Regional school districts to hold spelling bees

School districts throughout North Idaho will hold spelling bees in January that qualify students for the North Idaho Spelling Bee scheduled for March 23 at North Idaho College. The winner of the regional bee will receive an all-expense paid trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. in June, courtesy of bee sponsor Hagadone Newspapers.

A total of 54 schools in 11 districts (including public, private and home school students across the five northern counties of Idaho) are involved in this year’s spelling bee, according to North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee Coordinator Mindy Patterson of NIC.

District spelling bees will wrap up in January in preparation for the North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee at NIC in March.

District Bees:

Home School District (North Idaho Home Educators Association)
9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at Grace Bible Church

Boundary County School
Noon Wednesday, Jan. 16 (sixth grade) at Boundary County Middle School
11:50 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 (seventh grade) at Boundary County Middle School
12:25 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 (eighth grade) at Boundary County Middle School
9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 (fourth and fifth grade) at Free Methodist Church in Bonners Ferry

Kootenai School District
Tuesday, Jan. 22 at respective schools

Plummer-Worley Joint School District
8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Lakeside Elementary

Lakeland School District
6 p.m.  Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Twin Lakes Elementary

West Bonner County School District
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23 at Priest River Elementary gym

Lake Pend Oreille School District
5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24 at Sandpoint High School Auditorium

Kellogg School District
7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 at Pinehurst Elementary School

Private School District
9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 at Lutheran Academy of the Master

St. Maries School District
9 a.m. (fourth grade) and 10:30 a.m. (fifth grade) Thursday, Jan. 31 at Heyburn Elementary
10 a.m. (sixth – eighth grades) Thursday, Jan. 31 at St. Maries Middle School

Coeur d'Alene School District
7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 at Coeur d’Alene High School

For More Information
NIC Executive to the Vice President for Community Relations and Marketing and North Idaho Regional Spelling Bee Coordinator Mindy Patterson, (208) 769-3316 or

Posted: Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013

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