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2019 Lathrop Mayor’s Cup Chess Tournament

Dear Parents, It is my great pleasure to invite your children to participate in the 2019 Lathrop Mayor’s Cup chess tournament at River Islands Technology Academy. Many of your children enjoy chess and will be excited to compete against other young chess players from around our region. The date of this tournament is May 11Continue reading “2019 Lathrop Mayor’s Cup Chess Tournament”

Re: An Open Letter to Mr. Albert Garibaldi

Four years have elapsed since I penned an open letter to Banta Elementary School District Superintendent Albert Garibaldi questioning his decision to intentionally undermine the success of his district’s first charter school. At the time, Mr. Garibaldi was attempting to destroy a thriving charter school seemingly in order to get a larger piece of theContinue reading “Re: An Open Letter to Mr. Albert Garibaldi”

First Annual Lathrop Mayor’s Cup Chess Tournament

On Saturday May 24th 2014, the chess club at River Islands Technology Academy hosted the inaugural Lathrop Mayor’s Cup Chess Tournament. Thirty children were in attendance for a five round USCF rated chess tournament which was the first of its kind ever held in Lathrop, California.  The eight hour chess extravaganza also served as aContinue reading “First Annual Lathrop Mayor’s Cup Chess Tournament”

The Future of Chess has Arrived at River Islands Technology Academy in Lathrop, California

The Torres Chess and Music Academy brings chess instruction to the twenty-first century classroom. Parents in Lathrop, California are growing accustomed to seeing their kindergartener’s eyes glued to the screen of an iPad. Often times their child isn’t watching a movie or playing a kid’s game. Instead, kindergarteners around town are turning to the iPadContinue reading “The Future of Chess has Arrived at River Islands Technology Academy in Lathrop, California”

An Open Letter to Mr. Albert Garibaldi, Superintendent: Banta School District

Mr. Albert Garibaldi, Superintendent: Banta School District First of all, let me congratulate you on the success of Banta Elementary School District’s charter with the River Island Technology Academy in Lathrop. I have been involved in education for 16 years and have never witnessed the birth of such an ambitious undertaking. Under the leadership ofContinue reading “An Open Letter to Mr. Albert Garibaldi, Superintendent: Banta School District”