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Chess Club

Chess Club Information

Place: Mrs. Oxford's Classroom 12-107

Practice:The McKeel Chess Team will meet for practices on the following WEDNESDAY afternoons from 2:30 until 3:10pm:

  • September 12
  • September 26
  • October 10
  • October 24
  • November 7
  • December 5
  • December 19 (Holiday Snacks)
  • January 9
  • January 30
  • February 13
  • February 20
  • March 6
  • March 13 (End of Season Party)

**You MUST have a ride to pick you up by 3:15 or you will need to go to the after school program in the MAT Media Center.

The McKeel Chess Team will be participating in Polk County Chess Tournaments on the following SATURDAYS from approximately 8:30am-3:00pm:

  • October 13, 2018
  • November 10, 2018
  • January 12, 2019
  • February 2, 2019
  • March 9- Championship (Must Qualify to Attend)

Tournaments in October-February will be held at:

Bartow Civic Center

2250 S Floral Ave

Bartow, FL 33830

Champion tournament will be help at:

Carver Recreation Center

520 South Idlewood Ave.

Bartow, FL 33830

All students on the chess team are expected to participate in the tournaments. Students must be registered with Polk Scholastic Chess. Please register at by September 28, 2018. There is a $35 registration fee for each student. This fee is paid online, when you register.


Mrs. Oxford, Club Sponsor

I am proud to be starting my 15th year of teaching and 6th year at McKeel Academy this year.  I have taught middle school science my entire career and will be teaching 7th grade science this year.  I am also the middle school and high school chess team sponsor for MAT.

I am a graduate of Florida Southern College where I earned my bachelors degree in Biology in 2004.

My husband, Derek, and I have been married for 13 years and have two children, Cullen, 9, and Kinsley, 7.  We also have two dogs Daisy and Lily. 

I am looking forward to being your science teacher this year.  I am confident that we can learn a lot together and have fun while doing it!  All I ask of you is that you give me your best every day, have a good attitude, and approach each day with an open mind!  During the course of the year you will be exposed to topics from Life, Earth and Physical sciences.

You may reach me at any time by email:  I am looking forward to an awesome school year!

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