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Early childhood education film and discussion Thursday; County spelling bee winner heads to state

Doug Cantwell
dcantwell@taosnews.com
Posted 2/26/20

“No Small Matter,” billed as the first documentary to explore the most powerful and overlooked force for change in America today, will air at 5 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 27) at Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte.

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Early childhood education film and discussion Thursday; County spelling bee winner heads to state

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“No Small Matter,” billed as the first documentary to explore the most powerful and overlooked force for change in America today, will air at 5 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 27) at Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte.

Through stories and humor, the film lays out evidence for the importance of the first five years of life – the human capacity for early intelligence and the potential for quality early care and education and how it can benefit America’s social and economic future.  “No Small Matter” has subtitulos en Español (Spanish subtitles).

A panel discussion with early childhood professionals will follow, aimed at kick-starting a public conversation about how our future depends on our youngest citizens and how we can best respond to their needs. New Mexico Secretary of Early Childhood Education and Care Elizabeth Groginsky will offer opening remarks.

Admission is free. For more details, contact Miles Bonny at milesbonny@unm.edu or (575) 779-9151.

County spelling bee winner heads to state

Can you spell “jalapeño”? Amelia Martinez, a seventh-grader at Taos Integrated School of the Arts, aced the word to win the 2020 Taos County Spelling Bee on Jan. 28 at Taos Charter School. Eliana Kaysing, sixth-grade student at TISA, placed second and Mateo Martinez, seventh-grader at Taos Charter School, took third overall out of 20 spellers.

Amelia advances to the state spelling bee, which will take place at Albuquerque Academy on March 21. Eliana Kaysing will accompany her as alternate. From the state bee, one lucky winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

“I don’t care about Washington, D.C., because I was just there helping deliver the National Christmas Tree to the Capitol,” said Amelia. “Still, it would be nice to win!”

Taos Charter School has hosted the Taos County Spelling Bee for the last three years under the direction of teacher Jennifer Martinez. “Every year fewer schools want to participate,” Martinez lamented.

The National Spelling Bee started in 1925 and today, almost 100 years later, over 11 million students compete annually in Scripps-sponsored spelling bees.

– Compiled by Doug Cantwell

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