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LAPS Foundation Grant Sends LAMS Band Director To National Music Education Conference In Nashville

on November 27, 2015 - 7:37am
LAMS Band Director Ryan Finn conducting his students. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos Middle School Band Director and Music Teacher Ryan Finn was able to attend the National Music Education Conference in Nashville this year as part of a grant received by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation.

The conference, in October 2015, was a fantastic opportunity for Finn to spend time working with distinguished band directors and learn valuable new classroom techniques. 

The Band Directors’ Academy in particular was an inspiring and hugely beneficial program.

Los Alamos Dog Obedience Hosts Training Seminar

on November 26, 2015 - 10:06am
Joey Padilla of Santa Fe Tails Dog Academy teaches Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club members and Animal Shelter volunteers new training techniques last Sunday at LADOC. Courtesy photo
The Los Alamos Dog Obedience Club (LADOC) and the Friends of the Shelter hosted Joey Padilla, CTC, CPTA-KA, of Santa Fe Tails Dog Academy, Daycare and Resort for a seminar Sunday.
More than 20 LADOC members and Los Alamos Animal Shelter volunteers learned new techniques in dog training and teaching dog training classes.

Funding For Environmental Health Internships

on November 25, 2015 - 6:39am
NEHA News:
DENVER — The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), in collaboration with the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs is accepting applications for 30 summer 2016 environmental health interns sponsored by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Local, state and tribal environmental health departments are eligible to host students from accredited universities and colleges for this National Environmental Public Health Internship Program (NEPHIP). 
“This is a great opportunity for small, local health departments who may not have existing

Ride The Bus Tuesday, Dec. 1 ... Help LAPS!

on November 24, 2015 - 8:41am

LAPS had a strong bus-ridership turn-out on the 40th day – let’s do even better on the 80th day! Ride the school bus Tuesday, Dec. 1. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools is once again asking for your help! 

Tuesday, Dec. 1 is the 80th day of school. This means that the Public Education Department counts all eligible students who are on the bus that day to calculate the local transportation funding for the year. The school with the highest ridership increase will receive a reward that will be determined.

Last year the students helped to increase LAPS funding for

PEEC Provides Free Guided Hikes Black Friday

on November 23, 2015 - 10:30am

Tent Rocks in Pueblo Canyon. Photo by Craig Martin

PEEC News:

PEEC Provides Free Guided Hikes on Black Friday

Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering two guided hikes Friday, Nov. 27, to facilitate outdoor enjoyment.

Inspired by REI’s #OptOutside campaign, PEEC recruited two members of the Los Alamos Mountaineers to lead hikes, one easy and one difficult, on local trails for Black Friday. Each hike is limited to 15 participants and advance registration is encouraged.

Ron Morgan will lead a hike on Bayo Bench Trail, which is perfect for those who want an easy,

Letter From LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

on November 23, 2015 - 9:20am

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

Letter from Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus:

Dear Los Alamos Public Schools Students, Parents, and Community Members,

As I reflect on the many things for which I am thankful, I want to take this opportunity to share a message of gratitude for the wonderful people who make up Los Alamos Public Schools. 

I am thankful for our students who turn Los Alamos schools into vibrant and diverse centers of learning and discovery – you give us all a daily reminder of what is important and why we are here.

Pinon And Mountain Elementary Schools Join Forces To Ease Cold For Needy

on November 22, 2015 - 9:49am

Pinon and Mountain elementary school students join together to collect more than 200 blankets for the needy. Courtesy photo


Two Los Alamos elementary schools worked together to help ease the cold for those in need.

Students from Pinon Elementary School worked with Mountain students to help others. Courtesy photo

The students from Pinon and Mountain elementary schools joined forces to collect more than 200 blankets to donate to area shelters.

Each school held a blanket drive this month in honor of former Los Alamos student Tyler Van Anne who began the blanket drive

Fractal Show At The Planetarium Friday

on November 22, 2015 - 8:08am
Fractals. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Enjoy an evening out and journey into the never-ending world of fractals in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium 7 p.m. Friday, Nov.27. This show incorporates math, science, art and nature in a full-dome planetarium show featuring original music.

This spectacular show starts promptly at 7 p.m. and seating is limited. Tickets may be purchased by phone or at the nature center and are only $10 for adults and $8 for children. This fractals show will run on the fourth Friday of each month, and is suitable for audiences ages 4 and up.

For more information

RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon Visits Aspen School

on November 21, 2015 - 10:29am

Students at Aspen Elementary School check out the RE/MAX hot air balloon Friday afternoon at the school. Local Realtor Ian Maes brought the balloon to the school for the kids to see up close. Courtesy photo

Aspen Elementary School students learn about the workings of the RE/MAX hot air balloon Friday afternoon at the school. Courtesy photo

Staff Report

RE/MAX Realtor Ian Maes gave students at Aspen Elementary School a special treat Friday afternoon. He brought the corporate hot air balloon to the school.

First introduced at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta in 1978, the balloon stands

Aspen Elementary School 1st and 2nd Graders Delight Audience In Thursday's ‘Pete The Cat’ Musical

on November 21, 2015 - 8:41am

Aspen Elementary first and second grade students perform in Thursday's ‘Pete The Cat’ Musical to the delight of staff, students and parents in the school gymnasium. Photo by Minesh Bacrania

Aspen Elementary School's first and second graders, under the direction of music teacher Andrea Dowdy, perform Thursday in the musical ‘Pete The Cat’. Photo by Minesh Bacrania


Aspen Elementary School's first and second graders, under the direction of music teacher Andrea Dowdy, presented a musical “Pete the Cat” Thursday for staff, students and parents in the school gymnasium.

Pete the

SFI: 'Disturbance Ecology Meets Macroecology...' Nov. 23

on November 21, 2015 - 6:43am
Erica Newman, University of California, Berkeley
SFI News:
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) holds seminar "Disturbance Ecology Meets Macroecology: A new method for cross-system comparisons of ecosystems in transition" for 12:15 p.m., Monday Nov. 23, at Collins Conference Room in Santa Fe. 
Abstract: Natural disturbances increase heterogeneity and diversity of ecosystems, while anthropogenic changes often decrease ecosystem complexity and diversity.
To a disturbance ecologist, factors such as the type, size, and seasonality of disturbances explain patterns on the landscape;

SFI: 'Biotic Interactions And The Diversification Of Life' Nov. 23

on November 21, 2015 - 6:36am
David Hembry, University of Arizona
SFI News:
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) holds seminar "Biotic Interactions and the Diversification of Life" at 12:45 p.m., Monday Nov. 23, at Collins Conference Room in Santa Fe.
Abstract: The argument that interactions promote the generation and maintenance of species diversity, thereby engendering the generation of even more biodiversity in a sort of virtuous circle, is long-standing and highly influential in ecology and evolutionary biology.
Not only is this one of the major problems in biology and the study of ecological complexity, but it is

NEA-NM Applauds Game Commission Decision

on November 20, 2015 - 11:39am

NEA-NM News:

The New Mexico State Game Commission approved an easement agreement between the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and the New Mexico State Land Office for hunting access on State Trust Lands.

The easement is for next year’s hunting season, and the Game Department will pay $1 million for access. The previous easement was only $200,000, which equates to just two cents per acre.

The additional $800,000 will benefit New Mexico’s public education – which is the primary beneficiary, receiving approximately 95 percent of the money collected by the Land Office.

“I congratulate

Brown Mackie College & EDMC Schools To Forgive $632,000 In Loans Made To New Mexico Students

on November 20, 2015 - 9:08am
EDMC News:
ALBUQUERQUE  For-profit education company Education Management Corporation (EDMC) will significantly reform its recruiting and enrollment practices, and forgive more than $632,000 in loans for approximately 553 New Mexico former students, through a qui tam settlement with Attorney General Hector Balderas and a group of state attorneys general.
EDMC, based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, operates 110 schools in 32 states and Canada through four education systems, including Argosy University, The Art Institutes, Brown Mackie College and South University.
EDMC operates a

Rio Arriba Adult Literacy Program Needs ESL Tutors

on November 20, 2015 - 8:59am

Tutor and student. Courtesy photo


 Become an English-as-a-Second-Language tutor with the Rio Arriba Adult Literacy Program (RAALP).

You do not need to speak a foreign language to be an ESL tutor. Training, study materials, and on-going support provided. The next ESL tutor training is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 8 and 9 in Española.

Tutors make a volunteer commitment of two hours per week. Tutor-student pairs meet at any public place at a time convenient to them. RAALP has 25 new English learners from the area on the waiting list

For more information or to sign up, contact RAALP at


Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation's 'A Taste Of Knowledge' Event Is Canceled

on November 19, 2015 - 1:12pm


The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation's A TASTE OF KNOWLEDGE Beer and Wine Tasting Event scheduled for 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20 at Fuller Lodge has been canceled.

Public Survey On UNM-LA Bachelor And Graduate Programs Ends Friday

on November 19, 2015 - 12:47pm

The public is encouraged to give feedback as to what types of bachelor and graduate programs it would like to see at UNM-LA. Courtesy/BigStock

UNM-LA News:

A survey seeking input on the interest in upper division and graduate programs in Los Alamos closes Friday.

This survey, prepared by students in the MBA program at the University of New Mexico-Anderson School of Management, has already been completed by approximately 100 individuals. The data collected in the survey will help determine which types of academic programs and delivery methods might best meet local community needs.

If you

White Rock Senior Center Offers Wood Carving Class

on November 19, 2015 - 7:04am
WRSC News:
The White Rock Senior Center is offering Wood Carving Instruction for Beginners - concentrating on the whittler starting Dec. 7.
There are three levels of wood carving. If the product would sell for less than $25, that is a whittler. If the product would sell for $25 to $100, that is a carver. If the product would sell for more than $100, that is a sculptor.
The current wood carvers group, primarily John Tubb and Fred Minshall, are proposing a series of workshops on how to get started in carving wood.

AFTNM On Approval Of State’s Plan To Provide Equal Access To Excellent Educators

on November 18, 2015 - 3:22pm


ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:

“We are disappointed to hear the United States Department of Education has approved New Mexico’s State Equity Plan to Provide Equal Access to Excellent Educators.

“The goal of this plan is to close the equity gap in education, meaning all students, especially those attending low-income or rural schools receive equal access to high quality public educators, however the New Mexico Public Education failed to meaningfully incorporate stakeholder input from parents,

UNM-LA Donates Darkroom Equipment To LAHS

on November 18, 2015 - 11:02am

LAHS photography teacher Michelle Griffin looks on as her husband Matthew, left, and UNM-LA staffer Alex Zubelewicz move one of four enlargers that UNM-LA has donated to LAHS. Courtesy/UNM-LA

UNM-LA News:

Traditional darkroom photography skills­—developingfilm, printing, enlarging, and using filters—are still valuable for aspiring photographers to learn.

UNM-LA recently donated a significant amount of darkroom equipment to the photography program at Los Alamos High School where 75 - 100 students take photography classes each semester.

“We now have enough equipment for every student, and


Math & Science Night At Mountain School Today!

on November 18, 2015 - 6:41am


Mountain Elementary School is hosting a Family Math and Science Night 5:30-7 p.m. today in the school’s gymnasium.

The community is invited to the event and participants will have the opportunity to play math games, check out math and science displays and enter a raffle drawing. Dinner will be provided.

Mountain Elementary School is at 2280 North Road in Los Alamos.

Four LAHS Athletes Sign National Letters Of Intent

on November 17, 2015 - 1:16pm

Four Los Alamos High School athletes signed National Letters of Intent today at a table outside the Athletic Department at LAHS. From left, Sarah Lott – University of Utah (swimming); Lane Saunders – Eastern New Mexico University (baseball); Ashlynn Trujillo – New Mexico Highlands University (basketball) and Brianna Montano – New Mexico Highlands University (Volleyball). Photo by Leland Lehman/

LAHS’s college bound athletes from left, Sarah Lott, Lane Saunders, Ashlynn Trujillo and Brianna Montano. Photo by Leland Lehman/

American Federation of Teachers New Mexico Responds To Public Schools Risk Advisory

on November 17, 2015 - 11:50am

AFTNM President Stephanie Ly


ALBUQUERQUE – American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President Stephanie Ly released the following statement:


“Auditor Keller is correct to draw attention to the importance for all school districts in New Mexico to closely follow provisions of the School Personnel Act, and the potential consequences when the law is circumvented.

“We have recent examples from Albuquerque, Mora, and Espanola of serious issues which can arise when the School Personnel Act is not followed.

LAHS Senior Shares School Year In France

on November 17, 2015 - 11:01am

Los Alamos High School senior Faith Koh recently spoke to the Rotary Club of Los Alamos about the 2014-15 school year she spent in France as part of the Club’s Youth Exchange Program. Koh is wearing her Rotary blazer heavily-laden with pins she collected from other Rotary exchange students abroad. For more information about the Rotary Club’s Youth Exchange Program, contact Rob Metcalf at 505.661.2358. Photo by Jean Gindreau

Los Alamos Schools On Delayed Schedule Today

on November 17, 2015 - 7:11am

LAPS News:

Delayed Start

  • Students should arrive at school for these start times
    • 9:50am - LAHS
    • 10:00am - LAMS
    • 10:20am - Elementary schools (On Wednesdays, no school when there is a two-hour delay, YMCA programs start at noon)
    • Morning Pre-School is cancelled; afternoon Pre-School will meet as usual
  • Busses will arrive at bus stops two hours later than the usual pickup time
  • Parking lots will usually be cleared and ready for buses and cars by 7:30am.  Please allow our maintenance staff to clear the parking lots.
  • Sidewalks will usually be cleared by 8:00am
  • With regard to employees reporting to work,