Education

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/ladailypost.com
 
Guests on the Polar Express warm up with tasty treats. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Pajamas were the clothing of choice on the Polar Express. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Keeping the fires burning. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
A Christmas wish. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
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 ready.gov:
  • 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/ladailypost.com
 

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
 
CHAMISA News:

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/en.wikipedia.org
 
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

U.S. SENATE News:

  • 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

AFTNM News:

  • 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 

SPORTS News:

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

 

By Cadet DANEKAH OLGUIN
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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Jingle Bell Rock ‘N Run 5K Sunday

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School Band is hosting the Jingle Bell Rock ‘N Run this Sunday, Dec. 13 to raise money for their upcoming trip to Washington, D.C.

The fun run includes the choice of a 5K or 1 mile run and is modeled after the popular Rock and Roll marathons featuring live music along the routes. Students from Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School will play holiday tunes for the runners.  

Costs are $30 for the 5K and $10 for the mile. The mile starts at 2 p.m. and the 5K at 2:30 pm. Both runs start and finish at the Los Alamos Middle School. 

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Homegrown Success Story From UNM-Los Alamos

Brandon and Joel Runnels both began their college careers at UNM-LA. Photo by Scott Runnels

 

By CRISTINA OLDS
UNM-Los Alamos  

The Runnels, a Los Alamos family of bright homeschooled kids and their parents, have nothing but praise for their experiences attending UNM-Los Alamos as high schoolers and later as college students.

One of the four Runnels children has earned a Ph.D. degree, one is a Ph.D. candidate in aerospace engineering, one is pursuing a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering at New Mexico Tech with plans to attend graduate school, and the youngest is enrolled in Calculus


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Planetarium Showing ‘Exoplanets’ Film This Weekend

Exoplanets poster. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Pajarito Environmental Education Center is bringing Exoplanets back to the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium at 2 p.m., Dec. 12 and Dec. 13.

Exoplanets takes audiences on a journey to observeplanets beyond our solar systemand uncover the science and astronomy behind their discovery. This full-dome film was produced by Casper Planetarium.

Tickets may be purchased by phone or at the nature center for $6 for adults and $4 for children. This movie is recommended for ages four and up. The movie starts promptly at 2 p.m. and seating is limited.

For


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LAHS Music Wing Renovations Developed

Diagram for the latest design of proposed music wing renovations at Los Alamos High School. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

This week, School Board members and LAPS officials held a community meeting to seek public input about proposed music wing renovations at Los Alamos High School.

The meeting was attended by students, high school teachers, Principals, and representatives from the Los Alamos Concert Association, Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra, and other interested parties. The B-Wing facility used for Band, Orchestra, Choir, and community programs at LAHS is in need of a significant upgrade.


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Learn About The Sun At Planetarium Show Friday

Solar filaments through a telescope. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is holding a special show in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11.

Rick Wallace will explore the sun and its effects on our planet, moon, astronauts, and future colonies on other planets.

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 and up. For more information about this and other PEEC programs,


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Wanted: Previously Loved Stuffies For Kids In Need

YMCA News:

Staff and children at the Chamisa Elementary YMCA Afterschool program discussed gratitude last month. 

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

Second grader Ava Bean asked if something couldn’t be done for those kids, and thus launched “Ava’s Project” a spin-off idea related to Rudolph’s Island of Misfit Toys. Ava was inspired to share joy and love with children beyond the community of Los Alamos.

The Y Afterschool program


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