Teen Pulse

  • Christmas assistance at YMCA

    The Family YMCA is asking the public to help sponsor some families in need for the Christmas holiday.
    Family members’ wishes are noted on tags hanging on the tree in the front lobby of the main Y. Sponsors are asked to remove a tag from the tree, purchase and wrap the desired gift, and then attach the tag to the outside of the package before returning it to the Y for delivery to the family.
    Gifts must be returned to the Y, wrapped with tag attached, by Dec. 17. The Y is open from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
    For more information contact Jocelyn Chapman at 662-3100, or by email at jchapman@laymca.org.

  • Fashion freeze: handling cold weather

    As the first day of winter comes closer and closer, temperatures are dropping to below 32 degrees, and as Los Alamos begins to freeze up, our fashion inspiration often follows suit.

    When the weather gets this cold, sometimes we’re tempted to call it quits and just throw on our skiing jackets, some UGG boots and fuzzy sweatpants.

    But that’s not how fashion works. Winter is just another season, and rather than giving up on the cold weather, designers have always created a slew of clothes for their winter fashion lines that can keep us toasty and fashionable at the same time. Let’s take a cue from them; whether you’re in the shopping mood or need something to put on your Christmas wish list, now’s the time to talk about my six favorite winter essentials, which you can combine into an outfit that will keep you both warm and stylish.

  • Youth Activity Center Schedule 12-08-13

    Monday: Pool tournament

    Tuesday: Hanging snowman

    Wednesday: Movies and munchies

    Thursday: Christmas ornament

    Friday: Staff choice

    The Los Alamos Youth Activity Center is located at 475 20th St., next to Ashley Pond, 662-9412. The White Rock Activity Center is located at 10 Sherwood Blvd., across from Smith’s in Rocket Park, 672-1565. 

  • New Mexico Crisis and Access Hotline

    Professional counselors are available 24/7.
    • Having thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else
    • Struggling with drugs and/or alcohol
    • Feeling like you can’t get out of bed in the morning
    • Experiencing violence or abuse where you live
    • Looking for a counselor in your area
    • Behaving in ways you know aren’t safe, but you continue anyway
    • Having a hard time keeping your anger
    under control
    • Seeking support for someone struggling with
    their mental health
    1-855-NMCRISIS (1-855-662-7474 crisis line) or

    Free and confidential.  

  • Name That Teacher 12-08-13

    How old are you?


    How long you’ve been teaching?
    This is my ninth year teaching in a middle school. I have also spent a few years teaching at the university level.

    Where did you go to college?
    University of Kansas. Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

    Which of your mid-school teachers was your favorite and why?
    Ms. Lawrence. She taught social studies. She didn’t talk down to us and was willing to let us wrestle with big and controversial topics.

    What is your favorite memory from working at school?
    For me, there isn’t any one memory, just lots of little moments where things come together; that’s where I get the energy to keep going. Another thing I love is hearing from former students and finding out what they’ve been up to.

    Are you married? Do you have kids? How many?
    I’m married and have two sons and a very large dog.

    What motivated you to become a teacher?
    The first time I gave a guest lecture to a university class, I felt such a rush that I knew I wanted to be in the classroom. But it was 18 months in a non-teaching job that made me completely positive that I wouldn’t be happy if I wasn’t teaching.

    What is your favorite book genre?
    science fiction/fantasy

  • Holiday hair flare

    Do you love the holidays? Do you love going to Christmas parties, but just don’t have any ideas for hairdo’s? Well, here is your chance to make your head of hair twinkle in the holiday lights.
    The first glitzy hairdo is the Double Fishtail Twist:
    1. Begin by sweeping all the hair over to one side of the head…
    2. Separate the hair into two smaller sections, and secure one out of the way for now…
    3. Using the free section, begin creating a regular fishtail braid… to create a fishtail braid, you begin by separating the
    hair into two strands.
    4. Now take a very small piece of hair from the outside edge of the right strand, and pull it over the top and place it on the inside edge of the second strand…
    5. Now take a small piece from outside edge the left strand, cross it over the top and add it to the inside of that right strand…
    6. Repeat Steps 4-5 over and over until you have formed a fishtail braid…
    7. Once you reach the end of the braid, secure it with a hair elastic.
    8. Now repeat this process with the hair section you had previously secured out of the way…
    9. You should now have two finished fishtails at this point.

  • Word on the Street 12-01-13

    Teen Pulse staff member Owen Bradbury Aranda asked LAHS students, “How do you feel about Black Friday and Cyber Monday?’”

  • Lewis & Todd 12-01-13
  • Movie Review: ‘Catching Fire’ filled with loveable characters

    “Catching Fire” is based on the second installment of “The Hunger Games” trilogy, written by Suzanne Collins.
    The film begins as Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has returned home safely after winning the 74th annual Hunger Games, along with fellow tribute Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson).
    After their victory, Katniss and Peeta embark on a “Victor’s Tour” of all 12 districts.
    Along the way, Katniss notices that the people in the districts were rebellious, but the Capitol is still very much in control as President Snow (Donald Sutherland), who is preparing the 75th Annual Hunger Games (The Quarter Quell) — a competition that could change Panem forever.
    This intriguing film follows the book almost word for word, making the storyline easy to understand.
    It scores a nine out of 10 for the special effects, believable acting and how the characters were portrayed.
    This movie is great for the teen to young adult category and by the end of the film; you are guaranteed to fall in love with each and every one of the characters.
    After watching “Catching Fire” you won’t be able to wait for what “Mockingjay,” the third film of the trilogy, has in store.  

  • Become a high-heeled head honcho

    A businesswoman walks into a room buzzing with chatter, the projector for her presentation already glowing, and she sets her notes on her microphone-equipped podium. Now to just get everyone’s attention.
    Let’s rewind a bit. Imagine this woman, dressed in a formal suit jacket and matching pencil skirt, walking into the room wearing a pair of casual flats, sneakers, or even worse — sandals with socks. Could she catch the whole audience’s attention?
    Now imagine the same woman in the same outfit, strutting into the room in a pair of high heels. She’s taller. Her heels clack loudly, but not obnoxiously, on the tiled floor. People see and hear her. Their babble subsides.
    The businesswoman in the second scenario has a hold on the high heel effect. As trivial as it may sound, her high heels help indicate that she literally means business, and that she thought through every part of her presentation, including her outfit.
    Most teens do not start out fresh as high-level business people, but there is still a time and place for high school students and college students to use a high-heeled shoe to their professional advantage. Take, for example, occasions and venues like school presentations, speech contests, debate tournaments, job interviews and work atmospheres.