PEEC’s Fun And Educational After School Program Introduces Geology And Minerals To Kids

Kids can learn about geology and minerals in a program at PEEC. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Are you looking for something fun and educational for your school-aged child? Look no further than PEEC’s Introduction to Geology and Minerals, a two-part after school program on Wednesday afternoons.

Popular presenter and geologist Patrick Rowe will tailor the workshop to kids, so that they can explore the topic in a fun and hands-on manner. The classes are 1-3 p.m. Feb. 18 and 25 at PEEC. Parents can sign their children up for one or both sessions.

During the first session Feb. 18, Rowe will describe the three

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LAMS Early Dismissal Feb. 26 For State Speech Debate Tournament

Courtesy image/NS&DA

LAPS News:

The State Speech/Debate tournament will be hosted by Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School Thursday, Feb. 26. There will be approximately 350 students, along with their coaches and chaperones, arriving at LAMS that afternoon.

To accommodate the facility needs associated with this tournament, LAMS students will be dismissed at 1 p.m., that day in order to utilize LAMS for the registration of participants and for State Speech and Debate competitions in the afternoon and evening.

Because it is the first day of the tournament, registration

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Education Reforms At Center Of Discussion Feb. 28

Anthony Cody


SANTA FE—New Mexico school reforms will be the center of discussion during the Education Powerhouse 2015 conference 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Feb. 28 at the National Education Association (NEA) facility, 2007 Botulph Road in Santa Fe.

Anthony Cody, co-founder of the national Network for Public Education, author and veteran teacher will speak at the conference. Cody, author of The Educator and the Oligarch: A Teacher Challenges the Gates Foundation, and host of Living in Dialogue, a national education blog, is a 24-year teaching veteran.

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Representative Files Legislation To Allow Adjunct Teachers To Teach In New Mexico

Rep. Conrad James


SANTA FE – Rep. Conrad James announced today that he has filed legislation that will allow industry professionals to teach part time in the classroom without having to go back to college to receive their teaching degree.

This will allow experts in their respective fields to share their knowledge with students.

“Every classroom deserves a good teacher,” James said. “With this bill, not only will we be able to recruit more teachers – we can bring industry experts into the classroom where they can pass on their wealth of knowledge and experience directly to the students.

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‘The Worst Hard Time’ Community Discussion Feb. 10


MPL News:

The “Dust, Drought and Dreams Gone Dry” exhibit at Mesa Public Library will be shown in Los Alamos until Feb. 20, before it travels on to its next location. Only 25 locations were chosen to host the exhibit, which is being shown here thanks to a grant from the American Library Association.

In conjunction with the Library’s exhibit, the Los Alamos chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will host two sessions to discuss the book “The Worst Hard Time” by Timothy Egan, tomorrow, Feb. 10. Each session will include a tour of the exhibit and an introduction

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PEEC Class Teaches Starting A Garden From Seed

Natali Steinberg will teach gardening from seed in a 2-part class at PEEC. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

While it may seem early to start thinking about summer gardening, now is the perfect time to begin planting seeds indoors, which will extend your growing season.

In a two-part class at PEEC, Natali Steinberg will teach everything you need to know to start your veggies and annuals from seed. The class meets 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 17 and March 10.

The classes will teach you how to read a seed catalog and a seed packet, what equipment you will need to start seeds indoors, how to transplant successfully

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Class On Parenting Teens Offered Saturday Mornings

Michaelangelo Lobato


Family Strengths Network (FSN) and its Family Resource Center take their programs on the road later this month, with the help of the DWI Planning Council.

The duo has teamed up to offer a free class for parents of teenagers, called Love and Logic. The class is held 8:30-10:30 a.m. at Los Alamos High School Saturdays, starting Feb. 28 and continuing through March 21 at Los Alamos High School. They will be taught by Michaelangelo Lobato, Chamisa Elementary School counselor and former Teen Center director.

“All teens make mistakes and instead of blaming,

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NMSA Welcomes Guest Artist Kathleen Hill

NMSA News:
SANTA FE – Feb. 12, 13 and 14, the New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA) Music Department will host Violist and Conductor Kathleen Hill to present master classes to NMSA students.
The master classes, 2-6 p.m. Thursday, 2-5 p.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday will take place at New Mexico School for the Arts, 275 E. Alameda in Santa Fe, and are free and open to the public.
Kathleen Hill was born in Wisconsin where she began her early music training on viola. At a young age, she moved to Albuquerque, where she graduated from Sandia High School. After completing

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Letter to the Editor: HB 41 Will Hurt Kids And Educators

Los Alamos

It’s time to do your research and be heard.

Below is an email that I sent to Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard. If you agree with my stand on this very important issue, now is the time to contact our New Mexico Legislators and let them know how you feel.

Hello Rep. Garcia Richard,

I, as a tax-payer and mother of three children, two of whom are out of the public school system (thank God), must voice my opinion regarding the upcoming proposal of HB41.

Have you read this ridiculous proposal? If not, here is the Bill in it’s entirety.

Hanna Skandera is an embarrassment to

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Governor Discusses Graduation Rates, Truancy And Dropout Prevention Efforts

Gov. Susana Martinez


  • Class of 2014 Graduation Rate Was 68.5 percent

Santa Fe — The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) has announced that the graduation rate for the Class of 2014 was 68.5 percent.

This statewide rate represents a small drop from the 2013 rate of 70 percent, but remains 5.5 percentage points higher than the graduation rate from four years ago.

“Teachers tell me all the time that we know which students are most at-risk of dropping out, so we need to do more to get them the help and attention they need to keep them in the classroom. If we can ensure they get a diploma,

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AP Night At Los Alamos High School Wednesday

LAHS News:

Students and parents are invited to attend the 4th annual AP Night 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesday at Los Alamos High School. 

The evening will begin with a brief presentation in the Topper Theater. Attendees will then be able to meet with teachers and students to learn more about AP and Honors course offerings at LAHS, as well as the dual credit programs offered at the high school. 

All LAHS students must take an AP class, an Honors class, an online class, or a dual credit class to fulfill a graduation requirement. LAHS offers seven Honors courses, 23 AP courses, and several dual

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LAHS Teachers Seek To Set Record Straight

Los Alamos High School teachers Olivia Lujan, left, and Joanne Ploeger in Lujan’s classroom last Wednesday discuss an incident for which they want to set the record straight. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Two Los Alamos High School teachers met with the Los Alamos Daily Post Wednesday to share their perspective on an incident involving two school board members that took place last month at Los Alamos High School.

School Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie and member Nan Holmes stated in a story published Jan. 22 in the Los Alamos

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Los Alamos County Clerk And School Board Officials Canvass 2015 Election Results

From left, Lisa Wismer, Director, Business Operations at UNM-LA, Gloria Maestas, Elections Manager, Honorable Pat Casados, Magistrate Judge, Matt Williams, School Board Secretary, and Dr. Gene Schmidt, Superintendent, Los Alamos Public Schools. Photo by Sharon Stover


The Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office has completed the required canvass process to certify and finalize the 2015 School Board Election results.

The Canvass Board met at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Municipal Building. The board consisted of the Honorable Patricia A. Casados, Los Alamos County Magistrate Judge;

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School Board Meets 5:30 P.M. Tuesday

LAPS News:

The School Board will hold a Regular School Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10 at the Administration Building, School Board Room.

The agenda items for this meeting include:

  • Recognition by the Board Student Council Report
  • Public Comment
  • Routine Business/Approval of Agenda
  • Routine Business/Consent Agenda Items
  • Presentations and Recommendations of the Superintendent and Information for the Board
  • Unfinished Business,
  • Board Requested Discussion or Action
  • Future Business

The meeting is open to the public.


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House Education Committee Endorses Legislation To Reward New Mexico’s Best And Brightest Teachers


SANTA FE – On a vote of 7-6, the House Education Committee this morning passed HB 76, legislation sponsored by Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Logan, to allow New Mexico’s best teachers to advance through the ranks faster.

Doing so will reward outstanding teachers with a higher salary much sooner.

“We need to do a better job rewarding New Mexico’s best and brightest teachers,” Roch said. “By allowing them to progress through the career pathway faster, we can reward them with higher pay and thereby encourage them to remain in the profession.”

Roch’s legislation would allow

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Boerigter And DiRosa Ready To Help UNM-LA Move Forward

Stephen Boerigter

UNM-LA News:

In Tuesday’s School Board election, Los Alamos County voters re-elected Stephen Boerigter, who ran uncontested, to fill Position 4 on the UNM-LA Advisory Board. Michael DiRosa was elected to fill Position 3, which is being vacated by Linda Hull who will complete her four-year term in March.

Michael DiRosa

This will be Boerigter’s second term and he will again work with current Advisory Board members Micheline Devaurs, Michelle Hall and David Sutton to further the college’s mission. Boerigter has been the Board’s chairperson for the past three years.


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Los Alamos Hilltalkers Seek Judges, Food Donations For State Speech And Debate Tournament Feb. 26-28

Hilltalkers Speech and Debate Team. Courtesy/LAHS

LAMS Hawktalkers Speech and Debate Team. Courtesy/LAMS

LAHS News:

Judges are needed for the upcoming New Mexico State Speech and Debate Tournament in which more than 350 students from all corners of the state will converge on Los Alamos to fight for state titles

The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers, Los Alamos Middle School Hawktalkers and Jemez Home School speech and debate teams are hosting the tournament schduled for 3-9:30 p.m. Feb 26 at LAHS, 3-9:30 p.m. Feb. 27 and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 28 at LAMS. A Model Congress Tournament is set for 9

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