Education

LAHS DECA Students Launch Shining Star Project

DECA club members and LAHS juniors Victoria Cummins, left, and Melanie Mouton-G. recently met with Los Alamos Arts Council Executive Director Marlane Hamilton to go over details for the girls’ concession stand during this evening‘s arts council’s Pumpkin Glow event. The concession stand is one of many events the girls are holding as part of their service project, Shining Star. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

When an anonymous donor at this year’s Relay for Life offered a joy ride in the Classic Air Medical helicopter to


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Rain Soaks Science Classrooms At LAHS

Rain seeped through the roof overnight at Los Alamos High School and soaked a couple of science classrooms. Courtesy photo

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By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Rain seeped through an area of the roof overnight at Los Alamos High School and knocked out ceiling tiles and soaked a couple of science classrooms.

Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus said the school district is on top of the situation. “The most important thing always is the safety of our students and staff, and that’s what we made sure of when this happened,” he said.

Steinhaus explained that workers immediately


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PARCC Results Announced For Los Alamos Elementary Schools And LAMS

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

LAPS News:

PARCC test results for elementary and middle schools in New Mexico were released today. PARCC stands for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

In the spring of 2015, approximately 230,000 New Mexico students joined five million students across the United States to complete the PARCC assessments. PARCC replaces New Mexico’s previous annual test, the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) in English Language Arts and mathematics. The results released today are from the first administration of the PARCC assessment


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Enjoy Great Coffee And Help Students Prepare For Global Educational Travel

EDUCATION News:

Thirteen graduating seniors are selling tasty coffee until Wednesday, Nov. 11 to cover some of the costs of their educational tour of historical and cultural sites in Spain, France and Italy. 

All coffee is kosher, certified organic, Fair Trade certified, and fresh-roasted after our local order is placed. Coffee is $13 for a 10 oz. bag and can be ordered whole bean or ground, in French Roast, Dark Roast, Medium Roast, and Decaf. The coffee has been a hit for the last two years and the group already has many orders. http://www.nectaroflife.com/.

Funds raised will support


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Chamisa Recycle Art Fair & Fashion Show Nov. 4

LAPS News:
 
Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus is inviting the community to come enjoy and participate in the Chamisa Elementary Recycle Art Show from 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4.
 
The finalé will be a fashion show of student and family made creations. Contact Renee Mitsunaga to participant in this event.
 
Entry Deadline!
 
The deadline for entries is today. Download an entry application here.
 
Chamisa is going green!
 
Every class created projects and learned about the importance of taking care

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Los Alamos High School’s Jovan Zhang Is Regional Finalist In Siemens Competition

LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus congratulates LAHS student Jovan Zhang for advancing to the next round of the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus congratulates Los Alamos High School student Jovan Zhang for being one of the 97 regional finalists invited to advance to the next round of the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, the nation’s premier research competition for high school students.

The regional finalists will vie for one of the most prestigious science honors awarded


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High Marks For UNM-LA/JJAB ‘Parenting University’

Diane Marasciulo directs workshop participants in a game while sharing ideas during her Mindful Parenting and the Well Developed Child presentation. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s (JJAB) Parenting University: Tool Up for Parenting workshop held last weekend was another big success, according to Lisa Caldwell, program coordinator for Community Education at UNM-LA.

“I spoke with many participants who appreciated the high quality and usefulness of the presentations. Some of the attendee


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Mountain Elementary Participates In National Mix It Up Day During Lunch Tuesday

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MOUNTAIN ELEMENTARY News:

Mountain Elementary School students participated Tuesday in National Mix It Up at Lunch Day. Counselor Jen Schmierer worked with the Mountain Student Council to plan the event.

Mix it Up at Lunch Day is part of a national program through Teaching Tolerance to encourage students to interact with new people, make school connections, and foster communication among the students.

Everyone entering the cafeteria at Mountain was given a sticker representing an animal or continent. They sat at the corresponding table with


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Los Alamos Middle School Book Fair Nov. 21

COMMUNITY News:
 
This year’s Los Alamos Middle School Scholastic Book Fair will be open 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday Nov. 21 during the Los Alamos Art Council Crafts Show.. 
 
The community is encouraged to shop the Scholastic Book Fair to support LAMS. Remember, books make great presents and in sending holiday presents in the mail, book rate postage is much cheaper than regular postage. 
 
The proceeds from the fair benefit both the library and the classrooms at LAMS. 

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American Federation Of Teachers NM Responds To Obama’s Call To Eliminate ‘Unnecessary Testing’

AFT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:
 
“Students, parents, educators, and communities are rightfully excited to hear President Obama call for the reduction of unnecessary testing in our schools, with a cap of no more than 2 percent of classroom time being spent on testing and test-prep. While it is just a beginning, it certainly gives professional educators hope that a serious reevaluation of priorities is coming to the United States Department of Education.
 
“Across

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CIR And Creativity For Peace Present Dinner And Film: Beyond Right And Wrong Nov. 11

CIR News:
 
Join the Council on International Relations 5-9 p.m., Wednesday Nov. 11, for an impactful evening that includes dinner at Lulu’s Chinese Cuisine, 3011 Cerrillos Road accompanied by the film, “Beyond Right and Wrong”.
 
The evening begins with a Happy Hour/Cash Bar at 5 p.m. followed by buffet dinner at 5:30 p.m., introduction of panel at 6:30 p.m. and film showing from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. (film is 52 minutes).
 
The evening concludes with a post-screening discussion facilitated by CIR member, Rob Reider and panel

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Los Alamos Historical Museum Move; Continuing Tours

HISTORICAL MUSEUM News:

In preparation for renovations beginning in January 2016, the Los Alamos Historical Museum has moved to its new temporary location at 475 20th St., next to the new Teen Center.

The Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. As part of the transition, the Museum Shop will be offering 20 percent off select items through Oct. 31.

The Museum also is continuing its guided walking tours into the winter months (weather permitting). Mondays at 11 a.m., docents will lead hour-long walking tours of the historic district, including


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Barranca Natural Helpers Community/School Involvement

Barranca Natural Helpers under their poster during Unity Day. Courtesy photo

Barranca Natural Helpers during training day at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter. Courtesy photo

 

By Nicole McGrane, M.Ed
Barranca Mesa Elementary
5th Grade Teacher

The Barranca Natural Helpers program is off to a great start this school year. One of the group’s goals is to work diligently to support their school and community. While it is only a few months into the school year, they are well on their way to accomplishing this goal.

In September, they participated in the community “Out of Darkness” walk. This


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Young Actors Shine In ‘The Wrong Side Of The Door’

From left, Mason (Logan Capon), Will (Ryan Rushton), Alan (Caleb Langenbrunner) amd Izzy (Emma Raven) in a scene from ‘The Wrong Side of the Door’ Monday evening at Chamisa Elementary School. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Michaelangelo Lobato performs an origninal song based on the themes of the play as a finale of ‘The Wrong Side of the Door’. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Review by BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

“The Wrong Side of the Door,” a one hour play by Chamisa Elementary School 6th grade teacher Cindy Richard


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CYFD Cabinet Secretary, NM Supreme Court Chief Justice, NMJJAC Gathered Thursday In Los Alamos

From left, NMJJAC Chair Sharon Stover, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, CYFD Cabinet Secretary Monique Jacobson  and New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Vigil in Council Chambers Thursday in the Municipal Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
NMJJAC members gather Thursday morning in Council Chambers to discuss youth issues. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Staff Report

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJAC) met Thursday in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building in downtown Los Alamos.

JJAC Chair Sharon Stover opened


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Public Talk: ‘Delivering Little Boy’ By Grandson Of Manhattan Project Physician Oct. 27

Little Boy. Courtesy/wikipedia

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

Jim Nolan, a professor of sociology at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., didn’t know much about his grandfather, James F. Nolan, a physician with training in radiology who played a unique role in the early history of the atomic bomb at Los Alamos.

James L. Nolan, Jr., Professor of Sociology, Williams College

The younger Nolan had a general idea that his father had moved to Los Alamos at an early age but no detailed knowledge about his grandfather. Very few details, that is, until three years ago, when his father


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Rotary Club Hosts Purple Pinky Day

Rotarian Linda King helps Barranca Mesa Elementary students participating in Friday’s Purple Pinky Project. Photo by Ed Van Eeckhout

Barranca Mesa Elementary students show off their purple pinkies during Friday’s recognition of Rotary’s World Polio Day. Photo by Ed Van Eeckhout

 

By LINDA HULL, Vice President
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

In honor of Rotary International’s World Polio Day, members from the Rotary Club of Los Alamos volunteered Friday at local elementary schools to engage students in the Purple Pinky Project. 

 For a $1 donation, roughly the cost


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‘Compounded Ironies: Japanese Internee Fathers, American Patriot Sons’ With Dr. Gail Y. Okawa

Military sons visiting their interned fathers and friends at the Santa Fe Internment Camp. Photo from Shinoda Family Collection. Courtesy/NMHM
 
NMHM News:
 
SANTA FE — During World War II, Santa Fe was the site of one of the nation’s largest Justice Department internment camps.
 
It primarily housed Japanese immigrants, among them the Rev. Tamasaku Watanabe.
 
At 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15, at New Mexico History Museum auditorium, (113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe) Watanabe’s granddaughter, Dr. Gail Y. Okawa, speaks on a brain-twisting aspect

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Best For Vets: Career & Technical Colleges 2016

New Mexico’s Santa Fe Community College tops the Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges 2016 rankings for the second straight year. Courtesy/SFCC
 
SFCC News:
 
When Mike Baker left the Marine Corps in 2008, he was hoping to leverage his military training as a bulk fuel specialist into a civilian career in the same field. He applied immediately for higher-level civilian fuels jobs, without going to school for a civilian degree or certificate.
 
Companies weren’t interested.
 
“I had the training, but nobody would hire me because I didn’t have the piece

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SFI: ‘Thoughts On Information Theory …’ Oct. 26

Amos Golan, American University; SFI External Professor
 
SFI News:
 
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) holds “Thoughts on Information Theory and Prior Information” at 12:15 p.m., Monday Oct. 26, at Noyce Conference Room.
 
Abstract: Although in principle prior information can significantly improve inference, incorporating incorrect prior information will bias the estimates of any inferential analysis. This fact deters many scientists from incorporating prior information into their inferential analyses.
 
In the natural sciences, where experiments

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