LAHS Makes AP District Honor Roll!

LAHS AP teachers from left, first row, Anita Boshier, Margo Batha, Allen Andraski, Barb Musgrave, second row from left, Stephanie Mitchell, Lorraine Martinez, Brian Easton, Kathy Boerigter, Louise Gentile, Lee Goodwin, Jon Lathrop, Mike Montano, Sally Shockey, Joy Handsberry and Judy Nekimken. Not pictured, Lynn Ovaska, Catherine Puranananda, Todd Yilk and Christy Marcotte. Courtesy photo
LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools is one of 477 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the Fourth Annual AP® District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP® course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of three or higher on AP Exams.

Since 2011, Los Alamos Public Schools has increased the number of students participating in AP while improving the number of students earning AP Exam scores of three or higher. Edwina Henslee, AP College Board director, New Mexico Partnership, congratulated Los Alamos for being first in New Mexico history to be named to the College Board AP District Honor Roll. This honor spoke well of the community’s commitment to provide strong educational coursework for students to be successful in college level courses, she said.

Accepting the honor on behalf of Los Alamos Public Schools, School Board President Jim Hall praised the work of K-12 teachers and school administrators for preparing students for the academic challenges of AP courses. Los Alamos High School Principal Sandra Warnock commended her staff for their willingness to provide a wide range of challenging AP opportunities for students. She also acknowledged the great work of all teachers throughout the district who made this recognition possible.

“AP is a huge commitment, requires lots of work and speaks well of the quality of our staff, ” Stephanie Mitchell, AP biology teacher said.

“This recognition is representative of the quality of our students and the outstanding efforts of our staff,” Kathy Boerigter, AP chemistry teacher said.

 “I am happy to be part of this. It’s the students that deserve the recognition due their willingness to challenge themselves,” Brian Easton, AP microeonomics teacher said.

“This is another sign of our community’s strong focus on education and the district’s willingness to make AP courses more accessible,” Jonathan Lathrop, AP U.S. history teacher said.

“It’s great,” Margo Batha, AP language and composition teacher said. “It validates our open enrollment that invites all students into AP courses. It tells us we can open up our class to any student with the expectation that they can be successful.” 

“We are proud of the students for excelling in an AP world, where exams are so difficult,” Anita Boshier (AP German) and Louise Foliot-Gentile (AP French) said.

 Superintendent Gene Schmidt congratulated and thanked staff for their extraordinary efforts for achieving this honor and for preparing students with the skills for college and beyond.