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Letter To The Editor: Our Schools And Our Children Are Not For Sale

on March 3, 2015 - 9:28am
Los Alamos

Public education is one of America's greatest achievements and assets. The schools belong to the communities and provide free education for all children regardless of race, wealth, religion, or disability. 

Each district is held accountable through a publicly elected school board that the can be replaced periodically by the voters. Additionally, each district is funded through a system of democratically approved bond and tax measures. 

On the whole, the American people choose to fund this great public asset to the tune of $600 billion a year.

Twenty Year Facilities Study Unveiled At School Board Meeting

on March 3, 2015 - 8:52am
Outgoing School Board members Kevin Honnell, Nan Holmes and Judy Bjarke-McKenzie show off their service awards. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
The audience listens are Barranca Principal Bradford Parker shows off the achievements of his school. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Barranca Elementary Principal Bradford Parker shared his school’s achievements during Thursday's Los Alamos School Board Work Session at his school.

When asked by Board Vice President Kevin Honnell for his recommendations to improve student


LAPS Budget Committee Gets In Trenches To Build 2015-2016 Budget

on March 3, 2015 - 8:03am
Superintendent Gene Schmidt addresses the group Wednesday at the first meeting of the 2015-16 LAPS Budget Committe. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
LAPS Budget Committee at its first meeting Feb. 25. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) is on the way to creating its 2015-2016 budget.

The process officially kicked off Wednesday at the first official meeting of the Budget Committee.


Freemasons Open Doors To Community Saturday

on March 3, 2015 - 7:30am

A masonic initiation. Paris, 1745. Courtesy/wikipedia


ALBUQUERQUE – Freemasons across New Mexico will open the doors of their lodges Saturday to anyone who wants to see what is inside.

With most of the state’s 55 lodges participating in this open house event, the Freemasons invite everyone to come inside, meet the members, and ask all the questions you want. 

In Los Alamos, Pajarito Lodge 66 will open its doors 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1400 Sage Loop at 15th Street and Canyon Road.

The oldest fraternal organization in the world, Freemasons trace their traditional roots to

First Forum For Superintendent Finalist 7 P.M. Today

on March 2, 2015 - 12:49pm

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education reminds the community that there is a public forum this evening to meet one of the two finalists for superintendent, Dr. Chris Marczak.

The community forum is 7 p.m. in the Speech Theater between the gymnasium and library at Los Alamos High School.

There will be 3x5 cards available to the public to write down questions as they enter the venue. Questions may be parsed to help reduce redundancy before a specific number of randomly chosen
questions are asked of the candidates.

Finalist for superintendent, Dr.

UNM-LA Advisory Board Meets March 9

on March 2, 2015 - 11:06am

UNM-LA News:

The UNM-Los Alamos Advisory Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, on the college campus at 4000 University Dr.

An agenda will be released at least 72 hours before the meeting.

Help Bring Nation’s Longest-Running Citizen Science Project To Los Alamos

on March 2, 2015 - 9:44am

Sharp-shinned hawk, photo by Mouser Williams. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

With the diversity of bird species and the number of birders in Los Alamos, it's easy to wonder why the Christmas Bird Count, the longest-running citizen science project nationwide, has yet to come to Los Alamos.

A group of local birders have decided that it is time to change that, and they intend to submit an application to the National Audubon Society. As part of the application, in order to demonstrate sufficient interest and logistical support, PEEC will sponsor a “mock” Christmas Bird Count 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Hawks FTC Fly Home For The Season

on February 28, 2015 - 12:35pm

EPIC just scored 90 points autonomously! Huge accomplishment! The drivers are so excited. From left, Summer Bronson, Erin Scott and Jaryn Newman. Photo by Pamela Scott

The crew is able to fix minor bugs between competitions, from left, Jaryn Newman, Aidan Henson, Adam Scott, Erin Scott, Taz Smith, EPIC and Brad Cooke. Photo by Pamela Scott


The Hawks FTC Fly Home for the Season
FTC Team Member

On the 21st of February, the Hawks FTC Team participated in the Arizona Regional Championships.

Canceled: All Remaining Competition For State Speech And Debate Tournament

on February 28, 2015 - 8:41am

LAPS News:

All remaining competition for the New Mexico State Speech and Debate Tournament being held in Los Alamos has been canceled due to heavy snowfall from the winter storm.

The tournament will conclude at 10:30 a.m. with awards.

Canceled: Saturday School & Love And Logic

on February 28, 2015 - 6:59am

LAPS News:

Both Saturday school at Los Alamos High School and Love and Logic (which takes place at the high school) are canceled due to the winter storm.


Meet Superintendent Finalists At Upcoming Forums

on February 27, 2015 - 10:28am

Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Board of Education has arranged for two community forums for the public to meet and ask questions of the two finalists for the position of Superintendent of Los Alamos Public Schools.

The times and location of the community forums are 7 p.m. Monday, March 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 in the Speech Theater between the gymnasium and library at Los Alamos High School.

Dr. Chris Marczak

Dr. Chris Marczak will be featured at Monday's forum and Dr. Kurt Steinhaus will be featured Wednesday.

There will be 3x5 cards available to the public to

Will Governor & Education Secretary Take PARCC Test?

on February 27, 2015 - 9:06am

Gov. Susana Martinez



SANTA FE – Responding to parent and student concerns about the over-use of standardized tests, Senate Majority Leader Michael S. Sanchez, D-Valencia, Bernalillo, Thursday challenged Gov. Susana Martinez and Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera to take the PARCC exam to find out if they can pass it. 

PARCC stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera


All public school students in New Mexico grades 3-11 are required to complete the new computerized test beginning next Monday and

LAHS Junior Parent Night Location Changed To Topper Theater March 2

on February 26, 2015 - 2:43pm

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School will host its annual Junior Parent Night at 6 p.m., Monday, March 2. Due to a scheduling conflict, the location for this event has been changed to Topper Theater in the Speech Theater.

Interested students and parents should plan to attend to learn about post-high school options, including the college admissions process for both two- and four-year colleges, technical and vocational school options and military opportunities.

For more information about Junior Parent Night, contact the LAHS Guidance Office at 505.663.2797.




LAPS Superintendent Addresses PARCC Testing

on February 26, 2015 - 9:35am
By GENE SCHMIDT, Superintendent
Los Alamos Public Schools

Open Letter to the Community,

Los Alamos Public Schools will soon begin testing students in grades three through 11 on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC).

This will mark the first year this test has been administered in our community. The purpose of the assessment is to help determine our students’ understanding of the Common Core State Standards in reading, language arts and mathematics as well as provide data about our students’ college and career readiness.


MidSchoolMath National Conference Feb. 27-28

on February 26, 2015 - 9:23am


TAOS – Hundreds of middle school mathematics teachers and school district professionals from around the country will convene in Santa Fe this week for the MidSchoolMath conference, the brainchild of two Taos entrepreneurs.  

Poised to change the way mathematics are taught in middle school classrooms nationwide, MidSchoolMath addresses the drop known as the Mid School Math Cliff – the most precipitous decline in mathematics competency in the world, as documented by the past few generations of American children.

MidSchoolMath will soon release a new online learning game,

UNM-LA To Repeat Popular Customer Service Class

on February 26, 2015 - 9:05am

Customer Service and Relations instructor Laura Loy. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News:

According to an American Express survey, 78 percent of consumers have bailed on a transaction or not made an intended purchase because of a poor service experience.

In today’s competitive business climate, you can’t afford to lose business because of poor customer service. Learn what it takes to provide and maintain quality customer service through UNM-LA’s upcoming Customer Service class.

The class is 10-11:30 a.m.

Get A Bachelor's Degree In Los Alamos: Information Meeting Noon to 2 P.M. Thursday

on February 25, 2015 - 7:56pm


Superintendent Candidate Kurt Steinhaus Issues Letter To Los Alamos

on February 25, 2015 - 12:11pm

Kurt Steinhaus working with first grade students building bird houses: a hands-on, minds-on learning activity. Courtesy photo


Superintendent Candidate For LAPS

Serving As Superintendent Of The Los Alamos Public Schools

I am passionate about bringing people together to listen and then translate ideas into concrete actions that strengthen our schools and improve opportunities for the whole child, because our well-being – our region’s prosperity – depends upon this.  

Kurt Steinhaus

I want to serve the school community of Los Alamos as your Superintendent to help assure


Letter To The Editor: Helping My Child Cope With PARCC Test

on February 25, 2015 - 11:52am
Parent of LAPS Elementary Student

Yes, this test is probably finally putting parents, students and educators on unnecessary overload, stress and tilt for apparently no good reason.

An editorial in Los Alamos Daily Post Tuesday explained that we, as parents, can actually opt their child out of taking the test. And, just today, there is an editorial written by a Los Alamos High School Junior about the poor decision by law-makers to implement this test. 

My approach with my child who is bothered about this up-coming test stress, has been to compare it to times in her life when

LAHS Junior Parent Night March 2

on February 25, 2015 - 11:41am

LAHS News:

Parents of Los Alamos High School juniors are invited to attend Junior Parent Night at 6 p.m. Monday, March 2 in the Speech Theater at LAHS.

“Junior Parent Night is a presentation for members of the Class of 2016 and their parents to gain information on post-secondary options,” said Cindy Black, a guidance counselor at LAHS. “We will review the college admission process for both two- and four-year colleges, technical and vocational school options and military opportunities.”

In addition, information will be available on college searches, SAT and ACT tests, admissions, financial


Christian Homeschool Convention April 16-18

on February 25, 2015 - 9:02am

Letter To the Editor: A Call To Arms

on February 25, 2015 - 6:20am
Los Alamos High School Junior

Parents, teachers, community members and fellow students, it is time to unite and take a stance on New Mexico’s careless state of testing.

Recently, there has been much controversy in regards to the newly implemented Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test or (PARCC), which students all over the state, myself included, will be taking this March. The PARCC is officially replacing the New Mexico Standard Based Assessments (NMSBA) this year.

You may or may not be surprised to know that New Mexico’s recently

PEEC Hosts 'Wrenched' Screening At Reel Deal

on February 25, 2015 - 5:38am

Movie Poster for 'Wrenched' Courtesy/


The documentary Wrenched delves into Edward Abbey’s most famous and influential work of fiction, The Monkey Wrench Gang, which came to be known for its protest of environmentally damaging activities in the American Southwest.

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) will host a special screening of the movie at 6:30 p.m., March 5 at the Reel Deal Theater. Special guest Jack Loeffler, a close friend of Abbey’s, will introduce the film and answer questions prior to the screening.

Wrenched reveals how Abbey forever changed

Superintendent Candidate Chris Marczak, Ed.D. Issues Letter To Los Alamos

on February 24, 2015 - 3:35pm

Dr. Chris Marczak participating in Read Me Day 2014 at Linden Elementary School in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Courtesy photo.

Dear Community Members of Los Alamos:

I am honored to receive this opportunity to interview for the Superintendent of Schools position with the Los Alamos Public School system and introduce myself to you.

I am currently the Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Oak Ridge Schools.


Leadership Los Alamos Completes Education Session

on February 24, 2015 - 2:17pm

Amy Bartlett Gaunt of Los Alamos Middle School speaks with Leadership Los Alamos participants Friday at UNM-LA. Photo by Martha Katko

From left, Lucy Foma, Doris Prokop and Monica Hernandez-Lara. Photo by Martha Katko


The Leadership Los Alamos Class of 2015 participated in an Education session Friday at UNM-LA. The session was chaired by Elizabeth Martineau of the Bradbury Science Museum who also serves as president of Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation; and Dawn Venhaus, UNM-LA Department Chair for Science & Engineering, Chemistry and associate professor.