Spelling BEE Information
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Monday, September 22, 2014
AES Spelling Bee
AES Spelling Bee
AES's Annual Spelling BEE is Coming!!

Our annual Spelling BEE is coming!! This opportunity is open to all 1st-6th graders. AES is registered with the Scripps National Spelling Bee, so our school champion will compete at the County Bee, which will be held in January. The grade level list of the words, which will be used for the spelling bee is available at AES and was also sent home with each student. This word list will be used in the classroom as well as the grade level bees. If students continue to spell words correctly from their grade level list, words may be chosen from the next grade level list to determine a winner.

Classroom spelling bees will be held the week of Oct. 20-24. The top two spellers in each class will then move on to the grade level spelling bee. The grade level spelling bees will be held the week of Oct. 27 - 31. THe top two spellers from each grade level will then move on to the school bee. The school bee will be held the week of Dec. 1 - 5. Parents of the participants will be invited to attend the school bee. More details for this event will be sent home at a later date.

Some helpful hints and tips:

  • In competition, after the pronouncer gives the word, the contestant will be encouraged to pronounce the word before and after spelling it. It may be helpful to study this way at home.
  • The contestant may ask the pronouncer to define the word, give the language of origin, use it in a sentence, give its parts of speech, or give an alternate pronunciation.
  • If a word has one or more homonyms, the pronouncer will indicate which word is to be spelled by giving a definition.
  • Having started to spell a word, a contestant may stop and start over, retracing the spelling from the beginning, but in retracing there can be no change to letters or their sequence from those first pronounced. If letters of their sequences are changed in the respelling, the speller will be eliminated.
  • The contest shall be conducted in rounds. Each contestant remaining in the spelling bee at the start of each round shall spell one word in the round.
  • Upon missing the spelling of the word, a contestant immediately drops out of the contest and may go sit in the designated area. The next word on the pronouncer's list is given to the next contestant.
  • If all the spellers in a round misspell, that is, if none of the spellers in the round spell the word correctly, then all remain in the competition and a new round begins.
  • If only one of the spellers remaining in the competition at the start of a round spells a word correctly during that round, a new championship round shall begin and if the speller succeeds in correctly spelling the new word, the speller shall be declared the champion. If the speller does not succeed in correctly spelling the new word, all spellers remaining in the competition at the start of the previous round shall remain in the competition. A new round will begin with these spellers spelling in the original order.
  • The judges are in complete control of the spelling bee. Their decisions shall be final on all questions.
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