John Miao

At: 5/28/2017 9:50:40 PM
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Edith Fuller on ESPN

Edith Fuller on ESPN

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Bernadette Miao

At: 5/24/2017 8:42:36 PM
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Edith Fuller is going to D.C.!

Edith,

I wish you luck in DC next week! Have fun and enjoy Bee Week. 

As I mentioned in the meeting, I would review the Round 2 word list and definitions. If you have time, look over the Spell It! words. 

For Saturday, I will prepare "random" words. I will look back at previous years to match the level of the onstage words. 

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Sylvie Lamontagne

At: 5/16/2017 12:35:36 AM
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Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis

The title is pretty self-explanatory. This is the longest word in the English language, at least according to Merriam-Webster.It probably wouldn't be used in the bee, but it is loved by many language nerds nevertheless. Imagine, however, that you did get it in a bee. If you hadn't seen the word, you may initially be intimidated by it. At nineteen syllables (and 45 letters), it is a monster of a word. However, it can be broken down pretty simply:
"Pneumono-" is a Greek root meaning breath.
"Ultra-" is a Latin root meaning beyond.
"Micro-" is a Latin and Greek root meaning small.
"Scop-" is a Latin and Greek root meaning to see, or eye.
"-Ic" is a common adjective suffix.
"Silico-" is a Latin root meaning, well, silicon.
"Volcano" is, well, volcano.
"Conio-" is a German and Latin and Greek root meaning dust.
"-Osis" is a Latin and Greek suffix meaning disease.
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Bernadette Miao

At: 5/15/2017 11:32:37 AM
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5 Year Old Spelling * (May 14)

Great job learning the words and definitions! * did wonderfully spelling and defining the words on the list. I would keep practicing these words and learning the definitions until Bee Week.
 
I would definitely try to do another practice test to simulate the test at Scripps. I would also practice "being up at the microphone." * should keep up * method of spelling that includes asking questions.
 
See you next week,
Bernadette 
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Bernadette Miao

At: 4/29/2017 4:07:51 PM
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5 Year Old Spelling * (April 29)

 
Great job on the Round Two spelling and vocabulary. Keep up the great work!
 
I would continue learning/reviewing these words until Bee Week. For these words, * did a good job clarifying. * should continue to do this, especially since some words on the list are homonyms or near-homonyms.
 
I have attached seven prefixes along with their associated words. These words may be confusing to learn because of their similar meanings. I would use these words mainly to serve as examples of how * can figure out the meaning of a word based on "roots."
 
 
~Bernadette
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Sylvie Lamontagne

At: 4/26/2017 10:35:08 PM
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ECN Call with Kelly Mills (4.22.17) Outline

During this call we discussed several things. A few of the main topics were:
-Best resources to study from (CWL, Words of Wisdom, Hexco's lists, etc.)
-Making an educated guess on spelling words you don't know (taking into consideration roots, language patterns, etc.)
-Strategies for learning spelling material (Quizlet is an excellent resource to use for review)
-Best sources to use for roots (the roots list in Words of Wisdom, as well as the Dictionary of Prefixes, Suffixes, and Combining Forms)...more

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Sylvie Lamontagne

At: 4/20/2017 11:58:52 PM
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Fleshy Etymologies

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