Oral Spelling Bee

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Past Spelling Bee Winners
Divith Rajagopal
Lux
6th grade
Emma Johnston
Irving
7th grade
Claire Henrichs
Irving
6th grade
Logan Myers
Scott
6th grade
Sarah DiMagno
Irving
8th grade
Rebekah Laybourn
Dawes
6th grade
Anna Lauren Higgins Lefler
7th grade
Greg Ward
Dawes
8th grade
Brian Burris
Lux
7th grade
Aleem Malik
Scott
7th grade
Ali Malik
Scott
8th grade
Mohammed Ali
Mickle
6th grade
Cathy Sypal
Lux
6th grade
Alexander Lin
Lux
6th grade
Noah Weiss
Pound
7th grade
Will Fruhwirth
Lux
7th grade
Arthur Reeves
Culler
7th grade
Eric Schmidt
Lux
8th grade
Bryan Gordon
Park
8th grade
Joey Gourlay
Prescott
6th grade
Laura Dewitt
Pound
7th grade
Kayce Kahl
Meadow Lane 5th grade
C. J. Brown
Irving
8th grade
C. J. Brown
Irving
7th grade
Becky Grossman
East
7th grade
Heather Farris
Pound
8th grade
Cynthia Piggee
Pound
7th grade
We extend our gratitude to
The Lincoln Journal Star
A Ventures in Partnership Partner with
the Lincoln Public Schools English Language Arts program
for cooperatively sponsoring
this Oral Spelling Bee
and
Ventures In Partnerships
A cooperative project of Lincoln Public Schools,
Lincoln Education Association, and the Lincoln business community
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The Lincoln Public Schools
2015 Oral Spelling Bee
is a function of the
Department of Curriculum
Jadi Miller, Director
Jane Stavem, Associate Superintendent
for Instruction
Study Tips
You may want to consider getting organized for your study of
spelling. Start to compile a spelling notebook. Different sections
can feature troublesome word endings, homonyms, troublesome
double letter spellings, or specialized terms.
You will want to visit the Scripps National Spelling Bee website
for tips and information about the Spelling Bee. Its address is
http://www.spellingbee.com. Click on "Students and Parents" and
then "Study Tips." There are a number of options for practice. Be
sure to also look at www.spellit.com. Elementary principals and
middle-school English/Language Arts liaisons have additional
practice word sheets they can also provide.
For more information, call or write
L I N C O L N
P U B L I C
S C H O O L S
Oral Spelling Bee
sponsored in cooperation with
The Lincoln Journal Star
Saturday, February 14, 2015, 8:30 a.m.
(Doors will open at 7:45 a.m.)
Culler Middle School Auditorium
5201 Vine Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68504
Eligibility of students
The English Office
P.O. Box 82889
Lincoln, Nebraska 68501
402-436-1644 or 402-436-1803
Any student of the Lincoln Public Schools in grades
five through eight who will be under the age of 16
on or before the date of the national finals shall be
eligible to participate.
or
The suggested Midwest Spelling Bee Rules will govern
the LPS Oral Spelling Bee.
Lynna Gene Cook
[email protected]
In case of inclement weather, listen to
KFOR or KLIN radio for information.
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Participating students must have the permission
of a parent or guardian and submit a completed
registration form to their elementary or middle school
office or to the LPS English/Language Arts Office by
January 24, 2014.
88th Annual Midwest Spelling Bee
Omaha, Nebraska–March 14, 2015
87th Annual Scripps
National Spelling Bee Week
Washington, D.C.– May 24–May 29, 2015
• A new word is given to Speller B, and the Bee resumes. (The new word given to Speller B is not the Championship
word. Instead, the Bee resumes in accordance with the above.)
6. The contestant may request the enunciator to pronounce the word again, define it, or use it in a sentence. The enunciator shall grant the request until the officials agree that the word has been made reasonable clear to the contestant.
Judges may disqualify any contestant who ignores a request to start spelling.
A final example:
Speller A misspells the word.
Two spellers remain.
7. 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 of letters or their sequence from those first pronounced. If letters or their sequence
are changed in the respelling, the speller will be eliminated.
Speller A spells correctly.
8. If, inadvertently, no definition of a homonym is given, the correct spelling of either word shall be accepted as correct.
When a speller is given the definition of a homonym, he/she must spell the word defined.
Speller B misspells.
Examples:
Speller A is then given the potentially championship word.
Speller B spells correctly.
Speller A spells correctly.
Speller A spells the misspelled word correctly.
Changing the form of a letter, an “o” to an “a”
Speller A misspells the word.
Over-writes, darkening of a letter to make it more visible.
Speller B is given a new word.
Crossing out of words or letters
Speller B spells correctly.
• These rules are implemented in order to be consistent with the oral spelling rounds in which the contestant does not
get to correct spelling errors.
Speller A spells correctly.
• In the event that a contestant’s pen causes an error, the contestant is to notify their monitor immediately. They should
not try to correct the error until instructed.
Speller A misspells.
Rules of the Oral Round
Speller B spells correctly.
Speller B also misspells.
Speller A is given a new word.
• Talking will not be permitted.
Speller A spells correctly.
• Spellers who make it to the oral rounds will take their places on stage, in an order determined by a random drawing.
Speller B spells correctly.
• Contestants may raise their hands and ask for the word or sentence repeated and/or the definition.
Speller A spells correctly.
NOTE: The following rules were implemented last year. Please read closely.
Speller B misspells.
• As spellers misspell, they will exit the Bee, until 2 remain.
• These two spellers are our Finalists.
• After the first of the two spellers misspells, the second will be given a chance to spell the misspelled word correctly. If
successful, that speller will be given a new word. If that word is spelled correctly, that speller is our champion.
Speller A correctly spells the misspelled word.
• If the speller given a chance to correctly spell the misspelled word either fails to correctly spell the misspelled word, or
spells the misspelled word correctly but misspells the potentially championship word, the Bee resumes as per normal,
and the next, new, word is offered to the speller who initially misspelled.
• Please read and understand these rules prior to the day of the Bee, and ask any questions to the local officials prior
to the Bee.
Here are examples of what happens when 2 spellers remain:
Speller B misspells.
Speller A is then given a new word.
9. Webster’s New International Dictionary and its Addenda Section, copyright 2002, Merriam-Webster, Inc., shall serve
as the final authority for the spelling of words in the Midwest Spelling Bee. Such variations and reformed spellings as
appear in small type at the bottom of the page in Webster’s, keyed with a dagger or double dagger, will not be accepted
as correct. Obsolete and archaic spellings will be regarded as errors.
11. The judges are in complete control of the bee. Their decision shall be final on all questions.
If Speller A spells this new word correctly, Speller A is our Champion.
12. Any contestant having once won a National Spelling Bee championship is ineligible for future competition in the
National Spelling Bee and the Midwest Spelling Bee.
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Speller B misspells the same word.
• Please note: In accordance with National Guidelines, all local judges’ decisions are final.
10. Any question relating to the spelling of a word should be referred to the judges immediately in writing before completion of the current round. No protest can be entertained after a round is completed.
Speller A spells the misspelled word correctly.
Speller A misspells.
• Speller A then receives a new, potentially championship, word, which Speller A spells correctly. Speller A is our champion.
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NOTE: All decisions made by district spelling bee officials will be regarded as final by the World-Herald/Midwest Spelling Bee.
(Zip Code)
Principals: Please return this registration form to the English Office, Box 24, by Monday, January 26, 2015.
Registrations are accepted the morning of the Spelling Bee, but students' names will not appear in the program.
5. In competition, after the enunciator gives the contestant a word, the contestant will be encouraged to pronounce the
word before spelling it and after spelling it. However, no contestant will be eliminated for failing to pronounce a word.
Speller A is then given the potentially championship word.
(State)
Speller A spells the misspelled word correctly.
(City)
Speller B misspells.
4. Words shall be pronounced according to the diacritical markings in Webster’s Third New International Dictionary
and its Addenda Section, copyright 2002 Merriam-Webster, Inc., and the 2015 Sponsor Bee Guide, from which the
enunciator shall select the definition or definitions that he/she gives. With the approval of the judges, he/she may give
a fuller explanation of the meaning of the word to supplement the dictionary definition or definitions quoted.
(Street)
Speller A spells correctly.
Address
Speller B spells correctly.
Birth Date
Speller A spells correctly.
School
Two spellers remain.
Teacher's Name
Here is an example of how this may play out:
Student's Name
The Bee resumes, with Speller A being given the next new word.
Grade
Speller B is given the potentially championship word, but misspells it.
Parents and Guardians:
Please complete and return this form to your child's teacher or school office by Friday, January 23, 2015.
3. Word lists will not be supplied by the Midwest Spelling Bee for local bees. National Bee headquarters will be responsible
for compiling the word list for the finals in Washington. Words used in the national finals shall be selected from the
2015 Spell It!, from the 2015 Sponsor Bee Guide, International Dictionary and its Addenda Section, copyright 2002
Merriam-Webster Inc.
Speller B correctly spells the misspelled word.
Registration for the 2015 LPS Oral Spelling Bee
2. Preliminary competition may be conducted either in writing or orally, or both. The Midwest Spelling Bee, however,
reserves the right to conduct the Midwest finals in Omaha in both modes. Vocabulary will be introduced into the
competition in a practice format only. This is to help introduce competitors to the new format within the national
competition in Washington D.C. The vocabulary (practice) round will be conducted before the written and oral rounds.
Speller A misspells.
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1. County and district champions of preliminary competitions competing in the Midwest Spelling Bee in Omaha, Neb.
must qualify under these requirements: (a) they must not have passed beyond the eighth grade on or before Feb. 1,
2015; (b) they must not have reached their 15th birthday on or before August 31, 2014; (c) speller must attend a school
officially enrolled with Scripps National Spelling Bee and (d) any contestant having once won a National Spelling Bee
championship is ineligible for future competition.
Telephone Number
OR
(Sponsored by the Omaha World-Herald)
Parent/Guardian Signature
The Bee resumes, with Speller A being given the next new word.
I approve of my child's participation in the 2015 LPS Oral Spelling Bee, conducted by the Lincoln Public Schools
according to the 2015 Midwest Spelling Bee Contest Rules, reprinted in this brochure.
Midwest Spelling Bee Rules
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