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Help Plan Senior Appreciation Night

on March 12, 2013 - 9:11am
Individuals and volunteers interested in helping to plan a safe, fun-filled, drug free, all-night celebration for Los Alamos High School and home school graduating seniors are invited to a Senior Appreciation Night (SAN) planning meeting set for 1-2 p.m., Thursday, March 14 at the Aquatic Center Training Room, 2760 Canyon Road. 
Parents, organization representatives, community service groups and business owners are especially invited to attend.
SAN is a cooperative effort between parent volunteers, Los Alamos County Recreation Division, The Family YMCA, and approximately 40

Lauritzen Nominated for Excellence Award

on March 12, 2013 - 6:50am

Chamisa Elementary School Principal Deborah Smith, left, and Bernadette Lauritzen during the school's recent 45th anniversary celebration. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board selected Bernadette Lauritzen as its nominee for the 2013 New Mexico School Board’s Excellence in Student Achievement Award.

Superintendent Gene Schmidt said Lauritzen’s nomination was sent to the New Mexico State School Board Association because she has made a significant impact in student achievement for the Los Alamos schools.

“Not only is Bernadette known for her many volunteer hours, she is

2013 Quality New Mexico Learning Summit Set for April 22-23

on March 11, 2013 - 10:15am

QNM News:

Quality New Mexico will host its annual Learning Summit April 22-23 at the Hyatt Regency Albuquerque.

Bill Wadt of Los Alamos is chair-elect of Quality New Mexico and co-chair of its educational initiative New Mexico Excellence in Learning.

"The goal of the Learning Summit is to get people interested in the idea of improving education in a Systemic way," Wadt said.

Quality New Mexico Chair-Elect Bill Wadt

Wadt announced the primary speakers for this year's Summit.

"We were able to get Terry Holliday, the Commissioner of Education for Kentucky, to be a keynote speaker and do

New Mexico House Fights for Public Schools

on March 11, 2013 - 7:36am


SANTA FE - The News Mexico House of Representatives passed two bills Sunday aimed at protecting New Mexico’s public schools.

House Bill 460, “School Management Contracts & Charter Boards,” sponsored by Rep. Mimi Stewart (D-Bernalillo-21) passed the House with a vote of 34 to 33.

House Bill 392, “Public Education Commission as Independent”, sponsored by Rep. Mary Helen Garcia (D-Dona Ana-34) passed the House with a vote of 37 to 27.

There has been a recent outcry regarding the Public Education Department’s (PED) action to overrule the Public Educations Commission (PEC)

PAC 8 Opens Spring Break Music Video Class

on March 9, 2013 - 7:08am
Students jam during class with Jimmy Russell on harmonica who has played with greats such as Prince and Lenny Kravitz. Photo by Greg Kendall/

PAC 8 News:

PAC 8 will begin a new session of "Spring Music Video Classes" April 8 that will run through April 11 (spring break.)

Classes start at 2 p.m. and run until 4 p.m. each day.

Students will learn the process of making a music video.  During the session, students will learn to record audio, operate a camera, basic lighting techniques and basic editing and mixing.  

Classes are taught by Eric Heithaus of Santa Fe Music

Mountain Fifth Graders Tackle Skiing and Snowboarding

on March 9, 2013 - 6:59am
Pajarito Mountain Ski School instructors take students through their paces. Courtesy photo
Fifth graders who participated in the Mountain School skiing and snowboarding program at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. Courtesy photo
Mountain Elementary students ride the chair lift at Pajarito Mountain. Courtesy Photo
LAPS News:
Thanks to generous support from Pajarito Mountain Ski Patrol and Ski School, the 5th grade students from Mountain Elementary School were able to participate in a four-week ski and snowboard program.
Students were bused up to the mountain on Wednesday

Enrollment Underway for Summer Art Camp at Bilingual Montessori

on March 9, 2013 - 6:54am

BMS News:

Enrollment for  Summer Art Camp at Bilingual Montessori School is now open. 

The program will serve kids from first to fifth grade.

Bilingual Montessori School has a year-round program for children from 6 weeks of age through kindergarten.

During the summer, the school offers a Montessori based program focused on the arts for older children as well.

Visit to learn more about both of these programs, or call Odalys Fernandez at 505-672-1800.

Bilingual Montessori School is at 115 Longview Dr. in White Rock.


Los Alamos Ranks High at Regional Science Fair

on March 7, 2013 - 10:03am

Los Alamos students at the Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science Fair March 2 at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Students from Los Alamos competed and ranked well at the 2013 Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science Fair March 2 at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M.

2013 Northeastern New Mexico Regional Science Fair:



LAPSF Awards Microscopes to Aspen Teacher Through 'Great Ideas Grant' Program

on March 7, 2013 - 8:45am

Aspen Elementary School 5th grade students work with microscopes, from left, Hannah Mullen, Victor Popa-Simil, teacher Stacy Martens, Isabel Montoya and Aedin Miller. Courtesy/LAPSF


As part of its "Great Ideas Grant" program, the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation awarded a grant for microscopes to Aspen Elementary School teacher Stacy Martens.

In her grant application last fall, Martens wrote, “The purpose of this grant is to allow 5th grade students at Aspen Elementary the opportunity to study cells in science.


Hilltalkers Host Yankee Candle Fundraiser

on March 7, 2013 - 7:50am

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School Speech and Debate team is hosting a fundraiser.

The team is selling Yankee Candles to raise money for the Hilltalkers Speech and Debate team.

The fundraiser finishes Friday, March 8. For more information and to purchase candles, contact Mrs. Batha at

LAPS Board Meets Tuesday, March 12

on March 7, 2013 - 6:44am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board will hold its Regularl School Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 in the Los Alamos High School Speech Theatre.

The agenda for the meeting will be posted at the District Office the Thursday before the meeting.

If special accommodations are required, notifiy the secretary to the superintendent 72 hours before the meeting at 663-2230.

Rotary Club Honors Essay Contest Winners

on March 6, 2013 - 7:15am
Rotary Club of Los Alamos Essay Contest winners and their parents and teacher were honored at the Club's March 5 meeting. From left, Minhua Wang, Jenny Wang (Third Place), James Delgado, Katie Delgado (First Place), Cindy Welch, Tabitha Welch (Second Place), Eighth Grade Los Alamos Middle School Language Arts Teacher Lorene Beckstead and Christina Kraemer who served as Rotary chairperson of the 4-Way Test Essay Competition. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Katie Delgado reads her first place winning essay to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Learn About 'Super-Flocking' During Raptor Migration Talk at PEEC

on March 6, 2013 - 7:00am
Raptor migration in Veracruz, Mexico. Courtesy/photo

PEEC News:

It’s well known that some birds fly south for the winter, but migrating raptors put on an extreme show when hundreds of them converge near Veracruz, Mexico each year.

Learn more about this phenomenon from birder Robert Templeton at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

The largest concentration of migrating raptors in the world occurs each fall in the Mexican state of Veracruz.

The geography of North America causes most of the migratory raptors from the U.S.

LANL Meteorologist Leads Cloudspotting Class March 19

on March 6, 2013 - 6:31am
Lenticular clouds over Washington. Courtesy/NASA


Do you wonder what all the different types of clouds in the sky mean?

Come to a free Cloudspotting Class led by Los Alamos National Laboratory Meteorologist Jean Dewart at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center. 

Dewart first learned to watch the sky when she came to New Mexico many years ago. In this talk, she will take participants on a tour through many types of clouds.

She’ll also explain what different types of clouds can tell us about the atmosphere and weather.

Perch Paperie Extends Hours; Adds New Classes

on March 6, 2013 - 6:25am

Perch Paperie News:

Now shoppers will have more time to get crafty at Perch Paperie. The store is extending its hours!

Perch Paperie will now be open M-F 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Perch Paperie has lots of fun classes coming up this month.

New classes are added all the time, so be sure and visit Perch Paperie online at or click on the Perch Paperie ad on the Los Alamos Daily Post to find out the latest.

Paper Straw Pinwheel kids class: 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, $7, all ages
CD Case Sticker Book: 1-2 p.m.

FSN to Offer IMPACT Personal Safety 101

on March 5, 2013 - 9:49am

FSN News:

Family Strengths Network will host IMPACT of Santa Fe for two special events in March.

IMPACT Personal Safety 101 and Healthy Relationships will be offered together on one night for people ages 15 through adult from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 at the Teen Center.

Seventh and eighth graders can benefit from this important workshop with appropriate content from 6-8 .pm. Thursday, March 21 at FSN.

This class empowers participants by teaching them what assailants look for and how to avoid being chosen as a target.

Students practice awareness skills, body language, and using

Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club Registration Opens March 11 for Training Classes

on March 5, 2013 - 9:27am
Jennifer Necker with her dog Lorna. Photo by Carl Necker
Registration for the next session of dog training classes offered by the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club (LADOC) will begin March 11.
Classes this session include Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Manners, Beginning Agility, Conformation, Competitive Obedience and the paRENT Free Club, and will begin the week of April 1.
Class schedule, registration guidelines and registration form will be available on the LADOC website ( and at the LADOC building (246 East Road, Los Alamos.)

Rotary Club Student of the Month for February: Caroline Schramm

on March 5, 2013 - 8:36am

Caroline Schramm. Courtesy photo


Caroline Schramm, a junior at Los Alamos High School (LAHS), was recently honored as Rotary Student of the Month for February. 

Schramm is the daughter of Janet and Garry Schramm and the sister of Christopher, Kaitlin, Kurt, Cory and Carson.

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos selects one student each month of the school year to honor as a Student of the Month. 

In addition to high school seniors, high school juniors are now eligible for the recognition.

YCC Job Applications Open Through March 22

on March 5, 2013 - 6:54am
Family YMCA’s Youth Conservation Corps members work on local trail. Courtesy photo
Family YMCA’s Youth Conservation Corps members on Trail Day. Courtesy photo

YMCA News:

Job applications will be accepted until March 22 from youth ages 14 to 25 for hiring consideration with The Family YMCA’s Youth Conservation Corps. The program will employ up to 45 youth in part or full-time positions for work in the Jemez Mountains and Canyons.

The positions are based in the outdoors improving public footpaths.

Kindergarten Roundup Starts Soon

on March 5, 2013 - 6:09am

LAPS News:

Kindergarten Roundup is around the corner! Children who will turn age five by Sept. 1, 2013, are eligible for kindergarten next year.

See the following schedule for Roundup dates and times:

  • Aspen                       April 24           1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Barranca                   March 27        12:30 p.m.
  • Chamisa                   April 24           1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Mountain                  March 27         1-4 p.m.
  • Pinon                        April 3             1-2 p.m.

U.S. Bank 'Rally4Rewards' Program - Earn $2,500 for LAHS

on March 5, 2013 - 5:51am

LAHS News:

U.S Bank is a supporter of high school athletics/activities and has been a major sponsor of the NMAA for many years now.

In addition to serving as the title sponsor of the State Football, Basketball and Track Championships, U.S. Bank has also served as a large contributor to the NMAA Foundation.

Now, they are taking this even further with Monday's launch of the “Rally4Rewards" program.

Through this program, U.S. Bank will be donating $2,500 to six different NMAA member schools.

Junior Parent Night is March 11

on March 4, 2013 - 10:52am

LAHS News:

Parents of current Los Alamos High School juniors are invited to attend Junior Parent Night at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 11 in the Speech Theater.

“Junior Parent Night is an evening presentation for the parents of current juniors which provides information on post-secondary options,” said Cindy Black, one of four guidance counselors at the high school. “We cover the college admission process, including two- and four-year colleges, technical and vocational schools, and military options.


Cafe Scientific Thursday: Can Cryptography Protect You From Eavesdroppers?

on March 4, 2013 - 9:21am

Innovate+Educate Announces Grant Recipients

on March 2, 2013 - 7:12am


SANTA FE – On Feb. 27, Innovate+Educate announced $200,000 in funding to communities in New Mexico interested in building their talent pipeline. 

The grants will bring together industry, community and education leaders to bridge the skills gap and develop new mechanisms for hiring, skills assessment and training.

These grants were made possible due to the funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to advance the New Options Project.

Awardees include:

  • CHRISTUS St. Vincent’s Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe;
  • Four Corners Economic Development (4CED) in the Farmington region;

March is Youth Art Month ... See Local Creations on Display at Mesa Public Library

on March 1, 2013 - 8:49am

Student artwork from Los Alamos Public Schools is on display in the downstairs gallery of Mesa Public Library. Courtesy/LAPS


LAPS News:

In Honor of Youth Art Month, the Los Alamos Public Schools Art Team has hung a show of student artwork in the downstairs gallery of Mesa Public Library.

Come celebrate creativity and imagination with our amazing students. You may even be inspired to create something of your own!

The show will hang through the month of March. Questions can be directed to LAPS Art Team Leader Stephanie Rittner at S.Rittner@LaSchools.Net.