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Wadt: A Guide To School Grades ... Real Or Noise?

on August 23, 2017 - 3:38pm
Los Alamos

The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) just released the grades for all of the schools in the State. Gov. Susana Martinez advocated for a simple grading system, similar to the one used in Florida, to improve communication with parents and other community members as to how well your local school is doing with a focus on student proficiency in reading and math. That was a very good idea. 

The next question is how do you measure student proficiency in a way that allows you to compare performance from school to school, district to district, and state to state?

Los Alamos/Japan Project Hosts Two September Events

on August 23, 2017 - 3:37pm

Hand-folded origami crane. Courtesy photo


Community Welcome Tea & Conversation
Sunday, Sept. 10 at 4 p.m. in the Pajarito Room, Fuller Lodge

In celebration of our global partnership, Los Alamos History Museum is thrilled to welcome Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum staff on their historic visit to Los Alamos. Please join us for this special event with Hiroshima Museum Director Kenji Shiga and Outreach Manager Kahori Wada. Also with us for the event will be the UNM students from Los Alamos who joined us in Hiroshima for the memorial ceremony.

Ryan Baca Receives NMSBDC Student Star Award

on August 23, 2017 - 3:26pm
Ryan Baca
SBDC News:
ESPANOLA  Ryan Baca from Chimayo will receive the New Mexico Small Business Development Center (NMSBDC) Student STAR AWARD for his commitment, dedication and participation in the Espanola SBDC Media Mentorship for the past five years.
Baca participated in local, state, national and international business events under the SBDC Student Media Mentorship with his mentor SBDC Director Julianna Martinez-Barbee where he was actively involved in hands-on experiential learning.
The awards ceremony and community recognition is 4-p.m. Aug.

Northern Receives $433,000 National Science Foundation Grant To Develop Cybersecurity Program

on August 23, 2017 - 2:45pm
NNMC News:
The College of Engineering and Technology (CET) at Northern New Mexico College (NNMC) has been awarded $433,689 by the National Science Foundation to develop a cybersecurity concentration in its ABET-accredited Bachelor in Information Engineering Technology (IET).
The Principal Investigator of the project is Dr. Jorge Crichigno, chair of the CET. The project is the result of several years of preparation that include state-of-the-art laboratory technology and advanced instruction capability in cybersecurity.

Anderson School Of Management Announces Fall Career & Professional Development Courses

on August 23, 2017 - 8:36am
UNM News:
ALBUQUERQUE  Each semester, the University of New Mexico Anderson School of Management’s Executive & Professional Education Center offers courses designed to help business professionals advance their careers through the Career & Professional Development Programs.
These courses help to sharpen skills, advance success, and promote the continuation of learning. 
For the Fall 2017 semester, UNM Anderson School of Management will be offering Career & Professional Development Programs in the following areas: SHRM Exam Prep (beginning August 31), Intro to Government Contracts

Nature Center Will Be Open Labor Day Weekend

on August 23, 2017 - 7:37am
This fox has been seen by a variety of visitors and PEEC staff. Check the wildlife viewing area to look for the fox and enjoy the squirrel and chipmunk antics. Photo by Beth Cortright
PEEC News:
The Los Alamos Nature will be open this holiday weekend, including Labor Day.
It is free to stop by the nature center and see the animals, explore the indoor and outdoor exhibits and play areas, and spend time in the Wildlife Observation Area. 
For those who are looking for a fun way to explore the outdoors, the nature center has information about hikes and has the Passport to the

Nearly $1,000 In School Supplies Donated To Program That Helps Students Struggling With Homelessness

on August 23, 2017 - 7:31am
NMDP News:
ALBUQUERQUE North Valley and Downtown Democrats have delivered nearly $1,000 in school supplies to the APS Title I Homeless Project.
The sizable donation was collected throughout several weeks of community service action and is part of the Democrats Care Program.
Democratic Ward Chair Roxanne Allen was excited to contribute to a program that helps students struggling with homelessness, "We are delighted to be able to help students succeed in our schools.

PED Releases 2017 School Grades For Los Alamos

on August 22, 2017 - 3:22pm

LAPS News:

Today, the Public Education Department (PED) released 2017 Grades for schools across New Mexico. 

The grading system is primarily based upon PED-defined growth in math and reading test scores.

Grades for Los Alamos Public Schools

  • Aspen Elementary School – A, 77.47 points
  • Barranca Mesa Elementary School - A, 85.57 points
  • Chamisa Elementary School – A, 78.96 points
  • Mountain Elementary School – A, 87.00 points
  • Piñon Elementary School – A, 86.01 points
  • Los Alamos Middle School – D, 49.36 points
  • Topper Freshman Academy – B, 73.44 points
  • Los Alamos High School – A, 84.68 points

Here is how

Athletics Director Clears Discount Card Confusion

on August 22, 2017 - 10:37am

Los Alamos football discount card. Courtesy image


Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos High School Athletics Director Ann Stewart confirmed this morning that statements made by the parent of a high school football player at Friday’s Summer Concert are inaccurate.

Robert Cantua told the Los Alamos Daily Post Monday that his son was given discount cards for local businesses worth a total of $300 to sell and was required to turn in the money at today’s practice.

AFTNM Recaps Heinrich’s Visit With Taos Educators

on August 22, 2017 - 8:25am
U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich




TAOS – U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) visited Monday with Taos Municipal School educators, specifically discussing the Federal education budget under President Donald Trump and U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.


The conversation focused on protecting Title II funding, STEM Education, Early Literacy needs, and providing quality public education for New Mexico’s rural students, districts, and communities while supporting the needs of public education professionals.


Following the visit, Heinrich, American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President

Stories, Stars And A Film At Nature Center Friday

on August 22, 2017 - 8:02am
Eclipes. Courtesy photo
PEEC News:
The Los Alamos Nature Center has a special planetarium show by Dr. Galen Gisler at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25 where he will share stories from the total eclipse and point out objects visible in our night sky.
The full-dome film From Earth to the Univers e will play in the planetarium at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 26-27
Dr. Galen Gisler worked with PEEC and high school students from Los Alamos to collect data during the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.

Study: 2017’s Best & Worst Community Colleges

on August 21, 2017 - 7:56am
With back-to-school season upon us and several states, such as New York and Rhode Island, offering free community-college education starting this month, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2017’s Best & Worst Community Colleges, coupled with its state-by-state ranking of the Best & Worst Community-College Systems.

To determine where students can receive the best education at the cheapest rates, WalletHub’s analysts compared more than 700 community colleges across 14 key indicators of cost and quality.

LAPS: Solar Eclipse Safety Reminder

on August 20, 2017 - 2:28pm

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

Greetings from the Superintendent’s Desk!

Well … it looks like we may have clouds and maybe even rain during Monday’s Solar Eclipse. In any case, this spectacular event offers a rare teachable moment about science and safety.

In Los Alamos, the Partial Eclipse begins at about 10:22 a.m. when the Moon touches the Sun's edge. The Maximum Eclipse will be at about 11:46 a.m. when the Moon is closest to the center of the Sun.

Here are some safety reminders for students and staff on Monday: 

  • The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or

Earn Electro Mechanical Certificate In One Year

on August 20, 2017 - 5:41am

Technician in her workplace. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News:

According to the recent Occupational Outlook Handbook, Electro Mechanical Technicians can make an average of over $21 an hour—and that is with a 1-year degree. Electro-mechanical technicians work with robotics, plastics, communication equipment, solar equipment and electronic circuits, usually in manufacturing facilities.

As a generalist, Electro-mechanical technicians have a broad set of skills that maintain a high demand for their services.

Udall, Heinrich Announce Open Application Process For 2018 United States Senate Youth Program

on August 20, 2017 - 5:38am


WASHINGTON, D.C.  — U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich have announced that the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) has begun its annual statewide selection process and encouraged New Mexico high school students to apply.

Each year, two students from each state and the District of Columbia – as well as two children of service members stationed and living abroad — are selected to participate in a week-long study of the federal government and its leaders.

Public Safety Degree Offered

on August 20, 2017 - 5:36am

UNM-LA News:

UNM Los Alamos is now offering a two-year pathway for earning an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Public Safety with Concentrations in Police Science, Emergency Management, and Homeland Security.

This program trains specialists to work for local and state governments, hospitals, emergency and other relief organizations in the wake of an increased need of Police departments, Emergency Management groups and Homeland Security departments in Northern New Mexico and beyond.

Instructors in this program include Elizabeth Allen, a local attorney with a JD from Pepperdine

UNM-LA CEO Cindy Rooney: A New Semester Begins

on August 20, 2017 - 5:33am

Classes for the Fall 2017 semester begin Monday, Aug. 21. We are excited to have new and returning students back on campus.  

UNM–Los Alamos is an innovative, rigorous, and affordable comprehensive branch community college that provides foundations for transfer, leading-edge career programs, and lifelong learning opportunities. We offer over 30 different degree and certificate programs.


Journey Continues: Returning To College Classroom

on August 20, 2017 - 5:31am
Ufemia Bernal Rios returned to UNM-LA to further her education, where she participated in the Community Internship Collaboration. Through that experience she was offered a job. She continues to take classes while working in Los Alamos. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNMLA

UNM-LA News:

Many adults have had to put aside or to put off their pursuit of a college degree because other duties have called upon them: taking care of family, raising children, moving to a new area or needing to work full-time.

But recent research from the National Center for Education Statistics shows that many are now finding

100+ Women Who Care Donate $5K To UNM-LA CIC

on August 19, 2017 - 2:56pm

During the 100+ Women Who Care in Los Alamos quarterly meeting Thursday evening on the patio at Smith's Marketplace, Barbara Yarnell discusses UNM-LA's Community Internship Collaboration (CIC) The CIC provides students with hands-on work experience in a field of their interest at a business in Los Alamos. The CIC was one of three programs voted on by the women who ultimately chose to donate the $5,000 raised at Thursday's event to the CIC. Learn more here. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

From left, 100+ Women Who Care member Mary Beth Maassen with organization co-founders Carol A.

Reminder: Harnessing The Power Of The Media - Part 2: Social Media For Nonprofits Thursday At UNM-LA

on August 19, 2017 - 10:55am

LACF News:

The Los Alamos Community Foundation is sponsoring the workshop, Harnessing The Power Of The Media - Part 2: Social Media For Nonprofits, 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 in Building 2 at UNM-LA.

Learn how to harness the power of Facebook and Instagram to highlight what your non-profit is doing. Presenter Jennifer Bennett will offer tips on how to reach more of your audience, what to look for when creating content, how to schedule content within a busy office, and more. 

Bennett will provide tips and insights on the Facebook algorithms so that your fans see your posts more frequently.

LAHS Students Travel To Wyoming For Eclipse

on August 19, 2017 - 10:30am

From left, Maddie Mas, Maya Rogers, (on shoulders are Isabelle Crooker, Beth Short), LAHS Science Teacher Steph Miller and husband/volunteer Mark Mitchell, Prescott More, Elijah Pelofske, School Board Member/Volunteer Steve Boerigter, Stephen Gulley and Jack Benner. LAHS Science teacher/trip coordinator Deborah Grothaus isn’t on the trip due to prior commitments. Courtesy photo

LAHS News:

Eight Los Alamos High School students left Friday, to travel to Wyoming as part of the Citizen Continental-America Telescopic Eclipse Experiment.

The students are traveling with LAHS Science teacher Steph

Secret City Kitchen Campus Café: Breakfast & Lunch

on August 19, 2017 - 10:11am
Secret City Kitchen owner and chef Jeremy Varela. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News:

UNM-Los Alamos welcomed Secret City Kitchen to the campus last November, and it quickly became a favorite place for community members in addition to UNM-LA students, faculty and staff.

The Secret City Kitchen is once again serving up a menu of burritos, sandwiches, salads, and pastries, scones and coffee in the Student Center (building 2) at UNM-LA, 4000 University Dr.

Secret City Kitchen owner and chef Jeremy Varela has introduced a few new items to his menu this fall, including an Indian burrito, with the

UNM-LA Health And Safety Programs Meet Local Community Needs

on August 19, 2017 - 8:03am

UNM-LA News:

UNM- Los Alamos has a history of responding to the needs of Los Alamos and the surrounding communities. In 2013, because of internal encouragement to increase the educational training of its employees, the Los Alamos Fire Department(LAFD) teamed up with UNM Los Alamos and created the curriculum that would meet the standards set forth by the National Registry for Emergency Medical Technicians.

Student feedback instantly confirmed how valuable this training could be for those whose jobs required EMT training for career retainment or advancement.

Earn Cyber Security Technical Degree In Two Years

on August 19, 2017 - 7:42am
Hacker. Courtesy photo

UNM-LA News:

The number of successful cyber attacks perpetrated in the United States has grown from 50 a day in 2010 to 160 a day in 2015, according to a February 2016 report by The Heritage Foundation. The frequency and the magnitude of the attacks continue to escalate.

This growth in successful cyber attacks has created an increased demand for cyber professionals to combat or reduce the effects of these attacks.  According to the U.S.