Notes From The Director

An Interview with Jessica Keller, LAHS Class of 2004

Recently our executive director, Laura Loy, conducted an interview with Jessica Keller, LAHS class of 2004, to learn what she’s up to now. LL: Tell us what you’ve been doing since graduating LAHS. Where are you now, and what are you doing? JK: I’m living in Sacramento CA where I’m a lead line cook at

Larry Baca Memorial Scholarship Fund

Several members of the community approached the LAPS Foundation about setting up a fund for a Larry Baca Memorial Scholarship, to honor their friend and colleague who had such a positive impact on so many in our community. The LAPS Foundation has established such a fund. The scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior

Spring Grants Will Be Accepted Through March 3, 2019

Update: The deadline to submit a grant application has been extended to March 3, 2019! Teachers, mark your calendars! The Spring, 2019 applications for Great Ideas, Professional Development and Professional Book Group grants will be accepted February 1 – March 3, 2019. Certified Los Alamos Public Schools teachers may apply. At least $15,000 is available

Let’s Raise $35,000 for Our Schools by December 31, 2018!

We’re several months into the new school year, and already the Foundation has been able to infuse more than $15,000 into Los Alamos Public Schools since August! We are just the vessel though; it’s our generous supporters like YOU who make it all possible. We have kicked off our annual year-end campaign with a goal of $35,000.

An Invitation to Our Supporters

Please join us at a special seminar/reception for our supporters on Thursday, December 6, 5:30-6:30pm in the School Board Room. LAPS Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus will brief us on the current school year, Executive Director Laura Loy will give an update on the Foundation’s impact in the schools, and then local CPA Tony Belletete will give a

Grant Spotlight: Culturally Relevant Books

In the fall of 2018, at the suggestion of a teacher, the LAPS Foundation began offering mini-grants to teachers. Each grant is up to $100, and teachers can receive a maximum of 1 mini-grant per school year. The Foundation has allocated $1,000 each in the fall and spring semesters to fund these requests, and so

Grant Spotlight: LEGOs For STEM

In the fall of 2018, at the suggestion of a teacher, the LAPS Foundation began offering mini-grants to teachers. Each grant is up to $100, and teachers can receive a maximum of 1 mini-grant per school year. The Foundation has allocated $1,000 each in the fall and spring semesters to fund these requests, and so

Honoring Our Teachers

Did you know that teachers in the State of New Mexico, who start out at Level I, are required to submit a Professional Development Dossier (PDD) at the end of 3-5 years of successful teaching in order to advance to Level II? They don’t have a choice, and yet they must pay for it themselves! Teachers

Thank You for Making Taste of Knowledge a Huge Success!

Once again, Los Alamos came out to support public education at this year’s Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation’s annual fundraiser, A Taste of Knowledge. Thanks to the generosity of many individuals and businesses, the Foundation was able to raise $42,000 for Los Alamos Public Schools. This additional funding will allow the LAPS Foundation to do

Now Accepting Grant Applications

 It’s that time of year again – the weather is starting to change, the PSL is on the menu at Starbucks, and the LAPS Foundation is now accepting fall grant applications from LAPS teachers! All applications may be filled out online at The three types of grants available are: Great Ideas – These grants support teachers

It’s Time To Tango!

Our biggest fundraiser, Taste of Knowledge, is coming up on September 30, and the theme this year is “A South American Food and Wine Exploration”. We have partnered once again with Pig+Fig to bring you an amazing evening of food, wine, entertainment (tango, anyone?) and more, all while supporting Los Alamos teachers, students and schools.

Fairy Godmother to Los Alamos Public Schools

We were recently referred to as the Fairy Godmother to the Los Alamos Public Schools, and the title stuck! Thanks to so many generous supporters, the LAPS Foundation is able to make dreams come true in our schools. We couldn’t do it without you. How did we make an impact in the 2017-18 school year

LAHS Yearbooks Site to Launch Soon!

LAHS alumni have asked us to make their yearbooks available online, and we have heard the call. With funds donated by individuals and LAHS classes, we are planning the launch a new section of our website soon that will include every LAHS yearbook from 1949 through 2017. Not only that, but it will feature a

Great Ideas Abound at LA Schools

Every fall and spring, we accept applications from teachers for 3 types of grants: Professional Development, Professional Book Groups, and Great Ideas. It’s the latter that really showcases the innovative ideas that teachers have for their students, and it is our job to try to make those ideas a reality. Last fall, we were able

New Teacher Advisory Board a Success

An important part of our Strategic Plan is to continuously solicit feedback from educators, to ensure our support remains relevant. This year we started a Teacher Advisory Board to do just that. Three times a year we invite one teacher from each school to join us for dinner and discussion. This has proven to be

Now Accepting Grant Applications!

LAPS teachers, do you have a great idea to enrich your curriculum or provide students with unique learning experiences?  Or perhaps you’re interested in attending a conference or holding a book club to enhance your professional development? The LAPS Foundation is now accepting applications through February 28, 2018 for our spring grant cycle. There are 3

How to Support? Let us Count the Ways.

It’s easy to invest in education in Los Alamos. Besides donating online or mailing a check to the LAPS Foundation at 1900 Diamond Dr. Suite 1, Los Alamos, NM 87544, did you know that you can support the LAPS Foundation every time you shop at Smith’s? Simply link your Smith’s rewards card to the LAPS

What Inspires You?

We all find inspiration in something – often unexpectedly. Shannon Seitz, a member of the LAHS Library staff, found her inspiration recently. Unbeknownst to Shannon, her boss had received a grant from the LAPS Foundation to attend the What’s New in Young Adult Literature Conference, and he wanted Shannon to be the one to go.

Meet Our Intern Maddie!

Maddie Ovaska Currently a Sophomore at LAHS (Class of 2020!) LAPS Foundation Intern What’s a typical day like at LAHS in 2017? Well, we start school at 7:50 am and finish at 2:35 pm. We have A and B days, with four classes each day: 1A, 2A, 3A and the same for B days. 4th

What’s Your Wonder?

Wonder is all around us this time of year. We want to share with you the wonder that your gifts to the LAPS Foundation make possible. In this case, it’s the wonder of students like Zoey and her 5th grade friends at Chamisa. They received copies of the book Wonder, about a boy with a facial

Thank you Los Alamos!

We couldn’t be happier with how this year’s Taste of Knowledge turned out. 150 people packed the sold-out event, which featured Spanish tapas and wine, folkloric and ballet dance performances, and live jazz music. By night’s end, we had raised an unbelievable $23,700 for Los Alamos Public Schools! For that, the Board and staff of

Let’s Taste for Knowledge

If you have never been to one of the Foundation’s Taste of Knowledge events, you are in for a special treat this year. On October 14, 5:30-8:30pm, the Foundation will hold its Taste of Knowledge fundraiser in the romantic and nostalgic setting of the old De Colores Restaurant. The theme this year is “Experience the

Teachers, What Can We Do for You?

The Foundation is now accepting grant applications from Los Alamos Public Schools teachers! The fall grant cycle will be open September 1 – 28, 2017. There are three types of grants: Professional Development Professional Book Clubs Great Ideas Grants We encourage you to read up on what types of things the Foundation supports, and then

Time for Another School Year

We’ve been working hard over the summer to implement some new initiatives on our end that we hope will make for the best school year yet for LAPS staff and students. One of those things is our new website – we hope you like it and find it useful. For teachers, we have  put all