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Education

  • Posters Help Students Remember PBS

    Los Alamos Public School kicks off 2012 with some new posters to help students remember the district-wide policy called PBS.
    PBS or Positive Behavior Support, has translated to students as be safe, be responsible, be respectful.
    The simple phrase allows schools and districts to build multi-leveled systems to handle both academic and behavior supports to assist students throughout their academic journey.
    The efforts began in 2010 with a collaboration between the Los Alamos Public Schools and the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, to offer training and resources to LAPS staff.
    The LAPS team worked to develop a timeline and strategies, while maintaining consistency in PBS language, district-wide.

  • LAHS Open House

    Los Alamos High School students and parents attended an open house Wednesday morning, where they were able to tour the new building, get schedules and find classrooms. Representatives from Josten’s and Summit Foods were also there. Classes resume Thursday after winter break.

  • Board grapples with track and field fix

    Uneven surfaces and overall deterioration of the grounds has middle school officials calling for funding to fix the problems and prevent further injuries to student athletes.

    Gopher holes that pose dangers, injured knees and twisted ankles are a few of the claims made by Los Alamos Middle School coaches about the track and field hazards at LAMS during Tuesday night’s school board meeting.

    A handful of coaches from cross-country, track and football, attended the meeting to voice their concern about the current conditions and encourage board members to consider options for a new turf project.

  • LAHS construction back on track

    Los Alamos Public Schools students and staff start winter break Thursday, but the work continues for construction crews at Los Alamos High School.

    During Tuesday night’s school board meeting at LAHS, David Wharram, the owner’s representative for Gerald Martin, gave members an update on the project. He said on Nov. 21, two classrooms, the commons area, family and consumer science and the administration space were completed.

    “The occupation of these areas is five weeks ahead of the original schedule. The remaining classrooms in the new building will become available at the beginning of the new year,” according to Wharram’s report.

  • LAPS Board plans to review Super’s contract

    The Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education has scheduled a rare Sunday afternoon executive session to review the superintendent’s evaluation and contract.

    The executive session, which is closed to the public, will take place at 4 p.m. Dec. 18 at 209 Navajo in Los Alamos. An Internet search of the address for the meeting indicates the location is the private residence of school board member Kevin Honnell.

    The superintendent, Dr. Gene Schmidt, has been superintendent of the district since July 2009.
    Schmidt   currently earns $142,300 a year which ranks his compensation in the top 10 among the highest paid school chiefs in the state, according to information on the New Mexico Public Education Department website.

  • Food service returns to LAHS

    More change is coming to Los Alamos High School for the second semester.
    Not only will students have new schedules and a new building in which to attend classes, but they will also have a new lunch option.

    Summit, a food service company based in Albuquerque, will offer lunch service to LAHS students, which has been absent for several years. Students have had to go off-campus to get lunch or purchase food from various clubs on campus when it was sold. Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) also offered various snacks for a quick bite.

  • Sunday Session: LAPS Board Set to Review Super's Contract

    The Los Alamos Public Schools Board of Education has scheduled a rare Sunday afternoon executive session to review the superintendent's evaluation and contract.

    The executive session, which is closed to the public, will take place at 4 p.m. Dec. 18 at 209 Navajo in Los Alamos. An Internet search of the address for the meeting indicates the location is the private residence of school board member Kevin Honnell.

    The superintendent, Dr. Gene Schmidt, has been superintendent of the district since July 2009. Schmidt currently earns $142,300 a year which ranks his compensation in the top 10 among the highest paid school chiefs in the state, according to information on the New Mexico Public Education Department website.

  • Paws and Stripes

    The Los Alamos High School NJROTC went to West Mesa High School last weekend and competed in the Area 9 “West” Academic, Physical Fitness and Drill Championships.  They placed as follows:
    First place: Academics
    First place: Tug-of war
    Second place: Physical fitness
    Second place: Color guard
    Second place: Inspection
    Third place: Armed drill
    Third place: Unarmed drill
    Individual Awards went to:
    Jodi Cull-Host — First place medals in academics; second place push ups; and a third place medal in sit-ups and as a platoon commander.
    Kyle Partin — Second place medal in academics and third place medal as a platoon commander.

  • LAMS welcomes new assistant principal

    Los Alamos Middle School Principal Rex Kilburn has a new secret weapon for the Hawks, Assistant Principal Anna Vargas-Gutierrez.

    Vargas-Gutierrez arrived at LAMS one month ago, jumping in with both feet by introducing herself and making the rounds at lunchtime to meet both staff and students.

    The new AP said she always heard many positive things about the Los Alamos Public Schools and after working at the district administrative level for the past two years, she had a desire to return to working more directly with students.

  • School officials fear more funding cutbacks

    Los Alamos Public Schools was tasked with trimming $600,000 from its budget this year and may be in for even more cuts.

    A meeting of the state Legislative Finance Committee, next week at the State Capitol, will determine if the budget issue will go to the Legislature during its upcoming session. The action has come about after the LFC and the Legislative Education Study Committee did a study on revising the school funding formula.