Sign Up Underway for 2015 8th Grade Spring Break Trip to Washington, D.C.

Los Alamos Middle School students at the World War II Memorial in Alexandria, Va. Courtesy photo


Sign up is underway for the 2015 8th grade Washington, D.C. spring break trip. This is a private trip and not sponsored by Los Alamos Public Schools. 

Many thousands of Los Alamos Middle School students have participated and tremendously enjoyed this fabulous educational trip. Highlights of the trip include the White House, a Capitol tour, the International Spy Museum, the Washington Monument, the Smithsonian Museums, the National Holocaust Museum, Arlington National


LAHS Holds Athletic Night for 8th and 9th Graders

LAHS News:

Athletic Night for 8th graders and incoming 9th graders interested in sports is 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 27 at Duane Smith Auditorium.

Join the group to find out more information about high school sports for 2014-15 and summer.


School Board Unanimously Approves Budget

LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt addresses the School Board at Thursday’s meeting. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The month-long budget process came to a close when the Los Alamos School Board voted to accept the District’s budget at its May 22 meeting in the District Administration Building Conference Room. The board vote was unanimous. Board Vice-President Kevin Honnell was absent.

The districts revenue sources include approximately $26,248,000 from the State of New Mexico, $8 million from DOE and $3 million in lease


LAHS Students Mount Caffeine for Cancer Project

Coffee offered for sale by LAHS students to take teacher Joy Hansberry on the class trip to Europe to celebrate her end of chemotherapy. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School teacher Lynn Ovaska and her students hope to raise funds through coffee sales to take LAHS teacher Joy Handsberry on the class trip to Europe to celebrate her end of chemotherapy.

The coffee comes in French Roast, Dark Roast, Medium Roast, and Decaf, whole or ground, for $12 for a 10-ounce package. The label was created by LAHS student Caroline Schramm. and checks can be made payable to “Europe 2014.” 


UNM-LA Tech Frontiers 2014 Application Deadline Extended

UNM-LA News:

The application deadline for Tech Frontiers 2014, the joint venture between the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA), and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), has been extended to June 9.

Tech Frontiers 2014 will offer two, one-week sessions providing participants the opportunity to learn about careers in environmental science or about projects that involve both engineering and science. Students will earn one hour of college credit for each session they attend.

The first session, Environmental Science: The Science Behind the Headlines, runs 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.,


LAHS’s Coleman Kendrick Places 2nd at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

LAHS sophomore Coleman Kendrick with his awards from the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School sophomore Coleman Kendrick placed 2nd in the Physics and Astronomy Division at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, out of 100 projects in his category.

Kendrick’s 2nd place award earned him a $1,500 cash prize. The International Fair was May 10-16. He also won a $500 award from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and American Astronomical Society and travel expenses to their annual meeting in the fall, as


Aspen School Construction Project Nears Midpoint

During Wednesday’s tour of Aspen Elementary School, Principal Kathryn Vandenkieboom, center, second grade teacher Jan White and David Sutton of KRSN look over the drawings of the school to determine the location of White’s classroom. Courtesy/LAPS

During the tour, Jan White, Joan Ahlers, David Sutton and Herb McLean stand in the long corridor on the main floor.  When the building was designed, teachers asked that the hall be one of the prominent features of the school. This family friendly hall allowed K-6 teachers to get to know all the students. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:



Los Alamos High School’s Alexandr Wang Named to 2014 United States Physics Team!

Alexandr Wang

COLLEGE PARK, MD.—Los Alamos High School’s Alexandr Wang has been named as a member of the 2014 United States Physics Team.

Wang joins America’s brightest emerging physicists at Physics Boot Camp this week in College Park, Md., to prepare for the next stage of the competition to identify the world’s best high school physics students.

The team is comprised of 19 students from across the U.S. who have emerged through a rigorous exam process that began in January with approximately 4,277 students who participated in the Fnet=ma exam to become the 2014 U.S. Physics Team. These


Aaron S. Goldman Scholarship Names 2014 Recipients

Aaron S. Goldman

ASGS News:

The Aaron S. Goldman Scholarship has awarded scholarships to four outstanding Los Alamos High School seniors. Colin Hemez, Amanda Mercer, Nathan Phillips and Emily Pittman will each receive $500 in recognition of their outstanding performances in running, academics and community service.

The Aaron S. Goldman scholarship was founded in memory of Aaron S. Goldman, who passed away in 2010. Goldman was a fixture at running events, spent much of his time volunteering for community service and had a passion for learning. The scholarship is awarded to students who best


Pinon Students Create Solar Powered Kinetic Sculptures

Solar powered sculptures created by Pinon fifth grade students. Photo by Stephanie Rittner
With STEPHANIE RITTNER, Pinon Art Teacher

Pinon Elementary School fifth grade students, along with art teacher Stephanie Rittner and artist-in-residence Deborah Brink, created solar powered kinetic sculptures called, “Towers of Power.”

The project provided an opportunity for students to learn about prisms, mirrors, light, magnification and how the eye and brain function, along with how a solar cell works.

According to Pinon students,


2014 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund Recipients Share Dreams and Gratitude

LANL Director Charles McMillan visits with Mesa Vista High School graduate Jeanette Varela who is the first in her family to attend college, and Pecos High School graduate Nicolette Gonzales, during Monday’s kick-off of the Los Alamos Laboratory Employee’s Scholarship Fund campaign. The students are among 73 winners of $419,500 awarded in 2014 scholarships. Photo by Richard C. Robinson/LANL

Los Alamos High School senior Alexandr Wang is one of two Gold Scholars. He will receive $20,000 over four years. Photo by Richard C. Robinson/LANL
Los Alamos High School senior Alexandra


Day & Zimmermann SOC Los Alamos Announces Scholarship Recipients for 2014


Española—Ten high school seniors from northern New Mexico were honored as 2014 Day & Zimmermann SOC Los Alamos Scholarship Recipients in ceremonies across the extended Rio Arriba County region. 

For the 17th consecutive year, SOC Los Alamos has helped students from this rural region aim high by providing educational opportunities for the young men and women earning top scores in the program’s competitive process.

This year the D&Z SOC Los Alamos High School Scholarship Program awarded 10 $1,000 scholarships to seniors attending Coronado, McCurdy Charter,


Student Poster Contest Entries Due June 27

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools Prevention Office is conducting a poster contest for students in K-12. The contest also is open to homeschool students.

Keep New Mexico Beautiful is sponsoring the contest.

The posters must be created on white paper (8.5 x 11 inches) with marker and are due by June 27. An information sheet may be requested by calling 505.663.3252 or emailing


Explore This Season’s Santa Fe Opera With UNM-LA

The Santa Fe Opera. Courtesy/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Musicians, music educators and opera aficionados Greg Schneider and Dennis Davies-Wilson will give students a grand tour of this season’s Santa Fe Opera in Introduction to Opera, starting June 9 at UNM-Los Alamos.

The class is being offered both for credit and through Community Education, 6-9 p.m. for six Mondays. Credit students may decide on the amount of fine arts credit they want to pursue (1-3 credits). Those over 65 may take the class for $5 per credit hour if there is room in the class. They cannot


DNCU Announces Seven Scholarship Recipients for 2014

DNCU News:

Del Norte Credit Union, Northern New Mexico’s hometown financial co-op, is pleased to announce the winners of the DNCU Scholarship Program for 2014. The seven winners each will receive $1,000 toward the higher education program in which they are enrolled in the fall of 2014.

“We are deeply committed to supporting young people in Northern New Mexico as they make significant advances toward a brighter future,” said Chuck Valenti, President and CEO of Del Norte Credit Union. “While financial literacy is a core DNCU philosophy, education in all its dimensions is just as important. We


Expert to Discuss Stream and Wetland Restoration on the Valles Caldera

Photo caption: Steve Vrooman on the Valles Caldera. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Steve Vrooman, owner and president of Santa Fe-based design/build firm Keystone Restoration Ecology, will give a free talk about projects in the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP) with the non-profit Los Amigos de Valles Caldera.

The informative presentation is 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 20 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) on Orange Street.  No advance registration is required for this program.

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