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Spelling Bee

Felix exitus! That's Latin for success or happy outcome! Students will have the chance to compete in a qualifying online test for a chance to participate in the school-wide spelling bee.  

Scripps National Spelling Bee has developed an online testing platform that will allow us to host our school qualifier spelling bee program. On January 11th, we will hold our school-wide in person bee. The qualifying exam will have both spelling and vocabulary but the school bee will be spelling only. 

 Our school champion will then move on to represent Prairie Star in the Johnson County regional spelling bee. The 2024 Johnson County Spelling Bee location is TBD

In the meantime, students can begin using and studying bee resources.  Send a canvas message to Lisa Nocita to request study resources. 


What is the origin of s-u-c-c-e-s-s?

You can find it by following these 11 tips along your way to spelling superstardom:


For inspiration, watch the documentary Spellbound on family movie night.

Keep a "great words" journal for every new and interesting word that you find.

Designate a spelling wall in your home. Post new words to the wall each day.

For family game night, conduct an impromptu themed spelling bee. Use a newspaper for a current events bee or a cookbook for a cuisine bee.

Do like Akeelah did. Spell and jump rope!

Ask friends and neighbors to challenge you with great spelling words.

Find a good luck charm—perhaps shoelaces with a bumblebee design or a special coin.

Read great books. You'll be entertained while you effortlessly improve your spelling and increase your vocabulary.

Scour the dictionary in search of words to stump your parents and teachers.

Have a parent sign you up for a Word Club season pass. Word Club is a fun new way to study official Scripps National Spelling Bee study words online, with tests on both spelling and vocabulary! Click here to learn more. Contestants -- that's you! -- in grades 1-8 will listen to three stories, one at a time, and then spell words from each story. Students in high school will listen to separate sentences and then spell the words from each sentence. play against other spellers simple but fun to practice common words. Works on your typing skills too! Come in and buzz around our nest of word fun.Find out more about this year’s Spelling Bee or
take a turn at our daily Spelling Quiz.

National Science Bowl

Science Bowl begins in January.  Science Bowl is a highly competitive and rigorously challenging academic quiz competition that covers the fields of math and sciences over 7 subject areas: Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Energy, Math, and Physics, often far beyond a typical middle schooler’s knowledge! It is challenging and exciting.  A love of science, math, and technology is a must for this fast-paced buzzer competition.  You must be willing to practice on your own as well as with team members. 


PSMS fields two teams of 5 members.  Team members will be selected based on academic performance over three practice tests, practice attendance, commitment, tenacity, and perseverance! Practices are TBD but we will practice mid-Jan through the competition. I plan to create a Canvas group for participants that will allow members to take quizzes to help determine placement.   



National Science Bowl questions are, by and large, sourced from science textbooks commonly used at the middle school through undergraduate levels. As a result, dedicated students can achieve a high degree of success in the competition via thoughtful reading of the textbooks provided by their sciences classes. As a rule of thumb, the content difficulty at each level of competition is predominantly as follows:

Regional Event Information
Date: 3/01/2024

Competition Location
University of Missouri - Kansas City
5100 Holmes
Kansas City, Missouri 64110

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