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Sandy Sansing Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee Memo 

To:    Spelling Bee Coordinators in Escambia; selected private and parochial schools; elementary English Language Arts Representatives; middle school English Language Arts Department Heads, Literacy Coaches 

From:    Jessica Rowell, English Language Arts Department
J.E. Hall Center, 30 E. Texar Drive
Pensacola, FL  32503
(850) 469-5409  

Date:     October 28, 2020

Re:    The Forty-Fifth Annual Sandy Sansing Spelling Bee


In an effort to ensure safety and celebrate student success, Escambia County School District (ECSD) leadership and Mr. Sansing have agreed to sponsor school-based bees, in lieu of a district contest that serves as a regional bee qualifier. COVID safety guidelines make hosting a traditional district bee an impossibility.

Florida’s Celebrate Literacy Week is January 25-29, 2021, and the ECSD has designated January 27th as “Words that Wow” Wednesday. On this day, local elementary and middle schools are highly encouraged to host their contests in their school buildings. In keeping with his decades of sponsorship, Mr. Sansing will provide ribbons for your school finalists, and he hopes to attend some contests. If your school plans to host a bee, please register your school for participation by December 18, 2020, using this link. Registered schools will receive word lists and district guidance on how to host a bee.

Presently, national coordinators are offering a virtual platform to conduct local and regional contests for qualification to the national spelling bee.  The virtual platform does not mirror a traditional bee, however, and requires a $250 enrollment fee per school to participate. For schools or individuals who wish to try for regional competition qualification, enrollment with Scripps is required before December 20, 2020, and can be completed at this link. Please email me to communicate your desire to try for qualification so that guidelines from regional coordinators can be disseminated.

If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Rowell at 469-5409 or

We appreciate the continuing sponsorship of the Sansing family. With your support, we will encourage increased literacy in the greater Pensacola area. Thank you to everyone.




Links to Practice Lists

You can use these sites to prepare your participant(s):

Spelling City 

Big IQ Kids Wordlist Finder 

Eduplace spelling lists 

Spelling and word lists 

Robyn's Apparently Average Spelling Quiz 


Our district has prepared a list of practice sites for each grade level. To access this list, click on this link: Practice Site

National Spelling Bee Resources