on their AP accomplishments,” LAHS Principal Carter Payne said. “This was an unusual year and they handled the switch from paper and pencil to online testing well.”

The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) provides students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school,


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LAHS Topper Girls Volleyball Practice Gets Underway

Coach Joe Palmer checks players before practice begins. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Coach Natalie Passalacque sanitizes equipment between practice sessions. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Coach Joe Palmer sets up the practice routines for the night. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Setter Kalen Melton sets the ball for Michaela Gonzales to spike. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Michaela Gonzales shows her winning form as she spikes the ball. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Coach Joe Palmer gives Nadia Gallegos a few pointers during practice. Photo


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Topper Girls Golf 2020 Season Gets Underway

Finally, the Los Alamos High School sports season is ‘kinda’ getting underway. Volleyball, boys golf, girls golf and cross country have the go-a-head to start practice with competition beginning in October, the preset plan. Girls Coach Tim Hammock checks his team into practice Friday afternoon at the Los Alamos County Golf Course, following social distancing guidelines. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Coach Susan Hammock helps new players select a set of clubs, which are sized to fit each player.  Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Coach Tim Hammock works with new players at the


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SFCC Continuing Education Schedule Available Online

SFCC News:

SANTA FE — Santa Fe Community College announces the SFCC Fall Continuing Education Schedule is now available online. Visit https://www.sfcc.edu/ce for tips on registering and to view the variety of offerings.

“There’s a terrific mix of classes by many of the CE program’s favorite instructors, as well as many new offerings,” said Kris Swedin, Director of Continuing Education and Contract Training. “The majority of the classes will be offered online.  We’ve got classes for kids, as well as adults. As the days get cooler, these classes are a way for community members to stay connected,


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‘Almost Treason’ By Robert F. Benjamin 2 P.M. Today

LARSO News:

‘Almost Treason’ Robert F. Benjamin is a fanciful tale about the historic 1777 printing of the Declaration of Independence and early advocacy for Women’s Suffrage, inspired by the heroism of Mary Goddard, an unsung Foremother of the American Revolution.

This whimsical comedy is a Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage. 

The final LIVE performance on Zoom, is 2 p.m. today, Sept. 13. The play runs 15 minutes, followed by a 20-minute talkback with Playwright Bob Benjamin.

Requesting a link for the performance must be done by noon today at Director@losalamosseniorcenter.com


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LAHS Key Clubbers Pitch In For Clean Up Los Alamos Day

Members of the Los Alamos High School Key Club and their Kiwanis Advisors participated Saturday in Clean Up Los Alamos Day. They cleaned up the Los Alamos High School grounds as part of the county’s event. The county provided gloves, masks, water, sanitizers and garbage bags. First row from left, Don Casperson, Bella Martinez-Pruet, Tina Nisoli, Christine Mathew, Victoria Nisoli, Ming-yuan Lo, Quinton Geller, Brian Han and Betsy Hemphill. Second row, Morgan Schaller. Kiwanis Advisor Morrie Pongratz took the photo


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Sen. Udall And Rep. Haaland To Join Launch Of UNM Biodiversity Webinar Series, Discuss Urgent Need To Save Nature And Halt Extinction Crisis

U.S Rep. Deb Haaland

STATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — At 1- 2:30 p.m. MT / 3-4:30 p.m. ET, Monday, Sept. 14, 2020, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and U.S Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) will join National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Enric Sala and University of New Mexico (UNM) Professor Subhankar Banerjee for a panel discussion “Building a National Biodiversity Action Plan: Science, Policy, and the Grassroots”.

The webinar will launch the Fall 2020 UNM Biodiversity Webinar Series hosted by UNM’s Species in Peril Project.  

Udall and Haaland will discuss how policymakers can act on the research,


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PEEC: Explore Middle Rio Grande Valley History Tuesday

Learn about the history of the Middle Rio Grande Valley and restoration efforts in a live-streamed talk Tuesday by Bosque Project Manager Michael Scialdone for the Pueblo of Sandia. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Join the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 15 for a live-streamed talk from Michael Scialdone about the history of the Middle Rio Grande Valley and how that has led to the Rio Grande and Bosque known today.

After giving some history, Scialdone will discuss restoration efforts in general for the river and the Bosque, with a focus on how river incising


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School Air Filters ​To Be Upgraded Across New Mexico

NMPED News:

SANTA FE — Many school buildings across New Mexico will get upgraded air filters in the coming weeks to ensure that students return to in-person learning in the safest possible environment, the Public Education Department announced Friday.

The Public Education Department is working with the Public School Facilities Authority and school leaders across the state to determine what air filters are currently in use in school buildings and how effective they are at removing tiny particles like viruses from the air.

Additionally, they will identify the highest-quality air filters


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PED Secretary, Staff, Fire Marshals Visiting Open Schools

PED News:

…Check-ins help school leaders evaluate safety protocols, identify needs

SANTA FE — Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart, his top deputies and state and local fire marshals are visiting New Mexico schools to support and advise school leaders on reentry protocols and building safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fire marshals will visit all 20 school districts and the handful of charter schools that returned to in-person learning in the hybrid mode before the end of the day today.

The marshals are advising school leaders on room/building capacity and safe social


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Lunch With A Leader Virtual Meeting Tuesday Sept. 15

LWV News:

The League of Women Voter’s monthly community event, Lunch with a Leader, is 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15 via Zoom.

This month’s speaker is Bobbi Merryman, a young nuclear engineer pursuing her PhD at the University of New Mexico.

While her technical research focuses on developing new criticality safety code methods for loosely-coupled systems; she is active in nuclear energy public education and policy advocacy. Merryman is co-chair for the American Nuclear Society (ANS) retention committee, the UNM ANS Advocacy Officer, and previously served on the Board of Directors for Generation


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Los Alamos High School Graduate Kristin Christensen Exercises Passion For Public Health In Peace Corps

LAHS 2013 graduate and Peace Corps volunteer Kristin Christensen said her bike was her main means of transportation during her service in Madagascar. The Peace Corp does not allow volunteer to drive or ride motorcycles. Courtesy photo 

Peace Corps volunteer Kristin Christensen, left, with her friend and head nurse at the clinic. Courtesy photo

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

Los Alamos native and 2013 Los Alamos High School graduate Kristin Christensen has a passion for public health and recently exercised that passion half-way around the world.

For one


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