Education

LAPS: Dean Obermeyer Earns CETL Designation

LAPS News:
Dean Obermeyer, Technology Coordinator, Los Alamos Public Schools recently earned the Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) designation by passing a rigorous certification exam.

The CETL certification, awarded by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), signifies that Dean Obermeyer has mastered the knowledge and skills needed to bring 21st century technology to our K-12 school systems. 

“Earning the Certified Education Technology Leader certification demonstrates a commitment to bringing 21st century learning to our nation’s schools. Because


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Luján Offers Amendment To Support STEM Education At Hispanic Serving Institutions

CONGRESSIONAL News:

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District spoke on the House floor today in support of a bipartisan amendment he offered with a number of his colleagues to establish a grant program at the National Science Foundation to support STEM education at Hispanic Serving Institutions. 

Below are Luján’s remarks on the amendment, which passed unanimously. Click here to watch his speech.

“Mr. Chairman, I rise today in support of this amendment that I am proud to offer with my colleagues. I want to thank Congressman Crowley for his leadership; I want


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PEEC Presents Talk On Life Of Wildlife ‘Rehabber’

Dr. Kathleen Ramsay, here talking about birds, will give a presentation May 26 at the Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

What does it mean to be a wildlife “rehabber”, and what goes into this important work? Dr. Kathleen Ramsay, a New Mexico legend and founder of the New Mexico Wildlife Center, will give a talk on the topic at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 26 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.

In her talk, Dr. Ramsay will discuss her career as a wildlife rehabber, and why this work is important to wildlife and to us all. She also will talk about how she cares for the animals, such as providing medical care, maintaining


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Northern New Mexico College Receives Accreditation Of Its Baccalaureate Business Programs

Associate Professor Karen Simpson instructs students in her accounting class at Northern. Photo by Stephanie J. Montoya
 
EDUCATION  News:
 
ESPANOLA  The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) has awarded Northern New Mexico College accreditation of its baccalaureate business programs.
 
“This decision shows that Northern’s business program is of a quality equal to and as rigorous as those at other schools,” College of Business Administration Dean Lori Baca said. “We have

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Strong Start For America’s Children Act Introduced

SENATE News:
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined a group of senators in introducing the Strong Start for America’s Children Act to expand quality preschool programs in New Mexico and throughout the country.
 
The Strong Start for America’s Children Act is a 10-year innovative federal-state partnership to expand and improve early learning opportunities for children from birth to age 5.
 
“Quality preschool can transform a child, helping them start kindergarten ready to learn and become more successful

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White Rock Residents ‘Meet The Superintendent’

Acting School Board Chair Matt William, standing, introduces new LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus to the audience at the second of two ‘Meet the Superintendent’ events. The first event Monday night at Aspen Elementary School. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus shares some good news with the audience. Steinhaus and LAPS Chief Financial Officer Lisa Montoya have negotiated a $41,000 Title I grant to fund a pilot program in reading intervention at Aspen School. Aspen was chosen because it has the highest percentage of students

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Smith’s Marketplace Presents $2,700 Check To LAHS

From left, Los Alamos High School Principal Deborah Belew-Nyquist receives a check for $2,700 today from Smith’s Marketplace Director Erik Boehm and Community Specialist Kathryn Fulton. The funds are a return on their community rewards program. Belew-Nyquist said the money will be used for programs and training, for which LAHS has no budget. Courtesy photo


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Los Alamos High School Seniors Tour Santa Fe Opera

Students get a tour from a Santa Fe Opera docent. Courtesy photo
 
Students in Catherine Purananda’s AP Literature and Composition class at the Santa Fe Opera. Courtesy photo

 LAHS News:

This semester Catherine Puranananda’s AP Literature and Composition class has been working in conjunction with Santa Fe Opera in a study of Ian Frazier’s novel Cold Mountain, which will premier as an opera this season. 

Earlier this spring, Los Alamos soprano Christina Martos gave a lecture to the students on opera basics. SFO’s head of education, Andrea Fellows Walters, was also a


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Say Farewell To Gerry And Audrey Washburn Thursday

Audrey and Gerry Washburn at the May15 retirement event at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Salvador Zapien/ladailypost.com

LAPS News:

The community is invited to join members of Los Alamos Public Schools in saying good-bye to Gerry and Audrey Washburn.

Gerry and Audrey have been active community members for more than 30 years in Los Alamos. They have been strong advocates in their commitment and dedication to Los Alamos Public Schools, students, parents and staff. 

LAPS will miss them.

The farewell event is 4-6 p.m. Thursday, May 21 in the gymnasium at Mountain Elementary School. Light refreshments


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LAPS Announces 20 Staff Retirements

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools announces the retirement of the following staff members:

CERTIFIED STAFF

  • Roger Scot Carmody is retiring after 16 years of service as an elementary teacher at Chamisa and Pinon elementary schools. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Notre Dame in English.
  • Carol Hermes is retiring after 19 years of service as an elementary and special education teacher at Pinon and Chamisa elementary schools. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from New Mexico State University in Elementary & Special Education and earned her Master’s Degree from

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Masonic Lodge Hosts Charity Breakfast For ‘Project Y’

Los Alamos High School Robotics Club members stand for a group photo during Saturday’s community breakfast hosted by Pajarito Masonic Lodge #66 to benefit ‘Project Y’, LAHS’s Robotics Club. Club members worked alongside the Lodge brethren to cook and serve waffle breakfasts to a hungry public; the club also demonstrated their latest robot to an enthusiastic crowd. Courtesy photo
 
Project Y’s new robot. Courtesy photo

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LAHS Ballroom Dancers To Take Stage Thursday

LAHS Ballroom Dancers performing. Courtesy photo
 
Couples move to the music. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

Since the start of the school year, the dance students of Los Alamos High School have been learning and perfecting the art of Ballroom Dance.

They would like to invite the community to their Spring Dance Show at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21, in Duane Smith Auditorium. Admission is free. LAHS teacher Natasha Barkhudarova has been teaching her students the fundamentals of dance and performance.

The students dance everything from the convivial Quickstep to the passionate Samba. See student


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LAPS Foundation Sends Teacher To Writing Conference

Julie Parkinson is seen here assisting a student with a paper; the two are seated at one of the Writing Lab’s new desks. Courtesy photo

LAPS FOUNDATION News:

Funded by a grant from the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, Los Alamos High School Writing Center Instructor and In-School Tutor Julie Parkinson joined a large contingency of English teachers and educators from across the country for the annual Convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC).  

Held during the week of March 18 in Tampa, Fla., this event, sponsored by the National Council of Teachers


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School Board Holds New Board Member Orientation

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board is holding a Special School Board Meeting 5-8 p.m. Thursday May 21 in the Administration Building School Board Room.

The purpose of meeting is to provide an orientation for new school board members.

The meeting is open to the public.


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Los Alamos School Board Mulls Building New School

LAPS Chief Operations Officer Joan Ahlers and Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus speak on bond issues and the possible construction of a new school. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos School Board is gearing up for the approaching bond elections, one in 2016 to fund maintenance, technology and small projects and a second election in 2017 to fund construction of a new school. Neither bond election will raise taxes, as older bonds are being retired.

“These bonds are critical to the school district,” Board Chair Jim Hall said.

The


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Chamisa Students Participate In ‘Sprucing Up Sombrillo’

LAPS Superinendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, ARTsmart Artist in Residence-Melinda Baker, Renee Mitsunaga, Debbie Smith and Megan Lee May 8 at Sombrillo. Courtesy photo

Chamisa 4th graders with their paintings at Sombrillo. Courtesy photo

EDUCATION News:

Chamisa Fourth Grade students, parents and staff celebrated May 8, with Sombrillo Nursing Home residents and staff.  

Chamisa Teacher Megan Lee and Art Teacher Renee Mitsunaga were awarded a LAPS Foundation Great Ideas Grant in the fall of 2014 for the integrated art project, “Sprucing Up Sombrillo”. After several


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LAHS Student Receives 2015-2016 Civilian Marksmanship Program Scholarship

NJROTC News:

Samuel Wolfe of Los Alamos High School NJROTC in Los Alamos has received the 2015-2016 CMP Youth Scholarship, presented by the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP).

He will receive a one-year, $1,000 scholarship from CMP based on marksmanship participation, grade point average and merit, to be used toward a pursuit of higher education. The scholarship selection meeting was held in April. CMP staff and board members carefully reviewed hundreds of applications from across the country to determine which exceptional students would receive the scholarships.

Out of 256 applications


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LANL Foundation Receives Quality New Mexico’s Dennis J. Woywood Compañero Recognition

From left, Megan Baldrige, daughter of the late Malcolm Baldrige; 770KKOB emcee Bob Clark; LANL Foundation Board President Bill Wadt; LAPS CFO Lisa Montoya, New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez; QNM Board Chair Kim Hedrick and KOAT TV emcee Shelly Ribando. Courtesy/QNM

QNM News:

ESPANOLA— The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Foundation is please to announce that it is the recipient of the 2015 Dennis J. Woywood Compañero Recognition from Quality New Mexico (QNM).

LANL Foundation was nominated by Gene Schmidt, former superintendent of Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS), for the work of Foundation


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Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project Founder Katherine Wells Speaks To Los Alamos Chapter Of AAUW

Katherine Wells spoke to the Los Alamos Chapter of the American Association of University Women Friday. Wells founded the Mesa Prieta Petroglypgh Project. When Wells moved to the area, she discovered thousands of petroglyphs on her land. The land was donated to The Archaeological Conservancy by Wells, who now volunteers full time for the project. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
More than 70,000 petroglyphs are estimated to exist at Mesa Prieta. So far, 40,000 have been recorded. Petroglyphs from the Archaic Period, 1,000 to 7,500 years ago, as well as from the Puebloan period

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Two Opportunities To Meet New LAPS Superintendent

Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board invites members of the community to attend one of two open forums called “Meet the New Superintendent.” 

Session 1: Monday May 18, 6-7 p.m. in the Aspen Elementary School Gymnasium; and

Session 2: Tuesday May 19, 6-7 p.m. in the Piñon Elementary School Gymnasium.

Dr. Steinhaus will begin with introductions and then present his Strategic Learning and Entry Plan. The presentation will include a “hit the ground running” approach and a focus on continuous improvement:

  • listening and learning;
  • developing strategies;

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