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A Salute to Georgia's Teachers
Honoring Our GAE Teachers During This National Teacher Appreciation Week

During this week set aside to honor our committed and hard-working teachers, I wanted to specifically acknowledge you, our members of the Georgia Association of Educators.  You are especially to be commended for not only doing what you do for our children and your communities every day, but for realizing that speaking up and being involved in the decision-making process is paramount to placing us on the path to creating great public schools for all of Georgia’s students.    You understand that demanding a voice at the table when decisions are made about your career and your students is absolutely necessary to attaining the excellence we all seek in our public schools. For both your dedication to your profession and your association, I humbly salute you.

Thank you for what you do both seen and unseen.  Thank you for the hours spent outside of class for your students.  Thank you for the financial sacrifices made on behalf your students.  Thank you for your time spent on association duties and functions.

Thank you.  Have a very special National Teacher Appreciation Week and know that you have my thanks 365, 24/7.
---- Dr. Sid Chapman, President, Georgia Association of Educators
2012 Champion
2012 Champion!!
Bee Champion Simola Nayak from DeKalb County and
GAE Spelling Bee Committee Chair Richard McIntyre

Congratulations to
Simola Nayak, Age 13
Henderson Middle School - DeKalb County, GA
Simola with GAE Spellng Bee Chair Richard McIntyre
and Governor Nathan Deal
An American Education Week Op-Ed
Student Eligibility
2016-17 GAE State Spelling Bee
Dear Spelling Bee Coordinator:

The spelling bee committee of the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE) has been planning for another successful spelling bee program for the 2016-2017 school year. GAE is again proud to offer Georgia students an opportunity to exhibit their proficiency in the art of spelling. If a participant is successful at the school system level, then he/she will have the opportunity to advance to the district competition. The district winners and runners-up compete in the state spelling bee with the state winner advancing to the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

This school year, 2016-2017, the Scripps National Spelling Bee “Early Bird” enrollment period is August 22, 2016 - October 14, 2016. For students to be eligible to compete in the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee, their schools/home schools must be enrolled and they must have paid the Scripps’ enrollment fee by the deadline of October 14, 2016. You can enroll online with Scripps at All enrolled schools will receive a free one-year subscription to Britannica Online for Kids for use as a prize in the school's spelling bee program. A second bonus subscription is available for schools that enroll by September 30. A “Standard” registration fee for schools/home schools (includes a $75 late fee) will apply between October 15, 2016 and December 12, 2016. No registrations will be taken after December 12, 2016.

To ensure a successful local spelling bee, it is important for you to utilize the products and resources described in the Procedures, Rules, and Regulations (PRR) on page 32 and to follow the GAE official procedures, rules, and regulations for spelling bees, which are listed on pages 7-10. To access Georgia’s State Spelling Bee (PRR) go to NOTE: According to Scripps, their spelling bee rules apply only to the competition at the national level; therefore, please refer to Georgia’s rules in this PRR.

Please note that this year we are strongly suggesting the implementation of one vocabulary round in order to better assist our students in preparing to compete at nationals. Schools can access a vocabulary round through their Scripps’ registration. GAE will be implementing the beginning vocabulary round at the district and state levels. We feel our students must begin to learn the actual dynamics of spelling rather than just simple rote word memorization.

The spelling bee consultants/committee and I hope you have a great year planning and implementing your bee!


Dr. Sid Chapman, President
Georgia Association of
Congratulations to
Akshat Gautam, Age 13
South Forsyth Middle School - Forsyth County
Georgia's 2016 State Spelling Bee Champion
2016 Bee Champion Akshat Gautam w/ GAE State Spelling Bee Committee Chairman Richard McIntyre,
his dad, and GAE President Dr. Sid Chapman

Related Links: 2016-17 GAE Bee Information
Procedures, Rules, and Regulations Handbook
District Qualifier Form
Deadlines and Dates
District Bee Sites
Bee Consultants
Local Bee Planning Guide
Merriam-Webster Online
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