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Scenes From 2016 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund Awards Event

on May 27, 2016 - 10:19am

Past and current LANL Foundation scholarship winners join donors at a reception to kick off the 2016 fundraising campaign. Photo by Richard C. Robinson/LANL

Tony Fox, LANL Foundation Vice President of Advancement and Scholarships, speaks with scholarship winners. Photo by Richard C. Robinson/LANL

Steve Girrens, Associate Director for Engineering Sciences at Los Alamos National Laboratory is serving as scholarship campaign champion for a second year. One of my passions is to support STEM education. It’s an honor to champion an activity that does so much good in the region.

Los Alamos XQ Odyssey Team Update

on May 27, 2016 - 7:51am
Los Alamos XQ Superschool Team with Radical Media Team during the XQ Superschool Bus Tour. Courtesy photo
The local XQ Odyssey team would like to thank Anne Kiehl Friedman of the National XQ Team for writing about her recent experience in Los Alamos. The XQ National Team is traveling across the country from Los Angeles to New York City to explore the possibilities and listen to local voices about reimagining high schools in America.
Los Alamos was honored to be stop number four of only 15 total stops.

New Mexico Adopts Award-Winning K-5 Mathematics Curriculum

on May 27, 2016 - 7:09am
SANTA FE  New Mexico’s students now have access to a proven, award-winning math curriculum that delivers math instruction through a combination of online and printed resources to develop students’ high-order math skills.
The New Mexico Public Education Department reviewed and officially adopted ORIGO Education’s math curriculum, Stepping Stones, for grades 3–5. This curriculum is an expansion of their original adoption of Stepping Stones grades K-2 in 2012.
Stepping Stones supports New Mexico’s alignment to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which prioritizes

LAHS's Nora Scott Gives Senior Voice Recital At Fuller Lodge Friday, May 27

on May 26, 2016 - 11:46pm


Nora Scott, graduating with the 2016 senior class of Los Alamos High School, will perform a voice recital at 1 p.m. Friday at Fuller Lodge. 

Scott was a member of Los Alamos High School premier choir Schola Cantorum that has performed at the Lincoln Center and throughout Europe. She also has taken voice lessons from Alicia Solomon for the past two years.

LAPS Thanks LANL For Successful Partnership

on May 26, 2016 - 10:26pm

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus

LAPS News:

LAPS Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus expresses heartfelt thanks to Los Alamos National Laboratory for anothersuccessful year of partnership.

Following are highlights of our combined accomplishments:

Los Alamos National Laboratory Employee Engagement in Los Alamos Public Schools

  • A total of 1,162 employee hours were provided to various STEM initiatives that support Los Alamos students and teachers
  • Five employees from Los Alamos National Laboratory employees supported Los Alamos High School's Career Fair

Los Alamos National Laboratory High

Unleash That Creativity: Take A Writing Workshop

on May 26, 2016 - 1:53pm

UNM-LA: Poet Catherine Hardy will help students develop their own voice as writers in a course that begins beginson Tuesday, June 7. Photo by Nancy Coombs

UNM-LA News:

Starting in June, Dr. Catherine Hardy will be offering a writing workshop for writers of all skill levels.

The Creative Writing class will meet 5-8:15 p.m. Tuesdays, June 7 through July 26. Students may register for the class for academic credit (English 298, 2 credits) or sign up for the class through UNM-LA Community Education.

Hardy will provide writing exercises that concentrate on poetry and memoir, with an emphasis

Nature Center Open Memorial Day Weekend

on May 26, 2016 - 1:36pm
Los Alamos Nature Center on Canyon Road is open this Memorial Day weekend. Courtesy/PEEC
PEEC News:
This weekend is a great time to spend time in nature, and the Los Alamos Nature Center can help. The nature center will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Memorial Day and is a great day to visit the animals, use the Los Alamos Trails App to find a fun hike, pick up a Passport to the Pajarito Plateau, or build great memories with family and friends in the Satch and George Cowan Children's Discovery Area.

For more information about the Los Alamos Nature Center, operated by the Pajarito

2016 Sheriff’s Scholarship Award Recipients

on May 26, 2016 - 12:52pm

LAHS graduating seniors Mikyla Smith, Joash Inoferio, Alexander Mancino, Derek Selvage, Lane Saunders and JoAnna O’Neill receive scholarships from the Sheriff's Association during a ceremony Tuesday at Smith Auditoriam. Courtesy photo

Sheriff Marco Lucero presents scholarships on behalf of the Sheriff’s Association to six LAHS graduating seniors Tuesday evening. Recipients include Lane Saunders and JoAnna O’Neill, pictured, and Mikyla Smith, Joash Inoferio, Derek Selvage and Alexander Mancino.

Odyssey Academy Proposal Enters Final Step Of XQ Competition

on May 25, 2016 - 3:36pm
Members the Odyssey Academy Core Team gathered at the home of Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus to hit the Submit Button and celebrate the completion of the final stage of the XQ Competition. Brent Collin (left,) Michele Altherr, Kurt Steinhaus, Bill Hargraves, David Daniel, Marvel Harrison, John Pawlak, Elizabeth Watson, Pam Miller, missing in photo is Ken Holmes. Courtesy photo
LAPS News:
It is very exciting to announce that the Los Alamos XQ Team to Reimagine High Schools has submitted the final application for the competition to reimagine High Schools. 
The dedicated Odyssey team

Police Alert Motorists To Senior Appreciation Night

on May 25, 2016 - 12:04pm

LAPD News:

The Los Alamos Police Department reminds motorists and citizens that Saturday May 28 is the annual Senior Appreciation Night.

This means that recent graduates will enjoy a night of festivities in the downtown area especially around Ashley Pond Park, the YMCA on 15th Street and Reel Deal Theater. Activities are scheduled  6 p.m. Saturday through 3 a.m. Sunday.

If motorist plan on driving in the downtown area during this timeframe, please use extra caution and stay vigilant looking out for pedestrians.

Bridge The Gap: Next Step Launched At Teen Center

on May 25, 2016 - 10:57am
A new service organization was born last Saturday at the Los Alamos Teen Center.
The program has one simple goal: utilize the power and knowledge of high school students to bridge the information gap between New Mexico communities. It is called Bridge the Gap: Next Step, connecting trained LAHS mentors with their NM peers, high school seniors, to give counsel and exchange information on post-high school steps, including college, scholarships, or jobs. 
Started by high school senior Rebecca Cai and led soon by fearless near-seniors (Louisa Belian, Kallie Funk,

Anna Tompkins Wins VFW’s Voice Of Democracy

on May 25, 2016 - 9:40am

VFW Post 8874 Commander Roger Anaya and Morrie Pongratz at last night’s event at Duane Smith Auditorium announced the winner of the Los Alamos VFW’s Post 8874 Voice of Democracy award. Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW’s) premier scholarship program. Each year, almost 40,000 high school students compete for more than $2 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme. This year’s theme was: My Vision for America. Courtesy photo

Anna Tompkins is the recipient of the Los

CIR: 'Europe's Economic Divide' Thursday

on May 25, 2016 - 9:14am
CIR News:
International Lecture Series #4 presents "Europe's Economic Divide" with speaker Dr. Gary Hufbauer, Reginald Jones Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 26 at The Forum, Santa Fe University of Art and Design at 1600 St. Michael's Dr.
Dr. Gary Hufbauer is a Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and formerly a Senior Director of Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to that, Dr.

LAHS Seniors Megan Bucklin And John Rees Receive Rotary Scholarships

on May 25, 2016 - 8:35am

Rotarian Judy Goldie, chair of the Rotary Club’s Scholarship Committee, introduces award recipients Megan Bucklin, The Great Expectations Award, and John Rees, The Service Award. Bucklin plans to attend the University of Wyoming in the fall; Rees will head to Stanford. Both students, graduating Los Alamos High School seniors, received $2,500 at Tuesday evening’s convocation at Smith Auditorium. Photo by Hal Davis

XQ The Super School Project: The Weight Of Expectation Is Heavier In Los Alamos

on May 24, 2016 - 4:34pm
Courtesy photo
By Anne Kiehl Friedman
XQ Team Member

Isn’t it interesting the way light always brings its shadow? Nowhere has the inescapable duality of existence been more on display than Los Alamos, New Mexico, the fourth stop on our XQ: The Super School Bus Tour.

We’re set up in a parking lot next to Ashley Pond. The pond looks man-made, just too perfect to exist naturally. The pond is round, surrounded by immaculate green grass, and just the right number of ducks paddling as if in a choreographed water ballet.

Nature Center Talk: Dr. Roger Wiens Reveals Discoveries From Curiosity Mars Rover

on May 24, 2016 - 7:46am

Curiosity rover’s three-year journey reveals fascinating information about the history of Mars. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Dr. Roger Wiens will discuss the search for life on Mars at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 31 at the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road. His talk will reveal discoveries from the Curiosity rover’s journey and the next steps for exploring this intriguing planet. This is a free talk organized by the Pajarito Environmental Education Center.

Dr. Roger Wiens discusses Mars at Tuesday talk. Courtesy/PEEC

The 1-ton Curiosity rover has been trekking toward the 3-mile-high Mt.

Atomic City Children’s Theater Announces Events And Shows For 2016-17 Season

on May 24, 2016 - 7:23am

ACCT News:

Atomic City Children’s Theater (ACCT), Los Alamos Public Schools’ award winning after-school musical theater program announced their events and shows for the 2016-17 season.

ACCT Summer Workshops

ACCT's jam-packed season begins in August with the return of their popular ACCT Summer Workshops. The Summer Workshops are 9-11 a.m., Aug. 1-5 in two locations at the high school. The Dance, Acting and Music workshops are in the Topper Theater Monday-Wednesday. The workshops will then move to Smith Auditorium Thursday-Friday for the Stagecraft/Prop and Makeup workshops.

ACCT Director

LAHS’s Wilbur Wang Wins Study Trip To Germany!

on May 23, 2016 - 8:30pm

German Study Trip winner Wilbur Wang with LAHS German Teacher Anita Boshier. Courtesy photo


Wilbur Wang of Los Alamos High School, a Level 4 gold medal in the National German Exams, has been awarded an all‐expense‐paid summer study trip to Germany.

He was selected as a national winner after scoring in the 96th percentile on the Level 4 2016 National German Exam.

After qualifying with this high score on the National German Exam, Wang submitted a letter in German to his future host family, responded to several short essay questions in German and in English and was then

Scenes From LAHS Spring Dance Show

on May 23, 2016 - 10:50am
Seniors Melina Burnside and Eben Bold perfrom at the annual Los Alamos High School Spring Dance Show May 17 at Smith Auditorium. Photo by Natasha Barkhudarova
Seniors Adam Listwan, left, Melina Burnside and Mary Brug at the annual Spring Dance Show May 17 at Smith Auditorium. Photo by Natasha Barkhudarova

Public Meeting At UNM-LA 5:30 p.m. Today

on May 23, 2016 - 10:27am
Interested community members are invited to attend a working session to provide input on a presentation that UNM-Los Alamos will be making to the to the UNM Board of Regents’ Finance and Facilities Committee regarding a potential mil levy request.
The meeting is 5:30 p.m. today, May 23, in the Lecture Hall in Building 2 on the campus of UNM-Los Alamos, 4000 University D.  
A quorum of the UNM-LA board members may be present. No official board action will be taken.

Six Earn All-New England Honors For Bears

on May 23, 2016 - 8:08am

Madison Ahlers of Los Alamos broke the school record in the 400 meters with a time of 59.66. Courtesy photo


Former Los Alamos High School Hilltopper, Madison Ahlers, set two school records May 7 in the last meet of her college career.

Ahlers will graduate the United States Coast Guard Academy this month. 

Madison Ahlers, sets two school records. Courtesy photo

Ahlers earned All New England Honors and an individual school record Saturday, May 7. She broke the school record in the 400 meters with a time of 59.66.

The USCGA Bears 4x400 relay of junior Sarah Cummings, sophomore

Rotary's Deborah Beene Music Award Winners 2016

on May 23, 2016 - 7:44am

The Rotary – Deborah Beene Music Award Competition winners. from left, Theodore Warner, Irene Kwon, Jamie Philp, Grace Kim and Brian Johnson. Photo by Ed Van Eeckhout


The Rotary Club of Los Alamos recently held auditions for the annual Deborah Beene Music Award competition. 

The award was established in the memory of Deborah Beene, daughter of Donald and Sara Beene, a violin and piano student who died while enrolled in school here in December 1973. 

The award is intended to assist 9th-12th grade Los Alamos High School students in their musical growth.

Childrens Activities At Garden Fair June 11

on May 23, 2016 - 7:39am

Butterfly in the Demonstration Garden. Photo by Doris Thielemann


The Los Alamos Master Gardeners invites the community to their Demonstration Garden Fair, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 11.

Children are invited to come and participate in the activities especially for them. For a Butterfly Hunt, children will be given a list of questions. Each of the butterflies, scattered throughout the garden, answers one of the questions. A second activity will be seed planting in cups that the child will take home. Every child is a winner with prizes for participating.

Mother Fountain.

LAHS Senior Talia Dreicer Wins LAGC 2016 Scholarship

on May 22, 2016 - 7:56pm

Los Alamos Garden Club scholarship winner Talia Dreicer. Courtesy photo


The Los Alamos Garden Club has chosen Los Alamos High School senior Talia Dreicer as the winner of the 2016 scholarship award. The award will be presented at the Honors Convocation May 24.

Dreicer will be attending Western Washington University in the fall to study Environmental Science. She is a talented Track and Cross Country athlete, achieving All State honors.

This summer Dreicer will be working at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) as a counselor for one of the week-long summer

UNM-LA High School Equivalency Program Serves Diverse Population

on May 22, 2016 - 7:12pm
Delancey Street residents who completed their HSE gather May 12 on campus with HSE speaker Nathan Lawson, second from the left, and Dr. Gabe Baca in his academic regalia with Alison Pannell to his left, and Linda Hull on his right. Photo by Nancy Coombs
UNM-Los Alamos

The completion of the High School Equivalency program (HSE), formerly known as a GED®, can be a life changing event for individuals, opening doors to college, better jobs, military service, and setting an example for their children.

The success of the HSE program at UNM-Los Alamos was evident at the May