• Public Invited to Submit Comments about the 2016-17 Budget Proposal

    Posted by Dr. Kurt Steinhaus at 3/11/2016

    The Los Alamos School Board and Community Budget Committee invite parents and interested people from Los Alamos to attend and participate in a conversation about the draft Strategic Plan and 2016-17 LAPS budget proposal.

    The first meeting, scheduled for March 15th, will begin with an overview of the draft Strategic Plan followed by a review of the School Funding Formula, results from the Legislative Session, and considerations for 2016-17 budget.  The School Board and Budget Committee want to hear ideas and suggestions from parents and community members.

    The second and third meetings, scheduled for April 5th and 7th will focus on listening to suggestions about the strategic plan and draft budget proposal.

    • Tuesday March 15, 2016 from 5:30-7:00 PM in the High School Speech Theater
    • Tuesday April 5, 2016 from 5:30-7:00 PM in the White Rock Library Multipurpose Room
    • Thursday April 7, 2016 from 5:30-7:00 PM in the High School Speech Theater

    Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus
    Los Alamos Public Schools
    Office: 505-663-2230, Mobile: (505) 470-3478
    k.steinhaus@laschools.net

    Add your comments about the 2016-17 Budget Proposal by clicking on the Comments link.

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  • Public Invitation to Attend Conversations about the Draft Strategic Plan

    Posted by Dr. Kurt Steinhaus at 3/11/2016

    The Los Alamos School Board and Community Budget Committee invite parents and interested people from Los Alamos to attend and participate in a conversation about the draft Strategic Plan and 2016-17 LAPS budget proposal.

    The first meeting, scheduled for March 15th, will begin with an overview of the draft Strategic Plan followed by a review of the School Funding Formula, results from the Legislative Session, and considerations for 2016-17 budget.  The School Board and Budget Committee want to hear ideas and suggestions from parents and community members.

    The second and third meetings, scheduled for April 5th and 7th will focus on listening to suggestions about the strategic plan and draft budget proposal.

    • Tuesday March 15, 2016 from 5:30-7:00 PM in the High School Speech Theater
    • Tuesday April 5, 2016 from 5:30-7:00 PM in the White Rock Library Multipurpose Room
    • Thursday April 7, 2016 from 5:30-7:00 PM in the High School Speech Theater

     

    Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus
    Los Alamos Public Schools
    Office: 505-663-2230, Mobile: (505) 470-3478
    k.steinhaus@laschools.net

    Add your comments about the Strategic Plan by clicking on the Comments link.

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  • How To Measure A College's Value

    Posted by Dr. Kurt Steinhaus at 9/16/2015

    This is the time of year when many Los Alamos High School Parents of Juniors and Seniors receive an onslaught of advertisements from Colleges and Universities all over the country. Many will be attending the RMACAC College Fair in Albuquerque this coming Sunday and just in the next two weeks over two dozen colleges and universities will be sending representatives to our high school to meet with students and parents. See the LAHS website for the times and dates.

    Deciding on the best choice for your student can be daunting and overwhelming. Parents are filled with questions like: the fear of which school my student can get into, the skyrocketing costs, the best fit for my child? It is tension-filled for many and stressful at best.

    There are plenty of lists that rank which colleges produce the highest earners, lists that indicate the percent of graduates from certain colleges who get into medical school or get jobs immediately out of their under graduate studies.

    Until now, however, there has been little research about what colleges produce students who are satisfied with their college experience, who gain personal fulfillment as well as complete a degree and go on to enjoy their employment and find life satisfaction.

    Recently, Purdue University joined forces with the Gallup organization and have surveyed over 60,000 graduates to gather information from an interesting perspective. As reported by Frank Bruni, in a NY Times Op-Ed, the outcomes on this research, "…challenge conventional wisdom, especially about the power of an elite school to put its alumni on a guaranteed path to success.  The index measures success not in dollars and lofty job titles but in graduates' engagement in their employment and, separately, their assessments of their own well-being, as determined by their reported satisfaction with five dimensions of life: their relationships, their physical health, their community, their economic situation and their sense of purpose."

    I encourage you to read the recent New York Times article.  It may expand your thinking on possibilities for your child. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/13/opinion/sunday/frank-bruni-how-to-measure-a-colleges-value.html?mwrsm=Email

    For example, I learned from this article that exposure to diversity had discernible upsides but no obvious downsides. The earlier article can shed light on the college application process too. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/15/opinion/sunday/frank-bruni-how-to-survive-the-college-admissions-madness.html

    My hope is that these articles help ease your mind about the possibilities of colleges to attend. I want to encourage our LAHS graduates to find success and satisfaction in as many ways and places as there are students.

    For more information, please contact:

    Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus
    Office: 505-663-2230, Mobile: (505) 470-3478
    k.steinhaus@laschools.net

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  • Welcome to the Los Alamos Public Schools!

    Posted by Dr. Kurt Steinhaus at 8/31/2015

    Our website provides timely information about the exceptional teaching and learning opportunities in every one of our schools.  I invite you to learn about LAPS, an outstanding school district with strategic programs for students, staff, and the community.  Links to each school are found in the top left corner of the home page.

    We offer a rigorous curriculum led by Principals and teachers who are skilled in facilitating the learning process and helping every student reach their potential.  Our dedicated and hardworking staff are here to serve the students, parents, and greater Los Alamos community.  

    LAPS is centered on helping every student gain the 21st century skills and knowledge needed to be successful upon high school graduation.  I believe in the extraordinary potential of all of our more than 3,500 students and am committed to performance excellence and meeting individual student needs.

    In Los Alamos, we have teachers who are mentoring each other, stimulating higher levels of thinking, engaging students in debating and learning, and provoking professional dialogue.  Some of our teachers are even known as "cultivators of curiosity and inquiry."  The results of our remarkable teaching and structured feedback are positive outcomes for the "whole child" and extraordinary achievement gains for students.

    We take pride in our diversity and excellent quality of life.  Since activities outside of school are just as important as in-school study, I believe in a strong collaborative relationship with our parents, families, and the community.  I am committed to bringing out the best in each and every child, young adult, and staff member.  As we often say, strong schools are the foundation of our strong community.

    Please feel free to contact me for additional information by calling (505) 663-2230.

    Best Personal Regards,

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    Kurt A. Steinhaus
    Superintendent

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  • Welcome to the 2015-16 School Year!

    Posted by Dr. Kurt Steinhaus at 7/30/2015
    The summer has gone quickly and we are already preparing for school to begin.  For students, there's a lot of excitement ahead, including new teachers to meet, new books to read, new clothes and school supplies to purchase, new friends to meet, and new skills to master...and I look forward to you sharing in those exciting times.
     
    For parents and students, here are a few tips for a successful school year:
     
    Take care – Set a goal to get plenty of sleep, schedule time to study, and prepare healthy regular meals (yes, students can help with food preparation).  Try to make time for at least one family meal per day.
    Get involved – Find the groups and activities that tap into your genuine interests.  Intrinsic motivation will get you further and help make this a pleasant school year. By choosing to spend your time with people having similar interests you will have both social time and a chance to build your resume.
    Plan for success – Identify or build a special place for homework.  This means finding a quiet location where you can focus on your studies.  Your personal school space should include plenty of room for supplies and books with access to technology that will allow you to spend quality time reading, creating, and calculating.
    Make good decisions – It really is as simple as doing the right thing! Making good decisions, even when you are tempted to do otherwise, will consistently result in fewer struggles, warmer friendships, and more learning in school.
    Ask for help – In addition to your parents, the adults in school care about you and want to see you succeed. Sometimes the most difficult part is taking the first step and asking for help. A trusted adult or fellow student will often listen and try to help.
    Make a New Friend – Connecting with new people is a great way to energize yourself. Take the initiative to branch out! It will help relieve your own stress, and ease your new friend’s stress, as well.
    Attitude is Important – Whether it’s a first impression or the way you act when you are frustrated, your attitude is a choice. Perhaps the most important choice you make every day!
    Be true to yourself – This is important on every level, from the social to the ethical to the ‘resume’ level.  When you let your authentic self shine through, the image you project will be much more powerful. This is not just about getting into college or building a career, it is a key life skill to successfully navigating the world.
     
    I am always looking for new ways to learn and share success strategies.  If you have additional tips for school success, please send to k.steinhaus@laschools.net.  We may even post your ideas on the LAPS Web page.

    Summer has been a busy time for LAPS staff who have worked hard to prepare for the start of school.  As part of meeting the diverse needs of all our students, staff have been attending instructional workshops, learning about changing technologies, and collecting new materials.  

    As instructional leader for LAPS, I have also had the opportunity this summer to learn and grow.  My joy of learning has included leadership mentoring from other successful school superintendents, reading professional journals, riding a summer school bus, and analyzing LAPS data and survey materials.  I remain excited about learning and recommend the following from my summer reading list: Leadership and the New Science by Margaret Wheatley, The Checklist Manifesto, How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande, and Contagious Success, Spreading High Performance Through Your Organization by Susan Lucia Annunzio.  

    Principals and support staff have focused on all the details involved in beginning a new year. Even though time did not allow for all projects to be completed, maintenance and custodial staff have worked on upgrades and cleaning throughout the district.  Central Office staff have worked on prudent budgeting, energy savings, strategic hiring, and developing “not-to-do” and simplify lists to eliminate unneeded tasks and improve customer service.  

    Like myself, we have many new staff members joining our team and I welcome them to our School District.  Several of our staff members are new to Los Alamos while others a simply changing schools.  I appreciate and recognize that it is the hard work and dedication of every employee that makes Los Alamos Public Schools a top-performing school system in which we can all be proud.

    Let’s work together to make this an outstanding year.
     
    Dr. Kurt Steinhaus
    Superintendent 
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  • Message from the Superintendent of Schools

    Posted by Dr. Kurt Steinhaus at 5/1/2015

    It is an honor and privilege to serve as Superintendent of the Los Alamos Public Schools.

    In the greater Los Alamos community, we take pride in our diversity, our excellent quality of life, and the success of our schools. I am committed to continuing the wonderful traditions that bring out the best in each and every child.  Strong schools are the foundation of a strong community.

    I believe in the extraordinary potential of all of our more than 3,500 students and am committed to meeting their individual needs. Our work together requires teamwork, dedication and collaboration. That collaboration extends beyond our school district staff and students to the entire community.

    I will work with the School Board to update our strategic plan and embark on the process of continuous improvement.  We will engage the public in striving to reach our shared vision and to prepare confident lifelong learners.   I am very proud of the accomplishments of our students and staff, and with the help and support of our community look forward to creating new levels of greatness.  Our schools can become even greater.  

    It is my personal goal to be a positive, enthusiastic leader and work collaboratively to ensure all our students benefit from the best educational experience possible. I look forward to working with the school and community family as we continue to make strides in the education of our young people!

    If you have any questions, or if we can be of assistance, please feel free to call us at (505) 663-2230.

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