Education

Teaching During A Pandemic: A Heroic Feat…

By KAYLI ORTIZ
New Mexico Teacher

In the spring, teachers had a “superhero” moment. When the world as we knew it was flipped on its head, there was unprecedented clarity on how central teachers and public education are to our children’s welfare, our economy, and our very routines.

When Shonda Rhimes, the creator of “Grey’s Anatomy”, tweeted, “Been homeschooling a 6-year old and 8-year old for one hour and 11 minutes. Teachers deserve to make a billion dollars a year. Or a week,” the tweet got over 588K likes and 102K retweets. It seemed many could relate.

That moment was fleeting. For the past few


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PED Begins Weekly Report On COVID-19 Cases In Schools

NMPED News:

SANTA FE — Beginning today, the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) will issue a weekly summary of New Mexico public schools with two or more Rapid Responses for COVID-19 cases in the previous 14 days, in an effort to help families and communities track outbreaks in their schools.

The report will be a summary of data compiled and reported daily by the state Environment Department, link, which issues a Watchlist of schools and businesses with two or more Rapid Responses within 14 days and a Closure List of those with four or more Rapid Responses in 14 days.

The PED’s weekly report


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Information Issued On Local Scholarships For LAHS Seniors

LAPS News:

Los Alamos High School is planning to publish the 2021 Local Scholarship packet in December.

These scholarships, offered by many local organizations, are awarded to students pursuing college or technical and trade schools upon graduation.

Awards are given not only for academic achievements, but also for athletics, music, art and community service. 

There is still time for a group or organization to offer a scholarship this year. Contact Ronda Trujillo, the local scholarship coordinator at r.trujillo@laschools.net or 505.663.2595, for more information. 

The deadline to


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PED Secretary Statement On Reports Of Non-Compliance With School Reentry And COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart

PED News:

SANTA FE – issued the following statement today in response to numerous reports of non-compliance with school reentry and COVID-19 safety guidelines:

“We take all of these things very seriously, and we continue to follow up on reports received through the PED’s COVID-19 Safety Complaint Portal.

“Regarding recent inquiries about Gallup McKinley County Schools, we are aware of the concerns about reporting and transparency and have issued a directive to the district to ensure adherence to PED guidance and rapid response protocols.

“We also


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PAC 8 Community Media Center Schedule: Nov. 20-26

PAC 8 News:

During the COVID-19 global pandemic, PAC 8 Community Media Center is available by appointment for recording events, transferring of old media, shooting and editing and pick-up and drop-off of videos and other items.

For information, email pac8@losalamos.com, call 505.662.7228 or visit pac8cmc.com.

PAC 8 Television schedule for Nov. 20 through Nov. 26:

Friday, Nov. 20, 2020

  • 6 a.m. — Democracy Now! – Live
  • 10 a.m. — The Tom Hartman Program
  • 11 a.m. — County Council Meeting Replay 11-10-20
  • 2:55 p.m. — Meet the Farmers
  • 3 p.m. — Democracy Now!
  • 4 p.m. — Rising Up with Somali
  • 5 p.m. — PAC PAGES

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SFCC And SFHEC Closed Thanksgiving Holiday

SFCC News:

SANTA FE — Santa Fe Community College and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will close for the Thanksgiving holiday Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 25‐29.

All campus facilities will be closed. No classes, activities or student services will be available. SFCC’s child development center Kids Campus and the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center also will be closed.

The SFCC main campus (6401 Richards Ave.), the Santa Fe Higher Education Center (1950 Siringo Road) , and the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center remain closed to the public in response to state health orders


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LAHS Rotary Interact Club Collection Of Donations For Homeless Is Set For 7:30 A.M. To 5 P.M. Wednesday, Nov. 18

UPDATE: This event is still on 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at a designated drop off area in the Duane Smith Auditorium.

LAHS News:

During this season of giving, the Los Alamos High School Rotary Interact Club will be holding a community wide donation project to assist the homeless population in New Mexico.

The club will be accepting donations 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at a designated drop off area in the Duane Smith Auditorium parking lot.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this will be a contactless system, with collection bins ready for donation drop offs.

Donations may include,


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Pinion School Second Graders Seeking To Make World Better Launch Fundraiser To Aid Los Alamos Animal Shelter

Pinion Elementary School second grader Daisy McCulloch said, ‘My class decided that even though we are kids, we can make the world a better place by being kind to animals.’ Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Pinion Elementary School second grader Daisy McCulloch and her classmates are collecting donations of pet treats to benefit the Los Alamos Animal Shelter.

Teacher Kati Steinberg asked her 2nd graders what they could do to help make the world a better place. McCulloch and her classmates decided that they wanted to help the animal shelter.

“Two of my pets are from the shelter, and it is important


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Venancio Aragon Presents Virtual Artist Talk Nov. 19

SAR News:

Join Santa Fe, New Mexico’s School for Advanced Research (SAR) for a virtual artist talk and studio tour with renowned Navajo weavers and textile artist Venancio Aragon, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. 

Diné/Navajo weaver Aragon is SAR’s 2020 Rollin and Mary Ella King Native artist fellow. Aragon presents on his unique and stunning creations and his efforts to document the structures of lesser known and rarely practiced techniques seen in the Indian Arts Research Center’s textile collection. 

“I’ve always grown up with the mind frame that nobody tells you what to weave,


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