LAPS Shares 2021 Los Alamos County Science Fair Results

LAMS 8th grader William Borovina earned 1st place in the Animal Science Junior Division and Best in Show in the Life Science Junior Division for his project on a comparison of hardness between collected Fossil shark teeth and Modern shark teeth. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Fifty-nine students participated in the 2021 Los Alamos County Science Fair this past weekend, with six projects being named best of show in the elementary, junior and senior categories. 

Every student participant is considered to be a winner.

“We were able to host the Science Fair while sticking to the current COVID restrictions


Kick Off Great Kindness Week With Happy Heart Hunt

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) invites the community to kick off the Great Kindness Week with the Los Alamos Happy Heart Hunt.

There is no better time to remember the importance of small acts of kindness and finding the positive moments. Make a Happy Heart and put it in your window for the Happy Heart Hunt! 

Cut out a heart of any size from any material (craft paper, cardboard, wrapping paper, newspaper, fabric or other.). Decorate your heart with a positive message or just leave it blank, and then tape your heart to a street-facing window to show your love to all.

Then, as you’re driving


American Federation Of Teachers New Mexico And NEA New Mexico React To Cancellation Of Vaccines For Educators

AFT News:

American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly, National Education Association-New Mexico President Mary Parr-Sanchez, and Rio Rancho School Employees Union President Billie Helean released the following statement:

“Despite scheduling vaccination events in conjunction with Rio Rancho Public Schools, Sandoval County, and the Sandoval Regional Medical Center and educational staff being included in New Mexico’s vaccination Phase 1B, the last minute cancellation of distribution of vaccines to Rio Rancho Public School Employees is a cruel and short-sighted


21 New Mexico Public Schools On COVID-19 Watchlist


SANTA FE — Twenty-one New Mexico public school buildings appeared on the COVID-19 Watchlist in the week ending Friday, Jan. 22, signifying they had at least two Rapid Responses within a 14-day period. 

Those school buildings are:


  • Hope Christian Elementary
  • Menaul School


  • Cobre High


  • Bloomfield High


  • Hillcrest Preschool


  • Mesa Elementary


  • Deming Public Schools-Administration Office


  • Farmington Municipal Schools — Plant Op


  • College Lane Elementary
  • Houston Middle


  • Jemez Valley Elementary


Attorney General Hector Balderas And Wife Denise Balderas Give Back To New Mexico Highlands University

Hector and Denise Balderas

NMHU News:

LAS VEGAS, NM — New Mexico Highlands University alumnus Hector Balderas, the New Mexico Attorney General, is giving back to his alma mater through working with students in the university’s Legislative Fellowship Program.

Denise Balderas, the attorney general’s wife, also is a Highlands alumna. She is working with the university’s Facundo Valdez School of Social Work to develop a field practicum for a student at New Mexico ABLE, which she directs.

“I was raised in a vulnerable and impoverished small community in Northern New Mexico,” Hector Balderas


LAPS Update On COVID And Safe Learning Environments

By Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus today sent the following message to LAPS parents and families:

Dear LAPS Parents and Families,

This message is part of a series of updates about coronavirus and what LAPS is doing to support healthy learning environments. 

Let me begin by stating that student and staff safety is paramount and that we are learning more every day about the virus and the growing number of variants.

Click here to see the LAPS Community Promise for a Healthy School Environment.  With this in


LAHS Introduces New Course Offering For 2021-2022

LAPS News:

With course selection opening for Los Alamos High School students, upcoming juniors and seniors will have another option to fulfill their English credit requirement toward graduation.

English teachers Margo Batha and Suzanne Montoya have partnered to teach Southwest Narratives: Life and Literature of New Mexico. 

Click here to view the video that Montoya created to promote this new course offering.

“Mrs. Montoya and I believe in the power of place-based learning and community-based education for our students,” Batha said. “We want to offer juniors and seniors at Los Alamos


Lawmaker Proposes Overhaul To Graduation Requirements

Rep. G. Andrés Romero


A New Mexico lawmaker who works in education is proposing an overhaul to the state’s high school graduation criteria in a bill that would reduce the number of required classes and give students the option of skipping Algebra 2.

Rep. G. Andrés Romero, D-Albuquerque, has introduced House Bill 83, which also would allow students to choose a capstone class — a long-term project exploring an interest, such as a profession or social issue — in lieu of a core subject.

Under the bill, a high school student opting for the capstone would have to work with an educator