Sep 30


Lower School: Roeper Chess is back — “check” it out!

Roeper Stage III & IV Competitive Chess Team

Play tournament-style chess representing Roeper at its best!

Scholastic chess teams formed by students from the same school compete with other schools at local, regional, and national tournaments. There are many articles noting the positive impact of chess on a student’s critical thinking skills, problem solving, focus, attentiveness, and resiliency. Because of the strong impact that chess has on students’ academic performance, many schools have chosen chess to be its premier recreational activity. With all of these benefits, forming a scholastic chess team also adds teamwork, solidarity, and other socio-emotional assets to the students involved.

The Roeper Scholastic Chess Team has won several state and national awards. Please consider being a part of this new and winning tradition at Roeper!

Who: Stage III** & IV Students

Practices: Birmingham Campus – Mondays from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. (Practices held in second floor classroom)

Bloomfield Campus – Thursdays from 3:20 – 4:50 p.m. (Practices held in Quad Building)

Tournaments: Local tournaments once a month on Saturday mornings, various state tournaments are held in Lansing, and the National Tournament occurs in the spring.

How: Please respond immediately. Attend informational practice and meeting at one of these times:

Thursday, October 2: Bloomfield Campus immediately following practice (Quad Building, Ellen and Gloria’s Classroom

Monday, October 6: Birmingham Campus immediately following practice (second floor classroom – we’ll help you find which room we are in!)

2014-2015 Chess Team Coaching Staff: Diallo Smith, Patrick Ratliff, and Ellen Hoppe


** Participation on the chess team requires a strong sense of discipline, focus, and commitment from both children and parents. Generally, children who are in the second year of Stage III are ready for this commitment. However, we are willing to have a conversation with children and parents of first year Stage III students who are interested in joining the chess team.


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