Proud of what LAHS has to offer

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

Los Alamos High School is no stranger to positive attributes, and Principal Sandy Warnock couldn’t be more proud of both students and staff.
“Receiving national recognition from U.S. News, Newsweek, and the Washington Post demonstrating that what we are doing is making a difference, is certainly a highlight of the 2012-2013 school year,” Warnock said. “Earning an A on our report card from the state was another celebratory moment at LAHS.”
Warnock beams when it comes to the success of the students, and goals have been accomplished across the board. The LAHS Freshman Academy has completed its second year incorporating new strategies to improve student achievement. Saturday school and academic time saw an increase of freshmen attendance allowing the new ’Topper additions to be successful.
“Credit recovery served more students during the school day, helping students to complete graduation requirements,” said Warnock. “Saturday school and academic time saw an increase of ninth graders attending.”
The 2013-2014 school year will bring changes in the core curriculum as they move to Common Core State Standards. The high school staff continues to look for ways to improve student achievement, through curriculum, clubs and activities.
“The high school will be collaborating with UNM-LA this school year on designing a STEM program to help with meeting the states graduation requirement in the area of career readiness,” Warnock said.
This year, Warnock hits the three and a half year mark as principal of LAHS, and reaches the 29 year ’Topper mark. While we were unable to find out how many years her efforts have graced the educational system, they have all been well spent.
“The students at LAHS continually amaze me,” she said. “They are energetic, creative, and willing to give their time to help each other and those in the community. There is never a lack of volunteers when asked to do something.”
Nice and respectful is how she would describe them and they are, no doubt, led by example.
The path isn’t always easy, as during the 2012-2013 school year, the ’Topper family suffered two student losses, the loss of a former student and dealt with a staff member battling cancer.
Warnock is always impressed with her staff and how they come together to support each other during those difficult times. She describes them as smart, knowledgeable about their subjects and wonderful.
“I couldn’t ask for a better staff and appreciate everything they do,” Warnock said.