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RE/MAX Associate Broker Teddie Sue Mooday Inspires 4th Graders To Take Pride In Community

on March 27, 2015 - 4:45pm
RE/MAX Associate Broker Teddie Sue Mooday. Courtesy Photo
By KayLinda Crawford
Los Alamos Daily Post

Local RE/MAX Associate Broker, Teddie Sue Mooday, supports the Fourth Grade Foresters of New Mexico Tree Project; and nurtures a growing connection between replanting our forests and inspiring 4th graders to care about their community.

Fourth Grade Foresters was kicked off in 2006, and was created to revitalize the celebration of Arbor Day.

Thanks to 2,591 sponsors, more than 604,600 trees have been distributed to fourth graders in 6,800 schools across the country.

“I found out about Fourth

Los Alamos NJROTC Takes Home Seven Trophies From Texas Tech University Drill Competition

on March 27, 2015 - 3:22pm
Los Alamos NJROTC front row from left, Jared Rodriguez and R. Michael Purdy, middle row from left, Thomas Hanlon, Derek Janetzky, Gianna Maggiore, Leander Murphy, William Whitman, Ben Hanlon and Lauren Partin. Back row from left, Jonathan Schueler, John Valdiviez, Austin Estrada, Andres Maestas, Rigel Baron, Sam Wolfe, Madison Gaetjens and Mikyla Smith. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos NJROTC Color Guard from left, Ben Hanlon, Rigel Baron, Gianna Maggiore and Lauren Partin. Courtesy photo
Los Alamos High School Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) took home seven

Piñon Elementary School Students ‘Read Forward’ For National Reading Month

on March 27, 2015 - 11:54am
'Gregor's friends' pose in the Piñon Elemtary School Library in White Rock Thursday. All of these students have finished the book 'Gregor the Overlander.' Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Librarian Julie Goen with a copy of 'Gregor the Overlander' poses near the poster listing the 'Friends of Gregor.' Photo by Bonnie J. Gordon/
Los Alamos Daily Post

Piñon Elementary School Librarian Julie Goen has created an exciting way to get students reading. It’s called Read Forward.

Pinon Principal Jill Gonzales found the funds to purchase 50 copies


Kindergarten Roundup At All Los Alamos Elementary Schools April 1

on March 27, 2015 - 9:39am

LAPS News:

Kindergarten Roundup is Wednesday, April 1 at all Los Alamos Elementary Schools. 

Children who turn five by Sept. 1, 2015 are eligible to be enrolled in kindergarten for the school year 2015/2016. The purpose of kindergarten roundup is to give parents and children an idea of what to expect for kindergarten.

Parents and students will get to meet kindergarten teachers, principals, school nurse, school counselor and other key school personnel. The kindergartners to be will visit a kindergarten classroom and see all the learning materials, toys and books.

Parents are encouraged


SFI: Cooperation In Complex Stateless Societies...

on March 27, 2015 - 8:44am
Charles Stanish, Director
Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA; SFI External Professor

SFI News:

Santa Fe Institute (SFI) holds 'Cooperation in Complex Stateless Societies: The Archaelogical Evidence' seminar at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 31 at the Collins Conference Room in Santa Fe.

Abstract: The key to understanding the development of complex societies is to determine how groups solved collective action or free-riding problems.

By examining the earliest complex, stateless societies in the archaeological record in any region, we can detect the kinds of strategies in the early Holocene and later

Forum Series: Peec Tips To Connect With Nature

on March 27, 2015 - 8:41am
Sue Watts
PEEC News:
Environmentalists are beginning to sense that there is a new environmental crisis brewing. More and more people, more and more kids, are losing, or never forming, a connection with nature. Why is this a problem? 
Sue Watts will talk about the reasons this issue concerns environmentalists and about ways people can help their kids, grandkids, and themselves become more connected with nature. Since that also is the mission of the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC), Watts will highlight ways it is striving to enrich the lives of people in the community

Rotary Student Of The Month: Madison Foley

on March 27, 2015 - 8:35am
Rotarian Bethany Douglas, right, presents LAHS student Madison Foley with a Student of the Month certificate. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/
Los Alamos Daily Post

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos recognized Madison Foley as its newest Student of the Month during the regular club meeting Tuesday at the Manhattan Project Restaurant.

The Rotary Club’s motto is “Service above Self” and the organization reaches out to students who exemplify this motto throughout the academic year.

Del Norte Credit Union Makes Award-Winning Financial Literacy Program Free For Local Classrooms

on March 27, 2015 - 8:02am


Local students are getting a free education in how to manage their money. Del Norte Credit Union is working with Banzai, a national award-winning financial literacy program, to make curriculum available to Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe county schools completely free.

"Banzai is a web-based financial literacy program. Kids get their own accounts, and they work through assignments that are based on real life," Banzai co-founder Morgan Vandagriff said. "But because Del Norte Credit Union is sponsoring it, local schools get it for free.

SFI: The Saga of NP-Intermediate Problems ...

on March 26, 2015 - 9:52am
Eric Allender of Rutgers University
SFI News:
Santa Fe Institute (SFI) present  the seminar, 'The Saga of NP-Intermediate Problems: A New Devlopment in an Old Story' at 12:15 p.m. Monday, March 30 in the Collins Conference Room in Santa Fe.
Abstract: For roughly four decades, two of the best-studied problems in NP that are not known to be in P or to be NP complete have been:
  • Graph Isomorphism; and
  • MCSP (the Minimum Circuit Size Problem).
Yet there had been no theorem, relating the complexity of these two problems to each other. Until now.

Culinary Students Serve at Senior Center

on March 26, 2015 - 9:47am

Chef Fred Ortiz works with students in the kitchen providing multiple meals per day. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen



Often we hear about the athletes, the mathletes and the like, but how often do we hear about the youth that do good things to benefit their fellow man all for education and an opportunity to serve?

Recently Los Alamos High School teacher Louise Majorey took her Culinary 2 class to the Betty Ehart Senior Center (BESC) to bring the classroom learning to the community as students worked with Chef Michael Mason and Chef Fred Ortiz.

“We let them


Fun Run A Great Success

on March 26, 2015 - 9:22am
Runners leave the starting line. Photo by Kateri Morris
Lucky the Leprechaun (aka Brad Skidmore) on the run. Photo by Kateri Morris
Piñon PTO

The 4th annual Piñon Elementary PTO Fun Run Saturday, March 21 was a great success.

The annual event promoted a morning of family fun, friendship and fitness for both the families at Piñon and the community. Runners and walkers of all abilities were welcomed to enjoy a fun, fast and scenic run benefiting Piñon School.

Folks had a great time running and walking the 1 mile and 5K as "Lucky" the Leprechaun (aka Brad Skidmore),

LAHS Junior Coleman Kendrick Earns Best Of Show And Qualifies For Intel ISEF

on March 25, 2015 - 12:14pm

LAHS News:

Los Alamos High School Junior Coleman Kendrick earned Best of Show at the Northeastern New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair March 7 at New Mexico Highlands University.

The grand award also qualified Kendrick to compete at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF). The Intel International Fair is May 11-15 in Pittsburg, Pa. Kendrick will compete in the Physics and Astronomy category,  the same category he placed 2nd in at the Intel International Fair last year in Los Angeles.

LAHS Student Directs Robot To Douse Butts

on March 25, 2015 - 10:24am
Los Alamos High School junior Isaiah Lang took a moment to assist in prevention efforts at LAHS to drown out tobacco as part of National Kick Butts Day last Wednesday. Lang has advanced to participate in the upcoming state competition with his firefighter robot. Photo by Bernadette Lauritzen 

Chamisa Shares PARCC Testing Lessons Learned

on March 25, 2015 - 9:12am
Chamisa Principal Debbie Smith
LAPS Prevention Specialist

The window will soon come to a close after the first round of PARCC testing made an entry into Los Alamos schools in recent weeks.

The wisdom of the students was shared with their upper classmen before the testing session began.

“Third graders reflected after the testing and indicated they liked the computer format - liked the tools available for their use to highlight, flag, review, and go back to other questions,” Chamisa Principal Debbie Smith said.


Hilltopper Baseball Pasta Dinner March 25

on March 24, 2015 - 4:47pm

Cybersecurity Fun Day For Teen Girls June 20

on March 24, 2015 - 10:56am


Los Alamos Middle School Student Nora Cullinan Places 4th At State Spelling Bee

on March 24, 2015 - 6:57am

Nora Cullinan with her Los Alamos County Spelling Bee trophy. Courtesy photo

Education News:

Los Alamos County Spelling Bee Champion Nora Cullinan tied for fourth place at the New Mexico State Spelling Bee this Saturday. This is the highest state finish for a Los Alamos speller in recent memory.

An eighth grade student at Los Alamos Middle School, Cullinan took second place in the Middle School Bee to advance to the County Bee, which she won with the word "hippopotamus."

To prepare for the State Bee, Cullinan studied a list of more than 1,100 words provided by Scripps, the organizers of the

LAHS Senior Sarah Criscuolo Represents Los Alamos Key Club

on March 23, 2015 - 11:33am

Los Alamos Key Club member Sarah Criscuolo speaks at the March 14 mid-year conference for the Southwestern District of the Kiwanis International at the Courtyard by Marriott in Farmington. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos High School Key Club member Sarah Criscuolo spoke March 14 at the annual mid-year conference for the Southwestern District of Kiwanis International at the Marriott in Farmington. 

Carl Mueller also spoke at the event. He is the father of Kayla Mueller, 26, of Prescott, Ariz., who was killed by the Islamic State in Syria last month.

State Of Chamisa School Discussion Tuesday, March 24

on March 22, 2015 - 9:16am

School Board Vice President Matt Williams

LAPS News:

Join Los Alamos Board of Education Vice President Matt Williams for an informative discussion about the current issues facing Los Alamos Public Schools. Williams will present information from the recent Budget Committee meetings and the 20 Year Facilities Plan.

One important consideration is that within five months, the School Board will likely need to commit to which elementary school will be rebuilt and how that rebuild will affect the other school sites.

Other topics that will be discussed are enrollment trends, out of District


LAPS Superintendents Attend YMCA's Red & Black Ball

on March 22, 2015 - 8:27am

Los Alamos Public School superintendents Dr. Gene Schmidt, left, and Dr. Kurt Steinhaus together with their wives Wendy Schmidt and Jo Beth Steinhaus Saturday night at the annual YMCA Red and Black Ball fundraiser at Buffalo Thunder. Schmidt is leaving the district at the end of this school year and Steinhaus was hired earlier this month. The two will work together during a transistion period beginning in the near future. Courtesy photo

SFCIR: Dr. Nakhleh To Speak On ISIS And The Aftermath Of The Arab Spring - Threats And Challenges

on March 21, 2015 - 11:13am

Dr. Emile Nakhleh


The Santa Fe Council on International Relations presents a World Affairs Discussion Event "ISIS and the Aftermath of the Arab Spring: Threats and Challenges" by speaker Emile Nakhleh at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11.

The event is hosted at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design, in the Forum, 1600 St. Michael’s Dr., and the cost is $15 for CIR members; $20 for non-members and guests, and qualified students with appropriate I.D. are welcome to attend this event for free.


Applications Open For Annual RYLA Camp

on March 21, 2015 - 9:38am


Aspiring young leaders are encouraged to attend Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), a week-long camp in July in the Manzano Mountains.

RYLA is a program that originated with Rotary International and has subsequently been specifically designed for New Mexico students by Rotary District 5520, which includes the Rotary Club of Los Alamos. The camp encourages servant leadership in youth by recognizing and rewarding deserving 11th grade students who are chosen to attend RYLA as an award for their past and present leadership and service activities.

These young people attend an

SFI Colloquium: From Fourier To Forensics

on March 21, 2015 - 8:19am
Michael B. Weissman, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
SFI News:
Santa Fe Institute (SFI) presents 'From Fourier To Forensics' with Michael B. Weissman, at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 at Noyce Conference Room in Santa Fe.
Abstract: Although the statistical and systematic problems of public opinion polls are fairly widely recognized, we tend to assume that published polling results reflect some sort of actual poll.
In 2009, a prominent blog suggested that the pollster Strategic Vision might be fabricating data, based in part on surprising deviations from uniformity of the

LANL Foundation ISEC Staff And Students Demonstrate Inquiry Science Kits At Roundhouse

on March 20, 2015 - 6:40pm

LANL Foundation Inquiry Science Education Consortium (ISEC) staff and student scientists demonstrated inquiry science kits to visitors at the Santa Fe Capitol Roundhouse this week. Young scientist Jakob Warniment assists New Mexico Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera with a microscope from the Microworlds science kit. Standing in back from left, ISEC Director of Professional Development and Evaluation Gwen Warniment, LANL Foundation CEO Jenny Parks and ISEC Program Director Dorothy Sanchez. Courtesy photo


SFI Seminar: 'Exploring The Hidden Metric Space Of Complex Networks'

on March 20, 2015 - 8:20am
Antoine Allard
University of Barcelona

SFI News:

The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) presents 'Exploring the Hidden Metric Space of Complex Networks' at 12:15 p.m. Monday, March 23 at Collins Conference Room in Santa Fe.

Abstract: Many real world complex networks are embedded in metric spaces. In some cases, such as airport networks, the embedding is explicit, while it is hidden in other cases such as the Internet or metabolic networks.

This talk will present an overview of the theoretical framework developed to unveil the hidden geometry of real complex networks.