Annual Spelling Bee

April 2, 2017

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The first-ever National Spelling Bee champion was Frank Neuhauser, who won with the word "gladiolus" in 1925, the Washington Post reported.

SPELLING TRICK!  “Stationary” is being still while “stationery” is something you mail.  Just remember that stationary has an "a" for stay, whereas stationery has an "e" for envelope.

SPELLING TRICK! Remember A-L-T – ask, listen, think.  Give yourself the best possible chance to spell the word correctly.

SPELLING TRICK! Pretend that the rest of the audience is on Mars, and that you and the judges are sitting in your living room having a fun conversation!

SPELLING TRICK! One of the best things you can do for yourself is to think about what it will be like if you miss a word. First, thank yourself for having the courage to be on stage, then start thinking about how much fun you’ll have again at next year’s Bee! If a team member misses a word, be proud of them for being there.  Do not feel sad if you don’t win, be happy that you participated! 


The Lincoln School Foundation is excited to host its 10th Annual Spelling Bee on Sunday, April 2, in the Brooks Auditorium. The Spelling Bee is open to all students in grades 3-6 who attend Smith, Brooks, or the Hanscom Schools, as well as residents of Lincoln or Hanscom A.F.B. who attend private school or are home-schooled. Students within the same grade will register as a two- or three-person team and compete against other grade-level teams. All participants will receive a 2017 LSF Spelling Bee T-shirt and bag with Bee giveaways!

This community event is a time for team building, cheering on peers, spelling words, and having fun! For many, it is their first experience in front of an audience or public speaking, and we are very proud of all participants! The most important thing for both participants and parents to remember is that this is a fun event, meant to bring our community together. Anyone who gets on the stage is a WINNER and should be proud that they gave their best effort, worked as a team, and spelled in front of an audience and a panel of judges.

IMPORTANT DATES: Registration opens Monday, February 27 and closes Monday, March 13. Entry forms and fees ($25 per student) may be submitted online or dropped off in any of the school offices. Scholarships are available. Click here for a copy of the paper registration form.

How did Bee come to Be?

The word bee, as used in spelling bee, is one of those language puzzles that has never been satisfactorily accounted for. A fairly old and widely-used word, it refers to a community social gathering at which friends and neighbors join together in a single activity (sewing, quilting, barn raising, etc.) usually to help one person or family. 

The earliest known example in print is a spinning bee, in 1769. Other early occurrences are husking bee (1816), apple bee (1827), and logging bee (1836). Spelling bee is apparently an American term. It first appeared in print in 1875, but it seems certain that the word was used orally for several years before that.

Those who used the word, including most early students of language, assumed that it was the same word as referred to the insect. They thought that this particular meaning had probably been inspired by the obvious similarity between these human gatherings and the industrious, social nature of a beehive. But in recent years scholars have rejected this explanation, suggesting instead that this bee is a completely different word..

One possibility is that it comes from the Middle English word bene, which means "a prayer" or "a favor" (and is related to the more familiar word boon). In England, a dialect form of this word, been or bean, referred to "voluntary help given by neighbors toward the accomplishment of a particular task." (Webster's Third New International Dictionary).  Bee may simply be a shortened form of been, but no one is entirely certain.



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