Week Of The Arts At Los Alamos Public Schools

Monday’s week of arts began with the LAPS All-District Choir led by LAHS and LAMS Choir Director Jason Rutledge. Courtesy/LAPS

Tuesday events included the LAHS woodwind ensemble, brass choir, full band, and flag color-guard performances. Courtesy/LAPS


LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools hosted a week of performances to showcase the arts and celebrate its students’ growing skills in music and dance.

The week began Monday evening with the LAPS All-District Choir led by LAHS and LAMS Choir Director Jason Rutledge. Music accompaniment was provided by elementary music

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Legal & Test Prep Courses Online At UNM-LA

UNM-LA offers a full range of online test preparation courses through the Center for Legal Studies. Courtesy/iStock



UNM-LA Community Education offers paralegal training and preparation for ACT/SAT test taking, among other online courses through the Center for Legal Studies.

Interested in becoming a paralegal, one of the fastest growing careers in the country? Students in the post-baccalaureate Paralegal Certificate Course or the Legal Secretary Certificate Course gain a comprehensive knowledge of the American judicial system with practical skills

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Gov. Susana Martinez To Address Higher Education Leaders From Across U.S.

Gov. Susana Martinez


ALBUQUERQUE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez will be the keynote speaker at a symposium of college and university leaders from across the country to discuss higher education reforms in New Mexico.

Higher education leaders from Florida, Georgia and Tennessee will share how similar reforms have helped contribute to dramatic increases in graduation rates in their respective states.

This meeting follows Gov. Martinez’s recently outlined vision for higher education in New Mexico  building a stronger, and more cohesive higher education system to help

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Northern New Mexico College President Nancy Barceló To Leave Her Post At End Of Year

NNMC President Nancy Barceló

NNMC News:

Española – During a special meeting Thursday night, the Northern New Mexico College Board of Regents announced that President Nancy Barceló will leave her leadership position with the College on Dec. 31. Originally President Barceló was scheduled to end her presidency in June of 2016.

“The Regents and President Barceló agreed together that she will leave her leadership position with the College on the last day of December,” Board President Rosario Garcia said. “The President requested the opportunity to leave early and begin her sabbatical

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PEEC Offers Wildlife Storytelling 7 p.m. Tuesday

Western tanager. Courtesy/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

PEEC News:

Where do animals go in the winter? If they stay, how do they cope with the cold?

During a talk at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at the Los Alamos Nature Center, Taos author Steve Tapia will tell the winter preparation stories of three animals. Listen as he describes why the pika is called a savvy survivor, where the western tanager goes to escape winter, and how the ever-present coyote copes with cold.

Steve Tapia is a local author, who resides in Taos. He is known for his book De la Tierra: The Natural World of Northern New Mexico,

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Hawks FTC: From A Dive To A Rise

After the competition ended and the awards were handed out, front row from left, Shawn Newman, Erin Scott, Jaryn Newman, MAGIC, Adam Scott and Kent Teshima. Back Row from left, Summer Bronson, Tazler Smith, Adriana Cali, Alex Proicou, Joseph Thompson, Jessica Cooke, Kevin Roybal and Aiden (Homer) Danielson. Courtesy photo

Preparing for the judging that every team goes through pre-match, from left, Kent Teshima, Adriana Cali, Kevin Roybal, Joseph Thompson, Aiden (Homer) Danielson, Erin Scott, Summer Bronson, Jessica Cooke, Alex Proicou, Shawn Newman, Tazler Smith, Adam Scott, Jaryn

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Los Alamos Middle School Spelling Bee Winners

Los Alamos Middle School held its annual spelling bee Wednesday. The winners include Michael Aslam, first place (eighth grader), Eli Irakm-Bent, second place (eighth grader), William McTeigue, third place (seventh grader) and Anna Clark (seventh grader) as fourth place alternate. The top three students will attend the district spelling bee in January at Chamisa Elementary School. Seventh grade language arts teacher Dana Kline organized the spelling bee and was the official, along with judges Jenn Neil and Eileen Neilsen and timer Laura Parkison. Naomi Unger and Melissa Goldman helped

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Sorority Sisters Stuff Goody Bags For Distribution

As they do every year, Sorority Sisters from Preceptor Beta and Laureate Rho gathered Thursday night to stuff ’50 Goody Bags’ to donate to Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Services and the Los Alamos Senior Center for distribution. Photo by Claire Swinhoe

Goody Bags all filled and waiting to be distributed. Photo by Claire Swinhoe

Goody Bags fill the trunk of this car and were delivered Friday to Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Services. The remaining Goody Bags will be delivered Monday to the Los Alamos Senior Center for distribution. Photo by Claire Swinhoe

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Los Alamos Elementary and Middle School PARCC Score Reports

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools have received individual PARCC Score reports for students in grades 3-8.

The detailed student reports will help teachers and families further understand what students know and are able to demonstrate. Each student will receive one score report for English Language Arts (ELA) and one for mathematics.

Score reports include several sections. The first section is the Overview, which provides a student’s overall score and performance level.

Performance levels are similar to grades; they are ranges of scores that

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Polar Express Visits Little Forest Playschool

The Polar Express stopped at Little Forest Playschool Friday evening at 3880 Villa St., bringing special visitors, Santa and Mrs. Claus. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Guests on the Polar Express warm up with tasty treats. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Pajamas were the clothing of choice on the Polar Express. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Keeping the fires burning. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
A Christmas wish. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Warming drinks fought the chill on the Polar Express.

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Letter To The Editor: Science Fair Project Help Needed

Sixth Grade Student
Los Alamos Public Schools
I am a sixth grade student in Los Alamos Public Schools. I am working on my science fair project.
The question for my project is, “How prepared is Los Alamos County for emergencies?” The information collected will only be used for this project.
If you choose to participate, you will be asked about the four criteria from
  • Be Informed;
  • Make a plan;
  • Build a kit; and
  • Get involved.


I encourage all Los Alamos families to be ready for emergencies. This survey should help you as well as me, to find where

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‘Ava’s Project’ Provides Previously Loved Toys To Kids

Second grader Ava Bean devised a plan to provide toys to kids in need, with the help of her Y Counselor Stephanie Fanning. The two are pictured with some of the stuffed toys they have collected for kids at Humphrey’s Highland School in Amarillo. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Los Alamos Daily Post

Staff and children at the Chamisa Elementary YMCA Afterschool Program discussed poverty and its consequences recently.

Y Counselor Stephanie Fanning told the kids about her student teaching experience at a Title I school in Amarillo, Texas and about how little

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Chamisa 6th Graders Offer Babysitting Saturday

Chamisa 6th graders. Courtesy photo

The Chamisa 6th graders are offering a day of babysitting 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Chamisa Elementary School Gym. They are earning funds for their R.O.P.E.s (Rite of Passage Experiences) field trip in May.

Go out for a day of shopping or just pampering yourself while they watch your toddler (please no diapers) through 4th grader. The cost is $5 per hour for the first child and $2.50 per hour for additional siblings, but since this is a fundraiser, donations are accepted.

The sixth graders are planning a day of activities: games, crafts,

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Special Planetarium Show: Our Solar System

The Sun and planets of the Solar System. Courtesy/
PEEC News:
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is holding a special show at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18  in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.
Sam Berne will reveal some of the fascinating information about the planets in the solar system and discuss some recent discoveries.
This special planetarium show is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Tickets are available by calling or stopping by the nature center. Seating is limited.
Planetarium shows are suitable for ages four

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SFI: Mutualism – What Do We Know… Dec. 14

Judie Bronstein, University of Arizona
SFI News:
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) seminar, “Mutualism: What Do We Know, and Where Do We Go From Here?” is 12:15 p.m., Monday Dec. 14, at Collins Conference Room in Santa Fe.
Abstract: In this talk, I review the checkered history of the study of mutualism, a field that has only coalesced in the past 20 years.
I will identify six major research directions, then present our own recent work on hawkmoth-plant relationships to show how they can be integrated to move our understanding forward.
I conclude by discussing

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Heinrich Votes To Expand High-Quality Education For N.M. Students

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich


  • Bipartisan Bill Overturns No Child Left Behind

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., voted Wednesday to pass the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) a bipartisan, bicameral bill to overturn No Child Left Behind (NCLB), and reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The bill passed the senate by a vote of 85 to 12.

“After more than a decade of high-stakes standardized testing of No Child Left Behind that robbed our students of instruction time and devastated teacher morale, we have finally passed

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Leadership Los Alamos Gets Their Culture On

Leadership Los Alamos met in historic Fuller Lodge for its November session on culture. Photo by Martha Katko
LLA’s November walking tour started at the statues of Groves and Oppenheimer. Photo by Martha Katko
By Nancy Coombs
LLA Co-Chair

The Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2015-2016 met last month at the historic Fuller Lodge to learn about the broad range of cultural influences on and within Los Alamos: pueblos of the Rio Grande Valley, Hispanic history of the mesa and valley, homestead and ranch school days, the Manhattan Project and LASL/LANL.

The session chair Heather

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American Federation Of Teachers New Mexico Celebrates Passage Of Every Student Succeeds Act

American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly


  • Law ushers in sweeping, positive changes to prior federal education policy

ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

“Public educators in New Mexico welcome the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) as a pivotal piece of legislation that moves away from high stakes, test-and-sanction policies which, over the last decade, proved to be disastrous for our public schools and educational professionals.

“This legislation maintains

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LAHS Senior Noelle Gallegos Signs Letter Of Intent

Noelle Gallegos signs letter of intent with TSJC. Courtesy photo 


Los Alamos High School Senior Volleyball Player Noelle Gallegos has signed a letter of intent to play volleyball next season at Trinidad State Junior College in Colorado.

Gallegos plans to study pre-engineering in the STEM program at Trinidad.

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Los Alamos Competes Well At Area Drill Meet

Senior Cadet Michael Purdy commands Los Alamos High school’s top finishing Armed Drill Team. Courtesy/NJROTC


LAHS NJROTC Public Affairs

Los Alamos High School Drill, Academic, and Physical Fitness teams competed Saturday, Dec. 5, in the Area 9 Drill Meet at West Mesa High School in Albuquerque.

Overall, all teams did an outstanding job. Hard work and practice really paid off in the end. Armed Basic Drill commanded by Michael Purdy tied for 1st place.

For the Physical Fitness Team, Renee MacInnes took 2nd place for female curl ups. For Academics, James O’Brian

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