Education

Barranca School Becomes Certified Wildlife Habitat

At a ceremony Tuesday, Barranca Elementary Principal Bradford Parker shows off a certificate declaring the school a Wildlife Habitat through Nature Conservancy. He is joined, from left, by parent volunteer Laura Loy, kindergarten teacher Heidi Schembri and 3rd grade teachers and Nature Club sponsors Annemarie Brown and Kristi Carr look on. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Students from kindergarten and third grade who participated in getting the school certified attended Tuesday’s ceremony. The project was a collaboration between kindergarten

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Public Lecture On Taos 400 Year Anniversary June 6

TAOS: A Topical History

 

TCHS News:
 
The Taos County Historical Society will present a free, public lecture, “Taos Cuarto Centenario/Taos 400 Year Anniversary” by F.R. Bob Romero at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 6, in the Kit Carson Electric Coop Boardroom, 118 Cruz Alta Road.
 
The program is part of the community’s 2015 Milestones of Taos, celebrating the centuries of Taos history, culture and art.
 
This talk will focus on the Cuarto Centenario de Taos or the 400 year celebration when Taos became Taos and the name Taos as we know

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LAPS Foundation Helps LAHS Physics Department Purchase New Equipment

Physics students show off the Van de Graaff generator purchased with funds from the LAPS Foundation. Back row from left, Michaelle Sutton, Garron Burgess, Corbin Stratton, Ignacio Rougier, Jeremiah Westerman and Angela Workman. Front row from left, Youssef Amin, LeeAnn Quintana, Jenelle Pana, Alexis Bustos, Carson Brewer, Mya Steele, Alize Garcia, Ryan McNiel, Alana Goodwin, Matt Mesibov and Steffy Nielsen. Photo by Alyssa Trujillo
Photo by Alyssa Trujillo
 
By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
LAPS

The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation is helping to expand the physics curriculum at Los


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Los Alamos Students Graduate From OSU

OSU News:
 
CORVALLIS, Ore.  Oregon State University will hold its 146th commencement Saturday, June 13, in Reser Stadium.
 
Los Alamos students graduating from OSU include:
 
  • Julia A. Kautz, Master of Science, Civil Engineering; and
  • Ashley D. Reid, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Medicine – DVM.
 
OSU is one of the few large universities in the nation to hand out students’ actual diplomas during the commencement ceremony.
 
The commencement speaker is Howard K. Koh, director of the Leading Change Studio at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan

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Governor Announces Funding To Hire, Support, Retain Math And Science Teachers In Underserved Areas

Gov. Susana Martinez

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, Gov. Susana Martinez will announce a significant increase in funding to hire, support and retain math and science teachers in low-income and rural areas in New Mexico.

The additional funds also will ensure that these teachers have the resources they need to help students succeed. 

The Governor will make the announcement during the 2015 Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Symposium this morning in Albuquerque.


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MANA del Norte Offers Post-Secondary Scholarship

MANA News:
 
The purpose of the MANA del Norte Scholarship is to assist Latinas from northern New Mexico in continuing and/or completing their post-secondary education. Scholarships are awarded based on strength of personal statement, academic ability, financial need and letters of recommendation.

Application Eligibility

Deadline: July 15, 2015: Applicant must be enrolled or plan to be enrolled, by the beginning of the 2015-16 academic year, in an accredited college or university in New Mexico.
 
If an applicant has been accepted to an accredited college

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Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund Awards $422,500 To College Bound Students

Gold Scholarship winner Chloe Keilers of Los Alamos High School. Courtesy/LANL Foundation
Gold Scholar Alexander Ortiz of Santa Fe High School. Courtesy/LANL Foundation
 
Gold Scholarship winner Charlotte Flory of Questa High School. Courtesy/LANL Foundation
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Seventy-eight New Mexico students received $422,500 in scholarships from the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund during a special event May 20 at the Study Center at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Chloe Keilers of Los Alamos High School, Alexander Ortiz of Santa Fe High


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Community Bids Farewell To Rex And Dawn Kilburn

The community bid farewell to Dawn and Rex Kilburn at a party Wednesday at Trinity on the Hill. Rex taught fifth and sixth grade at Pinon Elementary School, then became assistant principal at Los Alamos Middle School where he later became prinicipal for the last six years. Dawn is the registrar of the Los Alamos Pre-School Program. Rex is pictured here with Assistant Principal Anna Vargas-Gutierrez. The two are looking over a book of memories presented to Kilburn at the event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Three generations of Kilburns at the party Wednesday. From left, Rex’s

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Letter To The Editor: Thank You For Everything!

By LEEANN FOSTER
Piñon PTO Appreciation Week Chair

THANK YOU to the hardworking and talented Piñon Elementary teachers, office staff (principal, secretary and clerk), instructional assistants, nurses, custodial/maintenance personnel, counselors and physical/occupational therapists for another wonderful school year!

THANK YOU to all of the wonderful Piñon Elementary parents for generously donating time, items, and/or delicious food to make the Piñon PTO’s Appreciation Breakfasts and Luncheon honoring our fabulous staff a smashing success!

THANK YOU to CB FOX’s Pajarito


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NDI Student Dancers Shine In Front Of 1,700 People

More than 500 student dancers and an audience of 1,700 people fill Española Valley High School Gymnasium Wednesday evening for the annual NDI End-of-Year performance. Photo by Eric Vasquez/valleydailypost.com

Special guests participating in Wednesday’s event include businessman Omar Sanchez, in blue t-shirt, who owns Time Out Pizzeria restaurants in Los Alamos and White Rock. Sanchez also is a retired New Mexico State Police officer and Wednesday marked his 8th year participating in the event. Photo by Eric Vasquez/valleydailypost.com

Staff Report

ESPAÑOLA – The National


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Aspen Elementary Student’s Film Premieres Monday

Movie poster for Descanso. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Descanso, the film written by, Christopher Garcia when he was 11 years old has been completed and is set to Premier at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 1 at the Albuquerque Film and Music Experience (AFME). 

Christopher Garcia

Garcia, now 12, said he is excited to invite the community to his premier and share this success with him and everyone who helped make this movie happen. Descanso will premiere at the South Broadway Cultural Center, in conjunction with the Albuquerque Film and Music Event.

Garcia lives in Velarde with his family and just


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SFBG Refocuses Programming Toward Museum Hill & Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve Sites

SFBG News:
 
After eight years of providing programs at the Ortiz Mountains Educational Preserve, the Botanical Garden’s Board of Directors has voted to discontinue their hikes on wilderness property owned by Santa Fe County.
 
In announcing this change, CEO Clayton Bass noted, “Our mission of educational programming has grown 10-fold over the last few years and we are placing our staffing and efforts where we have the greatest impact for children and adults of the region. Since opening the Garden on Museum Hill in July 2013, we have served over 45,000

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New Mexico History Museum Unveils June Events

 
NMHM News:
 
SANTA FE — Bring the family, bring your friends, or just come by yourself. Besides great exhibits, we have something for everyone:
 
Friday, June 5, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Palace Guard trip to Glorieta
Members of the museum’s Friends group journey to the Civil War battle site at Pecos National Historic Park for a tour with Ranger Eric Valencia, a picnic lunch, and a visit to Casa Escuela, a private museum with historic firearms and military ephemera. $30. Reserve a spot by calling (505).982.6366, ext. 4. Not a Palace Guard member? Call 

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Get Head Start With UNM-LA Summer Credit Classes

Biology lab at UNM-LA. Courtesy/UNM/LA

UNM-LA News:

Summer is the perfect time to get a head start on your college career, earn a few extra credits while home for the summer, or take a class or two to brush up on some of your skills.

Credit classes at UNM-LA begin Monday, June 1. Registration is now open both online and in person on the UNM-LA campus.

There are nearly 60 classes being offered ranging from Art Studio to Statistics with everything in between including Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics. Classes are offered in a variety of convenient formats such as traditional face-to-face instruction,


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Pajarito Astronomers Host Dark Night June 13

PA News:
 
The Pajarito Astronomers will hold a County-Sponsored Dark Night at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 13 at Spirio Soccer Field, Overlook Park. 
 
Weather permitting, the public is invited to come out, wander among the telescopes, and star gaze. The planets Venus, Jupiter and Saturn will be visible. There will be a tour of the spring and summer constellations, and there will be telescope views of double stars, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies. 
 
The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Viewing will end before midnight.

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New Research Reveals Europa’s Mystery Dark Material Could Be Sea Salt

AGU/NASA News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  New laboratory experiments suggest the dark material coating some geological features of Jupiter’s moon Europa is likely sea salt from a subsurface ocean, discolored by exposure to radiation.
The presence of sea salt on Europa’s surface suggests the ocean is interacting with its rocky seaflooran important consideration in determining whether the icy moon could support life.
 
The new study has been accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union, and is available

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School Board Meets At Central Office Thursday

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board will hold a Special School Board Meeting, Executive Session and Work Session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Administration Building, School Board Room, 2101 Trinity Dr.

The special School Board Meeting will consist of an Executive Session to discuss limited personnel items – Superintendent’s progress report; and the purchase, acquisition or disposal of real property, specifically a discussion with the Department of Transportation.

After the closed Executive Session is over, School Board President Jim Hall will reconvene the Special School


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UNM-LA Community Ed Classes For Adults Begin June 1

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UNM-LA News:

Summer is finally starting to show itself and it’s not too late to get your mind and body in shape for the activities that lie ahead.

UNM-LA summer classes for adults begin June 1 and continue through July. Registration is now open.

UNM-LA offers Yoga for both beginner and intermediate levels. Yoga is the perfect way to build strength and flexibility, which will help you enjoy any summertime activity such as hiking or biking. Yoga will help you relax, too.

Planning on taking a trip to a Spanish speaking country soon? Learn to speak Spanish so you can really immerse yourself


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Community Invited To Farewell Party For LAMS Principal Rex Kilburn At TOTH Today!

LAMS Principal Rex Kilburn delivers a goodie bag to head custodian Alfredo Tena in appreciation for his monumental effort to keep the school clean every day. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

 

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
LAPS

The community is invited to say farewell to Los Alamos Middle School Principal Rex Kilburn and his wife Dawn.

Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church will host the farewell event 3:30-6:30 p.m. today. LAMS staff is working to provide light appetizers for the three hour festivities and anyone who would like to bring a dish is welcome to share.

Kilburn accepted a position


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Finals Week Destress Fest For Grades 7-12 May 27

 
LAYG News:
 
Los Alamos Middle School and High School students are invited to Destress Fest the Wednesday of Finals Week.
 
Los Alamos teens work hard in school and deserve some time to unwind during this stressful time of year. Research has shown that brief mental breaks improve performance on prolonged tasks, and what better mental break than Inflatable Sumo Wrestling, Jousting and an Obstacle Course?!
 
This Hawaiian-themed bash also will include food, desserts (which is “stressed” spelled backwards), prizes and a photo booth. The event

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