Education

Chamisa Elementary Now A Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School

LAPS News:

Common Sense, the national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology, has recognized Chamisa Elementary as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School.

Chamisa Elementary has demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole-community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect, and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy, and cyber-bullying.

“We applaud the faculty and staff


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Chamisa School Recycle Bowl Challenge

Poster Contest grand prize winner Lia Rushton with County Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule, Chamisa Recycle Bowl Coordinators Megan Lee and Sabina Johns and poster contest coordinator Renee Mitsunaga. Courtesy photo

Grand Prize winning poster by Lia Rushton. Courtesy photo

 

COMMUNITY News:

Chamisa Elementary School and Los Alamos County worked together to enter the National Competition, Keep America Beautiful-Recycle Bowl Challenge. The challenge took place Oct. 19 to Nov. 15.

A GREEN TEAM comprised of

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Registration Open For American Mathematics Competition At Los Alamos High School

LAHS News:
 
Students at Los Alamos High School will be participating in the American Mathematics Competition in February.
 
The mission of the Mathematical Association of America in offering this competition is to increase interest in mathematics and to develop problem solving through a fun competition.
 
The AMC offers a contest with an emphasis on problem solving, not just computation. The problems are for all students with a mix of easy, challenging, and fun questions.  Top students can receive recognition through

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Registration For Dog Training Classes Begins Dec. 7

Courtesy/LADOC
 
LADOC News:
 
Registration for the next session of dog training classes offered by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club (LADOC) begins Dec. 7. 
 
This session will include Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Manners, Novice Agility, Self-Directed Practice, Scent Work, Rally Obedience and a new class “7 Weeks to a Cool Canine”, and will begin the week of Jan. 18.
 
Three easy ways to register:
 
  • In-person Dec. 7, 6-7 p.m. at LADOC, 246 East Road, near East Park. Bring copies of vaccination records for LADOC to keep,

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Ready To Learn More And Make A Gift To SFI?

SFI News:
 
What if we could understand partisanship?
 
That’s what Santa Fe Institute (SFI) researchers Clio Andris and Marcus Hamilton asked in 2015. 
 
Their research showed how partisanship in Congress has grown exponentially — but a few representatives continue to cooperate.
 
What if we knew where novelty comes from?
 
Could we build our companies, our cities and our societies to encourage innovations that would benefit us all? A quantitative theory of innovation and invention 
is where we’re headed next.
 

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New Community Internship Program Benefits Local Students And Businesses

Laura Loy and Ted Lopez guide students through the application process during one of the required orientation sessions for the Community Internship Collaboration program. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

There’s a new partnership in town, and its mission is to provide opportunities for local high school and college students as well as small businesses.

The Community Internship Collaboration (CIC) is a joint partnership of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Security, LLC, UNM-Los Alamos, 
Los Alamos High School, and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC).


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LANL Foundation Extends Education Grant Deadline

LANLF News:
 
The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation has extended the deadline for Educational Outreach Small Grants to Dec. 15, 2015. Applications may be submitted online at www.lanlfoundation.org/grants.
 
Grants of up to $1,500 are available to support public schools and nonprofits with programs that strengthen teaching and learning in K-12 education in Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos counties. Grants are NOT restricted to programs related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).
 
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AFTNM Calls Court Ruling ‘Victory For Educators’

AFTNM President Stephanie Ly

ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico (AFTNM) President Stephanie Ly and Albuquerque Teachers Federation President Ellen Bernstein released the following statement:

“Today’s ruling from Judge Thomson comes as welcome news for the thousands of educators across New Mexico who have been seeking relief from Governor Martinez and Secretary of Education Hannah Skandera’s test-and-punish ‘reforms.’

Albuquerque Teachers Federation President Ellen Bernstein

“Judge Thomson made the correct and important decision to halt the use of high-stakes


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SFCC Holiday Arts And Crafts Fair Dec. 5

SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE  Santa Fe Community College will host the 26th annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5  in the college’s Main Hallway and Campus Center, 6401 Richards Ave.
 
The event is free and there is plenty of free parking. The popular community event features about 100 artists, who sell items ranging from fine art to regional handcrafted goods.
 
The Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair gives students and local artists an opportunity to sell their work directly to the public. Area residents enjoy the festive

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History On Tap Features Evolution Of Computing

COMMUNITY News:

This Thursday, History on Tap features a discussion about the history of computing. Historian Nic Lewis will lead the conversation and introduce his project studying the role of Los Alamos National Laboratory in the birth and evolution of high-performance scientific computing.

The public is invited to attend and bring questions and stories for a lively discussion over great wine.

History on Tap begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at the UnQuarked Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square in downtown Los Alamos.

The On Tap series happens every first and third Thursday


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Chamisa Elementary School Helps Set New Guinness World Record

Speed stacking underway at Chamisa Elementary School. Courtesy/LAPS
 
Chamisa Elementary School has participated in speed stacking for the last three years. Courtesy photo
 
LAPS News:

Chamisa Elementary School participated Nov. 12 in a World Sports Stacking Association (WSSA) Guinness World Record. The WSSA is trying to get 610,000 speed stackers in the world playing with cups in a 24-hour period.

Chamisa has participated in the last three years, and the WSSA has set new records ever year from 2006-2014. It is always fun and the students love being active in Physical Education

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Local-Made, Hand-Crafted Gifts At The Los Alamos Nature Center

Holiday gifts at the Los Alamos Nature Center gift shop. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The new Los Alamos Nature Center has a great holiday gift shop, run by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
 
It is the perfect place to find gifts for the people on your list who like science and nature.
 
PEEC has made a special effort to stock the Los Alamos Nature Center gift shop with quality, hand-crafted, NM-made, nature-themed gifts including wood boxes, hand-sewn ornaments, educational toys, tea towels, nature-themed art, stuffed

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Public Invited To Trails Webinar Thursday

COMMUNITY News:

All interested community members are invited to “The Role of Trails in Healthy Community Design” – a live webinar from American Trails  11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3 at the Los Alamos Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road

The webinar will begin promptly at 11 a.m. and attendance is free.

American Trails is a national trails education and advocacy non-profit. The webinar presenter will be Mark Fenton, a transportation, planning, and public health consultant, author, PBS television host,

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UNM-LA Robotics Program Prepares Students For Wide Variety Of Employment Opportunities

UNM-LA Robotics student Dustin Bittner and Applied Technologies Chair and Assistant Professor Don Davis fine tune a robot used to promote the UNM-LA Robotics program. Courtesy/UNM-LA

By CRISTINA OLDS

Want to build robots for movies or underwater exploration? UNM-LA’s popular Robotics program can help you do just that. Boasting the only undergraduate degree program in Robotics in New Mexico, UNM-LA’s Associate in Applied Sciences (AAS) prepares graduates for employment in manufacturing and industrial firms, government agencies, medical facilities, educational organizations,


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SFI Seminar: ‘Garden – As Symbolic Link Between City And Nature’ 3:30 p.m. Today

Curtis Carter, Marquette University
 
SFI News:
 
Santa Fe Institute (SFI) seminar “Garden: As Symbolic Link Between City And Nature” is set for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, at Noyce Conference Room in Santa Fe.
 
Abstract: My topic for discussion will address a particular issue: the role of garden as a symbolic link between nature and urban environments.  Garden is one of the elements that significantly enhances the aesthetics of a city environment. Yet this element has received relatively little attention in philosophical aesthetic theory.
 
This

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SFI: ‘But Why Do Smaller Dogs Live Longer…?’

Chen Hou, Missouri University
 
SFI News:
 
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) holds seminar “But Why Do Smaller Dogs Live Longer? A Universal Theory To Answer The Question Dr. Geoffrey West Could Not Answer” at 12:15 p.m., Wednesday Dec. 2 at Collins Conference Room in Santa Fe.
 
Abstract: The relationship between energy expenditure and longevity has been a central theme in aging studies.
 
Rate of living theory and oxidative stress theory suggest that longevity is negatively correlated with mass-specific metabolic rate, which is usually positively correlated

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Help PEEC Enrich Lives On #GivingTuesday

PEEC News:

There is a day for giving thanks. There are two for getting deals. Now, there is #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back.

Tuesday, Dec. 1 is set side for charities, families, businesses, community centers and students around the world to come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. It is a great time to practice generosity and be part of a new global tradition.

Individuals make a difference. Donations enrich lives. Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) needs support to provide programs in 2016 that connect people


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LAPS Needs Students To Ride Bus Tuesday

Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus encourages students to ride the school bus Tuesday, Dec. 1 and help Los Alamos Public Schools with transportation funding. Eligible riders are Los Alamos County residents — grades K-6: 1 mile from school; grades 7-9: 1.5 miles from school; grades 10-12: 2 miles from school. Courtesy/LAPS


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Learn About Longest-Running Citizen Science Project In The World 7 p.m. Tuesday At Nature Center

Mouser Williams. Photo by Minesh Bacrania

PEEC News:

Local wildlife photographer, birder and occasional electrical engineer Mouser Williams will give a presentation at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1 about the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count program.

The talk will cover the historical origins of the bird count, how it has grown in the last 116 years, and how scientists take advantage of such a rich database of bird population data. The Christmas Bird Count is coming to Los Alamos for the first time since 1953, and Dr. Williams will explain how our


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