ELEMENTARY STUDENTS SQUARE OFF IN CHESS TOURNAMENT
May 17, 2016
Second and third graders from Granbury ISD elementary schools squared off in a chess tournament on May 17, 2016, at Mambrino School.
Winning the tournament featuring the top players from all six elementary campuses were two Oak Woods School students. For third graders, the champion was Sterling Dunagan with Oak Woods classmate Tony Debello coming in as runner-up. The second-grade champion was Miller Schenewark with Emma Roberson Elementary School student Aaron Gomez as runner-up. Pictured above are (left to right) Schenwark, Oak Woods principal Donnie Cody, and Dunagan.
The tourney follows a district initiative for all elementary students in the two grade levels to learn problem solving skills through the chess program funded by a grant from the Granbury ISD Education Foundation. The program began during the 2014-15 school year.
First Move in-class chess curriculum was created specifically for second and third grade students to support the development of foundational critical thinking and problem solving skills, which are 21st century competencies embraced and targeted by GISD.
Students across the district will use the skills taught within the First Move curriculum to improve reading, writing, math, science, and social studies skills during weekly 50-minute lessons taught in their classrooms.
“Chess requires you to think hard, analyze, plan and execute,” according to First Move. “Problem solving and learning are part of a game. Kids learn they can take on something challenging and be successful.”
Playing chess can improve not only in academics and analytical thinking skills and learning but also self-esteem and sportsmanship, the organization reports.
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