Education

2020 State Spirit, Spring Sports & Activities Canceled

NMAA News:

ALBUQUERQUE — Based on the recent directive from the New Mexico Public Education Department that schools will close for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year, the NMAA and its Board of Directors have canceled the 2020 State Spirit Championships, the 2020 Spring Sports Season, and all remaining activities for this academic school year.

This cancellation applies to practices and workouts in addition to contests and events. 

Due to the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, the Public Education Department has closed schools and additionally addressed interscholastic


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LA Garden Club Announces 2020 Scholarship Winner

LAHS senior Kathryn Laintz is the Los Alamos Garden Club 2020 scholarship recipient. Courtesy/LAGC

LAGC News:

The Los Alamos Garden Club (LAGC) announces today that Kathryn Laintz is the recipient of its 2020 scholarship.

Laintz is a Los Alamos High School graduating senior and is planning to focus on environmental science in her university studies. Future possible career plans include being a hydrologist, a freshwater ecologist, an agricultural scientist or a botanist.  

Her high school experience has included track and field, cross country and tennis in addition to the Eco Club and various


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Los Alamos Virtual Teen Center Now Open

TEEN CENTER News:

While the Los Alamos Teen Center, operated by The Family YMCA under a contract with Los Alamos County, is temporarily closed, its staff members have created a new website and an online space where Teen Center staff and teen members can interact via text and voice.

Named, “Los Alamos QUARANTEEN Center”, the website can be reached at www.losalamosquaranteencenter.com and will allow youth to access a curated collection of web resources shared by their favorite Teen Center staff, other teens and community members.

Resources include links to games, music, Ted Talks, cool videos


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PED Secretary: K-12 Schools Closed Through Academic Year

Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart

By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
bjgordon@ladailypost.com

SANTA FE — Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart hosted a virtual conference call with members of the media 10-11 a.m. today.

Early Childhood Education and Care Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky, Children, Youth and Families Secretary Brian Blalock and Indian Affairs Secretary Lynn Trujillo joined Stewart for the call.

Stewart announced that schools will remain closed through the end of this academic year in May. Educators will communicate with students online and via cell


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Superintendent Responds To Governor’s Announcement

Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus today sent the following letter to parents and families:

Dear LAPS Parents and Families,

Attached is today’s announcement from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Education Secretary Ryan Stewart. 

This information tracks closely with what I sent yesterday about our plan called innovative LA learning. 

Today, we are working on a special message for high school


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New Mexico Governor Announces K-12 School Closings Must Continue To Prevent Potential Spread Of COVID-19

STATE News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico public education will shift to a learn-at-home model as schools remain closed for the rest of the academic year, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state education and child care officials announced today.​

The decision is part of a two-pronged plan to protect New Mexicans from COVID-19 and ensure that children are protected, fed and educated and that families are supported through this crisis.

The governor previously ordered all public schools closed for three weeks, March 16-April 3, but warned at the time that an extension could be needed. It came today with


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Chartwells And LAPS Add Breakfast To Free Meals Program

Chamisa Kindergarten Instructional Assistant Lindsay Young and her children, Kohynn, left, a student at Chamisa and Kyler, a student at Los Alamos Middle School, are ready to hand out lunches at Chamisa Elementary School. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Beginning Monday, March 30, Chartwells and Los Alamos Public Schools will serve free breakfast along with free lunch as part of the Free Emergency Meals program for any child 18 and under.

Meals will be packaged together for one single distribution. Single pick up times are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday at Aspen Elementary School and noon


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Free Community Learning Opportunity In Days Of COVID-19

Richard Skolnik

COMMUNITY News:

Richard Skolnik of White Rock is the instructor for Yale’s Essentials of Global Health, on Coursera. ( https://www.coursera.org/learn/essentials-global-health )

The course is a comprehensive introduction to global health. It is based on a similar course that Richard taught to Yale undergraduates for five years. It is intended for lay people with no or limited experience in global health. It is appropriate for students in the upper years of high school and adults.

COVID-19 has spawned considerable interest in a range of global health topics and members


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Superintendent Shares Plan If School Ends For This Year

Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus today sent the following letter to parents and families:

Dear LAPS Parents and Families

In light of the PED Secretary’s announcement today that “there is a strong likelihood that school will be closed for the remainder of the year”, we have a plan to help you and your children.

It is called innovative LA learning.

The idea is to keep the minds of LAPS students engaged with creative, age-appropriate and constructive activities. While this is a time of uncertainty and challenge,


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Episode 2 Of The Space Policy Show: Game Changer – Blockchain In The Space Sector With Karen Jones March 26

The Space Policy Show is brought to you by The Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy. Courtesy photo

AEROSPACE News:

Tune in to The Space Policy Show, brought to you by The Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy.

We know working from home can be isolating, stressful and potentially boring. We are here to help keep you connected to the latest in the space policy community! The Aerospace Corporation’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy is offering a series of online webcasts and virtual meetings as an opportunity to stay engaged with the larger space


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