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Emily Bradley Memorial Fund Helps Teachers Feel Appreciated During Stressful Times

on December 18, 2013 - 10:26am

Community volunteers and students assemble approximately 280 gift packages for Los Alamos teachers. Courtesy photo

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By Ellen Morris Bond
Self Help, Inc./ 2-1-1

Emily Bradley was a long-time Barranca Mesa School teacher known for fostering creativity and life-long learning and for her compassion and generosity. Her legacy continues.

Several organizations including Self Help, Inc. sent a tangible message to teachers in our community that they are appreciated especially during these stressful times.

Donations to LAPS Libraries Honor Jean Nereson

on December 18, 2013 - 7:50am
From left, Nina Thayer and Judy Crocker of AAUW, Marilyn Branton, LAPS librarians Julie Goen and Beverly Nelson and Joanna Gillespie of the LAPS Foundation. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation has announced the first distribution from the Jean Nereson Books Memorial Fund. The Los Alamos Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has been raising funds to honor the memory of long-time Los Alamos Public Schools teacher, Jean Nereson, who taught in the Los Alamos elementary schools from 1943 to her retirement in 1995.

The LAPS Foundation gave


PEEC Nature Playtime Enhanced by New Sponsor

on December 17, 2013 - 7:16am

PEEC News:

Every Monday, toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers are welcome to visit the Pajario Environmental Education Center (PEEC) to explore the natural world.

Each Nature Playtime features a craft, story and outside activity free of charge and no registration is required.

New in 2014, Nature Playtimes are sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Mexico. The content of the program remains unchanged, but the program is now enhanced by the addition of PEEC's new sponsor.

Weather Policy: When Los Alamos Public Schools has a weather-related delay or cancellation, Nature Playtimes

Governor Appoints LAPS' John Wolfe to Risk Management Advisory Board

on December 16, 2013 - 4:01pm

John Wolfe speaks during a County Council meeting. File photo


Gov. Susana Martinez announced today the she has appointed John Wolfe of Los Alamos Public Schools to the state's Risk Management Advisory Board.

Wolfe serves as chief financial officer for LAPS. He is a U.S. Air Force veteran with nearly 30 years of leadership experience in finance and administration.

Los Alamos School Board Outlines Concerns in Letter to New Mexico Education Secretary

on December 16, 2013 - 10:58am
School Board President Jim Hall and Vice-President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie listen as Superintendent Gene Schmidt presents to the Board the final version of the District's letter to the Secretary of Education. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard expresses support for the letter the Los Alamos School Board is sending to the Secretary of Education outlining concerns about the department's policies. Photo by Bonnie J Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos School Board sent a letter to New Mexico Secretary of


Technology Report, Bond Sale and Summer School Top Board Meeting

on December 16, 2013 - 10:02am
Laura Gonzales, chief officer for Los Alamos County’s Information Technology Department, presents a report of her review of the School District’s Technology Department. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Laura Gonzales, chief officer for Los Alamos County’s Information Technology Department, presented a report of her review of the School District’s Technology Department. She pointed out that many school connections are very limited in their bandwidth, while many more wireless devises are now connecting to the school’s Internet connection.


Education 101: On the Backs of Our Teachers

on December 15, 2013 - 9:20am
Education 101: On the Backs of Our Teachers
By Save Our Schools Los Alamos

Welcome back to Education 101, the weekly column that explores K-12 public education funding. As a preface to today's column, because it touches on school system compensation, we'd like to disclose that there are no school employees or family members of school employees involved in the development of these columns; just concerned parents and citizens.

We'd like to start by reviewing some issues outlined in previous columns.

In 2011, New Mexico ranked 33rd out of 50 states in state and local per pupil K-12 education

New Mexico School for the Arts Charter Renewed

on December 15, 2013 - 8:07am

NMSA News:

SANTA FE – New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA) has announced that the Public Education Commission formally approved renewal of the school’s original charter for a period of five years.

The Charter School Division team, in its report after touring NMSA and meeting with staff, students, and parents, noted that, “... all groups seemed to speak with one voice in regard to the strengths and challenges of the school ... the school is strong in both academics and the arts. Students learn discipline in the arts and as a result find they are disciplined in academic studies.


UNM-LA Community Education Spring Class Schedule Now Available

on December 14, 2013 - 8:33am

UNM-LA Community Education Spring 2014 Schedule. Courtesy photo
UNM-Los Alamos

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Community Education Department has announced the schedule for its Spring 2014 lineup of classes. The schedules are now available on the UNM-LA campus and in stands around Los Alamos and White Rock. They will also be mailed out to households the first week in January. 

“This spring we have a wonderful array of new and popular enrichment courses,” UNM-LA Community Education Director, Eva Artschwager said.


LAHS Students Present Winter Dance Show Monday

on December 14, 2013 - 7:17am
Los Alamos High School dance students rehearse for the Winter Dance Show. The free event is 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16 at Duane Smith Auditorium. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos High School Dancers rehearse for their upcoming Winter Dance Show. Courtesy photo

Kraz-E-Dave and His Scientists Dazzle Aspen Students

on December 14, 2013 - 7:01am
Kraz-E-Dave and his team of scientists entertained students at Aspen Elementary School last week. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Students at Aspen Elementary School were both entertained and educated at an assembly last week presented by Kraz-E-Dave and his team of scientists.

A skateboard ride in the name of science by one of Kraz-E-Dave's team. Courtesy photo

Students were treated to numerous demonstrations of physics principles using props from vacuum tubes to liquid nitrogen, ordinary balloons and bicycle wheels. It was an afternoon of fun, laughter, and love of learning for all involved.


School Board Will Hold Retreat Thursday

on December 14, 2013 - 6:47am

LAPS News:

The School Board will hold a Board Retreat at 7 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 in the White Rock Town Hall conference room.

The agenda includes:

  • School Board's Non-Negotiable Safe and Civil Schools Goal
  • Why are We Here Today and What Do We Hope to Accomplish?
  • Maximize State Equalization Guarantee Funding
  • Enrollment Strategy and Path Forward
  • School Facilities and Path Forward
  • Update and Progress on Strategic Plan
  • School Board Meetings Set Up and Protocols
  • Recap of Activities

Los Alamos Girl Scouts Prepare for Battle

on December 13, 2013 - 10:46am
Members of the Radioactive Fireflies,  front row from left, Katie Herrmann, Eleanor Henderson, Natalie Aulwes, Brooke Weatherbie, Aria Schmierer and Rachel Norman. Back row from left, Maddie Ovaska, Emily Holmes and Eden Schmierer. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Aria Schmierer picks up a robots after its trip through the obstacle course as Natalie Aulwes, left, and Emily Holmes observe the action. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

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Los Alamos School Board Grants McCarthy Construction Another Extension

on December 13, 2013 - 9:47am

From left, School Board Vice President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, Secretary Matt Williams, President Jim Hall and members David Foster and Kevin Honnell. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Staff Report

At Thursday's meeting, the Los Alamos School Board voted 4-1 to grant McCarthy Construction an extension to the deadline specified in its contract to complete work at Los Alamos Middle School.

McCarthy Construction cited delays from unforeseen rock chipping to cold temperatures and snow in November and December. The company requested the extension during the Dec.


Local Solidarity Greets 'Keep the Promise' Statewide Bus Tour Initiative

on December 13, 2013 - 9:20am
Los Alamos AFT President Ellen Mills, left, with AFT State President Stephanie Ly during Thursday's Keep the Promise bus tour event. Bonnie J. Gordon/ 
Pinon Elementary School teacher Ryan Ross signs the Reclaim the Promise bus. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Keep the Promise for New Mexico’s Future rolled into the Sullivan Field parking lot in Los Alamos Thursday afternoon as part of its Dec. 9-13 statewide bus tour.


School Board Seeks Nomination for 2014 Achievement Award

on December 13, 2013 - 7:08am

LAPS News:

School Board President Jim Hall and members of the School Board invite students, staff, and community members to nominate any staff member, parent, community member, student or school volunteer for the 2014 Los Alamos Public Schools Excellence for Student Achievement Award.

Hall wrote in the invitation that there are a “myriad of individuals who give time, energy, and skills to better the lives of students. Los Alamos schools wouldn’t be where we are without the tremendous support of members of the student body, staff, and community.”

Los Alamos Public Schools will choose a


Chamber Forms New Crowdfunding Clowd®

on December 12, 2013 - 12:10pm

Nicholas Seet, second from right, speaks with students in his UNM-LA class, 'Financing the Entrepreneurial Enterprise.'  Photo by Vint Miller/UNM-LA

Nicholas Seet and his UNM-LA class, 'Financing the Entrepreneurial Enterprise.' From left, Misty in front, Alex behind (Main Street Crowd), Julia, Micheline, Yoko, Katy, Mack, Professor Nicholas Seet, Gary, Brandon and Marshall Neel (MainStreet Crowd.) Courtesy photo


  • New Economic Development Portal Brings Projects to the People

The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce announced today that it has formed a “Clowd,” a custom, local

Governor’s Proposal Would Raise Starting Teacher Salaries

on December 12, 2013 - 9:41am


Wednesday, Gov. Susana Martinez announced proposals to better recruit, retain, and compensate new teachers, as well as reward teachers and school leaders whose students are achieving strong academic growth in the classroom.

Martinez’s plan would increase the minimum base starting salary for teachers in New Mexico by 10 percent and allow every school district to propose a plan to utilize new state funding to provide significant financial rewards to its high-performing teachers and school leaders.

“Teaching is an honorable profession," Martinez said.

Young Minds, To Work!

on December 12, 2013 - 8:59am
Hawks FTC team members from left, Sam Crooks, Joseph Thompson, Erin Scott, Jessica Cooke, Summer Bronson, Jaryn Newman and M.I.M.R.E. Not pictured, Do Vo and Michael Peters. Courtesy photo

M.I.M.R.E.. (Mechanical Idea Made Real Epically.) Courtesy photo

Young Minds, To Work!
LAMS 7th Grader

The Los Alamos Middle School has accepted a challenge involving skill, creativity, problem-solving abilities, and gracious professionalism.

PEEC: Arborist Gives Tips on Winter Tree Survival

on December 11, 2013 - 8:55pm

PEEC News:

Local certified arborist Laural Hardin is back at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec.18.

In this program, Hardin will talk about what homeowners can do to take care of their trees throughout the winter, to make them stronger and healthier for the spring. The cost to attend this program is $8 or $6 for PEEC members. No advance registration is required.

There are actually specific things a person can do to ensure the trees on their property emerge from the cold and snow with a healthier outlook for the spring.

LAMS Robotics Team Takes Second at Regional Qualifier

on December 11, 2013 - 4:08pm

Some of the members of the Los Alamos Middle School Hawk FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Team 7813 pose with their robot. From left, Jaryn Newman, Jesse Cooke, Summer Bronson, Joseph Thompson and Erin Scott. Courtesy/Daphne Thompson

HAWK FTC Team 7813 News:

Some of the members of The Los Alamos Middle School Hawk FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Team 7813 From left: Jaryn Newman, Jesse Cooke, Summer Bronson, Joseph Thompson and Erin Scott .Photo courtesy of Daphne Thompson

The Los Alamos Middle School Hawk FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Team 7813 advanced to the final round on Saturday during the first


Students Learn Computer Coding From LANL Employees

on December 11, 2013 - 3:44pm
Students at Chamisa Elementary School learn about computer coding from Los Alamos National Laboratory employees as part of Computer Science Education Week's Hour of Code. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Students at Chamisa and Pinon Elementary Schools and the Los Alamos Middle School are participating in Computer Science Education Week's Hour of Code.

Several Los Alamos National Laboratory employees are helping kindergarten through sixth grade students at the elementary schools learn about computer programming (coding) during one hour sessions.

By 4:30 p.m. Monday, 3.4 million students

Reclaim the Promise Bus Tour Comes to Los Alamos

on December 11, 2013 - 8:15am

Staff Report

Earlier this fall, Keep the Promise for New Mexico’s Future heard from thousands of New Mexicans from different regions, different backgrounds and different cultures who share one thing in common: they want to see public education in New Mexico thrive.

Keep the Promise for New Mexico’s Future launched a statewide bus tour to build upon this vision and will come to Los Alamos 3:15-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 at Sullivan Field parking lot.

The public is invited to attend to support improving public education in New Mexico. Visit to learn


NJROTC Wins First Place at Championship Meet

on December 10, 2013 - 8:25am
LAHS NJROTC competing at the Area 9 West Academic Fitness & Drill Championship Meet. Courtesy photo
NROTC cadets with their trophies. Courtesy photo


Saturday Dec. 7, the Los Alamos high School NJROTC took 40 cadets and traveled to West Mesa High School in Albuquerque for the Area 9 West Academic Fitness & Drill Championship Meet.

Leaving LAHS at 6 a.m., they competed in their first event at 9 a.m., the Academic Test, which consisted of 50 naval science related questions with 30 seconds to answer each question.

They then hustled to the Unit Personnel Inspection where each


Students Sell Crafts and Coffee to Fund European Tour

on December 10, 2013 - 8:13am

Staff Report:

Los Alamos High School students taking an education tour of Europe this summer are having a Holiday Craft and Coffee Sale in the lobby of Los Alamos National Bank from 1:30-5 p.m. Wednesday. 

The 15 high school seniors touring Europe with local teacher, Lynn Ovaska, next summer have used their artistic talent over the past few weeks to make beautiful holidays crafts. Stop by LANB to purchase beautiful ornaments, candles, picture frames, treats, and earrings as well as tasty Fair Trade, organic coffee. 

As with past tours, the goal of Europe 2014 is to expand the world view of