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UNM-Los Alamos Appoints Dr. Sharon Hurley As Associate Dean Of Instruction

on August 29, 2016 - 2:43pm

New UNM-LA Assistant Dean Dr. Sharon Hurley. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos is pleased to announce that Dr. Sharon Hurley has accepted the position of Associate Dean of Instruction. Dr. Hurley came to UNM-LA as an accounting and economics professor in 2003. She has served as the Department Chair of Business, Computer Science, and Information Technology since 2014.

As Associate Dean of Instruction, Dr.

LAPS Ponders Storing Firearms On Campus

on August 29, 2016 - 2:28pm

Los Alamos Police Chief Dino Sgambellone approached the LAPS Board of Education during a special session Thursday evening to discuss the idea of storing firearms on campus at Los Alamos Middle School and Los Alamos High School. He explained that this is a new trend in police procedure in light of shooting incidents across the country. His School Resource Officers brought back this idea from a recent training program they attended in which it was explained that having weapons secured on campus saves precious time when lives are at stake due to an active shooter.

Atomic City Children’s Theater Opens Auditions For Disney Peter Pan Jr. 2-4 p.m. Wednesday

on August 29, 2016 - 9:11am

ACCT News:

Atomic City Children’s Theater (ACCT), the Los Alamos Public Schools’ award winning after-school theater program, is excited to announce auditions for their elementary school production of Disney Peter Pan Jr., a two-act musical based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie's enchanting Broadway play.

Co-Director Daren Savage noted, "Peter Pan Jr.

Raffi Andonian Delivers Financial Tips For Parents

on August 29, 2016 - 8:14am
It's important to start talking to kids about responsible money habits when they are young and receptive. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos

Raffi Andonian will deliver his “Money Talks” presentation Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at Family Strengths Network, at 3540 Orange St. Los Alamos.

This complimentary financial seminar is designed to teach parents and grandparents how to talk to their kids about personal finances and turn everyday situations like shopping, doing chores and receiving gifts into valuable lessons that can be used throughout the child’s life.

“Kids learn about

Letter To The Editor: No Politics At Homecoming Parade

on August 28, 2016 - 12:20pm
By Democratic Party Chair Robyn Schultz/GOP Party Chair Robert Gibson
Joint Letter to the Editor published in 2014

Local political party leaders agree to stand by the joint Letter to the Editor published in 2014 that announced an agreement reached by Los Alamos Democratic Party Chair Robyn Schultz and then GOP Chair Robert Gibson regarding the annual Los Alamos High School Homecoming Parade.

Joint Letter to the editor published in 2014:

The Los Alamos Homecoming Parade is coming up.

Bird Walk On Cañada Bonita/Nordic Ski Trails Sept. 10

on August 28, 2016 - 9:33am

Cordilleran flycatcher. Photo by Marion Stelts

PEEC News:

One of the best ways to begin bird watching is by looking for the birds one sees and hears every day.  

The community is invited to join longtime Los Alamos resident and bird watcher Joe Fitzgibbon at 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 for a hike along the Cañada Bonita and Nordic Ski Trails.

The high-elevation trek winds through mixed conifer forest and offers breathtaking views. This is the perfect opportunity for adults and children who can hike up to five miles to get outside and admire local species of birds.

Los Alamos Historical Museum Hosts Culture Co-op

on August 28, 2016 - 7:55am
Museum staff last spring in Japan, from left, intern Kallie Funk, Director Juth Stauber and Registrar Stephanie Yeamons. Courtesy photo


Join the Los Alamos Historical Museum staff at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13 at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos for Culture Co-op, an evening of intercultural exploration. 

Hear about the Los Alamos History Museum’s spring 2016 travel to Japan to meet with colleagues at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum with the goal to develop dialogue between communities in New Mexico and Japan.

  • 6 p.m.  Art Space:

LAPS ACT Assessment Scores At A Glance

on August 26, 2016 - 3:39pm

Los Alamos High School. Courtesy photo

LAPS News:

In 2016, 204 graduating LAPS students took the ACT test. The average composite score was 24.4, with average scores of 24.1 in English, 23.3 in mathematics, 25.2 in reading, and 24.4 in science.  The highest possible score is 36.

The average scores in Los Alamos were higher than the average scores across the state. In New Mexico 13,435 students took the test and received an average composite score of 19.9, with an average score of 18.9 in English, 19.5 in Mathematics, 20.5 in reading, and 20.1 in science.

The ACT test is designed to measure

NMPED Releases Annual School Grades

on August 24, 2016 - 4:42pm

LAPS News:

Today, the New Mexico Public Education Department released individual school grades. Here is information to keep in mind when reviewing the school grade reports.

First, the PED School Grades are primarily a measure of increases in state test scores. The school grades are not a reflection of overall student achievement or quality of teaching. 

Second, based upon PARCC test scores for the last two years, the Los Alamos Public Schools is the highest achieving district in the state.

Open House At Chamisa Tonight

on August 24, 2016 - 12:06pm

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools open houses begin tonight at 5-7 p.m. at Chamisa. (visit for other school dates.) Topics of discussion include the following:

Emergency and Weather-related Communications – LAPS is Using “School Messenger”

School Messenger replaces E-Alert as our new Parent Communication System.

Parents or grandparents DO NOT need to sign up for School Messenger – phone numbers and email addresses are pulled from the information you submitted at registration.

School Messenger extends the ability to communicate with parents and students about

Campus Is Bustling On First Day Of Classes At UNM-LA

on August 23, 2016 - 8:59am

Students are spotted soaking up knowledge as classes begin Monday at UNM-LA for the Fall 2016 semester. Enrollment tops 1,000 students, which is up more than 16 percent from last fall. Campus is bustling, many classrooms are full, parking is challenging, and everyone seems excited to begin a new semester. Courtesy/UNM-LA

Volunteers Needed For Adult Literacy Program

on August 23, 2016 - 8:19am
Incoming Basic Literacy tutors with their tutor certificates. Courtesy photo
The Rio Arriba Adult Literacy Program provides free one-to-one tutoring for adults reading below 6th grade level, and for new English learners. Volunteer tutorsare needed to help an adult in the community learn to read better, or learn to speak English.
The requirement is just two hours per week and the volunteer chooses the time. Meet in any public location, including the Los Alamos or White Rock library.
Take the free Basic Literacy tutor training Friday, Sept. 9 in Española.

Justin Holmes Of Los Alamos Achieves Eagle Rank

on August 23, 2016 - 6:44am
Parents Rich and Nan Holmes watch as Scoutmaster Steve Mosier awards their son Justin Holmes his Eagle rank Sunday during a special ceremony with assistance by Marie Bourguet and Thomas Mosier. Photo by Robert S. McClees
At a special ceremony Sunday, newly honored Eagle Scout Justin Holmes with his parents, Rich and Nan Holmes, and Troop 122 Scoutmaster, Steve Mosier. He is flanked by a nest of Eagle Scouts from left, Mike Gordon, John Gordon, Duncan Fuehne, Thomas Mosier, Ethan Aulwes, Tommy Calandra and Ryan Holmes. Photo by Robert S. McClees

Los Alamos High School Teacher Kathy Boerigter Receives Prestigious Presidential Award For Excellence In Science Teaching

on August 22, 2016 - 7:56pm
 Los Alamos High School teacher Kathy Boerigter has received the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, which she will receive in September at the White House in Washington, D.C. Photo by Carol A. Clark/
LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus congratulates Los Alamos High School teacher Kathy Boerigter for being honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching. P
hoto by Carol A. Clark/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Today, the White House announced the recipients of the prestigious Presidential

UNM-LA Cuts Ribbon On Newly Renovated Fire & EMS Training Facility

on August 22, 2016 - 5:50pm
UNM-Los Alamos CEO Dr. Cynthia Rooney and UNM-LA Advisory Board Chair Steve Boerigter cut the ribbon placed in front of the ambulance simulator Aug. 11, officially opening the renovated Fire & EMS Training Facility on campus. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Interior of the simulated ambulance used for training at UNM-LA. Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
UNM-Los Alamos

The University of New Mexico-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) hosted an Open House and ribbon cutting event Aug. 11 to celebrate the completed renovation of the Fire & EMS Training Facility.

Heinrich Hosts NSF Director, Highlights STEM Education And Community Empowerment Programs

on August 22, 2016 - 4:57pm

U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) with National Science Foundation Director Dr. France A. Córdova and Northern New Mexico College staff and students today at NNMC. Courtesy/Heinrich Staff


U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) was in Rio Arriba County today with National Science Foundation (NSF) Director Dr. France A. Córdova to promote educational investments in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and highlight training programs to prepare students for New Mexico's high-tech job industry.

Senator Heinrich and Director Córdova toured Northern New Mexico College to

PEEC’s Geology Program For Kids Starts Sept. 20

on August 22, 2016 - 1:03pm
Kids will participate in hands-on activities and field trips provided by the summer Pebble Pups program. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
Youth ages 5 to 9 are invited to explore geology this fall at the Los Alamos Nature Center in the Pebble Pups program, organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
This program helps kids embark on a journey to learn about rocks, fossils and local geology through active games and activities with Patrick Rowe of the Los Alamos Geological Society and an experienced PEEC educator.

LAHS Student Participates In National Program

on August 22, 2016 - 12:26pm
Los Alamos High School student Erica Keevama participated with 24 other NNAYI participants this summer at the Association of American Medical Colleges. Courtesy photo
AAIP News:
A San Juan Pueblo and San Ildefonso Pueblo high school student was part of 25 teenagers nationwide to participate in the 18th Association of American Indian Physicians’ National Native American Youth Initiative (NNAYI) program.
Erica Keevama. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos High School student Erica Keevama joined 24 teenagers from across the nation to participate in the 18th Association of American Indian

NEA-NM President On PARCC Student Test Results

on August 22, 2016 - 8:38am

President NEA-New Mexico

The Public Education Department’s release of Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) scores is a positive sign. However, the continued use of these scores for high stakes decisions is still just as misguided as it ever was. Movement in the right direction is an indication that New Mexico’s educators and students are working hard.

Students are at the heart of all we do at NEA-New Mexico, so we appreciate the 30,000 foot view of New Mexico’s education system which the PARCC does provide.

Financing Entrepreneurial Enterprise Sept. 2 - Nov. 4

on August 22, 2016 - 8:28am

Students And Parents To Receive PARCC Test Results

on August 21, 2016 - 5:39pm

LAHS students. Courtesy/LAPS

LAPS News:

Students and parents in the Los Alamos Public Schools will be receiving PARCC Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) reports by Friday Sept. 2.  

Based upon feedback, this year’s student report has been improved for clarity. Several key elements of the score report have been updated into visual representations tobetter show results. These changes were developed because parents want to know how their child is doing, and where they need help. The LAPS goal is for continuous improvement in communications.

Over the next several weeks, LAPS staff

Planetarium Film At Nature Center: We Are Stars

on August 21, 2016 - 2:11pm

We are Stars, a planetarium film shows at 2 p.m. Aug. 27-28 at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy photo


PEEC News:

Pajarito Environmental Education Center’s (PEEC’s) popular planetarium film, We are Stars, is back for one weekend. We are Stars connects life on earth to the evolution of the universe by investigating the chemistry of stars. This family-friendly film will screen in the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 and Sunday, Aug. 28.

Tickets may be purchased by phone or at the Los Alamos Nature Center and are $6 for adults and $4 for children.

Prototype Waffle Server Debuts At Pajarito Masonic Lodge Breakfast Benefiting LAHS Robotics Club

on August 21, 2016 - 11:58am

Pajarito Masonic Lodge #66 hosted a community breakfast Saturday morning to benefit the Los Alamos High School Robotics Club Team. In addition to serving many hungry diners, club members brought along a few of their latest creations, including this prototype waffle server in the foreground. Courtesy photo

'Reading Without Reservations' With Ricardo Cate

on August 20, 2016 - 7:03am

Scenes This Morning As Classes Begin At LAHS

on August 18, 2016 - 9:43am
Students arrive by bus this morning to begin classes at Los Alamos High School. Photo by Chris Clark/
Scene from Los Alamos High School this morning as students begin the 2016-17 school year. Photo by Chris Clark/
Scene from Los Alamos High School this morning as students begin the 2016-17 school year. Photo by Chris Clark/
Scene from Los Alamos High School this morning as students begin the 2016-17 school year. Photo by Chris Clark/
Scene from Los Alamos High School this morning as students begin the 2016-17 school