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Chamisa Students Participate In Electric Car Challenge

on November 26, 2014 - 7:16pm

UNM-LA To Host Homeschool College Day

on November 26, 2014 - 1:17pm

UNM-LA News:

Homeschoolers from Los Alamos and surrounding school districts are invited to attend a Homeschool College Day at the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos. This free event is 1:30-3:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4, in the Lecture Hall in Building 2 on the UNM-LA campus

UNM-LA advisors and faculty members will be on hand to discuss opportunities for high school aged students and the specifics related to Dual Credit and Concurrent Enrollment.

“The New Mexico Legislature has revised the Dual Credit program to include Homeschool students and make them eligible for the tuition waiver and


Toppers Show Skills At Thursday's School Board Meeting

on November 26, 2014 - 7:06am

Los Alamos High School Principal Deborah Belew-Nyquist shows a video created by Digital Arts instructor Cecily Merrill showcasing life at the high school. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

The 'Topper Mobile' crafted by Scott Pomeroy and his students in Auto Mechanics class was on display during Thursday's school board meeting. Other student projects being showcased included food by the Culinary Arts classes, music by orchestra students and art work by students taking various art classes. Photo by Salvador Zapien/

2014 New Mexico Elementary Physical Education Teacher

Community Weighs In On School Superintendent Qualifications

on November 25, 2014 - 4:09pm
The Los Alamos School Board listens as committee chairs report on what their groups would like to see in a new school superintendent. Photo by Salvador Zapien/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Stanley Paz of recruitment firm Ray and Associates Tucson office was in Los Alamos last week to gather community input for the search for a new superintendent for Los Alamos Public Schools. Superintendent Gene Schmidt will be leaving the district in July.

In addition to meeting with the School Board and with the six search advisory committees that have been set up to


LAPS Officials File School Board Election Resolution

on November 25, 2014 - 4:05pm

Los Alamos County Clerk Sharon Stover receives the school board election resolution in her office this morning from LAPS Superintendent Dr. Gene Schmidt, LAPS Chief Financial Officer Lisa Montoya and School Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie. They filed the school board election resolution to put people on notice that they should run for school board, Dr. Schmidt said. The election is Feb 3, 2015 and includes positions 3, 4 and 5, all of which are on the hill. Candidates must reside within the boundaries of the position they are running for. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost

LAHS Participating In American Mathematics Competition

on November 25, 2014 - 12:04pm


LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School will be participating in the American Mathematics Competition exams Tuesday, Feb. 3 (“A” exam) and Wednesday, Feb. 25 (“B” exam).

Interested high school students need to sign up for one or both exams in the Math Office, Room A212. A $5 fee is due at sign up, which begins now and goes through Thursday, Dec. 11.

The mission of the Mathematical Association of America in offering this competition is to increase interest in mathematics and to develop problem solving through a fun competition.


LAPS Cancellation/Delayed And Start/Early Dismissal

on November 25, 2014 - 11:29am

LAPS News:

As fall turns to winter, we can anticipate some days when the weather will be a challenge because of ice or snow. There will be days that we either cancel school for the entire day or delay the start of the school day by two hours.

The decision about the status of the school day must be made by 5:30 a.m. so everyone who needs to be notified can get information in a timely manner. 

When a decision to cancel, delay or dismiss school early is made, all of the major network television stations and local media will be contacted.

Residents Encouraged To Run For Local School Board

on November 25, 2014 - 7:14am

LAPS News:

With the Dec. 16 sign up deadline for those interested in running for a seat on the Los Alamos School Board fast approaching, Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie is encouraging residents to consider applying.

“Get ready to serve your community,” Bjarke-McKenzie said. “There are many critical decisions the school system will be making including the selection of the next school superintendent. Serving on the School Board gives residents a voice in the future direction of the school system.”

Any resident of the District, who is a “qualified elector” (qualified to vote under the

Personal Account Of New Nature Center Tour

on November 24, 2014 - 12:11pm

A wall of windows as seen from Acid Canyon looking up at the new nature center. Photo by Laura Loy

Work continues on the new nature center. A wall of windows provides a stunning view of the canyons, mesas, mountains and skies that make up the beauty of the Pajarito Plateau. Photo by Laura Loy


A Wall of Windows
By Laura Loy

Last Friday, I approached the new Los Alamos Nature Center as I climbed out of Acid Canyon on the trail just shy of 10 a.m., when a group would assemble to tour the facility.

Though I was rushing to arrive on time to meet the group, I stopped for a moment to admire

Mountain Elementary Presents 'Pop Star For The Day' Awards

on November 24, 2014 - 10:55am
Mountain Elementary School first grade student, Savanna Strother, second from left, was a winner of 'Pop Star for the Day' Nov. 14. Her prize included leading the pledge in the morning and the announcements as well as performing a song during lunch. Strother decided to share her singing experience with a few of her friends and they sang 'Let It Go' from the movie 'Frozen.' After her performance, Strother was escorted to her pop star throne. She wants to be a rock star when she grows up and she is definitely on her way! From left, Sophie, Savanna Strother, Sydney and Brooke. Courtesy photo

White Rock's Debra Minyard Named New Mexico Teacher of the Year

on November 24, 2014 - 10:38am

Pojoaque School Board recognizes White Rock resident Debra Minyard as New Mexico Teacher of the Year. Photo by Joshua Minyard

White Rock resident Debra Minyard named New Mexico Teacher of the Year. Photo by Rhonda Evenhus


White Rock resident Debra Minyard has been recognized Nov. 12 as New Mexico Teacher of the Year by the Pojoaque School Board. Minyard is a music educator for Pojoaque High School and has been the band director since 2003.

"I take great take joy in working at Pojoaque,” Minyard said.


Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation Awards C’YA Grant

on November 24, 2014 - 9:37am

Future Ph.Ds of Dixon: Dixon Elementary School students in Jeannie Cornelius’ class pose with the Sci Guy, Chad Lauritzen from C’YA. The local non-profit received grant from the LANL Foundation, which allows the science educator to buy supplies such as these safety glasses and lab coats and to teach fun free science at six elementary schools on his Fridays off from LANL. Courtesy photo


Champions of Youth Ambitions

Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA) has received its first grant from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation.

The $1,500 grant allows volunteer

Santa Fe Community Foundation Funds Healthy Choices For Teens

on November 21, 2014 - 11:01am
Teens engage in a giant game of chess during a field trip. Courtesy photo
Teens from the Espanola YMCA Teen Center participate in a robotics competition last spring in Albuquerque. Courtesy photo

YMCA News:

ESPAÑOLA – The Santa Fe Community Foundation awarded a $15,000 grant to the Española YMCA Teen Center in November to support the Center’s healthy living initiatives.  

According to Teen Center Director Ben Sandoval, the grant will support tutoring, health education and life skills classes offered at the Española Teen Center.

“Our goal is to influence youth behaviors that enable

Friday Final Day To Fill Out Superintendent Survey

on November 20, 2014 - 7:43pm

LAPS News:

A website has been set up at to update residents on the Los Alamos Public School's superintendent search.

An online survey in English and Spanish is available there for residents to fill out on what they consider to be the most important attributes of the new superintendent. Friday is the final day to fill out the survey and provide input on the qualifications one prefers in a new school superintendent.


Chamisa Staff Gets Creative For A Good Cause: Empty Bowls Project

on November 20, 2014 - 12:39pm

Empty Bowls Project Coordinator Deborah Gill receives a finished bowl from fifth grade teacher David Parsons. Courtesy photo

Chamisa teachers had so many colors to choose from. Courtesy photo


Chamisa Elementary staff gathered Wednesday in the art room to participate in the Empty Bowls Project with coordinator Deborah Gill. Chamisa art teacher, Renee Mitsunaga will hold a second event Dec. 3 for parents. 

"We would like to provide our parents an opportunity to show off their creativity for a good cause," Mitsunaga said.

This service project benefits Self Help, Inc., an

LAPS Receives $250,000 Scholarship In Memory Of Irene U. Boone

on November 20, 2014 - 12:04pm

James Dinkel, personal representative of the Zenas and Irene U. Boone Estate, presents a $250,000 check to LAPS Chief Financial Officer Lisa Montoya. Attorney Reid Griffith assisted in the presentation of the scholarship. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

Zenas Boone bequeathed a needs-based scholarship in the memory of of his wife Dr. Irene U. Boone, a long time pediatrician in Los Alamos.

The memorial scholarship will provide financial assistance for future Los Alamos graduates to attend post high school studies.


Learn To Capture Autumn Plants And Pods At PEEC's Art Workshop Series

on November 20, 2014 - 11:05am

A drawing and watercolor by Lisa Coddington. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

PEEC is pleased to welcome back Santa Fe artist Lisa Coddington, for a series of art workshops on capturing the botanical wonders of autumn.

Coddington will lead a drawing workshop Thursday, Dec. 4 and then for those wishing to enhance their drawings with watercolors, there will be a painting workshop Dec. 11. Both classes run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are suggested for beginner and intermediate levels.

Autumn seed pods and dried plants offer an interesting stage of plant growth for observational art.

LANL, Sandia, Other Major Employers Commit To STEM Education In New Mexico

on November 20, 2014 - 9:04am

Placing their signatures on a proclamation, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories and other major employers commit to STEM education in New Mexico. Courtesy/LANL

High School Students Warm Up The Holidays With Clothing And Food Drive

on November 19, 2014 - 3:31pm
LAHS students Aaron Salaz, LeAnn Quintana, Stephanie Kuzmack, Talor Collins, Mykayla Hanawalt and Paz Mas show off items they have collected for their mitten drive. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen


Ashtyn Lopez is one of several Los Alamos High School students hoping to make things a little brighter for the youth of Los Alamos.

Lopez and her Child Development class, under the direction of Louise Majorey, at Los Alamos High School, are hosting a snack and mitten drive throughout the community through Nov.

ACCT Presents Willy Wonka Jr. Nov. 21-22

on November 19, 2014 - 9:47am


ACCT News:

Greetings to you, the lucky finder of this Golden Ticket, from Mr. Willy Wonka! I shake you warmly by the hand! Tremendous things are in store for you! Many wonderful surprises await you!

For now, I do invite you to come to the stage of Smith Auditorium before the show and be my guest for one chocolate bar—you and all others who are lucky enough to find my Golden Tickets. You will be conducted around my chocolate factory, and be shown everything that there is to see.

But this is by no means the most exciting thing that will happen on the day of your visit.

Los Alamos Teachers Earn National Board Certification

on November 19, 2014 - 9:18am

Los Alamos High School teachers, from left, Margo Batha, John Pawlak, Rachel Cowen, Kathleen Boerighter and Louise Foliot-Gentile join the ranks of National Board Certified Teachers this year. Photo by Salvador Zapien/



New Mexico School for the Arts Hosts Open House for Prospective Students

on November 19, 2014 - 7:42am

NMSA News:

New Mexico School for the Arts will hold an Open House for prospective students to the school 1-3 p.m., Dec. 6.  

Eighth, 9th and 10th graders interested in learning more about NMSA are encouraged to attend, as well as all current applicants. The event is at New Mexico School for the Arts, 275 E. Alameda Street in Santa Fe.

NMSA provides access to a rigorous mastery arts and academic high school education for youth with passion and aptitude in the arts, leading to post-secondary learning, careers in the arts, and lives that contribute to society.

Town Hall Meetings Underway For LAPS Superintendent Search

on November 19, 2014 - 7:38am

LAPS News:

Stanley Paz of recruitment firm Ray and Associates Tucson office is in Los Alamos this week to gather community input for the search for a new superintendent for Los Alamos Public Schools.

Superintendent Gene Schmidt will be leaving the district in July.

In addition to meeting with members of the six search advisory committees and the LAPS Board, Paz will conduct a series of Town Hall meetings at which citizens may express their ideas about the qualifications and other attributes they would like to see in a new superintendent. This is also an opportunity to ask questions.


Los Alamos Early College And Career Academy Accepting Applications From Local High School Students

on November 18, 2014 - 10:50am

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos Early College and Career Academy (LAECCA) is accepting applications from Los Alamos High School students for its program. 

The LAECCA is a program that is designed to give high school students early access to post secondary career and technical education opportunities while attending high school. There are multiple career and academic pathways a high school student may choose from if accepted into the LAECCA.