The McAuliffe PTSA is looking forward to hosting a Spelling Bee for our students for the first time since 2020! Our Spelling Bee is registered as part of the Scripp's National Spelling Bee program. The Spelling Bee will take place on February 1st (grades 1-2) and 2nd (grades 3-5 and All School Championship), 2023. Registration is now closed. Please reach out to email@example.com with any questions.
When and where will the Spelling Bee take place?
The Spelling Bee will be held in the McAuliffe Elementary Commons on February 1st and 2nd, 2023 beginning at 6:00pm. Grades 1 and 2 will compete on Wednesday, February 1st. Grades 3-5 will compete on Thursday, February 2nd. The winner from each grade (including grades 1 and 2) will compete on Thursday, February 2nd to determine the school champion.
What does my child need to do in order to participate?
All participating students should use the Scripps National Spelling Bee's "Word Club" app to prepare for the Spelling Bee. Word selection lists will also be posted on the PTSA bulletin board in the McAuliffe school lobby.
Will there be any practice rounds conducted in the classrooms during the school day?
No. Our teachers will not be conducting practice rounds during the school day. Students must prepare for the event at home.
In which format will the Spelling Bee be conducted?
The Bee will be spelling only with the “say, spell, say” format. No vocabulary questions will be asked at the school level.
Will there be words asked that are not on the Elementary Grade Level list?
Yes, in the final rounds of each evening, and the championship round, there will be words at each of the 2 and 3 bee levels that can be located in the Word Club app and the 4,000-word master list but which are not on the 450 words included on the elementary level list.
How will participants be recognized?
All participants will receive a certificate of recognition. Prizes will be awarded for each grade champion and the school champion.
Are volunteers are needed for the event to take place?
Yes! We will need 4 parent volunteers each evening to run the spelling bee: this includes 3 judges and 1 pronouncer who will do the majority of the speaking. More volunteers are encouraged to sign up to direct and check students in at the start of the night at 5:30pm. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up here. Please note that all volunteers must be approved volunteers through the LWSD.
When is the regional competition?
The McAuliffe Spelling Bee Champion will go on to compete at the regional competition in Seattle on March 26th, 2023.