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School Board Schedules Three Meetings

on March 23, 2013 - 8:30am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board has scheduled an Executive Session at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 28 at Mountain Elementary School.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss personally identifiable information about an individual student per Section 10-15-1-H(4) of the Open Meetings Act and collective bargaining negotiations per per Section 10-15-1-H(5) of the Open Meetings Act.

The Board also has scheduled a work session at Mountain Elementary School  at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 28.

The agenda items include a discussion of Board meeting schedules and protocol and a presentation on

Caver Presents Lechuguilla Cave Exploration History

on March 22, 2013 - 12:50pm

Caver John Lyles at Northern Lights. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Come to PEEC at 6:30 p.m. April 5, to learn about the history of exploration in Lechuguilla Cave.

Local caver John Lyles will present highlights of his 20 years of involvement in the project to map Lechuguilla.

Volunteers dug open Lechuguilla Cave, the “Jewel of the Underground” at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in 1986.

The cave quickly earned world-class status among caves, passing 50 miles of discovered length in four years, and 100 miles within the first decade of exploration. 

John Lyles’ personal involvement began in

FREE Diabetes Education at the Y!

on March 22, 2013 - 10:41am

YMCA News:

The Family YMCA is taking registration for its FREE Diabetes Education and Prevention program.

Topics to be covered are: what Type 2 diabetes is; what having pre-diabetes means; the signs, symptoms and risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes; how to reduce your risk of getting type 2 diabetes; and how to make the necessary lifestyle changes to lower your risk.

The class is taught by Sara Pocernik. Sara is a Registered Dietitian with experience in many areas of nutrition.

She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics and Nutrition Science at Michigan State University,

Great Conversations Will Feature 'Developing Strong, Resilient Children' With Sandy Beery

on March 22, 2013 - 7:34am

Sandy Beery


Great Conversations is an afternoon event filled with delicious appetizers and desserts and in-depth conversations with subject area experts. 

This is part of a series about the conversations that will take place at the 4th Annual Great Conversations from 2-5 p.m., April 28 at Los Alamos High School.

The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation hosts this important community event, which includes a discussion on “Developing Strong, Resilient Children” featuring Sandy Beery.

What is the power of assuming positive intent?

Dr. Richard Sayre Speaks at PEEC March 21 on Next Generation of Biofuels

on March 20, 2013 - 8:31am

PEEC News:

The publis is invited to hear Dr. Richard Sayre present "Next generation biofuels: potential for enhanced energy efficiency and sustainability" at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3450 Orange St.

Dr. Richard Sayre of the New Mexico Consortium is a leading researcher in algae and plant cell metabolism. He is the director of the Biofuels project at the New Mexico Consortium working in conjunction with Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The NM Consortium’s new building is being built right now in the Entrada Business Park, next to the Los

Cafe Scientifique: 'Brain of the Zombie ... Can Neuroscience Explain Gruesome Zombie Behavior?'

on March 20, 2013 - 6:50am


Area teens are invited to attend the upcoming presentation, "Brain of the Zombie: Can Neuroscience Explain Gruesome Zombie Behavior?"

Russell Morton, University of New Mexico College of Medicine, will deliver this unique talk from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4 at the Los Alamos Research Park in the second floor conference room.

Free food will be served at 6:30 p.m. and teens are encouraged to participate in a zombie costume contest as part of the event.

Café Scientifique New Mexico is a free, fun way for teens to explore the latest ideas in science and technology.


Cooking School for People with Diabetes Begins April 3

on March 18, 2013 - 2:12pm

Cooking School for People with Diabetes

If you have diabetes, selecting and preparing foods that are low in sugar, fat and sodium can be a real challenge. 

The Los Alamos Cooperative Extension Service, in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Health Diabetes Prevention and Control Program will offer a series of free cooking classes for people with diabetes.

Kitchen Creations will meet 5-8 p.m., Wednesdays beginning April 3 for four weeks in the Training Room of the Los Alamos Community Building, 475 20th St., in Los Alamos. 

Mary Beugelsdijk, registered Diabetes

Community Partnership Promotes 3-D Printing Education

on March 17, 2013 - 7:41am

From left, Eva Artschwager, Don Davis and Dave Fox at Davis’ robotics classroom where they watch a 3-D printer create a plastic robot claw designed by a student. Courtesy photo


LAPS News:

A partnership with Los Alamos Public Schools, UNM-Los Alamos, Los Alamos National Laboratory Community Programs Office, LAPS Foundation and members of the community is moving quickly to develop a 3-D printing course at UNM-LA. 

When ready, high school students will be able to take the course for a dual-credit. An adult course for community members also is under consideration. 

3-D printing is a rapidly


Great Conversations Are Coming April 28!

on March 16, 2013 - 9:36am

Dr. Erin Bouquin


Great Conversations is an afternoon of delicious appetizers and desserts and an in-depth conversation with a subject area expert.

This is the 4th Annual Great Conversations hosted by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.

It will take place 2-5 p.m., April 28 at Los Alamos High School in the new building. This is the first in a series about the conversations that will take place.

Be Patient; It’s Healthcare!” featuring Dr. Erin Bouquin. 

Bouquin is currently the Chief Medical Officer for a multi-site medical office that concentrates on the Medical

Los Alamos Teens Offered Grief Support

on March 14, 2013 - 10:17am

LATC News:

The Los Alamos Teen Center is offering a grief support group at 3:30 p.m. today, March 14, in the upstairs area (Kelly Hall) of the building at 3900 Trinity Dr.

Candles will be provided for lighting to celebrate the life of Los Alamos High School student Isaac Hayden, 16, who died Tuesday night.

Aimee Schnedler and Michelangelo Lobato will lead the group. It's free, snacks will be provided and it is a place to talk for any teen that so chooses.

Judge Casados Swears in School Board Members

on March 14, 2013 - 8:40am

Judge Pat Casados with new school board members Matt Williams, center, and Jim Hall. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Magistrate Judge Pat Casados administered the Oath of Office Tuesday, March 12 to incoming school board members Jim Hall and Matt Williams. 

Shortly after completing their oath, both men were selected by fellow board members to leadership positions. Hall was voted in as president and Williams as board secretary.

In his selection as president, Hall stated he was “humbled and honored to serve on the board.” He went on to share his “dedication to excellence” and how he


Los Alamos School Officials Express Sadness Over Student's Death

on March 14, 2013 - 7:57am


UPDATE: Los Alamos Police Commander Randy Foster explained that the 16-year-old boy's mother called police after he would not unlock his bedroom door. Police responded, meeting the boy's mother in the front yard of her White Rock home. The officers entered the home and used a screwdriver to open the door to the boy's bedroom where they found him dead from a gunshot wound. LAPD continues to investigate, Foster said.


Los Alamos Daily Post

Acting Los Alamos Police Chief Phil Taylor spoke to the Los Alamos Daily Post this morning about the overnight death of a Los


Letter to the Editor: Over-intervention Instills Culture of Fear in Children

on March 13, 2013 - 1:10pm
Los Alamos

I read (Superintendent) Gene Schmidt's recent letter with some concern.
On the one hand, of course we should keep our children safe in school.
But on the other hand, we must continually ask of our policies: At what cost? And what is the real goal? (It is: help children build themselves into independent, successful adults.)
Over-intervention instills a culture of fear in children and can disrupt development and destroy futures.

I myself had two issues at LAHS that today would, it seems, be made into Very Big Deals, but at the time (late 90's)

Letter to the Editor: Student Safety is Non-negotiable

on March 13, 2013 - 12:46pm
LAPS Superintendent

In the past two weeks, three middle school students were disciplined for bringing knives to school.  

These incidents were reported in the local media as “deadly weapons.” The Los Alamos School Board has established very strict policies regarding weapons on campus to ensure student safety at all times.

By school policy definition, any item or device which may be used as a weapon, including pocket knives (regardless of size) are considered weapons.

By school policy definition, any weapon which is capable of producing death or great bodily harm is

ACCT II Presents 'Disney The Jungle Book KIDS'

on March 13, 2013 - 7:43am
ACCT II students at the conclusion of the Battle scene (That's What Friends Are For.) Courtesy photo
ACCT II students in rehearsal for Disney The Jungle Book KIDS. Courtesy photo

ACCT News:

The Jungle is jumpin’ with jazz and colorful characters. Students are in their final week of rehearsals for ACCT II's production of Disney The Jungle Book KIDS.

The talented cast is made up of 34 third and fourth grade students from all five elementary schools in Los Alamos and White Rock.

ACCT II will present two performances of Disney The Jungle Book KIDS in the Mountain Elementary School gym at

LAHS Teacher Wins Pasatiempo Poetry Contest

on March 13, 2013 - 7:31am
Los Alamos Public Schools teacher Michelle Holland, winner of the Pasatiempo Poetry Contest. Photo by Alex Traube
LAPS News:

Los Alamos High School English instructor Michelle Holland was selected by editors of Pasatiempo as the first place winner in the poem category written by adults in their recent contest.

Her entry entitled, “It Wasn’t the Laundry on the Line,” was featured in the Dec. 28, 2012, edition of The New Mexican’s weekly magazine of arts, entertainment and culture.

Holland said she rarely enters contests, but entered this one to encourage her students to publish their

Two UNM-LA Community Education Classes on Film Beginning Soon

on March 13, 2013 - 6:57am

UNM-LA News:

Native American Film explores the use of films produced by Native Americans to express their experiences in the United States.

Class showings will include Doe Boy and a discussion of the life of Beverley Singer, head of the Native American Film at UNM in Albuquerque.  

Class begins Wednesday March 20.

The Bard on the Silver Screen examines the range of interpretation given to Shakespeare’s work on film and stage.

Instructor Robert Benedetti, three-time Peabody and Emmy award winner, former Dean of Theatre at the California Institute of the Arts, and renowned Shakespeare


UNM-LA Advisory Board Members Take Oath

on March 12, 2013 - 10:21am
Municipal Court Judge Alan Kirk swears in new UNM-LA Advisory Board Member Michelle Hall at the Monday, March 11 UNM-LA Advisory Board Meeting held at the college. Hall was elected to Position One on the Board in February. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Newly elected UNM-LA Advisory Board Member John Hofmann is sworn in by Municipal Court Judge Alan Kirk Monday evening at the college. Hofmann was elected to Position Five on the Board in February. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/

Applications Open for Jennifer Marie Fleming Memorial Scholarship

on March 12, 2013 - 9:48am

LAHS News:

The Jennifer Marie Fleming Memorial Scholarship fund is offering a $1,000 one-time scholarship to a student who will graduate this spring from Los Alamos High School.

The award will be given to a student who possesses a strong sense of individuality and has demonstrated good character and a commitment to service and the welfare of fellow students.

The applicant must follow and encourage a drug and alcohol free lifestyle among his or her peers.

Additional information and application forms are available at the Career Resource Center at LAHS and must be postmarked by April 8.


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