Education

LAPS Announces Virtual Kindergarten Round-Up April 7

LAPS News:

All Los Alamos elementary schools will host a Virtual Kindergarten Round-Up starting at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 7. Click here for more information and links to attend the meeting. 

Children who will turn age 5 by Sept. 1, 2021 are eligible to enroll in kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year and are invited to attend Kindergarten Round-Up with their parents.

This is an opportunity for families to get an idea of what to expect for kindergarten.

At the Round-Up, prospective students and families will get to meet kindergarten teachers, principals, school nurses, school counselors


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Senate Unanimously Confirms Stephanie Rodriguez Cabinet Secretary Of New Mexico Higher Education

NMPED Cabinet Secretary Stephanie Rodriguez

NMPED News:

SANTA FE – Stephanie Rodriguez was unanimously confirmed by the Senate as cabinet secretary for the New Mexico Higher Education Department (NMPED) last week following her appointment by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Rodriguez joined the New Mexico Higher Education Department last summer and served as acting secretary since September of 2020. During her tenure she has fostered collaboration among New Mexico’s public and Tribal colleges and universities, and fellow agencies to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, improve communication,


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Los Alamos Genealogical Association Meets Thursday

LAGA News:

Consistent with the ongoing pandemic restrictions, the Los Alamos Genealogical Association will meet via Zoom 7 p.m. Thursday, March 25. 
The speaker is Irma Holtkamp and her talk is on “Making the Most of your Ancestry DNA Matches”.

Topic: Family History Center Meetings

Time: 7 p.m. (MT) (US and Canada) March 25 

Join Zoom Meeting link here.

Meeting ID: 975 5413 9222

Telephone:

+1.253.215.8782 US (Tacoma)

+1.346.248.7799 US (Houston)

+1.669.900.6833 US (San Jose)

+1.301.715.8592 US (Washington DC)

+1.312.626.6799 US (Chicago)

+1.929.205.6099 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 975


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Six Los Alamos High School Students Qualify For International DECA Competition

Ella Hailey

LAHS News:

Six Los Alamos High School students have qualified to participate in the International DECA competition. 

Logan Black, Cassidy Jimenez, Joshua Moulton, Ella Hailey, Alexander Usov, and Nicholas Usov will compete in the National DECA Testing Event in April at the International Career Development Conference. All six of these students ranked in the top three scores in their category in the New Mexico State DECA Competition.

Ella Hailey won first place in the State in the Food Marketing Series category. Alexander Usov won first place in the State Team event, Buying and


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LAHS Hilltalkers Win State Championships!

For the sixth year in a row, LAHS ‘Hilltalkers’ Speech and Debate team earns the Excellence Award for outstanding performance in Speech and Debate at the state championships. Courtesy/LAHS

LAPS News:

For the sixth year in a row, the Los Alamos High School (LAHS) Hilltalkers earned the New Mexico Speech and Debate School of Excellence Award for outstanding performance in Speech and Debate events at the 2021 New Mexico State Speech and Debate Championships.

“I am so proud of our team,” Coach Margo Batha said. “They have done a phenomenal job the entire season competing in a virtual format. From


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Taos Historical Society Lecture: ‘Reflections On Three Trails’

TCHS News:

Taos County Historical Society (TCHS) Zoom Lecture “Reflections on Three Trails” by Rick Hendricks is 2 p.m., April 3.

The Camino Real, the Santa Fe Trail and the Old Spanish Trail are a significant part of New Mexico and Taos history. The Camino Real was extended northward out of New Spain in 1598 by Juan de Onate.

Rick Henrick’s research on the Camino Real focuses upon the period of the Reconquest 1692-1693 through the papers of Governor Diego de Vargas. The advent of Mexican Independence in 1821 coincided with the opening of the Santa Fe Trail and the period 1822-1846 for extensive trade.


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Topper Boys Soccer Defeats Capitol Jaguars

Westley Parker breaks the 0-0 tie with a perfectly timed header early in the second half of the game against the Capitol Jaguars Thursday at Sullivan Field. Photo by Nate Limback/ladailypost.com

Nick Mozyrsky slid-tackles the ball from Jesus Perez in the first half. Mozyrsky also scored the third goal in the game. Photo by John McHale/ladailypost.com

Sports News:

In a contest played at Sullivan Field Thursday evening, the Topper Boys Soccer team defeated the Capitol Jaguars 4-0.

The Jaguars are always a formidable foe and the game always very physical with lots of action. This game was no different,


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PAC 8: Free Video Production Class For High School Teens

YMCA Los Alamos Teen Center’s Ryan Schultz checks out a new gimbal. Photo by Jean Gindreau/PAC 8

PAC 8 News:

YMCA Los Alamos Teen Center and PAC 8 Community Media Center are teaming up and offering a free video production class.

This class is a great opportunity to have fun while being creative. Students will learn the basics of videography plus more. Participants will learn to use light weight and highly versatile mirror-less camera based video rigs, including a stabilized gimbal.

The focus will be on hand held and moving shots of the type popular in action sports videos and contemporary


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LAPS Offers K-6+ Program Opportunity June 1-21

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools is excited to offer the opportunity for all LAPS students in Kindergarten through 6th grade (K-6) to participate in the K-6+ program being offered this June.

K-6+ is a free extended learning opportunity for all students to attend school in person for 15 extra days June 1-21. Teachers will reinforce core skills, provide hands on learning opportunities and enrichment, or focus on teaching skills that may not have been mastered during the current school year.

“We are happy to be able to offer extended learning time for our students. We look forward to providing


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List Of Unaccounted-For New Mexico Students 2,522

NMPED News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) and its partners are searching for the final and hardest-to-reach students after months of work to determine that all New Mexico students are safe and receiving education services despite the pandemic.

As of this week, about 2,500 names remained on a list once numbering more than 12,000 of students who were enrolled in public schools last spring but not this fall and were therefore feared to be outside the educational system. 

A cross-agency team has been whittling the list since November by working with districts,  cross-referencing


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Twelve LAHS Seniors Named National Merit Finalists

The 12 Los Alamos High School Senior finalists for the National Merit Scholarship Awards in order from top left, Maximilian Corliss, Filippo Delzanno, Karin Ebey, Mirabelle Gerts, Shena Han, Anthony Lestone, Griffin Light, Aidan McCleskey, Konstantin Nelson, Audrey Nolen, Isaac Ortega and Andrew West. Screenshot/LAHS

LAHS News:

Twelve Los Alamos High School seniors have been named finalists in the 2021 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards.

Approximately 7,500 National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from the group of more than 15,000 Finalists. Merit Scholar


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School Board Special Meeting: Superintendent Search

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board met for a special meeting Tuesday with the singular focus of discussing the search for a new school superintendent.

The School Board voted 4-1 to engage an executive search firm to assist in the hiring of the new superintendent.

“The most important thing we can do as a school board is select our next superintendent,” Board President Melanie Colgan said.

School Board Vice President Ellen Specter and board member Christine Bernstein volunteered to serve on a committee to design the RFP (request for proposal). President Colgan and board member Stephen Boerigter


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American Federation Of Teachers New Mexico Responds To New CDC Distancing Guidelines Issued Today

Citing new research, the CDC announced today that 3-feet of distance among students is sufficient in the classroom so long as masks and other safety steps are taken to prevent COVID-19 spread. Courtesy/freepik.com

AFT-NM News:

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

“We, like all New Mexicans, want to see students and educators return to classrooms as soon as possible, but today’s physical distancing guideline revisions by the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) should give all students, parents and educators


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Los Alamos JJAB Elects New Board Officers

Los Alamos JJAB elected new officers at its March 17 meeting. Newly officers from left, Chair Nicolé Raddu Ferry, Vice Chair Carter Payne and Treasurer Dr. Sharon Hurley with outgoing Chair Jordan Redmond. The JJAB Board is comprised of 20 volunteers who collaborate, leverage and coordinate resources to support youth and their families. More information can be found at www.losalamosjjab.com. Screenshot/JJAB


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LAPS Returns To Full-time In Person Learning April 5

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

New Mexico Education Secretary Ryan Stewart announced March 8 that New Mexico schools must return to full-time in person learning by April 5.

The staff of Los Alamos Public Schools was surprised, but immediately sprang into action.

The Los Alamos School Board met in a special session March 12 to discuss reopening in person instruction on a full-time basis.

The School Board passed a resolution to return to full-time in person learning April 5 unanimously, although several members noted that LAPS does not have a choice about


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LANL: New Mexico Middle And High School Students Encouraged To Apply For Free Summer Physics Camp

Learn from the women scientists and engineers of LANL at the 2021 Summer Physics Camp for Young Women, a free, virtual experience including hands-on experiments that can be done from home.
LANL News:
  • Application deadline: April 9, 2021

New Mexico students are encouraged to apply for the free, two-week, virtual Summer Physics Camp for Young Women, taught primarily by women scientists and engineers at Los Alamos National Laboratory. 

Campers will receive materials for conducting hands-on experiments at home, as well as a stipend upon completion. With strong engineering and coding components,


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LAPS: School Board Update From March 9 Meeting

A drawing/digital art piece by LAHS student Kari Mason, which garnered a Gold Key award. Courtesy/LAHS 

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board met for a regular meeting Tuesday, March 9. President Melanie Colgan opened the meeting with a moment of silence in memory of Las Cruces School Superintendent Karen Trujillo.

“She touched many lives as an educator and is going to be sorely missed,” Colgan said. 

The board also celebrated several recognitions. Art teachers from around the district were honored as part of Youth Art Month. Britt Williams, Aspen’s art teacher, spoke for the elementary art


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New Mexico Museum Of Natural History & Science Reopens

Baby Protoceratops at ‘Tiny Titans: Dinosaur eggs and babies’. Courtesy/NMMNHS

Many Inspired Steps: Apollo 11 50th Anniversary. Courtesy/NMMNHS

NMMNHS News:

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science (NMMNHS) will safely reopen to the public today, March 17, following a temporary closure last month due to positive COVID-19 cases reported by staff members.

Museum hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday, and visitation will be limited to 75 people at any one time.

Health and safety is the highest priority for NMMNHS, and the


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LAGC 2021 Scholarship Award: Isabella Martinez Pruet

Los Alamos Garden Club scholarship award winner Isabella Martinez Pruet. Courtesy/LAGC

LAGC News:

The Los Alamos Garden Club (LAGC) is pleased to present its 2021 scholarship award of $1,500 to graduating senior Isabella Martinez Pruet. 

Isabella is a dedicated community service volunteer. She is a member and also current president of the Key Club. She participated in the African Library Project, the Self Help Gala, the recycled art show, the drive through flu clinic and the homeless shelter supply drive. She has been a volunteer at the Española Animal Shelter and currently works at the North


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