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Cecil H. Parker School holds spelling bee

Cecil H. Parker School holds spelling bee

Students lined up on stage for a competition of the minds at the annual PTA Cecil H. Parker Spelling Bee. The spelling bee was held on Friday, May 19, 2023. Chibuikem Okwudili, third-grade student, won the third-grade spelling bee on the words “pronounce” and “encyclopedia.” Justin Montaleza placed second, and Leshay McBryde placed third. 

The entire school held a parade prior to the spelling bee to celebrate the participants.

Parker Spelling Bee

"I'm very excited and happy and proud,” said Chibuiken after winning. “And it also makes my mom proud too.”

Parker School’s spelling bee began in 1990 by Janet Wilson, a retired first grade teacher, and Isabel Ellis, a PTA member and teaching assistant at the time. Ms. Wilson gave out candy to students who were perfect on their spelling tests, and it expanded into a schoolwide spelling bee. Other grade levels also participate in the spelling bee.

Ever since then, the school has hosted the spelling bee each year. Students cheered on their classmates from the crowd as they spelled their words. The competition went several rounds before being cut down to the top three, who each received a trophy. 

"I’m super excited to be a part of the spelling bee, and I’m very proud of all the kids,” said Jennifer Vano, reading teacher at Cecil H. Parker School and chairperson of the Spelling Bee Committee. 

"It was a team effort,” said Principal Jacqueline Green. “The committee was wonderful; they made the displays. We had a retired TA (teaching assistant), who came back and tutored with the spellers. You can also tell that some of them who are shy were very confident in spelling their words. So, it was really great.”

View the spelling bee parade here.

Parker Spelling Bee
Justin M At spelling bee
Spelling bee kid spelling word
Child spelling word


Students with glasses.

Students and staff at Cecil H. Parker School spent the day preparing for a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle on Monday, April 8, 2024. They were given solar eclipse glasses courtesy of Principal Jacqueline Green in preparation for the day’s celestial event. Teachers throughout the school created lesson plans, such as creating solar eclipse books, to teach students about the spectacular event and how to safely partake.  

Parker bikes and scooters

Cecil H. Parker School students have been rewarded for positive behavior throughout the school year. Points are awarded to students who consistently follow the P.A.W.S. expectations: Practicing respect, Acting responsibly, Working together, and Staying safe. Students used their P.A.W.S. points to enter a raffle, and six students received prizes on Thursday, March 21, 2024.  

Two girls speaking into the mic.

Students at Cecil H. Parker School congregated in the auditorium for their monthly assembly to learn about the importance of Women’s History Month on Friday, March 22, 2024. The presentation highlighted various influential women who have made a substantial impact on society.

 Cecil H. Parker School hosted a cherished Family Math Game Night

Families gathered at Cecil H. Parker School for a cherished Family Math Game Night on Thursday, February 29, 2024. The evening was planned by the school's Family And Community Engagement (F.A.C.E.) committee including the parent liaisons. Principal Green was grateful other district parent liaisons assisted with the event to make it successful, as it was well attended.