Education

New Mexico Delegation Hails Over $2.6 Million To Boost Online Education/Career Training For High School Students

Congressional Delegation News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), and U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) applauded over $2.6 million in federal funding awarded to the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) to help provide online career and technical education (CTE) opportunities for high school students.

In New Mexico, more than two-thirds of all students take a CTE course in high school, with roughly 20 percent concentrating on this college and career pathway. During


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Rotary Club Cleans Up Memorial Garden At LAHS

Rotarians from left, LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus, Bev Cooper, Chuck Tallman, Sandy Tobin, Judy Goldie, Shelly Wiemann and Jim O’Donnell gather Saturday morning to clean and prepare the Memorial Garden at Los Alamos High School for fall and winter seasons. Behind the camera is Oliver Morris who coordinated the service project. The garden, which was dedicated in December 2012, honors those students who have passed away during their enrollment at the high school. The project was a collaboration between the Rotary Club of Los Alamos and the Los Alamos Public Schools. For information


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Chart 211: COVID-19 In New Mexico Oct. 11

This chart shows the cumulative number of diagnoses in New Mexico public schools, for both staff and students, versus date. New Mexico public schools are required to report COVID-19 diagnoses to the New Mexico Department of Public education within 72 hours. Source: New Mexico Public Education Department, Los Alamos Daily Post. Created by Eli Ben-Naim

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Superintendent Steinhaus Briefs Rotary On Hybrid Model

Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

By LINDA HULL
Vice President
Rotary Club Speaker

Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, Superintendent of Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS), briefed the Rotary Club of Los Alamos during its Oct. 6 meeting on the current accommodations being made by the school district to adapt to recent changes in pandemic protocols.

Remarking that a “really tough” situation has been addressed by teachers, staff, parents, and students “working hard to pull together”, Steinhaus emphasized that “safety and well-being are always pre-eminent considerations.”

Beginning Monday, Oct. 19, LAPS elementary schools


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Drug Enforcement Administration And Discovery Education Launch Expansion Of Operation Prevention

DEA News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Drug Enforcement Administration and Discovery Education have expanded Operation Prevention, a joint effort to curb drug use among students by educating them about the dangers of abuse.

In response to growing demand, new modules launched last night build on the original student curriculum, which is geared toward elementary and middle schools students.

These new lessons educate young people about the effects of a wider range of drugs and pharmaceuticals on the human body.

Operation Prevention will host a webinar for educators Oct. 14 to review the existing


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Santa Fe Institute Scientist Sidney Redner Awarded 2021 Leo P. Kadanoff Prize From American Physical Society

Sidney Redner

SFI News:

SFI Professor Sidney Redner has been awarded the 2021 Leo P. Kadanoff Prize “For leadership in transcending traditional disciplinary boundaries by applying and advancing deep concepts and methods of statistical physics to gain novel insights into diverse real-world phenomena.”

The annual prize from the American Physical Society is one of its highest honors in theoretical physics.

According to the APS website, the prize “recognizes a scientist or scientists whose work (theoretical, experimental, or computational) has opened new vistas for statistical and/or


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New Mexico State Agencies Collaborate To Engage Students

CYFD News:

SANTA FE — Three state agencies are joining forces with local school districts and charter schools to track down students who have dropped off school rosters or who are chronically absent from remote classes.

The Public Education Department is partnering with the Children, Youth and Families and Indian Affairs departments to identify, locate, contact and intervene to get students back in school to ensure their safety and to provide for their continued learning opportunities and well-being. 

“This has been an impossibly difficult year for all of us, no doubt about it,” Gov. Michelle


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NMPED COVID-19 Update: 8 Staff Members And 10 Students Test Positive In New Mexico Public Schools In Last 24 Hours

NMPED News:

SANTA FE — The Public Education Department announced Friday 18 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 in Chaves County. The infected individuals are staff members who were last on school property Oct. 2 and Oct. 6. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive cases.
  • Three cases in Curry County. Two of the infected individuals

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Scenes From LAHS Girls Cross Country Team Practice

Los Alamos High School Girls Cross Country Coach Kathy Hipwood speaks Wednesday with athlete Kamaya Ronning before beginning warm ups. The team practices around Los Alamos and this practice is on the road below Anderson Overlook. Each pod covers about 5 miles including some hill surges and long intervals. The team was scheduled to compete at Rio Ranch High School Saturday in Albuquerque, but the meet was canceled per governor’s heath emergency orders – a huge disappointment for the team. Photo by John McHaleladailypost.com

Coach Kathy Hipwood oversees the warm-up routine for the first


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New Mexico Delegation Hails Nearly $6 Million To Increase High School Student Access/Success In Higher Education

NM Congressional Delegation  News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), along with U.S. Representatives Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M), Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and Xochitl Torres Small (D-N.M.) applauded nearly $6 million in grant funding to the New Mexico Higher Education Department and Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell (ENMU-R) to fund partnerships between universities and middle and high schools to increase the college readiness and success for low-income students.

The funding is the first installment of the U.S. Department of Education GEAR


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NMPED Provides $332K In School Nutrition Grants

NMPED News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Public Education Department has awarded 53 grants to school districts across the state to expand programs that purchase food directly from local farmers, food hubs or cooperatives and distributors.

The grants, which total $332,000, align with the department’s and the Student Success and Wellness Bureau’s goal of ensuring that New Mexico children have access to high-quality, healthful school meals. The announcement coincides with National Farm to School Month, which celebrates the importance of fresh, local foods in school-based feeding programs.


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Natalie Aulwes Earns Girl Scouts National Gold Award

Girl Scout national gold award winner Natalie Aulwes. Courtesy photo

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post
kirsten@ladailypost.com

Natalie Aulwes, a 2020 Los Alamos High School graduate, has a lot of ties in the local Girl Scout program and recently made her mark on the national level in earning the Girl Scouts National Gold Award.

Aulwes received the award as a result of her service projects, which included constructing a new helicopter pad at Pajarito Mountain to transport injured patients out of the ski area and hosting a workshop to introduce young girls to STEM  (science, technology,


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Top Students Tapped For Los Alamos Science Experience

 
National Security Sciences Building (NSSB) at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Courtesy/LANL 
 
LANL News:
  • Graduate program from DOE prepares students for STEM careers

As part of a U.S. Department of Energy graduate-student program, 52 students from 43 different universities will be sponsored to conduct research at 12 national laboratories. Seven of them will come to Los Alamos National Laboratory for their research experience for between three and 12 months.

“These graduate student awards help prepare new scientists for STEM careers that are vitally important to the DOE mission and the


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United Way Of Northern New Mexico Sharing And Receiving Community Support

Facilitator Camilla Bustamante, PhD. MPH., left, speaks to the UWNNM Board gathered in January for their annual retreat at the McCurdy Ministries Community Center in Española. Seated from far right, Chair Liddie Martinez, Executive Director Cindy Padilla, Treasurer John Sarrao, Christopher Madrid, Secretary Michelle Harkey-Wilde, Steven Renfro and James Mountain. Board members not pictured, Cindy Rooney, Carol A. Clark (taking photo), Stephen Boerigter, Christopher Madrid, John Whiteside, Mike Lippiatt and Barb Ricci. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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LAPS Unveils Safer Bus Transportation For Students

LAPS rolls out 12 new school buses with enhanced safety features: ‘no student left behind’ button, higher quality disc brakes, an anti-roll system, better mirror visibility and easier access for bus drivers to engage student lights. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools unveils the arrival of 12 new school buses. 

New safety features include the “no student left behind” button, higher quality disc brakes, an anti-roll system, better mirror visibility and easier access for bus drivers to engage student lights.  

“We are pleased with the new safety features on all 12 buses and


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LAPD Reminds Motorists That School Starts Monday

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department is reminding motorists that all elementary schools start Monday, Oct. 19 within the Los Alamos Public Schools district.

Police Officers will be conducting traffic enforcement in each of the five elementary school zones to ensure the safety of all students, parents and staff as the community transitions into another school year.

LAPD also reminds motorists to stop for school buses when their red lights are flashing and students are loading and unloading throughout the community.

This pertains to traffic traveling in both directions.

“Let’s work


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NMPED Provides $332K In School Nutrition Grants

NMPED Secretary Ryan Stewart

NMPED News:

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Public Education Department has awarded 53 grants to school districts across the state to expand programs that purchase food directly from local farmers, food hubs or cooperatives and distributors.

The grants, which total $332,000, align with the department’s and the Student Success and Wellness Bureau’s goal of ensuring that New Mexico children have access to high-quality, healthful school meals. The announcement coincides with National Farm to School Month, which celebrates the importance of fresh, local foods in school-based


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NMPED COVID-19 Update: 4 Staff Members And 11 Students Test Positive In New Mexico Public Schools In Last 24 Hours

NMPED COVID-19 update:

SANTA FE – The Public Education Department today announced 15 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:

  • One case in Bernalillo County. The infected individual is a staff member who was last on school property Oct. 2. All staff members and the parents and guardians of all students in the affected school have been notified of the positive case.
  • Four cases in Curry County. All of the infected individuals

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Registration Now Open For LACF And UWNNM 2020-21 Nonprofit Training Program Series Which Begins Oct. 15

LACF News:

The first workshop of the Los Alamos Community Foundation and United Way of Northern New Mexico 2020-21 Nonprofit Training Program series is Thursday, Oct. 15 and will focus on Community Services and Community Engagement. 

This workshop, facilitated by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, will help your organization re-examine how it serves its constituents and communities, both in the time of COVID and in looking ahead to a new normal.

Focus areas include:

  • Strengthening service delivery;
  • Increasing outreach, impact, and engagement with your nonprofit client;
  • Examining

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2020 General Obligation Bond C On General Election Ballot Supports Higher Educational Institutions Across New Mexico

UNM-LA News:

The November election is quickly approaching. One of the items on the ballot is General Obligation Bond C, which supports higher educational institutions throughout the state of New Mexico.

Bond C will help maintain the institutions and provide resources to deliver a safe, quality education. This funding, which includes $1.7 million for UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA), will develop high-quality learning environments for students.

It is important to note that Bond C will not increase taxes (as verified by the New Mexico State Department of Finance and Administration). 

An investment


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