End of January/early February
The ABCs of Organizing a Spelling Contest
You'll find everything you need to know in the How To Organize A Spelling Contest document.
The Quick Start Guide will give you an overview of the process.
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Overview of the Contest Progression
If you need volunteers to help with your district or county/regional contests, consider asking service groups (e.g. Kiwanis, Elks, etc.) or educational groups (e.g. AAUW, etc.). They may be willing to volunteer and/or provide prizes for the winners (or even the winners' schools).
Each Classroom holds a spelling contest to determine that classroom’s top speller.
The top one or two spellers* from each Classroom competes in their Division (see diagram) of the School level spelling competition. Very small schools might eliminate the classroom contest and just hold a school-wide contest.
The top one or two spellers* in each Division from each school in the district compete in their Division at the District competition.
Each County may send its highest scoring speller from EACH Division (unless there is a tie for 1st place, then both winners may attend). If 1st place winners are unable to attend, 2nd place spellers will be invited to attend in their place.
Each COUNTY participating in a REGIONAL Contest may send its highest scoring speller from EACH Division (unless there is a tie for 1st place, then both winners may attend). If 1st place winners are unable to attend, 2nd place spellers will be invited to attend in their place.
* Schools and Districts may determine, according to their own population distribution, whether to send one or two top spellers from each Division to the next level of competition. If they send two spellers, they should be the 1st and 2nd place spellers or two tied 1st place spellers. Each County can only send ONE top speller to the OREGON STATEWIDE SPELLING CHAMPIONSHIP, except in the case of a first-place tie.