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Team Leader Guide for 2014-15 WordMasters Challenge

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An updated Team Leader Guide has been emailed to all Team Leaders and Program Directors registered for the 2015-15 WordMasters Challenge.  Click here to access a copy, which is also posted under our RESOURCES tab.

If you did not receive an email, please check to be sure you have submitted your enrollment for the 2014-15 WordMasters Challenge™.  Click here to enroll your team(s) online!

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September 2014 Newsletter

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September 2014

WordMasters News!


Welcome back to school!  By now, all our participating schools are back in session, eagerly awaiting the start of the 28th annual WordMasters Challenge.  If you haven't re-enrolled yet, don't waste another minute!  Click here to go directly to our online enrollment page.  Consider expanding your WordMasters program to include additional grade levels, or create a Blue Division and a Gold Division team within the same grade to appropriately challenge all of your students. Don't forget -- significant discounts are offered to schools who enroll multiple teams.

A special welcome to all the teams that are participating in their very first WordMasters Challenge.  Watch your inbox for a message that includes detailed instructions and tips for implementing our program in your school. Been around WordMasters for many years, but looking for some inspiration?  Click on Teacher Tools or Idea Gallery under the RESOURCES tab at our website, or check out the Welcome Kit materials posted.

We haven't implemented any major changes this year in the way you enroll your teams, download materials, create student records or submit Challenge scores.  As a result, it should be easier than ever to hit the ground running once Meet #1 Word Lists are posted on October 1st.  We will send out an email reminder towards the end of September, but you can log into your account and set up your student records at any time.

Here's to another great year of WordMasters!

WordMasters™ Student in National Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Tejas, a 5th grade Gold WordMasters team member from Rivers Edge Elementary School in Glen Allen, VA! He was Speller No. 263 in the Scripps National Spelling Bee this year. Tejas successfully spelled his way to the top 46, making it to the semifinals.

At the end of the semifinal round, 31 spellers remained on stage. Based on a combined score of computer-based vocabulary testing and the spelling success on stage, 12 finalists moved one to the championship round. Tejas was among the the final twelve. Amazing!

In a competition that saw its first co-champions in 52 years, Tejas finished tied for 8th place. With three years of eligibility left, we look forward to seeing him, and hopefully other WordMasters students, in the National Spelling Bee for years to come.

 

"If I Knew Then: A Letter to Me..."

Edutopia and SoulPancake worked together to create a video for teacher appreciation. They asked teachers to write letters to themselves of their first day of teaching. Watch and see what teachers wrote.

What would you say to yourself?

Thank You for Taking Our Survey!

Over 725 Team Leaders have filled out our customer survey. You provided us with great insight as we continue to look for ways to improve WordMasters™.

Watch for results to be shared in upcoming newsletters. Thank you for all you do! We appreciate it.

Registration is Open for 2014-15 WordMasters Challenge™

It’s simple! Visit our website, www.WordMastersChallenge.com, and click on the yellow Enroll Now button on the right-side of the screen.
  • Enrollment fee is still only $95 per team, with volume discounts for schools enrolling 5 or more teams or school districts registering 5 or more schools. See our website for details.
  • You can pay using a credit card online, or we can invoice you.
  • If you need to request a purchase order click this link, or download the order form found at the bottom of our home page (you can also find it under the ENROLL tab) and submit it to your purchasing department. We ask that you still complete the online enrollment form and select the “Bill Me Later” option to ensure we have accurate and complete contact information. We will invoice you once we receive your purchase order. It’s that easy!

Enrollment for the 2014-15 WordMasters Challenge™ closes on September 30th!

2014-15 WordMasters Challenge™ Calendar




Enrollment Deadline: September 30, 2014

Meet #1
Word Lists Available Oct. 1st
Test Administered   Nov. 17th - Dec. 5th 
Score Reporting Deadline   Dec. 12th
Results Available  Dec. 26th
  
Meet #2
Word Lists Available Dec. 8th
Test Administered   Feb. 2nd - Feb. 20th 
Score Reporting Deadline   Feb. 27th
Results Available  March 13th
  
Meet #3
Word Lists Available Feb. 23rd
Test Administered   April 6th-April 24th 
Score Reporting Deadline   May 1st
Results Available  May 15th
  
Cumulative Champions Announced   May 15th 

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