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School Board Swaps ACS for Honeywell on Aspen Construction Project

on November 15, 2013 - 10:15am

Dave Wharram of Gerald Martin at Thursday's Special School Board Meeting. Photo by Bonnie J Gordon/

STAFF Report

Dave Wharram of Gerald Martin, who serves as the owner representative for LAPS construction projects at Los Alamos Middle School and Aspen Elementary reported on those projects Thursday at a Special School Board Meeting dealing with construction issues.

In a 4-1 vote (Matt Williams voted nay), the Board approved hiring Honeywell as the Controls Contractor on the Aspen Project, rather than retaining ACS, the contractor hired by Jaynes Construction for the project.


Olions Present One-acts at the Blackbox

on November 15, 2013 - 7:22am
Mateo Cardiel and Megan Pimentel rehearse for the Olions one-act plays, which begin Friday at the LAHS Blackbox Theater. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School Olions Thespian Club will present four one-act plays in the LAHS Black Box Theater at 7 p.m., Nov. 16, 17 and 23, with 2 p.m. matinees Nov. 17 and 23.

Olions sponsor Rachel Saxton will direct "This Property is Condemned," written by Tennessee Williams. The three remaining plays are student written and directed.

Highlights From Nov. 12 School Board Meeting

on November 14, 2013 - 8:41am
Staff members from Los Alamos High School pose with the plaque and certificate that will be displayed at the high school announcing the Los Alamos School District's acheivement of the highest level of accreditation by AdvancED. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos High School Student Body President Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta, right, and Vice President Justin Dunn, second from right, and a contingent of LAHS students presented a proposal to change the dress code at LAHS. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

A number of issues were


Reading Workshop for Families Will 'Raise the Roof' at Piñon

on November 14, 2013 - 7:50am
Piñon Elementary School teachers get ready to 'Riase the Roof' at a family engagement workshop 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 for parents of children in kindergarten through third grade. This workshop will provide parents with at-home tools to support their children’s reading achievement. Readers Raise the Roof! workshops will be led by teachers dressed as construction workers to engage the audience. Courtesy/Julie Bulthuis

Aspen Elementary School Ground Is Broken!

on November 13, 2013 - 1:20pm

LAPS School Board President Jim Hall addresses the crowd at this morning's ground breaking ceremony at Aspen Elementary School at 2182 33rd St. Photo by Bob Beberniss

Staff Report

A ground breaking ceremony this morning offically launched a major overhaul of Aspen Elementary School's aging buildings at 2182 33rd St.

The community's approval of a $20 million bond last January, makes it possible to rebuild at Aspen as well as upgrade utilities and maintenance at other schools in the district.

With passage of the bond, the State of New Mexico is providing an additional $5.4 million in


School Officials to Address Common Core Curriculum

on November 13, 2013 - 10:37am

LWV News:

The League of Women Voters invites the community to hear Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) Superintendent  Gene Schmidt, and Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn speak on the Common Core Curriculum that Los Alamos Public Schools is implementing. The talk is 11:40 a.m. to1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 in the upstairs meeting rooms at Mesa Public Library.

Schmidt and Washburn will be talking about the Common Core Curriculum that New Mexico and 44 other states recently adopted as part of the waiver procedure from No Child Left Behind.

School Board Will Seek Teacher Support for Letter to Education Secretary

on November 13, 2013 - 10:33am

Board of Education and school officials at Tuesday's board meeting at Los Alamos High School. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Staff Report

At Tuesday night’s School Board Meeting, Superintendent Gene Schmidt presented the first draft of a letter to New Mexico Secretary of Education Designate Hanna Skandera expressing concerns and requesting changes to the state Teacher Evaluation System as well as addressing other matters.

The letter was formulated based on meetings of a committee for teacher concerns and input from school principals.