Education

SUN PATH Grant Funds EMS Program At UNM-LA

Members of an EMS class at UNM-LA practice their life-saving skills in the EMS training lab that will soon be renovated. Photo by Joseph Candelaria

UNM-LA News:

A $15 million grant is helping UNM-LA and ten other two-year colleges educate a workforce to fulfill the growing demand for healthcare professionals in New Mexico.

The grant, awarded in October 2014, is funding equipment, faculty, and staff to support the students being served in the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) program that qualifies for funding under the grant.

Funded by the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance


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Leadership Los Alamos Class Focuses On Community Organizations

Jonathan Creel of PEEC talks with Leadership Los Alamos participants Paul Andrus and Jonathan Henley during the recent LLA Session at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Photo by Martha Katko
 
By NANCY COOMBS, Co-chair
Leadrship Los Alamos Board

The Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2015-2016 met last month at the Betty Ehart Senior Center to focus on Community Organizations.

The session chairs Pauline Powell Schneider, executive director for Los Alamos Retired & Senior Organization, and Geoff Goins, Bandelier Ranger and Night Sky Program coordinator, invited speakers who would provide


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Students Crowdfund $10K For Los Alamos Projects

Members of the 2015 Financing the Entrepreneurial Enterprise class, from left, Robert Miller, Nic Seet, Mandy Marksteiner, David Montoya and Scott Vosburgh. Courtesy photo

BUSINESS News:

The 2015 Financing the Entrepreneurial Enterprise class held at the LACDC presented their projects to the community last week at the Diamond Mix marking the conclusion of most of their crowdfinancing campaigns, click here.

Four campaigns were able to successfully raise more than $10,000 for their businesses. Such a showing of support from the New Mexico community supports the coming of age of


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From Earth To The Universe Playing At Planetarium This Weekend

From Earth to the Universe movie poster. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Enjoy stunning imagery from space as part of a full-dome feature film, From Earth to the Universe, playing in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7-8.

This full-dome feature film takes passengers on a voyage through space and time. Along the way, adventurers will visit birthplaces and burial grounds of stars and explore beyond the Milky Way.

Tickets may be purchased by phone or at the Los Alamos Nature Center and are $6 for adults and $4 for children. This movie is not recommended for children


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PED Revises PARCC Results

By Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools

We received a text from the Public Education Department that their original information about the definition of “proficient” was incorrect.

Following is the revised criteria: students are considered “proficient” if they score at a level of 4 or 5. (The initial information from PED stated that levels 3, 4, and 5 were “proficient”)

The test scores did not change.

For high school graduation, a score of level 3, 4, or 5 will be accepted for the classes of 2016 and 2017. In future years, a score of level 4 or 5 will be required for graduation.


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Tour Hidden Treasures Of Mesa Prieta Nov. 7

Discover hidden treasures at Mesa Prieta Nov. 7. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is hosting a tour of the largest petroglyph site in North America, Mesa Prieta, Saturday, Nov. 7.

Mesa Prieta is home to more petroglyphs of animal flute players than any place in North America. Participants will see images of shields and shield bearers.

The tour  leaves the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road at 8:15 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. This trip will fill up fast. Space is limited. To register or find more information about this and other PEEC


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SFI: 2016 Short Course Jan. 5-7

SFI News:
 
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) is hosting a 2016 short course “Exploring Complexity in Social Systems and Economics” Tuesday – Thursday, Jan. 5-7 at Santa Fe Institute.
 
Social systems are intrinsically complex, whether they are groups of interacting ants, humans, companies, cities, or societies.
 
How do such systems organize themselves to produce sophisticated collective behavior? How do they adapt and learn in the face of changing circumstances?
 
How does group cooperation emerge from social yet selfish individuals, and how can

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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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