Howard County Library System
 
HCLS Spelling Bee : Friday, March 13, 2015 at Reservoir High School


As a part of A+ Partners in Education, Howard County Library System (HCLS) invites public and private schools, as well as home school associations, to participate in the HCLS Spelling Bee, a countywide bee for students in grades four through eight. The HCLS Spelling Bee is registered with Scripps National as an official regional bee. The winners of individual school bees held in the fall and winter compete in the HCLS Spelling Bee in March. The champion advances to the National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC.

The HCLS Spelling Bee is sponsored by BB&T, Friends of Howard County Library, and the Josephine B. Scheffenacker Education Trust. It is organized under the rules of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.


Purpose
Spelling bees improve students' spelling, increase their vocabularies, and develop correct English usage.

Benefits

  • Students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English. As a result, they read and write more effectively and score higher on standardized tests and college prep tests and beyond. The impact lasts a lifetime.
  • Students learn word etymology and country of origin, the meanings of prefixes and suffixes, and spelling rules.
  • By studying words grouped in thematic categories, spellers not only acquire knowledge but also develop cognitive skills and increased understanding of ideas and values.
  • Students of all ages and background participate on an equal, competitive basis.
  • Spelling bees improve spelling and spark interest among the students.
  • Spelling bees create friendly, sportsmanlike rivalry among the schools.


Organization
Spelling bees progression is as follows:
Level 1: Classroom Spelling Bees are held
Level 2: Level 1 winners compete in school or home school association spelling bees
Level 3: Level 2 winners compete in the HCLS Spelling Bee
Level 4: The Level 3 champion competes in the National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC

Levels 1 and 2 winners are determined by the entity holding the bee. A panel of judges selected by HCLS determines the winner of Level 3.


Prizes
Prizes for Levels 1 and 2 bees are determined and awarded by the organizing entity.

Prizes for the HCLS Spelling Bee are awarded by HCLS the evening of the competition:

  • All contestants and alternates receive certificates of participation.
  • The first place winner receives a trophy (as does his/her school), a $1,000 college scholarship, and the opportunity to represent Howard County in the National Spelling Bee, all expenses paid.
  • The second place winner receives a trophy (as does his/her school), a $750 college scholarship, and the opportunity to represent Howard County in the National Spelling Bee, all expenses paid, should the winner be unable to compete.

Student Qualifications

Rules
Information for Contestants and Alternates
Frequently Asked Questions


School/Association Participation

Interested schools and home school associations should fill out the Intent to Participate form by September 30.
Information for school/association spelling bee coordinators is available in the Coordinator's Handbook (PDF).

 

Questions?
If you have questions, please contact:
Kelli Shimabukuro
Howard County Library System
6600 Cradlerock Way
Columbia, MD 21045

Phone: 410.313.7750
TTY Phone: 410.313.7740
Fax: 410.313.7742


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Sponsored by BB&T, The Friends of Howard County Library System, and the Josephine B. Scheffenacker Education Trust.