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Today's Features

  • Last year Pion Elementary School sixth-grade class achieved the highest percentage of advanced and proficient scores in math and science on the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment in the state.This means more than just meeting the state’s expectations; the high scores are proof of the school’s team work, principal Megan Lee said.Everyone, from teachers to students to parents contributed to this success, Lee said.

  • “The Joy Luck Club” may be a work of fiction, but readers can uncover universal truths within its pages and may even glimpse aspects of their own lives in the story.The book has several themes, said Charlie Kalogeros-Chattan, library manager. The relationships between mother and daughter, wife and husband, and old and new generations are just a few.Because of its many themes, Kalogeros-Chattan believed it would be a perfect book to discuss with the community.

  • In his masterwork, “The Forge and the Crucible,” Mercea Eliade writes of the great chthonic force that is hidden deep within the bowels of the earth. That force is released with the mining of metals and minerals.The advance of civilization is linked to the power of metals. We speak of the bronze and iron ages, for example.

  • For the past 20 years, several churches have spent Wednesday nights together during the season of Lent. The Rev. Colin Kelly of Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church (TOTH), said, back in 1987, he and the Rev. Calder Gibson of Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church (BELC) and the Rev. Gus of Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church (IHM) created Ecumenical Lenten Wednesdays in Los Alamos.The five-week shared program has been a tradition for many churchgoers in Los Alamos, a part of the life cycle of Christian practice for them and a 20-year habit.

  • One hundred-forty pages into Gao Xingjian’s “Soul Mountain,” I realized I wasn’t getting it. I understood the basics: The narrator wants to go to Lingshan, translated as “Soul Mountain.” At least, one of the narrators wants to go.

  • Los Alamos High School student Tess Montoya plays the girl of Eli Barnes’ dreams in the National Dance Institute of New Mexico’s ballet, “An American in Paris.”Montoya plays a flower girl who falls in love with Eli Barnes’ character, who is an American living in Paris.

  • Once again, New Mexico Dance Theater (NMDT) Performance Company and director Susan Baker-Dillingham are bringing an original story ballet to Los Alamos. NMDT will present Baker-Dillingham’s original version of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, “Snow White,” Feb. 22- 24 at the Duane W.

  • The Boy Scouts of Troop 222 recently completed a new tricycle track for the preschool program at Barranca Mesa Elementary School.The project, which took five weekends to complete, involved cleaning and preparing the playground area, meeting with the preschool teachers to design and layout the new track, obtaining the necessary materials and painting the new roadway.“The preschoolers will use the track as a guide for riding their tricycles.” Carrie Johnson, a Barranca preschool teacher, said.

  • My Score: 4/5 kernels

  • While working through parent/teacher conference week, the community is making sure the Pion Elementary School staff does not go hungry. The Hill Diner, Ruby K’s and Bandelier Grill are donating soup while parents are providing bread, fruit and side dishes. Even the sixth-graders are joining in on this effort.Feeding the staff was also held last year, however, they ate their meals out of disposable bowls.