The Secretary of Education has announced that all New Mexico schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Check out the LAPS Innovative LA Learning.


Dr. Kurt Steinhaus and kids at Mountain Elementary

Superintendent’s Program Challenge

The Superintendent’s Project Challenge is an opportunity for LAPS students to submit projects online that have been created during the school closure and represent innovative learning. Projects will be judged and prizes awarded four times in each of the five different categories.

The five categories for projects are:

  1. Kindergarten, First, Second and Third Grades ($50 prize to winners)
  2. Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Grades ($50 prize to winners)
  3. Middle School ($100 prize to winners)
  4. High School ($100 prize to winners)
  5. Group Category ($200 prize to winners) (Students may work together online or remotely and must follow the current New Mexico pandemic guidelines for reducing the spread of COVID-19.)

All projects will be judged by a committee with cash prizes to the winners. At least one winner in each category will be selected on April 17th, May 1st, May 15th and May 29th.

Project Ideas

The possibilities are endless! We encourage students to use their imagination. Some examples of types of projects include: video, poetry, essay, student-designed hand-built model, music production or performance, cartoon drawing, science experiment, photograph collage, clothes using recycled material, the design of a machine or structure, a project that reflects mindfulness, song, advice column, editorial, dramatic performance, dance, drawing or other artwork, storybook, debate, speech, short story, how-to lesson, etc.

We welcome projects that relate to the current COVID-19 pandemic and school closure experience; however, that is not a requirement and any original and student-created project qualifies. Students are encouraged to ask for help from a teacher or a parent as long as the student is doing the work. Be creative and have fun!

Submit entries to the LAPS Foundation.


A committee including LAPS Foundation board members and LAPS administrative staff will judge the entries. Scoring criteria include: Creativity, Innovation, Effort, Expression/Meaning


Winning projects (with parent’s permission) will be published on the LAPS and LAPS Foundation websites (and possibly Facebook pages). A check for the prize will be mailed to the student at the listed mailing address.


Contact Jenny McCumber, LAPS Foundation Executive Director, at 505-500-6501 or email with questions.


Important News

Chartwells and Los Alamos Public Schools are participating in the Free Emergency Meals program for any child 18 and under. Beginning Friday, April 10, the program will include both a breakfast and lunch meal distribution twice a week.

 The meals will be packaged together for one single distribution. Friday meals will be packaged for use on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Tuesday meals would cover Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

 Meals may be picked up curbside on Tuesday and Friday from 11 am – 1 pm at Aspen Elementary, 12 pm – 1 pm at Piñon Elementary, and 12 pm – 1 pm at Chamisa Elementary.

Go to for menu details.