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Bugg Spelling Bee - Register Now!

We are excited to announce this year’s Bugg Magnet Elementary Center for Design and Computer Science
Spelling Bee for 2nd through 5th graders. The Scripps National Spelling Bee has developed an online testing
platform that will allow Bugg to host a school spelling bee program, whether students are learning in classrooms or remotely from another location.


Please let us know if your child is interested in participating in the spelling bee this year by filling out this electronic registration form by December 18. After submitting the form, you will get a message with the links to the “Study List” and “Study List with definitions.” The word list contains all the words that will be used during Bugg’s bee outside of possible tiebreaker rounds in the finals. Make sure to save the list on your devices. If you need a new word list link, please email us directly.


The preliminary round will narrow down the field of spellers for the finals. We will use Scripps’ online program to complete this round on January 13, 2021, an asynchronous Wednesday. In late December, we will send the information for getting set up in the Scripps online program, along with details for the preliminary round.


The top students from the preliminary round will be invited to Bugg’s virtual finals via Google Meet. The finals will take place on February 24, 2021. The time is to be determined. The time and additional details will be on the official invitation finalists receive in late January.


We will ask finalists to find a quiet room during the finals where they will not be interrupted or distracted.
Ideally, family members will watch the event on a private live stream link in another room or space. During the finals, students will be read a word and then asked to spell the word out loud, like a typical in-person bee. For the judges to hold a fair and supportive virtual bee, students must have their camera on when it is their turn to spell. Since vocabulary is now part of the national spelling bee, we will add a vocabulary component in every few rounds. During vocabulary rounds, remaining students will be challenged with a multiple-choice question related to a word’s meaning and context. The electronic list with definitions will be helpful for
preparing for vocabulary rounds.

Spelling bee finals are fun, yet intense, as they practice not just spelling but also composure, intentional thinking, and public speaking. It only takes one mistake to be eliminated, and the champion will ultimately be the last speller left without a mistake.


Please email with any additional questions.


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