Meet Superintendent Finalists At Upcoming Forums

Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Board of Education has arranged for two community forums for the public to meet and ask questions of the two finalists for the position of Superintendent of Los Alamos Public Schools.

The times and location of the community forums are 7 p.m. Monday, March 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 in the Speech Theater between the gymnasium and library at Los Alamos High School.

Dr. Chris Marczak

Dr. Chris Marczak will be featured at Monday’s forum and Dr. Kurt Steinhaus will be featured Wednesday.

There will be 3×5 cards available to the public to write

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Will Governor & Education Secretary Take PARCC Test?

Gov. Susana Martinez



SANTA FE – Responding to parent and student concerns about the over-use of standardized tests, Senate Majority Leader Michael S. Sanchez, D-Valencia, Bernalillo, Thursday challenged Gov. Susana Martinez and Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera to take the PARCC exam to find out if they can pass it. 

PARCC stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera


All public school students in New Mexico grades 3-11 are required to complete the new computerized test beginning next

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LAHS Junior Parent Night Location Changed To Topper Theater March 2

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School will host its annual Junior Parent Night at 6 p.m., Monday, March 2. Due to a scheduling conflict, the location for this event has been changed to Topper Theater in the Speech Theater.

Interested students and parents should plan to attend to learn about post-high school options, including the college admissions process for both two- and four-year colleges, technical and vocational school options and military opportunities.

For more information about Junior Parent Night, contact the LAHS Guidance Office at 505.663.2797.



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LAPS Superintendent Addresses PARCC Testing

By GENE SCHMIDT, Superintendent
Los Alamos Public Schools

Open Letter to the Community,

Los Alamos Public Schools will soon begin testing students in grades three through 11 on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC).

This will mark the first year this test has been administered in our community. The purpose of the assessment is to help determine our students’ understanding of the Common Core State Standards in reading, language arts and mathematics as well as provide data about our students’ college and career readiness. For example, a fifth grade student

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MidSchoolMath National Conference Feb. 27-28


TAOS – Hundreds of middle school mathematics teachers and school district professionals from around the country will convene in Santa Fe this week for the MidSchoolMath conference, the brainchild of two Taos entrepreneurs.  

Poised to change the way mathematics are taught in middle school classrooms nationwide, MidSchoolMath addresses the drop known as the Mid School Math Cliff – the most precipitous decline in mathematics competency in the world, as documented by the past few generations of American children.

MidSchoolMath will soon release a new online

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UNM-LA To Repeat Popular Customer Service Class

Customer Service and Relations instructor Laura Loy. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News:

According to an American Express survey, 78 percent of consumers have bailed on a transaction or not made an intended purchase because of a poor service experience.

In today’s competitive business climate, you can’t afford to lose business because of poor customer service. Learn what it takes to provide and maintain quality customer service through UNM-LA’s upcoming Customer Service class.

The class is 10-11:30 a.m. every Tuesday, March 17 through May 5. Local businesswoman and UNM-LA instructor Laura Loy

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Superintendent Candidate Kurt Steinhaus Issues Letter To Los Alamos

Kurt Steinhaus working with first grade students building bird houses: a hands-on, minds-on learning activity. Courtesy photo



Superintendent Candidate For LAPS

Serving As Superintendent Of The Los Alamos Public Schools

I am passionate about bringing people together to listen and then translate ideas into concrete actions that strengthen our schools and improve opportunities for the whole child, because our well-being – our region’s prosperity – depends upon this.  

Kurt Steinhaus

I want to serve the school community of Los Alamos as your Superintendent

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Letter To The Editor: Helping My Child Cope With PARCC Test

Parent of LAPS Elementary Student

Yes, this test is probably finally putting parents, students and educators on unnecessary overload, stress and tilt for apparently no good reason.

An editorial in Los Alamos Daily Post Tuesday explained that we, as parents, can actually opt their child out of taking the test. And, just today, there is an editorial written by a Los Alamos High School Junior about the poor decision by law-makers to implement this test. 

My approach with my child who is bothered about this up-coming test stress, has been to compare it to times in her life

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LAHS Junior Parent Night March 2

LAHS News:

Parents of Los Alamos High School juniors are invited to attend Junior Parent Night at 6 p.m. Monday, March 2 in the Speech Theater at LAHS.

“Junior Parent Night is a presentation for members of the Class of 2016 and their parents to gain information on post-secondary options,” said Cindy Black, a guidance counselor at LAHS. “We will review the college admission process for both two- and four-year colleges, technical and vocational school options and military opportunities.”

In addition, information will be available on college searches, SAT and ACT tests, admissions, financial

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Letter To the Editor: A Call To Arms

Los Alamos High School Junior

Parents, teachers, community members and fellow students, it is time to unite and take a stance on New Mexico’s careless state of testing.

Recently, there has been much controversy in regards to the newly implemented Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test or (PARCC), which students all over the state, myself included, will be taking this March. The PARCC is officially replacing the New Mexico Standard Based Assessments (NMSBA) this year.

You may or may not be surprised to know that New Mexico’s recently confirmed

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PEEC Hosts ‘Wrenched’ Screening At Reel Deal

Movie Poster for ‘Wrenched’ Courtesy/


The documentary Wrenched delves into Edward Abbey’s most famous and influential work of fiction, The Monkey Wrench Gang, which came to be known for its protest of environmentally damaging activities in the American Southwest.

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host a special screening of the movie at 6:30 p.m., March 5 at the Reel Deal Theater. Special guest Jack Loeffler, a close friend of Abbey’s, will introduce the film and answer questions prior to the screening.

Wrenched reveals how Abbey

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Superintendent Candidate Chris Marczak, Ed.D. Issues Letter To Los Alamos

Dr. Chris Marczak participating in Read Me Day 2014 at Linden Elementary School in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Courtesy photo.

Dear Community Members of Los Alamos:

I am honored to receive this opportunity to interview for the Superintendent of Schools position with the Los Alamos Public School system and introduce myself to you.

I am currently the Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Oak Ridge Schools. As the Assistant Superintendent, I have been in charge of Curriculum and Instruction, Student Services, Special Education, Teaching and Learning (Professional Development), and Information/Instructional

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Leadership Los Alamos Completes Education Session

Amy Bartlett Gaunt of Los Alamos Middle School speaks with Leadership Los Alamos participants Friday at UNM-LA. Photo by Martha Katko

From left, Lucy Foma, Doris Prokop and Monica Hernandez-Lara. Photo by Martha Katko


The Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2015 participated in an Education session Friday at UNM-LA. The session was chaired by Elizabeth Martineau of the Bradbury Science Museum who also serves as president of Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation; and Dawn Venhaus, UNM-LA Department Chair for Science & Engineering, Chemistry and associate

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Letter To The Editor: Parents Have Right To Opt Their Children Out Of Standardized Testing

D-Catron, Grant and Socorro

There is a lot of misinformation circulating regarding the upcoming Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test (PARCC) that will be administered to students from grades 3-11 this spring.

I want to clarify the options parents have in deciding to opt their children out of taking this test.

Many of you have expressed concern and, indeed, dissatisfaction with the intensity of the current amount of standardized testing taking place in our schools. One of the top concerns I share is the elimination of a parent’s right in deciding

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Author/Photographer Don Usner Featured At Authors Speak Thursday

Don Usner

MPL News:

Author and photographer Don Usner is the featured speaker at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26, at Mesa Public Library.

Book cover for ‘Chasing Dichos through Chimayo.’ Courtesy photo

Usner’s latest book, published by UNM Press, is called Chasing Dichos through Chimayo. The book is a chronicle of his search for the deep roots contained in old sayings, proverbs and adages from a disappearing culture and language.

Chasing Dichos through Chimayo

The book also is a very personal and moving story of riding in the car with his mother to Chimayo to find those old stories. The stories

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Los Alamos Team Wins National Navy JROTC Championships For 2015

From left, LCDR Shumaker, David Murphy, Holly Hayes, Samantha Miller, JoAnna O’Neill and Samuel Wolfe. Courtesy/Stephanie Miller


Los Alamos High School NJROTC precision air rifle team has won the National Navy JROTC Championships for 2015.

Shooters JoAnna O’Neill, Samantha Miller, Samuel Wolfe, David Murphy and Holly Hayes traveled to Phoenix, Ariz., for the three day event last week.   

Individually O’Neill placed second nationally, Miller ninth and Wolfe 10th. In the regional results, O’Neill placed first, Miller second, Wolfe

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