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Los Alamos Veterinarian Continues Educational Support For Afghanistan Village

on December 23, 2013 - 9:56am

Worked has begun on the concrete foundation for a Sarkar school in Afghanistan. Photo by Ayub Kharoti

Photo by Ayub Kharoti

Staff Report

Bob Fuselier, a veterinarian in Los Alamos, began working with Dr. Mohammad Khan Kharoti on educational projects in Afghanistan several years ago and traveled to the country in 2012. He continues his support of educational projects in Afghanistan and wanted to share the latest progress with Los Alamos Daily Post readers.

Los Alamos veterinarian Bob Fuselier, right, with colleague Blake Batten at an airport in Afghanistan in 2012.  Photo by Ayub Kharoti

Education 101: Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation Created to Supplement K-12 Funding

on December 22, 2013 - 6:51am
Education 101:  Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation Created to Supplement K-12 Funding
By Save Our Schools Los Alamos

Many of us are aware of the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation; we've seen the organization included in the LANS Employee Giving Campaign or heard speeches from Foundation members at the beginning of a school year asking for our support. 

But why was it created and is it something that can help with our K-12 funding issues?

If you ask a founding member of the organization, you'll be told that the chief goal of the Foundation and the reason for its creation was to

Los Alamos Student Launches Educational Revolution with 'New Mexico Students D-Mand Better'

on December 20, 2013 - 11:53am
Emma Lathrop, top row center, with several students who have either supported her educational revolution movement or have actually "D"ed out. Courtesy photo

Los Alamos Daily Post
Los Alamos High School senior Emma Lathrop launched an educational revolution this week.

"This is the beginning of an educational revolution OF New Mexico students, BY New Mexico students, and for ALL New Mexicans," says Lathrop.

Letter to the Editor: Thank You From Aspen Teachers

on December 20, 2013 - 10:53am

By Aspen Elementary School Teachers

We would like to thank Self Help, Inc., and all those who donated to the Teacher Gift Bags: Thelma Hahn, the Emily L. Bradley Memorial fund, Xi Nu Sorority, and Ruby K's Bagel Cafe. 

Every year brings challenges and opportunities. This year has been especially demanding with the full implementation of Common Core State Standards and the new teacher evaluation system. 

We also grieve with families with every tragedy that occurs. These are “our kids.” At Aspen, we have also (happily) had construction challenges.

It is very gratifying to feel appreciated

Los Alamos English Teachers Attend NCTE Convention

on December 20, 2013 - 9:34am
LAHS English teachers from left, Maria Thibodeau, Janet Newton, Whitney Pomeroy and Elizabeth Radcliffe at the NCTE Convention in Boston. Courtesy photo


Through a grant from the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, four Los Alamos High School English teachers were able to attend the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention Nov. 21-25 in Boston, Mass.

As representatives of the high school English department, Maria Thibodeau, Whitney Pomeroy, Elizabeth Radcliffe and Janet Newton cumulatively participated in close to 50 sessions on a wide range of current


Science Cinema: Saturday Mornings at the Bradbury

on December 20, 2013 - 7:44am


The Bradbury Science Museum is proud to announce the launch of a new community video series.  Beginning in 2014, every Saturday at 10:30 a.m., a different science education film will be shown in the auditorium.  

The first showing will be Saturday, Jan. 4 featuring Bill Nye the Science Guy in Amphibians. In this 30-minute video, Bill explains how amphibians can live both on land and in water and demystifies the process of metamorphosis. This film is specifically geared towards children between elementary to middle school ages. 

The Bradbury Science Museum 

Play Me Piano Inauguration Will Help Fund Students Musical Adventure in Ghana

on December 19, 2013 - 11:53am
Students involved in the Play Me Piano Project display the newly painted piano. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

From Santa Fe to West Africa to the rest of the globe, Wanderlust Edventures is dedicated to bringing joy and human connection through music.

This summer, seven students from the Santa Fe area alongside mentor, Melinda Russial, have the opportunity to inaugurate this program and bring this message to Ghana. Through an immersive reciprocal education experience, they will begin their effort of global community building.

A fundraiser for the project, Santa Fe "Play Me Piano

Learn Time Management and Alpine Skiing Through UNM-LA

on December 19, 2013 - 9:03am

UNM-LA News:

As the year winds down and the holiday season approaches, take advantage of this transitional period by registering for two early-season UNM-Los Alamos Community Education classes.

Both Beginning Alpine Skiing and Time Management will run during the first two weeks of January and promise to provide a fun and useful way to get a jump on the New Year.

Beginning Alpine Skiing will meet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 10–12, at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area.


AAUW Provides Fruit for LA Cares Distribution

on December 19, 2013 - 8:59am

Members of the AAUW holiday bagging committee, front row from left, Nina Thayer, Doris Logwig, Marilyn Doolen and back row from left, Gloria Cordova, Linda McLellan, Karin Roberts and Denise George. Courtesy photo

LA Cares volunteers at Bethlehem Lutheran Church on distribution day. Courtesy photo

AAUW News:

American Association of University Women (AAUW) have filled 90 bags with fresh fruit to be distributed along with the December LA Cares food distribution.

More than 300 pounds of apples, oranges, clementines and plums were placed in the holiday bags.

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

Courtesy photo

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