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Kindergarten Roundup Wednesday April 2

on March 20, 2014 - 9:39am

LAPS News:

Kindergarten Roundup is Wednesday, April 2 at all Los Alamos Elementary Schools. Children who turn five by Sept. 1, 2014, are eligible to be enrolled in kindergarten for the school year 2014/2015. 

The purpose of kindergarten roundup is to give the parents and children an idea of what to expect for kindergarten. Parents and students will get to meet kindergarten teachers, principals, school nurses, school counselors and other key school personnel. 

The kindergartners to be will visit a kindergarten classroom and see all the learning materials, toys and books.

Parents are encouraged


Applications Available for Stoddard Scholarships for Nursing and Teaching

on March 20, 2014 - 8:45am

Retired State Sen. Steve Stoddard and his wife Barbara in September 2012. Photo by Carol A.Clark/


Barbara and the late Steve Stoddard established the Stoddard Scholarships for Nursing and Teaching as a result of Steve’s work on the Board of the Caldera National Preserve. 

Steve was a member of the original trustees of the Valles Caldera and attended many meetings to decide the fate of the Caldera. He was paid a small stipend for his service and he and Barbara saved these funds. 

The Stoddards decided to fund two annual awards to graduating seniors from Los


NMiF Focuses on Experience of 'Crypto-Jews'

on March 20, 2014 - 7:10am

PBS News:

This week, at 7 p.m. Friday, New Mexico in Focus (NMiF) presents a companion piece to the national series The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama,” which premieres 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 on PBS Ch.5.1. The program will repeat at 5 p.m. Saturday on channel 9.1.

NMiF Producer Megan Kamerick focuses on the experience of “conversos” or “crypto-Jews” in New Mexico.

In 1492, the Edict of Expulsion launched the diaspora of Sephardic Jews from Spain. Many found their way to the New World, including New Mexico, although they could not openly practice their religion. 


Scholarships Available From Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries

on March 19, 2014 - 3:33pm


As the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries await applications for their annual scholarships from graduating seniors, they are sad to bid farewell to Marie Pierce, who was Scholarship Chairman for many years.

Each year, Pierce made sure that applicants followed the rules, logged in the qualifying applications, and, at the same time, removed the identification of the author and assigned a code letter identifier to each essay. She created packets and distributed them to each of her volunteer readers.

Filing Survey Cards Could Garner LAPS $300,000

on March 19, 2014 - 11:36am

LAPS CFO John Wolfe. File photo

LAPS News:

So many forms, so little time, but in this case, a little form with some very big importance for Los Alamos Public Schools, with a $300,000 educational impact.

Recently, the district was contacted by the U.S. Dept. of Education Impact Aid Office with an update that providing a post office box number instead of  a physical address is no longer sufficient for their survey.

“By completing the survey cards, parents help the district and state generate approximately $330,000 in revenue used to support instruction,” LAPS Chief Financial Officer John


LAHS Senior is Driving Force Behind Showing of Film on Student Stress March 27

on March 19, 2014 - 8:00am
LAHS student Tessa Snyder is the driving force behind the public showing and community discussion of a Race To Nowhere. Courtesy/Tessa Snyder
LAPS Prevention Specialist

Los Alamos High School (LAHS) student Tessa Snyder is the driving force behind the public showing and community discussion of a Race To Nowhere. The documentary highlights academic imbalance and pressures on youth.

You just have to love it when a youth-driven idea starts with a spark, and that spark is fanned to become a flame by multiple community adults and organizations.

That flame, started by


'Quality of Education' Survey for Parents Online Now

on March 18, 2014 - 10:00am

PED News:

The Quality of Education Survey allows school districts and the Public Education Department to obtain valuable input from parents for continuous improvement and to better educate students.

Take the survey at
or via a link off the main page of the Public Education Department’s website under ”Quality of Ed Survey.”

The survey will be active through April 21

After going to one of the above websites, click on the left side of the screen at  "Take a Survey." Follow the survey’s directions and take the survey