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Education

  • Education chief talks about move to grading system while in LA

    New Mexico Secretary of Education Hanna Skandera had breaking news at a luncheon hosted by the Los Alamos Schools Credit Union yesterday at the Central Avenue Grill.

    The United States Education Secretary Arne Duncan had just announced a plan to grant waivers to states proposing alternate evaluation methods for No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Skandera has been formulating a plan she intends to put forward.

  • Nearly 90% of NM schools miss achievement goals

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Nearly 90 percent of New Mexico schools missed the latest targets for boosting student achievement, the Public Education Department reported Friday as it announced plans for replacing the federally mandated system for rating schools.

    A total of 720 schools, or 86.6 percent, failed to make "adequate yearly progress" under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. That's up from 76.7 percent, or 634 schools, last year.

    The improvement objectives were met by 111 schools, or 13.4 percent. That compares with 193 schools, or 23.3 percent, last year.

  • Back to School section timed for Tax-Free Weekend

    The Los Alamos Monitor will be producing a special section dubbed "Back to School" that will publish August 3.

    The BTS section will include information about the upcoming school year from public schools officials, and it typically includes bus schedules and other news related to local schools.

    BTS is timed to coincide with the state's tax-free weekend, which is slated for Aug. 5-7 this year. The tax-free event is designed to give parents a break from Gross Reciepts Tax for buying clothing, supplies, and even computers in gearing up to get children ready to return to school.

  • LAMS promotes Kilburn to principal

    Former Los Alamos Middle School Assistant Principal Rex Kilburn was selected as the school’s new principal. Kilburn takes over the position vacated by Donna Grim, who is leaving to pursue an advanced degree.

    Kilburn previously worked for five years at Pinon Elementary in White Rock, where he taught under the direction of principals James Telles and Megan Lee. For the last two years, he served as the assistant LAMS principal.  

    Before his arrival in Los Alamos, Kilburn worked in three Alaskan communities, including Skagway, Kake and Sitka.  He received his B.A. in Elementary Education at the College of Idaho and his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix.

  • LAHS catch-up work gains funding

    The Las Conchas Fire scorched more than 149,250 acres and threatened Los Alamos National Laboratory property as well as the Los Alamos town site on June 26 and is still not fully contained.
    Not only were Los Alamos residents displaced for a week because of the
    mandatory evacuation ordered because of the raging fire, but business in Los Alamos came to a screeching halt and a major headache was also created for the Los Alamos High School construction project. The project was stopped because of the evacuation and is now approximately a week behind schedule.
    As a result, the district has opted to use $86,000 from their contingency fund of approximately $300,000 in the hope of having the E Wing and the Instructional Media Center ready for move-in on Aug. 22.

  • LAPS bolsters art education with $209,000 grant

    So far 2011 has not been kind to school districts in the State of New Mexico; Los Alamos is no exception. Due to tough financial times, districts were forced to cut 3.4 percent from their budgets this year.

    LAPS received some help from Los Alamos County by way of reducing fees at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center and agreeing to share certain employee costs, but were still forced to trim approximately $600,000 from its budget.

    Despite the cuts, the LAPS Fine Arts Program continues to thrive thanks to the Fine Arts Education Act Grant. For the past 10 years, LAPS has received funding through the FAEA grant. LAPS teacher Kim Letellier, serves as the fine arts grant coordinator. She’s also the music team leader for the district.

  • Board OKs bond sale Tuesday

    Tuesday night the Los Alamos Public Schools Board met for the first time since the 2010-11 school year ended in May.

    The members discussed a mixed bag of topics, including high school, middle school and Aspen Elementary construction updates, a change in the schedule of fees for long-term rentals; a bond sale resolution, monthly status reports, a journal entry report for May, a first and second reading of policies and updates on the district’s new headquarters at 2075 Trinity Dr., as well as an update on the status of negotiations with the developer on the Trinity Site Development at 751 Trinity Dr.

  • DOE sponsors college program

    UNM-Los Alamos has joined forces with six Northern New Mexico colleges to offer Accelerate New Mexico. This program, sponsored by the Department of Energy, provides curriculum and coaching designed to quickly prepare people of various ages and all educational backgrounds for employment in technical fields.
    Students will have the opportunity to apply for tuition assistance, course credit, and a stipend. A coach will guide students, help place students in internships and assist them with future employment. Nontraditional students or working people interested in either pursuing a certificate program or returning to college for career training are a good fit for the Accelerate program.

  • Class of 2011 bids farewell to LAHS

    Applause and cheers filled the air of Griffith Gymnasium Saturday as the 247 members of the class of 2011 gathered one last time to celebrate what might be one of the greatest accomplishments of their high school careers: graduation.

    The graduates’ families and friends packed the bleachers in support of the students. The Los Alamos High School Commencement Band performed the processional, while the LAHS NJROTC opened the ceremony and presented the colors.

    Graduating senior Keanna Cohen introduced student speaker, graduating senior Bahram Banisadr, who addressed the crowd and spoke about the future for 2011 graduates and their accomplishments, so far.

  • School’s out forever

    Los Alamos High School seniors packed Griffith Gymnasium Saturday morning for the commencement ceremony. Following some final words from student Erik Edelmann, the graduating class of 2011 tossed their caps in the air to celebrate their accomplishment. For a closer look at this year’s graduating class, see the special section inside today’s newspaper.