McNair Chess Tournament - November 2019

grandmaster chess set

MAXIMUM ENTRIES - 170

Greetings Parents and Players, 

Due to changes in FCPS facilities fees we are increasing pre-registration fees by $3 per player.

REMINDER: Cancellations are subject to a $3.00 per player handling fee.

On Saturday, November 16, 2019 McNair PTA will host the third McNair Scholastic chess tournament for the 2019-2020 school year.

We will be hosting the following divisions at this event:

  • K-3
  • K-5
  • K-8
  • Open quads (1300+)

Please go to the following link for information and to register - McNair November 16, 2019 Chess Tournament

  • The early online registration fee is $30 per chess player and will close at midnight on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.
  • The late online registration fee is $35 per chess player and will close at midnight on Thursday, November 14, 2019.
  • The on-site registration fee is $40 per chess player and will close at 8:30 am sharp on Saturday, November 16, 2019.

  • NOTE: Cancellations are subject to a $3.00 per player handling fee.
  • NOTE: Participants should use the back / cafeteria doors - the front doors will NOT be open.
  • NOTE: Our chess tournaments are subject to Fairfax County Public School policies.  In case of inclement weather - please check www.fcps.edu 

Thank you for your support.

Sincerely,
McNair ES PTA


Tentative 2019 - 2020 McNair Chess Tournament Schedule (subject to change):

  • Saturday, December 7, 2019
  • Saturday, January 11, 2020
  • Saturday, February 1, 2020
  • Saturday, February 29, 2020 (Preparation for Virginia Scholastic Chess Tournament)
  • Saturday, March 28, 2020
  • Saturday, May 2, 2020

 

This competition is for All GRADE LEVELS
Questions?  Please reach out to the coordinators at 
reflections@mcnairespta.org

Registrations for 2019-20 are now closed.

 

Winners of 2019-20:

Category Division Grade Participant Grade Level
Ranking
Overall Award Category
Dance PRI 1 Nainika Diddi 1st Excellence
Dance INT 5 Rishima Sahoo 1st Excellence
Literature PRI 2 Pranamya Jindal 1st Excellence
Literature INT 5 Muthya John 1st Excellence
Music PRI 2 Dharshan shanmuganathan 1st Excellence
Music INT 5 Sreyas Dasaradi 1st Excellence
Photo PRI 1 Senthur Kannan 1st Excellence
Photo INT 4 Abhiraj Dev 1st Excellence
Visual Arts PRI 2 Pranamya Jindal 1st Excellence
Visual Arts INT 5 Sreyas Dasaradi 1st Excellence
Visual Arts MID 6 Laksha Muruganandam  1st Excellence
Dance PRI 1 Anaya Oberoi 2nd Merit
Dance INT 4 Gouri Vinesh Jayalekshmi  2nd Merit
Literature PRI 1 Hrishikesh Kiran 2nd Merit
Literature INT 4 Ananth Namilae 2nd Merit
Visual Arts INT 3 Aanvi Dinesh 2nd Merit
Visual Arts INT 4 Sheevanthi Saravanan  2nd Merit
Literature PRI 1 Sahaana Dileep   Honorable Mention
Literature INT 4 Ananya Chittimalla   Honorable Mention
Photo PRI 2 Vihaan chouhan   Honorable Mention
Photo PRI 2 Sohan Masireddy   Honorable Mention
Photo INT 3 Vaibhav Viswanath   Honorable Mention
Visual Arts PRI 1 Hrishikesh Kiran   Honorable Mention
Visual Arts PRI 2 Luca Gonzalez   Honorable Mention
Visual Arts PRI K Likitha Theeda   Honorable Mention
Visual Arts PRI 1 Samaira Sampath   Honorable Mention
Visual Arts PRI 2 Charith Chintamani   Honorable Mention
Visual Arts MID 6 Saanvi Vajragowni    Honorable Mention
Visual Arts MID 6 Rachit Potru    Honorable Mention
Visual Arts (3D) INT 4 Elliot Cook   Honorable Mention

 


For program details, general rules and category rules and to download important resources, visit the webpage by clicking the attached link here

Program Guidelines:

  • The theme for this year is "Look Within"
  • Online Registration: The deadline for enrolling into the program using online registration form Sep 30th, 2019
  • Student packet / Entry Form: The Student Packet includes program requirements and the entry forms.  A separate entry form is required for each category the student is participating in. 
          Download & Print

Note: Title of work and Artist statement in the Entry form are mandatory

Note: Program guidelines mandate disqualifying the submissions that does not follow the program rules.

  • Deadline: The deadline for submission of art work along with entry forms is Oct 10th, 2019
    • Visual Arts (2D & 3D) / Literature / Photography – place them in the cardboard boxes in the Parent’s Liaison room (opposite to Front office)
    • Dance / Film / Music / Photography/ Visual Arts 3D – Digital submissions (TBD)
  • Qualify Submissions: Reflections committee will review submissions by arts category and rules and qualify them for being reviewed by judges.
  • Review Submissions: A team of judges will be reviewing the qualified submissions and score them accordingly (October 14th - October 18th)

         Review Criteria:

  • “blink judging” – reviewers/judges do not see student info during the review process. Winners will be selected by student’s division and arts category.
  • Scoring: Interpretation (40 pts) / Creativity (30 pts) / Technique (30 pts)
  • Winners: Winners will be announced (Tentatively the 3rd week of October)
  • Awards: Winners will be recognized and awarded by McNair Elementary School PTA – (November 20th)

Visual Arts 3D expansion! The visual arts category allows students to enter three-dimensional artworks in addition to the traditional 2D entries.  Please check the link at the bottom of this page to view more information regarding this expansion.


No fees collected for this competition!
McNair Elementary PTA simply wants your child to participate! 

This competition is for All GRADE LEVELS
Questions?  Please reach out to the coordinators at odyssey@mcnairespta.org

Registrations for 2019-20 are now closed. 

Teams have been formed for this year and team assignments have been sent out via email to the parent/guardian of the participants.

Odyssey of the Mind program encourages students of all abilities to participate in the competition.

  • This competition is for All GRADE LEVELS
  • This is a much sought out after program at McNair Elementary school and we are excited to offer this program again this year!
  • Odyssey of the Mind is an International creative problem-solving program that engages students in their learning by allowing their knowledge and ideas to come to life in an exciting, productive environment. Participants build self-confidence, develop life skills, create new friendships, and can recognize and explore their true potential. OOTM proves that students can have fun while they learn.
  • Students get to use their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting a dramatic performance on stage.  All their hard work culminates in an exciting competition with other local teams at Manassas Park High School in March and there on to the State and World championships if the team wins!
  • This is a wonderful program for students willing to commit time and effort towards their team. To learn more on what to expect, please check the power point attached below.

​Want to coach a team but unsure of what is expected of you?  To learn more - Click here

Remember that we are here to help you.
If you have any questions, please get in touch so we can be of assistance.


For further information, please check out the following websites


McNair PTA collects a fee from each participant of this program to pay for the following:
  • School/PTA registration fees payable to hosting organization
  • T-Shirt for each participant.
  • Competition Day lunch and snacks for the participants.
  • Certificates and Awards for participants and celebration.
  • Scholarships for participants qualifying for Free/Reduced Lunch program.
  • Program Administration (forming the teams, helping the coaches, handling event logistics, celebration etc.).
Please note that McNair PTA program administrators are unpaid volunteers. A portion of the fees collected for compensating them for their time is donated to McNair PTA instead. Surplus funds are used to support student and teacher resources at McNair ES.

This competition is ONLY FOR 3rd thru 6th GRADE
Questions?  Please reach out to the coordinators at acsl@mcnairespta.org

Registrations for 2019-20 are now closed. 

Teams have been formed for this year and team assignments have been sent out via email to the parent/guardian of the participants.


American Computer Science League (ACSL) organizes computer science and programming contests for elementary, junior, and senior high school students. 

McNair PTA is excited to support this computer science program starting 2018-19 school year and encourages students in grades 3-6 to participate in the contests.

Divisions

Elementary Division is open to students from grades 3 -6 and consists of non-programming problems. Four contests each consisting of a 30-minute, 5-question tests would be administered.

Junior Division is geared to students with no previous experience in programming/coding. Four contests each consisting of a 30-minute 5-question short answer test and a take home program to solved in 72-hours. Team scores are based on the sum of the best 5 scores each test. McNair PTA recommends this division for 5th and 6th graders interested in programming/coding.

Schedule

The program is based on a curriculum and is run as four-part contests during the school year. Contest dates at McNair:

    Contest #1: December 17, 2019

    Contest #2: February 4, 2020

    Contest #3: March 10, 2020

    Contest #4: April 14, 2020

All-Star Contest and Prizes in Connecticut (May 23, 2020) Junior Division Only

Based upon cumulative results after the four contests, ACSL will 

  • invite the top scoring teams in Junior division to complete at its All-Star Contest. At the All-star Contest, prizes are awarded to top scoring teams and to top scoring students.
  • award plaques to top scoring students and teams based upon previously announced geographic regions. 

Teams

Please register your child(ren) using this form before Saturday, October 12th. McNair PTA will form teams of 5-7 students with a coach. PTA would administer the contests and report the results for entire McNair Team. This is different from how the competition was conducted in 2018-19.

Coaches

ACSL at McNair relies on volunteers to coach the teams. PTA requests parents/guardians with computer science background to volunteer to coach and support this program. PTA would establish a community forum for the coaches to share knowledge, resources and help each other.


McNair PTA collects a fee from each participant of this program to pay for the following:
  • School/PTA registration fees payable to hosting organization
  • Certificates and Awards for participants and celebration.
  • Scholarships for participants qualifying for Free/Reduced Lunch program.
  • Program Administration (forming the teams, helping the coaches, handling event logistics, celebration etc.).
Please note that McNair PTA program administrators are unpaid volunteers. A portion of the fees collected for compensating them for their time is donated to McNair PTA instead. Surplus funds are used to support student and teacher resources at McNair ES.

This competition is ONLY FOR 6TH GRADE
Questions?  Please reach out to the coordinators at so.div.b@mcnairespta.org

Registrations for 2019-20 are now closed.

Teams have been formed for this year and team assignments have been sent out via email to the parent/guardian of the participants.

 

Science Olympiad is a school-based program for students from third grade through their senior year in high school. It offers students the opportunity to improve their understanding in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to work together in teams to learn new skills. Virginia Science Olympiad (VASO) is a non-profit organization engaging and challenging students in these disciplines through team-based competitive tournaments in Virginia.

VASO seeks to inspire a passion for science and technology in Virginia's students through collaboration and teamwork, hands-on experiences, variety and creativity in topics and skills, and fun and rewarding tournaments. Events are carefully chosen by the National Science Olympiad organization to reflect national educational standards and are changed or revised every year to allow students to learn new things.


McNair PTA collects a fee from each participant of this program to pay for the following:
  • School/PTA registration fees payable to hosting organization
  • T-Shirt for each participant.
  • Competition Day lunch and snacks for the participants.
  • Certificates and Awards for participants and celebration.
  • Scholarships for participants qualifying for Free/Reduced Lunch program.
  • Program Administration (forming the teams, helping the coaches, handling event logistics, celebration etc.).
Please note that McNair PTA program administrators are unpaid volunteers. A portion of the fees collected for compensating them for their time is donated to McNair PTA instead. Surplus funds are used to support student and teacher resources at McNair ES.

This competition is ONLY FOR 4TH AND 5TH GRADE
Questions?  Please reach out to the coordinators at so.div.a@mcnairespta.org

Registrations for 2019-20 are now closed.

Teams have been formed for this year and team assignments have been sent out via email to the parent/guardian of the participants.


Important Information:

  • Student interest form/ registration: September 23, 2019
  • Test date - Sep-24 3:45-4:30 pm in the school Cafeteria
  • ​Student/Team Registration Deadline: 
  • Tournament Date: 
  • Process for selection: Based on number of students who are interested, a test will be conducted to select a maximum of 45 students. 
  • Please note: Preference will be given to students whose parents are willing to volunteer as coaches as well as those who can help out during the tournament.

Science Olympiad is a school-based program for students from third grade through their senior year in high school. It offers students the opportunity to improve their understanding in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and to work together in teams to learn new skills. Virginia Science Olympiad (VASO) is a non-profit organization engaging and challenging students in these disciplines through team-based competitive tournaments in Virginia.

VASO seeks to inspire a passion for science and technology in Virginia's students through collaboration and teamwork, hands-on experiences, variety and creativity in topics and skills, and fun and rewarding tournaments. Events are carefully chosen by the National Science Olympiad organization to reflect national educational standards and are changed or revised every year to allow students to learn new things.


McNair PTA collects a fee from each participant of this program to pay for the following:
  • School/PTA registration fees payable to hosting organization
  • T-Shirt for each participant.
  • Competition Day lunch and snacks for the participants.
  • Certificates and Awards for participants and celebration.
  • Scholarships for participants qualifying for Free/Reduced Lunch program.
  • Program Administration (forming the teams, helping the coaches, handling event logistics, celebration etc.).
Please note that McNair PTA program administrators are unpaid volunteers. A portion of the fees collected for compensating them for their time is donated to McNair PTA instead. Surplus funds are used to support student and teacher resources at McNair ES.

        

This competition is for All GRADE LEVELS.

Teams have been formed for the year 2019-20.
Questions? Please reach out to PTA coordinators at fll@mcnairespta.org


Robotic Advancement of Youth FTC Team is hosting a FLL Mock Tournament at McNair ES on Friday, November 1st, 2019 at 5:00 pm
 To participate, visit https://tinyurl.com/FLLTournament


WHAT IS FIRST LEGO LEAGUE?

Guided by adult Coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology, then compete on a table-top playing field.

First Lego League Robotics provides opportunity for students in Grades K-6 to: 

  • Learn about and get excited about Science and Technology
  • Learn to work as a team
  • Develop communication skills
  • Interact with kids from other schools
  • Build robots and have fun!

McNair PTA faciliated team formation has been completed for 2019-20.

If interested, you can register as a private team directly at http://www.firstlegoleague.org/.


McNair PTA collects a fee from each participant of this program to pay for the following:
  • School/PTA registration fees payable to hosting organization
  • Competition Day lunch and snacks for the participants.
  • Certificates and Awards for participants and celebration.
  • Scholarships for participants qualifying for Free/Reduced Lunch program.
  • Program Administration (forming the teams, helping the coaches, handling event logistics, celebration etc.).
Please note that McNair PTA program administrators are unpaid volunteers. A portion of the fees collected for compensating them for their time is donated to McNair PTA instead. Surplus funds are used to support student and teacher resources at McNair ES.