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Teen Pulse

  • Teacher feature: Goodwin sees the good in teaching

     

    “Physics is phun” is a popular phrase among the students of Los Alamos High School physics teacher Leroy Goodwin. Spending only one class period in room E-8 reveals exactly why so many students favor the subject.

    The plethora of hands-on projects and demonstrations captures the attention of the learners and generates a connection between teacher and student.

    Goodwin has led a career that defines the epitome of being a teacher. After working at LAHS for 20 years, he has decided to seek retirement.

    He received his teaching degree at the University of New Mexico and had not originally planned to pursue teaching but “eventually (came) to it” when working as a construction foreman.

  • Movie review: ‘Rio 2’ a sequel filled with environmental messages

     

    Colorful, fast and fun, “Rio 2” is sure to delight young audiences. This sequel picks up a few months after the events with which the first Rio left off, with the spix’s macaw Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) and his family living in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

    The majority of the movie takes place deep in the Amazon rainforest, where Blu, his mate Jewel (Anne Hathaway) and their three kids decide to take a family vacation to discover their roots. 

    Along the way they hope to reunite with Blu’s former owner Linda (Leslie Mann) and her orthinologist husband Tulio (Rodrigo Santoro), who are searching for an elusive spix’s mackaw in hopes of finding more of the endangered species. 

    Rafael the toucan (George Lopez), Nico the yellow canary (Jamie Foxx) and Pedro the red-crested cardinal (Will.I.Am) accompany the family. 

  • Lewis and Todd 04-20-14
  • Fashion Maven: What to wear when you don’t know what to wear

     

    It’s one of those mornings when you’re standing in front of your closet in your pajamas, in frustration or even in tears. It’s an “I have nothing to wear!” day.

    Many of us remember those times when half of our closet was scattered across the floor in a frenzy of hopefulness that some good outfit would pop out of the wardrobe, but to no avail.

    These days are tough to deal with, especially if you’re dressing for an important event, or if you’re already late to work and don’t have time to mull over your outfit.

    There are multiple ways to deal with an outfit hang up. Here are a few:

  • Now is the time to apply for summer jobs

     

    During the summer months many teens are on the hunt for jobs. Businesses in Los Alamos recognize this and offer opportunities for students looking for work.  

    Smith’s Food and Drug is currently in the process of hiring 130 employees to staff its new Marketplace, opening in July in Los Alamos.

    “The positions we are looking for varies on the age of our hires and for what we have available. Teens between the ages of 16 and 17 can only be hired as Courtesy Clerks (Baggers) due to equipment operations,” said Elizabeth Maestas, Smith’s Human Resources specialist.  

    Teens interested in applying can fill out all required material online at the Smith’s website.  

  • Word on the Street 4-13-14

     

    Teen Pulse staff member Katherine Wang asked LAHS students, “What is your dream job?”

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule

     

    Youth Activity Center Schedule

     

    Monday: Relays. (Activity Center open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Los Alamos only)

     

    Tuesday: Free throw contest 

     

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies

     

    Thursday: Spring treat cups

     

    Friday: Kids choice outdoor games 

  • Opinion: the Crimean conundrum

    Since the beginning of the Ukrainian revolution in mid-November of last year, the country’s future and unity have been in the balance.
    After the ousting of Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych, things seemed like they might be able to resolve themselves — until the Russians got involved and things really started to heat up.
    For quite a while now, Russia has been pushing its luck and exercising its power throughout the international community under the leadership of Vladimir Putin, the gun-slinging, bare-chested, horseback-riding Russian president.
    Earlier this month, Mother Russia stepped into the turmoil of the Ukrainian conflict by sending Russian troops into Crimea, the southernmost province of Ukraine.
    Although these soldiers were clearly Russian, unless, as pointed out by Jon Stewart, Russian military fatigues are easy to come by overnight in the thousands, Putin initially denied all claims of the Crimean invasion.

  • ‘Divergent’ is a dystopian classic

    Dystopia — a society where everything is as bad as it can possibly be — has fascinated humans for centuries.
    Beginning in the time of Plato, gaining prominence throughout the age of the Great Depression and prospering in the 21st century, the concept of our modern world’s downfall has been a central theme in many well-known books.
    Plato’s “Republic,” Alduous Huxley’s “Brave New World,” James Dashner’s “The Maze Runner” and now Veronica Roth’s “Divergent” all hinge on dystopian futures.
    Director Neil Burger has brought Roth’s novel to life on the big screen.
    The movie begins with a scene of a distant city skyline, easily identifiable as the city of Chicago.
    However, as the camera moves closer, the far-off metropolis becomes an obviously frayed Chicago, with rusted bridges, torn buildings and the concrete bed of a once-existent river.
    In this ragged city, citizens are split into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue: Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless and Erudite.

  • Word on the Street 03-30-14

    Teen Pulse staff member Tom Hanlon asked LAHS students, “What do you think the United States should do about the situation in Crimea?”