WordMasters Blog | March 2012

Contribute to the WordMasters Resource Center

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By now you have had a chance to check out our new website.  We hope you like the changes we have made.  Now we would like to ask for your help in “filling out” our Idea Gallery

Are there any websites or tools that you find helpful in preparing your students for the WordMasters Challenge?  We want to list them on our Teacher Tools page.  Just go to the Contact Us page at our website and send us a message including the link(s) to resources you find helpful and a brief explanation of how you use this tool with your students.

Thank for your sharing your ideas and talents with other WordMasters Challenge schools!



Exciting Upgrades to WordMasters Challenge and Website

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Welcome to WordMasters' new and improved website!  We are very excited about the changes we are introducing for the 2012-13 school year.  My name is Lisa Kennedy, and I am the new Executive Director for WordMasters’ elementary and middle school programs.  In this blog, I would like to point out some of the changes we have made to serve you better.

First and foremost, we are making it easier to enroll teams, receive Challenge materials, and submit your team’s Challenge results.  All of these tasks can be accomplished online beginning with enrollment for 2012-13 and continuing with word list distribution for Meet #1 in October.   (Please note:  Scores for Meet #3 of the current WordMasters Challenge 2011-12 cannot be submitted using our online form.  Please continue to send your scores by mail or fax.  See the Submit Challenge Scores page on our website for more details.)

Second, our online format eliminates the need to make copies of cumbersome legal-size documents.  All of the Word List and Challenge documents will be downloadable letter-size PDF documents.  You will receive an email several weeks before each Meet with directions for how to download the WordMasters materials you have purchased.  Simply download the appropriate files and make the number of copies you need for your team.  When you have completed scoring, return to our website and enter your top ten scores into the Results form.  It’s that easy!

Third, we have taken many of the ideas you have shared with us in the past and posted them in our Idea Gallery under the Resources tab of the website.  We hope to continue expanding this exchange of ideas (including photos and videos) over the coming months.  Please send us your stories and suggestions regarding the WordMasters Challenge, analogies, vocabulary, verbal reasoning, lesson plans, and any any other idea you might have!

We hope you like the new look and feel of the WordMasters Challenge, and we look forward to hearing your comments. 



Official WordMasters Logo Merchandise Now Available

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Have you checked out the new official WordMasters Challenge merchandise available through our website?  Now, for the first time, you can purchase items imprinted with our new WM logo to use as rewards and/or incentives for your students. 

We are offering bright blue WordMasters pencils in bundles of 10 for only $5 (note:  All prices include shipping and handling, so there are no additional charges!)

We also have matching drawstring backpacks featuring
our new logo for only$6 each. 

If your students really want to show their team spirit, why not purchase official WordMasters Challenge T-shirts? They are offered in a full range of youth and adult sizes.

And what better way to thank your Team Leaders than presenting them with a high-quality WordMasters tote bag with its brightly embroidered logo?  At only $18, it is an affordable gesture of appreciation for a job well done!

Tote bags are available for immediate shipment.  T-shirts, backpacks, and pencil bundles can be ordered now, and will be shipped for delivery at the beginning of the 2012-13 school year.  Please note that all merchandise orders must be prepaid and all sales are final.

What other items would you like to see in the WordMasters webstore?  Let us know!



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