• Mountain School begins anti-bullying campaign

    Rachel Barber’s sixth grade Language Arts Class hold up high their anti-bullying posters they made themselves as well as the posters of their classmates Friday at the start of their month-long anti-bullying campaign. For all of October, the school has many activities planned, including signing pledges to take a stand against bullying and “Mix It Up At Lunch Day,” where students will be sitting with different peers at lunch and ask “getting to know you” type questions.

  • Ride the bus, get some ice cream

    Los Alamos school students got a special surprise this morning when they arrived at school –– the bus drivers passed out vouchers for a free ice cream. The free ice cream was part of the school district’s plan to boost ridership on the day the New Mexico Public Education Department counts up how many students ride the bus. The more students, the more funding the district’s transportation department gets in its budget for next year. 

  • Students urged to ride bus

    The Los Alamos Public School district has something special planned for those that choose to ride the school bus Wednesday, a voucher for one free ice cream cone from Daniel’s Cafe, located on Trinity Drive.
    The district is hoping that the free ice cream will pay off for its transportation department as well as all Los Alamos residents down the road when the New Mexico Public Education Department cuts another check for the school’s transportation budget next year.
    Wednesday is the day the NMPED tallies the numbers of all those who use school transportation to get to school. That number is then factored into amount NMPED funds next year’s school transportation budget, which also includes the cars and trucks officials use throughout the district.
    “Students who are eligible to ride the school bus can really help fund the cost of the transportation program by riding the school bus on that day,” read a statement in a recent press release. “It is estimated that close to 1,800 students could ride the school bus, but fewer than 900 have chosen to do so.”

  • Students kick off campaign

    A group of Los Alamos High School students ascended the stairs to the walkway over Diamond Drive Wednesday, banner in hand, intent on sending a message to Los Alamos.
    The message? That domestic violence in Los Alamos isn’t cool. With help and blessings from the Los Alamos Police Department, they swung the banner over the walkway fence, with the police congratulating them for a job well done.
    The banner read: “Domestic Violence: You Are Not Alone.” Underneath it were numbers victims could call and get help. The numbers included 911, the main emergency number; 211, a local number that gives local information and referrals and 1-800-206-1656, the Crisis Center of Northern New Mexico’s 24-hour hotline. The LAPD also listed their website at www.losalsmosnm.us/police.
    According LAPD Officer Adele Girmendonk, the LAPD will be posting other information on domestic violence prevention on the site throughout the year. They also want the public to know that their domestic violence prevention campaign will also include resources to deal with family violence, sexual assault, date rape, sex trafficking and other forms of violence.
    “Over the next year, we’d like to hit on all of those topics,” Girmendonk said.

  • Chamisa kids run to milestone

    Thirty to 50 kids from Chamisa braved a cold October dawn earlier this week to do what they’ve always done every Tuesday and Thursday for the past four years…. run a few laps around the field next to the school. But this morning was special; Thursday marked a milestone for the Chamisa Running Club. Thursday morning marked the club’s collective 400th mile, according to their running coaches Jeremy and Trisha Conlin. So, on top of their usual prizes for running the course and then some, they had counselor Michaelangelo Lobato and teacher David Parsons run with them. Also running with them was Los Alamos School Resource Officer Adele Girmendonk, who handed out special badges to the children after their historic feat. Their next goal is to get that asphalt track they always wanted so the little runners will have a smoother go of it. If you would like to know more about their project, be sure to contact the Chamisa Parent Teacher Organization for more info on how you can help. Contact the PTO at chamisaelementary@gmail.com or call the school at 663-2470. 

  • Paws and stripes at Piñon

    Three fifth grade students from Piñon Elementary recently came forward with a pretty neat fundraising idea.
    For their fundraising project, Morgan Hayes, Nick Dolin and Aidan Royer opted to raise about $2,000 for Paws and Stripes, an organization that helps war veterans suffering with traumatic brain injuries and post traumatic stress disorder.
    According to their written proposal, how Paws and Stripes, and organization based in Rio Rancho does this is pretty unique.
    “Paws and Stripes saves a dog’s life from a kill shelter and people train the dog to help a soldier that’s been in war. ... Paws and Stripes provides the service dog for free to the soldier and spends $2,000 to train each dog,” read a statement in their report.
    Recently, the young men appeared at a work session of the Los Alamos School Board to get the word out about their idea. They plan on holding various fundraising activities throughout October, and right up until Veteran’s Day Nov. 11.
    Originally, the kids suggested dog walking, lawn mowing, raking leaves and shoveling snow to raise money, but their principal, Jill Gonzales, helped them broaden their approach.

  • Teacher day of action

    Congressman Ben Ray Lujan and Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard welcomed more than 40 Los Alamos Public School teachers and volunteers for Saturday’s Los Alamos Teacher Day of Action.

  • Students drum up support to begin anti-bullying drive

    If a group of girl scouts from Los Alamos are successful, the schoolyard bully could soon become a thing of the past here.
    Piñon students Rachel Norman, Amber Royer, and Chamisa students Amelia Duffy, Lidia Appell and Cassidy Trujillo started the project out of a conversation they had about stereotyping.
    “But, it turned into matter of bullying and the person we were talking to started crying. It was very emotional, and we all ended up giving that person a big bear hug,” said one of the girls at a recent presentation of their project to the school board.
    Called “Link Arms in LA,” the concept is pretty simple.
    They said that whenever they see anyone being bullied, they are calling on students to gently intervene by pointing out the wrong to the bully and sticking up for the victim and perhaps joining arms with the victim, which will hopefully attract like minded people to their rescue.
    “It’s all about safety in numbers” said one of the girls at the meeting.
    So far, “Link Arms in LA” is only in Chamisa and Piñon, but the girls hope to start the project in the other schools as well. Their target group, they said, is fourth grade and all the way up into high school.

  • National Merit semifinalists

    Officials recently of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Los Alamos High School is pleased to acknowledge that 14 members of the Class of 2015 have received this distinction. They are Leyla Akhadov, Daniel Ben-Naim, Sally Grindstaff, Andrew (AJ) Makela, Katharine Margevicius, David Murphy, Colin Redman, Benjamin Reichelt, Sara Stubben, Alexander Swart, Vincent Tang, Sarah Wallstrom, Harrison Williams and William Zhao. Alexandr Wang, who was graduated with the Class of 2014, was also named a semifinalist. “This is a very prestigious accomplishment attained by these students,” said Principal Dr. Debbie Belew-Nyquist. “We are very proud of them.”

  • UNM-LA unveils writing class

    If facing a blank computer screen at work or in the classroom causes you stress, UNM-LA has scheduled a course to erase writing fears and polish skills.
    The late-starting, three-credit course, English 220, begins on Tuesday, Oct. 14.
    Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-1:30 p.m. in UNM-LA Building 2, Room 220.
    UNM-LA English 220 instructor Betty Katz has faced many blank screens and demanding deadlines herself as a writer and editor for several national and international publications. She is enthusiastic about sharing her writing techniques with students and welcomes course participants from LANL or any other workgroup.
    Katz said, “Recently I came across a quotation from The National Commission on Writing. Their words focus on the importance of good writing in the 21st century workplace.” The commission notes, “Good writing is taken as a given in today’s professional work. Writing is a threshold skill for salaried employment and promotion.”
    The ENGL 220 course will help students polish their writing skills for the workplace as well as for the classroom.
    Katz said the ENGL 220 course will help students keep their writing clear and effective for readers.
    To register for ENGL 220, contact UNM-LA Student Services at 662-0332.