Education

Los Alamos High School Advances to “Sweet 16” in the National Science Bowl

A team of students from Los Alamos High School is competing this week in the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl (NSB) in Washington, D.C. and has advanced to the “sweet sixteen” from an original field of 69 high school teams from across the country.
 
Members of the Los Alamos High School team, Los Alamos, NM concentrate on the answer to a question at the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl in Washington DC on April 29, 2012. Photograph by Dennis Brack, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science/Courtesy
 
The National Science

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DOE Launches National Science Bowl Lithium-Ion Battery-Powered Model Car Race

 
Middle School Regional Champions From Around the Country to Compete
 
Beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 29, 44 middle school teams from across the nation will race against one another in the Lithium-Ion Battery-Powered Model Car Challenge as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl Competition.
 
The middle school teams designed and built their model cars from everyday household materials and brought them to D.C. to compete.
 
The teams will be judged on two criteria – time trials and car design.
 
The three middle school teams with the fastest

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LAPS Party for Retiring Teachers & Staff is May 10

LAPS News:

Nineteen teachers and staff will be honored for their years of service to Los Alamos Public Schools at a retirement ceremony next month.

The 2011-2012 LAPS retirees goodbye party is set for 4-6 p.m., Thursday May 10 at Fuller Lodge.

Those retiring include Luis Aguilar, Michael Baxter, Anell Crews, Ann Daley, Shirley Graziano, Margaret Guthrie, Loretta Hupke, Jose Martinez, Lynette McLean, Suzanne Melton, Kay Nease, Dana Salmond, Phillip Sena, Kathryn Thomas, Diane Toups, Fernando Trujillo, Judith Uhrich, Amy Vierra and Jane M. Ziehmn.

 


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Language Access Specialist Certificate Program Earns Creative Award for U.S. Copyright

From left, Lisa Kuuttila President and CEO of STC.UNM; Paula Couselo, Director of NMCLA; Dr. Cedric Page, Executive Director of UNM-Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie Gordon

By Bonnie Gordon

PaulCouselo, director of the New Mexico Center for Language Access (NMCLA) was the recipient of a 2012 Creative Award for U.S. Copyright from the University of New Mexico, for the innovative Language Access Specialist Certificate Program.

The award was presented to Couselo at the 2012 Annual Creative Awards Reception hosted by STC.UNM Wednesday April 25.

The mission of STC is to


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LAPS Hires Assets Manager to Find Cost Savings

LAPS Assets Manager Joan Ahlers. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

Los Alamos Public Schools has created an “assets manager” position in an effort to find cost savings opportunities for the district.

Superintendent Gene Schmidt has hired Joan Ahlers in the new post.

Ahlers was instrumental in negotiating contracts beneficial to the district during her four-year tenure on the Los Alamos Board of Education from 2007-2011.

“The need for this position is something that has been talked about for at least six years,” Schmidt said. “Now it’s more important than ever with


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PEEC‘s Summer Adventure Program Offers Financial Aid

PEEC News:

A birdwatching trip. Courtesy/PEEC

This summer parents can enroll their fourth through sixth graders on an outdoor adventure with the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s Nature Center.

Youth can explore the Rio Grande, June 4-8 or the Valles Caldera June 11-15.

PEEC has established two scholarship programs for children of families with incomes that might limit their ability to participate:

  • Income-based Full Scholarship
  • Public Service Partial Scholarship for the children of policemen, firefighters and public school employees

For details, visit http://www.pajaritoeec.org/programs/summer_camp.php


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Next Big Idea Coming Downtown Sept. 14-15

Los Alamos MainStreet News:

A useful robot showed its stuff during last year’s Next Big Idea event. Courtesy photo

What is it that differentiates Los Alamos from other communities?

It is a place of big, world changing ideas.The Next Big Idea: A Festival of Discovery, Invention, and Innovation is an annual signature event that highlights Los Alamos’ unique creative heritage while providing an opportunity for inspiring young people from throughout the state about possible futures in science, technology,engineering, math, and innovation.

The Next Big Idea is brought to you by Los Alamos


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Annual 8th Grade Athletic Night Set For May 22

The Los Alamos Athletic Department is holdong its 8th grade Athletic Night at 6 p.m., Tuesday May 22 in the Smith Auditorium. 

The LAHS Athletic Department asks anyone with a son or daughter who will be in the 9th grade as of the 2012-13 school year to attend the meeting.  

The meeting will begin with general information and then each of the coaches of the LAHS sports teams will have a table in the high school lobby for parents to visit. 

The coaches will answer questions about the upcoming school year, summer questions, etc. 

Refer to the LAHS website for additional information:


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‘Great Conversations’ Filled Los Alamos High School

Executive Director Joanna Gillespie of the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation thanks all of the participants, sponsors and community members who participated in this year’s “Great Conversations” fundraising event. The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation leverages time, talent and funds to promote innovative learning for the local schools and last Sunday was no exeption. Its annual “Great Conversations” was packed with people interested in supporting the schools as well as learning something interesting and new from a broad spectrum of

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