Dear Spelling Bee Coordinator:
The spelling bee committee of the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) has been planning for another successful spelling bee program for the 2016-2017 school year. GAE is again proud to offer Georgia students an opportunity to exhibit their proficiency in the art of spelling. If a participant is successful at the school system level, then he/she will have the opportunity to advance to the district competition. The district winners and runners-up compete in the state spelling bee with the state winner advancing to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
This school year, 2016-2017, the Scripps National Spelling Bee “Early Bird” enrollment period is August 22, 2016 - October 14, 2016. For students to be eligible to compete in the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee, their schools/home schools must be enrolled and they must have paid the Scripps’ enrollment fee by the deadline of October 14, 2016. You can enroll online with Scripps at www.spellingbee.com. All enrolled schools will receive a free one-year subscription to Britannica Online for Kids for use as a prize in the school's spelling bee program. A second bonus subscription is available for schools that enroll by September 30. A “Standard” registration fee for schools/home schools (includes a $75 late fee) will apply between October 15, 2016 and December 12, 2016. No registrations will be taken after December 12, 2016.
To ensure a successful local spelling bee, it is important for you to utilize the products and resources described in the Procedures, Rules, and Regulations (PRR) on page 32 and to follow the GAE official procedures, rules, and regulations for spelling bees, which are listed on pages 7-10. To access Georgia’s State Spelling Bee (PRR) go to www.gae.org/spellingbee. NOTE: According to Scripps, their spelling bee rules apply only to the competition at the national level; therefore, please refer to Georgia’s rules in this PRR.
Please note that this year we are strongly suggesting the implementation of one vocabulary round in order to better assist our students in preparing to compete at nationals. Schools can access a vocabulary round through their Scripps’ registration. GAE will be implementing the beginning vocabulary round at the district and state levels. We feel our students must begin to learn the actual dynamics of spelling rather than just simple rote word memorization.
The spelling bee consultants/committee and I hope you have a great year planning and implementing your bee!
Dr. Sid Chapman, President
Georgia Association of
Akshat Gautam, Age 13
South Forsyth Middle School - Forsyth County
Georgia's 2016 State Spelling Bee Champion
2016 Bee Champion Akshat Gautam w/ GAE State Spelling Bee Committee Chairman Richard McIntyre,
his dad, and GAE President Dr. Sid Chapman