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LAPS Promotes ‘Show Up! It Matters!’ Theme

on December 1, 2017 - 8:30am
By SERENITY MAESTAS
Los Alamos Daily Post
Student Intern

The 80th day of school is today, Dec. 1, and Los Alamos Public Schools will be celebrating all of the hard work that students and staff have put into this year so far by promoting the theme “Show Up! It Matters!” This theme was developed right here in Los Alamos.

Students can participate in the Show Up! part of the theme by:

  • fostering healthy life skills;
  • asking for help when needed;
  • creating a positive climate about school; and
  • taking ownership of grades and homework.

“Let’s keep in mind, if we don’t Show Up!

Los Alamos County Chaplain Training Jan. 15-19

on November 30, 2017 - 11:58am

IFOC News:

The Los Alamos County Chaplain Corp (a non-sectarian service organization supporting the Fire and Police) is hosting an International Federation of Chaplain (IFOC) training Jan. 15-19 at the White Rock Fire Station #3 at 129 N.M. 4.

This training is for anyone who has ever been interested in Chaplain service.

It is a 45-hour accredited course awarding a certificate of completion and 4.7 Continuing Education Units of credit (CEU) also are available.

This training includes but is not limited to:

  • Chaplaincy and the Law;
  • Stress Management;
  • Critical Incident Stress Management;

MidSchoolMath Earns Small Business Innovation Research Grant From National Science Foundation

on November 30, 2017 - 4:36am
The MidMathSchool team. Courtesy photo
 
By KIRSTEN LASKEY
Los Alamos Daily Post 
 

Since 2010 the LANL Community Foundation has supported MidSchoolMath, a Taos-based company, which produces comprehensive math curriculum featuring a state-of-the-art Math Simulator. Math Simulator relies on ‘Productive Failure’ in math simulations to increase student achievement.

The LANL Community Foundation, which provided the company with its very first grant, is not the only one to take notice in this company. The U.S.

Stars And Mysteries In The Nature Center Planetarium This Weekend

on November 29, 2017 - 4:52pm
 
PEEC News:
 
Paul Arendt will project the December night sky at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1, on the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium dome and introduce neighboring galaxy, planets, and other celestial objects visible without telescopes.
 
Then, the fascinating planetarium film Mysteries of the Unseen World will play at 2 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3 in the planetarium. These planetarium programs take place at the Los Alamos Nature Center and are made possible thanks to the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC).
 
During the Dec. 1 show, Dr.

Letter To The Editor: School Board Should File Proposed Sanctuary Resolution In The Trash As Bad Idea

on November 29, 2017 - 7:12am
By KATHLEENE PARKER
Los Alamos
 
Since no one has shown any need for it, I can only believe that the proposed sanctuary resolution, to be considered again at the next meeting of Los Alamos School Board, is really just an attempt at a political statement.  Nowhere more than our schools is that unacceptable. Nowhere more than our schools should respect for the law be taught, based on, "If you disagree with a law, you must work to change it, not just vote to ignore it."
 
What the schools should be doing is OBJECTIVELY teaching immigration history so that students can make informed

UT Regents Vote To Bid On LANL Contract

on November 28, 2017 - 11:57am

UT News:

 

University of Texas Board of Regents voted 4-3 Monday to authorize a bid for the Los Alamos National Laboratory management and operations contract.

Four regents voted in favor, three voted against, Chairman Sara Martinez Tucker opted not to vote and the ninth regent was unavailable by phone for the vote. In September, the Board voted unanimously to spend $4.5 million on preparing for proposal which must be turned in to the National Nuclear Safety Administration by Dec. 11.

University of California and Texas A&M University regents have already announced that they will be

Letter To The Editor: Gratitude For Our School Board And Superintendent

on November 28, 2017 - 10:28am
By JESS CULLINAN
Los Alamos

I write in deep gratitude for the service of the members of our Los Alamos School Board and our Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus.

I also write in dismay that these exemplary public servants find themselves under attack by a campaign of deliberate misinformation and weaponized ignorance by those who would rather stir up ideological fervor than allow them to do their jobs effectively.

There is little we can do to shield our children from exposure to poisonous attitudes that claim that one’s immigration status is a measure of one’s character, and the increasingly

LAPS Files Response To David Daniel Suit

on November 28, 2017 - 8:57am
Former LAHS drama instructor David Daniel
 
By MAIRE O’NEILL
Los Alamos Daily Post

Los Alamos Public Schools, Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus and former Los Alamos High School Principal Brad Parker have filed a response to a lawsuit filed in July by former LAHS drama instructor David Daniel alleging sexual orientation discrimination.

The response denies almost all the allegations made by Daniel and claims he failed to exhaust his administrative remedies under the School Personnel Act and/or the collective bargaining agreement, which covered his employment with LAPS.

Support Local Nonprofits On Giving Tuesday Nov. 28

on November 27, 2017 - 5:43am

Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to donate to local nonprofit organizations. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

Right in the middle of all the holiday shopping, just after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, falls a special day. Giving Tuesday, Nov. 28, is a global day dedicated to giving back, when people around the world come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

Here in Los Alamos, there are many opportunities to make a difference to a nonprofit this Tuesday.

SFCC Clay Club Annual Ceramics Sale Nov. 29-30

on November 27, 2017 - 5:39am
Three handled jugs by Eddie Hironaka. Courtesy photo
 
SFCC News:
 
Santa Fe Community College’s Ninth Annual Student SFCC Clay Club Ceramics Sale SFCC Clay Club members – all students – will sell functional and sculptural works in porcelain, earthenware, stoneware and micaceous clays, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29, and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at SFCC, Main Hallway, 6401 Richards Ave.
 
The Silent Auction will close at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30. Cost: Free admission. Free parking.
 
The group includes aspiring young artists, lifelong learners and professional

Ernestine Aguirre Wins Xi Nu Craft Fair Quilt

on November 27, 2017 - 5:11am
The ladies of the Xi Nu chapter of Beta Sigma Phi announce their quilt winner from their recent craft fair. Ernestine Aguirre won the handmade quilt from the Xi Nu Craft Fair. The handmade offering is a donation of time and talent by Xi Nu member and quilting vendor Alice Garcia. Garcia makes the quilt each year for the  community fundraiser. Courtesy photo

SFCC Chamber Singers Winter Concert Dec. 7

on November 27, 2017 - 5:11am

SFCC News:

Santa Fe Community College Chamber singers present a Winter Concert at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 in Room 727 on the SFCC campus, 6401 Richards Ave. 

The program features performances of SFCC’s choral chamber singers who have participated in classes and rehearsals during the past semester.

The concert is presented by the School of Arts, Design and Media Arts. Singers will be directed by SFCC instructor Laurie Romero.

Polaris School Project Launch At Fuller Lodge Dec. 1

on November 26, 2017 - 7:47am

EDUCATION News:

  • Be Part of Navigating the Future of Education

Meet the team that is charting a path toward establishing a 6th To 8th grade public charter school in Los Alamos. Learn about its mission and framework and share aspirations for a new charter school in Los Alamos. 

  • Polaris School Project Launch
  • Friday, December 1, 2017 from 6-7 p.m.
  • Fuller Lodge

Mission

Establish a school that provides an enriching and emotionally grounded learning environment that inspires global citizenship in an interdependent world.

Vision

Engage students, grades 6th to 8th, in the community, environment,

Letter To The Editor: Support Our School Board ... Support Our Students

on November 25, 2017 - 6:23am
By STEPHANIE NAKHLEH
Los Alamos

In the recent flurry of letters to the editor on the Los Alamos School Board’s immigration proposal, it’s evident there’s some confusion over where the board is in the process, as well as what the resolution actually calls for. To clarify: In October, the School Board unanimously voted to approve a resolution to protect students from the threat of increased federal immigration enforcement.

The next step, what was discussed at the last meeting and will be discussed at the next one, is ironing out the specifics of the policy.

Aspen Instructional Assistant Shaves Head For Cause

on November 25, 2017 - 6:20am

Aspen Instructional Assistant Trey Pereyra volunteers to have his head shaved if students meet their goal of raising 1,000 books and $500 ... they exceeded that goal by 200 books and $100. Courtesy photo

Honoring his promise, Aspen Instructional Assistant Trey Pereyra has his head shaved if students meet their goal of 1,000 books and $500, which they exceeded. Courtesy photo

ASPEN News:

The students of Aspen Elementary School found an unusual way to celebrate Tuesday the collection of 1,200 books and $600 in shipping fees to make a library for Kamayoge Primary School on Mfangano Island,

PEEC Gift Shop Provides Bounty To Nature Lovers

on November 24, 2017 - 12:14pm
PEEC volunteers are all set for Small Business Saturday. Courtesy photo

BUSINESS News:

Since 2000, Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) has offered a multitude of programs to help Los Alamos residents get outside to explore and learn about the natural world around them.

Marketing Manager Sandra West said, “A dozen citizens with a dream to share the wonders of nature with their community started PEEC in 2000, but it wasn’t until 2005 that PEEC was able to operate out of a central space in an old LAPS building.

Triple LAPS Foundation Donations On #GivingTuesday!

on November 24, 2017 - 11:46am

Chamisa 5th graders receive copies of the book ‘Wonder’ from the LAPS Foundation. Courtesy photo

Students are eager to start reading the book ‘Wonder’. Courtesy photo

LAPSF News:

The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation has just announced that Lou Santoro State Farm Insurance has generously offered to match all donations to the LAPS Foundation, up to $5,000, between now and Dec.

On The Job In Los Alamos: At UNM-Los Alamos

on November 24, 2017 - 10:28am
UNM-Los Alamos students Selena Archuleta, left, and Lydia Gurule have worked for two years at the college. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com

Barranca Students Express Why They Are Thankful

on November 23, 2017 - 9:43am

Barranca Mesa Elementary School students share their reasons for feeling thankful this Thanksgiving. Second grader Jaden Sauer says, 'I'm thankful for having a roof over my head because if I didn't you would have to be sleeping in the cold wind at night.' Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Barranca Mesa Elementary School second grader Owen Delorey says, 'I am thankful for my mom because if she wasn't alive I wouldn't exist.' Photo by Maire O'Neill/ladailypost.com

Barranca Mesa Elementary School second grader Braxton Porter says, 'The thankful stuff is what you love the most in your life

Steinhaus Shares Letter On LAPS Follow-up From Tuesday Bank Robbery In White Rock

on November 22, 2017 - 4:02pm
By Superintendent Dr. Kurt Steinhaus
Los Alamos Public Schools

Dear Parents and LAPS Employees,

As follow-up to yesterday’s events following a bank robbery in White Rock, it is comforting to know that all students and staff are safe and there were no injuries.  Thanksgiving holiday has new meaning this year! 

Here is information from today’s debrief.  Please feel free to send any additional reflections or suggestions for improvement.

First, I extend sincere appreciation to parents for your patience and understanding.

Alert: In coordination With Police Department, All LAPS Students Will Be Released At Normal Time Today

on November 21, 2017 - 3:01pm

News Alert:

In coordination with the Los Alamos Police Department, all Los Alamos Public School students will be released at their normal time today.

  There will be no buses from the High School or Middle School to White Rock. Parents of MS and HS students, please pick your student up at their school. 

Parents of Chamisa and Pinon elementary school students in White Rock are asked to go to their child's school, come prepared to show ID, report to the office, and follow instructions for release of your children.

 Students will only be released to an approved adult.

Alert: Man Robbed LANB In White Rock Today ... Remains At Large ... Area Schools In Lockdown

on November 21, 2017 - 12:35pm

News Alert:

Preliminary reports indicate that a man robbed the Los Alamos National Bank today in White Rock, that shots were fired outside, no reports of injuries.

The robber is on the loose and Los Alamos Public Schools has placed both Chamisa and Pinon elementary schools in White Rock on lockdown to keep students and staff safe while police hunt down the robber.

The suspect is described as a white male wearing all black clothes including a black hoodie and cap with the letters DC on it. He is considered armed and dangerous. DO NOT approach any suspects.

PEEC: Incoming! Plays Thanksgiving Weekend

on November 21, 2017 - 7:30am
 
PEEC News:
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center is screening the full-dome film Incoming! at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 25 and 26.
 
The Los Alamos Nature Center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day; open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Black Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25; and open from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 26. The nature center is operated by Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC). Entrance is free, and the nature center has a gift shop full of nature-inspired items from guidebooks and novels to art and up-cycled items to science activities and stuffed animals.
 

‘The Pain Behind The Badge’ Awards Scholarship To Autumn Sanchez For Outstanding Community Service

on November 21, 2017 - 7:10am

Autumn Sanchez, daughter of Joy Sanchez and the late Mark Sanchez, was the recipient of a scholarship presented by an organization called 'The Pain Behind the Badge' in recognition of her outstanding community service and in memory of her father's law enforcement career before his death in May 2011. Autumn graduated from New Mexico Virtual Academy as an honor student in May of 2017 with a 4.0 GPA. She is a student at Northern New Mexico College, seeking a degree in Biology to be able to go on to Veterinary School in Colorado.

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