Spelling Bee

As the host for the Dallas County Spelling Bee, Dallas County Schools has been sending Spelling Bee winners to the Dallas Morning News Regional Spelling Bee since 1980.  The winner of the Regional Spelling Bee is sent to the Scripps Howard National Bee Championship in Washington, D. C. with an all expense paid trip for 
three (3). 

At the Dallas County level, two spelling bees are held, one spelling bee for Public/TX Charter Schools and one for Private Schools. Dallas County is the only county in the region permitted to send two representatives to the Regional Bee - the winner from the Public/TX Charter Schools Bee and the winner from the Private Schools Bee.

Dallas County Schools is proud to be involved in the Dallas County Spelling Bee. It is one more area where the agency is Strengthening Education Through Service.

 

Who May Enter

The Dallas County Spelling Bee Competitions are open to all 4th - 8th grade students in Dallas County. Advancing contestants and their schools must be pre-registered according to the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee guidelines. The contestants must compete in  their district spelldown, home school association, or private school competitions to be eligible to compete in the Dallas County Spelling Bee. For more information, please contact the Dallas County Spelling Bee Coordinator, Carol Canterbury, at ccanterbury@dcschools.com.

 

Get On the Inside Track!

Words used in the Dallas County Spelling Bee may be selected from the following:

  • Complete set of study words for grades 1 - 8 
  • 2016 Spell It! Available at www.myspellit.com
  • Merriam-Webster's A Dictionary of Prefixes, Suffixes, and Combining Forms
  • Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged, Copyright 2002, Merriam Webster Inc., and its Addenda Section

Campus Resources for Students

1.       Great American SpellCheck grade-specific word lists Grades 1 – 8
2.       Great American SpellCheck grade-specific study 
3.       Current edition of SPELL IT from Scripps 
4.       WORD CENTRAL – interactive online tool
5.       Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, 2002, and its addenda section 

 

Resources for Spelling Bee Coordinators 

1.     Classroom Spelldown - CLASSROOM PRONOUNCER GUIDE (for Coordinator only); SPELLIT and any other student word lists from Scripps

2.     Campus Spelldown - SCHOOL PRONOUNCER GUIDE (for Coordinator only); SPELLIT and any other student word lists from Scripps

3.     District Spelldown (final Bee) - SPECIAL WORD LIST from Scripps

*County Spelling Bee utilizes the “District” Pronouncer Guide


***IMPORTANT*** 

THE CLASSROOM PRONOUNCER GUIDE AND THE SCHOOL PRONOUNCER GUIDE ARE NOT TO BE MADE AVAILABLE TO ANY STUDENTS, THIER PARENTS, EDUCATORS, RELATIVES OR AQUAINTANCES PER SCRIPPS 2013 DICTIONARY.COM
THE ABOVE GUIDES ARE TO BE SHREDDED AT THE CONCLUSION OF THE SPELLING BEES AT EACH LEVEL

If your private school is independent of other schools, you will want to use SCHOOL PRONOUNCER GUIDE to determine the winner and runner-up for the COUNTY BEE.

HOT TOPICS AND DEADLINES

After registering, all questions are to be directed to Dallas County Schools, not Scripps or the Dallas Morning News. For questions call (972) 429-9261.

 

IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES

October 15, 2015 - Deadline for all schools in Dallas County to enroll with Scripps

January 20, 2016 - Deadline for reporting Winners and Runner-ups to Carol Canterbury and Dallas County Schools

February 16, 2016 - Private schools County Spelling Bee at DCS Technology & Training Building

February 18, 2016 - Public/TX Charter Schools County Spelling Bee at DCS Technology & Training Building

TBA - Trophy Presentations at DCS Board of Trustees Meeting

March 26, 2016 - Dallas Morning News RegionalSpelling Bee

May 22 - May 27, 2016 - National Spelling Bee Week in Washington D.C. 

 

Dallas County Spelling Bee Champions

The Dallas County Schools Private Schools' and Public/TX Charter Schools' Spelling Bee Champions and Runner-ups each receive an engraved Spelling Bee trophy. All participants in the two Dallas County Spelling Bees receive a Certificate of Participation. The champions then advance to the Dallas Morning News Regional Spelling Bee Competition.

Spelling Bee Venue

Dallas County Schools will be hosting this year's County Spelling Bees at a new location, the DCS Technology & Training Building located at 5151 Samuell Blvd., Dallas TX 75228. For directions to the new venue click here.