“The impetus for forming the club is that UIL (University Interscholastic League) academics is offering Chess Puzzles as a pilot event this year,” Chess Club sponsor John Rodgers said. “In Chess Puzzles, contestants solve a series of situations presented as diagrams on paper. The student who successfully solves the most puzzles in the allotted time is declared the winner. There is no head-to-head play in the UIL competition as it stands now.”
Rodgers said the Chess club meets every Thursday, both before and after school.
“We have been averaging about a dozen students in attendance at each meeting,” he said. “Meetings are informal — maybe a few opening remarks from me — a lot at the chess website or working of a chess puzzle — then we break out the boards, pair up and start playing.”
Membership is open to all students. The only requirement Rodgers says is to show up and participate.
“In our club the students play head-to-head, against the computer on a website like ‘KidChess’, and work puzzles similar to the ones we will see at the competition,” he said.
Rodgers announce that the first-ever GMS Chess Team was set in December.
“Students competed in a puzzle solving event much like the one they will face at the UIL meet,” he said.
The sixth-grade team members are Philip Stogner, Debbie Carlton, Dalton Chancellor and Jacob Long; the seventh-grade members are Hunter McKnight, Charley Simmons, Justin Kerby and Jordan Young; the eighth-grade members are Brandon Chancellor, Tate Wadkins and Caleb Traughber.
These 11 students will compete at the UIL Academic Meet on Thursday at North Central Texas College.
It's a weld off
Student welders were recognized and awards were handed out at
Wednesday’s Spring 2012 “Weld Off” ceremony at North Central Texas
Swing school coming to NCTC
“Deep within my heart lies a melody…” Young musicians who get excited
when they hear the unique sounds that go along with these famous song
lyrics will head for North Central Texas College again this summer for
the third annual Big Texas Swing School.
Spelling bee winners move on to district elimination round
The Gainesville Independent School District will bring together the top three spelling bee winners from W.E. Chalmers Elementary, Robert E. Lee Intermediate, and Gainesville Middle schools by hosting a district spelling bee at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Gainesville Administration Building.
GMS starts Chess Club
There are a variety of new clubs and organizations at Gainesville Middle School to expand the minds of these young students and the GMS Chess Club is doing just that.
Local schools challenge state finance system
Era and Valley View independent school districts recently joined the 150 other school districts in the Austin-based Equity Center that have filed a lawsuit against the State of Texas for financial reasons, and at least two other school district boards in Cooke County plan to discuss this matter during their November board meetings.
Lee students learn at Leeper Lake
The Gainesville Independent School District Foundation funded an opportunity for 225 fifth-grade students at Robert E. Lee Intermediate School to spend one day at Leeper Lake, which provided each student with an outdoor learning environment to enhance the information taught in the classroom.
Preparation key to success, GISD teachers say
Parents often prepare for the first day of school as much as their kids do.
Getting ready for a new school year can be exciting for everyone involved.
Chalmers ready to start new school year
With the beginning of Gainesville Independent School District’s academic year just a little over a week away, each campus has its own focus for the months ahead and W.E. Chalmers Elementary School is no exception.
TEA releases school ratings
The Texas Education Agency’s release of state accountability ratings Friday indicated two Cooke County school districts with an “exemplary” status.
GISD adminstration staff revamped
The Gainesville Independent School District not only has a new superintendent, but the administrative staff is undergoing a shake-up.
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