APS Hosts Districtwide Spelling Bee


APS will host a districtwide spelling bee at 5 p.m., Feb. 2 at Maynard Holbrook Jackson High School. The APS Spelling Bee helps students enhance their spelling, increase their vocabulary, and develop correct English usage, thus equipping them to be literate members of society. The system level competition is open to qualifying students in grades 4-8.

“The Spelling Bee serves to develop self-esteem and sportsmanship while helping students enhance their spelling and vocabulary skills,” said Dr. Adrienne Simmons, K-5 literacy coordinator, APS.

All schools registered with the Scripps National Spelling Bee for the 2014-15 academic year are invited to send one qualifying student to participate in the APS system Bee. In the past, the Atlanta Association of Educators hosted the event. They are now a sponsor supporting APS in coordinating the competition.

The APS system winner will advance to compete in the Georgia Association of Educator’s (GAE) District Four competition Feb. 28, at the DeKalb County Board of Education complex. The winner of the GAE District Four competition will participate in the state Spelling Bee at Georgia State University March 20. The National Scripps Spelling Bee will be held May 24-29 in Washington, D.C.

The Spelling Bee develops self-esteem and sportsmanship among students which supports the goal in APS’ Teaching and Learning department of whole child development. Last year’s winning words at the national level were feuilleton and stichomythia.

This year’s competition will include a vocabulary round where students will identify the correct usage of a word in the context of a sentence. A word list is provided by the Georgia Association of Educators, the statewide organizers of the Bee.

The APS districtwide Spelling Bee will be held Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. at Maynard Holbrook Jackson H.S. located at 801 Glenwood Ave. SE 30316.

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