The Sacramento Bee is proud to offer students an opportunity to participate in the California Central Valley Spelling Bee. The champion wins an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The spelling bee is open to students in grades 3-8 who attend school in Colusa, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Solano, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties.
There are three levels of competition in the California Central Valley Spelling Bee. The first level happens at your school. A spelling bee coordinator (usually a teacher, parent or community volunteer) at your school has the very important job of finding the school's top speller. Many schools conduct their own school-wide spelling bees.
The best speller from each school advances to the next round, which is a written test conducted by The Sacramento Bee. Only one speller from each school may attend. Usually 150-200 students participate in the written spelling bee. The 50-60 best spellers will be invited to the oral spelling bee.
The third level of competition is the regional oral spelling bee. This happens every year in March at the Scottish Rite Center in Sacramento. The general public is invited to attend. The winner of the oral spelling bee will represent the Central Valley region at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., expenses paid by Shriners Hospitals for Children. The national spelling bee is an event that takes almost an entire week in late May or early June.
There is an enrollment fee for each school. Your school will receive study words for students, pronouncer guides, rules, certificates and more. Click the red link below to learn more and complete the order form.
- Aug 14 - October 15, 2014 -- Reduced-fee early bird enrollment period.
- Oct 16 - Dec 12, 2014 -- Regular-fee enrollment.
- December 12, 2014 -- Enrollment deadline.
- January 10, 2015 -- Written Spelling Bee.
- March 4, 2015 -- Oral Spelling Bee.
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