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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CIR Presents: Great Decisions

 CIR News:
The Santa Fe Council on International Relations (CIR) presents Great Decisions, a program of eight discussion topics focusing on current world affairs. 
Each meeting includes a half hour video, facilitator presentation (by CIR board member Rob Reider), Q&A participant discussion.
BYO lunch, light snacks and beverages are provided. This program begins 11:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 17 and continues for eight sessions the third Tuesday of each month through October. The meetings are at the SFCIR Conference

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LAMS Team Takes First In MathCounts Competition

From left, Coach Phuong Nguyen, Mathletes Antonio Dowdy, Do Vo, Duncan Fuehne and Christopher Koh and Coach Jane Lataille.

LAMS News:

The Los Alamos Middle School MathCounts team placed first Saturday in the Northern New Mexico Chapter MATHCOUNTS competition at Pojoaque High School.

The team was made up of Do Vo, Christopher Koh, Antonio Dowdy and Duncan Fuehne. Vo placed first as an individual, Koh placed 2nd, Dowdy 3rd and Fuehne placed 4th. The team coaches are Phuong Nguyen and Jane Lataille. 

The team will compete March 21 at state.  

The MATHCOUNTS Competition Program is designed

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Public Invited To Attend First 2015 Budget Committee Meeting Wednesday

LAPS News:

The first meeting of the Los Alamos Public Schools 2015 Budget Committee is 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Speech Theater at Los Alamos High School.

Public comment will be accepted at the beginning and the end of the meeting.

Agenda Highlights:

  • Review of Budget Committee Charter approved by LAPS School Boar;
  • Review of LAPS non-negotiable goals; and
  • Discussion of how to identify the gaps to reach non-negotiable goals, how to measure those gaps and what is required to close those gaps.

The LAPS School Board and District Office strongly encourage community involvement in this process.

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New Mexico Senate Unanimously Confirms Higher Education Department Secretary Barbara Damron

Barbara Damron


SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico State Senate unanimously confirmed Higher Education Department (HED) Cabinet Secretary Barbara Damron.

Damron received numerous praises from both sides of the aisle throughout the proceedings.

“I am both honored and privileged to be given this tremendous responsibility by Gov. Susana Martinez and the New Mexico State Senate” Damron said. “All education stakeholders must work together to guide students down a successful academic path.”

Damron has more than 30 years of experience as an executive, health care provider, scientist,

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Think New Mexico Again Recognized Among Top Think Tanks

TNM News:
For the third year in a row, Think New Mexico has been recognized as one of the top think tanks in the world by the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania’s International Relations Program.
The recognition came in TTCSP’s eighth annual “Global Go To Think Tank Index Report,” which TTCSP describes as “the gold standard for think tanks around the world.”
Think New Mexico increased its ranking to 56th in the world (up from 57th in 2013 and 70th in 2012) in the Special Achievement category of “Best Advocacy

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‘Culture Day’ At Roundhouse Offers Best Of State Museums And Historic Sites

State News:
SANTA FE  The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs will host “Culture Day” 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday at the State Capitol Rotunda.
Interactive exhibits featuring New Mexico’s state-run museums and historic sites, as well as arts, historic preservation, archaeology and library programs will be offered to legislators and visitors to the Capitol throughout the day:
  • New Mexico Arts will provide “Oculus Rift Glasses” offering the wearer a cutting edge virtual “Pull of the Moon Experience.”
  • The NM State Library will display the new “Brainfuse” online tutorial

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SFI Colloquium: Evolution Of Multicellularity And Cellular Differentiation In The Volvocine Algae

Matthew Herron 
University of Montana

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) is hosting a colloquium with Matthew Herron at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, in the Noyce Conference Room in Santa Fe.

Abstract: The transition to multicellular life was one of a few major events in the history of life that created new opportunities for more complex biological systems to evolve. Indeed, multicellularity is a prerequisite for the evolution of large, complex organisms such as plants and animals.

An understanding of the ecological conditions and evolutionary mechanisms that favor this key innovation

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