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Education

  • Search is on for new LAHS principal

    A committee assigned to select a new high school principal could possibly make a selection by April.
    “By spring break we will be announcing who the next high school principal is,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Gene Schmidt said.
    The application process closes this Friday, and then they will begin the selection process, Schmidt said.
    “We’ve formed a principal-selection committee that consists mostly of my interoffice team and will feature a screening process that will include students and staff members from the community,” Schmidt said to the Los Alamos School Board at a recent meeting.
    The process will also include two interview panels and a series of community afternoon and evening events where members of the community will be able to meet the candidates in a social setting. There will also be a separate reception hosted by the high school’s student council, where the council’s officers will be able to interview them as well.
    Schmidt also said he welcomed a role for the school board and wanted to hear suggestions from the board about how they could improve the interview/hiring process.

  • Grant gives LA students more options

    The Los Alamos School Board recently made the safety net a little wider for high school grads when it approved a $100,000 amendment to the school budget. The money comes in the form of a grant from the New Mexico Public Education Department.
    According to school officials, the grant will be used to lay the foundation for a curriculum suited for students who don’t necessarily want to go straight to college after high school, but perhaps explore other options, such as a trade or preparation for a career in the military or law enforcement.
    The grant’s official name is “Early College in the High School”, and is sponsored and promoted by Gov. Susana Martinez through a partnership with New Mexico’s business community.
    Superintendent of Schools Dr. Eugene Schmidt said the money will be used to lay the foundation of the program, to buy the equipment and do the planning they need to slowly grow and nurture what they hope will be a permanent asset for the community.

  • Super Hero Day

    It was “Super Hero Day” at Chamisa and most of the students (and teachers) broke out their best caped crusader wear. 

  • Middle school honors 'Students of the Term'

     Middle school, just by its very name, means it’s a pretty unique place. Not quite elementary school and not quite high school, middle school has it’s own unique set of challenges.
     One big challenge is how quickly one’s time there passes. As a student, it may feel like you just left elementary school before you’re already starting high school.
    Luckily for the students at Los Alamos Middle School though, there’s a program that’s been in place for years that serves to make the time students spend there more memorable.
    It’s called “Student of the Term,” an awards breakfast that happens six times a year inside the school’s cafeteria. Students are nominated by their teachers for a particular accomplishment, and are awarded a certificate in the presence of their peers and parents.
    According to Rex Kilburn, the school’s principal, it’s a way to give the students a nice pat on the back. Categories include accomplishments in any academic subject as well as self-improvement.
    “Teachers are looking for drastic improvement, good grades, social responsibility, things of that nature,” he said.

  • Representing excellence

    Los Alamos High School recently announced that four students have been selected as candidates for the 2014 United States Presidential Scholars Program. The selected students are George Barnum, Tristin Goodwin, Daniel Ahrens and Melanie Boncella. All students will be invited to submit applications for consideration as semifinalists and ultimately as a scholar. These students, who represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth, are among the 3,300 students throughout the U.S. identified as candidates for this year’s Presidential Scholars Program. Scholars are chosen on the basis of their accomplishments in many areas academic and artistic success, leadership and involvement in school and community and represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth.

  • LAHS announces registration process

    Course selection is just a few days away and will be available on PowerSchool on Feb. 10.
     While selecting courses online in PowerSchool, Los Alamos High School asks students to complete all of the paperwork for the next school year (2014-2015). In previous years, students had to complete the forms (i.e. OTC permission, Permission to Participate), print them out and return them to LAHS. Now, forms can be completed online.
    Before starting course selection, go online to FamilyID (www.familyid.com). It may look familiar because FamilyID is the same company that the athletic/activities department uses for athletics registration.
    FamilyID is a secure registration platform that provides an easy, user-friendly way to register for the start of the 2014-15 school year, and helps us to be more administratively efficient and environmentally responsible. When registered through FamilyID, the system keeps track of information in the FamilyID profile so students can enter information only once for multiple uses, multiple family members and multiple programs.
    It will be helpful to have the following information handy to allow for accurate completion of online registration.
    • Student ID, Doctor information, Health Insurance Information and Emergency Contact

  • LA schools receives award from NM NCBT

    Los Alamos Public Schools was the recipient of the New Mexico National Board Certified Teacher Network Capacity Building Award, the schools said in a press release.

    The award goes to districts that “have helped build capacity for improved student achievement by supporting teachers in the National Board process,” according to the NM NBCT.
    Working with the network, LAPS sponsored 15 first-time candidates and two advanced candidates last year and 15 more first-time candidates, as well as six advanced candidates, this year.
    The Class of 2013 consists of nine new board certified teachers from LAPS, which tied for second in districts from around the state.
    “For this outstanding contribution to the teaching profession and those teachers who seek the top education credential of National Board Certified Teacher, we honor Dr. Schmidt and Los Alamos Public Schools,” the release said.

  • AP Students Honored

    Advanced Placement students and teachers from Los Alamos High School were presented the 2014 AP District Honor Roll Award Tuesday at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Los Alamos is the first school district in New Mexico history to receive this national award.

  • Top Of His Class

    If the last name “Gerheart” sounds familiar, it should. Don and Jane Gerheart have been a part of the Los Alamos music teaching community for many years.
    Recently their son, Charles Gerheart, who teaches concert and marching band at Cobre High School won the National Education Association, New Mexico award for Teaching Excellence for 2013-14.
    Gerheart, a Los Alamos High graduate, said one of his fellow teachers nominated him, as well as a teacher from Mayfield in Las Cruces who saw his band perform at a recent competition.
    “The person from Mayfield saw my band perform at the New Mexico Tournament of Bands Marching Bands Competition about two years ago, and she was impressed enough that she thought I should be nominated for this award,” Gerheart said. His said his fellow colleague had been following his progress at Cobre for the past 14 years.
    Gerheart gives much credit to his band for the award.
    “We just work really hard for perfection,” he said. “We’re pretty small, so we just try to do the things we can do. We can’t do some of the larger formations that some bands can, so we try to do what we do very very clean.”

  • Middle school robotics team wins big

    Saturday was a big day for the Los Alamos Middle School Hawks FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics team, competing against 11 other teams and winning the FTC Southern Colorado Qualifier. The Qualifier was hosted by the Coronado High School FIRST team in Colorado Springs. The Hawks advanced in competition, earning a slot to compete in the Colorado FTC Championship tournament Feb. 22 in Loveland, Colo.
    The Los Alamos Hawks, comprised of Erin Scott, Jaryn Newman, Jessica Cooke, Joseph Thompson, Summer Bronson, Sam Crooks, Michael Peters, and Do Vo, were ranked third after qualifying rounds and chose the Synergists, a team of home-educated students from Colorado Springs, as their alliance partner for the final rounds. The two teams were a good complement, performing different robotic tasks together well, and advanced to final rounds against the Knights Who Say ‘C’ from Loveland, CO, and the Cyberhawks from Westminster, CO. Winners advanced when they won two of three rounds. Final rounds were tough, with the Hawk/Synergist alliance winning in the finals by a close margin. Both the Hawk and Synergist teams are in their first year of competition.
    Team alliances during qualifying rounds were determined by tournament staff, while advancing teams choose their alliances in final rounds.