Academic Teams

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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 our Academic Teams is now closed.  





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 two lessons per week 
  • Play as many as five times per week
  • Have a short club meeting each week
  • Participate in the Elementary Team League

From February 1st through May 31st, (15 weeks total) students will be placed in groups by ability and experience for lessons. Coach Mehler will work with families to find convenient times for the group 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 4:05 pm 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 2:00 pm. All levels of experience are welcome, from absolute beginners through experienced tournament players.  


Questions? Email


Dates:  2/1 - 5/31 




Math Counts




Tuesdays 4:15pm-5:15pm

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

Online via Zoom (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)






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 with Division A questions.  


Division A: Grades 3-5


  • NOTE: The Division A Competition will likely be held in April 2021.  Register at the top of this page.


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 B: Grades 5-6


CRES Science Olympiad, Division A 

Registration is now closed for CRES Science Olympiad Division A!


To register: Please complete both steps:


1. SO Div A Registration (to register and pay)


2. SO Div A Form (to indicate event preferences).  The Rules Manual will be sent to parents who compete this Google interest form.  


CRES Science Olympiad Division B
Registration is now closed for CRES Science Olympiad Division B! Interested parents, please make sure to read ALL the information below before registering your child. Parents must sign a waiver in order to participate. 

To register:
1. Pay the registration fee of $70 on the PTO website

2. Fill out the following google form: SO Division B Form
 after reading the rules manual with your child.


The Virginia SO event list can be found here - SO Event ListPlease refer to the national rules book for rules on these events - SO Rules.

Registration will close on Oct 8th, 2020. Teams will be formed shortly after the registration is closed. There will be room for 3 teams of 15 participants each for the Regionals.

Please visit the Virginia Science Olympiad website for additional details about the program:



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 contact if you are interested in being a lead. 


Note: this activity can be set up directly by parents without a school coordinator. Please visit the website below for information. 

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







Quiz Bowl and U.S. Academic Bowl are academic competitions in which two teams compete head-to-head to answer questions from all areas of knowledge, including history, literature, science, fine arts, current events, popular culture, sports, and more. Bee tournaments are for individual players.

CRES is building up the first quizbowl team. The weekly training (via Zoom, waiver required) will include practice, scrimmage and study materials to advance students’ interest and knowledge in covered academic areas. The team will also represent CRES in various tournaments.
Learn more:  Quiz Bowl - and U.S. Academic Bowl -
Contact CRES Quiz Bowl coordinator, Estella Xi at with any questions.

Grades 4-6



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