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Chamisa Honors Veterans at Special Event

on November 9, 2013 - 8:11am

Chamisa honored veterans Friday. Courtesy photo

Chamisa honored veterans Friday. Courtesy photo

Chamisa honored veterans Friday. Courtesy photo


Chamisa Elementary School in White Rock honored veterans Friday at a special lunch ceremony. The special event included 29 veterans, a flag ceremony by Pack 20 Scouts, patriotic songs by primary students, and presentation of letters and cards from students wearing red, white and blue.

Veterans joined their hosts for lunch and each veteran was individually announced and recognized for his or her service.

PEEC Program Explores What Turkeys Eat for Thanksgiving

on November 9, 2013 - 7:20am

Wild turkey. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Most people think of a turkey as a golden brown plucked bird that comes out of an oven. But since we have native wild turkeys in New Mexico, why not spend a few minutes thinking about them having dinner instead of being dinner?

Leslie Dendy, a University of New Mexico - Los Alamos professor for the last 40 years, will discuss the surprisingly broad diet of wild turkeys, why they have big appetites, and the unique way in which they grind up their food.

UNM-LA Winds Up Film Series With Dr. Strangelove

on November 8, 2013 - 7:18am

UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) will feature Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the Bomb, Nov. 14, as the final installment in the Composition Cinema I: A Film and Lecture Series.

The host for Dr. Strangelove will be UNM-LA Associate Professor, Mickey Marsee, and the discussion will center around her course theme of the mad-scientist in fiction and film.

Dr. Strangelove is Stanley Kubrick’s black satire about the nuclear apocalypse scare of the 1950s and 60s. Starring Peter Sellers, the film is loosely based on Red Alert, Peter

School Board Meets Tuesday

on November 8, 2013 - 7:02am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board will hold a closed Executive Session at 5 p.m., Nov. 12 at the Los Alamos High School Athletics Conference Room to discuss pending litigation per Section 10-15-1-H(7) of the Open Meetings Act.

The board's Regular meeting, which is open to the public, will follow in the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater. An agenda for this meeting is posted at the district office. One item to be discussed is a report from the Study Group for Teachers Concerns.

If special accommodations are required, notify the secretary to the superintendent 72 hours before the


LAHS Makes AP District Honor Roll!

on November 7, 2013 - 9:26am
LAHS AP teachers from left, first row, Anita Boshier, Margo Batha, Allen Andraski, Barb Musgrave, second row from left, Stephanie Mitchell, Lorraine Martinez, Brian Easton, Kathy Boerigter, Louise Gentile, Lee Goodwin, Jon Lathrop, Mike Montano, Sally Shockey, Joy Handsberry and Judy Nekimken. Not pictured, Lynn Ovaska, Catherine Puranananda, Todd Yilk and Christy Marcotte. Courtesy photo
LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools is one of 477 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the Fourth Annual AP® District Honor Roll for increasing


LAHS Alum Heads for UN Climate Talks in Warsaw

on November 7, 2013 - 7:55am

Marielle Remillard is a LAHS graduate working on her PhD at Harvard. Courtesy photo

SustainUS News:

Marielle Remillard who graduated from Los Alamos High School in 2005, spends most of her time working on her PhD in environmental engineering at Harvard. Her studies keep her busy but not too busy for activism when it comes to a topic she knows a lot about, climate change.  

Next week Remillard will travel to Warsaw, Poland as part of a delegation of nearly two-dozen exceptional young leaders from across the US to take part in this year’s round of UN negotiations on climate change, which

LAMS Principal Takes Pie in the Face for Education

on November 7, 2013 - 7:50am

LAMS Principal Rex Kilburn takes it in the face in the name of education. Courtesy photo


Vest Orthodontics and the Los Alamos Middle School PTO teamed up for tricks and treats, as the month of October came to an end.

Principal Rex Kilburn, with a little help from his Parent Teacher Organization and Vest Orthodontics teamed up for some fundraising fun, all in the name of education. The fundraiser was a no selling, no door to door, no hassle attempt to fill some coffers without the pressures of sales competition with scouts, elementary aged kids and more.

PTO members


Rebuilding in Full Swing at Aspen Elementary

on November 6, 2013 - 1:06pm

Construction work underway this morning at Aspen Elementary School. Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Photo by Leland Lehman/

Staff Report

A major overhaul of Aspen Elementary School's aging buildings is in full swing this morning at 2182 33rd St.

The project is possible from the community's approval of a $20 million bond last January, which provides funds necessary for the rebuilding at Aspen Elementary School as well as upgrades to utilities and maintenance to other schools in the district.

With passage of the bond, the


Letter to the Editor: The School Employee with Low Expectations

on November 6, 2013 - 9:00am
Los Alamos

Let me tell you about a woman I know.  She walks through the door each morning and her heart immediately fills the whole room. She smiles, hugs crying children, and runs copy after copy.  When an emergency arrives, she takes over any lesson and executes it so well I fear for my job security. 

She works outside of school hours, coming up with project ideas. She spends some of the little money she has to buy gifts for the students on holidays. The kids love her like an aunt, and run to her when she enters the room.

She adds so much to the life of everybody she

Chamisa Elementary Presents 'Raise the Roof' Family Literacy Event

on November 6, 2013 - 8:44am

The staff of Chamisa Elementary School prepares to 'Raise the Roof' at their family literacy event Thursday. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Chamisa Elementary School presents "Raise the Roof," a free interactive, audience-participation literacy event for families of pre-kinder through third grade children 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 at Chamisa.

Evening events include a book swap and pizza dinner at 5-6 p.m., followed by an engaging family literacy show from 6-7 p.m. Staff will present skits and call up student volunteers to show parents how to do their literacy activities at home.

Families leave


2014 QNM Learning Summit Dates and Venue Announced

on November 6, 2013 - 8:34am

QNM News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Quality New Mexico’s 2014 Learning Summit will be held April 16-17 at Isleta Resort. The learning program will include keynotes and featured speakers who’ll share “best management practices” on leadership; strategic planning; customer and workforce engagement; measurement, analysis, and knowledge management; and effective and efficient operations.”  

In addition, recipients of the 2013 NM Performance Excellence Awards” will be recognized. Learning Summit sponsorship opportunities are available at or by calling 505-944-2001.

Quality New

LANL Foundation Offers $1,000 Awards for NNM Residents Wanting to Return to College

on November 4, 2013 - 9:11am


Northern New Mexicans wanting to return to college for a certificate or two-year program are eligible for $1,000 awards from the Regional College/Returning Student program of the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund.

The application deadline is Dec. 2 to the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation’s Regional College/Returning Student Scholarship Fund. Applications must be submitted on line at

The awards go to students returning to a formal education after an absence, such as business, the military or personal reasons.

UNM-LA Community Education Offers Adult Watercolor Class

on November 4, 2013 - 6:35am
By Vint Miller

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Community Education department will offer the class, “Watercolors That WOW!” The class runs 6-8:30 p.m., Monday evenings, Nov. 11 through Dec. 16, in room 614 on the UNM-LA campus.

Watercolor artists of all levels are welcome in this class, where they will focus on capturing the motivations for their art and learn a variety of techniques to bring their paintings to life. The tools and concepts that will be taught include the use of the color wheel and creating balance with composition and light.

Quality New Mexico Targets Performance Excellence

on November 3, 2013 - 12:01pm
QNM Chair Bill Wadt of Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
Quality New Mexico Targets Performance Excellence
Los Alamos Daily Post

Bill Wadt of Los Alamos is chairman of the Board of Quality New Mexico (QNM.) He stopped by the Los Alamos Daily Post’s downtown headquarters recently to talk how about the non-profit organization helps businesses achieve performance excellence.

“QNM is 20 years old and has always had strong bipartisan support,” Wadt said. “Through Executive Order, Gov.

Education 101: Who Pays for K-12 Public Education?

on November 3, 2013 - 11:37am
Education 101: Who Pays for K-12 Public Education?
By Save Our Schools Los Alamos

Last week, Save Our Schools Los Alamos wrote about Los Alamos Public Schools’ (LAPS) five year forecast. It predicts significant declines in funding for Los Alamos K-12 public schools driven by declining enrollment.

Because many costs are fixed, when 5 percent of the students leave the system; much less than 5 percent of the costs go away, squeezing the rest of the system.

Free Seminar on Pancreatic Cancer Thursday

on November 3, 2013 - 7:29am

Dr. Katherine Morris


One in 70 people will have Pancreatic Cancer in their lifetime.  Learning the incidence and mortality of pancreatic cancer will be just one of the topics presented at the upcoming Pancreatic Cancer Seminar presented by the Los Alamos Council on Cancer.

Lori Ballinger

 Speakers Katherine Morris, MD, FAC, assistant professor, division of surgical oncology, UNM School of Medicine and Lori Ballinger, MS, CGC, senior genetic counselor and lecturer, UNM Cancer Center, Hereditary Cancer Assessment Program will be speaking. 

This free seminar is

Town Hall Meetings Gather Community Input On Education

on November 1, 2013 - 11:22am
Members of the panel at the Santa Fe Town Hall Meeting on Education held Wednesday. From left, Ryan Ross, a Los Alamos elementary school teacher; Stephanie Duran, Santa Fe parent of two school-age boys; Kersti Tyson, assistant professor in the College of Education at the University of New Mexico; Bernice Garcia Baca a school counselor and president of the National Education Association - New Mexico, which represents Santa Fe educators; and Randy Mondragon, a Santa Fe school bus driver. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

A group of 40-50

Volunteers Pitch In At Sullivan Field

on November 1, 2013 - 7:40am
The newly redone track shed and concrete pad for soccer goals at Sullivan Field were completed with the help of volunteer labor. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The help of volunteers has saved the Los Alamos School District thousands of dollars on two projects at Sullivan Field. The track shed has been refurbished and a new concrete pad put in place for the storage of soccer goals.

“The Athletic Department bought the materials and volunteers did the work,” said Los Alamos High School Athletics and Activities Director Vicki Nelms,

Learn Teen Parenting Skills Over Coffee and Bagels

on November 1, 2013 - 7:27am

FSN News:

“Joe’s” 14-year-old son wasn’t in trouble with the law, didn’t smoke or do drugs, and wasn’t skipping school. So why did Joe enroll in one of Family Strength’s Network’s parenting classes?

“It gives us more insight into the mind of teenagers ... and we want to do our best to avoid problems," Joe said.

At the bagel breakfast and parenting program being offered by the Family Strengths Network (FSN) in partnership with Los Alamos High School, instructor Michelangelo Lobato will use Parenting the Love and Logic Way™, an evidence-based program, to spearhead discussions that address

New Online Resources Helps Parents Boost Student Literacy Skills

on October 30, 2013 - 9:49am

Gov. Susana Martinez


SANTA FE– Gov. Susana Martinez has announced new resources to help parents reinforce strong literacy skills with their children. The "New Mexico Reads to Lead!" website,, includes monthly calendars with daily reading activities, recommended reading lists for every grade level and many other resources available in English, Spanish and Diné. Parents and educators can also utilize the website to create school-wide reading events titled "Readers Raise the Roof."

"A strong partnership between a student’s parents and their teachers results

Teacher Unions Host Town Hall Today

on October 30, 2013 - 8:05am
The American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association - unions who represent teachers have scheduled a Town Hall meeting at 6-7 p.m. today at Capital High School in Santa Fe.
Los Alamos community members and parents are invited to share in the discussion of teacher evaluations, issues with education and possible solutions.  

LAHS Students Attend Fall Leadership Conference

on October 29, 2013 - 7:22am

LAHS students Mariah Armijo, Jonathan Coons, Kes Luchini, Isaiah Madrid-Archuleta, Kayla Tousley and Danielle Wolf attend leadership conference. Courtesy/LAHS

LAHS News:

Seven students from Los Alamos High School attended a Fall Leadership Conference in Albuquerque Oct. 21, sponsored by New Mexico Career Technical Student Organizations.

The students, Mariah Armijo, Jonathan Coons, Kes Luchini, Isaiah Madrid-Archuleta, Kayla Tousley and Danielle Wolf are all members of FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America), a national organization developing leadership skills through


PEEC Sponsors Chasing Ice at Reel Deal Nov. 3

on October 28, 2013 - 6:59am


PEEC News:

Winner of numerous awards, including the Excellence in Cinematography Award: U.S. Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival, Chasing Ice tells the story of one man’s plight to document evidence of our changing planet by using time-lapse cameras to capture changes in glaciers over several years.

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is very pleased to sponsor a special screening of Chasing Ice at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 at the Reel Deal Theater.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to bring this powerful film to Los Alamos,” said Rebecca Shankland,

Education 101: LAPS Five Year Forecast & Its Implications

on October 27, 2013 - 11:37am
Education 101: LAPS Five Year Forecast & Its Implications
By Save Our Schools Los Alamos

On Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, the Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) Administration presented a five year financial forecast to the Los Alamos School Board. The chief concern represented in their forecast is that declining enrollment from in-district families endangers the breadth and depth of academic programs and services Los Alamos has come to expect. In order to provide the diversity of middle and high school student programs currently available, LAPS needs a total enrollment of at least 3,500 students.

National Forensic League Recognizes Hilltalkers

on October 26, 2013 - 7:15am

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School Principal Sandy Warnock congratulates Margo Batha, Janet Newton and the LAHS Hilltalkers for earning significant recognition by the National Forensic League. Students earn points and degrees in the NFL honor society based on competitive and service related activities - ranging from the Degree of Merit with 25 or more points to the Degree of Premier Distinction with 1,500 or more points.  

LAHS achieved more than 100 degrees last year, and is ranked among the top 10 percent of schools nationwide and earned membership in the League's prestigious 100 Club.