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DPS schools and teachers can sign up to receive new Words of the Champions study lists and/or Words of the Champions Student Worksheets for the 2019-2020 school year.  Contact Bill Schaefer at 303-322-0479 or bcs640@msn.com.

DPS schools that have signed up for the 2019-2020 School year:  Bird, Boys School of Denver, C3, Carson, Cory, Denver Green, DLS, DSA, DSST Byers, Edison, Grant Ranch, Greenwood, Hamilton, Hill, Kaiser, Lake, McAuliffe International, Merrill, Montclair, Morey, Polaris, RMSEL, Skinner, Slavens, Steele, Swigert, University Park, Westerly Creek, Willow Elementary.  Schools registered with Scripps:  Boys School of Denver, Cory, DLS, DSA, DSST Byers, Edison, Greenwood, Hamilton, Hill, McAuliffe International, Merrill, Morey, Polaris, RMSEL, Slavens, Swigert, University Park, Westerly Creek, Willow.   

October 4

Study sheets for the second spelling bee, Jan. 23, and City Orals were school-mailed yesterday.

September 1

I am almost finished with the Words of the Champions study sheets for the first spelling bee.  Schools that have signed up should receive those at the first part of next week.

August 13

Bill Schaefer will continue as DPS Semantics Coordinator for the school year 2019-2020.  Schools wishing to participate in semantics competitions this year, contact Bill Schaefer at 303-322-0479 or bcs640@msn.com.

August 12

Bill Schaefer is waiting to hear if he will be authorized to head up this year’s DPS Semantics program.  In the meantime I will be making study lists for students with pronunciations and definitions of all the new words in Words of the Champions.  New Words of the Champions Student Worksheets will also be available as soon as I can get them ready.  Registration with Scripps is $165 this year until October.

May 27

At the Scripps National Spelling Bee today it was announced that next year Spell It! will no longer be the official study booklet.  It will be replaced by Words of the Champions with 4000+ words.  Words of the Champions was the official study booklet from 1953 until 1994 when it was replaced by Paideia.  We don’t know if the 1953 booklet will be repeated or there will be a new list of words.

April 16

Today Steve Faulk presented Maria Ciobanu the first Bill Schaefer National Spelling Bee Scholarship award to help pay for her trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.  Maria won the scholarship by being the highest 8th grade DPS non-winner at this year’s Colorado State Spelling Bee. 

April 1

Five DPS spellers applied to Scripps under the RSVB rule initiated last year.  All five were accepted to participate at the Scripps National Spelling Bee this year.  Four of these spellers have decided to participate.  They are:  Maria Ciobanu, 8th grader from DSA, Zach Long, 8th grader from Slavens, Grant Wiebe, 7th grader from McAuliffe, and Bryson Browning, 6th grader from DSST Byers.

March 16

Angelina Holm, 7th grader from DSA, won the 2019 Colorado State Spelling Bee for the 2nd straight year.  Benjamin Holland, 7th grader from Hamilton Middle School finished runner-up for the 2nd straight year.  Of the 29 state finalists, 15 spellers are from the Denver Public Schools.  Seven of them finished in the top ten.  They are:  Angelina Holm (champion), Ben Holland (2nd place), Lachlan Flanigan (3rd place), Finn Hilty (4th place), Lindsay Sieja (4th place), Maria Ciobanu (8th place), Albertine Gingrass (10th place).

September 24

Schedule for interschool spelling bees is complete, click on "Schedule."

August 16

The 2018 Summer Semantics championship spelling bee ended with co-champions:  Katie Acosta (8th grade, Merrill Middle School) and Bryson Browning (6th grade, DSST Byers).  Click on "Summer" for the rest of the results.

June 2

At the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Angelina Holm spelled her round 2 and round 3 words, cancrizans and simulacrum, correctly but did not make it through the written test to the finals.  She finished in 42nd place.  Jake Faulk also spelled his round 2 and round 3 words correctly, arborvitae and metatarsus, and had the second highest score on the written test making it to the finals of the national spelling bee. In round 4 he correctly spelled lotic, but in round 5 misspelled lochan finishing in 31st place.  Congratulations to both spellers.

April 1

Colorado State Spelling Bee champion Angelina Holm, 6th grader at DSA, will be joined at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D. C. by Jake Faulk, 8th grader from Slavens School. Under a new 2018 Scripps rule, school champions not otherwise qualified for the national spelling bee can apply for acceptance.  Jake finished third at the Colorado State Spelling Bee this year and was accepted to represent Colorado at the national bee.   

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