** Notice – State Spelling Bee 3/26/18 **
We are aware of the inclement weather forecasted to begin Friday 3/23/18. Regardless of weather conditions, the State Spelling Bee will take place as scheduled on Monday 3/26/18 (there will be no cancellation or make-up date). Due to scheduling and logistics, the competition must be held when scheduled.
I would suggest arrangements be made to arrive as early as your schedule allows. Your safety is most important – please use your discretion before traveling.
NDACS (North Dakota Association of County Superintendents) is the proud sponsor of the State Spelling Bee.
This event is made possible through the generous grant support from the North Dakota Masonic Foundation and the North Dakota Newspaper Association Education Foundation.
The 2018 Event is scheduled for Monday, March 26, 2018, at the Ramkota in Bismarck – see Agenda.
The State Spelling Bee program consists of three levels of competition – School, County, and State.
The program is open to students from public, private and homeschools. Public Schools, Private Schools, and Homeschools (or school district based Homeschool Associations) all need to register both with Scripps for National and with NDACS for State in order to have their students eligible to advance from the County level of competition to the State Spelling Bee competition.
Here is the State Enrollment Form for school registration. The form can be printed and completed manually or you can open the link, do a “save as” on the Word document, enter the data into the table fields and print the form. The completed State Enrollment Form should be mailed to the address at the bottom along with a check for the fee payable to “NDACS Spelling Bee”.
Schools must be registered both with NDACS for State and with Scripps for National in order for students to be eligible to advance from the County Bee and participate in the State Spelling Bee.
How to complete the online National enrollment with Scripps – http://spellingbee.com/
Scripps has three enrollment options available from the above home page link:
The school representative completing the Scripps enrollment should make sure and remember the login and password used for Scripps registration as this gives them access to Scripps study tools throughout the Bee year.
Although the Scripps site states that the early bird discount is only available until October 15, 2017, NDACS has negotiated with Scripps to extend the early enrollment period until December 14, 2017. Scripps enrollment fees are $151.00 per school and $105 per homeschool. Scripps has said that the additional late fees of $75 will not apply until 12/15/17. Scripps National registration FULLY closes at the date they dictate in January 2018, so please be prompt with school registration. Students are not allowed to participate in the State Spelling Bee unless they are from a school fully registered with Scripps for National and NDACS for State.
How to check if your School is enrolled with Scripps - http://spellingbee.com/parents-and-students
To check Scripps National enrollment status, use the above link, scroll to “Is your school enrolled”, enter the zip code, and click on “Check school status” to review the National enrollment status for schools in your area.
The District Pronouncer Guide used for the County Spelling Bees will be distributed to each County Bee Coordinator before year-end. County Spelling Bee competitions need to take place February 1st to 28th, 2018.
Each County can send two students from the County Spelling Bee to compete at the State Spelling Bee (those students must be from a school that is fully registered with both Scripps for National and NDACS for State prior to the deadlines). If a County winner or runner-up is unable to attend, the County can send an alternate.
The forms for Spelling Bee Student Data and Luncheon Registration will be updated and ready to use for on-line registration by year-end.
Registration Due: 3/07/18 Payment Due: 3/14/18
Click on the above heading / link to complete the online Spelling Bee and Luncheon Registration Form for student, parent, and County participants attending the Bee. This form must be submitted online by Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Please print your completed form before you hit “Submit” at the end. Keep a copy as your invoice and mail a copy of the registration form along with check payment for lunches by Wednesday, March 14, 2018.
State competitors and their families / guests are all welcome to attend the luncheon where we celebrate the achievement of all of the competitors. At the end of the luncheon, we announce the Finalists that will compete in the Oral Spelldown to determine who will represent North Dakota at the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
For those traveling to Bismarck the night before the event, a block of hotel rooms is reserved at the Ramkota – if you would like to reserve a room there, please call the Best Western Ramkota Hotel at 701-258-7770.
Student Data Form Due: 03/07/18
Click on the above heading / link to complete the online Spelling Bee Student Data Form for each County winner advancing to the State Spelling Bee competition (submit one registration per student). This information must be submitted online by Wednesday, 3/07/18 in order for students to have information printed in the Participants Booklet at the State Spelling Bee.
Regarding Study Guides – the Scripps 2018 Spell-It! is the source for studying for the State Spelling Bee. Schools have access to this document with the Scripps login and password set up when they completed National enrollment with Scripps in the fall. Please note that the Oral Spelldown rounds at the State Spelling Bee will consist of words from the 2018 Spell It! as well as additional dictionary words that are not included in the study guides.
North Dakota State Spelling Bee
PO Box 4087
Bismarck, ND 58502-4087