Education

Medicare, Retirement And IRA Planning Classes Beginning At UNM-LA

The Personal Planning and Finance series is a popular program offered through UNM-LA Community Education. Courtesy/iStock

UNM-LA News:

It’s never too early to start planning for a comfortable retirement and UNM-LA has just the classes to set you up for success, and to help you avoid costly errors.

Three critical classes for anyone interested in retirement options are being offered this fall through UNM-LA’s Community Education: Passport to Retirement, Understanding Your Social Security & Medicare Options, and IRA Planning. http://losalamos.unm.edu/community-education/personal-finance.html


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See Los Alamos Student Artwork At State Fair

Some of the LAPS student art at N.M. State Fair. Photo by Stephanie Rittner.
 
A display of LAPS student artwork at the State Fair. Photo by Stephanie Rittner

LAPS News:

The New Mexico State Fair is Sept. 10-20. Visit the School Arts Building to see nearly 250 artworks created by the students of Los Alamos Public Schools.

Examples of LAPS student artwork display at the State Fair. Photo by Stephanie Rittner

The artworks were selected by art teachers:

  • Stephanie Rittner, Pinon Elementary
  • Renee Mitsunaga, Chamisa Elementary
  • Lorri McInroy, Mountain Elementary
  • Britt Williams, Aspen Elementary

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Child-Led Green Hour Hikes Start Wednesday

Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Weekly Green Hour Hikes begin at 9 a.m.,  Wednesday at Quemazon Trail.

These child-led hikes organized by Pajarito Environmental Education Center meet at a different trailhead each week. Babies carried in arms or worn are welcome.

All participants are asked to be prepared for travelling outdoors and to bring water, snacks, and sunscreen. This group was created to encourage children to enjoy being outside. It is not the mileage, but the quality time outside that matters.

For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email


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Sen. Howie C. Morales: Costly Superintendent Buyouts Can And Should Be Eliminated

Jessica Martinez, veteran educator
 
By Sen. HOWIE C. MORALES
And JESSICA S. MARTINEZ, veteran educator
 

A contract between public school boards and the superintendents is typically a term of three years nationwide.

Sen. Howie Morales

These contracts typically include a buyout provision should the district find it necessary to terminate the contract for reasons ranging from unsatisfactory performance to violations of the negotiated contract. These buyouts include the annual salary plus the salary of years remaining on the contract. Recent superintendent


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AFTNM Recognizes Labor Day

AFTNM News:

Sacrifices of Past Generations of American Workers Still Matter Today                                          

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

“The American worker has fought for, and is responsible for, the end of child labor, overtime pay, an 8-hour work week, and safer working conditions, among many other rights we currently enjoy in the modern workplace.

 

“It is only fitting


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School Board To Discuss Construction Tuesday

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board will hold a Regular School Board Meeting and an Executive Session at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater. The Executive Session will take place after the Regular Meeting is adjourned.

The agenda includes:

  • Recognition by the Board
    • Summer Reading Challenge – Recognize Los Alamos Public Schools student winners and businesses
  • Smiths Market Place Community Rewards check(s) presented to Los Alamos Public Schools by Community Specialist Kathryn Fulton,
  • Most Educational Initiative – First Place: Museum of the Coastal Bend

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AFT Lawsuit Against NMPED Moves Forward

EDUCATION News:

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

“Thursday’s ruling from Judge Thomson is an important acknowledgement in our lawsuit against the abusive policies of the New Mexico Department of Public Education under the leadership of Governor Martinez and Secretary Skandera. Judge Thomson’s granting of a hearing for a preliminary injunction beginning on Sept. 16 is a huge win for our union and all educators across New Mexico.”

“We fundamentally disagree


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UNM-LA Awards Tenure To Irina Alvestad, Ph.D.

UNM-LA News:

Being awarded tenure from a higher education institution means many things to the professors who achieve it, such as increased job security, a pay raise, and more flexibility to focus on different projects.

For recent tenure recipient Irina Alvestad, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of New Mexico Los Alamos, it represents her commitment to the University and her students.

“It’s about recognition and to prove I’m committed to this institution and to the students,” she said. “Any faculty member here would say the same thing, that we’re here for what we


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Labor Day Citizen Science Project: Yard Day Bird Count

Spotted Towhee. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

On Labor Day, Dave Yeamans, a long-time enthusiast of the natural world, is opening his home for a citizen science project, Big Yard Day Bird Count.

To participate, register at www.peecnature.org for the Big Yard Day and stop by Dave Yeaman’s house anytime between 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. “Everybody learns something and has fun or my job is not complete,” says Yeamans, who also is a caring host.

Participants are encouraged to wear natural-colored clothing, move gently, and whisper to improve the chances of seeing a wide variety of birds. Light snacks and


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Poet Laureate Joan Logghe Returns To Teach Creative Writing At UNM-LA

Author, Poet Laureate, Joan Logghe

UNM-LA News:

Joan Logghe, Santa Fe’s Poet Laureate 2010-2012, will be returning to teach a Creative Writing class at UNM-LA. The class will meet 9-11:45 a.m., Fridays from Sept. 11–Dec. 4.

Logghe encourages writers of all levels to take her class. “There will be a healthy and fun mix of poetry, memoir, creative non-fiction, and sudden fiction. This class is an introduction to creative writing and will be great and gentle for beginners; published writers may also refresh their writing style. You may be making a writer’s timeline of your life for a memoir,


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Community Invited To Hear Panel Of Los Alamos Residents Who Witnessed WWII At Lecture Sept. 8

HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:

The Los Alamos Historical Society announces its 2015-2016 lecture series, “70 Years Since World War II.”

We are honored to have a panel of Los Alamos residents who witnessed World War II in quite different ways. Young Mary Zemach was hiking with her botanist father in Hawaii when Pearl Harbor was bombed. Mia McLeod was not yet a teenager in Holland when the Nazis occupied her country.

As an 18-year-old, Joe Bergstein survived the Bataan Death March and spent the next four years as a prisoner-of-war in the Philippines and Japan. Joe’s brother Ivan (Chick) Bergstein entered


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Internationally Acclaimed Alpha Program Begins At IHM

IHM News:

If you have ever wondered if there is more to life than this, how you can make the most of your life, about the existence of God, the afterlife, who is Jesus, or how we can have faith, the Alpha Course may be just what you are looking for.

Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 16 through Dec. 16, the course is 6-9 p.m. each Wednesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall. There is no charge for the course and no commitment.

“The Alpha Course is a practical to the Christian faith, a place where guests have an opportunity to explore the meaning of life in a relaxed, friendly


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Pajarito Environmental Education Center Leads Efforts To Certify Los Alamos As A Community Wildlife Habitat

PEEC Board members celebrating the certification of the nature center as a Wildlife Habitat, from left, Jeremy Campbell, Bob Walker, Jennifer Macke, Selvi Viswanathan, Esta Lee Albright, Michele Altherr, Nancy Arendt, Felicia Orth, Ann Shafer, Sue Watts, Mary Carol Williams, Becky Shankland, Talia Dreicer, Karla Sartor and Rebecca Oertel. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

A team of Pajarito Environmental Education Center volunteers is working to make Los Alamos the first certified Community Wildlife Habitat in New Mexico.

To date, our community consists of 126 backyards, four common areas,


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Governor Surprises Piñon Elementary Student With Grand Prize In Summer Reading Challenge

Gov. Susana Martinez surprises 2nd grade student Rocko Del Mauro Monday at Piñon Elementary School. The Governor announced that Del Mauro is a grand prize winner of the Summer Reading Challenge. Courtesy/LAPS

Alberta and Ronald Heil (grandparents), Diana Del Mauro (mom), Summer Reading Challenge grand prize winner Rocko Del Mauro, Gov. Susana Martinez and David Del Mauro (dad) celebrate the 2nd graders achievement Monday at Piñon Elementary School. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Gov. Susanna Martinez visited Piñon Elementary School in White Rock Monday to award a grand prize to 2nd grader


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LAPS Mental Health Design Team Launches Survey

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools has created a Mental Health Design Team that has been charged with providing a report to the Board of Education by the end of November that includes a statement of preferred future for mental health programs in Los Alamos Public Schools, a brief situational assessment, a gap analysis and drafting a 3-5 year LAPS Mental Health Project Plan.

One of the first tasks is to gather community and stakeholder input. This survey will focus on the state of mental health awareness and support that we desire. 

Surveys are available is Spanish


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New Mexico Department Of Transportation Sponsors Statewide Child Safety Seat Clinic Sept. 19

NMDOT News:
 
SANTA FE ― The New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) is pleased to sponsor a statewide child safety seat clinic from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19.
 
The clinics will take place in six cities and seven different locations as part of National Child Passenger Safety Week Seat Check Saturday.
 
The free clinics are held on a first-come, first-serve basis and are open to the public.
 
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 3 to 14.
 
“Whether they are taking short trips or long vacations,

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PEEC: September Night Sky Planetarium Shows

Night Sky Milky Way Astrophotography from Wikimedia Commons by ForestWander. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Do you want to know how to identify more of the planets and stars in the night sky?

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is holding star shows in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5 and 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12.

Each show will introduce celestial objects easily viewed through binoculars this month including planets, the lunar eclipse, star patterns, star clusters, nebulae, double stars, and other celestial objects.


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Los Alamos School Board Continues To Grapple With Testing And Teacher Evaluations

Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus and School Board President Jim Hall ponder student testing and evaluations. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos American Federation of President Ellen Mills speaks against using attendence to evaluate teachers. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Testing and teacher evaluation were back on the agenda at the Los Alamos School Board Work Thursday.

School Board staff has been gathering


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Aspen Boys Invited To Raingutter Regatta 6:30 p.m. At East Park Today

ASPEN News:

Aspen Elementary School cub scouts will be having a fun time this evening at East Park starting at 6:30 for the Raingutter Regatta where they race little boats down rain gutters and eat ice cream afterward. 

Anyone wih a boy in grades 1 to 5 at Aspen School interested in Cub Scouts is invited to join Cub Scout Pack 22 this evening at East Park. 

For further information, contact the Pack Committee Chair at 505.661.9619 or tewapack@rt66.com with a clear subject line about Cub Scouts or Pack 22. 


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