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September 2015 Newsletter

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September Newsletter: Stick Around App, Study Tools, 2015-16 Registration and Challenge Schedule.

September 2015

WordMasters News!


Welcome back for the 29th annual WordMasters Challenge!  It's almost time to get started -- Meet #1 word lists will be posted on our website and available for download on October 1st.
If you've already enrolled your teams, click here to read through our updated Team Leader Guide. This should answer almost any question you may have about how to administer a team and navigate our website.

If you haven't enrolled yet, it's not too late!  Just click here to Enroll Online or here to download an Order Form to fax or email to us.

Please note our new address:
 
WordMasters, LLC
5026 Washington Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN  46205


Our contact numbers are still the same: 888.385.5656 (phone) and 888.385.6833 (fax). Please update your system records (including your purchase order database). Thank you!

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Team Leader Karen Mensing from Phoenix, AZ took to Twitter to share how her class studied for Meet #3:

My class prepared for the #WordMastersChallenge by learning the vocabulary with @StickAroundApp

 

Click the link above for more information about Stick Around, an educational app by Tony Vincent and MorrisCooke and read Karen's blog about using the app in her classroom.

Another Team Leader shared a program review to encourage other teachers to use WordMasters.

See my review of WordMasters Challenge to see if this #vocabulary competition fits your class! creativeteachersclassroom.com #teachingenglish #edchat

 

Our Most Popular Study Tool

Looking for ways to help your students learn their word lists for each meet? The most downloaded WordMasters™ Study Tool is the essential: We also have many other Study Tools to add fun to learning Word Lists for each meet:
All Study Tools are on our website under Teacher Tools. Do you have a tool to share? E-mail us!

Registration is Still Open for 2015-16 WordMasters Challenge™

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.
  • You can pay using a credit card online, or we can invoice you.
  • Click the link to download a purchase order. 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!

2015-16 Challenge Schedule


Enrollment Deadline: 
September 30th



2015-16 WordMasters Challenge™

Meet #1
Word Lists Available Oct. 1st
Test Administered   Nov. 16th - Dec. 4th 
Score Reporting Deadline   Dec. 11th
Results Available  Dec. 28th
  
Meet #2
Word Lists Available Dec. 7th
Test Administered   Feb. 1st - Feb. 19th 
Score Reporting Deadline   Feb. 26th
Results Available  March 11th
  
Meet #3
Word Lists Available Feb. 22nd
Test Administered   April 4th-April 22nd 
Score Reporting Deadline   April 29th
Results Available  May 13th
  
Cumulative Champions Announced   May 13th 

To find the entire 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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March 2015 Newsletter

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March 2015

WordMasters News!


I know it's probably cheating to borrow from someone else's newsletter for content for your own newsletter, but I just LOVED this idea I came across in the most recent email I received from Vocabulary.com
 

The Best Way to Get to Know a Word? Interview It!

Too often, when the dictionary comes out — the thinking stops — and students busy themselves with copying the definition. — Peter Pappas

In learning a word, a dictionary definition is a place to start (or end); it cannot capture a word's essence or connotation. Students need to learn that words — like people — have personalities. Some get along with everybody. Some only get along with other select words. Some are comfortable everywhere, while some have special hangouts or niches.

A fun way to reinforce this connotation lesson is to have students write imaginative interviews with words that require them to explore words in multiple contexts and from multiple perspectives. Here is an example of an interview with the word vain, along with the resources on the Vocabulary.com Dictionary page that were used to come up with the answers.

Q and A with Vain

Q: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

A: Sure, people tend to think of me as either snobby or worthless. If I'm used to describe a person, it's not a compliment. It means that the person is conceited and full of himself. If I'm used to describe an action, it usually means that things didn't go according to plan.

 

(Source: Visual Thesaurus word map for vain)

Q: Do you come from a big family?

A: Not really. I have two siblings — vainly (adv.) and vanity (noun) — but most people are familiar with me — the adjective of the family. 

(Source: Vocabulary.com usage chart for vain)

Q: What about your friends? With whom do you have a lot in common? To whom do you relate?

I have lots of friends — conceitedswollen-headed, and egotistical — to name a few. They are all in my clique.

I am also often spotted with my friend, the preposition "in." When we are together ("in vain"), people think we are useless and get frustrated with us since we aren't productive. 

 

(Source: Vocabulary.com usage examples for vain)

Q: What are some of the highlights of your life?

Well, I made it big in biblical times by working my way into the Ten Commandments: "Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain."

It was hard to top that, but I have impressive staying power. Famous poets like Emily Dickinson discovered me ("If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain."), and even pop song writers ("You're so vain you probably think this song is about you..."). (SourcesBrainyquote.comthinkexist.com, and songlyrics.com)

Q: Is there anything else we should know about you?

You should try me out. I'm only one syllable, I rhyme well with others (e.g., gain, pain, train, explain, disdain, etc.), and you can make good use of me when insulting others. (Source: Vocabulary.com Dictionary's advanced search rhyming function)

 
What are the personalities of your Meet #3 words? This technique can be used by students of all ages, but we think your middle schoolers will be particularly creative! Send us your best "interviews" for inclusion in upcoming newsletters and blogs.

March Madness Alternatives

If you're looking for something fun to do with your class, or friends, there are several literary adaptions to the tradition basketball brackets. Out of Print has created a bracket with 64 stories competing head-to-head. "Who will be this year's Cinderella story?"

Celebrating Meet #2 Accomplishments

After each meet, WordMasters™ prepares and sends press releases to the primary school contact for each team placing in the Top Ten within its division, as well as to schools with one or more students earning a perfect score of 20.

To share your team's success with your school or local media, we have created a WordMasters™ Press Release Template, in the Teacher Tools section, which can be downloaded from the website and customized in Microsoft Word for your school.

WordMasters™ Spring Mailing Coming Next Month

The packet from WordMasters™ that will contain:

  • One Champion Medal for each team you have enrolled (with blue or gold neck ribbon)
  • Ten Achievement Certificates you can fill out and distribute as desired
  • Re-enrollment instructions for the 2015-16 WordMasters Challenge™ (includes order form if you need to request a Purchase Order)

The spring mailing is scheduled for the week of April 13th. If you have not received your packet by May 1st, please contact us. 

Note:Packets will not be mailed to and Meet #3 Challenge Tests will not be accessible by customers with outstanding balances.  Please contact us immediately to make payment arrangements for overdue invoices.  Thank you!

Calendar Reminders


Meet #2 Results available: 
March 13th
Meet # 3 Testing: 
April 6th - April 24th



2014-15 WordMasters Challenge™
  
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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