School Year: 2019-2020

 

WHAT IS THE SPELLING BEE?

The Spelling Bee is a test of word spellings and their meanings. It is a great way for students to expand their vocabulary, expose themselves to new concepts and learn how to stand up in front of peers and compete in a friendly way. The Bee is open to all students of Redmond Middle School.

The registration fee is $15 which can be paid online at the time of enrollment. The fee covers enrollment, a participation certificate, and entry into the Final School Spelling Bee (provided that the student qualifies by first passing the Written Round Test). After the enrollment the students will receive a word list for preparation provided by the organizers at Scripps. The school winner will represent  RMS at the regional competition in Seattle, where participants from more than 90 schools will compete. The winner from the regionals gets an all-expenses paid entry into the National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.

 

 

VOLUNTEERS

We need volunteers. Please reach out to us at spellingbee@rmsptsa.org if you're interested!

 

 Dates for 2020

  • Jan. 7th Written Round – Prelims
  • Jan.29rd Mock Spelling Bee!
  • Feb. 1st Final School Spelling Bee!

       

REGISTRATION 

  • You will be able to access the required study materials online, after you register. Please let us know at spellingbee@rmsptsa.org if you are unable to download the lists and rules.
  • We have scholarship options. If you need a registration fee waiver, please email us with your details at spellingbee@rmsptsa.org and we will help you with the registration.

          You can register here!

 

AFTER YOU REGISTER

  • Please download the word and vocabulary list and start preparing. The school spelling bee relies primarily on the 450 word and vocabulary list provided by the Scripps Spelling Bee organizers.
  • The preliminaries will be a written round and we expect the students to know the meaning of all the words. The test will not be just about spelling – the students will be tested on both vocabulary (meanings) and spellings.
  • The written round pattern will also be emailed to your email used to register on this site (you can also download it).
  • There is also a “Words of Champions 2020” word list that has 4000 words (organized into three difficulty levels). The final spelling bee will pull words from this 4000-word list if we exhaust the 450-word list. 
  • The “Words of Champions 2020” list will also be useful to the School winner, since the school winner will participate in the regional competition which will heavily rely on the 4000-word list.
  • Please use http://www.merriam-webster.com/ to hear the pronunciation of each and every word. It also has details about the origin of the word, examples, alternate pronunciation and meaning. This website is recommend by Scripps for pronunciation. The pronouncers will use the Merriam-Webster dictionary as the standard reference for both final school spelling bee and the regionals. 

 

QUESTIONS

Please email spellingbee@rmsptsa.org with any questions!