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2019-20 Spelling Bee Information
Posted 09/23/2019 08:30AM

Scripps Spelling Bee is back!

Oakhill is to participate in Scripps again this year. Participation in the Scripps Bee is open to students in Grades 1-8. 

Click here to view specific details on Eligibility Criteria

Timeline for the Scripps Spelling Bee

September 23: Grade Level Spelling Word Lists, Great Words, Great Works book lists, and information regarding rules and study tips will be sent home with students.

*Due to Scripps Spelling Bee Rules, the word lists cannot be sent electronically. A printed copy will be sent home in your child's backpack. Additional copies of grade level word lists and the full 2020 Classroom Spelling Bee Study Lists are available by request. Download 2020 Spelling Bee Rules

October 21-29: Classroom Spelling Bees

Your child's teacher will send home the date of their mini classroom bee so your child can prepare. We ask that parents do not attend the classroom bees to stay consistent with how we conducted classroom bees in previous years. The winner from each first- eighth-grade classroom will move on to the School-Wide Spelling Bee. Classroom bee participants will receive a certificate and each classroom winner will receive a medal and subscription to Word Club to help them prepare for the school bee. The classroom bee runner-up will be an alternate should the winner be unable to compete in the school-wide bee.

November 19: Oakhill Day School Spelling Bee @4:30 PM

The entire school community is welcome to attend. The top spellers from the first- eighth-grades will compete for the title of Oakhill Day School Spelling Bee Champion. The winner will receive a personalized trophy and an invitation to proceed to the Jackson-Clay County Spelling Bee. All other participants will receive a certificate of participation.

February 22: The Oakhill school champion will participate in at least one round of the semifinal bee for the Jackson-Clay County Spelling Bee.

March 7: If the school winner successfully competes in the semifinal bee, they will compete in the Jackson-Clay County Championship Bee at Woodneath Library. The winner of this bee will proceed to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.


How to Prepare

☑ We encourage every student to prepare for participation in the Classroom Spelling Bee. Your child should study their grade level list, while also keeping in mind that if the individuals in their grade are spelling all of those words correctly, we will continually advance into the next list until we have 2 top students from that grade to take to the School-Wide Spelling Bee on November 19

This year, all of the words from the Scripps 2019-20 School Spelling Bee Study List will be taken from engaging, grade-appropriate books, allowing your students to get to know these words in the context of great stories. Most of the titles on this book list can be found in our school library and we encourage your family to check them out. Great Words, Great Works Book List 

☑ Visit the Scripps Spelling Bee website to find parent/student resources and study tips.

☑ Get a head start preparing for the district and regional bees through Merriam-Webster's Spell It word list through

☑ Once students have mastered their grade-specific words provided, they can move on to the Full 2019-20 School Spelling Bee Study List available by request.

If you have any questions about the bee or how to prepare your student for Scripps, please feel free to contact your child's teacher or  Kristin Forsen.

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7019 N. Cherry Street Gladstone, MO 64118
Phone: 816.436.6228
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