Prairie Chess Club

Recent Announcements

  • Recent updates from Jim Hodina on the Prairie Chess Club
  • Newsletter #13 Dear Prairie Chess Families,I hope you had an enjoyable Spring Break.  We were certainly ready to play some chess on Monday!  We had a good lesson on chess openings ...
    Posted Mar 20, 2018, 7:46 PM by James Hodina
  • Newsletter #12 Dear Prairie Chess Families,TUESDAY LESSONOur first lesson with the Creek and Point student was on the rules of a popular chess variant “Chess 960” also known as Fischer ...
    Posted Feb 13, 2018, 6:34 PM by James Hodina
  • Newsletter #11 Dear Prairie Chess Families,MATCH WITH CORALVILLEWe had a great time with our match with Coralville chess clubs from Central Elementary and Northwest Junior High. Both schools won their ...
    Posted Feb 13, 2018, 6:33 PM by James Hodina
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Welcome to the 2017-2018 Prairie Chess Club!

We have many opportunities to play chess throughout the Prairie Schools.  Currently, registration is open for clubs at Heights, Hill, View, Creek, and Point.
  • Only students at Heights may participate in the Heights After School Chess Club on Tuesdays.  
  • Only students at View may participate in the View Before School Chess Club on Mondays.
  • The Chess Club at Creek is open to all Prairie Schools.  Students meet at the bus loading area and walk to Creek for Chess Club.
  • You may be in two chess clubs Heights or View and the All-Campus Creek Club.
Open registration is now closed for the Prairie Chess Club.  If you would like to join, please email
  • We meet on all Mondays school is in session.
  • Pick up is 4:30 pm for grades 5-9 and 5:00 pm for grades 3 & 4.
  • Students from all schools are welcome.
  • Students in Grades 3 & 4 will be met at the bus loading area and be escorted to Prairie Creek for their chess lesson and to play chess games.
  • There are no fees.  All chess equipment and online chess instructional materials are provided by a generous donation from the Prairie Foundation.
  • There will be an opportunity to sign up for treats and to purchase Prairie Chess Club T-Shirts
  • We will play 2-4 other scholastic chess clubs in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City during the school year.

Prairie Chess Club Snack Donations

We will be providing snacks each week at chess club. With 70 students, this is not a simple task. So, we are looking for voluntary donations. Due to severe nut allergies of some of our students, we will not serve any snacks with nuts. You may bring individually packaged ready to eat foods or you may make a monetary donation where I will then use the funds to make bulk purchases at Sam’s Club. We do have storage at the school. So there is no need to sign up. Just make your donation and I will maintain an adequate inventory of snacks throughout the year. To make a monetary donation, make a donation through PayPal (credit card).