Education

Film: An Unbroken Thread – Wool & Weaving In NNM

Churro skeins from An Unbroken Thread: Wool & Weaving in Northern New Mexico, by the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center and Convivial Design Studio, 2015. Courtesy photo
 
NMHM News:
 
SANTA FE — See a new film produced by the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center, examine textiles and try your hand at weaving 1:30-4 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6.
 
The 20-minute film, An Unbroken Thread: Wool & Weaving in Northern New Mexico, will be shown at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., in the History Museum auditorium.
 
Throughout the afternoon,

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Sea Monsters Planetarium Movie & Talk Nov. 13

 
PEEC News:

Watch 82 million-year-old animals come to life at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium.

 
Local paleontologist Ralph Chapman will give a special presentation to set the stage for the film Sea Monsters, A Prehistoric Adventure. Take a journey back in time to see some of the most bizarre, ferocious and fascinating creatures ever to inhabit the sea.
 
Unexpected discoveries gave paleontologists vital information for creating this film about a time when the middle of North America was an inland

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Udall, Heinrich Stand Up For NM College Students; Call For Renewal Of Perkins Loan Program

SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C.  U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. have sent a letter, cosigned by the majority of the Senate, to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Harry Reid urging them to take up and pass legislation to reauthorize the Federal Perkins Student Loan Program.
 
This critical lifeline for many low-income students in New Mexico and across the country expired Sept. 30.
 
The Perkins Student Loan Program, the nation’s oldest federal student loan program, has existed with

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LAHS Science Wing Roof Gets Temporary Fix

Workers patch the leaky roof today above the Science Wing at Los Alamos High School. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

As of noon today, the Los Alamos Public Schools crew has been installing a temporary band-aid on the roof over the Los Alamos High School Science Wing, which sprung leaks during recent rains.

“We have done a section and hope to have the majority done for tomorrow’s anticipated rain or snow,” LAPS Facilities Coordinator Jeff Sargent said. “This should keep the students and staff in the room.”

Sargent said that the temporary fix is in place until insurance


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Historical Society Lecture On Chester Nez Nov. 10

Author Judith Avila with Navajo Code Talker Chester Nez. Courtesy photo  

HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:

At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10 at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos, the Los Alamos Historical Society hosts author Judith Avila as she speaks about Chester Nez and the Navajo Code Talkers. 

This lecture is supported by New Mexico Humanities Council and the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. Avila will be accompanied by Lathan Nez, grandson of Nez, and they will be signing and selling copies of Code Talkers after the lecture.

During World War II, the Japanese managed to crack every


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SUN PATH Grant Funds EMS Program At UNM-LA

Members of an EMS class at UNM-LA practice their life-saving skills in the EMS training lab that will soon be renovated. Photo by Joseph Candelaria

UNM-LA News:

A $15 million grant is helping UNM-LA and ten other two-year colleges educate a workforce to fulfill the growing demand for healthcare professionals in New Mexico.

The grant, awarded in October 2014, is funding equipment, faculty, and staff to support the students being served in the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) program that qualifies for funding under the grant.

Funded by the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance


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Leadership Los Alamos Class Focuses On Community Organizations

Jonathan Creel of PEEC talks with Leadership Los Alamos participants Paul Andrus and Jonathan Henley during the recent LLA Session at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. Photo by Martha Katko
 
By NANCY COOMBS, Co-chair
Leadrship Los Alamos Board

The Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2015-2016 met last month at the Betty Ehart Senior Center to focus on Community Organizations.

The session chairs Pauline Powell Schneider, executive director for Los Alamos Retired & Senior Organization, and Geoff Goins, Bandelier Ranger and Night Sky Program coordinator, invited speakers who would provide


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Students Crowdfund $10K For Los Alamos Projects

Members of the 2015 Financing the Entrepreneurial Enterprise class, from left, Robert Miller, Nic Seet, Mandy Marksteiner, David Montoya and Scott Vosburgh. Courtesy photo

BUSINESS News:

The 2015 Financing the Entrepreneurial Enterprise class held at the LACDC presented their projects to the community last week at the Diamond Mix marking the conclusion of most of their crowdfinancing campaigns, click here.

Four campaigns were able to successfully raise more than $10,000 for their businesses. Such a showing of support from the New Mexico community supports the coming of age of


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From Earth To The Universe Playing At Planetarium This Weekend

From Earth to the Universe movie poster. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Enjoy stunning imagery from space as part of a full-dome feature film, From Earth to the Universe, playing in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 7-8.

This full-dome feature film takes passengers on a voyage through space and time. Along the way, adventurers will visit birthplaces and burial grounds of stars and explore beyond the Milky Way.

Tickets may be purchased by phone or at the Los Alamos Nature Center and are $6 for adults and $4 for children. This movie is not recommended for children


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PED Revises PARCC Results

By Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools

We received a text from the Public Education Department that their original information about the definition of “proficient” was incorrect.

Following is the revised criteria: students are considered “proficient” if they score at a level of 4 or 5. (The initial information from PED stated that levels 3, 4, and 5 were “proficient”)

The test scores did not change.

For high school graduation, a score of level 3, 4, or 5 will be accepted for the classes of 2016 and 2017. In future years, a score of level 4 or 5 will be required for graduation.


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Tour Hidden Treasures Of Mesa Prieta Nov. 7

Discover hidden treasures at Mesa Prieta Nov. 7. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is hosting a tour of the largest petroglyph site in North America, Mesa Prieta, Saturday, Nov. 7.

Mesa Prieta is home to more petroglyphs of animal flute players than any place in North America. Participants will see images of shields and shield bearers.

The tour  leaves the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road at 8:15 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7. This trip will fill up fast. Space is limited. To register or find more information about this and other PEEC


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SFI: 2016 Short Course Jan. 5-7

SFI News:
 
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) is hosting a 2016 short course “Exploring Complexity in Social Systems and Economics” Tuesday – Thursday, Jan. 5-7 at Santa Fe Institute.
 
Social systems are intrinsically complex, whether they are groups of interacting ants, humans, companies, cities, or societies.
 
How do such systems organize themselves to produce sophisticated collective behavior? How do they adapt and learn in the face of changing circumstances?
 
How does group cooperation emerge from social yet selfish individuals, and how can

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LAHS DECA Students Launch Shining Star Project

DECA club members and LAHS juniors Victoria Cummins, left, and Melanie Mouton-G. recently met with Los Alamos Arts Council Executive Director Marlane Hamilton to go over details for the girls’ concession stand during this evening‘s arts council’s Pumpkin Glow event. The concession stand is one of many events the girls are holding as part of their service project, Shining Star. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

When an anonymous donor at this year’s Relay for Life offered a joy ride in the Classic Air Medical helicopter to


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Rain Soaks Science Classrooms At LAHS

Rain seeped through the roof overnight at Los Alamos High School and soaked a couple of science classrooms. Courtesy photo

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By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
Rain seeped through an area of the roof overnight at Los Alamos High School and knocked out ceiling tiles and soaked a couple of science classrooms.

Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus said the school district is on top of the situation. “The most important thing always is the safety of our students and staff, and that’s what we made sure of when this happened,” he said.

Steinhaus explained that workers immediately


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PARCC Results Announced For Los Alamos Elementary Schools And LAMS

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

LAPS News:

PARCC test results for elementary and middle schools in New Mexico were released today. PARCC stands for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

In the spring of 2015, approximately 230,000 New Mexico students joined five million students across the United States to complete the PARCC assessments. PARCC replaces New Mexico’s previous annual test, the Standards Based Assessment (SBA) in English Language Arts and mathematics. The results released today are from the first administration of the PARCC assessment


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Enjoy Great Coffee And Help Students Prepare For Global Educational Travel

EDUCATION News:

Thirteen graduating seniors are selling tasty coffee until Wednesday, Nov. 11 to cover some of the costs of their educational tour of historical and cultural sites in Spain, France and Italy. 

All coffee is kosher, certified organic, Fair Trade certified, and fresh-roasted after our local order is placed. Coffee is $13 for a 10 oz. bag and can be ordered whole bean or ground, in French Roast, Dark Roast, Medium Roast, and Decaf. The coffee has been a hit for the last two years and the group already has many orders. http://www.nectaroflife.com/.

Funds raised will support


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Chamisa Recycle Art Fair & Fashion Show Nov. 4

LAPS News:
 
Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus is inviting the community to come enjoy and participate in the Chamisa Elementary Recycle Art Show from 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4.
 
The finalé will be a fashion show of student and family made creations. Contact Renee Mitsunaga to participant in this event.
 
Entry Deadline!
 
The deadline for entries is today. Download an entry application here.
 
Chamisa is going green!
 
Every class created projects and learned about the importance of taking care

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Los Alamos High School’s Jovan Zhang Is Regional Finalist In Siemens Competition

LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus congratulates LAHS student Jovan Zhang for advancing to the next round of the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus congratulates Los Alamos High School student Jovan Zhang for being one of the 97 regional finalists invited to advance to the next round of the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, the nation’s premier research competition for high school students.

The regional finalists will vie for one of the most prestigious science honors awarded


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High Marks For UNM-LA/JJAB ‘Parenting University’

Diane Marasciulo directs workshop participants in a game while sharing ideas during her Mindful Parenting and the Well Developed Child presentation. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s (JJAB) Parenting University: Tool Up for Parenting workshop held last weekend was another big success, according to Lisa Caldwell, program coordinator for Community Education at UNM-LA.

“I spoke with many participants who appreciated the high quality and usefulness of the presentations. Some of the attendee


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Mountain Elementary Participates In National Mix It Up Day During Lunch Tuesday

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MOUNTAIN ELEMENTARY News:

Mountain Elementary School students participated Tuesday in National Mix It Up at Lunch Day. Counselor Jen Schmierer worked with the Mountain Student Council to plan the event.

Mix it Up at Lunch Day is part of a national program through Teaching Tolerance to encourage students to interact with new people, make school connections, and foster communication among the students.

Everyone entering the cafeteria at Mountain was given a sticker representing an animal or continent. They sat at the corresponding table with


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