Los Alamos AP Students and Staff Honored at State Capitol

Los Alamos Public Schools students and staff honored Tuesday on the floor of the Senate at the State Capitol. Photo by John McHale/LAPS

Los Alamos Public Schools students and staff honored Tuesday at the State Capitol Rotunda. Photo by John McHale/LAPS

Gov. Susana Martinez congratulates Los Alamos students for their hard work in the classroom. Photo by John McHale/LAPS

By Dr. Gene Schmidt, Superintendent
Los Alamos Public Schools

Los Alamos Public Schools students and staff were honored at the State Capitol Rotunda and on the floor of the State Senate Tuesday, Feb. 4. Senate Education Chair John Sapien, Senators Richard Martinez and Carlos Cisneros were among the many complimenting the efforts of Los Alamos for promoting Advancement Placement courses in the high school. In addition, House Education Chair Rep. Mimi Stewart and Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard spoke words of praise.

During the gathering at the Rotunda, Joshua Romberg (AP Southwest Regional Office) presented LAHS students and staff a certificated naming Los Alamos as one of 477 school districts from the US and Canada to the AP District Honor Roll.  Mr. Romberg stated, “Los Alamos was the first school district in New Mexico state history to receive this prestigious honor.”

Senators Cisneros and Martinez invited students and staff to the Senate Floor to listen as a Memorial “recognizing Los Alamos Public Schools for receiving an Advanced Placement College Board Honor Roll Award”, was read and voted 43-0 into the record by the Senate. The Memorial cited Los Alamos for “increasing student participation in AP Courses and for improving the percentage of student who scored a 3 or better on AP exams.” The Memorial noted that “Los Alamos Public School District is the first school district in New Mexico to receive this distinction.”

Rep. Garcia Richard also sponsored a proclamation from the House that honored the “outstanding achievement and exceptional accomplishment” of Los Alamos AP teachers. The Proclamation, which named every AP teacher in the high school, went on to declare “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,{the House of Representatives} does hereby extend its congratulations and acknowledgement; and further, does herein direct that this official expression of its pride be forthwith sent on behalf of the people of the State of New Mexico.”

Gov. Susana Martinez and Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera met with students and staff in the Governor’s Cabinet Room. The Governor congratulated the students for their hard work in the classroom. She thanked teachers and school administrators for promoting rigorous courses in the high school. The Secretary of Education complimented Los Alamos students and staff for their leadership in being the first to receive this prestigious honor.

Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera, right, met with students and staff in the Governor’s Cabinet Room Tuesday. Photo by John McHale/LAPS

LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt at Tuesday’s event. Photo by John McHale/LAPS

Senate Education Chair John Sapien, left, speaks with Los Alamos High School Principal Sandra Warnock and LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt. Photo by John McHale/LAPS

Sen. Carlos Cisneros, center, honors Los Alamos Public School teachers, administrators and school board members. Photo by John McHale/LAPS

Gov. Susana Martinez joins a Los Alamos High School student giving the thumbs up. Photo by John McHale/LAPS

Los Alamos High School students. Photo by John McHale/LAPS

Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard commends the efforts of Los Alamos for promoting Advancement Placement courses in the high school. Photo by John McHale/LAPS

From left, Sen. Richard Martinez, Senate Education Chair John Sapien and Sen. Carlos Cisneros congratulate LAHS Principal Sandra Warnock, center, students and staff. Photo by John McHale/LAPS

Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados speaks with LAPS School Board members. Photo by John McHale/LAPS

Photo by John McHale/LAPS

Photo by John McHale/LAPS

 

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