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LAHS Announces Candidates for 2014 United States Presidential Scholars Program

on February 1, 2014 - 10:02am

From left, Tristan Goodwin, George Barnum, Daniel Ahrens and Melanie Boncella. Courtesy/LAHS

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School is honored to announce four students have been selected as candidates for the 2014 United States Presidential Scholars Program.Students selected include Daniel Ahrens, George Barnum, Melanie Boncella and Tristin Goodwin.
All students will be invited to submit applications for consideration as semi finalists, and ultimately as a Scholar.

'Topper Revue' Opens Tonight

on January 31, 2014 - 9:42am
Topper Revue 2014 emcees from left back row, Daniel Ahrens, Ethan Clements, Ali Berl and front row from left, Richard Jia, Katie Downing and Haley Henson. Photo by Don Taylor

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School Olions will kick off the 2014 Topper Revue at 7 p.m. today at Duane Smith Auditorium. 

This year's emcees are Daniel Ahrens, Ali Berl, Ethan Clements, Katie Downing, Haley Henson and Richard Jia. The show is written, directed and performed by the students themselves.

"As someone still relatively new to Los Alamos, it always amazes me how engrained Topper Revue is in the history

Los Alamos ELL Teachers Honored at Roundhouse

on January 31, 2014 - 9:28am

Los Alamos teachers of English Language Learners, along with bilingual teachers from around the state, were recognized Thursday by the State Legislature for their work with students who are learning the English language, and as a special feature, Los Alamos Public Schools was presented the 2014 Title III Incentive Award during Bilingual Day at the State Legislature. Photo by Rick Reiss

Café Scientifique Explores Algae Biofuels

on January 31, 2014 - 8:33am


Teens are invited to Café Scientifique Thursday, Feb. 6 featuring a discussion about algae biofuels. The presenter is Jose Olivares from Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The Cafe is held at the Los Alamos Research Park (second floor conference room.) Free food is served at 6:45 p.m. followed at 7-8:30 p.m. by a talk and hands-on activity. 

Olivares grew up in a small village outside of Madrid, Spain, one of seven children. His father owned a small hotel and restaurant.

 More information is available at and


Kiwanis Awards 43 Science Prizes

on January 30, 2014 - 10:33am

Kiwanis News:

Seven Kiwanis judges plowed through hundreds of entries and selected 43 winners in four hours at the Los Alamos Science Fair Saturday, Jan. 25, awarding $1,505 in prize money.

Roger Stutz, Science Fair Committee chairman for Kiwanis, said those who joined him in judging this year were Don Casperson, Kurt Deshayes, Fran Berting, Paul Cunningham, Dennis Gill and Robert Weldon.

Stutz said that he heard in the Judges’ Meeting that the trend in number of entries is still up.

Hawk Robotics Team Advances to Colorado FTC Championship

on January 30, 2014 - 7:34am

Hawk FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Team members from left, Erin Scott, Joseph Thompson, Summer Bronson, Jaryn Newman and Jessica Cooke. Courtesy/Bradly Cooke


Saturday was a big day for the Los Alamos Middle School Hawk FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics team, competing against 11 other teams and winning the FTC Southern Colorado Qualifier. 

The Qualifier was hosted by the Coronado High School FIRST team in Colorado Springs. The Hawks advanced in competition, earning a slot to compete in the Colorado FTC Championship tournament, in Loveland, Colo., Feb. 22.

The Los Alamos


Rotary Club Student of the Month: Lauren TenCate

on January 29, 2014 - 11:43am

Lauren TenCate, center, with her mother Deb Summa, left, and LAHS math teacher Sally Shockey, whom she selected as the teacher who has had the most positive influence in her life, listen as Rotary Past President Linda Hull shares TenCate's accomplishents during Tuesday's Rotary Club meeting. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Staff Report

Lauren TenCate, a senior at Los Alamos High School (LAHS), was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month. TenCate is the daughter of Deb Summa and Jim TenCate and sister of Emily TenCate.

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each

Los Alamos Teachers and Students to be Recognized at Roundhouse

on January 29, 2014 - 10:12am

New Mexico State Capitol. Courtesy/

LAPS News:

Los Alamos parents and community members are invited to the State Legislature Thursday, Jan. 30, Friday, Jan. 31 and Tuesday, Feb. 4 for events in the State Capital Roundhouse Rotunda that honor teachers and students from Los Alamos.

Los Alamos teachers of English Language Learners, along with bilingual teachers from around the state, will be recognized by the State Legislature for their work students with who are learning the English language.

As a special feature, Los Alamos Public Schools will be presented the 2014 Title


Los Alamos Science Bowl Team Heads for Nationals

on January 29, 2014 - 8:32am

Los Alamos High School Science Bowl Team from left, Katherine Wang (Senior), Wilbur Wang (Freshman), Alex Swart (Junior), Willie Zhao (Junior), Alex Wang (Junior-graduating early) and Kathy Boerigter (Team Advisor.) Courtesy/Yi-Ming Wang

LAPS News:

U.S. Education Secretary Ernest Moniz announced on Monday that a team of students from Los Alamos High School (LAHS) will join with other teams from around the nation at the 2014 National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C.

“The National Science Bowl challenges students to excel and heightens their interest in fields vital to America’s continued


Donate Children's Books to Reading Intervention Program

on January 29, 2014 - 7:30am

LAPS News:

The Reading Intervention Program at Barranca School is accepting donations of gently-used children's and chapter books.

Donations can be left at the school on Loma del Escolar on Barranca Mesa in Los Alamos, for Julie Collins or Ivy Church.


Jessamyn Fairfield Receives Early Career Physics Communicator Award

on January 28, 2014 - 9:15am
Jessamyn Fairfield, left, receives Early Career Physics Communicator Award from Fran Scott. Courtesy/

Staff Report

This year's Early Career Physics Communicator Award has gone to a postdoc at Trinity College Dublin who helped to create a physics campaign on the city's light railway. Jessamyn Fairfield of Los Alamos and daughter of local scientist Eric Fairfield was presented with £250 in cash Nov. 26 by television communicator Fran Scott at the final of the awards.

Fairfield impressed judges with her enthusiasm and her commitment to finding funders for the eight-week advertising

LAHS Girls Soccer Coach Resigns

on January 28, 2014 - 8:40am

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School Girls Soccer Coach, Jiri Kubicek has announced his resignation effective, Feb. 1.

In his email to the LAHS Athletic Department, he sites his family and health as his reason for resigning. 

“Coach Kubicek has been a vital part of the development of the girl’s soccer program over his coaching tenure. He will be missed, but we wish him well in his future endeavors,” said Los Alamos High School Athletic/Activities Director Vicki T. Nelms.

Class Helps Beginning Business Owners Start Entrepreneurial Journey

on January 28, 2014 - 8:07am

Nicholas Seet


Enrollment is now open for one of the most popular classes offered at UNM-Los Alamos, Introduction to Entrepreneurship (Course #BSTC 193-300.)

The class is noon-4 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 28 through May 9 in Building Six, Room 610 at UNM-Los Alamos.

Students will enter a business incubator where they will receive hands on training, practical assistance, be matched with a mentor, and experiment with crowdfunding and other ways of financing a business. The experience will culminate in a real business pitch.

Instructor Nicholas Seet is a successful entrepreneur

UNM-LA Executive Director to Discuss College’s 2013 Highlights and Future on KRSN

on January 27, 2014 - 3:46pm

Cedric Page

UNM-LA News:

KRSN morning show hosts David Sutton and Nancy Coombs will interview UNM-LA Executive Director, Dr. Cedric Page, at 8:40 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29.

Dr. Page is expected to discuss the past year’s highlights and challenges, UNM-LA programs and enrollment trends as well as the 2014 New Mexico Legislature and higher education funding issues.

Page said, “As Executive Director, I am making a commitment to provide the citizens of Los Alamos and surrounding communities with timely and important information on the college’s mission, goals, programs, and services essential


Winners Announced for 2014 Los Alamos County Science and Engineering Fair

on January 27, 2014 - 9:09am

From left, David Murphy - LAHS Senior Grand Award Winner Physical Science, Esteban Abeyta and Ashvini Vaidya - Senior Grand Award Winners Life Science, Priyanka Velappan - Junior Grand Award Winner Physical Science and Tazler Smith - Junior Grand Award Winner Life Science. Courtesy/Dawn Brown

Students in 6th through 12th grade at Los Alamos Public Schools who are regional award winners and qualifiers. Courtesy/Dawn Brown

LAHS News:

Winners have emerged from Saturday's annual Los Alamos County Science and Engineering Fair at Los Alamos High School. David Murphy won the LAHS Senior Grand

Sign Up for Spring Break Trip to Washington, D.C.

on January 27, 2014 - 6:34am

Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

There's still time to sign up for the annual spring break trip to Washington, D.C. This trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home schooled eighth grade students. The trip is a private trip and not a school sponsored event.

Visit to sign up for the trip using trip ID Number 77813 or call 1-800-468-5899 using the same ID Number.

The trip will include sightseeing in and around Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.


LANL Foundation Grant Helps PEEC Facilitate Hands-On Science Program

on January 27, 2014 - 6:28am
Students at Barranca Elementary School participate in the Pajarito Plateau Field Science program facilitated by PEEC. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Thanks to a grant of $1,500 by the LANL Foundation in late 2013, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has been able to build on the success of its hands-on field science program in Los Alamos elementary schools.

The Pajarito Plateau Field Science (PPFS) curriculum is designed to get students outside doing hands-on field science in their schoolyards or on local trails.

Education 101: Community Values And K-12 Funding Decisions

on January 26, 2014 - 10:11am
Education 101:
Community Values And K-12 Funding Decisions
By Save Our Schools Los Alamos

The role of a school board, like any elected body from the County Council to the Congress, is to provide leadership and to make decisions within its scope of responsibility; decisions that are consistent with the priorities and values of the stakeholders it serves. 

Because constituencies often have divergent values and priorities, that’s a significant challenge for any elected body or individual elected official.

Hilltalkers Host Waffle Breakfast

on January 26, 2014 - 8:42am


The Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers will host an all-you-can-eat Waffle Breakfast 7:30-10:30 a.m, Saturday, Feb. 15 at Pajarito Masonic Lodge. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children under six years old. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

The breakfast features scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, grits and waffles with whipped cream and blueberry and cherry toppings. Coffee, tea and juice will be served.

This community event raises funds for the high school and middle school speech and debate teams to attend tournaments and compete around the state and beyond.

Letter to the Editor: Pass Fair Teacher Evaluation System; Stop Standardized Testing Obsession

on January 26, 2014 - 8:37am
New Mexico President of the American Federation of Teachers

Recently Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera admitted that the Public Education Department (PED) will not be ready to base most teacher evaluations on 50 percent of student test results for years. In the meantime, she will base teacher evaluations on a hodgepodge of calculations that apply differently to each teacher depending on how and when his or her students are tested. 

Teachers across New Mexico have protested Skandera's new reforms.

Los Alamos Students Shine at 2014 Junior Theater Festival

on January 25, 2014 - 6:49am

Los Alamos students from Atomic City Children's Theater at the 2014 Junior Theater Festival. Photo by James Barker/Junior Theater Festival

ACCT News:

Los Alamos students from Atomic City Children’s Theater earned national praise at the 2014 Junior Theater Festival Jan.17, 18 and 19 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Ga. 

The 18 students, ages 9-15, presented selections from Disney’s Mulan JR. for Ryan Macaulay, who works in the amateur licensing department of Josef Weinbergur Ltd. in the U.K.); and Linda Hartzell, artistic director of Seattle Children’s Theatre; and Steven G.

Financial Aid Application Workshop Monday at LAHS

on January 25, 2014 - 6:22am

LAHS News:

 A representative from the New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation (NMEAF) will be at Los Alamos High School to help students and parents complete the Financial Aid Application at the FAFSA Workshop 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 in the MacLab (located in the IMC.) 

By attending a FAFSA Workshop and completing the FAFSA, high school seniors will be eligible to enter a drawing for a grant for up to $500. 

Parents and students will need to bring several important documents to complete the FAFSA, including a 2013 Federal Income Tax Return, W-2 Forms, birthdate, Social Security


UNM-LA Board Executive Session Feb. 3

on January 25, 2014 - 6:10am

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos will hold a Special Advisory Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3 in the Student Center Lecture Hall.

At 5:40 p.m., there will be a vote to close the meeting and proceed to executive session where the Board will hold discussion and determination where appropriate, of limited personnel matters pursuant to section 10-15-1. H (2), NMSA (1978).

At 6:30 p.m., there will be a vote to open the meeting and certification that only those matters described above were discussed in executive session and if necessary, final action with regards to those matters will be


School Board to Discuss Evaluation of Superintendent in Closed Session

on January 24, 2014 - 7:27am

LAPS News:

The School Board will hold Special School Board Meetings at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 and Wednesday, Jan. 29 at the Los Alamos Public Schools Administration Building, Conference Room A (in basement area.)

The agenda items for the Special School Board Meetings will be Pledge of Allegiance, call to order and roll call.


Matt Walker Wins County Spelling Bee

on January 24, 2014 - 6:50am
Winners of the Los Alamos County Spelling Bee from left, third place winner Lidia Appell, first place winner Matt Walker and second place winner Eleanor Henderson. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

A good crowd was on hand to enjoy the Los Alamos County Spelling Bee Tuesday, Jan. 21 at Chamisa Elementary School.  

The winner was Matt Walker from Pinon Elementary School. He is a sixth grader who enjoys math and P.E.  He also loves to run and play soccer and wants to be a lawyer. Walker will represent Los Alamos at the New Mexico Spelling Bee.  

In second place was Eleanor Henderson from Mountain