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Portables Leave LAHS Monday Bound for LAMS

on July 18, 2012 - 11:21am

LAPS News:

..."and away they go!" Portable classrooms leave Los Alamos High School Monday headed to their new home at Los Alamos Middle School. Courtesy/LAPS

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SFI: Seminar on The Immune System Detects Intruders by Randomly Migrating Detectors

on July 18, 2012 - 11:06am

SANTA FE INSTITUTE News:

Monday, July 23 • 12:15 p.m. • Medium Conference Room

The Immune System Detects Intruders by Randomly Migrating Detectors

Rob J. De Boer
Theoretical Biology & Bioinformatics, Utrecht University; SFI External Professor

Abstract: The immune system is a distributed system where billions of individual cells, each carrying a unique receptor (detector), scavenge the body to detect the presence of pathogens (intruders) in any of its tissues.

The very few cells detecting a pathogen will expand, generating a large clone of effector cells that together become capable of

Sheriff Presents Scholarship to Local Student

on July 17, 2012 - 11:56pm

Los Alamos County Sheriff Marco Lucero presents an $800 scholarship check to Brandon Williams on behalf of the  the 2012 New Mexico Sheriff’s Association Scholarship Award. Willliams plans to attend Western New Mexico University and study Zoology. He also served as a member of the NJROTC at Los Alamos High School and was active in Football and LaCrosse. From left, Deputy Sheriff John Horne, Sheriff Marco Lucero, Brandon Williams and Undersheriff Eric Ringquist. Courtesy photo

PEEC Teams with Historical Museum for Los Alamos Friday Night

on July 16, 2012 - 10:42am
PEEC News:
Master Storyteller Terry Foxx captivates a crowd gathered near Romero Cabin. Courtesy/PEEC
 
As part of the Friday night in Los Alamos, Terry Foxx and her granddaughter, Rose Carlisi, will do some storytelling and singing at the Romero Cabin 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, July 20.

 

They call their program, "A Quilt of Stories." Stories, legends, myths, and songs come from all cultures.
 
As pieces of fabric can make a beautiful quilt, fragments of history, when stitched together, can make a mosaic that helps us understand past and present.
 
Sitting in front of the historic Romero

Local Athletes Travel to Competitive Swim Camp

on July 16, 2012 - 6:58am
Swimmers have fun in the aquarium at the L.L. Bean Flagship Store in Leweston, Maine from left, Connor Shcultz, Sarah Lott, Radhika Iyer and Isabelle Runde. Courtesy photo
 
By Wendy Lott

Eight swimmers from the Charger Aquatics – Los Alamos swim team attended a unique competitive swim camp June 16-24 at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

Swimmers include Maria Venneri, 15, Connor Schultz, 16, Sam Harris, 15, Sarah Lott, 14, Isabelle Runde, 14, Kaan Unal, 13, Radhika Iyer, 12 and Sara Shiina, 12.  

The camp offered the swimmers the latest information in training, stroke technique, core

SFI Lecture: Everything Is Obvious Once You Know The Answer

on July 16, 2012 - 6:51am

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Community Lecture, "The Myth of Common Sense: Why Everything that Seems Obvious Isn't" is set for 7:30 p.m., Wednesday July 25 at the James A. Little Theater in Santa Fe.

Duncan Watts

Principal Researcher, Microsoft; author,"Everything Is Obvious Once You Know The Answer;" former SFI External Professor

Abstract: Relying on "common sense" is the sensible thing to do, right? Not always. Although common sense can be useful for dealing with everyday problems, it can suffer from systematic failures when applied to complex problems in government, business, and marketing.

Casting Call for Over 50 Local Students

on July 16, 2012 - 6:47am

Courtesy/Los Alamos Arts Council

More than 50 roles will be cast for students entering grades 1 through 12 for the Missoula Children’s Theatre "Beauty Lou and the Country Beast."

The casting call is 9:30 a.m., Monday July 23 at Crossroads Bible Church, N.M. 502 on the south side of road between the Hilltop House Hotel and Los Alamos County Airport

Parent or guardian must be with each child when registering in order to sign the permission form.

All auditioners should plan to attend the entire morning audition and, if selected, have an open calendar from 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m., for the week

Comparing Federal Funding of New Mexico Schools: How Does LAPS Stack Up?

on July 15, 2012 - 9:29pm

By Morris B. Pongratz

Because the Los Alamos Public Schools system depends heavily on the “DOE $8 million,” a headline on page C1 of the Tuesday, July 3, 2012 Albuquerque Journal caught my eye. 

The headline “Federal Funds Key for Schools” was for a column written by Jenny Kane of the Farmington Daily News

The article was based on a recently released United States Census Bureau report entitled “Public Education Finances: 2010” (http://www.census.gov/govs/school/) written by Mark Dixon. 

The report contains Public Elementary–Secondary Education Finance Data from the 2010 census for

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Paul Drakos to Speak at Geological Society Tuesday

on July 15, 2012 - 4:17pm

GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY News:

Wheeler Geologic Area near Creede, Colo. Courtsy/LAGS

Dr. Paul G. Drakos, Senior Geologist and Vice President of Glorieta Geoscience, Inc. in Santa Fe is the featured speaker for the Los Alamos Geological Society meeting, set for 7:30 p.m., Tuesday July 17 at the Christian Church, 92 East Road, Los Alamos.

Drakos' talk is entitled, "Soil-stratigraphic framework, timing of recent eolian events, and preservation of archaeological sites on the Pajarito Plateau."

Stratigraphic relationships and soil characteristics provide a geomorphic framework for Coalition Period

Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak Series Presents New Mexico's Centennial Story Teller Joe Hayes

on July 15, 2012 - 3:58pm

MESA PUBLIC LIBRARY News:

Join Joe Hayes for a family evening of fun and tall tales in English and Spanish at 7 p.m., Thursday July 26 on the lawn at Fuller Lodge, weather permitting, inside if not, presented by Mesa Public Library.

Bring a picnic and come early to get a good spot for this beloved, official New Mexico Centennial storyteller and former teacher with Los Alamos Public Schools.

As Hayes notes, “I'll tell a selection of favorite stories gleaned from New Mexico's diverse cultures.

LAHS's Holly Erickson Earns $60K at International Science Fair

on July 15, 2012 - 9:23am

Los Alamos High School student Holly Erickson at the International Science Fair in Pittsburgh in May. Courtesy photo

By Kirsten Laskey

Los Alamos High School student Holly Erickson and her science project, “Intelligent Self-Assembling System using Robotic Cells” started out on a local stage but ended up on an international one.

Erickson, who will be a senior this year, participated in the International Science Fair held May 13-18 in Pittsburgh.

She competed in the electrical and mechanical engineering division and received a $60,000 scholarship to go to Florida Technical College.

“It

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UNM-LA Presents Summer Programs for Kids & Teens

on July 15, 2012 - 9:12am

Courtesy/UNM-LA

By Bonnie Gordon

The staff and faculty of UNM-LA are excited to welcome kids and teens to the campus when UNM-LA presents two unique programs for those in grades 4-12 this summer.

UNM-LA will host “University Experience,” from July 23-27. This program is a newly designed and invigorated version of what was once called “Children’s College.”

This program includes two components, the “University Adventures” program for students entering grades 4-7 and “University Explorations” for older students entering grades 7-12.

Seventh graders may select either program, depending on

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Board Approves LAHS Bus Loop, Landscaping and Parking Lot Work

on July 14, 2012 - 2:16pm

Photo: The Los Alamos High School Bus Loop Committee met with the architect July 3 to review options that were presented at Tuesday's School Board meeting. Courtesy/LAPS

By Kirsten Laskey

Say goodbye to a dirt lawn and a parking lot with helter-skelter lanes at Los Alamos High School.

The proposed bus loop and landscape project were approved at Tuesday's school board meeting.

The bus loop project, which received a unanimous vote, involves replacing the existing sidewalk along Smith Auditorium and P-Wing with a new six-foot wide sidewalk.

Additionally, a bus loading and unloading zone

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Annual Stoddard Scholarship Awards Announced

on July 14, 2012 - 1:46pm

Photo: Emily Lucero.

By Karyl Ann Armbruster

How does the Caldera National Preserve relate to the Stoddard Scholarship? Steve Stoddard, a member of the original trustees of the Valles Caldera who attended many meetings to decide the fate of the Caldera, was given a per diem stipend.

Rather than spend that money on his family, he placed it in an account.

By the time all was settled with the Valles Caldera, there was a significant amount of money set aside. Steve and his wife Barbara realized that what they both valued was the work that teachers and nurses do for our community and state.

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Kiwanis Honors Anna Carroll with Jay Wechsler Scholarship

on July 14, 2012 - 9:39am

The Kiwanis Club presents Los Alamos High School graduate Anna Carroll with the Jay Wechsler Scholarship Award. From left, Kiwanians Morrie Pongratz and Don Casperson, Becky Oertel (daughter of Jay Wechsler), Carroll, Deborah Wechsler (daughter of Jay Wechsler) and Carroll's parents David and Janice Carroll. Jay Wechsler was a lifetime Kiwanian who passed away last year. Carroll served as a member of Key Club International and was the Division Lieutenant Governor, was active in Girls Scouts and Teen Court and plans to attend Smith College in the fall to study neuroscience.

Dual Fundraiser Aids Teams & Local Mom Hope Jaramillo

on July 12, 2012 - 6:52am

PEEC Shares Bug Zoo with Community

on July 12, 2012 - 6:50am
 

Families packed into the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) Tuesday to see a fascinating program about arthropods “bugs" including spiders, scorpions, beetles and more. It was given by The Harrell House of Natural Oddities, a traveling educational program, which local resident Linda Hull, at left, read about and then suggested to PEEC's Becky Shankland. PEEC was able to arrange for their visit. Photo by Beth Cortright

The Harrell House of Natural Oddities visited PEEC Tuesday and shared an array of interesting creatures with community members of all ages. Photo by Beth Cortright

Kiwanis Club Recognizes Megan Kelley

on July 12, 2012 - 6:47am

Kiwanis Club members from left, Don Casperson and Morrie Pongratz present Los Alamos High School graduating senior Megan Kelley with an educational scholarship check. Kelley's parents Lori and Craig are at right. Kelley performed in many local ballets with Dance Arts Los Alamos (DALA), was a Key Club member and is planning to attend the University of California at Santa Barbara in the fall to study physics. Photo by Sharon Stover

Public Invited to Meet Raptors at PEEC Tuesday

on July 12, 2012 - 6:23am

PEEC News:

Angel, a Mississippi Kite from the Raptor Center.Courtesy/SFRC

The Santa Fe Raptor Center will bring beautiful birds of prey to PEEC at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday July 17, as part of the Summer Family Evenings series of programs. 

Summer Family Evenings are free for PEEC members, and this evening is just $5 per non-member family, which will be donated to the Raptor Center. 

Laura Swartz will bring variety of raptors to PEEC, including the Raptor Center’s newest educational bird, Angel.  

Angel is a Mississippi Kite.

Kiwanis Presents Scholarship to Ben Schilling

on July 11, 2012 - 8:10pm

The Kiwanis Club recently recognized Los Alamos High School graduating senior Ben Schilling pictured here with from left, his mother Lori , father Scott and Kiwanis Club President Kristy Keane. Schilling is attending New Mexico Tech in Socorro this fall to study mechanical engineering. He said that he had a great school experience at LAHS and when asked to name one positive item, he stated the students and teachers. When asked to name one issue he would like to see changed or improved at LAHS, Schilling stated that there should be more hands-on learning.

School Board Meets at Speech Theater Tonight

on July 10, 2012 - 8:58am

 

The Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education meets at 5:30 p.m., today in the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.

Agenda items include a discussion of the recently released State "Report Cards" on the quality of Los Alamos schools, recommendations for landscaping and for the new bus loop at the high school, and an update on the Los Alamos Middle School and Aspen Elementary School construction projects.

The public is encouraged to attend.

 

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High School Bus Loop Plans Move Forward

on July 9, 2012 - 11:09pm

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos High School Bus Loop Committee met with the architect July 3 to review the high school bus loop option that will be presented to the School Board at the July 10 meeting.

This most recent iteration is slightly different than the options discussed at the work session June 28.

The most noticeable change is the addition of visitor/administrative parking on the corner of the bus loop that had been considered as a location to pile snow.

Anticipated costs will be provided as soon as available.

This newly revised option does the following: replaces the existing

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PED Releases School Report Card Grades

on July 9, 2012 - 7:36pm

New Mexico statewide distribution of school report card grades:

Courtesy/LAPS
 

LAPS News:

The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) released school report card grades today across the state and Los Alamos Public Schools received high marks.

Four of the seven Los Alamos schools earned “A” grades and three earned “B” grades:

  • Barranca Mesa Elementary School – A
  • Los Alamos High School – A
  • Mountain Elementary School – A
  • Pinon Elementary School – A
  • Aspen Elementary School – B
  • Chamisa Elementary School – B
  • Los Alamos Middle School – B

“The high marks were reflective of the fine academic

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Boy Scout Troop 22 Completes Philmont Cavalcade

on July 9, 2012 - 6:44pm

Standing on top of Mount Baldy from left, Jonathan Osden, Matthew Davenport, Miles Barkley, Walter Barkley, Jack Barkley, Ben Shirey, Bridger Spearing, Alex Shirey, Robert Shirey, Brad Morley, Steven Calhoun, Devon McCleskey, Nick Greenfield and Dane Spearing. Courtesy Photo

Boy Scout Troop 22 of Los Alamos has completed the cavalcade at the Philmont high-adventure camp in Cimarron.

Eleven boys, aged 14 through 16 and three adults, spent eight days riding horseback through the rugged mountains of northeastern New Mexico near the Valle Vidal.

Starting at base camp, this group was often up

Column: Open Meeting Called Into Question

on July 9, 2012 - 7:20am
 
By Gene Schmidt
Los Alamos Superintendent of Schools

The Los Alamos School Board strives with great diligence to comply with the statutory rules for conduct of its open meetings in order to ensure transparency in government.

A Special Board meeting was held on May 24, 2012 to approve the 2012-13 Operating Budget.

At that meeting, the Board acted to amend the salary provisions of two collective bargaining agreements with existing school employee bargaining units in order to assure that employee contracts drafted at the end of the school year properly reflected the salaries authorized

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