This year the Park Record Bee is raising the bar!
We are thrilled to announce we will send the winner of our local Park Record Bee to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in May of 2015.
Expenses for the lucky winner and an adult will be paid for by the Park Record Bee.
To reach Scripps, we must make the following changes to our local Bee:
Bee Fee - Any school that wants their students to participate and qualify through the local Park Record Bee will need to register directly online with Scripps – here is the link - http://www.spellingbee.com/. The cost is $130. This is a required step by Scripps; however, in return, each school will receive all of the study words and a plethora of other spelling resources for teachers and students. The fee can come from the school, their PTO, Community Council, parent donation or any other source.
Format - There will no longer be 2nd/3rd, 4th/5th and 6th/7th grade Park Record Bees. Instead, there will only be a 2nd/3rd grade Bee locally; this local bee this will become a "warm-up" bee for the Scripps Bee. The main event will be for students in 4th - 8th. Participants will need to be 8-14 years old. The winner of this bee will go to Scripps. Second and third place winners of the Park Record qualifying bee will be substitutes for the Scripps National Bee in the event the winner cannot go.
Calendar of Events
February 10 - written Qualification Test at test centers below
February 23 - announce List of Finalists for Park Record Bee
March 31 - Park Record Spelling Bee at the Egyptian Theatre
May 24 – 29 - Scripps Bee Week in Virginia
Sept 7 (Labor Day) - Participate with the Park Record in the Miner’s Day Parade
In light of the changes to the Park Record Bee this year, we want to be sure that everyone understands the guidelines and how to help students study for the Bee.
Please let us know if you have any questions.
We look forward to a very exciting and challenging Bee season.
Have fun and spell on!
In 2006, Tania Knauer discovered that her daughter and several other then 3rd graders at McPolin Elementary School not only liked to explore new worlds and stories through reading books but also enjoyed spelling many newly encountered words. While discussing this curiosity in spelling with her daughter's teacher Mrs. Dugins, a native of the south (a region rife with spelling bees), they spawned the idea for a 3rd grade bee. The 3rd grade bee would provide a worthy challenge for these increasingly proficient readers, and the bee would help eager students hone reading, spelling and comprehension skills.