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LAPS Fourth Graders Choose LA County Species

on April 5, 2012 - 12:05am

PEEC News:

Woodhouse's Toad has been nominated by some fourth graders to be the Los Alamos County amphibian. This one lives at PEEC.  Photo by Jennifer Macke

The Los Alamos Public Schools elementary librarians and fourth graders, with help from PEEC (Pajarito Environmental Education Center) have been working on a project to research and choose their favorite species for Los Alamos County.

Librarians Beverly Baker, Marilyn Branton, Julie Goen, and Jeffrey Lloyd have guided their fourth grade students in small groups in researching local mammals, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, and birds.

LAHS JROTC Navy Team Places 4th at Championships

on April 4, 2012 - 7:56am

The Los Alamos Precision Rifle team comprised of Los Alamos High School studentscompeted in the All-Service JROTC Championships March 24-25 in Anniston, Ala. This championship brought together the top five teams representing the Army, Marine, Navy and Air Force teams from the entire country. As current Navy champion team, the Los Alamos Navy JROTC Team, from left, John Gibson, Tessa Snyder, Jodi Cull-Host and Cory Aslin. They continued as the top Navy team and finished fourth overall in the competition.
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Three School Board Meetings Scheduled Next Week

on April 4, 2012 - 7:29am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board has scheduled a Special Meeting for 11 a.m. Monday, April 9 at 2075 Trinity Dr., Suite V to hear a presentation by Dr. Peter Goldschmidt from the Public Education Department on the A-F school grading system.

The Los Alamos School Board will hold its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 at the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater.

The Los Alamos School Board also is meeting at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, April 12 at the Coffee Booth to review board policies.

These meetings are open to the public.

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College Advisory Board to Review GO Bond

on April 4, 2012 - 7:25am

UNM-LA News:

UNM- Los Alamos Advisory Board is set to meet at 5:30 p.m., April 9 in the college lecture hall.

The board is scheduled to discuss the General Obligation (GO) Bond Election for November as well as UNM-LA student housing.

Presentations are scheduled for Paul Terp and Myron Koop on the ETEBA Scholarship.

The board will recognize the Robotics Team #4153 “Project-Y” for its recent competition in Utah.

Staff presentations include the UNM-LA Budget for FY13.

This meeting is open to the public.

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2012 New Mexico Press Women Conference Open to Public

on April 3, 2012 - 12:27pm

The 2012 New Mexico Press Women Conference is May 4-5 at the  Marriott Courtyard 3347 Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe

Program highlights:

  • Narrative Nonfiction: Truth in Storytelling.With biographer James McGrath Morris
  •  Real or Fake: Indian Arts at the Crossroads A news-making  discussion with  Indian jewelers and an expert from the Southwestern Association on Indian Arts
  •  Zia Awards Luncheon to acknowledge New Mexico's top women non-fiction authors
  • Social Media:  Are You Part of the Conversation?  Learns tips and trends from three experts
  • Re-inventing yourself for fun and profit with two women

A Taste of Russia is Coming to Los Alamos

on March 31, 2012 - 3:05pm
SAROV News:
 
St. Basil Cathedral, Moscow
 
A Taste of Russia benefit dinner sponsored by the Los Alamos - Sarov Sister City Initiative is set for later this week:
  • What: Enjoy dinner, a silent auction, youth performances and more
  • When: 6:30-9 p.m., Friday, April 27 
  • Where: La Vista Room at the Hilltop House Hotel
  • How Much: $50/Person; $400/Table - $25/Person (Tax Deductible)
  • Why: proceeds go toward the Youth Summer 2012 Trip to Sarov, Russia

Purchase tickets online at www.lasarov.org.

Rachel Carson Visits Los Alamos for a Chautauqua on April 18

on March 30, 2012 - 7:42pm

By Terry Foxx

Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson will make a special visit to Los Alamos at 7 p.m. Wednesday April 18 at the Betty Ehart Senior Center. 

This surprise appearance is in fact by Ann Beyke, who will be taking on Carson’s persona in a performance known as a Chautauqua. 

What’s so special about Carson’s view of the world?

Anyone who enjoyed a recent magical snowstorm that quickly dissolved into spring weather knows the charm of hearing the birds sing as new life emerges from fallow flowerbeds.

Can you image a spring without singing birds? Rachel Carson could.

Earth Day Is a Day to Recycle, Up-cycle and Reuse

on March 30, 2012 - 8:16am

PEEC News:

"Wise Fool" will help make puppets at this year's Earth Day Festival. Courtesy/PEEC

By Terry Foxx

The community-wide Earth Day Festival on April 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is not only fun for children and adults but also reminds us to recycle, up-cycle, and reuse. 

This year we have two student-generated projects for recycling: collecting and contributing aluminum cans and a toy exchange. 

Bring aluminum beverage cans to the Earth Day Festival to help the Mountain School Green Team participate in a competition called The Great

School Makeup Day for Students and Staff is April 13

on March 30, 2012 - 7:47am

Los Alamos Public School News:

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gene Schmidt has announced that students and staff will be expected to report to school on April 13.

The day was built into the school calendar as a makeup day in the event of school closures due to snow.

Two school days, Dec. 5  and Dec. 12, 2011 were missed because of bad weather.



To make up for lost instructional time, students in grades K-12 are expected to attend for one half of the day on Friday, April 13.

Morning preschool will be held, but no afternoon preschool.

Instructional staff is asked to prepare a half-day

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Basket Ball Reeling Robot Earns Local Students 'Top-seeded Rookie Team' Trophy

on March 29, 2012 - 11:39pm

A robot makes a basket. Photo by Laura Fraser

By Bonnie Gordon

Team 4153 from Los Alamos High School recently traveled to the regional portion for the FIRST Robotics Competition in Salt Lake.

The Team, named Project Y after the government name for Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project, came home with high honors.

Ben Schilling, left, and Nate Phillips drive the robot. Photo by Laura Fraser

The team and their hoop shooting robot made it through the quarter finals and on to the semi finals, where they weren't eliminated until the final round.

They finished 14thout of 44, an amazing

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Prevention Today for a Healthier Tomorrow

on March 28, 2012 - 7:53am

FAMILY YMCA News

The Family YMCA is offering free Diabetes Prevention Classes. The class is on Tuesdays from April 3rd through May 8th from 11:00 to 11:45 am. Pre-registration at the Family YMCA is required at least 48 hours prior to the session. Classes will be held at the Y’s Administrative offices located behind the Urgent Care Center on 15th and Trinity

The following topics will be covered:

  • What is Type 2 diabetes?
  • Signs and symptoms of type 2 diabetes.
  • What does having pre-diabetes mean?
  • What are the risk factors?
  • How you can reduce your risk of getting type 2 diabetes.
  • Making

Los Alamos Public Schools Citizens Review Committee Formed

on March 28, 2012 - 7:16am

LOS ALAMOS PUBLIC SCHOOLS News

A Citizens Review Committee was formed to review the status of the school referendum and bond projects.  This committee met for the first time on March 21, 2012. As part of their work, the committee will verify whether the school district accomplished what it set out to accomplish in its plans that were presented to the public.

The committee, which serves in an advisory role, will report periodically to the Los Alamos Public Schools Board.

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Diabetes Alert Day

on March 26, 2012 - 11:45pm

THE FAMILY YMCA News

Tuesday, March 27 is Diabetes Alert Day, and the Family YMCA wants residents of Los Alamos and the surrouding areas to be aware of their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes and the preventative steps they can take today to reduce that risk. Currently, nearly 26 million Americans have diabetes and a staggering 79 million people have prediabetes, a condition where blood glucose is elevated, but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes.

While the nation’s struggle with obesity and type 2 diabetes is well chronicled, the amount of people with prediabetes is a

Taiji as Spiritual Practice

on March 26, 2012 - 10:00pm

TAIJI News

Beginning in April, the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos will offer a series of eight Saturday morning Taiji (T’ai Chi) classes to study the Yang Style 24 Forms. Classes will begin on Saturday, April 7th  from 11 AM to noon in Robinson Hall.

No previous experience is necessary. Classes will explore proper body alignment with coordination and flexibility exercises, and breathing techniques to cultivate the flow of Qi, or life energy. The primary focus of the class is to study the 24 Forms of the Taiji routine which can become a daily discipline of spiritual practice.

When Was the Last Time You Had a Great Conversation?

on March 26, 2012 - 9:53pm

LOS ALAMOS PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOUNDATION News

Great Conversations is an afternoon of appetizers and desserts and an in-depth conversation with a subject area expert. The 3rd Annual Great Conversations will take place on April 22nd from 2:00-4:30 p.m. at Los Alamos High School in the new building. Tickets are $50 per person and can be obtained by filling out a registration form available at http://lapsfoundation.com/greatconversations.shtml

Your completed registration form and payment can be mailed to the Foundation office at 1900 Diamond Drive, Ste.

Common Core State Standards Initiative Coming to Local Schools

on March 26, 2012 - 12:12pm

Los Alamos School Board President Kevin Honnell, left, watches a presentation with other board members and school officials at Thursday's LAPS work session at Pinon Elementary School. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

By Kirsten Laskey

Several principals at Los Alamos Public Schools attended a recent Math MC2 workshop in preparation for the implementation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, which begins in the school district this fall.

Chamisa Elementary School Principal Debbie Smith, Pinon Elementary School Principal Jill Gonzales and Barranca Elementary School

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Rotary Club Program and Highlights

on March 25, 2012 - 3:39pm

LAPS Reading Coordinator Suzanne Lynne will present a program at 11:45 a.m., Tuesday at Central Avenue Grill on Teach Like A Champion, effective teaching methods designed to help all teachers, especially those new to the classroom. Introduction by Karen Hawkins.

Also, March Student of the Month: Nathan Robbins, will join the luncheon meeting with his parents and mentor, Gary Washburn. Introduction by Allison Majure.

LA Cares Collection: Remember to bring donations of canned foods or personal hygiene products as the Rotary Club continues its support this year of LA Cares, the local food

Blade Runner: 'What might these cyborgs teach us about voter education and preferences?'

on March 25, 2012 - 10:25am

SFI News:

Nathan Collins

Blade Runner is the featured film at the Santa Fe Institute's Science on Screen Series at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Center for Contemporary Arts, 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe.

The "Science On Screen" series in Santa Fe is a joint collaboration of the Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) and the Santa Fe Institute (SFI).

During each event, visionaries from SFI present some of their favorite films, offering eye-opening perspectives from their own research and the world of science. It's an idea-rich spin on the movies. 

Abstract: Though Ridley Scott's classic — one

Chamisa Musical “Working On the Hill” a Huge Success!

on March 24, 2012 - 10:28pm

By Debbie Smith, Principal, Chamisa Elementary

Chamisa third and fourth graders performed a musical revue of Los Alamos history before a packed audience on Thursday, March 15th.

"On the Hill" shows children, moms, scientists, ranch boys, conquistadores, and settlers from the Hill's history.

Beginning with the first inhabitants, the ancient pueblo people, the program progressed forward in time featuring the conquistadores, the Hispanic settlers, the Santa Fe Trail, and the Ranch School Boys. 

General Groves and Robert J.

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PEEC’s Star, Planet and Telescope Party Set for Monday

on March 24, 2012 - 11:27am

Crescent moon of four days old. Courtesy Photo

For all those adults, kids and families who missed last week’s PEEC Star Party or would like to see more, PEEC astronomers are going to repeat it at 7 p.m. Monday March 26.

One highlight will be the crescent Moon of four days old, which should be pretty spectacular through the telescope.  

Venus, Jupiter and Mars will still be there, and the Orion Nebula will be well placed for a great view including its “arms.”  

Venus is best seen in twilight because its extreme brightness dazzles the telescope viewer.  

It should be quite a sight since

Nanopower: Avoiding Electrolyte Failure in Nanoscale Lithum Batteries

on March 22, 2012 - 9:16am

 

Using a transmission electron microscope, NIST reearchers were able to watch individual nanosized batteries with electrolytes of different thicknesses charge and discharge. The NIST team discovered that there is likely a lower limit to how thin an electrolyte layer can be made before it causes the battery to malfunction. Photo by Talin/NIST

From NIST Tech Beat:

It turns out you can be too thin—especially if you’re a nanoscale battery.

Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the University of Maryland, College Park, and Sandia National Laboratories

PEEC Summer Adventure Programs Open for Registration

on March 21, 2012 - 11:30pm

Spectacular!  The volcanic Jemez Mountains rise up from the high desert like an island in the sky surrounded by a desert sea.  The Rio Grande rift splits the Colorado Plateau and a sparkling ribbon of water flows along its path.  Northern New Mexico’s rich diversity of ecosystems awaits the curious.  This June, PEEC offers children the opportunity to explore this wild and enchanting landscape.  Programs are for children entering grades 4-6 (Nature Odyssey) and grades 7-8 (LEAP).  Each week is a chance for them to spend their days outdoors, make new friends, and meet scientists in the field. 
 

School Board Special Meeting & Work Session Agendas

on March 21, 2012 - 4:54pm

 

Los Alamos Public Schools Board is conducting both a Special School Board Meeting and a work session on Thursday, March 22, 2011 beginning at 5:00 p.m. at Pinon Elementary School.

The Special Board Meeting is scheduled to approve a charter for the Los Alamos High School Bus Loop Committee.

Immediately following the Special Board Meeting, the work session includes a presentation on bullying by two Pinon students, a presentation by three principals on the Math MC2 workshop and a presentation by the Pinon principal, Jill Gonzales.

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Learn the Art of Writing

on March 19, 2012 - 11:46pm
The Art of Writing
Saturday 3/24 at 11am
Free

 
Local poet and UNM-LA creative writing instructor, Jane Lin, will lead a free introductory session on ekphrasis: writing inspired by art. The Art Center celebrates this tradition with a workshop on ekphrastic writing during the show Beauty in the Beast. We will look at examples of different strategies for ekphrastic writing and use the Beauty in the Beast show as inspiration for our own writing.
 
For centuries poets and painters have turned to one another for inspiration.

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