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Atomic City Children’s Theater Holds Auditions For Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr.

on August 20, 2014 - 11:10am

ACCT News:

Atomic City Children’s Theater (ACCT), the Los Alamos Public Schools’ after-school theater program, is excited to announce auditions for its elementary school production of Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka Jr., a two-act musical play based on Dahl's children's book and full-length movie.

Registration begins at 1 p.m. and auditions are 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27 in the Mountain Elementary School gymnasium. The auditions are open to any 5th or 6th grade students in the Los Alamos area.

ACCT also is looking for students interested in participating as student directors/choreographers

Girl Scout Troop 116 Ramps Up For RocketDay

on August 20, 2014 - 8:35am

Girl Scout Troop 116 at Aspen Elementary School Aug. 12 distributing model rocket kits. Courtesy photo


Girl Scout Troop 116 is made up of 12 seventh grade girls from Los Alamos and White Rock who are working toward earning their Girl Scout Silver Award.

The project they have undertaken is RocketDay, which is the kick-off event for the Los Alamos ScienceFest. RocketDay celebrates the rockets launched into space that carried instruments built by Los Alamos National Laboratory over the years.

Senate Majority Whip Requests Audit Results On PED Scoring

on August 20, 2014 - 8:27am

Tim Keller

ALBUQUERQUE – Senate Majority Whip Tim Keller, D-Bernalillo, sent a letter last week to Public Education Department (PED) Secretary-Designate Hanna Skandera requesting audit results that pertain to the A-F school scoring and teacher evaluation scoring.

Keller’s request comes as the new school year begins for most New Mexican children and following significant public debate surrounding the models for scoring.

“The scores we use to gauge the effectiveness of our teachers and our schools have significant impact over the distribution of education funding and therefore quality of the

LANL Foundation Hosts Annual First Born® Conference Featuring Dr. Bruce Perry Sept. 23

on August 19, 2014 - 10:06am

Dr. Bruce Perry


How do we foster brain development and create safe and healthy environments for children to thrive?

Dr. Bruce Perry, a nationally known psychiatrist who has served as a consultant in the Columbine school shootings and other traumatic events, will present on “The Power of Early Childhood” at the annual First Born® Conference 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sept. 23 at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort at Santa Ana Pueblo.

Perry is Senior Fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy in Houston, Texas and an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg

Los Alamos School Board Meets 5:30 p.m. Thursday

on August 19, 2014 - 7:52am

Image of a commemorative plaque to be installed at Aspen Elementary Schools. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board will hold a work session at 5:30 p.m., Thursday in the School Board Room at the Administration Offices, 2075 Trinity Dr.

Architectural Research Services will present a preliminary report of its 5-Year Facilities Master Plan of Los Alamos Public Schools.


Rotary Exchange Students Spend School Year With Los Alamos Families

on August 18, 2014 - 11:39am

Inbound exchange students, from left, Frederiek Gerretschen of the Netherlands and Markus Essl of Austria and outbound student Faith Koh of Los Alamos who is spending a year with a Rotarian family in France, attended Tuesday's Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting at the Manhattan Project. The inbound students will live with a variety of Rotary families throughout the 2014-15 school year before returning home next June. For more information about Rotary Exchange, email Photo by Carol A. Clark/

SFI: Design Principles of Biological Growth Control

on August 18, 2014 - 7:01am

Arthur D. Lander

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute will host a seminar at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 in the Collins Conference Room, 1399 Hyde Park Road.

Arthur D. Lander,  University of California, Irvine; SFI External Professor, will speak on "Design Principles of Biological Growth Control."


Our bodies arise through a process of controlled growth that can exhibit great speed and precision. That this happens is remarkable given that the basic units of growth—cells and parts of cells—are self-reproducing, and therefore naturally increase in an exponential fashion.

School Board Work Session Thursday

on August 17, 2014 - 7:58am

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos School Board will hold a Work Session at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 at the School Administrative Office Conference Room, 2075 Trinity Dr.

The agenda includes a preliminary report on the Five Year Facilities Master Plan, an enrollment update, Commemorative Plaque for Aspen School and introduction of the 20-year Facility Committee.

The public is welcome to attend.


Smith’s Marketplace Donates $5K to PEEC's Capital Campaign

on August 15, 2014 - 12:32pm

Smith's Marketplace Director Erik Boehm presented a $5,000 check this morning to Executive Director Katie Watson of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center for their Capital Campaign, which is helping support the new Nature Center on Canyon Road. Watson explained that Smith's Marketing Vice President Marsha Gilford told her that everywhere she went in the community during a July visit, people told her how much they loved PEEC and this donation is the largest among the many the new store has contributed to community organizations.

Arson Did Not Damage Pinon Elementary's Spirit

on August 15, 2014 - 8:56am

Police are searching for the person or persons who set fire to playground equipment at Pinon Elementary School Wednesday night. 'We are all sad here about what happened but did not let it ruin our spirits and the so many positive celebrations in the students' first day of school," teacher Christine Peters told the Los Alamos Daily Post. 'We are a family at Pinon and will overcome this and we will continue to provide our students an outstanding educational experience.' Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact police at 505.662.8222. Photo by Chrstine Peters

Fire set Wednesday

Retirees Celebrate 'NOT Back to School' Thursday

on August 15, 2014 - 8:14am

Celebrating Thursday's 'NOT Back to School' breakfast, Inez Ross and Bill Hudson gather with other retired educators. Hudson founded the annual event 40 years ago. He called a few retirees and they called others, and it grew into the big event it is today. Many thanks go to retiree Judy Crocker who has been the organizer of this annual event for years. The retirees share breakfast at Kelly Hall at Trinity on the Hill, meet new retirees and visit after their no agenda, no dues, no obligation meeting. Photo by Karyl Ann Armbruster


Pinon Elementary School Playground Vandalized

on August 14, 2014 - 3:06pm

LAPS News:

Los Alamos School Superintendent Gene Schmidt announced moments ago that the school district has posted a $1,000 reward for information leading to the identification of the person(s) responsible for the vandalism overnight to the Pinon Elementary School playground on Grand Canyon in White Rock.

Police and members of the Los Alamos Fire Department responded to a call of a fire on the Pinon playground that came in at approximately 1:28 a.m., today from a resident who called Fire Station 3 on N.M. 4.

Police Cpl. Sheldon Simpson, Det.

School is Back in Session!

on August 14, 2014 - 10:18am

Aimee Morrison is Piñon Elementary School's favorite crossing guard. Her smiling face and happy waves have greeted students and parents for several years at the Sherwood/Grand Canyon intersection. She enjoys wearing silly hats for the kids, and today's hat says, 'Welcome Back!' in honor of the first day of classes for the 2014-15 school year. Photo by April Nolan

School Board Seeks Candidates For Vacant Seat

on August 14, 2014 - 8:29am

Los Alamos School Board from left, President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie, Jim Hall, Secretary Matt Williams, Vice President Kevin Honnell and David Foster who recently resigned. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

The August meeting of the Los Alamos School Board was Tuesday at the Administration Building Conference Room.

The meeting opened with a short recognition ceremony for David Foster who is leaving the School Board. Foster represented District 3. He is moving from Los Alamos. School Board President Judy Bjarke-McKenzie thanked Foster for his service to the District.


Juniors and Seniors Invited to 'College Search 101'

on August 14, 2014 - 7:34am
Louise O’Brien and Joanna Gillespie from the LAPS Foundation meet with Connie Goettee from the LAHS Career Resource Center to plan 'College Search 101.' Photo by Morrie Pongratz 


The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation has partnered with Connie Goettee from the Los Alamos High School Career Resource Center to present “College Search 101” at 6 p.m., Friday in the Lower Commons at LAHS.

The Foundation has recruited a dozen recent grads to share their college search experience with current juniors and seniors.


LAPS Staff Welcomed Back at All-hands Breakfast

on August 13, 2014 - 12:24pm
LANL Director Charlie McMillan, left, chats with Dist. 43 Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard at the LAPS Staff Breakfast Tuesday at Los Alamos High School. McMillan made a surprise appearance at the event. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Superintendent Gene Schmidt and School Board members Matt Williams, Kevin Honnell and Judy Bjarke-McKenzie on stage at Tuesday's Welcome Breakfast. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Mathew Schmidt of the Los Alamos Schools Credit Union and Joanna Gillespie of the LAPS Foundation show off an image of the new credit card available from

Aspen Elementary's Back to School Sign ... 'Resistance Is Futile; You Will Be Educated'

on August 13, 2014 - 10:32am
The scolling sign in front of Aspen Elementary School at 2182 33rd St. is letting students know: 'School resumes on 8/14... Resistance is futile; you will be educated!' Photo by Chris Clark/
Photo by Chris Clark/

PEEC: Expert Craig Allen Addresses Forest Fire Trends and Predictions Aug. 19

on August 13, 2014 - 7:20am

Craig Allen with a burned jarrah tree. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

If anyone can make sense of current trends, and surmise future prospects for forest fires in northern New Mexico, it's expert Craig Allen, who has been studying changes in the ecology of the Jemez Mountains continuously since 1982.

In a free presentation at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, Allen will talk about changes in the forest, and what they mean for chances of fires in the future.

Extensive high-severity wildfires and drought-induced tree mortality have intensified over the last

LANL Director Makes Surprise Appearance At LAPS All Hands Breakfast

on August 12, 2014 - 5:22pm
LANL Director Charlie McMillan thanks Los Alamos Public School employees for making Los Alamos a better place to live and work. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Superintendent Gene Schmidt welcomes his staff back to school for the 2014-15 Academic Year. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos School employees were welcomed back by Superintendent Gene Schmidt and his administrative staff and also by surprise guest Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan at this morning's all-hands breakfast meeting at

Freshmen Orientation Wednesday At LAHS

on August 12, 2014 - 5:21pm

LAHS News:

The Los Alamos High School Freshmen Orientation is promptly at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13in Griffith Gymnasium. 

All incoming 9th  grade students should arrive by 7:50 a.m. and report to the grass area outside of the gym lobby. Orientation will run until 11 a.m.

Buses are available from Los Alamos schools to shuttle students to Freshman Orientation at the following times:

  • Pinion Elementary: 7:30 a.m.
  • Chamisa Elementary 7:30 a.m.
  • Barranca Elementary: 7:30 a.m.
  • LAMS: 7:35 a.m.
  • Aspen Elementary: 7:40 a.m.

Buses will depart from LAHS at the end of Freshman Orientation at 11:15 a.m.


LAHS Hall of Fame Inductees

on August 12, 2014 - 4:46pm


The Los Alamos High School Athletic Department will induct its first Hall of Fame Class begining at this year's 2014 Homecoming including:

  • Walt Arnold;

  • Lynn Bjorkland;

  • Burt Buehrer;

  • Carol Cady;

  • Louie Cernicek;

  • Bob Cox;

  • Steven Craven;

  • Turk Griffith;

  • Bill Hudson;

  • William Daniel McWilliams;

  • Gene Mortensen;

  • Morrie Pongratz; and

  • Anthony Sandoval.

Inductees will be invited to join in the Homecoming Parade Friday, Sept. 19 and be introduced at the football game. A banquet will be held in their honor at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21 at Fuller Lodge.

This event is open to the public.

Little Forest Fall Fiesta Sept. 6

on August 11, 2014 - 9:10am

LFP News:

Little Forest Playschool' annual Fall Fiesta and Silent Auction is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 6. The Fall Fiesta is one of three events held each year to raise funds for Little Forest, which has been part of the Los Alamos community for more than 60 years.

The Fall Fiesta is held on the two-acre playground area at Little Forest Playschool, 3880 Villa St.

Fall Fiesta festivities include a carnival with activities, animals, games, music and food.

Hundreds of children bring their parents, and while the kids play, parents browse the silent auction, bidding on items donated by

LAMS Students Landcape School Through Keep New Mexico Beautiful Grant

on August 9, 2014 - 7:01am
Web Crew leaders prepare planters for new plants donated from Keep New Mexico Beautiful. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen

Keep New Mexico Beautiful has granted Los Alamos Middle School with several opportunities to enhance education and landscaping for the new school year.

The first grant project involves adding plants around the school exterior and conducting a campus clean up prior to the start of school.

“The plants that will be added to the front of the school and other locations around the site will help create a beautiful site,” LAMS Principal Rex Kilburn

Aspen Parking Construction Nears Completion

on August 8, 2014 - 8:56am

The Jaynes Construction crew works feverishly to complete the paving of Aspen Elementary parking lot, not only racing the rain but also the start of school next Thursday. Superintendent Schmidt thanks the Aspen community for their patience during the school construction project. Courtesy/LAPS

Paving nears completion on the Aspen parking lot with the new school visible in the background. Jaynes Construction, weather permitting, plans to stripe the parking lot Monday. Courtesy/LAPS

Jaynes Construction Superintendent Sam Burns receives the thanks of LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt for his crew's


Cook, Eat, Learn With Co+op Cooking Class

on August 8, 2014 - 7:15am

CO+OP News:

The Co+op’s Shop with the Chef cooking classes give local chefs the opportunity to share their love of cuisine, starting with shopping for the ingredients and taking participants through the cooking process to enjoying the final product.

Upcoming classes at the Co+op café include Cooking Your Way to Health by Lisa Bakosi at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19 and Chemistry of Cooking – dispersions, emulsions and gels by Ray Joggerst at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9.

Register at the Co+op, 95 Entrada Dr.