Education

Los Alamos High School Senior Andrew West Elected To Seat On Key Club International Board

LAHS senior Andrew West

Kiwanis International News:

…West determined to make an impact 

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Los Alamos High School senior Andrew West was elected to the Key Club International Board during a July special meeting held in lieu of the 2020 Key Club International Convention.

This year’s convention, planned for San Francisco, was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key Club International, a Kiwanis International student leadership program, is a growing organization with thousands of clubs in more than 38 countries. Key Club enables high school students to lead and


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New Mexico School Reopening Guidelines Echoed By CDC

Color-coded map showing counties in red, yellow or green with green (safest) to red (unsafe). Courtesy/NMDOH

NMPED News:

SANTA FE — The detailed, color-coded guidelines for safe school reopening that New Mexico adopted weeks ago are echoed now in long-awaited federal guidelines from the national Centers for Disease Control.

The CDC’s Indicators for Dynamic School Decision-Making, issued Sept. 15, are organized into a table that runs from green (safest) to red (unsafe). The colors are linked to community health factors including test positivity rate, new cases per capita and the ability


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New Mexico’s Eight State-Run Museums Reopening Sept. 24

DCA Cabinet Secretary Debra Garcia y Griego

DCA News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) has announced that the state’s eight museums and seven of its historic sites will reopen to the public 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 24.

These facilities, which closed March 16, may resume operation at 25 percent of normal capacity under the state’s Public Health Order.

“We are excited to be reopening the doors to our museums and historic sites, and have been thoughtfully preparing to ensure the health and safety of our employees and visitors,” DCA Cabinet Secretary Debra Garcia y Griego


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NMPED COVID-19 Update: 3 Staff Members Test Positive In New Mexico Public Schools In Last 24 Hours

NMPED News:

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department announced this afternoon three new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 24-hours. 

Rapid response has been initiated, and all pertinent information has been verified with the schools and school districts. 

The following new cases have been reported:

  • Two cases at two public schools in Dona Ana County. The infected individuals are staff members.  The infected individuals were last in the school buildings Sept. 18. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive

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LAPS Foundation Opens Fall Grant Cycle For Teachers

Art for the Sky, a school-wide project at Los Alamos Middle School in January, was funded in part by a Great Ideas Grant from LAPS Foundation. Courtesy/LAPSF

By Jenny McCumber
Executive Director
Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation

Every semester, LAPS Foundation awards thousands of dollars in grants to teachers in our community. These grants help fund innovative ideas, needed training and collaboration with other teachers. 

Teachers often need resources that public schools funding doesn’t stretch far enough to provide. 

LAPS Foundation brings our community together to invest in and


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LAPS Launches Online Learning Academy

LAPS Online Learning Academy Director Dr. Sharon Fogle. Courtesy/LAPS photo

LAPS News:

While many parents and students have chosen to learn remotely this fall until schools can transition to a hybrid model and potentially, to five days a week in person learning, some families opted for a new school opportunity this year: the Los Alamos Online Learning Academy (LAOLA).

These families will continue online learning throughout the school year. The new school, headed by Dr. Sharon Fogle, has approximately 350 students enrolled in kindergarten through 8th grade. There are currently two teachers


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NMPED COVID-19 Update: 1 Students, 5 Staff Test Positive In New Mexico Public Schools In Last 24 Hours

NMPED News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Public Education Department announced this afternoon six new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 24-hours.

Following rapid response and verifying all pertinent information with the schools and school districts, the following new cases were reported:

  • Two cases at two public schools in Chaves County. The infected individuals are staff members. The infected individuals were last in the school buildings Sept.17. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.
  • Two cases at

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Twelve Los Alamos High School Seniors Named 2021 National Merit Semifinalists

Twelve LAHS seniors named 2021 National Merit Semifinalists including Maximilian Corliss, Filippo Delzanno, Karin Ebey, Mirabelle Gerts, Shena Han, Anthony Lestone, Griffin Light, Aidan McCleskey, Konstantin Nelson, Audrey Nolen, Isaac Ortega and Andrew West. Courtesy/LAHS

LAHS News:

Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. 

This year, Los Alamos High School (LAHS) has 12 seniors named as semifinalists including: Maximilian Corliss,


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Trick-or-Trot Virtual 5K Run Run Or Walk Halloweekend 2020

Barranca PTO News:

Barranca PTO is sponsoring a brand new Halloweekend event, the Trick-or-Trot 5K and Fun Run!

This year, the event will take place virtually, with participants running Oct. 24-31.

The entire community is invited to join! The registration fee will come with a race t-shirt (unless you opt out) and extra motivation to get out and move.

Participants can choose to run (or walk or hike or swim) on any course that they choose, wherever they may be. 

Barranca PTO is raising money for desperately needed playground equipment. Especially given the current crises, the schools need multiple


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Life After 50: This Community Rocks!

The socially distanced Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers spent time and talent receiving donated items and handwriting cards to senior citizens in the community to brighten their day. Courtesy photo

LAHS Hilltalkers gather donations from the community to share with local senior citizens. Courtesy photo

This rock anonymously donated by a community member brightens the day of a senior resident. Courtesy photo

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Executive Director
LARSO

September marks six months since the pandemic impacted our daily work at the senior centers.

The fabulous months of August and September


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Chart 189: COVID-19 In New Mexico Sept. 19

New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) has set two health requirements for public schools to be allowed to transition to hybrid instruction. The respective county must meet two gating criteria: (1) seven-day average for daily diagnoses below 8 per 100,000 people, and (2) testing positivity rate below 5 percent. As of Sept. 18, all but seven counties in New Mexico meet these gating criteria. Thus far, about 65 elementary schools with approximately 12,500 students have transitioned to hybrid instruction. Source: NMPED. Map credit: mapchart.net. Created by Eli Ben-Naim


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NMPED COVID-19 Update: 4 Students, 4 Staff Test Positive In New Mexico Public Schools In Last 24 Hours

NMPED News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Public Education Department announced Friday eight new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 24-hours. 

Following rapid response and verifying all pertinent information with the schools and school districts, the following new cases were reported:

  • One case at a public school in Chaves County. The infected individual is a staff member. The infected individual was last in the school building Sept. 16, 2020. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.
  • Five cases at a public

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Four New Mexico Counties Meet School Reopening Requirement: McKinley, Hidalgo, Doña Ana, Curry Counties

NMPED News:

…Health conditions improve in McKinley, Hidalgo, Doña Ana and Curry counties

SANTA FE — Four additional New Mexico counties have now met the required health conditions for schools to reopen in a hybrid mode, according to the state’s updated COVID-19 map.

The Department of Health map released Thursday shows McKinley, Hidalgo, Doña Ana and Curry counties have moved into the “green zone” — which indicates an acceptable rate of average daily cases and test positivity.

Those four counties were each yellow or red when the previous map was issued two weeks ago.

Schools


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NMPED COVID-19 Update: 1 Student, 6 Staff Test Positive In New Mexico Public Schools In Last 24 Hours

NMPED News:

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department (NMPED) announced today 7 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 24-hours, after implementing a rapid response and verifying all pertinent information with the schools and school districts. 

The following new cases were reported:

  • One case at a public school in McKinley County. The infected individual is a teacher. The infected individual was last in the school building Sept. 15. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.
  • Five cases at a public school

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Study In Astrophysical Journal Presents Gamma Ray Burst Theory Meets Observations: Birth Of New Standard Candles

Fig. 1 The light curve of GRB 090510 with the regions of prompt emission, plateau and afterglow marked. Courtesy/SSI

Fig. 2 The 3D Fundamental Plane relation, shown by the grey zone, for the sample of GRBs that happen in a fast cooling regime with a wind environment. The three parameters are at the end of the flat part of the plateau, Ta, the maximum luminosity during the prompt emission and luminosity at the end of the plateau phase. Courtesy/SSI

Space Science Institute News:

A study presenting the most comprehensive analysis to date of Gamma-Ray Bursts(GRBs) detected by the Neil Gehrels Swift


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PEEC: Registration Opens For Kids Outdoor Clubs

PEEC is offering two small-group clubs Forest Explorers and Art in Nature Club for kids in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades. Sign up for today at peecnature.org/events. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Get your kids outside this October with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).

Space is available in both of PEEC’s outdoor clubs, Forest Explorers and Art in Nature Club. Both programs are for students in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades and will meet once a week. 

Forest Explorers will meet 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Oct. 7 and ending Oct. 28. This 3-hour drop-off program provides the opportunity for


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LAHS Liaisons Provide Voice For Students On School Board

LAHS students Elizabeth Booton, Nina Johnson and DeJahn Tafoya join seniors Logan Black, Shena Han and Audrey Nolen for the 2020-2021 school year. Courtesy/LAHS

LAPS News:

Three new student liaisons were selected by the LAPS School Board during its Sept. 8 meeting. Juniors Elizabeth Booton, Nina Johnson and DeJahn Tafoya join seniors Logan Black, Shena Han and Audrey Nolen for the 2020-2021 school year.

School board student liaisons serve in an advisory capacity on the board. They attend the monthly school board meetings as representatives of the opinions and issues of the students. Student


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NMPED COVID-19 update: 1 Student, 2 Staff Test Positive In New Mexico Public Schools In Last 24 Hours

NMPED News:

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department (NMPED) announced today three new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 24-hours, after implementing a rapid response and verifying all pertinent information with the schools and school districts. 

The following new cases were reported:

  • One case at a public school in Bernalillo County. The infected individual is a teacher. The infected individual was last in the school building Aug. 25. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.
  • One case at a public school

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LAPS School Board Meeting Overview Of Sept. 8

LAPS News:

Los Alamos School Board met for a regular meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020.The meeting was held virtually with over 350 participants in addition to the School Board members.

The meeting began with the swearing in of new Board Member, Melanie Colgan, by the Honorable Judge Elizabeth Allen. They also elected Dawn Jalbert as the School Board Secretary, replacing Julia Baker who resigned from the board to move out of state.

Herb Mclean, Director of Construction, was recognized by the board for his 15 years of service to the district,

overseeing many construction projects including the


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