Education

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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AFTNM Responds To New Mexico Public Education Department’s Teacher Qualifications Waiver

AFTNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:   

“Today, the New Mexico Public Education Department announced it had secured yet another waiver to the Federal requirements of ‘No Child Left Behind.’ 

“This most recent waiver would allow districts to utilize educators rated ‘effective,’ ‘highly effective,’ or ‘exemplary’ – under the PED’s flawed rating system – to be used as instructors for courses and grade levels without any additional certification or training. 

“To be clear – this


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NM Makes 3rd Largest Cuts To Higher Education

NMVC News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico is spending $4,383 less per student than it did before 2008, when adjusted for inflation.
 
Only two states—Louisiana and Alabama—have made deeper cuts. And although most states—including New Mexico—have increased funding for higher ed over the last few years, 47 states are still spending less per student on higher education than before the recession.
 
These are among the findings of a report released this week by the Washington, D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). As a result of these cuts, tuition at the nation’s

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Los Alamos Teen Center Holds 3D Computer Animation & Game Design Class May 14/May 21

 
LATC News:
 
The Los Alamos Teen Center is getting geared up for summer programs and the first one to announce is a 3D Computer Animation and Game Design class being taught by members of the LANL VISBLE Team.
 
The program is open to all teens 9th through 12th grade (including incoming freshmen and graduating seniors). The VISBLE (Virtual Simulation Baseline Experience) Team members are world class computer artists who have developed virtual models of nuclear reactors that allow scientists to explore their inner workings in ways never before possible. 
 

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Letter To The Editor: End Of Semester Art Show At LAHS

By MICHELLE GROVE
LAHS

Please come to see our End of Semester Art Show at LAHS! 

The artwork is amazing that the students in our community have made! We will have painting, photography, digital art and 3D sculpture on display in Duane Smith Auditorium.

The entire community is invited to attend the show 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, May 20.


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LAMS Staff Host Farewell Reception For Rex And Dawn Kilburn At TOTH May 27

LAMS Principal Rex Kilburn in one of his signature ties. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

LAMS News:

The Los Alamos Middle School staff will host a reception to say farewell to LAMS Principal Rex Kilburn and his wife Dawn, 3:30-6:30 p.m., Wednedsay, May 27 at the Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, Kelly Hall. 

An invitation to attend has been extended to the community. No RSVP is required and donated finger foods are welcomed.

Those wishing to receive additional information may email Jenn Neil at j.neil@laschools.net.


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Gov. Susana Martinez Announces 2015 New Mexico True Summer Reading Challenge

Gov. Susana Martinez
 
STATE News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez announced Wednesday details about the 2015 New Mexico True Summer Reading Challenge, designed to help prevent students from losing reading proficiency during the summer.
 
“Our challenge is simple: read more books during your summer vacation, and you can earn some amazing prizes,” Martinez said. “When our students read over the summer, they are better prepared for the upcoming school year. Everyone loves a challenge, especially when there are prizes. This is a win-win for students, parents,

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Friends Of Los Alamos County Libraries Presents Scholarships To LAHS Seniors

Astrid Hengartner

EDUCATION News:

Four Los Alamos High School seniors have been awarded $2,500 scholarships by the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries, scholarship chairman Maire O’Neill announced Wednesday.

Kimberly Pestovich

The scholarship recipients include Astrid Hengartner, Madeleine LeScouarnec, Kimberly Pestovich and Sarah Wallstrom. Senior Sopahn Kellogg, was selected to receive the June Ettinger Memorial Scholarship.

Madeleine LeScouarnec

The students each submitted a personal narrative of about 500 words, on a book which was not required


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Science Cafe: ‘Birds Of North America’ June 27

NMPBS News:
 
The next Science Café is 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 27 at the Los Alamos County Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road.
 
What would it be like to see the world from a bird’s perspective? To experience riding on the backs of bald eagles, snow geese, and pelicans flying over Alaska, the Grand Canyon, the Great Plains, and the Golden Gate Bridge as they encounter and engage with bears, bison and spawning fish. 
 
Come to the June New Mexico PBS Science Café and watch a segment of the six-part series EARTHFLIGHT, A NATURE Special Presentation. Then,

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Take A Day Hike With Expert Doug Scott And Discover Hidden Waterfalls

New Mexico waterfall. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Unknown to many is that there are a number of beautiful waterfalls in New Mexico, and Doug Scott is the expert on the topic.

Scott will be offering a tour of waterfalls through PEEC on Saturday, May 16 for a small group limited to 10 people. The group will meet at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 7:30 a.m. and will return around 5 p.m. Scott will introduce tour participants to his secret access passages and vantage points for eight beautiful waterfalls within a two-mile radius in the San Pedro Parks Wilderness.

Among the waterfalls the group will discover


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LAPS Superintendent Attends Graduation At The Pit

Clearly holding education in high esteem, from left, Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kurt Steinhaus attends a friend’s graduation Saturday at the Pit in Albuquerque with his son Kent Steinhaus (Masters in Engineering), wife Jo Beth (Masters in Education) and daughter Valerie Steinhaus (Bachelors in Computer Science). Dr. Steinhaus took over his role as superintendent of Los Alamos Public Schools Monday, May 4. Courtesy photo


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SAR: Can We Reshape Humanity’s Deep Future?

Prof. Nick Bostrom of Oxford University. Courtesy photo
 
SAR News:
 
SANTA FE  Best-selling author and TED speaker, Dr. Nick Bostrom asks “Can We Reshape Humanity’s Deep Future?” at 2 p.m., Sunday, June 7 at the James A. Little Theater.
 
Presented by The School for Advanced Research (SAR), Bostrom asks us to reimagine the future of mankind and the consequences of our current intellectual and scientific paths. If we want to mindfully shape the long-term consequences of our actions, we must consider how they will

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LAMS Students Raise Funds For Teacher Medical Costs

LAMS News:

Students at Los Alamos Middle School continue to raise money to help with medical costs for teachers Ryan Finn and Sherri Bublitz as they battle medical ailments.

Fundraising efforts this week include two events Friday:

  • A $1 donation will allow students to wear hats throughout the day; and
  • Spare change will be collected during a talent show. 

To learn more, call 505.663.3252.


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Alumni To Break Ground On Memorial Wall In El Rito

NNMNSAA News:
 
EL RITO  The Northern New Mexico Normal School Alumni Association will break ground May 21, to begin construction on a memorial wall on Northern New Mexico College’s El Rito Campus.
 
The El Portal del Águila Memorial Wall will honor and celebrate the lives and accomplishments of the graduates and the rich history of the El Rito Normal School. It will be located at the southwest corner of the campus and will be visible from the main road. The area also features a memorial orchard where family members can plant fruit trees in honor

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