Mountain Students Get Into Nature During Field Trip

Mountain Elementary School second graders on a field trip Thursday to the Los Alamos County Nature Center. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/
Mountain second graders learn about ways rock formations change. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/
The students take a closer look at rocks that form the local landscape. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/
Mountain second graders make the descent to see more rock formations during their field trip to the Nature Center. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/

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Maria Gibson Receives LAGC College Scholarship

Maria Gibson
LAGC News:
Los Alamos High School senior Maria Gibson is the 2015 recipient of the Los Alamos Garden Club (LAGC) college scholarship.
The award will be presented to her at the May 27 Honors Convocation.
Gibson will be attending New Mexico State where she will major in Range Land Science and Agricultural Business. She was chosen from Los Alamos High School to attend the DECCA National Business and Marketing event.
Gibson has worked as a Los Alamos County lifeguard and YMCA counselor. This summer she will work at the Los Alamos County

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Luján: 134,000 New Mexicans With Student Loans Would Benefit From Bill To Allow Refinancing

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


SANTA FE ― U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District highlighted the impact of legislation that would allow New Mexican’s with student loan debt to refinance their loans to take advantage of low interest rates. 

Luján is a cosponsor of the Bank on Students Emergency Loan Refinancing Act, which according to the Department of Education, would help 134,000 New Mexicans with student loan debt.

“Whether it’s buying that first home, raising a child, or saving for a dignified retirement, student loan debt is making it difficult

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Basketball Pro Alex Kirk Motivates Chamisa Students

Question and answer time with Alex Kirk. Courtesy photo

Sage Wilcox and Mia Littleton get autographs from basketball star Alex Kirk. Courtesy photo 


Basketball professional Alex Kirk visited with students Friday, May 1 at Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock.

He encouraged the third through sixth graders to work hard and do their best in school, sports and no matter what they do in life. His motivational meeting with the elementary students was impressive. He claimed to be a typical child from Los Alamos who was blessed with a great family, community and school

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Letter To The Editor: Thank You Incredible Special Education And Specials Teachers At Aspen Elementary School!

By Aspen PTO

The Aspen PTO would like to thank the incredible Special Education and Specials Teachers of Aspen Elementary School this Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-8):

  • Kathryn Anderson
  • Beth Bathrick
  • Andrea Dowdy
  • Janet Eklund
  • Adam Garcia
  • Susan Koehn
  • Miel Lim
  • Jeffrey Lloyd
  • Shelley Morey
  • Jane Riechman
  • Alisa Rolfe
  • Shannon Trujillo
  • Allison Washburn
  • Britt Williams

These 14 teachers have 200 years of combined teaching experience. Many of them have a Master’s Degree and National Board Certification; almost all have additional certifications and specialized endorsements. They make our school

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Tour The Valles Caldera With Geologist Patrick Rowe

Valles Caldera. Photo by Josip Loncaric

PEEC News:

The Valles Caldera is one of only three active calderas in the mainland United States, and it’s right in our backyard.

You may have explored it before, but have you ever given thought to what’s found underneath and how it was formed? In fact, hot magma is only three miles below your feet when standing in the Valle Grande. Join geologist Patrick Rowe for a fact-filled driving tour offered by PEEC 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9.

This tour will include several stops intended to educate the participants of the major geologic events that formed the Pajarito

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LAHS German Students Score High On National Exam

Anita Boshier with Study Trip Award Winner Katie Delgado. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

Anita Boshier’s German students are flying high academically and one will even be soaring to new heights, literally.

Los Alamos High School had three winners who submitted applications for a potential American Association for Teachers of German (AATG)  study trip to Germany, open to non-seniors.

LAHS sophomore Katie Delgado scored in the 99th percentile on the National German (level 2) exam and was the top nominee for the Study Trip Award.

Wilbur Wang, also a

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Letter To The Editor: Thank You Wonderful Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd Grade Aspen Elementary School Teachers!

By Aspen PTO
The Aspen PTO would like to thank the wonderful Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade teachers of Aspen Elementary School this Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-8):
  • Megan Jackson;
  • Luci Bowman;
  • Raeann Harp;
  • Sharon Allen;
  • Sheri Davis;
  • Elisa Ibarra-Garrett;
  • Brittney Vollans;
  • Janet White; Joanna Manard;
  • Dianne Hendricks;
  • Diana Lynn Koeth; and
  • Michelle Carrara.
These 12 teachers have more than 200 years of combined teaching experience (about 250,000 combined hours working directly with children in the classroom). Most of them have Master’s

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Scenes From ‘Around The World’ Multicultural Fair

Norissa Valdez and Isabelle Romero pose in the photo booth. Courtesy photo
LAPS News:
The fourth annual Around the World in White Rock took place on April 22, at Chamisa Elementary.
Chamisa and Pinon Elementary Schools brought together more than 30 cultural presentations through informational booths by parents, students, and community members, student research projects, artwork, and performances.
Abouda Family represented Algeria and Malawi. Here is Elias Abouda in Algerian cultural attire. Courtesy photo

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PAC 8 And PEEC Collaborate For Summer Video Classes

Kids get together and sing songs with pianist in the PAC 8 studio. Courtesy/PAC8
Kids learn how to film at Ashley Pond. Courtesy/PAC8
PAC8 News:
PAC 8 Community Media Center is offering 18 video classes this summer. An exciting new addition this year is that PAC 8 will be partnering with PEEC in six of its video sessions.
In the “Outdoor Fun” classes, kids will show their point of view about favorite outdoor locations around Los Alamos. The videos from each class will be combined into a short “Los Alamos Welcomes You” film to be projected in the nature center’s

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SFI: Chaos To Complexity Creative Collaboration May 30

SFI Professor Mirta Galesic
SFI News:
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts and the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) explore the creative process in art and science through a discussion between SFI Professor Mirta Galesic and artist Raven Chacon, moderated by SFI’s Valerie Plame. 
Mirta Galesic is Cowan Chair in Human Social Dynamics at the Santa Fe Institute, and an adjunct researcher at the Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany.
Galesic studies how simple cognitive mechanisms interact

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Register For 2016 Spring Break Trip To Washington, D.C.

Los Alamos 8th graders visit Washington, D.C. during Spring Break. Courtesy photo


It’s time to sign up for next year’s annual 8th grade spring break trip to Washington, D.C.

This trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home school 8th grade students. The trip is a private trip and not a school sponsored trip.

The trip has been a highlight for students in the 8th grade at LAMS for more than 30 years. Sign up online at using ID Number 116072 or call 1.800.468.5899 using the same ID number.

The trip will include sightseeing in

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2015 SOC Los Alamos Scholars Announced

SOC News:

Española—Ten high school seniors from northern New Mexico will be honored this month as 2015 SOC Los Alamos Scholars representing rural communities across the extended Rio Arriba County region.

For 18 consecutive years, SOC Los Alamos has helped students from this rural region achieve their dreams of pursuing a higher education by providing scholarships for young men and women earning top scores in the program’s competitive process.

Each of the senior scholars will receive $1000 scholarships which will help the students cover the costs of their first successful semester in college,

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Letter To The Editor: Thank You Outstanding 4th, 5th, 6th Grade Aspen Elementary School Teachers!

By Aspen PTO

The Aspen PTO would like to thank the outstanding 4th, 5th and 6th grade teachers of Aspen Elementary School this Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4-8):

  • Amy Gilbert;
  • Ronda Harmon;
  • Tammy Moore;
  • Stacy Martens;
  • Jennifer Diesburg-Lathrop;
  • Jenny Gallegos;
  • Heather Coy;
  • Ivanna Austell; and
  • Chelly Young.

These nine teachers have more than 160 years of combined teaching experience (more than 200,000 combined hours working directly with children in the classroom) and have educated and inspired from 180-520 students each. 

Most of them have a Master’s Degree in education and/or

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Time Trekkers Summer Camp For Kids June 15-19

Time Trekkers summer camp fun. Courtesy/NMHM
NMHM News:
SANTA FE — Take a weeklong trip to action-packed 1863 at the New Mexico History Museum’s summer camp, Time Trekkers.
Children 9-11 will enjoy VIP access to the museum and get daily doses of hands-on learning—braiding horsehair bracelets, gathering a picnic lunch at the Santa Fe Farmers Market, practicing calligraphy, roping a calf dummy, hand-stitching their own book, playing old-time games and more.
Make new friends, strengthen literacy skills, explore different kinds of artwork and learn how

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Explore The Slot Canyons Of Abiquiu May 9

One of Abiquiu’s beautiful slot canyons. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

New Mexico is home to dozens of slot canyons, which provide for peaceful hikes and beautiful surroundings.

New Mexico outdoorsman Doug Scott will guide a small group to discover some amazing slot canyons in the Abiquiu area, through an outing offered by PEEC at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 9.

The group will explore several slot canyons in the Abiquiu area, which is where Georgia O’Keeffe drew much of her artistic inspiration. The slot canyons planned for this outing are not technical, in that ropes and climbing equipment will

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Great Conversations Held Sunday At the Betty Ehart Center

Guests at Great Conversations pick up their appetizers. The event raised funds for the LAPS Foundation. The annual event was held Sunday at the Betty Ehart Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
LAPSF Executive Director Joanna Gillespie with incoming LAPSF Board President Morrie Pongratz. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Presenter Stephanie Sydoriak led her table in a discussion of ‘Learning Resilience at Any Age.’ Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
New LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus, center, presented his vision

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DNCU Announces Scholarship Program Recipients

DNCU News:

SANTA FE ― Del Norte Credit Union, Northern New Mexico’s hometown financial co-op, is pleased to announce the winners of the DNCU Scholarship program for 2015.

The seven winners each will receive $1,000 toward the higher education program in which they are enrolled in the fall of 2015.

“We are deeply committed to supporting young people in New Mexico as they make significant advances toward a brighter future,” DNCU President/CEO Chuck Valenti said. “While financial literacy is a core DNCU philosophy, education in all its dimensions is just as important. We wish the

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Pollen And Clouds: April Flowers Bring May showers?

A tree that holds pollen grains, which a new study finds might seed clouds. The new research shows that when the pollen gets wet from these trees, it breaks down into smaller particles that can hold condensation for cloud formation. Photo by Joseph Xu/Michigan Engineering Communications & Marketing

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The main job of pollen is to help seed the next generation of trees and plants, but a new study shows that the grains might also seed clouds.
The unexpected findings demonstrate that these wind-carried capsules of genetic material might have an effect on the

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