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Measure To Create Teacher & Principal Evaluation System Passes House

on February 27, 2019 - 5:06pm
HOUSE DEMOCRATS News:
 
SANTA FE Monday, the House of Representatives passed the Teacher and Principal Evaluation Act. House Bill 212, sponsored by House Majority Floor Leader, Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque), moves New Mexico’s evaluation system toward meaningful measures that will ensure fair professional standards that will ensure the best educators for our students.
 
This important measure will replacethe former punitive teacher evaluation system that resulted in many teachers leaving the profession.
 
“Educators in every stage of their career want an evaluation

Freshman P.E. Swim Program At Aquatic Center

on February 27, 2019 - 3:16pm

COUNTY News:

Los Alamos County is partnering with Los Alamos Public Schools to host LAHS Physical Education swimming curriculum at the Walkup Aquatic Center Monday through Friday, March 4 to March 21.

The main pool will be set-up short course for the duration of this program.

Students will learn Water Safety Skills including Reach, Throw, Don't go; Community CPR, Learn-to-Swim and Conditioning.

Note: Pool space will be limited and locker rooms will be very busy 15 minutes prior to and after each session while the students are participating in this program.

For additional information,

Recap Of Middle School Jazz Clinic And Performance

on February 27, 2019 - 8:54am
Los Alamos Jazz Project musicians and Director Ryan Finn. Courtesy photo
 
MUSIC News:
 
Middle school jazz musicians from around the state gathered last weekend in Los Alamos this weekend for two days of intensive learning and rehearsal, culminating in a concert that’s open to the public.
 
Los Alamos Jazz Project Director Ryan Finn created the event to include middle school musicians in the state’s vibrant jazz education program.
 
“This year, the New Mexico Music Educators association expanded to include jazz in its All-State band programs, but that left middle school students

Teacher: Why I Value My Yearly Evaluation...

on February 27, 2019 - 8:40am
By DAWN BILBREY
8th Grade Teacher

I’m an 8th grade English teacher, which means that grading papers is a hallmark of my job. Early on in my career the amount of grading I had to manage was overwhelming.

Thankfully, I had a mentor teacher who taught me the art of rubrics. Her guidance helped me to better organize my grading practices and to better define my teaching practice. Using a rubric helps me to stay objective in my grading and eliminates wasted time, while providing my students with a roadmap for success to follow in their own projects.

Much like my students rely on the rubrics

Learn What Will Be Visible In March’s Night Skies

on February 27, 2019 - 7:34am
The planetarium at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy photo
 
PEEC News:
 
Learn what will be coming up in March’s night skies Friday, March 1 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Astronomer Steve Becker will give audience members an interactive tour of the heavens and highlight planets, star patterns and constellations that may be readily observed throughout the month. This event begins at 7 p.m. and is perfect for beginner stargazers.
 
In addition to this talk, the nature center will show the full-dome film “National Parks Adventure” at 2 p.m.

CPB To Present ‘Strengthening Civil Society’ Thought Leader Award To U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

on February 26, 2019 - 9:01am

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján

CPB News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) will present U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico with its distinguished “Strengthening Civil Society” Thought Leader Award at the America’s Public Television Stations (APTS) Public Media Summit today in Washington, D.C.

CPB’s Thought Leader Award recognizes and honors American leaders who affirm the essential services that public media provides to citizens in areas of education, journalism and the arts.

“Rep.

Barranca's Kindergarten Roundup 1-3 p.m. April 10

on February 26, 2019 - 8:40am

LAPS District-Wide Art Exhibition Wednesday

on February 26, 2019 - 7:37am
 
LAPS News:
 
The community is invited to the Los Alamos Public Schools district-wide art exhibition, 5-7 p.m., Wednesday on the 3rd floor of Mesa Public Library.
 
Refreshments will be served and music will be provided by the Los Alamos Jazz Project.
 
March is Youth Art Month and also Music in the Schools Month. LAPS Art Teacher and Youth Art Month Coordinator, Renee Mitsunaga, explained that during Youth Art Month, students engage in a problem-solving creativity project that inspires them to use art to communicate the given theme.

Senators Pare Back Proposed Childhood Ed Agency

on February 26, 2019 - 7:23am
Michael Padilla, D-Albuquerque, sponsor of a bill to create an early childhood education department, stands on the Senate floor Monday at the State Capitol in Santa Fe. Photo by Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican
 
By ROBERT NOTT
A bipartisan group of state senators on Monday balked at creating a new department to centralize early childhood education programs, stripping the proposed agency of about half of its responsibilities.
 
Members of the Senate Education Committee voted 5-4 to amend Senate Bill 22, which would establish the centralized agency.

House OKs Bill To Revamp Teacher Evaluation System

on February 26, 2019 - 7:01am
By ROBERT NOTT
For years many educators, public education supporters and teacher union representatives have said New Mexico's teacher evaluation system is punitive and unfair.
 
But immediately after taking office in early January, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed an executive order requiring the Public Education Department to retool that system.
 
On Monday night, the House of Representatives took a step toward making that goal a reality when it voted 52-14 to give a "do pass" recommendation to House Bill 212, which would rework measures currently in place.
 

Ark Preschool Fundraiser On Fat Tuesday March 5

on February 25, 2019 - 3:21pm

NMPED Plans Overhaul Of School Rating System

on February 25, 2019 - 7:43am
The Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Courtesy/SFNM
 
By DILLON MULLAN
The New Mexico Public Education Department aims to scrap the state's A-F grading system for public schools, which critics have said puts too much emphasis on student test scores.
 
Under proposed changes to the state's plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, the agency says it will replace an accountability system that identifies schools as failing with one that classifies them by the amount of state and federal support they require.
 
"This is a shift in philosophy from seeing

Explore Forest Rehabilitation At Nature Center

on February 25, 2019 - 7:28am

David Gilmore and Sandy Hurlocker present a talk Thursday at the Nature Center on how they approach forest rehabilitation and how the community can help. Photo by Craig Martin

 

PEEC News:

 

After local wildfires, forest rehabilitation has been on many people’s minds. Join David Gilmore and Sandy Hurlocker of the Santa Fe National Forest Service for a talk at the Los Alamos Nature Center to learn more about how they approach forest restoration and how you can help with the big picture of forest rehabilitation. This event will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. and is free to attend.

LAPS Notice Of Possible Quorum Feb. 28

on February 24, 2019 - 8:04am

PEEC: Planting Trees And Forest Restoration – Public Presentation In Los Alamos Feb. 28

on February 24, 2019 - 7:36am
PEEC News:
 
SANTA FE  The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is hosting a free presentation on the community’s role in forest restoration.
 
District Ranger Sandy Hurlocker and forester David Gilmore, both from the Española Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Hurlocker will provide the “big picture,” a status on landscape-scale efforts to improve the forest’s resilience to major disturbances, including wildfire, insects and disease, and climate change.

Chamisa Students Share Kindness; Deliver Joy

on February 23, 2019 - 9:58am
Chamisa Elementary School second grade students prepare to share joy with residents in the neighborhood around their school. Courtesy photo Courtesy photo
 
Chamisa Elementary School second grade students with their gifts for area residents. Courtesy photo
 
BERNADETTE LAURITZEN
Los Alamos

It really only takes one spark, one idea, one person to make a difference in the life of a child. One teacher can bring life to a lesson that can create a lifetime memory.

Chamisa Elementary School second grade teacher Tricia Javernick took a simple classroom lesson and gave it not only legs, but

projectY cowork Business Basics Series: ‘Building A Recession Resistant Business’ Tuesday Feb. 26

on February 23, 2019 - 9:54am
Jessica Chipera
 
projectY cowork News:
 
Join projectY cowork Los Alamos at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 26, for its next Business Basics workshop, when Jessica Chipera of Anthem Financial Services will highlight tactics for ‘Building a Recession Resistant Business’.
 
Chipera will discuss financial strategies small businesses could employ to help them withstand general slowdowns in sales activity due to economic conditions or other factors.
 
This new Business Basics series is aimed at providing small businesses and vendors with various skills and resources to help their businesses

New Mexico Educators’ Pension Fund Investments Posts Annual Gains In Difficult Year

on February 23, 2019 - 7:10am
NMERB News:
 
SANTA FE The New Mexico Educational Retirement Board (ERB) fund, which provides defined pension benefits to the state’s public educational employees, posted net investment gains of just over $95 million for the 2018 calendar year.
 
This represents a return of 0.6% for the year, net of investment manager fees. The returns come during a time of extreme market volatility and underperformance. Thus, a 0.6% return is higher than most other investors when almost all stock markets posted losses.
 
As for longer term results, net of investment management fees, the ERB fund

Legislative Roundup: Feb. 23

on February 23, 2019 - 6:58am

Bob Finch, a retired TV production worker and engineer, addresses an Americans for Prosperity rally Friday outside the state Capitol in Santa Fe. Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

DuWayne Shaver, school choir and band director from Capitan, directs the defending state choir champions in A-AAA, for 2018 during a performance Friday at the Rotunda in the state Capitol in Santa Fe. Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

By The New Mexican

Days remaining in the session: 21

Confirmations: The Senate on Friday voted 35-0 to confirm Alicia Keyes as secretary of the Economic Development

LAMS Jazz Bands Score Well At Jazz Fest

on February 22, 2019 - 4:39pm

Members of the LAMS Jazz 1 perform during a concert Wednesday evening at Duane Smith Auditorium. Courtesy/LAMS

LAMS News:

Los Alamos Middle School Jazz bands hit the high notes, low notes and all the notes in between as they performed very well at the recent Albuquerque/UNM Jazz Fest. Jazz 1 and Jazz 3 received a Superior, rating of 1, while Jazz 2 received an Excellent, rating of 2.

The Los Alamos Jazz Project Big Band, comprised of both LAMS and Los Alamos High School students, also received a Superior, rating of 1.

“I am extremely proud of all the students who were part of this

Chamisa Elementary School Teachers Collaborate On Artist In Residence Project Funded By LAPS Foundation

on February 22, 2019 - 4:18pm

Artist in residence Gasali Adeyemo poses with a group of 4th graders at Chamisa Elementary School. Courtesy/LAPSF

A student proudly displays her artistic creation. Courtesy/LAPSF

 

LAPS FOUNDATION News:

When educators are able to spread lessons across multiple disciplines, it can be a really effective means of teaching, not to mention a lot of fun for the students.

Last fall, Chamisa Elementary Librarian Beverly Nelson submitted a grant to the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation to help fund an artist in residence for the 2017-18 school year.

LAHS Choir In Concert With University Of Denver’s Lamont Chorale At Smith Auditorium Saturday

on February 22, 2019 - 7:47am
LAPS News:
 
Come hear Los Alamos High School’s Schola Cantorum in concert with University of Denver’s Lamont Chorale at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Duane Smith Auditorium.
 
Schola Cantorum is LAHS’s premiere mixed ensemble, having won state competitions twice, first in 2015 and again in 2017.
 
Los Alamos is the last stop on the Lamont Chorale’s tour of New Mexico, and they have already performed with Santa Fe and Albuquerque high school choirs.
 
The concert is free to attend and open to the public.

Steinhaus On Education Agenda At Legislature

on February 21, 2019 - 4:55pm
Los Alamos High School student liaisons to the LAPS Board of Education on the floor of the House of Representaives Feb. 18, hosted by Rep. Christine Chandler of Los Alamos, center. Students include seniors Sonyia Williams and Priscilla Marquez and Juniors Justin Pena, Ogden Berry, Zoe Butler and Ethan Rushton. Photo by Kurt Steinhaus
 
By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Public Schools Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus has been closely monitoring the New Mexico Legislature this session.

Charter School Moratorium Advances In House

on February 21, 2019 - 4:39pm
By MILAN SIMONICH
New Mexico moved a step closer Wednesday to halting the growth of charter schools.
 
The House Education Committee voted 10-3 for a bill that would place a moratorium on new charter schools from June 14 of this year until Jan. 1, 2022.
 
Freshman Rep. Jack Chatfield, R-Mosquero, joined the Democrats on the committee in voting for the moratorium. The proposal, House Bill 434, would not cap enrollment at New Mexico's 96 charter schools, nor would it seek to close any of them. They have a collective enrollment of more than 26,000.
 
But the

State Land Office: Open For Business

on February 21, 2019 - 8:37am

Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard

NMSLO News:

  • February Lease Sales Generate Largest Bid Amount Ever For Open Lease 

SANTA FE – The State Land Office held its monthly online oil and gas lease sales, which garnered the largest open bid sale in history and generated more than $35 million for New Mexico schools, hospitals and colleges.

The open bid included 8,920.27 acres in Chaves, Lea and Eddy Counties and closed at over $12 million, more than double the previous record for an open bid.

The aggregate bid amounted to an average per-acre price of $3,961.25. 

“The Land Office is

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