Learn How to Get Your MPA at UNM-LA Thursday

UNM-LA News:

Earn your Master of Public Administration degree from UNM in Los Alamos.

Attend an information session 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 11 at the UNM-Los Alamos Campus, Building 6, Room 626.  

An MPA degree opens doors for careers in non-profit organizations, government agencies, health/medical industry, education and more.

For questions, call 505-662-0335. Refreshments will be served.

Visit to learn more about bachelor and graduate opportunities at UNM-LA. Read More

Kiwanis Club Presents Scholarship to Dallin Parker

The Los Alamos Kiwanis Club presented Dallin Parker with an educational scholarship recently. Parker will attend Brigham Young University in Utah to study nursing. From left, Parker’s mother Marsha Parker, his father Robert Parker, Dallin Parker and Kiwanis Club Vice President Karen Kendall. Parker was selected because of his active involvement in the community through Boy Scouts of America, his church and National Honor Society, as well as helping the disabled and young. Kiwanis meets each Tuesday at noon in Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill Church. Kiwanis was founded in
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LANL Connections: Pilot Summer Program Supports Science Teachers

New Mexico Public Education Department’s Math and Science Director Lesley Galyas, left, visits with teachers at a recent workshop. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

Pilot Summer Program Supports Science Teachers

The July edition of LANL Connections is out and features a story about Northern New Mexico kindergarten-through-eighth-grade science teachers spending a week exploring the concept of “matter,” a vital underpinning for many scientific disciplines including physics and chemistry.

The 26 attendees, teacher leaders and instructional coaches, were selected for the pilot program from Read More

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Have You Seen a Bat Lately?

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Have You Seen a Bat Lately?
Particular thanks to Chris Judson

Bandelier National Monument once had a colony of bats at a cave roost along the cliff face in the Long House area.

Chris Judson, a park ranger, has been told that the colony has been present on and off from at least the 1930s.

The colony was not present in 1976, but was present from 1985 to 2002. Surprisingly, it did not return from its spring migration in 2003. It has not returned to the Long House cave since then.

Now-vacant bat cave entrance high on the cliff face of the Long House. Photo by Mary Read More

Los Alamos Public Schools Achieve Fully-Accredited Status

Los Alamos School Board President Jim Hall. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

AdvancED, which is the global leader in advancing excellence in education through continuous improvement, organization effectiveness and accreditation, has announced that Los Alamos Public Schools received fully-accredited status.

Achieving this status places Los Alamos on an international stage as very few school districts have been awarded this status.

“I am proud to say that Los Alamos Public Schools did receive the highest status possible,” New Mexico AdvancED Director Priscilla Fernandez wrote in an email Read More

LAHS Graduate Meets with Congressional Delegation

Jackie Cooke, LAHS Class of 2013 graduate, briefs School Board President Jim Hall on her recent visit to Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Jackie Cooke, a recent graduate of Los Alamos High School, traveled to Washington, D.C. as part of a national student delegation to meet with Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich as well as Rep. Ben Ray Lujan.

In conversations with the senators and congressman, Cooke championed the causes of public education.

Among a variety of educational policy topics discussed, were how schools could be transformed through technology and the impact of sequestration.  Read More

Goats Gathered at PEEC’s Summer Family Evening

PEEC Summer Family Evening baby goat meet-up included a mother goat and babies brought to the event by Jessie Ross of Gypsy Mountain Ranch and Debbie Wood of Second Bloom Farm. Ross and Wood discussed goat care and how they use goats’ milk to make cheese, lotion and soap. Photo by Felicia Orth/PEEC
The smallest black goat visiting PEEC for the Summer Family Evening baby goat meet-up is just one week old. Photo by Felicia Orth/PEEC
Photo by Felicia Orth/PEEC
Photo by Felicia Orth/PEEC
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School Board Meets July 9 and 11

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board will hold its Regular School Board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 9 at the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.

The agenda for the meeting will be posted at the district office, 2075 Trinity Dr., the Thursday before the meeting.

If special accommodations are required, notify the secretary to the superintendent 72 hours before the board meeting at 663-2233.

The Board has scheduled a Special School Board meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 11 at 2075 Trinity Dr., Suite V to discuss the Los Alamos Middle School and Aspen Elementary School construction projects Read More

Final Portable Classroom on the Move

Portable classroom. File photo

LAPS News:

One more of four portables is on the move from Clovis to Los Alamos High School.

Once all portables are staged at LAHS, Los Alamos Public Schools will begin moving them to Aspen Elementary School July 8-9.

These four portables will be the core of the temporary campus at Aspen to allow construction to commence.

LAPS  asks the public to bear with this inconvenience while the transport of the portables takes place.

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Hilltalkers Excel at National Tournament

Members of the Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers. Photo by Margo Batha

Speech and debate awards announced. Photo by Margo Batha

LAPS News:

Seven Los Alamos High School speech and debate students traveled to the National Forensic League National Tournament June 16-21 in Birmingham, Ala.

The group consisted of Daniel Ahrens, Antonia Batha, Sam Baty, Ali Berl, Naftali Burakovsky, Katie Haynes and Jessie Zhao. Margo Batha and Janet Newton, who coach the speech and debate team, stated this was the Hilltalkers “most successful national tournament since 2003.”

Katie Haynes competed in six preliminary Read More

Luján Addresses Doubling of Student Loan Rates

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District released the following statement today on the doubling of interest rates on federal student loans.

“As of today, the interest rates on all new federal student loans will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, adding thousands of dollars to the cost of a college education for millions of young adults. It is deeply disappointing that Congress has yet to find a solution to this problem that makes college more affordable and does not make it harder for New Mexico’s Read More

Science Café Brings Ravens and Visitors to PEEC

Ravens seem to love flying, sometimes doing acrobatics for the fun of it. Photo by Bob Walker

Saturday’s presentation about ravens captures audience attention at PEEC. Photos by Katie Watson

PEEC News:

Ravens proved a popular topic for the jam-packed PEEC lecture room Saturday, June 29, when Science Café came up to Los Alamos from KNME in Albuquerque. 

People signed up from all over Northern New Mexico—the maximum of 70 people was reached a week before the event and many were turned away. Some wait-listed visitors took the place of a few no-shows, and it was delightful to welcome people Read More

2013 SBA Scores Show Record Gains in High School Reading Proficiency



BERNALILLO – Gov. Susana Martinez announced Friday the results of the latest Standards Based Assessment (NMSBA), administered earlier this year to New Mexico students in 3rd through 8th grades, as well as 10th and 11th grades.


New Mexico’s 11th grade class posted impressive gains in reading proficiency, increasing proficiency rates by 9.9 percentage points over 2012 – to the highest level seen since the NMSBA began in 2007. As a group, when factoring in the gains that were also posted by this class when they were 10th graders last year, these students have increased Read More

LAYL Extends Registration Deadline

Los Alamos Youth Leadership members decorated County transformer boxes around downtown Los Alamos among other projects this year. Courtesy photo

LAYL News:

Los Alamos Youth Leadership (LAYL) is a high school student organization, which begins in August and ends in May each year. Students build relationships with family and friends, and increase their confidence. Teams design, plan and implement projects that benefit the community throughout the year.  

LAYL registration has been extended to July 10. The registration forms can be turned in at the Family YMCA. The application can Read More

Schools’ 2013 Standards Based Assessment Results Unveiled at 12:30 p.m. Today

Gov. Susana Martinez




SANTA FE – Gov. Susana Martinez, together with Public Education Secretary Hanna Skandera will present the results of the 2013 New Mexico Standards Based Assessment (NMSBA)  at 12:30 p.m. today.


PED Secretary Hanna Skandara

Students in grades 3rd through 8th, as well as high school sophomores and juniors take the NMSBA every spring and results are used to determine if students are on grade level in core subject areas.


Check back at for full details on how Los Alamos schools rank on the assessments. Read More

Luján: With Only a Few Days Left until Interest Rates Double on Student Loans, It’s Time for Congress to Act


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico’s Third District voted today to bring up legislation to address the increase in interest rates on student loans that is scheduled to occur on July 1.

With only five days to go until rates double, Luján joined with all his Democratic colleagues in an attempt to immediately bring legislation to the floor that would freeze rates at 3.4 percent for the next two years. Not one Republican voted with Democrats to bring up the legislation, blocking the effort.

“House Republicans have passed a bill that is a non-starter in the Read More

‘Milking the Rhino’ Screens at Wildlife Center

‘Milking the White Rhino’/Screen shot

TWC News:

ESPANOLAThe Wildlife Center is hosting a special screening of the documentary Milking the Rhino at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 27 at The Wildlife Center in Espanola.

Milking the Rhino examines the deepening conflict between rural Africans and the animals in the ever-shrinking African wilderness. Decades ago, the creation of Africa’s national parks and vast game reserves forced out thousands of indigenous people who had coexisted in harmony with wildlife for millennia on a land without borders. The “fences and fines” approach to Read More

Ten Outstanding Students Awarded LAPS Foundation Scholarships


Ten remarkable students have been awarded the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation Scholarship.

Each student selected demonstrated a balance of academic excellence, extracurricular participation and community service throughout their high school career. The winners have each selected an Educator of Distinction; this is an education professional that had a positive impact on the student’s time in the Los Alamos Public Schools.

The LAPS Foundation is a non-profit organization leverages time, talent and funds to promote innovative learning in our public schools. The Foundation Read More

LAHS Graduate Leia Roach Awarded Kiwanis Scholarship

From left, Kiwanian/Key Club Advisor Morrie Pongratz, Kiwanis Vice President Karen Kendall; scholarship winner Leia Roach with parents Anita Barela and Brad Roach and Gloria Guthals. During Tuesday’s meeting, Los Alamos High School graduate Leia Roach was awarded the Kiwanis scholarship dedicated to the memory of Gloria Guthals’ husband Paul Guthals, a longtime Kiwanian. Roach was cited for providing many, many hours of community service. Photo by Katy Korkos Read More

Aspen Elementary Portable Campus on the Move

LAPS Construction Manager Herb McLean stands in front of the first of four classroom portables arriving from Clovis and heard for Aspen early next week. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

The first of four classroom portables destined for Aspen Elementary School arrived in Los Alamos Tuesday.

A second portable will arrive from Clovis today, a third Friday and the fourth on Monday. The portables will be dropped off at the high school parking lot until next Monday or Tuesday when all four will be moved to the Aspen campus.

These classroom portables will join the eight portables moving from Los Alamos Middle Read More

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