(ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Virginia)—Beginning this year for the first time, Albemarle County Public Schools is partnering directly with Scripps National Spelling Bee to put Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) students’ spelling skills to the test.
In past years, each elementary and middle school in the division held a school-wide spelling bee, the winners of which would then compete in a division-wide bee for their grade level to earn a chance to be tested at the Regional Scripps Spelling Bee. However, by directly partnering with Scripps National Spelling Bee, all school-level winners will advance to the Scripps Regional Online Test Qualifier for a chance to make it to the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee, rather than just the two division-wide bee winners.
“We believe this is a positive change for our students,” Michele Castner, Executive Director of Elementary Education, said. “By partnering directly with Scripps, more of our students now have the chance to showcase their spelling prowess on a regional or national level virtually.”
Despite the changes to the process, ACPS will still hold a division-wide spelling bee on Tuesday, January 30, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Lane Auditorium in the County Office Building at 401 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902. A reception with refreshments for spellers will begin at 4:30 p.m. Elementary spellers will take the stage first, followed directly by middle school spellers. The winners of the elementary-level and middle school-level bees will be crowned as ACPS Spelling Champions.
“All of our students have worked incredibly hard to prepare for the bee, so we wanted to still give them the chance to win the title of ACPS Spelling Champion,” Monica Cabarcas, Lead Coach for Secondary English Language Arts, said. “It’s also an opportunity for them to practice spelling in a bee for a larger audience.”
School spelling bee winners will be able to take the Scripps Regional Online Test Qualifier during the school day with their designated bee coordinator between Tuesday, February 5, and Tuesday, February 12. The Scripps Regional Spelling Bee will be hosted on Zoom on Saturday, March 2, at 9 a.m.
Schedule for Tuesday, January 30:
- 4:30 p.m. – Elementary Written Spelling Test (used for ties)
- 5:30 p.m. – Opening Remarks
- 6 p.m. – Elementary Bee, Middle School Written Test
- 7 p.m. – Middle School Bee
- 7:50 p.m. – Closing Remarks
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