Spelling Bee

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Torrance Unified School District
Elementary Spelling Bee Program
Grades 4-5
February 6th 2020 

Hull Middle School

Rules and Procedures

  1. Participating schools may use any selection process to choose their student representatives. 2 students from each school only.
  2. Students receive a contestant number, which establishes their spelling order. There is an element of chance in this competition.
  3. This is an oral competition.  A scratch pad and pencil will be available on the podium for contestants to write the spelling word if they wish, but the speller must then spell the word orally for competition.  Paper and pencil are not allowed except as provided on the podium.
  4. The Spelling Master will pronounce the word.  Contestants must then spell the word orally.  The contestant will say the word, spell the word, say the word.  Contestants may request a definition or sentence prior to spelling the word.
  5. Having started to spell a word, a contestant shall be given no opportunity to change letters once pronounced.  A SPELLER MAY RETRACE, PROVIDED LETTERS AND THEIR SEQUENCE ARE NOT CHANGED IN RETRACING.  The speller must indicate words with apostrophes, capitals, and other punctuation.
  6. A contestant may request that a word be re-pronounced, defined, or used in a sentence.  The Spelling Master shall grant the request until the judges agree that the word has been made reasonably clear to the contestant.
  7. Judges may disqualify any contestant who ignores a request to start spelling the word.
  8. When a contestant is given a homonym to spell, a sentence will be provided, if needed.
  9. In competition, words will be chosen from the official Word List, Level 1 and Level 2, and Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged, Online (2013), the official reference for this competition.
  10. There is an element of chance in this competition.  Spellers will be eliminated in order in which they misspell words. That is, when a speller fails to spell a word correctly, she/he must drop out of the competition and return to the audience. Another word shall be given to the next speller in line.
  11. The elimination procedure changes when the contestants are reduced to two.  At that point, as soon as one contestant misspells a word, the other contestant shall immediately be given the opportunity to spell that same word.  If the second contestant spells the word correctly PLUS the next word on the Spelling Master’s list, then the second contestant shall be declared the champion.  If one of the last two spellers misses and the other, after correcting the error, misspells the new word submitted, then both shall continue in the contest.  If both misspell the same word, both shall continue in the contest. 
  12. The decision of the Judges and the Spelling Master will be final in all questions. Any problem relating to the spelling of a word must be referred to the judges immediately. No protest can be entertained after the contest has ended.
  13. Audience observers must remain quiet and refrain from making any kind of gesture throughout the competition.
  14. Applause is acceptable once the judge has determined the spelling of the word is correct or incorrect.

Audience Etiquette

  1. Spellers have worked hard to get here.  We ask that the audience remain silent.
  2. Applauds may be given after a full round (not after an individual contestant’s turn).
  3. No filming is permitted.
  4. Please turn your cell phones to mute and do not text during the event.
  5. Small children are asked to sit quietly.Young children may have difficulty and become disruptive.Please exit the auditorium as soon as possible if this is the case.
  6. We encourage everyone to wait until the end of a round to enter and/or exit.
  7. Spelling contestants have worked hard to reach this level of competition.Please extend participants the courtesy of not speaking or distracting them during the competition. Sportsmanship is paramount.

Spelling Bee Lists

Please note these are not comprehensive as the students may be asked to spell words in the dictionary in the finale.