School Board Meets 5 p.m. Tuesday

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board will hold a Regular Meeting and a Special Session at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 13 in the School Board Room at the School Administration Building.

Following roll call and the Pledge of Allegience, the Board will go into Executive Session to discuss threatened litigation. The Regular Meeting will resume afterward, with presentations, regular business and reports.

The Regular Meeting is open to the public.


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UNM-LA Class Targets Marketing Basics

Laura Loy

UNM-LA News:

Do you feel your business or organization could benefit from a new approach to marketing, or perhaps you are curious about this fun and interesting field? UNM-LA will be offering an Introduction to Marketing (MGMT 222) course this semester, in which course participants will not only learn the basics of marketing, but also put what they’ve learned to use by writing a real marketing plan.

The three credit hour course meets 10-11:15 a.m., Mondays and Wednesdays beginning Jan.12 through May 9. Local businesswoman and UNM-LA instructor Laura Loy will teach the course.

In this

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Masonic Breakfast Benefits McCurdy Charter School

Students and family members came from McCurdy to cook and serve waffle breakfasts for their fundraiser this morning as Pajarito Masonic Lodge No. 66 (Los Alamos) and Valley Masonic Lodge No. 69 (Espanola) joined forces to host a charity breakfast in Los Alamos. This month’s breakfast benefits the McCurdy Charter School in Espanola, which is sending 19 mid-school students to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Close Up Program. Close Up is a civic organization that informs, inspires, and empowers young people to exercise the rights and accept the responsibilities of citizens in a democracy.

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School Board And UNM/LA Advisory Board Candidate Forum Wednesday At Fuller Lodge


The League of Women Voters of Los Alamos will hold a forum for Los Alamos Public Schools and UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board candidates in Fuller Lodge, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 14, (with refreshments at 6:30 p.m.). 

Members of the Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers debate team will assist at the event as timekeepers and microphone facilitators.

School Board Candidates:

  • District 3: Nancy Ann Holmes, William Hargraves, Sheryl Nichols;
  • District 4: Andrea Cunningham, Michael Fassbender; and
  • District 5: Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, Jennifer McCumber.

All three LAPS districts are

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Common Cause Official Discusses Campaign Financing, Ethics In Government At Thursday’s Legislative Preview

Common Cause New Mexico Executive Director Viki Harrison, right, discusses the issues at Thursday’s Legislative Preview in Fuller Lodge. Listening from left, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard, Sen. Carlos Cisneros and Rep. Jim Smith. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Community members turn out for Thursday’s Legislative Preview in Fuller Lodge. Photo by Carol A. Clark/


  • Editor’s Note: Read the discussion by Sen. Carlos Cisneros, Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard and Rep. Jim Smith in Saturday’s edition of the Los

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Learn To Publish Using Adobe InDesign At UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

Have you ever wanted to publish your own book, magazine or company newsletter and get professional looking results that other desktop publishing software packages can’t deliver? Learn to use Adobe InDesign, the industry leading page layout software on the market today.

UNM-LA is offering Digital Media Arts 203 (DMA203), Introduction to Desktop Publishing (Adobe InDesign). The three credit hour class will meet 9-11:30 a.m., Mondays and is taught by UNM-LA adjunct faculty member John Halliday.

The class will cover the basics of how to compose flyers, brochures, magazines,

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LANL Foundation Offers Monthly Grants That Strengthen Teaching And Learning

LANL Foundation News:

The LANL Foundation offers Educational Outreach Small Grants to school districts and nonprofits with programs that strengthen teaching and learning.

Grants of up to $1,500 are available monthly to support public schools and nonprofits working in education in Los Alamos, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval, Santa Fe and Taos counties.

Previously, grants were limited to programs related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). The grants are now available to more nonprofit programs focused on teaching and learning.

The nonprofit focus should be

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Local Student Talia Ben-Naim Helps Her Community

Los Alamos Middle School student Talia Ben-Naim presents checks for $840 each to Self Help, Inc Director Ellen Morris Bond and YMCA Youth and Family Director Jeremy Smith from her very successful Rock on Climbathon. The proceeds raised from her fundraising event assist the YMCA in providing scholarships and assist Self Help, Inc. in providing consultation and advocacy, emergency financial assistance and seed money grants to area residents. The Rock on Climbathon is part of Ben-Naim’s ‘passion project’ in LAMS seventh grade GATE class, in which she is a student. ‘Passion

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Skandera Still Not Listening To Teachers Or Parents; Continues To Push Retention Despite Negative Effects

By Senate Majority Leader Michael S. Sanchez
D-29-Bernalillo and Valencia Counties

SANTA FE – An op-ed by Education Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera in the Albuquerque Journal this week asks voters to support the Governor’s continued agenda to end social promotion in New Mexico schools.

Skandera tells us that social promotion is a “failed policy” and that when children cannot read at grade level, they should be held back. It doesn’t matter that they may score extremely high in math, because she believes their reading score is the determining factor in whether they should proceed to the

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Meet School Board Candidate William (Bill) Hargraves

William (Bill) Hargraves
I am William (Bill) Hargraves, a candidate for the Los Alamos School Board from the Aspen District. The election is Feb. 3. Take a few minutes during that day to vote – I encourage you.
First, an introduction – I have two daughters now in Los Alamos High School, a senior and a sophomore. They started kindergarten at Mountain Elementary, moved to Aspen Elementary when school district lines were redrawn, then Los Alamos Middle School, now the high school. My daughters have participated in several school and community activities including choir,

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Aspen Elementary School Furniture Sale Saturday

Courtesy photo



Aspen Elementary School is selling furniture used in the old building including various sizes of desks, chairs, file cabinets and more. Most pieces are priced at $10 or less.

The sale is 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 10 – weather permitting – in Aspen’s north parking lot behind the school. Proceeds from the sale will go to purchase huge chess pieces for the school’s new playground.

For more information, call the Aspen Elementary School office at 505.663.2275.

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LAPS Hires Tim Doyle As Payroll Supervisor

New Payroll Supervisor Tim Doyle at the entrance of the LAPS administration building on Trinity Drive. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Longtime Los Alamos resident Tim Doyle was recently selected as the new Los Alamos Public Schools Payroll Supervisor. Monday marked his first day on the job.

Doyle and his wife Christine have three children, two of whom have graduated from Los Alamos High School and a third attends Los Alamos Middle School. During his entrance interview, Doyle expressed his admiration for the Los Alamos schools, stating that he “admired the quality of the organization and its people”,

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STEM Opportunities For Middle School Teachers

Gaithersburg Campus. Courtesy/NIST

NIST News:

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is soliciting applications from eligible public school districts and accredited private educational institutions in the U.S. and its territories nominating middle school science teachers to participate in the 2015 NIST Summer Institute Program.

The two week workshop will provide selected middle school teachers hands on activities, lectures, tours, and visits with NIST scientists and engineers at the NIST Campus in Gaithersburg, Md. More information on the NIST Middle School

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Journalist And Diplomat Bill Stewart Featured Speaker At CIR 50th Anniversary Gala Jan. 15

Bill Stewart

CIR News:

Bill Stewart, a former U.S. Foreign Service officer and internationally-known journalist, will deliver an important speech entitled “Obama’s Foreign Policy: The Last Two Years.”

His presentation is at The Council on International Relations’ 50th Anniversary Celebratory Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan.15 at La Terraza in La Fonda Hotel, 100 E. San Francisco St. in Santa Fe.

Seating is limited, and tickets are going fast. Reservations must be made by Jan. 9. Ticket prices are $100 for members, $125 for non-members, and tables may be purchased

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2014: Los Alamos Education News Highlights

Cutting the ribbon in front of Aspen Elementary School Nov. 17, from left, LAPS Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt, former LAPS board member Morrie Pongratz, Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn, former board member Thelma Hawn, former Superintendent Mary McLeod, board member Matt Williams, Aspen Principal Kathryn Vandenkieboom, board member Kevin Honnell, board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie and board members Jim Hall and NancyAnn Holmes. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
Aspen Elementary School Construction Completed. The red ribbon was cut at a ceremony Nov.

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New Nature Center Nears Substantial Completion

Los Alamos County Nature Center construction is taking shape on Canyon Road. Courtesy/LAC

Exterior painting, sidewalks and landscaping remain on the new Los Alamos County Nature Center construction project. Painting, light and plumbing fixtures, mechanical controls and low voltage wiring work remains on the interior. Courtesy/LAC


The Los Alamos County Nature Center building is planned to reach substantial completion by mid-January.

The planetarium dome installation was complete just before the Thanksgiving holiday. Painting, light and plumbing fixtures, mechanical

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Application Deadline Approaches For U.S. High School Students Seeking YES Abroad Scholarships


New York—The application deadline for the 2015-2016 Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad scholarship program is Jan. 7, 2015.

The program provides full scholarships to American high school students to experience overseas communities and cultures, preparing students to collaborate on today’s global challenges such as human rights, community development, workforce development, climate change, and global health.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the YES Abroad program enables students to study

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NMSA Upcoming Performances Announced

NMSA News:

The fifth annual Winter Dances are 7 p.m. Jan 23-24 and 2 p.m. Jan. 25 at the James A. Little Theater 1060 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe and also Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 in Albuquerque.

The performances feature:

  • “The Rally from Quarry” by the legendary Meredith Monk;
  • “The Huddle” by post-modern dance pioneer Simone Forti;
  • “CLASH,” choreographed by NMSA Department Chair Adam McKinney;
  • “ A Trick of the Light,” a contemporary work by Las Cruces native Joshua Peugh (staged by Los Angeles-based contemporary dance company BODYTRAFFIC); and
  • “Not Another Nutcracker,” a mixture of classical ballet

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FIRST Tech Challenge, Hawks Fly On

Los Alamos Middle School’s Hawks FTC robotics team won the prestigous ‘Think Award’ for the second year in a row. Courtesy photo
The Hawks FTC robot. Courtesy photo
Hawk’s Robotics Team 

What inspires you? Is it a sunrise, sunset or a baby bird taking flight for the first time? Is it seeing a jet flying over the horizon or someone overcoming cancer? Is it seeing young people reach out to the community to make the world a better place or how about a group of young people winning the biggest award the FIRST tech challenge (FTC) has to offer?

The Hawks

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