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Atomic Flying Pickles Meet with Fire Retardant Manufacturers

on May 17, 2014 - 10:57am
The  Atomic Flying Pickles, back row from left, Coach Susannah Rousculp, Catherine Rousculp, Summer Bronson, Jillian Bennett, Haylee Richardson, Elyse Richardson, Indy Warrior, Risa Bridge. Front row from left, Valdo Calvert and Randy Wahl from TetraKO. Photo by Sherry Hardage
An up close look at fire retardant gel. Photo by Sherry Hardage
From left, Risa Bridge, Jillian Bennett, Haylee Richardson, Elyse Phillilps, Indy Warrior, Catherine Rousculp and Timothy Rousculp check out the slime. Photo by Sherry Hardage

The Atomic Flying Pickles, a FIRST Lego League

Los Alamos School Board Holds Special Meeting, Executive Session and Work Session Thursday

on May 17, 2014 - 10:19am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board has scheduled a Special School Board Meeting, School Board Executive Session and School Board Work Session for 5 p.m. Thursday, May 22 at the District’s Administrative Offices, 2075 Trinity Dr., Ste. V. 

The Special School Board Meeting agenda includes: 

  • Closure of meeting to an Executive Session
  • Reconvening of Special School Board meeting
  • Approval of Budget
  • Adjustment Requests for May 2014
  • Approval of Cash Transfers for May 2014
  • Approval of State Mandated Raise of 3 percent for Certified, Classified, Non Classified/Non Certified Personnel and 6 percent

School on the Hill: Artists and Outsiders

on May 16, 2014 - 3:33pm
Visual artists Lydia Coe and Craig Mortensen, center, and musician Corbin Pfeffer share their experiences attending school in Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Craig Mortensen displays his archtypal clothing designs at the Senior Thesis Show May 9 at the Santa Fe Institute of Art and Design. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Editor's Note: This is part of a continuing series of stories exploring the two-edged sword of the “challenging” nature of the education students receive in Los Alamos.

Craig Mortensen,


Brainology Mentorship Makes an Impact on LAPS Students

on May 16, 2014 - 1:36pm

LAHS Psych Mentors lead Mountain Elementary School 6th graders through a dissection of sheep brains. Courtesy photo

Mountain Elementary School students with their LAHS AP Psych student mentors. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Mountain Elementary School students learned all about about the brain this semester from a group of dedicated Los Alamos High School students in AP Psychology.

For 12 weeks this semester, 11th and 12th grade students in Lynn Ovaska's AP Psych partnered with 6th grade students in Sarah O'Brien's class to teach them what they know about the brain.


Hawk to Hilltopper Famous Shaving Cream War, Lunch, Fun @ Urban Park May 30

on May 16, 2014 - 12:40pm


The Los Alamos County Parks, Recreation & Open Space Division announces that the Hawk to Hilltopper event is set for noon to 3 p.m., May 30 at Urban Park.

This annual event is a celebration for 8th grade students transitioning to high school. Students are treated to a barbeque lunch, inflatable toys and the famous shaving cream war. The event will end with the Los Alamos Fire Department hosing off the students after the shaving cream war.

The event typically ends around 3 p.m. with parents picking up students at the park.

A parent permission form is required to participate

New Data Tool Shows New Mexico Among Top in Science & Engineering Categories

on May 16, 2014 - 11:48am

HSNW News:

Homeland Security News Wire (HSNW) reports that a newly updated, online, interactive state data tool allows policymakers, educators and other users to discern trends in education, science and research in each of the 50 states and New Mexico is among the top three.

The three states with the highest scores in the number of science and engineering bachelor’s degrees awarded, share of a state’s workforce employed in science and engineering occupations, and the amount of R&D performed, as a share of a state’s gross domestic product (GDP), are Vermont, Virginia and New Mexico.


Elementary 'Specials' Teachers Express Concern Over Proposed Pilot Drama Program

on May 16, 2014 - 11:12am
LAPS Director of Curriculum and Technology Pam Miller explains the proposed pilot program to bring drama instruction into the regular classroom at Pinon Elementary. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Many of those filling the LAPS Administration Building conference room for Tuesday's School Board Meeting were teachers concerned over a proposed elementary school drama program that would take funds from other arts and physical education projects. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/


Los Alamos Daily Post

A number of Los Alamos elementary school “specials”