Mountain Elementary School Honors Veterans

Mountain Elementary School students and staff gather this morning for a flag raising ceremony with the NJROTC to honor veterans. Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris Clark/

A Mountain Elementary School student meets members of the NJROTC. Photo by Chris Clark/

Mountain Elementary School students head back to class following this morning’s flag raising ceremony. Photo by Chris Clark/


Tickets Available For LAHS Choir Performance At 7 p.m. Today!

A group of Los Alamos High School choir students are preparing to leave for Eastern Europe in late-November to perform in cathedrals and venues in several cities including Berlin, Prague, and Vienna. Before they go, they would like to perform their Europe concert for the Los Alamos community. The performance is this evening and about 30 tickets are still available at CB FOX. Courtesy/LAHS


Cafe Scientifique Presents Attack Of The Super-Bugs … By LANL’s Harshini Mukundan Thursday


November’s Cafe Scientifique features Dr. Harshini Mukundan from Los Alamos National Laboratory who is speaking on “Attack of the Super-bugs … The global threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.”

The event is for all area teens and includes food and fun beginning at 6:30 p.m., Thursday at the Los Alamos Research Park.

About Harshini Mukundan

I am a scientist and team leader at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, working on the development of diagnostic and surveillance strategies for emerging infectious diseases and drug-resistant organisms.


Veterans Day Celebration Monday At Mountain Elementary


Mountain Elementary School wants to thank all of those who have honored our country and secured our safety.

Monday at 8:30 a.m., the school will gather together to put up the flag, say the pledge, and sing songs in honor of our veterans. We are happy to announce that the Los Alamos High School NJROTC color guard will be present to raise the flag and lead us in the pledge.

The community is invited to attend.


Williams: Superintendent Search Update

Los Alamos School Board

So there is quite a bit of buzz in the community about what is going on with the superintendent search. It’s due time the community heard directly from a School Board member (who of course is not officially representing the School Board as an entity).

What’s this about “advisory committees”? – I want to be on one!

First – committees are small intentionally, and have already been selected by the Board. You’ll have your chance to give input, that’s a promise from the School Board.

So what do these


Countdown To Aspen Elementary’s Opening Day

Aspen Elementary School Principal Kathryn Vandenkieboom joins Barb Poston, Carol Kirby, Lisa Mietz and Lisa Olivas to begin the countdown to when their new school opens Wednesday, Nov. 12. The staff have been busy setting up their classrooms. Vandenkieboom announced that a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is planned for Monday, Nov. 17. Courtesy/LAPS


LAMS Seeks Sports Equipment And Board Games

LAMS News:

Los Alamos Middle School is seeking donations from the community of new or used sporting equipment to use at recess.

Items include:

  • basketballs;
  • soccer balls;
  • footballs;
  • soft Frisbees;
  • hula hoops and more.

LAMS also is looking for donations of new or used board games that can be used in inclement weather.

Items may be left in the main office at LAMS. Direct questions to 505.663.3252.


Aspen Elementary School Says Thanks Los Alamos!

Aspen Elementary School teachers and staff have been busy moving into their new school and gathered at noon today for a group photo. They are wearing sweatshirts that say ‘It takes a community to build a school’ on the front and ‘Thanks, Los Alamos! –Aspen staff & families’ on the back. They will enter the photo in a contest to win a voucher from the company that they ordered the shirts from. Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris Clark/

Photo by Chris Clark/


News Alert: Shelter In Place Called At LAHS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos High School conducted a Shelter in Place this morning around first period.

Superindentent Gene Schmidt explained that the Shelter in Place was called to give the high school staff an opportunity ensure that the people on campus were authorized to be there.

All was found to be well and the Shelter in Place was lifted a short while later.


Local Students In ‘Europe 2015’ Selling Coffee Again!


Buy coffee this week and support local students preparing for global educational travel. Fifteen graduating seniors are selling tasty coffee this week to cover some of the costs of their educational tour of ancient civilizations in Italy and Greece. 

All coffee is kosher, certified organic, Fair Trade certified, and fresh-roasted after our local order is placed. Coffee is $13 for a 10 oz. bag and can be ordered whole bean or ground, in French Roast, Dark Roast, Medium Roast, and Decaf. Coffee is from the same company used last year.



Superintendent Search Subject Of Special School Board Meeting Monday

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board will hold a Special School Board Meeting and Executive Session at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov.10 in the School Board Room at the Los Alamos Public Schools Administration Building.

The agenda for the Special School Board meeting is the Superintendent Search and Adjournment. 

Following the Special School Board meeting, a motion will be called to go into closed Executive Session in the School Board Conference Room to discuss possible litigation in compliance with Act NMSA1978, Section 10-15-1-(H)(7).


PEEC Launches Annual Fund Drive With Unique Matching Opportunity

PEEC ‘Bearometer.’ Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

PEEC kicked off its Annual Fund Drive Nov. 1, with a goal of raising $15,000 to support the costs of operating the nature center all year long and providing free or low cost nature programs to the community.

Again this year, PEEC is keeping track of donations through a “bearometer”. If PEEC reaches its goal by Dec. 31, the bear will be able to hibernate for the winter. Unique to this year’s annual drive is an opportunity for matching funds: for every $1 donated to the Annual Fund Drive, anonymous donors will match with an equal donation to the


Red Cross Babysitters Course Offered At Y Express

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA’s American Red Cross Babysitters Course is 4-8:30 p.m., Nov. 7 and 1-5:30 p.m., Nov. 8.

The course is designed by the American Red Cross to prepare youth with training in babysitter safety, basic child care, safe play, first aid and critical emergency skills, essential professional, leadership and care-giving skills, and how to manage real-life problems.

Participants must be age 11 through 17 and complete both days of the session in order to receive certification. Pre-register by Thursday, Nov. 6. Cost is $110 and prices are set by Red Cross. Class will meet at the


Letter to the Editor: Letter To Gov. Susana Martinez

By Dr. Jessica McCord
Los Alamos Native

Good evening,

Congratulations on your re-election. I have a great respect for our democratic process, but have had to sincerely reflect on my thoughts after this latest election. As a concerned citizen and an educator, I have to take responsibility for communicating with my elected officials and believe that my voice can make a difference.

I have been an educator in NM for 10 years, I have worked within all levels of the system from my own classroom, all the way into higher education, and even community agencies for adults with disabilities. I also work with


Pinon School Replaces Slide Destroyed By Vandals

Fourth and fifth graders celebrated the new slide that opened for business Monday at Pinon Elementary School in White Rock. A brand new slide was set on fire and melted in an act of vandalism in August. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


Local Mystery Author Visits Chamisa Elementary

Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo


Local resident and mystery author, Elena Giorgi, visited Chamisa Elementary School third and fourth graders, to share her passion of studying viruses and how that lead to her creative outlet of writing mysteries.

The theme of Chamisa this year is detectives, and students study at the “Chamisa Investigative Academy.” Giorgi came and did a presentation with an overview about viruses, are they good and bad, and how her study of viruses led to writing novels. She talked about her experience on writing books.

Giorgi also shared about the research she


LAHS Junior Kaylie Burk Selected To Attend Congress of Future Medical Leaders

 LAHS News:

Kaylie Burk, a junior at Los Alamos High School, has been nominated to attend the Congress of Future Medical Leaders on Nov. 14, 15 and 16 in Washington, D.C.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who want to become physicians or go into medical research fields. The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be physicians or medical scientists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

Burk was nominated by Dr. Connie


Last Call To Register For County Science And Engineering Fair

LAPS News:

Registration ends Nov. 21 for the annual Los Alamos County Science and Engineering Fair.

The Fair is Saturday, Jan. 24 in the Los Alamos High School Commons Area. Protocol Forms are available at all Los Alamos Public Schools.

LAPS students, home school students and teachers in grades K-12 will display projects in 4/5th grade individual elementary, K-6th grade elementary class, 6-8th grade junior division  and 9-12th grade senior division.

The elementary projects are divided into three categories:

  • Physical;
  • Earth; and
  • Life Sciences.

The students in junior and senior divisions