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Northern New Mexico College Winter Cheer Camp 2018

November 17, 2018

9:00 AM – 1:00 PM at NNMC Eagle Memorial Gymnasium

Ages 5-14 (boys and girls); Cost is $35

Please contact Joanna at or 505-747-2131 for early registration rates.

CLICK HERE for all the details!


Scripps Spelling Bee!  Do you have a Spelling Bee Champion at your school?

There is still time for schools to sign up to participate in the 2018-2019 Scripps Spelling Bee!

Enrollment continues until December 15, 2018.  Please go to to register.  The fee is $235.00 and is payable by credit card or check (the check processing fee is $7.50) as Scripps does not accept purchase orders.  Passwords from last year are not necessary to know.

When Scripps receives and processes a school’s payment, the coordinating teacher at the school may access all bee materials online at the Scripps website.  They include study guides, competition guides, supplemental vocabulary materials, a prize from Encyclopaedia Britannica worth $75.00 for the school champion, customizable certificates, classroom discussion guides and more for all 12 books in “Great Words, Great Works” reading program,  the teacher newsletter, and resources for planning and running a school spelling bee.

Of course, there are intangible benefits for spellers; increased spelling and vocabulary skills, development of public speaking skills and confidence in front of an audience, and many opportunities to be recognized as participants.

Only schools enrolled in the National Bee may compete in the NM Spelling Bee on March 9, 2019 in Albuquerque. The champion travels to Washington, D.C. in May/June to compete in the Scripps National Bee.

The NM Bee sponsor, the Albuquerque Journal, pays most of the expenses.

Please join in for a great educational experience for your students and you! It’s so much fun, too!

For more information and help, please contact Karen Kehe, NM Spelling Bee Coordinator at 505-249-2724 and


New Mexico State Library Invites Your Students to participate in Letters About Literature

Your students are cordially invited to participate in Letters About Literature, sponsored by the New Mexico State Library in cooperation with The Center for the Book at the Library of Congress and Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Letters About Literature is a writing contest designed to promote reading and thoughtful writing by encouraging young readers to read a book and then write a letter to the author explaining how his or her work shaped their perspective on the world or themselves. This is the seventh year New Mexico State Library has sponsored the competition.

Readers in grades 4-12 write a personal letter to an author describing their personal reaction to a book, story, or poem. Students may write about works of fiction or nonfiction. The letters are submitted online at the Library of Congress and then sent to the New Mexico State Library for judging.  New Mexico state judges will select the top letter writers in New Mexico, who then advance to the national competition. Letter writers compete at three levels: Level I is grades 4-6; Level II is grades 7-8; and Level III is grades 9-12. One winning letter from each level from all 50 states is entered in the national competition. There will be cash prizes for the three state winners and also for the national winners.

Please see the attached participation guidelines, official rules, and the permission form for ages 12 and under.  Please read the official rules and the participation guidelines, including how to submit entries carefully before your students begin reading and writing.  THERE ARE MANY CHANGES!

In particular please note the following:

  • beginning November 1, 2018 online submission only!
  • permission form required for ages 12 and under as of November 1, 2018
  • required word counts and letter format
  • the assessment criteria.

All entries must be 
submitted online by January 11, 2019. Please visit Letters About Literature 2019 to learn more about the contest. If you have any questions, please feel free to reply to this email or call  Lori 505-476-9716 or 9717. We look forward to working with you and truly hope you will participate in the New Mexico Letters About Literature contest.


NMHMA Children and Youth Talent Competition

For children ages 5-12 and Youth ages 13-18.  The talent contest is like the TV show the voice, each contestant sings 1 song with back up tracks in front of a panel of judges made up of radio DJ’s at the Okay Casino Conference Hall.

CLICK HERE for details and registration form, or contact Manny Martinez at 505-929-0302 or for questions.


Free Educational Classes offered by Pojoaque Valley School District

Clases educativas gratuitas ofrecidas por el Distrito Escolar Pojoaque Valley

ESL (English As a Second Language)

Clases de Inglés como Segundo Idioma

Classes Begin: January 9, 2018

Click here for more information. Español

HSE (formerly known as GED)

Obtenga Su Credencial de Equivalencia de la Escuela Secundaria

Classes Begin: January 9, 2018

Click here for more information.  Español