Education

Community And Alumni Meeting Targets $10 Million XQ Super School Project Grant Proposal

LAHS drama instructor David Daniel leads a XQ Grant Proposal discussion Dec. 30 at Los Alamos Teen Center along with LATC Director Sylvan Argo and Assistant Director George Marsden. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

The work group to explore ideas for a $10 million educational grant to submit to the XQ Super School Project met Wednesday evening, Dec. 30 at the new Los Alamos Teen Center (LATC).

More than 30 community members including many Los Alamos high school alumni as far back as 1962 attended along with various school officials and teachers. Five young people in attendance were 2016 graduates. The


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About HB33 Referendum School Board Resolution

 

The Los Alamos Public Schools Board unanimously supports the upcoming HB33 Mill Levy Election.

All voters residing within the boundaries of the Los Alamos Public School District who are registered by Dec. 29, 2015 are eligible to vote. Los Alamos County Clerk will mail the ballot to all registered voters. You need not be a property owner or have students attending public schools.

What Is The HB33 Mill Levy?

Approved by voters since 1988

  • Provides public schools with funds for capital improvements expenditures, including student technology, and large maintenance projects.

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Diabetes Mellitus – A Problem Sneaking Up On Us

 
By Toshi Shiina, James Ziomek, MD, Mary Beugelsdijk, RN
 
We are facing a diabetes epidemic. The CDC reported that, in 2014, more than 29 million Americans (about one in 11 people) had diabetes – a 10 percent increase from 2010.
 
The concerning fact is that one in four people with diabetes do not know that they have it.
 
[1] While scientific research is still in progress, we know that certain groups of people are known to be at higher risk of having diabetes. The known risk factors for diabetes which we cannot control are: age, genetics, race,

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Craig Martin: What PEEC Means To Me

Craig Martin

PEEC News:

My mentor told me I should always be connected to the place I live. PEEC understands that connecting who we are, where we are, and why we live in the place we do is so important to our basic happiness.

Our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies are why I live here. I think many people feel the same–they love and understand that special connection to our landscape.

Donating to make the nature center building happen was amazing for me. I continue to give, because I know PEEC has the potential to do even more. Please join me.


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New Mexico History Museum January Events

A child tries her hand at a type of traditional hide painting at the New Mexico History Museum. Courtesy photo
 
NMHM News:
 
SANTA FE — Starting Jan. 17, the New Mexico History Museum inaugurates a monthly program for children, families and the young at heart. 
 
Family Fun Day occurs 1:30-3:30 p.m., the third Sunday of each month. Participants will learn about an aspect of New Mexico history as museum educators and special guests guide them through various take-home craft projects.
 
Family Fun Days are designed to accommodate drop-ins

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Barranca Mesa Elementary School Natural Helpers Reach Out To Help Others

Members of the Barranca Mesa Elementary School Natural Helpers put up the new vollyball net they purchased for the school with their own funds. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

The Barranca Mesa Elementary School Natural Helpers are devoted to helping their school and community.

Natural Helpers is a group where peers learn to help peers. They have been participating in this club for approximately three months now. Its main goal is to help the school and students.

Recently, Barranca Natural Helpers purchased a new volleyball net. The net was paid for out of the Helper’s own money. The old net has


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AFTNM And NEANM Reacts To Court Decision On Motion To Combine Hearings

AFT News:
 
SANTA FE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly and National Education Association New Mexico President Betty Patterson released the following joint statement:
 
“We agree with Judge Mathew’s ruling against the most recent motion by the Public Education Department, which was to combine our organizations’ unique lawsuits against the educator evaluation policies of Secretary Skandera and Governor Martinez.
 
“We believe that each of our cases have merit and that the continued attempts of the PED to stall this process

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Secretary Moniz Announces Dr. Phil Sharp As 2015 Recipient Of Schlesinger Medal For Energy Security

Dr. Phil Sharp
 
DOE News:
 
WASHINGTON  U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz has announced Dr. Phil Sharp as the second recipient of the James R. Schlesinger Medal for Energy Security.
 
Dr. Sharp is president of Resources for the Future and a former U.S. Congressman from Indiana. Dr. Sharp will receive the medal at a ceremony at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the Department of Energy headquarters (1000 Independence Ave. Washington, D.C. 20585).
 
“Phil Sharp has been a fixture in energy security and clean energy progress in every possible

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LAHS Hilltalkers Delgado, Mallett, McCumber Advance In International Public Policy Forum Competition

Hilltalker team members Will McCumber, Cade Mallett and Nate Delgado have advanced to the top 32 of the International Public Policy Forum competition. Courtesy/LAHS

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School Hilltalker coaches Margo Batha and Christine Engelbrecht are proud to announce that the team of Nate Delgado, Cade Mallett and Will McCumber has advanced to the top 32 of the International Public Policy Forum (IPPF) competition sponsored by the Bickel and Brewer Foundation.

This team of Hilltalkers has submitted several extensively researched cases on the topic of “Resolved:


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UNM-LA Community Ed Adds 17 New Classes To Spring Schedule

Jewelry making is just one of the 17 new classes added to the UNM-LA Community Education’s Spring 2016 schedule. Courtesy/iStock

UNM-LA News:

The Community Education program at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) has added 17 new classes to the Spring 2016 schedule.

printed schedules arrived in mailboxes in Los Alamos and White Rock last week and are also available on the UNM-LA campus as well as in news stands in the area.

The perennial favorites such as yoga, digital photography, Spanish, retirement planning, and test prep classes are still in the lineup, but UNM-LA Community


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Los Alamos High School Advances In International Debate Competition

LAHS News:

Students from Los Alamos High School have advanced to the “Top 32” round of the International Public Policy Forum (IPPF).

 

Sponsored by the Brewer Foundation and New York University, the IPPF is the first and only debate competition that gives high school students around the world the opportunity to engage in written and oral debates on issues of public policy.

 

By advancing, the students remain eligible to win a $10,000 grand prize and an all-expenses-paid trip to the IPPF Finals in New York City April 2.

 

“These students have distinguished themselves in this unique


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Midday Solstice Celebration At PEEC Today

Dave Yeamans on the human sundial. Photo by Rebecca Shankland

PEEC NEWS:

Stop by the Los Alamos Nature Center at noon today and enjoy a midday solstice celebration.

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will get out its measuring sticks and mark shadow lengths on the human sundial to document the longest midday shadows of the year. This short celebration will be the first in a series of measurements to see how shadow lengths change over the course of a year.

PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening


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Udall, Heinrich Highlight Initiatives For Native American Students In New Education Law

SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON  U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich highlighted several provisions that support Tribes, Native students and schools serving Native students in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which the president signed into law last week.
 
Udall and Heinrich both worked to include several bipartisan reforms supporting Native students in the bill, which overhauls the nation’s controversial No Child Left Behind education law.
 
Provisions the senators pushed for in the new law emphasize the importance of teaching

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PEEC Events For January 2016

PEEC News:
 
Saturday, Jan. 2
Feature Film: Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure
See prehistoric sea creatures come to life and follow fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures of all time. 2 p.m. Suitable for ages 4 and up. $6 per adult, $4 per child. More information at peecnature.org.
 
Sunday, Jan. 3
Feature Film: Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure
See prehistoric sea creatures come to life and follow fossil hunters to remote locations as they excavate the remains of some of the most awe-inspiring creatures

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LAPS Offers Digital Fliers & Brochures

LAPS News:
 
As part of our efforts to continue to be environmentally friendly and embrace innovative technology, we post all approved fliers and brochures on the District website under the Fliers & Brochures tab in our Site Shortcuts.
 
Recently, we have posted fliers for the following community activities:
  • Good News Club (Elementry) & Eternal Encouragement Clubs (MS)!
  • Youth Activity Center December, 2015 Calendar
  • Los Alamos Schools Credit Union December Payment Deferment
  • New Mexico Magic Basketball Tryouts
  • Rotary Student of the Month Information & Application

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AFTNM On PED’s Release Of School Grades

AFTNM News:

  • Nearly 65 Percent Of New Mexico Schools Rated “C” or Lower

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

“Today the PED released statewide A-F scores for New Mexico public schools, and the results show the drastic disparities between districts, often along socio-economic lines. Overall, nearly sixty-five percent of our schools have been rated as “C” schools or lower. Additionally, this is the first year schools have been penalized for parents exercising their right to opt their child out of the PED-mandated


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Scenes From Market Day At Mountain Elementary

Fifth grade teacher Fabian Smith, top right, gets into Market Day at Mountain Elementary School and buys some handmade items from a student. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com
 
 
By KayLinda Crawford
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Mountain Elementary School 5th grade students participated this morning in Market Day. The students sold their homemade items and purchased items made by oother students with play money they earned throughout the semester.
 
“It’s a 5th grade standard to learn debits, credits and balances,” 5th grade math teacher

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