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Students Organize Suicide Awareness Activities

on September 15, 2013 - 8:42am

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN

Two high school students have planned a week of activities on suicide prevention next week at Los Alamos High School.

Faith Glasco and Elizabeth Hjelvik have put together a list of activities.

“After the events of last school year, I decided it was time someone did something to try preventing this tragedy,” Hjelvik said. “I did a lot of research on suicide and discovered that it is 100 percent preventable if the person is reached out to and having this week’s activities will show people that people do care about them.”

Partners in this events include Key Club,

Naval JROTC Holds Nut Sale Fundraiser

on September 15, 2013 - 8:27am

JROTC News:

The Los Alamos Naval JROTC unit is raising funds through a nut sale with the Virginia Diner Company.

The sale is the biggest fundraiser the students do and will fund travel and team costs throughout the year.

Those interested can go to http://www.virginiadiner.com/ to shop for what they want. Then enter LAHS NJROTC in New Mexico and the cadet name, Rachel Barthell, and then check out.

The unit has 104 students in the program this year and they hope to hold their first meet at Los Alamos High School.

If you would like a cadet to stop by and help with ordering, call the unit

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Still Time to Vote for UNM-LA Mil Levy

on September 14, 2013 - 9:00am

Los Alamos County Election Manager Gloria Maestas, left, with Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover Thursday in the room where ballots for the UNM-LA Mil Levy election are stored. They said turnout so far has been on the low side at 4,500 ballots returned through late afternoon Thursday. Local mail in elections typically draw about 6,000 ballots. Registered voters still have 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to cast their ballot at the County Clerk's Office. All ballots must be physically inside the County Clerk's Office by 7 p.m. Tuesday. Photo by Carol A.

Letter to the Editor: Vote 'Yes' for our Community, our College

on September 14, 2013 - 7:57am
By MORRIE B. PONGRATZ
Former member Los Alamos County Council
Former member Los Alamos Board of Education

I have joined with many in our community including leaders of the local Democratic and Republican parties in supporting the UNM-LA mill levy. 

As a retiree, I benefit from the training our EMS folks get at UNM-LA. We all benefit from the Fire Science courses our fire department personnel take at UNM-LA. 

Most of all the presence of this high quality institution makes Los Alamos more attractive to the “best and brightest” that LANL needs to attract to compete effectively for future research

Schools, LANL, County Remain Open Today

on September 13, 2013 - 10:33am

Staff Report

Los Alamos Public Schools, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos County remain open today.

Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn told the Los Alamos Daily Post a few moments ago that the schools coordinate their closures with Los Alamos National Laboratory.

"We have not heard from the Lab so unless something changes, our schools will remain open today," Washburn said.

LANL's Communications Office told the Los Alamos Daily Post that it has not received notice that the Lab intends to close early today. The County also said this morning that there is no plan at this

NM K-12 Funding Cuts Among Deepest in Nation

on September 13, 2013 - 8:41am

NMVC News:

ALBUQUERQUE—New Mexico ranks fifth worst in the nation in how deep it has cut spending on K-12 education on a per-student, inflation-adjusted basis since the start of the recession. These cuts deepened the recession, slowed the recovery, and will make New Mexico less prosperous in the future.

 A new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) shows that New Mexico cut $874 per student in inflation-adjusted spending between fiscal years 2008 and 2014. Only four states made larger cuts.

Pegasus Staff Seeks Vendors & Items for Swap Meet

on September 13, 2013 - 8:17am

LAHS News:

Pegasus, Los Alamos High School's art and literary magazine, has slated its fifth annual swap meet for Saturday, Sept. 21 in the LAHS parking lot along Diamond Drive.

Spaces cost $20 and vendors keep any money they make.

Donations of items for sale by the Pegasus students are being accepted for the event and may be dropped off at the LAHS Main Office through Friday, Sept. 20 or at 7:45 a.m. on sale day. Crafters are also welcome to participate. Vendors must supply their own tables and shade. 

Payment may be made at the LAHS Bookkeeper's Office or by mail to 1300 Diamond Dr.,

Local Bus Available to College Fair at UNM

on September 13, 2013 - 8:13am

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School is offering bus service Sept. 29 to the RMACAC College Fair at the University of New Mexico’s “The Pit” Arena.  

The bus leaves LAHS at 10 a.m. and returns at approximately 5 p.m. at a cost of $15 per rider. A minimum of 20 students are needed or the bus will be cancelled. Interested students should register by Sept. 25 with Connie Goettee in the Career Resource Center.

The annual RMACAC (Rocky Mountain Association for College Admission Counseling) College Fair attracts more than 100 colleges and universities from all over the country.

Students planning

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Pinon Students Clown Around With Legendary Lou Pierotti

on September 12, 2013 - 10:51am
Softball legend Lou Pierotti tells Pinon students about Pierotti's Clowns while his friend and neighbor Los Alamos Middle School Librarian Lisa Whitacre looks on. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

In 1953, Lou Pierotti of Los Alamos formed Pierotti’s Clowns, the only five-man fast-pitch softball team in the nation.  

On Wednesday, Sept. 11, Pierotti, now in his 90s, shared the story of the Clowns with fourth, fifth and sixth grade students at Pinon Elementary School in White Rock and answered their questions about the team.

Lou

Bradbury Science Museum Launches Explosives Exhibit Sept. 18

on September 12, 2013 - 8:56am

A typical explosives experiment fired in front of the PHERMEX bunker produces a brilliant fireball long after the hydrodynamics measurements have been recorded. PHERMEX was the location for more than 1,000 hydrotests and was the premier radiographic test facility during the Cold War. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

For more than 70 years, Los Alamos National Laboratory has been a frontrunner in explosives research, development and applications.

Board Approves Master's Degree Program for Teachers

on September 12, 2013 - 8:21am
Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn, left, and Superintendent Gene Schmidt asked the School Board Tuesday night to grant approval of a plan to create a master's degree program for Los Alamos teachers. Although the program will require initial funding, the increase in State funding received by the district for having teachers with higher levels of education will offset much of the cost in the future, Schmidt explained. In a 4-0 vote, the Board granted approval of the program.
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PLAN Test for Sophomores Set for Oct. 26

on September 12, 2013 - 7:40am

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School will administer the PLAN test 7:45-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.

The PLAN test is offered by the ACT Company, and is designed specifically for sophomores. 

Unlike the PSAT, the PLAN test is optional and is only offered to sophomores. In addition to measuring English, math, reading and science reasoning in a format similar to that of the ACT, the PLAN provides additional assessment of study skills, educational needs and career choices. 

Space for this test is limited, so interested sophomores are encouraged to register quickly.

The cost of the PLAN is $20

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Los Alamos Teachers Overwhelmed, Protest Skandera

on September 11, 2013 - 5:09pm
Los Alamos teachers gathered at the corner of Diamond Drive and Trinity protesting policies of New Mexico Secretary of Education designate, Hanna Skandera, who is in Los Alamos today visiting the Los Alamos Middle School and High School.  Skandera is also giving a speech tonight at the Los Alamos Research Park for the local Republican Party.  Los Alamos High School teacher Joy Handsberry explained why the teachers are protesting during an interview with the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Eight LAHS Students Are Semifinalists in 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program

on September 11, 2013 - 12:34pm

2014 National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists from Los Alamos High School in front row from left, George Barnum, Melanie Boncella, Lauren Tencate and Alexandra Berl. Back row from left, Calvin McKinley, Daniel Ahrens, Tristan Goodwin and Collin Hemez. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced today the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Eight Los Alamos High School students were named semifinalists including Daniel Ahrens, George Barnum, Alexandra Berl, Melanie Boncella,

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PSAT Testing Scheduled for Oct. 16

on September 11, 2013 - 11:09am

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School will administer the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) 7:45-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16.

In accordance with the New Mexico Public Education Department mandate, all sophomores attending Los Alamos High School are required to take this test. It is optional for juniors.

The PSAT/NMSQT measures verbal, math and writing aptitude, and is recommended for juniors who will be taking the SAT later in the year.

In addition, it is the National Merit Scholarship qualifier when taken in the junior year and is also used to select minority students for several

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Letter to the Editor: Education in Los Alamos

on September 10, 2013 - 8:09am

By ANITA SCHWENDT
Los Alamos


I am concerned about the lack of funding for education in the state, and how it affects the quality of education in Los Alamos.

The community is committed to strong education, but the funding is not supportive of the quality that this town has come to expect. Considering that, for the last few decades, the great schools in Los Alamos have attracted and kept many families in this town, the quality of education is not just a concern for current parents, but for LANL, the county, as well as other community members. It is a source of recruiting and retention for LANL.

Special School Board Meeting Thursday

on September 10, 2013 - 7:24am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Board of Education will hold a Special School Board Meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 at Los Alamos Middle School, Room 149.

The agenda items for the Special School Board Meeting include Aspen Construction Update, LAMS Construction Update, LAMS Material Change Request, LAMS Landscape Credit, LAMS East Parking Lot Rock, LAMS Start of School in New Building Sept. 17 and Central Office remodel, including the Board Room.

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LAPS Invites Community to Special Event

on September 9, 2013 - 8:00am

Fun and Learning Join Hands at Children's Montessori

on September 8, 2013 - 12:36pm
Students at Children’s Montessori Pre-school find out about outer space and robots by using classroom materials to learn through play. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
A young student takes her turn being the doctor while teacher Shelli Petty plays the patient. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Now in its 19th year, Children’s Montessori Pre-school offers a morning preschool class 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with extended child care offered 11:30 a.m.

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UNM-LA Community Education Classes Target History of Science

on September 8, 2013 - 7:56am

Los Alamos Gatehouse in the early days of the laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos Community Education will offer two classes in September focusing on the history and popularization of science in Los Alamos.

Heather McClenahan, executive director of the Los Alamos Historical Society, will lead a class in the “History of the Manhattan Project.” The class will cover the compelling story of the individuals, institutions and forces that came together in Los Alamos during the development of the atomic bomb. 

“This is a fascinating topic and a great class,” said UNM-LA

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Memorial Fund Honors Los Alamos Teacher Jean Nereson

on September 7, 2013 - 9:21am

Jean Nereson. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Los Alamos Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Nereson Family are offering an opportunity to honor Jean Nereson, an elementary school teacher for 50 years in Los Alamos County Public Schools and active AAUW member. 

Nereson was respected and loved by her students and she dedicated her 50 plus year career to their education and well-being. To honor her, a memorial fund has been established through the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, which will collect and administer the fund at no cost to the fund.

Athletic Officials Urge Community to Support Hilltoppers

on September 7, 2013 - 7:12am
Los Alamos High School Athletic Director Vicki Nelms briefed Rotarians on the Hilltopper athletic program Sept. 3. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos High School Athletic Director Vicki Nelms and four of her coaches spoke to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos Sept. 3 at the Dixie Girl.

The athletic officials urged the community to come out and support the Hilltoppers this season.

Travel to Area Known for Cretaceous Age Shark Teeth

on September 7, 2013 - 6:26am
Fossilized shark teeth. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

It’s hard to imagine New Mexico was once under the sea, but during the Cretaceous Period, between 145.5 and 65.5 million years ago, much of the state was.

Because of this, remains of sharks’ teeth can be found at a site aptly named Shark’s Tooth Ridge near Cabezon, N.M.

Local Geologist Patrick Rowe will lead a Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) trip to the site Saturday, Sept. 28. The group will meet at PEEC just before 8 a.m. to carpool to the site.

UNM-LA to Host Fall Film and Lecture Series

on September 6, 2013 - 7:06am

UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) English Department will host “Composition Cinema I: A Film and Lecture Series,” beginning Sept. 12 and running through Nov. 14.

The five films in the series were selected for their relevance to composition and comparative literature courses being taught at UNM-LA. The films will be hosted by a UNM-LA faculty member and will include a five to 10 minute talk discussing the film, its voice in the course’s theme and how it relates to life beyond the classroom. Afterwards, the host will take questions or open the floor to discussion.

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