Photo by Rock Your Mocs/Facebook.
By James R. Mountain
Los Alamos, NM – On Thursday students, parents, administrators, school board members and teachers gathered to celebrate and recognize Native American Heritage Month and “Rock Your Mocs.”
Several attend the lunch served by the LAPS Native American Parent Advisory Council (NAPAC). Native tacos were enjoyed by all who attended thanks to the food preparations of Marie John (parent, NAPAC board member, Santa Clara Pueblo) and Pam Warren, parent, NAPAC board member, Isleta Pueblo).
The LAPS Native American Parent Advisory Council (NAPAC) was founded in 2014 by local Native American parents. NAPAC was formally recognized through the support of then LAPS Superintendent, Dr. Eugene Schmidt, and the LAPS School Board. Today, NAPAC is active in Native American policy and activity throughout the school district, and operates in full collaboration with the Superintendent and School Board. NAPAC is organized through by-laws and monthly meetings held by parents serving as officers, the Superintendent, a School Board Member Representative, Student Representatives, and a District Parent Representative.
NAPAC information, events, and meeting agendas can be found on the LAPS website under the “Discover LAPS” tab, click here.
NAPAC appreciates and recognizes the committed support of Dr. Kurt Steinhaus, Superintendent; Jennifer Guy, Asst. Superintendent; Bill Hargraves, School Board Member; Matt Williams, former School Board Member; and the LAPS School Board.
Los Alamos Public School’s progress and support for Native American students throughout the District:
- 2014 formal recognition of the Native American Parent Advisory Council
- Native American Liaison position created for the school district (2018)
- 2018 School Board Resolution – “Title: Native American Heritage Month, November 2018”
- LAMS Native Hawks Club founded in 2014
- LAHS Native American Club founded in 2014
- Annual LAPS Professional Development sessions
- 100+ Native American students throughout the school district