Education

Los Alamos Middle School Book Fair Nov. 21

COMMUNITY News:
 
This year’s Los Alamos Middle School Scholastic Book Fair will be open 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday Nov. 21 during the Los Alamos Art Council Crafts Show.. 
 
The community is encouraged to shop the Scholastic Book Fair to support LAMS. Remember, books make great presents and in sending holiday presents in the mail, book rate postage is much cheaper than regular postage. 
 
The proceeds from the fair benefit both the library and the classrooms at LAMS. 

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American Federation Of Teachers NM Responds To Obama’s Call To Eliminate ‘Unnecessary Testing’

AFT News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:
 
“Students, parents, educators, and communities are rightfully excited to hear President Obama call for the reduction of unnecessary testing in our schools, with a cap of no more than 2 percent of classroom time being spent on testing and test-prep. While it is just a beginning, it certainly gives professional educators hope that a serious reevaluation of priorities is coming to the United States Department of Education.
 
“Across

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CIR And Creativity For Peace Present Dinner And Film: Beyond Right And Wrong Nov. 11

CIR News:
 
Join the Council on International Relations 5-9 p.m., Wednesday Nov. 11, for an impactful evening that includes dinner at Lulu’s Chinese Cuisine, 3011 Cerrillos Road accompanied by the film, “Beyond Right and Wrong”.
 
The evening begins with a Happy Hour/Cash Bar at 5 p.m. followed by buffet dinner at 5:30 p.m., introduction of panel at 6:30 p.m. and film showing from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. (film is 52 minutes).
 
The evening concludes with a post-screening discussion facilitated by CIR member, Rob Reider and panel

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Los Alamos Historical Museum Move; Continuing Tours

HISTORICAL MUSEUM News:

In preparation for renovations beginning in January 2016, the Los Alamos Historical Museum has moved to its new temporary location at 475 20th St., next to the new Teen Center.

The Museum is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. As part of the transition, the Museum Shop will be offering 20 percent off select items through Oct. 31.

The Museum also is continuing its guided walking tours into the winter months (weather permitting). Mondays at 11 a.m., docents will lead hour-long walking tours of the historic district, including


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Barranca Natural Helpers Community/School Involvement

Barranca Natural Helpers under their poster during Unity Day. Courtesy photo

Barranca Natural Helpers during training day at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter. Courtesy photo

 

By Nicole McGrane, M.Ed
Barranca Mesa Elementary
5th Grade Teacher

The Barranca Natural Helpers program is off to a great start this school year. One of the group’s goals is to work diligently to support their school and community. While it is only a few months into the school year, they are well on their way to accomplishing this goal.

In September, they participated in the community “Out of Darkness” walk. This


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Young Actors Shine In ‘The Wrong Side Of The Door’

From left, Mason (Logan Capon), Will (Ryan Rushton), Alan (Caleb Langenbrunner) amd Izzy (Emma Raven) in a scene from ‘The Wrong Side of the Door’ Monday evening at Chamisa Elementary School. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Michaelangelo Lobato performs an origninal song based on the themes of the play as a finale of ‘The Wrong Side of the Door’. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Review by BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

“The Wrong Side of the Door,” a one hour play by Chamisa Elementary School 6th grade teacher Cindy Richard


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CYFD Cabinet Secretary, NM Supreme Court Chief Justice, NMJJAC Gathered Thursday In Los Alamos

From left, NMJJAC Chair Sharon Stover, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, CYFD Cabinet Secretary Monique Jacobson  and New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Barbara Vigil in Council Chambers Thursday in the Municipal Building. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
NMJJAC members gather Thursday morning in Council Chambers to discuss youth issues. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
 
Staff Report

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJAC) met Thursday in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building in downtown Los Alamos.

JJAC Chair Sharon Stover opened


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Public Talk: ‘Delivering Little Boy’ By Grandson Of Manhattan Project Physician Oct. 27

Little Boy. Courtesy/wikipedia

 

By ROGER SNODGRASS
Los Alamos Daily Post

Jim Nolan, a professor of sociology at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., didn’t know much about his grandfather, James F. Nolan, a physician with training in radiology who played a unique role in the early history of the atomic bomb at Los Alamos.

James L. Nolan, Jr., Professor of Sociology, Williams College

The younger Nolan had a general idea that his father had moved to Los Alamos at an early age but no detailed knowledge about his grandfather. Very few details, that is, until three years ago, when his father


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Rotary Club Hosts Purple Pinky Day

Rotarian Linda King helps Barranca Mesa Elementary students participating in Friday’s Purple Pinky Project. Photo by Ed Van Eeckhout

Barranca Mesa Elementary students show off their purple pinkies during Friday’s recognition of Rotary’s World Polio Day. Photo by Ed Van Eeckhout

 

By LINDA HULL, Vice President
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

In honor of Rotary International’s World Polio Day, members from the Rotary Club of Los Alamos volunteered Friday at local elementary schools to engage students in the Purple Pinky Project. 

 For a $1 donation, roughly the cost


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‘Compounded Ironies: Japanese Internee Fathers, American Patriot Sons’ With Dr. Gail Y. Okawa

Military sons visiting their interned fathers and friends at the Santa Fe Internment Camp. Photo from Shinoda Family Collection. Courtesy/NMHM
 
NMHM News:
 
SANTA FE — During World War II, Santa Fe was the site of one of the nation’s largest Justice Department internment camps.
 
It primarily housed Japanese immigrants, among them the Rev. Tamasaku Watanabe.
 
At 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15, at New Mexico History Museum auditorium, (113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe) Watanabe’s granddaughter, Dr. Gail Y. Okawa, speaks on a brain-twisting aspect

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Best For Vets: Career & Technical Colleges 2016

New Mexico’s Santa Fe Community College tops the Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges 2016 rankings for the second straight year. Courtesy/SFCC
 
SFCC News:
 
When Mike Baker left the Marine Corps in 2008, he was hoping to leverage his military training as a bulk fuel specialist into a civilian career in the same field. He applied immediately for higher-level civilian fuels jobs, without going to school for a civilian degree or certificate.
 
Companies weren’t interested.
 
“I had the training, but nobody would hire me because I didn’t have the piece

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SFI: ‘Thoughts On Information Theory …’ Oct. 26

Amos Golan, American University; SFI External Professor
 
SFI News:
 
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) holds “Thoughts on Information Theory and Prior Information” at 12:15 p.m., Monday Oct. 26, at Noyce Conference Room.
 
Abstract: Although in principle prior information can significantly improve inference, incorporating incorrect prior information will bias the estimates of any inferential analysis. This fact deters many scientists from incorporating prior information into their inferential analyses.
 
In the natural sciences, where experiments

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SURVEY: UNM-LA Bachelor And Graduate Program Seeks Public Input

The public is encouraged to give feedback as to what types of bachelor and graduate programs it would like to see at UNM-LA. Courtesy/BigStock

UNMLA News:

In an effort to identify community needs for higher-level degree options at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA), the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management is working alongside individuals at UNM-LA, and individuals from the Provost office at UNM-Albuquerque to conduct an online survey, which is asking for public input.

As a branch campus in the State of New Mexico, UNM-Los Alamos offers Associate Degree and


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Pinon PTO Hosts Pumpkin Patch Until 2 p.m. Today

Girl Scouts paint the White Rock rock to announce today’s Pinon Pumpkin Patch event. Courtesy photo
 
PINON News:
 
Pinon Elementary PTO is hosting its 5th annual Pumpkin Patch until 2 p.m. today.
 
Some of the activities include:
  • Choose your pumpkin from The Patch 
  • Cake Walk
  • Bake Sale
  • Games (with a prize booth!)
  • Bouncy Houses
  • Dave’s Dogs
  • Kettle Korn
  • Family Picnic Area
  • And more!
$15 purchases an armband that provides access to all activities (family limit $60). Punch cards also may be purchased for $5 for those families who only want to do one or two things.

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College Care Packages Support Educational Travel For LAHS Seniors

EDUCATION News:

Send your college student a College Care Package from Los Alamos and support educational travel for 2016 seniors.

To raise funds for their summer tour, Europe 2016, travelers are putting together personalized packages again filled with gifts from home for happy college students.

For $30, Europe 2016 travelers will fill a College Care Package with treats (homemade cookies, candy, hot chocolate, tea; school supplies (sticky notes, pens, pencils); personal items (razors, toothbrushes, tissues); local fare (red and green chile); Halloween surprises (candy corn, pumpkin-related


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Pinon Students Share Smiley Rocks With Community

Pinon Elementary School students will share painted rocks with the White Rock community. Courtesy photo
 
These rocks are sure smiles to those who find them. Courtesy photo

EDUCATION News:

Students at Pinon Elementary are sharing free smiles with the White Rock community. They have been spending their lunch periods in the art room painting rocks. The finished rocks will be hidden all over Write Rock. Some may even make their way up the Hill.

“We want to spread happiness by leaving hidden smiles in places people would not expect to find them,” Pinon Art Teacher Stephanie Rittner said.


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Water Attorney/Activist Speaks At Nature Center

Water attorney and activist Kyle Harwood in La Cienega. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

How do we protect our aquifers? Action taken in La Cienega, a nearby community, is the subject of the free talk at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27 at Los Alamos Nature Center.

Kyle Harwood, water attorney and La Cienega resident, will share the challenges facing his community along with their efforts to protect their aquifers.

As dessert residents, water is a precious resource. Nearby, the La Cienega region is already seeing diminishing flow from their local springs. They are not alone. Stories of wells and springs running


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LAHS Hosts 3rd Annual Career Fair Oct. 28

LAHS News:
 
The Guidance Department of Los Alamos High School will host the 3rd Annual Career Fair noon to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct 28 in the A-wing lobby.
 
A number of career options will be represented by local employers and employees.
 
“It’s a great opportunity for students to meet with members of the community who represent the careers they may be interested in pursuing, and learning about what it takes to get there,” explained Cindy Black, LAHS guidance counselor.
 
Refreshments will be served.
 
For more

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SFI: ‘The Evolution Of Experience’ Oct. 27

Peter Godfrey-Smith
City University of New York and University of Sydney 
 
SFI News:
 
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) is hosting “The Evolution of Experience” at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 27 at Noyce Conference Room in Santa Fe.
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Abstract: I’ll attempt to make progress on the problem of the evolutionary origins of subjective experience, drawing on recent ideas about animal phylogeny, the Ediacaran/Cambrian transition, early nervous systems, and the relation between experience and cognition.
 
SFI Host: Eric Libby
 

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‘The Wrong Side of the Door’ Opens Monday

Actors performing in ‘The Wrong Side of the Door’ opening Monday from left, Caleb Langenbrunner, Emma Raven, Ryan Rushton and Logan Capon. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

The community is invited to attend a performance of a 60-minute play titled, “The Wrong Side of the Door” written and directed by Chamisa Elementary School 6th grade teacher Cindy Richard.

Four local kids star in the show, which opens Monday:

  • Logan Capon plays Mason;
  • Emma Raven plays Izzy;
  • Ryan Rushton plays Will; and
  • Caleb Langenbrunner plays Alan.  

All of the children are 5th and 6th graders


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