Clubs at St Rose

 

Chess Club – currently not in session (2015-16)

The St. Rose school Chess Club meets every Saturday during the school year and during the summer break as well. Chess directly contributes to academic performance.  Chess makes kids smarter. It does so by teaching the following skills.

  • Focusing – Children are taught the benefits of observing carefully and concentrating.
  • Visualizing – Children are prompted to imagine a sequence of actions before it happens.
  • We teach them to ask themselves “If I do this, what might happen next?”
  • Thinking Ahead – Children are taught to think first, then act.
  • Weighing Options – Children are taught that they don’t have to do the first thing that pops into their mind.
  • Analyzing Concretely – Children learn to evaluate the results of specific actions and sequences.
    Does this sequence help me or hurt me?
  • Thinking Abstractly – Children are taught to step back periodically from details and consider the big picture.
  • Planning – Children are taught to develop longer range goals and take steps toward bringing them about.
  • Developing Independence. Kids are forced to think on their own without the immediate aid of an adult.

Chess turns problem-solving and learning into a game!  Studies conducted over the last 30 years show that student’ IQs increase and test scores improve after less than a year of systematic chess study.  Chess is fun and motivational.  It develops self-esteem, builds team spirit and increases concentration.  Chess is a thinking game. It encourages students to use patterns and logical deductive reasoning to solve problems.  Chess players come in all ages.  Even very young children can be successful at chess, as demonstrated by the 2500 kids who participated in the recent annual US Elementary Chess Championships in Nashville, TN – of which, 150 kids were in Kindergarten.

Tutorial

Tutorial is offered for grades 3 – 8, Tuesday through Thursdays, immediately after school, in their classrooms until 3:15pm. This tutorial time is for students who need a little extra help with classwork.