Academic Teams


Academic teams offer a wonderful enrichment opportunity for CRES students. In addition to learning math, science, engineering, culture and other educational subjects, students have an opportunity to experience working together in groups toward common goals, and healthy competition. Plus, they get to have a lot of fun with their friends! 


Registration for MathCounts and Chess Club opens on Monday, September 21st. Please contact with any questions. 



Register Here - For MathCounts and Chess starting September 21st * 



Math Counts




Tuesdays 4:15pm-5:15pm

Instructor: Mr. Guo | $150 for 15 sessions (registration only in Fall)

Online via Blackboard Collaborate (waiver required)

Grade 6 only


MathCounts at CRES is a math enrichment program, led by a parent volunteer, that provides exposure to competition math based on official MathCounts Competition Series curriculum and materials. The MathCounts Competition Series is a national program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement. Instruction will cover concepts ranging from: arithmetic, algebra, geometry, probability, quadratics, number theory and more. Students will also imitate the 4 levels of competition through Sprint, Target, Team and Countdown rounds.  Students are selected for the competitive MathCounts Team mid-year based upon their performance in the MathCounts Club. Learn more at


Dates:  10/6 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26 (additional dates may be added based on test dates)







Instructor: Coach Mehler | $180 for 15 weeks

Online via ZOOM (waiver required)

Grades 2-6


Coach Mehler returns to coach the CRES Chess Club online this year.  Students will: 

  • Receive up to 2 lessons per week 
  • Play as much as 5 times per week
  • Have a short club meeting each week
  • Participate in the Elementary Team League

From the end of September through the end of January, students will be placed in groups by ability and experience for lessons. Coach Mehler will work with families to find convenient times for the lessons. All club members may play online Monday-Friday with no additional fee. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, CRES students will play each other; on other days, CRES students may be matched up with students of similar ability from other schools. There will be a short club meeting for announcements every Tuesday at 4:55pm with Coach Mehler. Students who want to represent CRES may sign up to join the team in the Online Elementary Team League, which meets every other Saturday at 2:00pm. All levels of experience are welcome.  


Questions? Email


Dates:  9/30 - 1/29 



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Parent volunteers are needed to help coach the teams below. Please contact the coordinator of the team you would like to help coach for more information and for details on registration.  



Science Olympiad






Science Olympiad is a national science tournament with multiple levels of competition: invitational, regional, state, and national. Students compete in events pertaining to various scientific disciplines, including earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering. Unlike many other science enrichment opportunities, Science Olympiad provides a team experience, allows for a great deal of creativity, and exposes students to a wide variety of topics. Colvin Run students may compete in EITHER Division A or Division B.  


Division A is open to students from grades 3-5 and is a great introduction to Science Olympiad. This is an opportunity for students to have fun and learn and does not advance past the regional level. Contact Awo Archampong-Gray at with Division A questions.  


Division B is open to students from grades 5-8 and is much more competitive and challenging. Students can advance beyond the regional level. Contact Shajuti Banerjee at with Division B questions.  


For information on how Virginia Science Olympiad will be run this year, please see  


Division A: Grades 3-5

Division B: Grades 5-6


Lego League






This building and research-based program is designed to capture the inherent curiosity of children in grades K-3 and teach them valuable employment and life skills. The junior program provides an introduction to basic science and engineering concepts. The grade 4-6 robotics program applies these concepts.  


The Academic Teams Committee is looking for Co-Leads for Lego League for this school year.  Co-Leads are needed in order to have Lego League. Please email if you are interested. 


Learn more:


Junior First Lego League: Grades K-3

First Lego League: Grades 4-6 








This international educational program provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and world level. Contact CRES Odyssey coordinator, Michael Kwaw, at with any questions. 


Learn more:


Grades K-6







Information Coming Soon - For Grades 4-6!





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