School Coordinators Information

Register your school with the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Registered schools receive access to all school resources and any Spelling Bee updates from Scripps or Kent ISD.

Spelling Bee Communications:

Classroom and School Pronouncer Guides can be downloaded from the Teacher Portal at (username and password are required).

**2023 Regional Bee Sites-Not yet available. Watch for updates.


Spelling Bee Updates:

Subscribe to the National Spelling Bee's Teacher's BEEhive.

The Teacher's BEEhive is a biweekly email newsletter where you can find words of the week from national finals pronouncer Dr. Bailly, plus ideas and tips to help your students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, and learn concepts.

Spelling Bee Rules 

Suggested rules for local Spelling Bees.

2023 Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee Prizes TBA

The Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee 2023 includes fice counties: Allegan, Barry, Kent, Newaygo, and Ottawa. The County Coordinator supports its schools, which are participating in the Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee, disseminates materials provided by Kent ISD, and organizes that county’s Qualifying Bee(s). Some counties have special traditions for their County/Qualifying Bee(s). Counties with more than one Qualifying Spelling Bee will identify multiple schools to host Qualifying Bees.  Contact your County Coordinator with questions specific to Spelling Bee in your area.

School Spelling Bee Coordinators organize their school spelling bee and are the school contact person for their County Spelling Bee Coordinator and the Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee.

  • School Coordinator plans your school spelling bee and gets other teachers involved, but only students in grades 3-8 qualify to compete in the Qualifying and Greater Grand Rapids Bees.
  • The School Spelling Bee Coordinator will report the name of the school bee winner and runner–up to their County Spelling Bee Coordinator.
  • Information about the Qualifying Spelling Bee for your School Winner and Runner-up will be sent to the School Spelling Bee Coordinator.
  • May assist school’s winner and runner-up in preparing for their Qualifying Spelling Bee.
  • The School Spelling Bee Coordinator or her designee assists with the Qualifying Spelling Bee, in which the school’s winner and runner-up compete.
  • If the school’s winner or runner-up wins the Qualifying Bee, the school coordinator may want to assist the school’s speller to prepare for the Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee.

Kent and Ottawa counties need multiple Qualifying Bee Coordinators due to the number of schools that usually participate. Allegan, Barry, and Newaygo counties usually have just one county-wide Qualifying Bee organized by the County Spelling Bee Coordinator. Local county customs will apply. Qualifying Bee Coordinators are usually School Spelling Bee Coordinators, who have volunteered to host a Qualifying Spelling Bee at their schools. Coordinating a Qualifying Bee is much like a School Bee, EXCEPT usually you will only have 16-20 spellers representing 8 to 10 schools from around the county and representative of the variety of schools in your county. Each school is expected to contribute their School Spelling Bee coordinator and/or others to help officiate the Qualifying Bee. As the Qualifying Bee Coordinator, you are invited to participate in a training for Regional Coordinators three weeks before Qualifying Bees. You will receive a list of all of the schools assigned to your site with contact information, a list of spellers with contact information and a Pronouncer Guide. Most Qualifying Bees will be held on the same day, February 28, 2023, but the start time may vary. Qualifying  Bees for Kent ISD schools will be at 4:30 p.m. All Qualifying Bees receive the same wordlists and certificates for spellers competing at their sites. Qualifying Bee Coordinators are requested to submit online the name and essential information, including contact information, about the winner and runner-up at their site no later than March 2.

Occasionally, severe weather has made it impossible for Qualifying Bees in one or more counties to be held. Those Bees are then rescheduled as soon as possible, usually two days later, by the Qualifying Bee Coordinator in collaboration with the Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee Coordinator. New date, time, location, and any other necessary information will be posted on the Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee webpage and communicated directly to the speller's School Coordinator.

What is a School Coordinator? 

School Spelling Bee Coordinators organize their school spelling bee and are the school contact person for the Greater Grand Rapids Spelling Bee. 

Interested in becoming a School Coordinator?

Talk to your principal about registering your school with Scripps National Spelling Bee. Registration is not complete until you let your County Coordinator know that your school is registered and that you are the Spelling Bee Contact/Coordinator for your school. Kent ISD schools should also register online with Kent ISD.