WARREN, NJ - On Friday, March 4, 2016 at 7 pm, Somerset County Library System of New Jersey will host SCLSNJ Bee Spectacular, a county-wide Scripps Spelling Bee for children grades 3-8, at the Montgomery High School auditorium, located at 1016 County Road 601 in Skillman. The winner of SCLSNJ Bee Spectacular will be eligible to attend the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. at the library system’s expense. Additional prizes will be awarded.


“We're delighted to bring the Scripps Bee to Somerset County,” said Brian Auger, county library administrator for SCLSNJ. “It's an exciting and fun way to celebrate our community's commitment to education and literacy.”


To date, 17 schools have registered to participate:

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  • Adamsville Elementary School of Bridgewater;

  • Bayberry School of Watchung;

  • Branchburg Central Middle School of Somerville;

  • Bridgewater-Raritan Regional Middle School of Bridgewater;

  • Cedar Hill Preparatory School of Somerset;

  • Crim Elementary School of Bridgewater;

  • Eisenhower Intermediate School of Bridgewater;

  • Franklin Middle School of Somerset;

  • Green Brook Middle School of Green Brook;

  • Hamilton Elementary School of Bridgewater;

  • Hillside Intermediate School of Bridgewater;

  • Montgomery Upper Middle School of Skillman;

  • School of Saint Elizabeth of Bernardsville;

  • Thomas Edison Energysmart Charter School of Somerset;

  • Valley View School of Watchung;

  • Van Holten Elementary School of Bridgewater; and

  • Village Elementary School of Skillman.


Schools have until December 11 to register at https://secure.spellingbee.com/enrollment/register.

If the registration fee ($211 + processing) presents a barrier to your school's participation, SCLSNJ is prepared to reimburse the fee through the generous support of Somerset County's Rotary Clubs.


Schools enrolled in the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee program will receive the following benefits:

  • user name and password for the teachers-only area of SpellingBee.com;

  • grade-specific word lists and study lists for students in grades 1–8;

  • study materials for your school spelling champion;

  • the 2016 Classroom Pronouncer Guide;

  • the 2016 School Pronouncer Guide;

  • the Rules for Local Spelling Bees;

  • materials to conduct a Great American SpellCheck fund-raiser;

  • award certificates;

  • key information about your local spelling bee program; and

  • from Encyclopædia Britannica, a free one-year subscription to Britannica Online for Kids (a $69.95 value) for use as a prize in your spelling bee program.


All participating schools will have to complete their school bees by January 29, 2016. The names of all school winners must be registered with the Scripps website by February 6, 2016.


"Your students may already know how to spell the word 'champion' but there are a ton of other reasons why your students should participate in the SCLSNJ Scripps Spelling Bee,” said Cathy DeBerry, adult services librarian at SCLSNJ’s Warren Township Library branch and SCLSNJ Bee Spectacular co-coordinator. “First and foremost -- according to Jeffrey Blitz, who directed the 2002 documentary ‘Spellbound’ -- many spelling bee finalists go on to very successful careers in science and medicine."


“SCLSNJ is buzzing with excitement as we get ready to host the county's first Spelling Bee,” said Marcela Dunham, adult programing coordinator at SCLSNJ’s Warren Township Library branch and SCLSNJ Bee Spectacular co-coordinator. “This is an excellent opportunity to fulfill our goal to partner with the community and highlight the talent and hard work of students and educators in our area.  Wouldn't it be fabulous if our top speller would end up being the winner of the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee? After all, ‘s’ is the first letter in Somerset...and success!”


Contact SCLSNJ for more information at spellingbee@sclibnj.org or at 908-801-646