Education

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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LAHS Junior EliseAnne Koskelo Receives Prestigious Awards For Work In Art, Design And Science

LAHS student EliseAnne Koskelo wearing the medal she received from the YoungArts Foundation. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

EliseAnne Koskelo, a junior at Los Alamos High School, is the recipient of several prestigious awards for her work in art, design and science. 

In December of 2014, Koskelo was awarded a Merit designation from the National Young Arts Foundation for her work. Koskelo’s portfolio was chosen from more that 11,000 applications from across the United States.

As one of 700 winners of this award, she travelled to New York City earlier this month to attend master classes


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Los Alamos Hilltalkers Host Bake Sale Friday

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team will be holding a bake sale fundraiser 3-6 p.m. Friday, May 29 in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank at 1200 Trinity Dr.

The high school speech and debate team will be accepting donations in exchange for homemade treats including brownies, cookies, breads and cakes. Baked goods will be available in small portions, as well as whole cakes and loaves.

The speech and debate team is raising money to send 10 students from Los Alamos High School to the National Speech and Debate Association Tournament in Dallas, Texas this June.

To date, this


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MANA del Norte Seeks Scholarship Applicants

EDUCATION News:

MANA del Norte is seeking scholarship applicants.

 

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.

MANA del Norte is a non-profit 501c3 organization serving as a voice and resource for Latinas in northern New Mexico and supporting programs and legislative initiatives that foster a better quality of life for all.

Application


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National History Day Club Hosts Bake Sale Tuesday

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School National History Day Club is hosting a bake sale 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 26 at Los Alamos National Bank.

NHD or National History Day is an educational club at the highschool designed to promote the study of history. Students create project based on a theme, this years theme was Leadership and Legacy, and then compete with the projects at regional, state, and national levels.

LAHS NHD students, Kaylen Pocaterra, Kim Pestovich, Daniel Wang, Miriam Wallstrom, Katie Delgado, Nate Delgado and Kathryn McClenahan all placed at the State Competition in Albuquerque


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Mike Johnson Selected As New LAMS Principal

Mike Johnson

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus announced this morning that Mike Johnson has been selected as the incoming principal of Los Alamos Middle School. 

Johnson comes with a wealth of experience including more than nine years of administration at the secondary level. His latest achievement is the establishment and implementation of the Los Alamos Early College and Career Academy. This program is creating new and innovative opportunities for our students.  

Johnson said he is looking forward to his new leadership opportunity


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Officials Share Memorial Day Tributes

Today marks Memorial Day, a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. The holiday is observed every year on the last Monday of May. Courtesy photo

MEMORIAL DAY News:

President Barack Obama:

This weekend is Memorial Day—a time to pay tribute to all our men and women in uniform who’ve ever given their lives so that we can live in freedom and security. This year, the holiday is especially meaningful. It’s the first Memorial Day since our war ended in Afghanistan. 

On Monday, at Arlington Cemetery, I’ll join our


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Udall, Heinrich Announce Funding To Support Health-Tech Expansion at Arrowhead Park

U.S. SENATE News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich announced that New Mexico State University will receive $488,000 in grant funding from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) for a study on the creation of a health care delivery and medical technology development cluster at Arrowhead Park.

The funding will help New Mexico State University expand activities at the multi-disciplinary Arrowhead Park to better support the creation of startup companies focused on improving health care for New Mexicans and diversify New Mexico’s economy. 

“Arrowhead


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Governor Visits Aspen Elementary School Friday To Announce Her Annual Summer Reading Challenge

Gov. Susana Martinez visits Aspen Elementary School Friday to announce her Summer Reading Challenge for 2015. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Second grade students at Aspen Elementary react to the different prizes available for participants of the Summer Reading Challenge. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Gov. Martinez recognizes Rainy Ferrel, 2nd grader at Aspen Elementary, as a winner of last year’s Summer Reading Challenge. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Gov. Martinez has students and  LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus, left, pledge to


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IIE Announces 160 Study Abroad Scholarships

IIE News:
 
NEW YORK — Leading up to its centennial celebration in 2019 and building on its nearly 100-year commitment to study abroad, the Institute of International Education launched Generation Study Abroad® in 2014 to double the number of students who study abroad each year.
 
With less than 10 percent of American college students studying abroad, IIE is taking action to enable more U.S. students, especially those who are typically underrepresented in U.S. study abroad, to participate in an academic, internship, or service-learning

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Sign Up For YMCA Earth Service Corps This Summer

YMCA News:
 
YMCA Earth Service Corps is an innovative service-learning Summer program that gives middle school youth the opportunity to develop leadership skills and create a more sustainable future.
 
Committed youth, YMCA staff, and adult volunteers work together to plan and carry out service learning projects that promote positive environmental and social change. Youth develop as leaders, learn about the environment, get involved with their communities and, most importantly, LEARN BY DOING!
 
Participating in YESC is a unique opportunity for youth and adults

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Community Bids Gerry And Audrey Washburn Farewell

Los Alamos Middle School Principal Rex Kilburn remarks at how much he and Gerry Washburn do NOT look alike. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Gerry Washburn receives a pillow from teacher Bernadette Ziomek and her 5th grade class. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Gerry and Audrey Washburn. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

The community turned out with members of Los Alamos Public Schools to say good-bye Thursday to Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn and his wife Audrey.

The farewell event was celebrated in the gymnasium at Mountain Elementary


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LAMS 2014-2015 Hawk Student Athletes Of The Year!

LAMS athletes, from left, Hunter Swavely, Elijah Velasquez, Paulina Burnside and Neha Sadasivan. Courtesy photo
 
LAMS News:
 
Los Alamos Middle School Announces its 2014-2015 Hawk Student Athletes of the Year.
 
LAMS would like to congratulate the following students for receiving the Hawk Athlete of the Year Award for the 2014-2015 School Year:
  • For 7th Grade Boys: Hunter Swavely (Cross Country, Basketball, Track)
  • For 8th Grade Boys: Elijah Velasquez (Cross Country, Basketball, Track)
  • For 7th Grade Girls: Neha Sadasivan (Cross Country, Track)
  • For 8th Grade Girls: Paulina

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Albert I. Pierce Foundation Awards $5K Grant To PEEC

Kids enjoy digging in the dirt during Nature Playtimes. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
The Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Nature Playtimes are one of its most popular programs.
 
Offered free to families every Monday morning, the Playtimes combine fun, developmentally appropriate stories, songs, crafts and activities with time outside enjoying nature. Albuquerque’s Albert I. Pierce Foundation recognizes the worth of this program and the value it brings to families, and has given PEEC $5,000 to support it.
 
During a

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Leadership Los Alamos Holds Annual Board Retreat

The Leadership Los Alamos Board of Directors gathered for its annual retreat at the home of LLA Co-founder Sharon Stover. Board members include Brian D’Andrea, Cheryl Sowder, Debbie Reiss, Hawes, Deborah, Debbie Huling, Martha Katko, Carol A. Clark, Jason Lott, Melissa Metcalf, Nancy Coombs, Sharon Stover and Terry B. Priestley. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Bill Wadt, left, facilitates Thursday’s LLA Board Retreat. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Members of the Leadership Los Alamos Board of Directors held their annual retreat facilitated


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LAHS Graduate Billy Cooper Commissioned In Marines

Los Alamos High School graduate William K. Cooper, center, known as Billy by family and friends, is a 2011 graduate of Los Alamos High School. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, May 9, after graduating from the University of New Mexico (magna cum laude). Photo by Leland Lehman/ladailypost.com

Billy Cooper is the oldest son of Frances and Lt.Col. Bill Cooper USMC (ret), second from left, of Los Alamos. Family and friends from Los Alamos gathered at Cooper’s May 9 commissioning event. Cooper will


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Local Groups Partner To Provide Bike Helmets To Kids

Smith’s Marketplace Community Specialist Kathryn Fulton and LAPD Chief Dino Sgambellone show off the bike helmets that will be given to kids at the five local elementary schools. Smith’s, LAPD and First United Methodist Church of Los Alamos worked together to make the donation happen. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

COMMUNITY News:

The First United Methodist Church has been working on a bridge building effort with some community organizations.

“During my interview with Los Alamos Police Department, I learned through Ofc. Adele Girmendonk that Aspen Elementary


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SFI Seminar ‘Punches And Hugs’ May 26

Christie Aschwanden SFI Journalism Fellow
 
SFI News:
 
Santa Fe Institute (SFI) will be holding the seminar “Punches and Hugs: What Hate Mail Has Taught Me About How To Communicate Science With The Public” with Christie Aschwanden at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, at Noyce Conference Room.
 
Abstract: Even in our age of science, irrational thinking and science denialism remain rampant. The “truth wins” assumption holds that when the truth is presented, it will be universally recognized, yet this isn’t always the case, as evidenced by ongoing controversies

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YCC Crew Holds Community Meeting Thursday

The Family YMCA’s YCC Garden Crew meet with Co+op’s Sandra West. The Co-Op has donated its small green house to the YCC Garden Crew. Courtesy photo

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA’s Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Garden Crew is holding a community informational meeting 6-7 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at an educational garden site it is developing that is immediately next to the North Mesa tennis courts. 

The meeting will brief the community about crew activities, current garden design, and demonstration greenhouse choices. The crew will collect input from community members on all plans


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Los Alamos Teachers Who Lost Their Lives To Cancer Will Be Honored At Bench Dedication Tuesday

Site of memorial bench to be decidated Tuesday. Courtesy photo.

LAHS News:

Two esteemed Los Alamos High School teachers, Marilyn Fabry and Dave Thurston, who lost their lives to cancer will be honored with a memorial bench dedication at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 26.

Former LAHS Principal Sandy Warnock headed the fundraising and effort to place the bench near a beautiful willow tree that sits between the IMC and the Speech Theater at LAHS. The cost of the bench and its installation were jointly paid for by donations raised and a gift from the LAPS Foundation.

Fabry’s and Thurston’s family, friends,


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