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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.

Los Alamos Family Council Holds DWI School

on November 18, 2013 - 12:56pm

LAFC News:

Los Alamos Family Council will hold DWI School 5:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 6, 13 and 20. DWI School is for those charged with a DUI offense.
Registration in advance is required. Call 505.662.3264 for information or to schedule the program.

Check Out 50 Career Choices Nov. 25!

on November 18, 2013 - 11:39am

Education Funding 101: How New Mexico and Los Alamos Compare ...

on November 17, 2013 - 6:54am
Education Funding 101:
How New Mexico and Los Alamos Compare to Other States in K-12 Public Education Funding
By Save Our Schools Los Alamos

This week, we’ll review how New Mexico and Los Alamos compare to other states in funding for K-12 public education. 

This review is particularly relevant for Los Alamos families who moved here because of work opportunities with the Lab, combined with the reputation Los Alamos has for excellent K-12 public schools and a family-friendly environment.

LAHS Holds Career Fair

on November 17, 2013 - 6:12am

LAHS News:

The Guidance Department of Los Alamos High School will host a Career Fair 6-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25 in A Wing at the LAHS.

More than 50 career options will be represented by local employers and employees. 

Students are invited to meet with an accountant, engineer, equestrian, lawyer, doctor, and pharmacist, to name a few. Students will be able to meet with up to six representatives in 20-minute sessions during the evening. Refreshments will be served.

For more information about the Career Fair, contact Connie Goettee in the Career Resource Center at 505.663.2595 or

LAHS Staff Showered With Appreciation

on November 16, 2013 - 11:08am

LAHS Topper Parent Organization President Cecilia Garcia-Frank, standing, jokes with teacher Janet Newton at Friday's Staff Appreciation Lunch in the LAHS staff lounge. Courtesy photo

LAHS Staff enjoy an appreciation lunch Friday prepared and served by the Topper TPO in the LAHS staff lounge. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

Friday was Staff Appreciation Day at Los Alamos High School.

PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Taking Flight

on November 16, 2013 - 7:12am
Jorge Ayarza from Colombia is teaching students about catching and handling birds with mist nets. Here the students are having a hands-on experience with the soft bags that are used to safely transport birds from the nets to the data collection area. Photo by Stephen Fettig
 
Maria del Pilar González Barroso from Mexico and Diego Alejandro Cueva from Colombia view a Townsend’s Warbler just before releasing it back into the wild. Photo by Stephen Fettig
 
PEEC Amateur Naturalist: Taking Flight
By ROBERT DRYLA

Particular thanks to Bandelier National Monument, Stephen Fettig, and the Park

School Board Swaps ACS for Honeywell on Aspen Construction Project

on November 15, 2013 - 10:15am

Dave Wharram of Gerald Martin at Thursday's Special School Board Meeting. Photo by Bonnie J Gordon/ladailypost.com

STAFF Report

Dave Wharram of Gerald Martin, who serves as the owner representative for LAPS construction projects at Los Alamos Middle School and Aspen Elementary reported on those projects Thursday at a Special School Board Meeting dealing with construction issues.

In a 4-1 vote (Matt Williams voted nay), the Board approved hiring Honeywell as the Controls Contractor on the Aspen Project, rather than retaining ACS, the contractor hired by Jaynes Construction for the project.

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Olions Present One-acts at the Blackbox

on November 15, 2013 - 7:22am
Mateo Cardiel and Megan Pimentel rehearse for the Olions one-act plays, which begin Friday at the LAHS Blackbox Theater. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School Olions Thespian Club will present four one-act plays in the LAHS Black Box Theater at 7 p.m., Nov. 16, 17 and 23, with 2 p.m. matinees Nov. 17 and 23.

Olions sponsor Rachel Saxton will direct "This Property is Condemned," written by Tennessee Williams. The three remaining plays are student written and directed.

Highlights From Nov. 12 School Board Meeting

on November 14, 2013 - 8:41am
Staff members from Los Alamos High School pose with the plaque and certificate that will be displayed at the high school announcing the Los Alamos School District's acheivement of the highest level of accreditation by AdvancED. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
Los Alamos High School Student Body President Soumyo Lahiri-Gupta, right, and Vice President Justin Dunn, second from right, and a contingent of LAHS students presented a proposal to change the dress code at LAHS. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

A number of issues were

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Reading Workshop for Families Will 'Raise the Roof' at Piñon

on November 14, 2013 - 7:50am
Piñon Elementary School teachers get ready to 'Riase the Roof' at a family engagement workshop 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 for parents of children in kindergarten through third grade. This workshop will provide parents with at-home tools to support their children’s reading achievement. Readers Raise the Roof! workshops will be led by teachers dressed as construction workers to engage the audience. Courtesy/Julie Bulthuis
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Aspen Elementary School Ground Is Broken!

on November 13, 2013 - 1:20pm

LAPS School Board President Jim Hall addresses the crowd at this morning's ground breaking ceremony at Aspen Elementary School at 2182 33rd St. Photo by Bob Beberniss

Staff Report

A ground breaking ceremony this morning offically launched a major overhaul of Aspen Elementary School's aging buildings at 2182 33rd St.

The community's approval of a $20 million bond last January, makes it possible to rebuild at Aspen as well as upgrade utilities and maintenance at other schools in the district.

With passage of the bond, the State of New Mexico is providing an additional $5.4 million in

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School Officials to Address Common Core Curriculum

on November 13, 2013 - 10:37am

LWV News:

The League of Women Voters invites the community to hear Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) Superintendent  Gene Schmidt, and Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn speak on the Common Core Curriculum that Los Alamos Public Schools is implementing. The talk is 11:40 a.m. to1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 in the upstairs meeting rooms at Mesa Public Library.

Schmidt and Washburn will be talking about the Common Core Curriculum that New Mexico and 44 other states recently adopted as part of the waiver procedure from No Child Left Behind.

School Board Will Seek Teacher Support for Letter to Education Secretary

on November 13, 2013 - 10:33am

Board of Education and school officials at Tuesday's board meeting at Los Alamos High School. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

At Tuesday night’s School Board Meeting, Superintendent Gene Schmidt presented the first draft of a letter to New Mexico Secretary of Education Designate Hanna Skandera expressing concerns and requesting changes to the state Teacher Evaluation System as well as addressing other matters.

The letter was formulated based on meetings of a committee for teacher concerns and input from school principals.

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Meet New Mexico Teacher of the Year - Carolyn Torres of Los Alamos

on November 13, 2013 - 9:26am
 
New Mexico Teacher of the Year Carolyn Torres addresses the Nov. 12 meeting of the Los Alamos School Board as Board President Jim Hall looks on. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos teacher Carolyn Torres has been chosen New Mexico Teacher of the Year. Torres teaches math and science to third grade students at Chamisa Elementary School and serves as a third grade homeroom teacher. She was chosen Los Alamos Teacher of the Year in May and will now represent New Mexico as its nominee for National Teacher of the Year.

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Chamisa's Carolyn Torres Named New Mexico Teacher of the Year!

on November 12, 2013 - 10:27am

Carolyn Torres is surrounded by her Chamisa Elementary School third grade students at a surprise assembly this morning at which Superintendent Gene Schmidt made the exciting announcement that Torres has been named New Mexico Teacher of the Year. Torres was named Los Alamos Teacher of the Year in May and now becomes the New Mexico nominee for National Teacher of the Year. Torres teaches science and math to all third graders at Chamisa in addition to serving as a third grade homeroom teacher. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/ladailypost.com

Carolyn Torres of Chamisa Elementary School has been named

Registration Open for 8th Grade Washington, D.C Spring Break Trip

on November 12, 2013 - 7:31am

COMMUNITY News:

There's still time to sign up for the annual spring break trip to Washington, DC. This trip is available to Los Alamos Middle School and home school 8th grade students. The trip is a private trip and not a school sponsored trip.  Sign up online at www.worldstrides.org using ID Number 94821 or call 1-800-468-5899 using the same ID Number.

The trip includes sightseeing in and around Washington, D.C. and Baltimore Md.

Readers Raise the Roof at Piñon Thursday

on November 12, 2013 - 7:05am

LAPS News:

Piñon Elementary School under the New Mexico Reads to Lead! initiative, will host a family engagement workshop called Readers Raise the Roof! 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 for parents of children in kindergarten through third grade.

This workshop will provide parents with at-home tools to support their children’s reading achievement. Readers Raise the Roof! workshops will be led by teachers dressed as construction workers to engage the audience. 

The teachers will provide blueprints for reading practice, helping parents and students design a custom home reading plan.

From

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Special School Board Meeting on Construction Issues Thursday

on November 12, 2013 - 7:00am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board will hold a Special School Board Meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 in Room 149 at Los Alamos Middle School on Hawks Drive.

Agenda items include an update on Aspen Elementary School construction, selection of the Aspen Elementary controls contractor, and the request of action on the Aspen Elementary Modification Change Request.

Other items include an update on LAMS construction, LAMS contract construction extension and a request for action on the LAMS Modification Change Request.

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Education Funding 101: What the Vote in Colorado Means for Los Alamos

on November 10, 2013 - 11:11am
Education Funding 101: 
What the Vote in Colorado Means for Los Alamos
by Save Our Schools Los Alamos

This past Tuesday, two-thirds of voters in Colorado cast ballots against Amendment 66, the most comprehensive education reform package the state has considered in almost two decades. The measure would have added almost $1 billion to Colorado's K-12 education system.

The legislation failed to pass for several reasons. The anti-tax people voted against it, believing that the economy remains fragile and that now is a bad time to raise taxes.

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Pinon Pride Singers Honor Veterans

on November 10, 2013 - 9:16am

The Pinon Elementary Pride singers (grades 4-6) gave a concert at the Betty Ehart Senior Center Friday to honor Veterans for Veterans Day, which is Monday. Courtesy photo
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NJROTC Hosts Micah Jay Andersen Shoulder to Shoulder and Brain Brawl Competition

on November 10, 2013 - 7:23am

NJROTC News:

Saturday Nov. 1, the Los Alamos High School Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) unit hosted the Micah Jay Andersen Shoulder to Shoulder and Brain Brawl Competition. This event was the first of its kind in Area 9, which includes seven states and 60 schools.

The Los Alamos unit named the competition after a former cadet and LAHS graduate who was injured in Afghanistan by an IED and is now recovering in San Antonio.

The competition was held in the ROTC building at the high school and had six competing schools, including West Mesa High, Santa Fe High, Belen High,

Student Enrollment Plays Critical Role in LAPS Funding

on November 9, 2013 - 9:55am
Student Enrollment Plays Critical Role in LAPS Funding
By Dr. GENE SCHMIDT, Superintendent
Los Alamos Public Schools

One of the most critical factors in funding Los Alamos Public Schools is student enrollment. To generate funding for schools, the State averages the enrollment of the 80th and 120th day of school.

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