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Local Occupational Therapists Share Skills With Nicaraguan Children

on February 10, 2014 - 10:57am
A Nicaraguan child practices sorting skills. Photo by Hannah Bloom
Play is therapy for students with diabilities in Nicaragua. Photo by Hannah Bloom
Los Alamos Daily Post

In mid-March, three occupational therapists, six OT students, and a physical therapist will spend two weeks in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, where they will collaborate with Nicaraguan teachers and therapists in a cultural exchange. Students will live with host families in a full-immersion environment, where they will speak Spanish and learn about Nicaraguan culture.

Two Los Alamos OT students in their

Los Alamos FIRST LEGO League Winners

on February 10, 2014 - 8:17am
The Atomic Flying Pickles in tie dye and the Bloonatics from left top row Coach Susannah Rousculp, Summer Bronson, Risa Bridge, Indy Warrior, Haylee Richardson, Elyse Phillips, Ally Lakis, Ellie Rightley, Emme Segler, Coach Vicki Erkkila and Genevieve Triplett. Bottom row from left, Jillian Bennett, Catherine Rousculp, Jessica Erkkila, Elia Vasquez and Zoe Lederman. Courtesy photo
The Atomic Flying Pickles moving from the NMFLL robot games to a judging session ... their enthusiasm was contagious! Courtesy photo

FLL News:

Five teams from Los Alamos competed at the New Mexico state FIRST

Learn to Identify Los Alamos Birds at PEEC Presentation

on February 10, 2014 - 7:49am
Find out about this and other Los Alamos birds at 'What is That Bird?' a talk by Dave Yeamans at PEEC Thursday. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Do you see birds around Los Alamos and find yourself asking, "What is That Bird?" Avid birder Dave Yeamans will address all these questions at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb.13, and provide a wealth of information in a program at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), 3540 Orange St. in Los Alamos. The cost to attend is $8 or $6 for PEEC members. Advance registration is not required.

Yeamans’ program, “What is That Bird?” will last about an hour, with

LAMS Hosts 'Discover New Mexico Day'

on February 9, 2014 - 12:35pm

Los Alamos Middle School hosted a seventh grade event Friday called "Discover New Mexico Day." Presenters from the surrounding area helped make the history and culture of new Mexico come alive. Mr. Suazo, left, and Ms. Jenkins of Puye Cliffs present 'Puye Owinge-Where We Came From.' Photo by Lelend Lehman/

Guadalupita Ortiz presents a talk on 'Retablos.' Photo by Lelend Lehman/

Santa Fe artist J.W. Segler. Photo by Lelend Lehman/

Bandelier Superintendent Jason Lott presents an organizational culture talk to seventh graders at Los Alamos Middle

NMSA Senior Competes for Presidential Scholar Integrating Science and Music

on February 9, 2014 - 11:02am

Los Alamos native Mohit Lauer Dubey has been invited to apply to the Presidential Scholar Program. Photo by Manvendra Dubey


Los Alamos native Mohit Lauer Dubey has been invited to apply to the Presidential Scholar Program. He is a senior at the New Mexico School of the Arts (NMSA), a state sponsored charter school in Santa Fe.

This is a prestigious honor that places Dubey in the top 0.067 percent of the graduating seniors this year, based on competitive performance in tests, academics and the arts. 

“Mohit is a perfect example of the synergy that can occur for students

'Take Back Our Public Schools' March & Rally Feb. 15

on February 9, 2014 - 8:15am


The entire New Mexico community is urged to stand with teachers and other education employees and students by participating in: Take Back Our Public Schools: NEA-NM & AFT NM Rally at the Round House.

The march and rally begins at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Santa Fe Plaza and concludes at the Rotunda in the Capitol. It’s time for all voices to be heard. If you’re not marching, meet at the Roundhouse about 2 p.m. Direct lobbying with legislators after the rally is encouraged. Register for the event so the coordinators can prepare appropriately - click here.

All are

University Regent Selection Reform Clears House Education Committee

on February 9, 2014 - 8:02am


  • Constitutional Amendment Would Allow Voters to Establish Nominating Committees to Recommend Candidates

SANTA FE – Legislation to improve the way New Mexico picks regents to run the state’s universities has received a “Do Pass” from the House Education Committee.

House Joint Resolution (HJR) 7, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Steinborn, D-Doña Ana, would create a constitutional amendment allowing voters to establish nominating committees to recommend qualified regent candidates to the Governor for consideration. HJR 7 now heads to the House Voters and Elections Committee.


Using NM Permanent Fund for Early Childhood Programs

on February 9, 2014 - 7:52am


New Economic Analysis: NM’s Permanent Fund Healthy Enough for Use in Funding Early Childhood Care and Learning Programs

SANTA FE—A new economic analysis of the state’s Land Grant Permanent Fund shows that the Fund is robust and that increasing the distribution from the Fund’s annual income would not damage it.

That conclusion is from a report by Vicente Feliciano, President of Advantage Business Consulting and renowned economist. Feliciano presented the new study Tuesday at a press conference at the state Capitol.

LAHS Moves Registration Paperwork Online

on February 8, 2014 - 8:31am

LAHS News:

  • No More Paper Forms to Complete for the Beginning of School Year!

Course selection is just a few days away and will be available on PowerSchool Feb. 10. While selecting your courses online in PowerSchool, LAHS would like you to complete all of the paperwork for the next school year, 2014-15. In previous years, you had to complete the forms (i.e., OTC permission, Permission to Participate, etc.), print them out and return them to LAHS. Now, you can complete the forms early and online!

Before starting course selection, go online to FamilyID You might be

New Mexico STEM Education Week Celebration

on February 8, 2014 - 8:01am


SANTA FE—Community members, students, PreK-20 educators, STEM advocates, industry professionals, state agency education professionals and elected officials will come together Feb. 7 to celebrate “NM STEM Education Week in the House” in the Capitol Rotunda.
NM STEM Education Week is the result of a memorial co-sponsored by Rep. Mimi Stewart, Sen. John Sapien and Sen. Gay Kernan. The memorial encourages the public education department, the higher education department and the private sector each work to advance the following goals:

  • Certify 1,000 new science and mathematics teachers

LAHS Athlete Mike Walker Signs With Fort Lewis

on February 7, 2014 - 8:21am

Los Alamos High School cross country athlete Mike Walker signed a National Letter of Intent with Fort Lewis in Durango, Colo., over the lunch hour Wednesday. Fort Lewis is a NCAA Division II college that competes in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. From left, Coach Rob Hipwood, Mike Walker and his father Warner Walker. Photo by Leland Lehman/
From left, Coach Rob Hipwood, Los Alamos High School athlete Mike Walker, his father Warner Walker and Coach Kathy Hipwood. Photo by Leland Lehman/
From left, Coach Rob Hipwood, Mike Walker, his father Warner

Atomic Phoenixes Win LEGO Presentation Award

on February 7, 2014 - 8:07am
The Atomic Phoenixes homeschool team beat 44 other teams to win a Presentation Award at the New Mexico FIRST LEGO League Tournament Feb. 1 in Albuquerque. The award recognizes the team from Los Alamos on their work on how to reduce frontline wildland firefighter deaths. Courtesy/Atomic Phoenixes

School Board Meets Tuesday

on February 7, 2014 - 7:59am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 at the  Los Alamos High School Speech Theater, 1300 Diamond Dr.

The agenda items include:

  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of Minutes for Board Retreat Thursday, Dec.19, 2013
  • Approval of Budget Adjustment Requests
  • Ratification of January Cash Disbursements
  • Request for Proposal Update
  • January Journal Entry Report
  • Student Dress Code
  • Audit Report
  • 2014-15 Budget Committee Charter and Selection of Members
  • Revised 2014-15 School Calendar
  • Living Skills
  • Teacher Evaluation Committee Charter and Selection of Members
  • End of Course Exam

UPDATE: Luján Announces Congressional App Competition for High School Students

on February 7, 2014 - 7:46am
UPDATE: Submission period is open until 5 p.m. EDT
U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

U.S. Congressional News:

SANTA FE—U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico's Third District announced details today for the first annual Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, "The House Student App Challenge." 

High school students from the Third District can compete by creating and exhibiting their software application, or "app," for mobile, tablet or computer devices on a platform of their choice.

Los Alamos AP Students and Staff Honored at State Capitol

on February 6, 2014 - 6:08pm

Los Alamos Public Schools students and staff honored Tuesday on the floor of the Senate at the State Capitol. Photo by John McHale/LAPS

Los Alamos Public Schools students and staff honored Tuesday at the State Capitol Rotunda. Photo by John McHale/LAPS

Gov. Susana Martinez congratulates Los Alamos students for their hard work in the classroom. Photo by John McHale/LAPS

By Dr. Gene Schmidt, Superintendent
Los Alamos Public Schools

Los Alamos Public Schools students and staff were honored at the State Capitol Rotunda and on the floor of the State Senate Tuesday, Feb.

Los Alamos School Board to Evaluate Superintendent

on February 6, 2014 - 9:05am

Superintendent Gene Schmidt

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos  School Board will hold a Special School Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10 at the Los Alamos Public Schools Administration Building, Conference Room A (in basement area.) 

Following roll call at Monday's meeting, a motion to go into a closed Executive Session will be made to discuss limited personnel matters, specifically the evaluation of the Superintendent per Section 10-15-1-(H)(2) as allowed in the Open Meetings Act NMSA1978. 


LAHS Key Club Holds Rummage Sale to Combat Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus

on February 6, 2014 - 8:42am

A previous rummage sale in the LAHS Speech Theater. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

Each day about 160 newborns die from tetanus, a painful disease that causes excruciating convulsions and is contracted during unhygienic childbirth practices. Tetanus is a highly preventable disease that has virtually disappeared from the industrialized world, but it continues to affect mothers and their babies in developing countries. With The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis and Key Club have joined forces with UNICEF to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus.

This Saturday from 9 to noon at the LAHS Speech Theater

La Tierra Montessori PTA Supports 'Hearts for Berrendo Middle School Project'

on February 6, 2014 - 8:17am

La Tierra Montessori students create some 100 hearts for Berrendo Middle School. Courtesy photo


La Tierra Montessori School for the Arts and Science in Española recently formed an official Parent Teacher Association. PTA President Ben Sandoval and fellow PTA officers are working together to build a strong team in order to empower and further unify parents, students and the faculty at La Tierra Montessori School.

Within the first month of establishing the new PTA, the group collaborated with teachers and students of the lower, middle and upper level classrooms to reach out to

LAHS Hosts AP Night Feb. 10

on February 5, 2014 - 10:27am

LAHS News:


Students and parents are invited to attend the third annual AP Night 6:30-8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 10 at Los Alamos High School. The evening will begin with a brief presentation in the Topper Theater.


Attendees will then be able to meet with teachers and students to learn more about AP and Honors course offerings at LAHS, as well as the dual credit programs available through UNM-LA and Northern New Mexico College. 


All LAHS students must take an AP class, an Honors class, an online class or a dual credit class to fulfill a graduation requirement.


“Over the past few

Los Alamos Public Schools Honored with Network Capacity Building Award

on February 4, 2014 - 7:21am
Teachers accept the 2014 Capacity Building Award for Los Alamos Public Schools for its efforts in aiding the endeavors of  NMN-NBCT. From left, Joline Keeler, Becky Sims, Margo Batha, Laura Gallimore,Evelyn Sanchez (NM NBCT Network President), Kathy Boerigter and Carolyn Torres. Photo by Gene Schmidt

LAPS News:

Each year the NM National Board Certified Teachers (NBCT) Network honors school districts that have helped build capacity for improved student achievement by supporting teachers in the National Board process.

This year’s winner of the NM NBCT Network Capacity Building Award goes to


Education 101: Class Size - Does It Matter, and How Much Does It Cost?

on February 2, 2014 - 7:11pm
Education 101: 
Class Size:  Does It Matter, and How Much Does It Cost?
By Save Our Schools Los Alamos

As noted in last week's column, small class size is the Los Alamos community's top education priority, based on the very credible Community Survey conducted by the Los Alamos School Board in 2011.

With a sample size of over 700 respondents including elementary, middle and high school parents and teachers, and community members; every segment surveyed ranked class size as their most important preference when considering over 170 elements that impact the educational experience of Los

NM Hispanic Students Rank No. 1 Nationwide in Advanced Placement Courses

on February 2, 2014 - 7:04am

Gov. Susana Martinez



-Report reveals NM high school AP students save more the $3.5 million in college tuition


ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez announced Saturdy that for the second consecutive year, New Mexico’s Hispanic high school students rank No. 1 nationwide for their success in Advanced Placement courses, demonstrating the ability to succeed in the college classroom. The report shows that nearly half of Hispanic high school graduates in 2013 took an AP course.

PEEC Workshop Introduces Kids to Backyard Birding

on February 2, 2014 - 6:54am

PEEC's Backyard Birding Workshop is set for Feb. 5. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

This February, tens of thousands of people around the world are expected to participate in the 17th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC.)

With this in mind, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will hold a Backyard Birding Workshop 1:30-3:30 p.m., Feb. 5 for school-aged children and their families.

Backyard birdhouse. Courtesy/PEEC

The workshop will introduce kids to birding and get them excited to do their own backyard bird watching, perhaps even entice them to participate in the GBBC

LAHS Instructor Promotes Driver Safety

on February 2, 2014 - 6:41am

A poster created by Scott Pomeroy's class to educate about the dangers of drunk driving. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

Prevention Specialist, Los Alamos Public Schools

Los Alamos High School driver’s education instructor Scott Pomeroy has probably seen and heard it all. Each semester, Pomeroy works with students who are about to get behind the wheel, for their very first time.

As part of his course curriculum, he covers the basics and imparts real life wisdom about situations throughout the term and addresses issues that today’s parents, would never have dreamed


New Mexico Senate Recognizes Los Alamos Teachers

on February 1, 2014 - 7:59pm

Barranca Elementary School teachers Lana Martin, left and Joline Keeler were part of a delegation of teachers who received special recognition Friday at the Roundhouse by the New Mexico State Senate for having received their National Board Certification for Teachers. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Los Alamos Superintendent of  Schools Dr. Gene Schmidt visits with Joline Keeler and Lana Martin as they wait for their turn to take to the Senate floor. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

Teachers make their way down to the Senate floor. Photo by Salvador Zapien/