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Los Alamos School Board Meeting Highlights

on May 16, 2014 - 10:41am
Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard presented the Los Alamos Middle School Science Bowl team and its coach, LAMS science teacher Naomi Unger, with certifictes from the N.M. Legislature commemerating their performance at the Nationals in Washington D.C. The team was 16th in the nation out of 4,000 teams. The team actually beat the second place finishers during an earlier round.

School Board Moves Closer to Finalized Budget

on May 16, 2014 - 10:29am
LAPS Chief Financial Officer John Wolfe presents the almost-completed Los Alamos Public Schools budget to the School Board Tuesday. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos School Board moved closer to approving a 2014-15 budget at Tuesday’s meeting, held at the School Administraton Building Conference Room. The final budget will be presented to the Board May 22.

“I’m very happy with the way the budget is shaping up,” Board Vice President Kevin Honnell said.

Budget highlights include the hiring of three new teachers.


Recognition of 2014 Teacher of the Year for New Mexico

on May 15, 2014 - 3:01pm

From left, LAPS Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt, New Mexico Teacher of the Year Carolyn Torres, Paul Aguilar of the Public Education Department, Third Grade Team Teacher Sharon Jiron and Debbie Smith Chamisa Elementary Principal. Torres’ husband David Torres also attended the special event. Courtesy photo

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Carolyn Torres of Los Alamos was honored at the 2014 Teacher of the Year luncheon at UNM in Albuquerque. The award was presented by Paul Aguilar New Mexico Public Education Department. 

The New Mexico Teacher of the Year Program began in 1963. Each year, all New Mexico school


Governor Signs Executive Order to Grant Leave for State Employees to Attend Parent-Teacher Conferences

on May 15, 2014 - 12:06pm

Gov. Susana Martinez


  • Governor Also Encourages Local Governments, Businesses to Provide Similar Accommodations

Albuquerque—Gov. Susana Martinez signed an executive order Wednesday directing state agencies to provide administrative leave for employees with school-aged children, so that they can regularly participate in parent-teacher conferences in the fall and spring of each school year.

The Governor also encouraged other public bodies not covered by her executive order (such as independent state agencies, local governments, and universities), as well as private sector

Wesley Skidmore is Rotary Student of the Month

on May 15, 2014 - 8:29am

Wesley Skidmore. Courtesy photo

Rotary Club of Los Alamos

Wesley Skidmore, a junior at Los Alamos High School (LAHS), was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month. Skidmore is the son of Wendy and Cary Skidmore and the brother of Bradley, Gregory, Jeffrey and Stephanie.

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month.

Rotary Supports LAHS DECA Student

on May 15, 2014 - 7:49am

State Farm Insurance Agent Abe Dispennette thanks the Rotary Club of Los Alamos for its support of his intern Kaylen Pocaterra of Los Alamos High School to travel to a national DECA conference. They were joined at a recent Rotary meeting at the Manhattan Project Restaurant with LAHS DECA teacher Tammy Seidel. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Mountain School’s Green Team Wins State Competition!

on May 14, 2014 - 4:17pm

Mountain Elementary School Green Team are the state champions in the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge. Courtesy photo

Mountain Elementary School Green Team state champions with their sponsors Michele Altherr and Karen Henderson. Courtesy photo


This past year Mountain School’s Green Team took up the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge. The 15 club members rallied the school and community and turned in a final count of 67,469 plastic bags and overwraps! 

They won the New Mexico competition.