Education

Santa Fe CIR: Talk On Mexico By Roderic Ai Camp

Roderic Ai Camp

CIR News:

The Santa Fe Council on International Relations presents a World Affairs Discussion Event at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 8 at the Santa Fe Woman’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail.

The topic is The Democratic Paradox in Mexico: Increasing Governability and Declining Trust in Democratic Institutions.

The speaker is Roderic Ai Camp, Philip McKenna Professor of the Pacific Rim at Claremont Mckenna College and founding member of the Advisory Board, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Smithsonian Institution.

Professor Camp’s presentation will


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Local Expert To Lead Monthly Wildflower Walks

Wildflower expert Chick Keller, right, leads a wildflower walk for PEEC. Photo by Josip Loncaric

Wildflowers along Quemazon trail. Photo by Yvonne Keller

PEEC News:

Starting this month, PEEC’s Jemez Mountain Herbarium curator, Chick Keller, will begin leading monthly Wildflower Walks.

These will be easy walks to identify some of the wildflower beauties found in and around Los Alamos. Each month Keller will pick a different trail, depending on what is blooming at the time. The walks are free and there is no advance registration required.

The Wildflower Walks will take place


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New Nature Center Enhances Earth Day Activities

Children participate in an activity called ‘Walks Like a Wolf’ during PEEC’s annual Earth Day event Saturday at the new Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Michele Altherr

Future birders in the observation room Saturday during Earth Day activities at the new Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Michele Altherr

 

 


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Los Alamos School Board Approves 2015-16 Budget

School board members and new Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus, right, discuss the budget at Thursday’s school board meeting. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

After a long deliberation, the Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) Board of Education approved the budget for the 2015-2016 school year, during a special board meeting Thursday evening at Chamisa Elementary School.

The budget is $38.8 million, which is a $1.6 million increase over the current budget.

While the budget was approved, there were amendments. The board agreed to


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Scenes From Los Alamos High School 2015 Prom

Isaac Dunwoody and Emily Hopkins are crowned Prince and Princess of the Prom. Photo by Kurt Steinhaus

Chaperones are ready to welcome prom goers this evening to Buffalo Thunder. Photo by Gene Schmidt

Superintendent Gene Schmidt and Tony Riker welcome the first limo to the prom this evening at Buffalo Thunder. Courtesy photo


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Jemez Valley School Board Won’t Renew Contract For Superintendent Jerald E. Snider

JVPS News:

The Jemez Valley Board of Education has voted unanimously to not renew the contract for Superintendent Jerald E. Snider.

In an email sent to parents, Superintendent Snider writes:

To the Jemez Valley School Board and Community,

No doubt by now you have heard that the three attending members of the Jemez Valley Public School Board unanimously elected to not renew my contract for the upcoming school year; the reason for this action was not given.

While the method of its actions concern me, it is clear that the School Board requires a change in leadership for the Jemez Valley Public Schools


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Rotary Student Of The Month: Sydney Schoonover

Rotarian Bethany Douglas, left, recognizes Student of the Month Sydney Schoonover. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

 

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos honored Sydney Schoonover as its newest Student of the Month at its April 14 meeting at the Mnahattan Project.

The Los Alamos High School student is a member of the National Honor Society, the Natural Helpers and French Club. She also is captain of the school’s swim team as well as an Irish dancer and worker at Ridgeview Veterinary Clinic.

On top of all this, Schoonover maintains a 4.12 GPA.

As a Natural


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Letter To The Editor: Tardy Tests

By ELLEN BERNSTEIN
APS Union President

Earlier this week, APS announced that it would be unable to administer the Public Education Department (PED) created End-of-Course Exams (EoCs) in Elementary and Middle Schools. The PED failed to create the EoCs in a timely manner, making it impossible for districts like APS to reproduce all of the exams for each grade level in time for the testing period.

Teachers and students in elementary and middle schools were ready to shift their work away from testing and focus back on real instruction. The PED wasn’t about to let that happen. It delivered thousands


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Chamisa Principal And Students Brief School Board

Chamisa Elementary School students and Principal Deborah Smith got creative and put on a skit to report their school’s activities, achievements and day-to-day operations to school board members during Wednesday’s board meeting in the Chamisa gymnasium in White Rock. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com 


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Little Forest Registration For Summer, Fall, Camps

Woodworking class in 2014. Courtesy/Little Forest Playschool

LITTLE FOREST News:

Registration for summer and/or fall sessions and summer camps at Little Forest Playschool is currently underway and is open to the public.

Little Forest Playschool is a non-profit, parent-cooperative, play-based child education center and has been educating our youngest community members since 1951.

Fulltime and flexible part-time scheduling is available for children aged 2 through 5 years. The center is open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The curriculum focuses on age and developmentally


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SFI: ‘Impact Of Topology On Dynamical Processes Over Networks – Connectivity And Competition Matters’

June Zhang Carnegie Mellon University
 
SFI News:
 
Santa Fe Institute (SFI) seminar “Impact of Topology on Dynamical Processes over Networks: Connectivity and Competition Matters” 12:15 p.m. Monday, April 27 in the Collins Conference Room in Santa Fe.

Abstract: Networks capture relationships between interactive agents in a population. Dynamical processes, such as epidemics, over networks is frequently used as a model to understand how information/virus/rumors/ opinions/failures spread amongst agents in a heterogenous population.

The inclusion


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Los Alamos Nature Center Unveiled On Earth Day

Los Alamos County Council Chair Kristin Henderson, center, prepares to cut the ribbon at Wednesday’s grand opening of the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. The Aspen Elementary School Choir in the foreground performed at the event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
A crowd looks over the outdoor aspects of the new Los Alamos Nature Center. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 

Staff Report:

The Los Alamos Nature Center officially opened its doors on Earth Day, April 22 at 2600 Canyon Road. The project broke ground a year ago on Earth Day 2014.

The


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DWI Planning Council Meets Thursday April 23

DWIPC News:

Drinking too much alcohol increases people’s risk of injuries, violence, drowning, liver disease, and some types of cancer.

This April, during Alcohol Awareness Month, the Los Alamos DWI Planning Council encourages you to educate yourself and your loved ones about the dangers of drinking too much.

In New Mexico alone in 2013, there were 1955 alcohol-involved crashes of which resulted in 133 deaths. Additionally, one in six deaths among working age adults is attributable to alcohol in New Mexico. Unfortunately, New Mexico has one of the highest


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Española Superintendent Let Go By School Board

Española Superintendent Dr. Daniel Trujillo at anti-drug event last Friday. VDP Photo

EDUCATION News:

ESPAÑOLA — Tuesday evening, the Española Public Schools Board of Education passed a motion to not renew Dr. Daniel Trujillo’s contract as Superintendent of Schools on a 3-2 vote.

Dr. Trujillo has served in the capacity of superintendent since 2013 and previously as an administrator at area schools. He was placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday morning and a special School Board meeting has been called for Monday morning, April 27, to select an interim superintendent.

Pablo


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Teacher Of The Year Debra Minyard Heads To DC

Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera, left, with Pojoaque High School Teacher of the Year Debra Minyard of White Rock. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen
 
EDUCATION News:
 
White Rock resident and Pojoaque High School Teacher of the Year Debra Minyard attended the Public Education Department’s formal recognition event for the Teacher of the Year Awards from across New Mexico.
 
Minyard was presented the state award, as the torch was passed from Chamisa Elementary teacher Carolyn Torres, Minyard heads to Washington, D.C. this weekend where representatives from all

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No Child Left Behind Reform Bill Includes NM Priorities

U.S. SENATE News:

  • ‘We must make sure these resources reach all students, especially those who need them most to succeed’ –Sen. Tom Udall

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced Wednesday that several of the priorities he has championed for New Mexico students have been included in the Every Child Achieves Act.

The bill, which the full Senate will debate in the coming months, reforms and updates No Child Left Behind to improve access to a high-quality K-12 education.

The Every Child Achieves Act, which was approved unanimously by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions


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Nature Center Features Talk On Bighorn Sheep Reintroduction In Jemez Mountains/White Rock Canyon

Conservation bighorn sheep group. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

The Pajarito Group of the Sierra Club and Pajarito Environmental Education Center present a talk by Eric Rominger: Bighorn Sheep Reintroduction, at 7 p.m., Tuesday at the new PEEC Nature Center, 2600 Canyon Road in Los Alamos. The community is invited to attend this talk, which is free of charge.

Eric Rominger

Eric Rominger,  the bighorn sheep biologist for the state of New Mexico, will talk about the reintroduction of bighorn in the Jemez Mountains/White Rock Canyon. Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep in New Mexico is a story


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Have a Great Conversation at LAPSF Fundraiser: Part 2

LAPSF News:

Great Conversations is an afternoon of delicious appetizers, wine and desserts and conversations led by one of twelve 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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UNM-LA Hosts Second Annual Job Fair This Friday

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UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) is holding a Job Fair 1-4 p.m. this Friday, April 24, in the Student Center on the UNM-LA campus. The event is open to all job seekers in the community.

Currently, representatives from Los Alamos National Laboratory (both Human Resources and Student Programs), Zia Credit Union, Los Alamos County, Metzger’s, COMPA Industries, UNM-LA Bachelor & Graduate Programs, Los Alamos Senior Center, and Singer Support Services will be on hand to talk to those looking for work and possible summer internships.

Grace Willerton,


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Students Explore Past Through History Day Competition

Los Alamos High School Teacher Allen Andraski and students, front row from left, Miriam Walstrom, Kathryn McClenahan and Kate Delgado and back row from left, Ruby Selvage, Nate Delgado, Kimberly Pestovich, Kaylen Pocaterra and Daniel Wang. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

It is often stated that arriving at a destination is not as important as the journey taken to get there.

Just look at the National History Day competition. Sure, it is great to travel to the University of Maryland College Park and win scholarships


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