Education

Chamisa Musical “Working On the Hill” a Huge Success!

By Debbie Smith, Principal, Chamisa Elementary

Chamisa third and fourth graders performed a musical revue of Los Alamos history before a packed audience on Thursday, March 15th.

“On the Hill” shows children, moms, scientists, ranch boys, conquistadores, and settlers from the Hill’s history.

Beginning with the first inhabitants, the ancient pueblo people, the program progressed forward in time featuring the conquistadores, the Hispanic settlers, the Santa Fe Trail, and the Ranch School Boys. 

General Groves and Robert J. Oppenheimer took the stage with solos,


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PEEC’s Star, Planet and Telescope Party Set for Monday

Crescent moon of four days old. Courtesy Photo

For all those adults, kids and families who missed last week’s PEEC Star Party or would like to see more, PEEC astronomers are going to repeat it at 7 p.m. Monday March 26.

One highlight will be the crescent Moon of four days old, which should be pretty spectacular through the telescope.  

Venus, Jupiter and Mars will still be there, and the Orion Nebula will be well placed for a great view including its “arms.”  

Venus is best seen in twilight because its extreme brightness dazzles the telescope viewer.  

It should be quite a sight since


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Nanopower: Avoiding Electrolyte Failure in Nanoscale Lithum Batteries

 

Using a transmission electron microscope, NIST reearchers were able to watch individual nanosized batteries with electrolytes of different thicknesses charge and discharge. The NIST team discovered that there is likely a lower limit to how thin an electrolyte layer can be made before it causes the battery to malfunction. Photo by Talin/NIST

From NIST Tech Beat:

It turns out you can be too thin—especially if you’re a nanoscale battery.

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the University of Maryland, College Park, and Sandia National Laboratories


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PEEC Summer Adventure Programs Open for Registration

Spectacular!  The volcanic Jemez Mountains rise up from the high desert like an island in the sky surrounded by a desert sea.  The Rio Grande rift splits the Colorado Plateau and a sparkling ribbon of water flows along its path.  Northern New Mexico’s rich diversity of ecosystems awaits the curious.  This June, PEEC offers children the opportunity to explore this wild and enchanting landscape.  Programs are for children entering grades 4-6 (Nature Odyssey) and grades 7-8 (LEAP).  Each week is a chance for them to spend their days outdoors, make new friends,


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School Board Special Meeting & Work Session Agendas


 


Los Alamos Public Schools Board is conducting both a Special School Board Meeting and a work session on Thursday, March 22, 2011 beginning at 5:00 p.m. at Pinon Elementary School.


The Special Board Meeting is scheduled to approve a charter for the Los Alamos High School Bus Loop Committee.


Immediately following the Special Board Meeting, the work session includes a presentation on bullying by two Pinon students, a presentation by three principals on the Math MC2 workshop and a presentation by the Pinon principal, Jill Gonzales.


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Learn the Art of Writing

The Art of Writing
Saturday 3/24 at 11am
Free

 
Local poet and UNM-LA creative writing instructor, Jane Lin, will lead a free introductory session on ekphrasis: writing inspired by art. The Art Center celebrates this tradition with a workshop on ekphrastic writing during the show Beauty in the Beast. We will look at examples of different strategies for ekphrastic writing and use the Beauty in the Beast show as inspiration for our own writing.
 
For centuries poets and painters have turned to one another for inspiration. Both make the familiar unfamiliar, encouraging us to look again,

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Author Speaks Series: Rio Grande River’s Past and Future

 

 

 

 

Fred Phillips / Emlen Hall                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        


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Call for Artists: Naked

Amy Bjarke

FULLER LODGE ART CENTER News

As the season warms up and life starts bursting forth, Fuller Lodge Art Center challenges you to explore your vulnerabilities.

The Art Center will host an exhibit called Naked between from May 18 – June 23. Strip away the mask, expose the hidden, and pare off the extra frills.

Uncover hidden beauty and help us come face to face with the world around us. All media are welcome. If you have questions, give Ken Nebel a call at 662-1635. Download the application at  http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1103899759177-299/CFA_Naked_form.pdf


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Watch Los Alamos Compete in FIRST Robotics Competition

The team from Los Alamos competing in the FIRST Robotics Competition in Salt Lake City, had a fantastic day yesterday. People at the competetition were shocked to learn they are a rookie team.  To watch the matches in real time, click on the link below.

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/utah-s-2012-regional-first-robotics-competition

The match schedule is below (Match, Time – all times Mountain Standard):

4    9:51

14  11:01

18  11:29

25  1:38

32  2:34

41  3:46

44  4:07

52 5:03

 

 


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Education Department Secretary-designate Joins LAMS for Pi Day

LAPS News:

Pi-rates Amy Bartlett and Sharon Fogle, math teachers at LAMS, compare notes on how to measure eggs at Tuesday’s Pi Day event. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

New Mexico Public Education Department Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera was a special guest at Los Alamos Middle School for the fourth annual PI Day to celebrate the birthday of Albert Einstein.

Secretary Hanna Skandera creates a mask at Pi Day. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

Skandera expressed enthusiasm for the staff’s effort to celebrate math in such a fun fashion.

Los Alamos Public Schools Board Secretary


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Community Garden Takes Root

By Kirsten Laskey

An idea was planted in a Los Alamos Middle School (LAMS) classroom and through the efforts of community organizations such as the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB), has sprouted into a full-fledged program – the Los Alamos Youth Food Project.

Photo: Sylvan Argo by Greg Kendall/ladailypost.com

The program continued to germinate during Tuesday night’s Los Alamos Board of Education meeting as members unanimously approved a memorandum of agreement to provide a piece of land on the middle school grounds for the program’s community garden.

In the general conditions of


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School Board Elects New Officers

LAPS News:

 

The Los Alamos Board of Education held an election of officers during Tuesday night’s meeting.

Kevin Honnel was elected president.

Dawn Venhaus is vice president.

Melanie McKinley is the new board secretary.

The remaining two board members include:

David Foster

Judith Bjarke-McKenzie


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Pinon’s Chihuly Exhibit Reveals Student’s Artistic Talents

The source of inspiration for the show and some of the pieces. TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

Monday’s Dale Chihuly Art Exhibit at Pinon Elementary School in White Rock revealed a wealth of talent within the local student community.

The event wasn’t an exhibit of renowned artist Chihuly’s work, but he served as an inspiration to the students to create artworks resembling his style.

Students used a plastic sheet media that could be softened in warm water and bent into any desired shape, which was then painted/stained using special colored materials.

Pinon Art Teacher Stephanie


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What the Community Read the Week of March 6-12

Otowi Station Bookstore Bestsellers:


  1. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

  2. American Medical Association Boy’s Guide to Becoming a Teen, Kate Gruenwald Pfeifer and and Amy B. Middleman

  3. Wonder, R. J. Palacio

  4. Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins

  5. Mal and Chad: the Biggest, Bestest Time Ever! Stephen McCranie*

  6. The Partnership: Five Cold Warriors and Their Quest to Ban the Bomb, Philip Taubman

  7. The Green Glass Sea, Ellen Klages

  8. 109 East Palace, Jennet Conant

  9. Los Alamos Trails, Craig Martin*

  10. True Brit: Beatrice – 1940, Rosemary Zibart

*local or regional author

 


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Go-Green-Go!

Plants begin to sprout during an educational project getting underway at the Espanola YMCA. Courtesy Photo

Spring is on its way and that means the Espanola YMCA Teen Center, operated by the Los Alamos Family YMCA, is preparing to begin its annual Go-Green-Go! environmental project.

Youth will have the opportunity to learn about agriculture and the importance of preserving natural resources.

The teens also will gain hands-on experience through growing their choice of vegetation during the summer months.

At the end of the cycle, the novice farmers harvest their vegetation to give to a friend,


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Local Hoop Shooting Robot Now Locked in Bag

Staff Report

Steve Aumack and Nate Phillips work on the robot operator control panel as the team gets ready for the competition in Salt Lake City March 15. Photo by TK Thompson/ladailypost.com

A team of 14 Los Alamos High School students and 10 adult mentors built a robot that can shoot hoops. The team began work Jan. 7 and wrapped up the project Feb 21.

The group is competing in the FIRST Robotics Competition. The competition involves short games played by robots. The students build and program their robots, which are remotely controlled during the competition.

Each team receives a kit of parts


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School Board Holding Several Meetings This Week

Los Alamos Public Schools News:

The Los Alamos School Board is set to meet three times this coming week:

  • 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater to discuss district construction, a preventative maintenance plan an Excellence for Student Achievement Award nominee, Trinity Renovations, Quality of Education Survey questions, the School Board’s meeting schedule and the donation of Los Alamos Middle School Garden Shed and agreement with the Family YMCA on the Garden Shed. Also on the agenda is the superintendent’s Professional Development Plan, the superintendent’s

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Dr. John C. Hopkins to Lecture on ‘The Cold War and U.S. Nuclear Weapons: From My Perspective’

Mushroom-shaped cloud and water column from the underwater Baker nuclear explosion of July 25, 1946. Photo taken from a tower on Bikini Island, 3.5 miles away. Courtesy Photo

Los Alamos Historical Society News:
 

Dr. John C. Hopkins will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fuller Lodge on “The Cold War and U.S. Nuclear Weapons: From My Perspective” as part of the Los Alamos Historical Society’s 2011-2012 lecture series.

John Hopkins

“Nuclear weapons, and hence Los Alamos, played a major role during the Cold War.

Immediately after World War II, the task at Los Alamos was to rebuild the staff


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FSN Offering Programs for Teens, Tweens and Parents with Workshops that take out the ‘Squirm Factor’

Family Strengths Network News:

Youth Volunteer Natalie Smith spends time helping a local child get creative during a Gingerbread House Building event at the Family Strength’s Network. Courtesy/FSN

Adolescence is a critical developmental time for every family.

While young people are learning to use their emerging independence to discover their strengths, parents look for opportunities to balance their child’s need for freedom with guidance and direction.

Proactive families know that while children don’t come with a handbook, there are local resources to facilitate a positive


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PEEC Offers Class on Small and Unusual Fruits

Gooseberries. Courtesy/PEEC

 

Join popular gardening instructor Martha Davis for a class on Small and Unusual Fruits for Los Alamos.

The class will be held from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 6 at PEEC, 3540 Orange St. The class is $20 or $18 for PEEC members – and advance registration is requested.

Participants in the class will discover small and unusual fruits such as gooseberries, currants, Cornelian cherries, and quinces.

Learn how to grow these in your Los Alamos or White Rock yard, and what to do with them once you’ve grown them.

Davis will share strategies to deal with an unfamiliar


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