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Sanchez: Give Credit Where Credit is Due on Education Reform

on February 11, 2014 - 6:51am
Give Credit Where Credit is Due on Education Reform
By Sen. Michael Sanchez, D-Bernalillo & Valencia

Last year, high school graduation rates in New Mexico improved 10 percent over recent historic rates, from the low 60 percent range up to 70 percent.
For the second year in a row, Hispanic New Mexican students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) classes have the highest completion and graduation rates of all AP students in the country.

These are fantastic developments that are justly lauded, and which the current governor is rightly touting – for which she is incorrectly taking credit.

Special School Board Meeting Thursday

on February 11, 2014 - 6:40am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School od Education will hold a Special School Board meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb.13 at 2075 Trinity Dr., Suite V. 

Agenda items include:

  • A closed Executive Session to discuss limited personnel matters, specifically the evaluation of the Superintendent
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes for Special School Board Meeting Jan. 16
  • Aspen Construction Update
  • Aspen Change of Scope and Modification Change Request Log
  • Los Alamos Middle School Update
  • Additional Design Service Requests
  • Board Room Update
  • Selection of Architectural Research Consultants to guide LAPS through

Local Occupational Therapists Share Skills With Nicaraguan Children

on February 10, 2014 - 10:57am
A Nicaraguan child practices sorting skills. Photo by Hannah Bloom
Play is therapy for students with diabilities in Nicaragua. Photo by Hannah Bloom
Los Alamos Daily Post

In mid-March, three occupational therapists, six OT students, and a physical therapist will spend two weeks in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, where they will collaborate with Nicaraguan teachers and therapists in a cultural exchange. Students will live with host families in a full-immersion environment, where they will speak Spanish and learn about Nicaraguan culture.

Two Los Alamos OT students in their

Los Alamos FIRST LEGO League Winners

on February 10, 2014 - 8:17am
The Atomic Flying Pickles in tie dye and the Bloonatics from left top row Coach Susannah Rousculp, Summer Bronson, Risa Bridge, Indy Warrior, Haylee Richardson, Elyse Phillips, Ally Lakis, Ellie Rightley, Emme Segler, Coach Vicki Erkkila and Genevieve Triplett. Bottom row from left, Jillian Bennett, Catherine Rousculp, Jessica Erkkila, Elia Vasquez and Zoe Lederman. Courtesy photo
The Atomic Flying Pickles moving from the NMFLL robot games to a judging session ... their enthusiasm was contagious! Courtesy photo

FLL News:

Five teams from Los Alamos competed at the New Mexico state FIRST

Learn to Identify Los Alamos Birds at PEEC Presentation

on February 10, 2014 - 7:49am
Find out about this and other Los Alamos birds at 'What is That Bird?' a talk by Dave Yeamans at PEEC Thursday. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Do you see birds around Los Alamos and find yourself asking, "What is That Bird?" Avid birder Dave Yeamans will address all these questions at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb.13, and provide a wealth of information in a program at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), 3540 Orange St. in Los Alamos. The cost to attend is $8 or $6 for PEEC members. Advance registration is not required.

Yeamans’ program, “What is That Bird?” will last about an hour, with

LAMS Hosts 'Discover New Mexico Day'

on February 9, 2014 - 12:35pm

Los Alamos Middle School hosted a seventh grade event Friday called "Discover New Mexico Day." Presenters from the surrounding area helped make the history and culture of new Mexico come alive. Mr. Suazo, left, and Ms. Jenkins of Puye Cliffs present 'Puye Owinge-Where We Came From.' Photo by Lelend Lehman/

Guadalupita Ortiz presents a talk on 'Retablos.' Photo by Lelend Lehman/

Santa Fe artist J.W. Segler. Photo by Lelend Lehman/

Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott presents an organizational culture talk to seventh graders at Los Alamos Middle

NMSA Senior Competes for Presidential Scholar Integrating Science and Music

on February 9, 2014 - 11:02am

Los Alamos native Mohit Lauer Dubey has been invited to apply to the Presidential Scholar Program. Photo by Manvendra Dubey


Los Alamos native Mohit Lauer Dubey has been invited to apply to the Presidential Scholar Program. He is a senior at the New Mexico School of the Arts (NMSA), a state sponsored charter school in Santa Fe.

This is a prestigious honor that places Dubey in the top 0.067 percent of the graduating seniors this year, based on competitive performance in tests, academics and the arts. 

“Mohit is a perfect example of the synergy that can occur for students