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Udall Presents Two New Mexico Consortium Outstanding Achievement Awards for Mentored Research

on December 5, 2013 - 10:57am

Sangeeta Negi works with Dr. Richard Sayre, a joint NMC-LANL scientist. Courtesy/LANL

Loreen Lamoureux of UNM. Photo by Ann Kuiper 

LANL News:

  • Sangeeta Negi of the NMC and Loreen Lamoureux of UNM to receive awards for their work in Algal Bio-technology and Bio-medical Engineering.

Senator Tom Udall will recognize Dr. Sangeeta Negi of the New Mexico Consortium (NMC) for achieving a two-fold increase in bio-mass productivity in algae this Friday. Loreen Lamoureux, a graduate student at the University of New Mexico (UNM) will be recognized for her work on rapid E. coli detection methods.

School Board Meets Tuesday

on December 5, 2013 - 7:50am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board will hold a School Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater 1300 Diamond Dr.

The agenda includes:

  • Approval of Agenda Approval of Minutes from past meetings
  • Approval of Budget Adjustment Requests Ratification of November Cash Disbursements
  • Request for Proposal Update Disposal of Fixed Assets
  • November Journal Entry Report
  • Resolution Authorizing the Issuance and Sale of Los Alamos Public Schools District's General Obligation Building Bonds
  • Technology Department Review as Part of the Strategic Plan
  • Letter to

LAHS Students Honor Tyler Van Anne

on December 4, 2013 - 11:02pm

Classmates of Los Alamos High School student Tyler Van Anne, who died today, painted the White Rock rock this evening in his honor. Photo by Kateri Morris

Photo by Kateri Morris

Support Systems Gathering at Teen Center Thursday

on December 4, 2013 - 9:49pm


Los Alamos Teen Center Director Sylvan Sierra Argo together with other local organizations is pulling together various support networks at the Teen Center for Thursday.

What will be available for teens so far:

  • Michelangelo Lobato will be at the Teen Center on and off throughout the day;
  • Aimee Schnedler (grief counselor) will be at the Teen Center on and off throughout the day;
  • Kim Secrest (has a Masters in art therapy and counseling) will be facilitating creative/art processing/expression activities after school;
  • Fuller Lodge Art Center is donating art supplies for the

LAHS Grief Counselors Prepare For Thursday

on December 4, 2013 - 9:09pm
LAPS News:
Los Alamos Public School Superintendent Gene Schmidt addressed today's death of Los Alamos High School student Tyler Van Anne.
"We have informed the staff and we are preparing for a good grief day tomorrow," Schmidt said. "Counselors will be standing by when students arrive at school in the morning."
Schmidt told the Los Alamos Daily Post late this afternoon that he was attempting to reach out to Van Anne's family.
A prayer service was held this evening at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church on Canyon Road.

Prepare for Finals ... Join 'Just Do It Study Group!'

on December 4, 2013 - 2:09pm

Sopahn Kellogg prepares study note cards as DC Kim helps a fellow student with chemistry. Courtesy photo

Jacqui Hargraves focuses on math while Elsa Guinoiseau, a native French speaker supports students with their French homework and Caleb Crutella completes an assignment. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

Just Do It Study Group! Just in time to get those homework assignments turned in and prepare for final exams in two weeks. 
This opportunity might just be for you if you:
• Want to develop good study habits before you get to college.
• Need help with some difficult homework.
• Feel disorganized

Band Booster Poinsettia Sale is On

on December 4, 2013 - 12:28pm


The Los Alamos High School Band Booster Annual Poinsettia Sale is on, with beautiful locally grown plants in two sizes (4.5 inch pot and 7 inch pot) and three colors: traditional vibrant red, winter white and a glitter plant that is a mix of red and white.

Contact your local Los Alamos High School Band student to place your order. If you don't know a local Band Student, contact Karen Mehlin at 505-570-0202 to be directed to one.

Deliveries will be made within Los Alamos County on the date of your choice.

Los Alamos Middle School Hosts Book Fair

on December 4, 2013 - 12:06pm

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Middle School is hosting a Book Fair this week, with special hours from 4-7 p.m. Thursday.

Tours will be given for community members who would like to see the new building. The holidays are the perfect time to give the gift of reading and the LAMS book fair has gifts for all ages.

Volunteer slots are also available from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday.

To learn more or to sign up, call Lisa Whitacre at 505.663.2391.


Education 101: Save Our Schools Los Alamos Meets With NMPED Deputy Secretary Aguilar

on December 1, 2013 - 8:46am

Education 101: 

Save Our Schools Los Alamos Meets With NMPED Deputy Secretary Aguilar
By Save Our Schools Los Alamos

Local Supplements to Operating Expenses

Representatives of Save Our Schools Los Alamos met with Deputy Education Secretary for Finance and Operations Paul Aguilar Friday, Nov. 22 to discuss a letter we sent to Secretary-Designate Skandera back in September.

Winter Tree Care - Come Ready to Learn!

on November 28, 2013 - 7:17am

PEEC News:

Laural Hardin is back at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) to talk about all the things you can do to help trees survive the winter and come out strong in the spring.

She will cover topics such as water, tree wrap, and basic pruning. The presentation will also consider how changing climate effects tree dormancy, and what can be done to boost tree vigor and growth. This talk focuses mostly on non-native urban trees, but will include ponderosa, pinon and juniper.  

Hardin is a certified arborist and integrated pest management specialist.

School Board Accepts Letter to Skandara With Minor Changes

on November 27, 2013 - 8:45am

Los Alamos School Board from left, Vice President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, President Jim Hall, Matt Williams, Kevin Honnell and David Foster. Courtesy/LAPS

Staff Report

During Tuesday's Special Board meeting of the Los Alamos School Board, members discussed the recommendation of the Study Group for Teacher Concerns for a letter to Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera.

The letter explains Los Alamos teacher concerns for the rapid implementation of several initiatives by the New Mexico Public Education Department, including a new teacher observation protocol.

The School Board accepted the


Business/Community Leaders Turn Out For LAHS's Career Night

on November 26, 2013 - 1:52pm

Los Alamos High School senior Tyler Mullens welcomes business leaders and students to Monday's Career Fair. Members of the Los Alamos Community representing more than 50 career choices, including architecture (Keith R. Barras of Mosaic), medicine (Nurse Joyce Rachins), financial services, information technology, cybersecurity (Tadeusz Raven of Attack Research), engineering (Merrick & Co.), hospitality, entertainment (Jean Gindreau of PAC 8 and Kelly Stewart of LA County), journalism (Carol A.

'Thankful Dinner' Served at Barranca Mesa Elementary

on November 26, 2013 - 9:24am

Resource Teacher Dawnmarie Shipley's 6th grade students participate in a 'Thankful Dinner' during lunchtime Monday at Barranca Mesa Elementary School. Twenty-one attendees were treated to a bountiful of homemade traditional Thanksgiving food. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/



Schools, LANL, County on Regular Hours Today

on November 25, 2013 - 6:16am

Staff Report

Los Alamos Public Schools, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Los Alamos County are operating as usual today with no delays announced.

LAPS makes the decision to close school or delay the start of school, by 5:30 a.m. in order to notify bus drivers, school employees, and parents in a timely manner. Such announcements are made via the media of television, radio and websites.

LANL's update information hotline indicates the Laboratory is on a normal operating schedule today.

Los Alamos County also is on a normal operating schedule today.

The following County facilities will

Education 101: Save Our Schools Los Alamos Meets with NMPED

on November 24, 2013 - 8:32am
Education 101: 
Save Our Schools Los Alamos Meets with New Mexico Public Education Department
By Save Our Schools Los Alamos

On Friday, Nov. 22, Save Our Schools Los Alamos met with Deputy Secretary Paul Aguilar of the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) to ask that PED modify its policies and allow local jurisdictions to supplement K-12 education operating funds with local monies, a practice currently prohibited in New Mexico but something that is practiced in most other states.

Save Our Schools Los Alamos will meet with members of the Los Alamos Public Schools Administration,

School District Announces School Closures Policy

on November 22, 2013 - 7:04am

LAPS News:

As winter approaches, we anticipate days when weather will present a challenge for school transportation either because of ice or snow or both.

These will be the days when school is delayed, cancelled, or dismissed early. The decision to close school or delay the start of school will be made by 5:30 a.m. in order to notify bus drivers, school employees, and parents in a timely manner. The announcement will be made via the media of television, radio and websites.

Major local network television stations will be contacted when a decision to delay, close, or dismiss early is made.


CNM and ENMU Team Up to Offer Online Degree

on November 22, 2013 - 6:22am

CNM News:

Central New Mexico Community College has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU) that allows students taking career technical education courses at CNM – such as drafting, welding and culinary arts – to obtain a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) from ENMU.

This online degree will allow students to continue their education and, if desired, earn a degree exclusively online.


School Board Reschedules Three Meetings

on November 21, 2013 - 7:38am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board has scheduled an Executive Session at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26 in the Aspen Elementary principal's office to discuss limited personnel matters, specifically the evaluation of Superintendent of Schools Gene Schmidt, as allowed in the Open Meetings Act NMSA1978, Section 10-15-1 (H) (2).

The Los Alamos School Board will hold Special School Board meeting Nov. 26, following the Executive Session at Aspen Elementary School's gymnasium.


Special School Board Meeting, Executive Session and School Board Work Session Rescheduled

on November 20, 2013 - 11:51am

LAPS News:

The Special School Board Meeting, Executive Session, and School Board Work Session that were scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Aspen Elementary have been rescheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 26 at Aspen Elementary Gymnasium. 

Los Alamos Public Schools will post the Notices and Revised Agendas for the Special School Board Meeting, Executive Session as well as the School Board Work Session later today.


Sufficient Funding for Schools Doesn’t Quite Seem Like Enough

on November 20, 2013 - 10:45am
Sufficient Funding for Schools Doesn’t Quite Seem Like Enough
By Dr. GENE SCHMIDT, Superintendent
Los Alamos Public Schools

The 1974 New Mexico Public School Finance Act was promoted as “one of the most innovative of the school finance plans currently being used across the country” (Sturgis 1). Key to the school finance plan was the intent by the legislature to meet the obligation of the New Mexico Constitution which called for “a uniform system of free public schools sufficient for the education of and open to all children of school age in the state shall be established and maintained”


Ben Lujan Honored Posthumously

on November 20, 2013 - 9:07am

NMVC News:

ALBUQUERQUE—New Mexico Voices for Children is honoring four exceptional people at its annual Spirit of Hope Awards Ceremony this weekend. Speaker of the House Ben Lujan will be honored posthumously with the Alice King Public Service Award. Frank Sanchez, who is known, among other things, as one of the lead plaintiffs in New Mexico’s first successful Voting Rights Act lawsuit, will receive the Patty Jennings and Polly Arango Citizen Advocacy Award.

 “Speaker Lujan really embodied the spirit of what a citizen legislator should be,” said Veronica C.

Educators Wear Black in Statewide Day of Action to Take Back Joy of Learning

on November 20, 2013 - 8:41am
By Charles Goodmacher
NEA-New Mexico UniServ
Research, Communication & Government Relations

Today is the statewide day of action in New Mexico to take back the joy of learning, time for teaching and professionalism in public education.

In schools across New Mexico, education employees will wear black to express outrage against the Governor’s policies that are failing our schools, our students and our state, including the new teacher evaluation system which is largely based on standardized test scores.

Prepare for Super Comet at PEEC Presentation

on November 20, 2013 - 6:57am

Hubble Telescope image of the ISON Comet. Courtesy/NASA

PEEC News:

By now, you have probably heard about the much-anticipated “Super Comet,” Comet ISON. Expected to make a close encounter with the sun later this month, there is much speculation about whether the comet will delight or disappoint, depending on how its close approach to the sun turns out.

Chick Keller, founding member of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), will give a presentation about the comet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov.  21.

In his presentation, Keller will talk about comets in general, why they are

Europe 2014 Selling Coffee Again!

on November 19, 2013 - 8:10am


Image designed by student traveler Caroline Schramm

LAHS News:

Interested in supporting educational travel? Buy some fresh-roasted, organic, Fair Trade coffee and help more than a dozen Los Alamos High School graduating seniors see historic sights in Europe next June!

For 15 days, the group of 2014 Los Alamos graduates will learn through the power of visiting actual historical sites in six different countries, including Anne Frank’s house, Versailles, and Stonehenge.

Arborist Speaks on Aspens in the Urban Landscape

on November 19, 2013 - 7:32am

Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Local certified arborist Laural Hardin is a popular presenter at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC). She has spoken on several topics related to local tree species and their care in the urban landscape. Hardin returns to PEEC at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20 to discuss aspen trees.

Many homeowners have or want to have aspen in their yards. This talk will cover many of the challenges property owners face when aspens are put in the urban setting.