Arnold Spelling Bee
February 1, 2017
1:30 p.m. in the HS Gym
It's spelling bee time again! I am excited to begin a new season of the spelling bee where we hold classroom written spelling bees, a local oral spelling bee, a written county spelling bee, and hopefully will qualify a student for the state level written AND oral spelling bee in Omaha.
In preparation for the Custer County Annual Spelling Bee in Ansley, I would like to continue the tradition of having a local oral spelling bee here in Arnold. The Custer County Bee will hold theirs the week of February 20, 2017, so we are scheduling ours for February 1st at 1:30 p.m. Teachers will hopefully hold their classroom competitions between January 16th and January 27th so I will have time to notify all the winners and send letters home to their parents.
Prior to this date, I asked the teacher to hold a written spelling bee in their classrooms to determine the top four winners who will participate in the oral spelling bee on February 1st. (Those teachers with small classes and have the worry of leaving only one or two students out can determine how many students they want to have participate rather than four.) They will send me those winners names as soon as possible after their classroom competitions. A packet of words (that was downloaded from the Scripps National Spelling Bee web site) for the students to study is attached to this post.
To determine the spellers that will attend the Broken Bow spelling contest we will use the following criteria:
- The top winner from each of the written classroom spelling bees in the 4th through 8th grade will automatically get to participate in the Custer County Spelling Bee.
- The remaining three qualifiers will be determined by his/her performance in the oral spelling bee.
- The top three oral spellers (that have not already qualified through the written test) will attend.
Teachers in the upper grades are encouraged to simulate the Custer County Spelling Bee competition so students know what they will be facing later in case they win.
Custer County Spelling Bee Rules:
- This is a paper and pencil test so students need to bring 2 pencils with them. There are 5 rounds. The first part of the competition is three sets of words, 10 at a time. Papers are gathered at the conclusion of each list.
- The top 10 students will then advance to round four.
- In case of a tie for the 10th spot, all students who have tied will advance. The fourth and fifth rounds will have 10 words in each list.
- If a winner can be declared at that time, then we will do so. In case of a tie, they will be given 5 tie-breaker words at a time and will continue for no more than three more rounds.
- Only those students in the tie will participate. If the tie is for second place, the winner will not have to participate in the tie-breaker.
Two people are then sent on to the Omaha World Herald statewide spelling bee where they will have a combination of oral and written tests to determine a winner.