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Columbus Chess Team National Champions K-6 Division

The Columbus Elementary School Chess team won first place as a team this weekend at the 2019 US National Elementary (k-6) Championship in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Columbus Chess Team are National Champions for the k-6 division for chess players rated under 1000 points.  

Under the direction of their devoted coach and teacher, Mr. Mark Hegenauer, 11 Columbus students traveled with their families to Nashville to once again compete with the best elementary chess players in the country -- and this year, finally -- we WON!

So much time and patient efforts have gone into this moment.  Congratulations to ALL Columbus students who make our chess team so special.  Congratulations to Mr. Hegenauer and his partners from the National Scholastic Chess Foundation, who always find creative ways to keep Columbus involved in tournaments and lessons, no matter the cost.  And congratulations to the Columbus PTA Chess Committee and Ms. Owens for their collaborations all year -- raising money to send so many kids to the Nationals was not easy.  Together, we did it!  

At this incredible juncture it is also critical that we honor and remember all the former parents of Columbus Chess Team Players from the last 20 years!  For years, caring, selfless families of the Columbus Chess community have devoted time and love to ensure that any Columbus student that had an interest in chess, had a place to play and an opportunity to learn and compete -- with ANYONE!  This moment is shared not only with our new champions, but with years and years of former Columbus students and their families.  

Much gratitude and thanks to all our sponsors and supporters--thank you to all the local stores and business, and generous families and neighbors, who have donated food and money toward our team's fundraising efforts all year!

National Chess Champions

The Columbus Chess Club sent 11 students to compete in the National Scholastic K-6 Chess Champions in Nashville, Tennessee on May 9-12, 2019.  There were 2252 chess players representing 46 states competing on 700 teams in 16 sections. The Columbus Chess Team won six National Awards.

In the first event, on Thursday May 9, 2019, the chess students competed in 11 rounds of Blitz (speed chess). Constantine won 1st place for chess players rated under 1000 and Dylan Minchez came in 1st place for chess players rated under 800. The Columbus team placed 7th place in the nation for Blitz chess.

Five students competed in the K-6U1000 section. These students are now National Champions, coming in 1st place after playing seven rounds of chess over three days.

Playing in this division were Constantine Zalatis, Dylan Minchez, Ignacio Valencia, Dylan Solovyev, and Aiden Rodriguez. Constantine won a second individual award coming in 5th place winning 6 of the seven rounds and Dylan Minchez won a second individual award coming in 25th place winning 5 of the seven rounds. All of the Columbus students on this section of the team were awarded wall plaques for coming in first place, in addition to their team trophy.

Four students competed in the K-5U900 section. They were Naolin Concha, Joel Salick, Giovanna Murgia and Gianna Murgia. These students came in 29th place in their section.

Guilianna Murgia and Ashley Corazao competed in the K-3U700 section.

The chess club wants to thank all of the parents, teachers, administrators, the Columbus community and the National Scholastic Chess Foundation for their essential support throughout the 2018-2019 school year.

                                                                                                               “Never underestimate the heart of a champion.” - LeBron James

By Mark Hegenauer


Family STEM

Family Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Night

On Thursday evening, nearly one hundred 2nd grade students and parents gathered in the Columbus School cafeteria to learn about STEM and problem-solve together as a family STEM team!  Antoinette Koehler, Kelly Kalinowski, Rana Rabadi, Vanessa Guzman-Cruz, and Fran DelFico, part of the Columbus’ 2nd Grade Team, prepared an overview of STEM and three separate challenges for all to grapple with.  Ms. Koehler addressed the families and kids by reminding them that STEM investigations are at the heart of every Columbus STR2EAMing into Learning Convention (Science, Technology, Reading/Research, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics).  Ms. Koehler introduced the work this way: “STEM is hands-on problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity and innovation; this is about working collaboratively and building resilience and persistence in the face of frustration or failure.”  She added that most important, “STEM is just ton of fun!”

The teachers challenged students and their parents to build paper airplanes that were quickly submitted to grueling flight tests.  Teams were then asked to build the tallest structure possible with a limited number of index cards. Last, using marshmallows and toothpicks, parents and kids designed stable, solid structures.   

Dr. Parvey and Mr. Galland were present, and Dr. Parvey rolled up her sleeves and assisted many families and kids in their constructions.  The Columbus STR2EAMing into Learning Convention will take place this year over three days and two evenings, from January 22 to 24th.  The Columbus PTA will also hold a STEM-oriented book sale throughout the convention days.

Columbus Families and Visitors

In order to preserve an orderly and safe arrival and dismissal for all students each day, please note the following:

  • In the morning, parents, guardians, and visitors are not permitted to enter the school or the main office until 8:45 a.m.
  • In the afternoon, the main office and school entrance are closed between 2:45 p.m. and 3:20 p.m. as school staff manage dismissal procedures.
  • If you need to pick up a student early, you must do so BEFORE 2:45 p.m. each afternoon.

Con el fin de preservar una llegada y salida ordenada y segura para todos los estudiantes cada día, tenga en cuenta lo siguiente:

  • Por la mañana, a los padres, tutores y visitantes no se les permite entrar a la escuela ni a la oficina principal hasta las 8:45 a.m.
  • Por la tarde, la oficina principal y la entrada de la escuela están cerradas entre las 2:45 p.m. y 3:20 p.m. mientras el personal de la escuela maneja los procedimientos de despido.
  • Si necesita recoger a un estudiante temprano, debe hacerlo ANTES de las 2:45 p.m. cada tarde.




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