Spelling Bee

2015/16 SDCHE SPELLING BEE

The 2015/16 SDCHE Spelling Bee will be held Thursday, December 17, 2015 at Common Ground Church, Rapid City at 3 pm. The address of the church is: 201 Main St, Rapid City. The church is located in the bottom floor of the Fairmont Creamery Building also known as the "Creamery Mall." This is just across the street from Armadillos.

Register on the calendar listing for Dec 17. Do a separate registration for each child.

The competition will include oral spelling bees for individual grades one through five. Grades six through eight will compete in a separate oral spelling bee. Word lists used for all grades are new each year and can be obtained from Dave Klopfenstein (david.klopfenstein1980@gmail.com).

Each grade has a list of 100 words provided by the national spelling bee. As in previous years, the spelling bee for a particular grade may progress into the word lists of the higher grades depending on the level of competition.

The word list for the 6th through 8th grade spelling bee includes the 6th through 8th grade word lists provided. Later in the spelling bee, words may be given that are not on the provided lists.

Rules for the 6th through 8th grade spelling bee are according to those provided by the national spelling bee.

The top 3 from our sixth through eighth grade spelling bee can go on to compete at the Rapid City Journal Regional Spelling Bee which will be held this year in Rapid City on Saturday February 27, 2016. The State Spelling Bee will be held Saturday March 19,2016. The spelling list for the regional spelling bee is the 2016 Spell-It, available from the spellingbee.com website.

ATTENTION: If a 5th grader so desires he or she may forgo competing in the spelling bee for their own grade and rather compete in the 6th through 8th grade spelling be with the opportunity to advance to the regional spelling bee. This is made available since the regional spelling bee allows 5th graders to compete.

AFTER THIS YEAR'S SPELLING BEES, DAVE AND SUSIE KLOPFENSTEIN WILL BE STEPPING DOWN AS SPELLING BEE COORDINATOR. IF YOU HAVE A DESIRE OR A CALLING TO KEEP THIS PROGRAM ALIVE FOR NEXT YEAR, PLEASE CONTACT THE SDCHE BOARD.  Monica Tanner, 605-716-4780 or mstanner@rushmore.com