Scenes From Gene And Wendy Schmidt Farewell Event

Los Alamos School Board member Andrea Cunningham says goodbye to former LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt during Tuesday’s Farewell Event for Schmidt and his wife Wendy at Fuller Lodge. Teachers, administrators, staff and community members turned out to wish the Schmidt’s well as they start their new life in Farmington where Gene is the new superintendent of schools. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Former LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt at Tuesday’s Farewell Event at Fuller Lodge. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Former LAPS Superintendent

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Author Of Groundbreaking Literacy Tool Offers Seminar

ELTS News:
SANTA FE  The Color Vowel™ Chart, a visual-kinesthetic tool for teaching the sounds of English and recently adopted by the U.S. Department of State Office of English Language Programs, will be introduced at a local seminar Friday, May 8.
Literacy tutors, reading specialists, ESL/bilingual teachers, speech therapists and educational leaders are encouraged to register for this one-day event is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sage Inn.
“The very terms we currently use to address literacy are outdated and misleading,” said Karen Taylor de Caballero, author

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Rotary Student Of The Month Is Angela Feng

Rotarian Bethany Douglas presents Angela Feng with the club’s Student of the Month award. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos High School student Angela Feng was recognized as the newest Rotary Student of the Month during the Rotary Club’s regular meeting last week at the Manhattan Project Restaurant.

Feng is a dedicated volunteer. She gives her time to the Key Club, the Auxiliary Junior Volunteers at the Los Alamos Medical Center, Teen Court and the Los Alamos Volunteers Association. Plus, she is a member of the Natural

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Have A Great Conversation At LAPSF Fundraiser: Part 4


Great Conversations is an afternoon of delicious appetizers, wine and desserts and conversations led by one of 12 interesting and knowledgeable leaders on a subject.

All of the conversation leaders are locally or regionally known and are volunteering their time to support K-12 public education in Los Alamos. 

The event raises funds to support the professional development of teachers which is provided on an annual basis by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation. The sixth annual event is 2-5 p.m. Sunday, May 3 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.

This is the second in a series

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SFI Presents: Science On Screen – Jurassic Park May 3

Liz Bradley (University of Colorado)
SFI News:
The popular Science On Screen series continues May 3 in Santa Fe with SFI External Professor Liz Bradley of the University of Colorado Boulder presenting Jurassic Park.
“Life finds a way.” Steven Spielberg’s 1993 film about scientists who clone long-dead dinosaur species on a hidden island features as a special family-friendly afternoon showing at Science on Screen. Professor Liz Bradley will introduce the film with a brief talk and helping place it in scientific context.
Jurassic Park

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Wildlife Center To Hold Annual Open House May 2-3

Bobcat. Courtesy photo
NMWC News:
ESPANOLA  New Mexico Wildlife Center, New Mexico’s only wildlife hospital, is holding its free Annual Open House 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3.
The Open House is a great opportunity to get up close and personal with native New Mexico wildlife.
New Mexico Wildlife Center is in its 29th year of providing rehabilitation services to native New Mexico wildlife and educational programming to the human inhabitants of the state. Each year, New Mexico Wildlife Center takes in more than

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FSN: Tweens To Teens Workshop For Girls May 6

FSN News:
Family Stengths Network is holding workshop Tweens to Teens: For 9- to 13-year-old girls and their moms or other female adult.
How will you talk to your girl about puberty? This workshop uses games and activities to foster fun, supportive discussion.
We will review the biology of puberty – what physical and emotional changes she can expect and how to deal with them. We will also learn about feminine hygiene products. We will work on maintaining open communication and shared values. Families will leave with the book The Care

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SFI Colloquium: ‘Cyberspace And International Relations – The Co-Evolution Dilemma’

Nazli Choucri (MIT; SFI Science Board)
SFI News:
Santa Fe Institute (SFI) presents “Cyberspace and International Relations: The Co-Evolution Dilemma,” by Nazli Choucri at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29 at Noyce Conference Room in Santa Fe.
SFI Host: Jerry Sabloff

Click here to view the online event listing.

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Farewell Party For Gene And Wendy Schmidt Underway Today Until 6 P.M. At Fuller Lodge

This afternoon at Fuller Lodge, former LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt, left, with his wife Wendy Schmidt, and new Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus wish each other the best of luck in their new endeavors. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report:

The Los Alamos School Board is hosting a community event until 6 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge to say thank you and good-bye to former Superintendent Gene Schmidt and his wife Wendy.

The Schmidts have been supportive neighbors in the community and dedicated advocates in the school district and will be missed as they move to the Farmington Municipal

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LAPS Superintendent Congratulates Student Jovan Zhang

Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools Kurt Steinhaus congratulates LAHS student Jovan Zhang of Team 46 on his recent third place win in the New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge for his research, ‘Number Theory Applied to RSA Encryption’, which demonstrates RSA encryption methods using only elementary number theory and presented proofs. Courtesy photo

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New LANL Science Learning Center Will Serve As Multipurpose Classroom At Nature Center

LANL News:

  • PEEC Executive Director Katherine Watson Featured On LANL Community Connections Podcast

A Community Connections podcast episode featuring the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has just been released from the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Community Programs Office.

Katherine Watson

PEEC Executive Director Katherine Watson highlights the new exhibits, events and workshops that PEEC will now be able to offer the community from their new headquarters at 2600 Canyon Road in Los Alamos. The new center celebrated its grand opening April 22 with a ribbon-cutting

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Bobbie Gutierrez Appointed Espanola Interim Superintendent Of Schools

Bobbie Gutierrez


Monday evening the Española School Board met in a special board meeting where by a unanimous vote they appointed Bobbi Gutierrez as acting superintendent for the remainder of this school year and interim superintendent until June 30, 2016.

This appointment follows the actions taken at last week’s special school board meeting where the board on a 3 to 2 vote relieved Danny Trujillo from the superintendent role.

Newly appointed Interim Superintendent Bobbie Gutierrez was appointed by the school board with the understanding that she would serve as superintendent

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Grant Writing Workshop At UNM May 13-14

UNM News:
Professional Grant Development Workshop will be offered 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., May 13-14 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. 
The cost is $535 and discounts are available for registering two or more people from the same organization.
This interactive workshop is perfect for:
  • Those who want to strengthen their grant writing skills; and
  • Beginners who want to acquire the proven techniques of preparing and writing winning proposals.
You will learn how to:
  • Write proposals that reach the top of competitions;
  • Present a compelling

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Barranca Bobcat Bonanza Carnival Friday

Superintendent Gene Schmidt prepares for another dunking at the 2014 Bobcat Bonanza. Courtesy photo
2014 Bobcat Bonanza basket. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Will you be the first to dunk new school Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus?

You’ll have your chance at the second annual Bobcat Bonanza carnival 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, at Barranca Mesa Elementary School, 57 Loma del Escolar

In addition to the dunk tank, the event will feature food, carnival games, bouncy houses, a silent auction, entertainment, and much more. All ages are invited to join in the fun.

The kids will be entertained

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Tips For Seniors With Hear Loss Presentation Tuesday


Nathan Gomme from the New Mexico Commission on Deaf & Hard of Hearing will be at the Betty Ehart Senior Center at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 28 to offer tips and tricks related to smartphone technology for seniors with hearing challenges. 

The community is invited to attend and bring their devices and learn from Gomme’s experience.

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LAPS Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn To Lead Roseburg School District

Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn with teacher Joy Handsberry. Photo by Salvador Zapien/


Los Alamos Daily Post 

Los Alamos Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn has been hired to lead the Roseburg School District in Roseburg, Ore.

“I’m very excited,” Washburn told the Los Alamos Daily Post a few minutes ago. “It’s a tremendous opportunity and I am honored.”

Washburn succeeds Superintendent Larry Parsons who is retiring.

“We had some excellent choices from Oregon and several other states in our field of 19 candidates

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Los Alamos Book Fair Fills Historic Fuller Lodge With Words And Pictures Saturday

Readers flock to Fuller Lodge Saturday for the Los Alamos Book Fair. More than 20 writers and publishers displayed their work. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Jenn and John Myers of Typo’d Mary publishing show off their graphic novels. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Children’s authors Jennifer McKerley, left, and Shirley Raye Redmond. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Ann Essance with her book, ‘Tapestry in Time,’ about the early days of Chrisianity, among other things. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

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AIA Lecture: South Korea – The Rise To Globalism May 3

Dr. Charles Armstrong

AIA News:

The Albuquerque International Association (AIA) will host a public lecture by Dr. Charles Armstrong titled “South Korea: Rise to Globalism” at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 3 at UNM Continuing Education Auditorium, 1634 University Blvd NE.

Dr. Armstrong is the Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences in the Department of History at Columbia University.

Until the close of the twentieth century, Korea had never in its modern history been a major economic or political force in the East Asian region, much less the world at large. Yet despite the continued

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The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Families Is Basis For UNM-LA Parenting Workshop At UNM-LA May 2



The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) will host a free weekend parenting workshop entitled, Raising Children in a Challenging World: a Workshop for Parents, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2 on the UNM-LA Campus.

The keynote speaker is author Jonathan Catherman, a Senior Consultant with Franklin Covey Education. Catherman’s talk is based on Stephen R. Covey’s New York Times bestseller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families.

On site enrichment opportunities will be available

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