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Education

  • Teens get a raw taste of the law

    The recent trial in Santa Fe during which alleged drunk driver Scott Owens was acquitted of all charges stemming from a fatal accident in 2009 struck a chord with some Los Alamos students who had the opportunity to observe some of the testimony in the case.

    The situation looked like an open and shut case: Owens was driving drunk, he hit a car full of teens that were on their way to a party on the outskirts of Santa Fe and four of the five passengers in that car died.
    But as New Mexicans would soon find out, prosecuting the case would be a lot more difficult than it appeared.

  • In a first, women surpass men in advanced degrees

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, American women have passed men in gaining advanced college degrees as well as bachelor's degrees, part of a trend that is helping redefine who goes off to work and who stays home with the kids.

    Census figures released Tuesday highlight the latest education milestone for women, who began to exceed men in college enrollment in the early 1980s. The findings come amid record shares of women in the workplace and a steady decline in stay-at-home mothers.

  • Monday deadline to congratulate the LAHS Class of 2011

    Los Alamos Public Schools and the Los Alamos Monitor are partnering to produce a special commemorative section, “Congratulations Los Alamos High School Class of 2011.”

    The publication will feature graduation portraits of each senior as well as messages from the LAPS Board of Education, Superintendent Eugene Schmidt, Principal Sandra Warnock and others.

    The special publication will be distributed at the graduation ceremony May 28, 2011, and will be circulated as an insert inside the Los Alamos Monitor Sunday, May 29, 2011.

  • County helps soften LAPS budget crunch

    For the past several months, the Los Alamos Public Schools have tried to strike a balance between quality education and a shrinking budget.Public input in the form of surveys has been sought to help guide the district in making program cuts and on Thursday, the results from those surveys will be unveiled to the public.

    The district also has found that the amount they will have to trim from the budget is less than what it originally anticipated, thanks to a helping hand from Los Alamos County.

    Initially, the district was faced with cutting approximately $600,000 from its budget, however, school administrators asked county officials for help by reducing the amount of money they had been paying the county for certain services.

  • Poll: Students grade high school down, college up

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Young people give mediocre marks to America's high schools but put great faith in its colleges.

    A new Associated Press-Viacom poll suggests most high schools are failing to give students a solid footing for the working world or strong guidance toward college, at a time when many students fear graduation means tumbling into an economic black hole.

    Most of the 18- to 24-year-olds surveyed gave high schools low grades for things that would ease the way to college: A majority say their school wasn't good at helping them choose a field of study, aiding them in finding the right college or vocational school or assisting them in coming up with ways to pay for more schooling.

  • Crews work to nail LAHS completion date

    Summer break is right around the corner and students at Los Alamos High School not only get a respite from their classes, but also the construction they have dealt with all year.

    While the students will get some time off, the construction workers will not. Construction work will continue at the school through the summer months in an effort to nail the completion date in October. Final move-in will be accomplished after checklist items are completed and staff, along with students should be moved in by January 2012.

    Although the project was at one point behind schedule by a week, it’s back on track and continues to stay on schedule.

  • LA Public Schools respond to state audit request

    The Los Alamos Public Schools district released more information Friday afternoon in regard to a state audit.
    Los Alamos was one of 34 school districts to receive an audit letter from the state.

    In the letter addressed to Superintendent Gene Schmidt from PED Secretary Hanna Skandera, the state education department is questioning data that “showed significant and unusual increases in the areas of special education — both in the number of students identified and the services provided — and in expenses for teacher training and experience.

    “These increases — inconsistent with recent trends — suggest abnormalities or potential errors in the data provided by school districts.”

  • School district to provide audit report update to state

    With a short agenda, the Los Alamos Board of Education held a lunch meeting Wednesday at its Trinity Drive facility.
    The first item of business was the audit report, which came out in February.
    The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) sent a memo to the state’s 89 school districts and local school authorities on Tuesday outlining the audit process currently underway. The memo describes the timeline for the audit so school districts have a clear understanding of the process and how it may impact the department’s annual budget review.

  • LAPS ponders budget decisions

    For the past several months, the Los Alamos Public Schools have been talking about making cuts to their budget. Now it’s time to take action.

    Faced with cutting approximately $1 million from the budget, the Long Range Financial Planning Committee and school administrators are mulling over the surveys that were recently sent to the community, in which values were placed on school programs.

    LAPS Superintendent Gene Schmidt said the surveys will be used to guide the budget-cutting decisions. On April 21, a budget meeting will be held during which the committee’s discussions will be unveiled to the public.

  • 2011 N.M. Science and Engineering Fair results

    State Junior Division Sponsor of the Year
    Los Alamos Middle School Teacher Eva Abeyta

    Los Alamos Middle School
    • Esteban L. Abeyta, first place Jr. Medicine and Health Sciences New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair
    • Coleman J. Kendrick, first place, Jr. Physics and Astronomy New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair
    • Aniruddha S. Nadiga, first place, Jr. Mathematical Sciences New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair
    • Jovan Y. Zhang, first place, Jr. Energy “Art: Dewey Decimal” Transportation
    • Sarah E. Schirato, second place, Jr. Earth “Art: Dewey Decimal” Planetary Sciences New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair