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NM K-12 Funding Cuts Among Deepest in Nation

on September 13, 2013 - 8:41am

NMVC News:

ALBUQUERQUE—New Mexico ranks fifth worst in the nation in how deep it has cut spending on K-12 education on a per-student, inflation-adjusted basis since the start of the recession. These cuts deepened the recession, slowed the recovery, and will make New Mexico less prosperous in the future.

 A new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) shows that New Mexico cut $874 per student in inflation-adjusted spending between fiscal years 2008 and 2014. Only four states made larger cuts.

Pegasus Staff Seeks Vendors & Items for Swap Meet

on September 13, 2013 - 8:17am

LAHS News:

Pegasus, Los Alamos High School's art and literary magazine, has slated its fifth annual swap meet for Saturday, Sept. 21 in the LAHS parking lot along Diamond Drive.

Spaces cost $20 and vendors keep any money they make.

Donations of items for sale by the Pegasus students are being accepted for the event and may be dropped off at the LAHS Main Office through Friday, Sept. 20 or at 7:45 a.m. on sale day. Crafters are also welcome to participate. Vendors must supply their own tables and shade. 

Payment may be made at the LAHS Bookkeeper's Office or by mail to 1300 Diamond Dr.,

Local Bus Available to College Fair at UNM

on September 13, 2013 - 8:13am

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School is offering bus service Sept. 29 to the RMACAC College Fair at the University of New Mexico’s “The Pit” Arena.  

The bus leaves LAHS at 10 a.m. and returns at approximately 5 p.m. at a cost of $15 per rider. A minimum of 20 students are needed or the bus will be cancelled. Interested students should register by Sept. 25 with Connie Goettee in the Career Resource Center.

The annual RMACAC (Rocky Mountain Association for College Admission Counseling) College Fair attracts more than 100 colleges and universities from all over the country.

Students planning


Pinon Students Clown Around With Legendary Lou Pierotti

on September 12, 2013 - 10:51am
Softball legend Lou Pierotti tells Pinon students about Pierotti's Clowns while his friend and neighbor Los Alamos Middle School Librarian Lisa Whitacre looks on. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

In 1953, Lou Pierotti of Los Alamos formed Pierotti’s Clowns, the only five-man fast-pitch softball team in the nation.  

On Wednesday, Sept. 11, Pierotti, now in his 90s, shared the story of the Clowns with fourth, fifth and sixth grade students at Pinon Elementary School in White Rock and answered their questions about the team.


Bradbury Science Museum Launches Explosives Exhibit Sept. 18

on September 12, 2013 - 8:56am

A typical explosives experiment fired in front of the PHERMEX bunker produces a brilliant fireball long after the hydrodynamics measurements have been recorded. PHERMEX was the location for more than 1,000 hydrotests and was the premier radiographic test facility during the Cold War. Courtesy/LANL

LANL News:

For more than 70 years, Los Alamos National Laboratory has been a frontrunner in explosives research, development and applications.

Board Approves Master's Degree Program for Teachers

on September 12, 2013 - 8:21am
Assistant Superintendent Gerry Washburn, left, and Superintendent Gene Schmidt asked the School Board Tuesday night to grant approval of a plan to create a master's degree program for Los Alamos teachers. Although the program will require initial funding, the increase in State funding received by the district for having teachers with higher levels of education will offset much of the cost in the future, Schmidt explained. In a 4-0 vote, the Board granted approval of the program.

PLAN Test for Sophomores Set for Oct. 26

on September 12, 2013 - 7:40am

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School will administer the PLAN test 7:45-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26.

The PLAN test is offered by the ACT Company, and is designed specifically for sophomores. 

Unlike the PSAT, the PLAN test is optional and is only offered to sophomores. In addition to measuring English, math, reading and science reasoning in a format similar to that of the ACT, the PLAN provides additional assessment of study skills, educational needs and career choices. 

Space for this test is limited, so interested sophomores are encouraged to register quickly.

The cost of the PLAN is $20


Los Alamos Teachers Overwhelmed, Protest Skandera

on September 11, 2013 - 5:09pm
Los Alamos teachers gathered at the corner of Diamond Drive and Trinity protesting policies of New Mexico Secretary of Education designate, Hanna Skandera, who is in Los Alamos today visiting the Los Alamos Middle School and High School.  Skandera is also giving a speech tonight at the Los Alamos Research Park for the local Republican Party.  Los Alamos High School teacher Joy Handsberry explained why the teachers are protesting during an interview with the Los Alamos Daily Post.

Eight LAHS Students Are Semifinalists in 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program

on September 11, 2013 - 12:34pm

2014 National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists from Los Alamos High School in front row from left, George Barnum, Melanie Boncella, Lauren Tencate and Alexandra Berl. Back row from left, Calvin McKinley, Daniel Ahrens, Tristan Goodwin and Collin Hemez. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced today the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Eight Los Alamos High School students were named semifinalists including Daniel Ahrens, George Barnum, Alexandra Berl, Melanie Boncella,


PSAT Testing Scheduled for Oct. 16

on September 11, 2013 - 11:09am

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School will administer the PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) 7:45-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16.

In accordance with the New Mexico Public Education Department mandate, all sophomores attending Los Alamos High School are required to take this test. It is optional for juniors.

The PSAT/NMSQT measures verbal, math and writing aptitude, and is recommended for juniors who will be taking the SAT later in the year.

In addition, it is the National Merit Scholarship qualifier when taken in the junior year and is also used to select minority students for several


Letter to the Editor: Education in Los Alamos

on September 10, 2013 - 8:09am

Los Alamos

I am concerned about the lack of funding for education in the state, and how it affects the quality of education in Los Alamos.

The community is committed to strong education, but the funding is not supportive of the quality that this town has come to expect. Considering that, for the last few decades, the great schools in Los Alamos have attracted and kept many families in this town, the quality of education is not just a concern for current parents, but for LANL, the county, as well as other community members. It is a source of recruiting and retention for LANL.

Special School Board Meeting Thursday

on September 10, 2013 - 7:24am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Board of Education will hold a Special School Board Meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 at Los Alamos Middle School, Room 149.

The agenda items for the Special School Board Meeting include Aspen Construction Update, LAMS Construction Update, LAMS Material Change Request, LAMS Landscape Credit, LAMS East Parking Lot Rock, LAMS Start of School in New Building Sept. 17 and Central Office remodel, including the Board Room.


LAPS Invites Community to Special Event

on September 9, 2013 - 8:00am

Fun and Learning Join Hands at Children's Montessori

on September 8, 2013 - 12:36pm
Students at Children’s Montessori Pre-school find out about outer space and robots by using classroom materials to learn through play. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
A young student takes her turn being the doctor while teacher Shelli Petty plays the patient. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Now in its 19th year, Children’s Montessori Pre-school offers a morning preschool class 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with extended child care offered 11:30 a.m.


UNM-LA Community Education Classes Target History of Science

on September 8, 2013 - 7:56am

Los Alamos Gatehouse in the early days of the laboratory. Courtesy/LANL

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos Community Education will offer two classes in September focusing on the history and popularization of science in Los Alamos.

Heather McClenahan, executive director of the Los Alamos Historical Society, will lead a class in the “History of the Manhattan Project.” The class will cover the compelling story of the individuals, institutions and forces that came together in Los Alamos during the development of the atomic bomb. 

“This is a fascinating topic and a great class,” said UNM-LA


Memorial Fund Honors Los Alamos Teacher Jean Nereson

on September 7, 2013 - 9:21am

Jean Nereson. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Nereson Family are offering an opportunity to honor Jean Nereson, an elementary school teacher for 50 years in Los Alamos County Public Schools and active AAUW member. 

Nereson was respected and loved by her students and she dedicated her 50 plus year career to their education and well-being. To honor her, a memorial fund has been established through the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, which will collect and administer the fund at no cost to the fund.

Athletic Officials Urge Community to Support Hilltoppers

on September 7, 2013 - 7:12am
Los Alamos High School Athletic Director Vicki Nelms briefed Rotarians on the Hilltopper athletic program Sept. 3. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos High School Athletic Director Vicki Nelms and four of her coaches spoke to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos Sept. 3 at the Dixie Girl.

The athletic officials urged the community to come out and support the Hilltoppers this season.

Travel to Area Known for Cretaceous Age Shark Teeth

on September 7, 2013 - 6:26am
Fossilized shark teeth. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

It’s hard to imagine New Mexico was once under the sea, but during the Cretaceous Period, between 145.5 and 65.5 million years ago, much of the state was.

Because of this, remains of sharks’ teeth can be found at a site aptly named Shark’s Tooth Ridge near Cabezon, N.M.

Local Geologist Patrick Rowe will lead a Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) trip to the site Saturday, Sept. 28. The group will meet at PEEC just before 8 a.m. to carpool to the site.

UNM-LA to Host Fall Film and Lecture Series

on September 6, 2013 - 7:06am

UNM-LA News:

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) English Department will host “Composition Cinema I: A Film and Lecture Series,” beginning Sept. 12 and running through Nov. 14.

The five films in the series were selected for their relevance to composition and comparative literature courses being taught at UNM-LA. The films will be hosted by a UNM-LA faculty member and will include a five to 10 minute talk discussing the film, its voice in the course’s theme and how it relates to life beyond the classroom. Afterwards, the host will take questions or open the floor to discussion.


STEM Student Day at Bradbury Highlights High Tech

on September 6, 2013 - 5:37am

Staff Report

STEM Student Day is 4-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 at the Bradbury Science Museum in downtown Los Alamos.

The event is designed to stimulate interest and inspire young people about possible future careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The educational event is open to young people in grades 7-11. Space is limited, so register now. 

The program this year will showcase three imaginative programs that all the students will participate in, including: "Show Me Your Muscle," "How Cell Phones Work," and "R2D2 and His Band of Robotic Telescopes." 


Column By UNM President: Higher Education Fundamental to Los Alamos

on September 5, 2013 - 2:18pm

Higher Education Fundamental to Los Alamos

By Robert G. Frank

UNM President

As the President of New Mexico’s flagship institution, I am proud to have a branch campus in Los Alamos, located in the heart of a premier science and technology community and home to the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

UNM Los Alamos (UNM-LA) has been serving Los Alamos and northern New Mexico since 1980 by preparing talented students to continue their academic journey at UNM’s main campus in Albuquerque.

Town Hall Features Hilltalkers Debating UNM-LA Mil Levy

on September 5, 2013 - 12:30pm
Members of the Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers Debate Team took on the UNM-LA Mil Levy question during a Town Hall event at the college Aug. 29. Photo by Vint Miller
Hilltalkers debate the UNM-LA mil levy question at a Aug. 29 Town Hall. Photo by Vint Miller
Staff Report
Members of the Los Alamos High School Hilltalkers debated the UNM-LA Mil Levy question during a Town Hall meeting Aug. 29, sponsored by the League of Women Voters.
Community members attended the event at the UM-LA Lecture Hall. Dr.

CommUnity University Day at UNM-LA Saturday

on September 5, 2013 - 8:52am

Image by Vint Miller

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos and Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) together 
with local businesses and organizations invite the public to attend CommUnity University Day Saturday, Sept. 7.

The event is 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at UNM-LA. Cost to attend is $10 per person with lunch available for purchase.

Included are 50 minute sessions on a wide variety of topics taught by representatives from community organizations. There also will be exhibits and booths hosted by community partners. 

Topics include:

  • Art History: A Virtual Tour
  • Artistic Pumpkin Carving
  • Bridge
  • Bubbles:

Letter to the Editor: UNM-LA Needs to be Part of Dynamic Future

on September 5, 2013 - 7:59am
Los Alamos

Dear Los Alamos citizens:

After being away from Los Alamos all summer, the progress in our town comes across as really impressive. Work on the Trinity Site seems really serious. 

David Griggs of the county staff, gave me my first tour of the new County Municipal Building. I haven't had time to look closely at the pond redevelopment project, but it is good to see it moving ahead. It is also good to see a real building growing at the golf course that also will provide a large space and kitchen facility for the community to use for special occasions. 

When these

PEEC Offers Rare Chance to Explore Buckman Cave

on September 5, 2013 - 7:40am

A caver explores Buckman Cave during a PEEC trip. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

For those who seek an adventure this fall, look no further than the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) caving trip to explore Buckman Cave in Diablo Canyon.

Buckman Cave is an elusive spelunking spot outside of Santa Fe. Few locals know about it. Local outdoorsman and adventure guide Tony Hinojosa will lead the PEEC day trip Sunday, Sept 22.

The group will meet at 8 a.m. at PEEC and return by 5 p.m. The length of time in the cave will be approximately three to four hours.