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October 2014 Newsletter: Resources to Prepare for the WordMasters Challenge!

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October 2014

WordMasters News!


By now, all Team Leaders should have downloaded the Meet #1 Word Lists through their personal Dashboard. Please see the Team Leader Guide below if you need help getting started.  

We have heard from a number of Team Leaders who are able to log in successfully, but cannot access the "Manage Teams & Students" page.  Often this occurs because someone other than the Team Leader completed the online enrollment this year, and his/her email address is not synched with the existing school account.  In other words, our computer system doesn't recognize the email and creates a brand new account for the order.  No worries -- it's an easy fix to synch the order with the original school account.  Just send us an email saying that you have enrolled in this year's WordMasters Challenge (an order number or PO number is very helpful!) and we will make the necessary adjustments so you can access your teams via your Dashboard.

Team Leader Guide

Find instructions for:
  • Accessing your dashboard
  • Setting up you teams
  • Setting up student records, and
  • Downloading materials
Click here for a print-friendly PDF document of the Team Leader Guide to help you get the 2014-15 WordMasters Challenge started.

Welcome Kit for New Team Leaders (or those wanting a refresher)

Is this your first year with WordMasters? Or are you looking for a refresher? Make sure you review the Welcome Kit which includes:
  • Welcome letter
  • Ten-Step Checklist
  • Parent letter to send home
  • Student sign-up sheet
If you would like to customize the parent letter and student sign-up sheet, Word document versions are found on the Teacher Tools pages.

If you need to present this information to a group, there is also a PowerPoint presentation you can use.

Resources for Meet Prep

In response to our customer survey, Team Leaders graciously shared some of their favorite resources for the following:

Word definitionsNote: The authority on which we rely in matters of dispute is Webster’s New World College Dictionary.

Creating flashcards
Practice analogies
A comprehensive list can be found in Teacher Tools, towards the bottom of the page. E-mail us with your favorite and we'll include it on the website!

New Study Tools

Looking for ways to help your students learn their word lists for each meet? Try one of these new WordMasters™ Study Tools: Study Tools created last year are:All Study Tools are found on Teacher Tools. Do you have a tool to share? E-mail us!

Updated Idea Gallery

Teachers shared their successful WordMasters™ tips, games and activities. Make sure you visit the Idea Gallery to see what's new!

E-mail us with your favorite learning technique and we'll add it to the Idea Gallery!

Calendar Reminders


Meet #1 Word Lists Available:  October 1st



2014-15 WordMasters Challenge™

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 

To find the entire 2014-15 WordMasters Challenge Calendar click here or the Challenge Schedule can be found under the Resources tab on the WordMasters Challenge website.

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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 

In This Issue

What Works in Your Classroom?

Share your successful teaching tips, photos, or videos. E-mail us at lisa.kennedy@wordmasterschallenge.com and we'll add it to the Idea Gallery.

Keep Up With Us

Friend on FacebookFacebook
Follow on TwitterTwitter





 

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