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LAPS Mathletes Excel in MATHCOUNTS Regional Competition

on February 9, 2016 - 10:37am

Barranca teacher Lana Martin said, 'We had the most students participating, after the middle school, with nine total. Four of my Mathletes were placed in the top 16 in the district. Overall, we have won the 3rd place.' Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

The LAPS School Board congratulates Piñon Elementary School student Leeson Weaver who won the Northern New Mexico MATHCOUNTS Chapter Meet as the highest scoring individual student on the written test.

He also came in 2nd in the Countdown Round (Jeopardy style buzzers and 45 seconds per question, in a bracketed single elimination format.) Way to go

LAHS Senior Joanna O’Neill Named Distinguished Finalist In Prudential Spirit Of Community Awards

on February 9, 2016 - 9:31am

LAHS senior Joanna O’Neill has been named a Distinguished Finalist in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Los Alamos High School senior Joanna O’Neill has been named a Distinguished Finalist in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards.

O’Neill, 18, is a member of Los Alamos County 4-H and the youngest certified member of the National Ski Patrol in Los Alamos, where she has volunteered for the past four years. She administers first aid, transports patients and enforces ski area rules.

House Education Committee Passes Truancy Bill

on February 8, 2016 - 9:25pm
Rep. Jimmie Hall
 
STATE News:
 
SANTA FE  Legislation to ensure all New Mexico students make it to class passed the House Education Committee by a vote of 7-5. The bill, HB 240, is sponsored by Rep. Jimmie Hall It would establish programs to prevent truancy, and it would also allow driver’s licenses of habitually truant students to be suspended.
 
“In order to learn, our students need to be in class,” Hall said. “The steps outlined in this bill would help schools identify and assist students before they make skipping class part of their daily routine.” 
 
The bill would require school districts and

NHD Club Students Host Bake Sale At LANB Tuesday

on February 8, 2016 - 8:45pm

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School National History Day Club is hosting a bake sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9 at Los Alamos National Bank, 1200 Trinity Dr. 

NHD or National History Day is an educational club at the highschool designed to promote the study of history. Students can create a website, performance, documentary, paper, or exhibit based on a theme. This year's theme is Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange. The students then compete with the projects at regional, state, and national levels. 

LAHS NHD students are working on their projects before the Regional competition in

Los Alamos Public Schools Audit Earns High Marks

on February 8, 2016 - 10:01am

LAPS News:

Recently, A.J. Bowers of RPC CPAs + Consultants, LLP presented audit results to the Los Alamos School Board. The opinion rendered was Unmodified, which is the highest level possible. 

An Unmodified opinion is issued when an auditor determines that each of the financial records provided by the entity is free of any material misrepresentations. In addition, an Unmodified opinion indicates that the financial records have been maintained in accordance with GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles). 

Bowers was effusive in his praise for the LAPS team in their responsiveness as

Tuesday Is Family Night At Nature Center

on February 8, 2016 - 8:57am
Previous Family Night at the Nature Center. Courtesy photo

PEEC News:

Tuesday, Feb. 9 is Family Night at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Learn about geology through stories and music 6-7 p.m. with Mesa Public Library’s Melissa Mackey. The Nature Center will be open until 8 p.m. for exploring exhibits.

This program is free to attend thanks to a generous sponsorship from Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos.

For more information about this and other programs offered by PEEC at the Nature Center, visit www.peecnature.org, email programs@peecnature.org or call 505.662.0460.

House Approves Budget With Increased Funding For Public Safety And Education

on February 7, 2016 - 8:22am

STATE News:
  • Budget funds critical public safety initiatives to protect New Mexicans and enhance early childhood programs

SANTA FE – Today, the New Mexico House of Representatives passed the FY2017 budget on a bipartisan 38-31 vote. The budget is fiscally responsible, while still funding priorities that will keep our communities safe, protect New Mexico’s children and provide students with a quality education.

“We worked hard to secure support for necessary priorities. This budget will fund the initiatives that have been passed this session aimed to protect New Mexico families," Larry

'Sacred Realm: Blessings And Good Fortune Across Asia'

on February 7, 2016 - 7:20am
Detail of Barong mask by Ida Bagus Anom Suryawan (2015), Bali, Indonesia. Photo by Blair Clark
 
MIFA News:
 
SANTA FE — Santa Fe is the perfect city for the soon-to-open exhibition Sacred Realm: Blessings and Good Fortune across Asia. 
 
The City of Holy Faith could just as easily be called the City of Many Faiths. From the Natives who considered it a spiritually abundant place, to the Catholics arriving here before the Pilgrim's, to today's large communities of Sikhs, Buddhists, and New Age practitioners.
 
Sacred Realm runs from Feb.

Gardening Class At Los Alamos Nature Center

on February 6, 2016 - 8:49am

Natali Steinberg will teach gardening from seed in a 2-part class at PEEC. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

While it may seem early to start thinking about summer gardening, now is the perfect time to begin planting seeds indoors, which will extend the growing season.

In a two-part class at the Los Alamos Nature Center, Natali Steinberg will teach everything needed to start growing veggies and annuals from seed. The class meets 1:30-3:30 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 21 and March 13.

These classes will teach how to read a seed catalog and seed packet, equipment needed to start seeds indoors, how to

Los Alamos Student Wins New Mexico Doodle 4 Google Competition — Public Can Vote For National Finalists

on February 5, 2016 - 4:35pm

Dr. Richard Melzer Lectures On Security At Los Alamos During The Manhattan Project

on February 5, 2016 - 2:24pm

HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:

Dr. Richard Melzer will present a lecture on security at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9.

He will discuss the theory of how security was supposed to work at that time, the reality of how bad security was during the war, and how at least three Soviet spies were able to exploit security weaknesses to steal the secret of the bomb, leading to the successful development of a Soviet atomic weapon by 1949.

Melzer is originally from Teddy Roosevelt's hometown of Oyster Bay, N.Y. He has lived in New Mexico since 1973.

Melzer earned his

Soto Pushes Better Pay For Critical School Employees

on February 5, 2016 - 2:14pm

Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto

STATE News:

SANTA FE – Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, D-15-Bernalilo, has introduced legislation to increase the pay of some low paid school district employees to improve their economic circumstances.

Currently, the minimum pay rate for school district cafeteria staff, school bus drivers, and all non-certified school personnel and educational assistants is $6 per hour. The Ivey-Soto bill, SB 152, will increase wages for these employees to $15 per hour and will be heard in Senate Education Committee tomorrow.

“Our school support staff provide invaluable service making sure

Los Alamos Historical Society Offering Overnight Tour To Trinity Site

on February 5, 2016 - 12:03pm

HISTORICAL SOCIETY News:

Trinity Site, the location where on July 16, 1945, the first man-made nuclear explosion was detonated, is open only twice a year, and the Los Alamos Historical Society is offering a guided tour to the site April 1 and 2 for the spring opening.

The Society’s Trinity Tour includes a two-day, one night experience via the Alamogordo southern approach through the seldom-seen interior of White Sands Missile Range.  Departure from Trinity Site will be out of the northern Stallion Gate, with a lunch stop at New Mexico Tech in Socorro.

Bonuses include a visit to the young

National Letter Of Intent Signing: Charlotte Leonard

on February 5, 2016 - 11:57am

Los Alamos High School senior Charlotte Leonard signs a National Letter of Intent Wednesday. She will be moving on to play soccer at the collegiate level at Western State Colorado University. Photo by Chris Clark/ladailypost.com

Customer Service Class With Laura Loy Feb. 23

on February 5, 2016 - 11:53am
UNMLA News:
 
In today’s competitive climate, you can’t afford to lose business due to poor customer service. Learn what it takes to provide and maintain quality customer service at a one-day class that is being offered through UNM-Los Alamos Community Education.
 
Providing Excellent Customer Service will be taught by Laura Loy, local businesswoman and UNM-LA instructor, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 23.
 
Loy says, “Customer service is a phrase we use regularly, but how often do we think about what actually goes into providing excellent customer service?

Former Los Alamos High School Students Prepare For Graduation From U.S. Naval Academy

on February 5, 2016 - 10:40am

Jodi Cull-Host of Los Alamos at the Naval Academy. Courtesy photo

Jacob Brown of Los Alamos at the Naval Academy. Courtesy photo

By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post

After walking across the stage, receiving a diploma, moving a tassel and then tossing that mortarboard up in the air, people may wonder what comes next?

There are a multitude of paths high school graduates can take. Two recent Los Alamos High School graduates, Jodi Cull-Host and Jacob Brown, chose to travel east and attend the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

Cull-Host and Brown graduated from Los Alamos High School in

Wildlife Art Class At Nature Center Feb. 17

on February 5, 2016 - 10:04am
Raven by Lisa Coddington
 
PEEC News:
 
Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is offering another way to connect with nature, through art. Lisa Coddington is teaching a wildlife drawing class from 10 a.m. to 2​ p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
 
Participants will sketch animal specimens using different drawing techniques. Lisa will review foundational drawing skills and reinforce how to develop forms with light and shadow. She will also demonstrate a variety of techniques including graphite, charcoal, and watercolor washes.

‘A Very Important Dialogue’

on February 5, 2016 - 8:06am

Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Please join us for “A Very Important Dialogue” ... an expert panel discussion on cancer. Presented by the K2 Women’s Weekend to benefit the Anita Salas Memorial Foundation 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2390 North Road in Los Alamos.

This event, which is open to the public, brings together experts in the field of cancer to discuss being diagnosed, living with, treating, supporting and surviving cancer.

The panelists include: Dr. Anna Voltura - Breast Oncology Surgeon, Dr.

BETRAYAL: Students Speak Out About Dating Abuse; Deception At LAHS

on February 4, 2016 - 1:52pm

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BETRAYAL

  • Students Speak Out About Dating Abuse; Deception At LAHS
 
By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post

Four local students have shared details of atrocious behavior they say is underway by a group of boys at Los Alamos High School.

They said the boys created an iCloud account at the beginning of the school year “that’s going on right now”. They post nude and semi nude photos of their girlfriends and classmates in the iCloud, which now contains explicit photos of more than 100 local girls. The boys have passwords for posting and viewing the photos.

The girls told the

XQ: The Super School Project

on February 4, 2016 - 12:31pm

LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus sat down recently with some upcoming graduates to listen to their perspective on re-imagining high schools. From left, Steinhaus, Andrew Aboushousha, Alex Csanadi, Joe Singleton, DC Kim, Abbey Shmultz and Eric Burnside. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

The Los Alamos Public School (LAPS) district is participating in a national XQ Super School contest that challenges communities to re-imagine the whole high school experience.

LAPS submitted an initial entry in November, and since then, has followed up with a series of conversations and presentations to gain

IHM Alpha Class Begins Wednesday Feb. 17

on February 4, 2016 - 11:00am

From Earth To The Universe Returns To Planetarium

on February 4, 2016 - 9:12am

A still from ESO's planetarium show - From Earth to the Universe - showing the Helix Nebula, also known as NGC 7293. Courtesy/T. Matsopoulos, ESO

PEEC News:

Enjoy stunning imagery from space as part of a full-dome feature film, From Earth to the Universe, playing in the Los Alamos Nature Center Planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 6 and 7.

This full-dome feature film takes passengers on a voyage through space and time. Along the way, adventurers will visit birthplaces and burial grounds of stars and explore beyond the Milky Way.

Tickets may be purchased by phone or at the Los

Local Entrepreneurship Student Celebrates Five Months In Business In Downtown Los Alamos

on February 4, 2016 - 8:09am
Atomic City Quilts owner Shelly Kuropatwinski in her shop at 247 Central Ave., Suite C. Courtesy photo
 
By Mandy Marksteiner
 
Shelly Kuropatwinski, owner of Atomic City Quilts, has been a business owner for five months. Her life as an entrepreneur began a year ago, when she took Nik Seet’s Intro to Entrepreneurship course at UNM-LA.
 
For the past several years, she has been dreaming of opening a quilt shop in Los Alamos; however, she never went for it because she had a job, a husband, four active kids, and felt like she needed to provide a reliable income for the family.
 
“When I started the

Info Sessions On Medical Degrees At UNM-LA Feb. 4

on February 3, 2016 - 5:33pm

Becoming A Love And Logic Parent Series Offered By Family Strengths Network

on February 3, 2016 - 9:25am
FSN News:
 
Becoming a Love and Logic Parent is an evidence-based course that is designed to help parents at all stages of parenting. Family Strengths Network has scheduled three Love and Logic classes so you can choose the one that’s right for you.
 
Parents of young children will benefit from the early childhood class by learning how to respond to temper tantrums and set boundaries. Time is built into class to meet other parents and learn what has worked and hasn’t worked for them.
 
The class for parents of school-age children will help parents raise children who are self-confident, motivated,

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