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BSMA And Century Bank Partner To Provide STEM Education Grants To Teachers In Northern New Mexico

on March 6, 2019 - 1:23pm

Century Bank Vice President/Branch Manager Karen Easton, right, presented a check recently to Bradbury Science Museum Association President Ryn Herrmann and BSMA Past President Andy Trottier in support of STEM education grants for teachers in northern New Mexico. Courtesy/BSMA

BSMA News:

The Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) and Century Bank have partnered to award Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education grants to 10 certified K-12 teachers in northern New Mexico.

The grants are up to $100 each and intended to fund STEM learning activities that teachers

PEEC: Explore Dwarf Planets And Exoplanets March 8

on March 6, 2019 - 7:22am
Learn all about dwarf planets Friday, March 8 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. This talk begins at 7 p.m. Additionally, see the full-dome film “Exoplanets” at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9.
 
PEEC News:
 
Learn all about dwarf planets at 7 p.m., Friday, March 8, at the Los Alamos Nature.
 
Paul Arendt will lead this discussion and explore how planets are designated, the current status of dwarf planets and similar bodies that may be occupants of our solar system.
 
Throughout history, various bodies in our solar system have been deemed planets, but were subsequently relabeled as asteroids

Aspen PTO's 2019 Spring Fling March 8

on March 6, 2019 - 7:15am

Landmark Education Bill Passes House

on March 6, 2019 - 7:09am

STATE News:

  • Historic Education Reform Bill Advances to Senate

Chair Rep. Andres Romero (D-Albuquerque), House Appropriations & Finance Chairwoman Patricia Lundstrom (D-Gallup), Rep. Christine Trujillo (D-Albuquerque), and Rep. Bobby Gonzalez (D-Taos).

House Bill 5 calls for a $449 million dollars increase, for public education funding while increasing teacher minimum salaries, expanding K-5 Plus, and increasing the at-risk index.

“This bill is a once-in-a-lifetime game changer for our students across the state. While many components of H.B.

Rotary: This Adventure Just Might Change Your Life!

on March 5, 2019 - 11:26pm
ROTARY News:
 
The Rotary Club of Los Alamos is now accepting applications for the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA). Any high school junior may apply to attend RYLA.
 
The Rotary Club is also in the process of contacting high school principals, guidance counselors, youth organizations, and other sources for nominations of RYLA participants.
 
RYLA is a life-changing intensive leadership training program for young men and women where leadership skills and principles are learned, developed and enhanced in an atmosphere of trust and respect.

Public Education Secretary Confirmed Unanimously

on March 5, 2019 - 2:30pm
Karen Trujillo answers questions from the Senate Rules Committee during a two-hour hearing Monday, which preceded a Senate vote of 38-0 to confirm Trujillo as New Mexico's new public education secretary. Photo by Gabriela Campos/The New Mexican
 
By ROBERT NOTT
The state Senate's confirmation process for New Mexico's new public education secretary, Karen Trujillo, was short and painless.
 
It lacked the drama, conflict and fire that marked hearings involving the controversial Hanna Skandera, who toiled through four years of political battles, committee hearings

LANB Helps 28 Students Visit Bradbury Museum

on March 4, 2019 - 10:40am

During an engineering challenge Friday, Bradbury Museum Educator Pam Dresher places a stuffed toy on top of card towers to see which will hold the toy for 10 seconds. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com

LANB Market President Liddie Martinez and LANB Private Banker Elizabeth Bailey watch as Mora 4th graders work on their tower engineering challenge during their visit Friday to the Bradbury Museum. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com
 
By KayLinda Crawford
Los Alamos Daily Post

A group of 28 Mora Elementary School 4th graders participated in a field trip to the Bradbury

Chamisa PTO Hosts Breakfast For Dr. Seuss Day

on March 4, 2019 - 8:51am

LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus and Chamisa staff Friday serving students and parents pancakes with all the fixings for Dr. Seuss Day. Courtesy/Chamisa PTO

Chamisa PTO members Lindsay Young and Alison Watkins with LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus, Chamisa Principal Suzanne Lynne, and the Cat in the Hat. Courtesy/Chamisa PTO
Chamisa PTO members and friends. Courtesy/Chamisa PTO
 
LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus and the Cat in the Hat. Courtesy/Chamisa PTO

Governor Nominates Regents For Northern, ENMU, Highlands, NMMI And WNMU

on March 4, 2019 - 7:11am

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

STATE News:

SANTA FE ― Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Thursday announced nine appointments to the boards of regents for Northern New Mexico College, Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico Highlands University, New Mexico Military Institute and Western New Mexico University.

In an executive message to the state Senate, the governor submitted to the Rules Committee the following nominees:

  • Erica Rita Velarde to the Northern New Mexico College Board of Regents for a six-year term through Dec. 31, 2024.
  • Porter Swentzell to the Northern New Mexico College Board of Regents for

‘Goodnight, Los Alamos’ Book Signing At Bradbury Science Museum Saturday, March 9

on March 3, 2019 - 9:44am

The Bradbury Science Museum, an illustration in Goodnight, Los Alamos. Photo by Brenda Fleming

An illustration of the Fat Man atomic bomb in Goodnight, Los Alamos. Photo by Brenda Fleming

BSM News:

Did you get a copy of Goodnight, Los Alamos over the holidays? Do you want to purchase a copy for an upcoming birthday or baby shower? Now’s your chance to get it signed.

Author Whitney Spivey and illustrator Brenda Fleming will be at the Bradbury Science Museum with Sharpies in hand 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 9.

The book—in which two little girls say goodnight to 26 notable places and

History On Tap: Women's History Month Monday

on March 3, 2019 - 9:29am
COMMUNITY News:
 
Join the Los Alamos Historical Society and the Creative District at 5:30 p.m., Monday, March 4, at UnQuarked Wine Room for a special History On Tap during Women's History Month.
 
The conversation will open with a live preview performance of the play, TREASON, written by local playwright Robert F. Benjamin, directed by Trish Ebbert, and performed by local actors.
 
The play is an anachronism-infested comedy about the life and times of Mary Katherine Goddard, who first published the Declaration of Independence with signers listed in January 1777 and today is considered

PEEC: Explore New Mexico’s Wetlands March 5

on March 3, 2019 - 7:49am
Learn about New Mexico’s wetlands Tuesday, March 5 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Learn about New Mexico’s wetlands Tuesday, March 5 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Emile Sawyer from the Wetlands Program at the New Mexico Environment Department will introduce the audience to our state’s wetlands and provide an overview of the process of mapping and characterizing our wetlands resources. This talk begins at 7 p.m. and is free to attend.
 
The staff of the Wetlands Program at the New Mexico Environment Department is currently in the process of mapping all

Senate Finance Committee Restores Bill Creating Early Education Department

on March 3, 2019 - 6:25am
By ROBERT NOTT
Just days after the Senate Education Committee drastically pared down a bill creating a new early childhood education department -- stripping much of its oversight of programs for young children -- the bill's sponsor, Sen. Michael Padilla, convinced another panel of lawmakers to reverse the changes.
 
The Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved an amendment Thursday undoing the earlier move, which would have torn the proposed new department in half.
 
"We heard a rallying cry that people want full accountability and continuity across the

Registration Opens For PEEC’s Summer Camps

on March 2, 2019 - 2:11pm
Registration is open for Backpacking Adventure for Teens, Living Earth Adventure Program and both sessions of Nature Odyssey. Space is limited and the camps are filling up quickly. Courtesy/PEEC
 
Registration is open for PEEC's June Summer Camps. Courtesy/PEEC
 
PEEC News:
 
Registration is open for all four of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s June summer camps.
 
These camps give youth entering fourth through 12th grades the opportunity to get outside this summer to explore the incredible outdoors of the Pajarito Plateau.

Dyslexia Testing Bill Headed For Senate Floor

on March 2, 2019 - 1:49pm
Clarence Efroymson, 11, sits in class as Corrie Shapiro, a 5th and 6th grade teacher at the May Center for Learning in Santa Fe, teaches a lesson Wednesday. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
 
Ben Becker, 11, reads 'No Fear Shakespeare' during class Wednesday at the May Center for Learning in Santa Fe. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
 
 
By ROBERT NOTT
The kids in his class called Francisco Sandoval dumb.
 
He couldn't read when he was in the first and second grades, the 11-year-old told members of the Senate Education Committee on Wednesday.
 

SFCC Closes For Campus-Wide Employee Professional Development Conference March 8

on March 2, 2019 - 1:02pm
SFCC News:
 
SANTA FE Santa Fe Community College will not offer any services or classes Friday, March 8, while faculty and staff participate in a campus-wide Professional Development Conference.
 
The conference is one of the initiatives of the college to continue to provide ways to support SFCC students in achieving their educational goals. Kids Campus, La Familia and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will remain open.
 
Throughout the year, SFCC offers a number of ways to stay notified about weather- and holiday-related delays, cancelations, closures and emergencies.
 
While

Scenes From Early Intervention Fair At FSN Today

on March 2, 2019 - 12:10pm

Scenes this morning at the Early Intervention Fair at Family Strengths Network underway until 1 p.m. today at 3540 Orange St. Courtesy photo

Community members learn about early intervention resources this morning at the Early Intervention Fair at Family Strengths Network underway until 1 p.m. today at 3540 Orange St. Courtesy photo

Scene from the Early Intervention Fair at Family Strengths Network underway until 1 p.m. today at 3540 Orange St. Courtesy photo

First Born Program of Los Alamos Manager Ellen Ben-Naim, second from left, checking out a pair of small horses today at the Early

National Speech & Debate Association Selects Los Alamos Teacher Margo Batha 2019 Educator Of The Year

on March 1, 2019 - 5:16pm

2019 NSDA National Educator of the Year Margo Batha

National Speech & Debate Association News: 

  • Margo Batha selected from five finalists and more than 5,000 educators across the country.

DES MOINES, Iowa – The National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) is excited to announce Margo Batha from Los Alamos High School in New Mexico as the 2019 NSDA National Educator of the Year.

“Margo has dedicated her life’s work to speech and debate,” said National Speech & Debate Association Executive Director J. Scott Wunn.

2019 Diversity Week Art Contest Winners Announced

on March 1, 2019 - 5:16pm

One Los Alamos announces the winners of the 2019 Diversity Week Art Contest. Children and Young Adults K-12 were asked to submit artwork celebrating what diversity means to them. Three winners were chosen from 34 creative entries. The winners are, from left, Kylie Shrader (3rd place), Kara-Lynn Christensen (2nd place) and Jillian Lewis (1st place), all 5th graders from Chamisa Elementary School. Art teacher in Renee Mitsunaga's art class. First place received $30, Second place $20 and Third Place $10 – all in Los Alamos Chamber Checks.

LANL: RoboRave Rally And Science Showdown At Northern New Mexico College 9 a.m. To 3 p.m. Saturday

on March 1, 2019 - 10:26am

LANL News:

The fifth annual RoboRAVE Rally/NNM Science Showdown takes place Saturday in Española.

The event features more than 50 student robotics teams from across the region and a great range of hands-on STEM activities and demonstrations. The event promises to be a great day of seeing science in action, and is free and open to the public.

 
Date: Saturday, March 2
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Eagle Gym at NNMC, 921 N. Paseo De Onate in Española

Details

The RoboRAVE Rally is a robotics competition in which 58 registered student robotics teams (from elementary to high school age)

LAHS Counselors Host Junior Parent Night March 11

on March 1, 2019 - 10:08am
A crowd gathers for a previous ‘Junior Parent Night’ event in the LAHS Speech Theater. Courtesy photo
 
LAPS News:
 
Hey Los Alamos High School juniors ... May 30, 2020 will be here before you know it ... are you ready for what comes next after high school graduation?
 
Find out your options at the LAHS Junior Parent Night event Monday, March 11. Current juniors and their parents are invited to attend this presentation 5:30-7 p.m., in the Speech Theater.
 
“The LAHS Counseling Department hosts Junior Parent Night for juniors and their parents to learn about their options after

Landmark Bipartisan Education Bill Headed To New Mexico Senate Floor For Vote

on March 1, 2019 - 7:26am
STATE News:
 
The Senate Finance Committee Thursday unanimously voted in favor of SB 1, the bipartisan landmark education bill sponsored by Sen. Mimi Stewart and Sen. Gay Kernan to increase teacher salaries, support at-risk students and expand extended learning opportunities.
 
“SB 1 is the culmination of the hard work of the Legislative Education Study Committee and the Legislative Finance Committee--along with input from educators, community members and policy experts,” Stewart said.

LAPSF Funds Teachers To Help ‘Raise Student Voice’

on February 28, 2019 - 3:45pm
LAHS English teachers Christine Engelbrecht, Karissa Kilgore and Whitney Pomeroy at the NCTE Convention in November in Houston. Courtesy photo
 
By MELANIE McKINLEY
LAPS Foundation Board Member
 
Twice a year, the LAPS Foundation offers thousands of dollars in grants to Los Alamos teachers. One of the professional development grants last year sent three Los Alamos High School teachers - Whitney Pomeroy, Christine Engelbrecht and Karissa Kilgore - to the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) convention Nov. 15-18 in Houston.

NMT Mechanical Engineering Professor Named 2019 New Mexico Engineer Of The Year

on February 28, 2019 - 1:39pm
Dr. Ashok Ghosh
 
NMT News:
 
SOCORRO Mechanical engineering professor Dr. Ashok Ghosh was named the Engineer of the Year at the annual conference of the Albuquerque chapter of the Society of Professional Engineers.
 
Joe Higham, NMT graduate and current president of the SPE chapter in Albuquerque, nominated Ghosh for his extensive career in research, education, community service, and leadership.
 
University President Dr. Stephen Wells said that Ghosh’s award is indicative of the quality of professors and the instruction at New Mexico Tech.
 
“This is the type of accolade that is

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