Chapin High's Parent Newsletter

September 2022

Message from the Principal

Eagle Family,

What an amazing start we’ve had to the 22-23 school year! Our first day back, we welcomed 1617 students into our building, celebrating our 12th graders with the Senior Pledge Assembly, a tradition where our seniors sign a promise to meet me on May 31st at Colonial Life Arena for Graduation. We followed that with Spirit Week, a pep rally on Friday, then wrapped it all up with a win over Mid-Carolina in the “Battle of the Bell”, the longest running football rivalry game in the state. Students and staff alike enjoyed every minute of the week, and certainly validated our humble opinion that we belong to the greatest school family in the country.

For the month ahead, there is one specific item I would like to draw to your attention. In an effort to improve school safety, we are emphasizing the importance of wearing your ID at all times. If your child does not have one, they can stop by study hall from 8:00-8:20 to have one taken and printed, or alert their first or second block teacher. Once we get to third block, any student who is not wearing their ID will receive a consequence. Please know that I in no way want to be punitive to students regarding their ID’s so please help me spread the word and ensure every student has on come Tuesday morning.

I look forward to a continued great start to the school year, and hope that you join us at either the open house on Tuesday, September 6th from 6:00-7:30, or for Eagle Fest this Friday, September 9th, starting at 5:30 before our football game against Newberry.

As always,

We aRe Ready to Learn

We aRe Respectful to Others

We aRe Responsible to Ourselves

We aRe a Thousand Passions with One Heartbeat

We aRe Chapin!

Michael Ames


Chapin High School

Upcoming Dates

9/2: 1st Home football game, CHS vs Spring Valley, 7:30pm

9/5: Labor Day: School and offices Closed

9/5: Chapin Labor Day Parade

Tuesday, 9/6: CHS Open House “Meet & Greet”, 6pm - 7:30pm

Friday, 9/9: Eagle Fest

Friday, 9/9: Deadline to sign up for PSAT, $18, see School Counseling

Monday, 9/12 - Tuesday, 9/13: Underclass pictures

9/15: Interim for First Nine Weeks

9/22: Interims go home

9/23: Military Appreciation Night (CHS vs AC Flora Home football game)

9/30: Homecoming (CHS vs Lexington Home football game)

10/1: Homecoming Dance

10/19: CHS Strings Fall Concert

10/21: Senior night (Home football game)

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Car Rider Line

All car riders should be dropped off behind the school (closest to the Fine Arts building). No students should be dropped off in front of the school unless it is past the 8:25am bell. Please allow for heavy traffic.
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Chromebooks are REQUIRED to be in the district case. The DIDA (District Issued Device Guide) clearly states this: "The district issued cases must be used at all times to protect the devices." Students that bring damaged/broken devices to the tech desk without a case will be charged for the damages regardless if they have used their one "free" break or not.
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Every student, faculty, and staff member are required to wear a 2022-2023 school ID.


The student dress code is revised annually and is included in the District Student Behavior Code (Policy JCDB-R). A violation of the dress code will result in consequences as specified in the Behavior of Conduct. Any question regarding student dress code should be referred to an Assistant Principal or designee. Below are guidelines:


No caps, visors, hoods, bandanas or other headgear, except with administrative permission.


All garments must cover shoulder to shoulder. All garments must be long enough to clearly overlap the beltline or stay tucked.

No halter tops, tank tops, spaghetti straps or muscle shirts.

No inappropriate logos, slogans and pictures


Undergarments and the buttocks MUST remain entirely covered even while seated.

No Outside Food

NO OUTSIDE FOOD: Please note that students are not allowed to use food delivery services during the school day. They are also not allowed to have fast food dropped off for them. Thank you for helping us enforce this practice at CHS.
2022-23 District Student Code of Conduct Handbook

High School begins on pg 32, Description of Level 1-3 Offenses and consequences, General procedures for school suspension and appeals, Guidelines for Reinstatement & procedures

2022-2023 School Calendar

Fall Break moved from October 31-November 1, 2022, to October 14-17, 2022. May 30-June 1, 2023, will all be half-days for students.

High School "No" Late Start Days

Wednesday, No delay start times; regular schedule applies with start time of 8:25am

CHS 2023 Yearbook

Direct link to order yearbook


CHS Science Teacher mentioned on a National Blog!

It’s a “big deal” when a teacher gets mentioned on a National Blog! CHS Science teacher Ms. Wendy Rauch, whose idea to use the Murdaugh Murders Podcast in her Forensic course, made a murder board for the case which was featured in a blog for Forensic Science Teachers by the “Trendy Science Teacher”.
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From the Nurse

The district is no longer contact tracing, and no one needs to quarantine if they have been around someone that has tested positive.

The only students/staff that would need to isolate are those that have tested positive, or have one of the following symptoms:

Loss of taste or smell, difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, or new or worsening cough.

Please email the nurse at if any of the above apply, with the date symptoms began, otherwise, if your student is absent for sickness with any other symptoms, please contact the attendance department in the usual way.

Attendance Info

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All 10th grade students, and students in their second year of high school, will take the Preliminary SAT® /National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) on Wednesday, October 12, 2022. This is a No-Delayed Start Wednesday. Students in the FIVE program will take the PSAT at their home school.

Juniors are invited to register to take the PSAT/NMSQT. As a junior, students may meet requirements to enter the National Merit® Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships.

Spots for 11th grade students to take this exam are limited and will be given to students who register and pay on a first come first serve basis. Once the maximum limit has been reached, the registration form will no longer accept registration requests. The deadline for 11th grade students to register and pay for the PSAT is at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, September 9th.

Juniors, please sign up here by September 9, 2022. The cost is $18. 10th grade students DO NOT need to register for the PSAT.

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Important Information


Schedules: If you received your schedule and you have a missing block or a clerical error, please use the QR Code/link to the Google Form to the right to request a schedule change.

Please Note: The Deadline to change a Course Request was June 15, 2022.

If there is an issue involving one of the items below, you can complete the Google Form for a School Counselor to review your request for a schedule change.

  • credit earned during summer school but is listed on your schedule
  • a prerequisite credit was not earned
  • a computer/clerical error

Please note a request for teacher change will not be granted unless the student has previously failed a course with a scheduled teacher and then only if space permits.

School Counseling Dept:

Welcome to School Counseling!

We are here for your academic, career, and social/emotional needs.

Here are our counselors and caseloads:

Kimberly Blanton, Director of School Counseling N-Rob

Kimberly Gilbert, A-Dav

Mindi Crisler, Daw-Hr

Allison Deaton, Hu-M

Kary Dufault, Roc-Z

Our Career Specialist .. Julie Hutt

The Career Center prepares and empowers Chapin High School students to identify and explore their career interests.

Please go to her website. Lots of good information: Career Center

Support staff:

Fran Tucker.. School Counseling Assistant

Kelli Nies.. Records Clerk

Katy Gourdin..Registrar


Seniors: If you started to complete your college application and you need your GPA/Class Rank information, you will need to request a copy of your transcript through Parchment. If you have not created your parchment account yet, please check your school email and follow the instructions to create your account. Please note that if you request a recommendation from your counselor, these are completed after the 16th day of school when Class Rank is updated. This will not impact your ability to complete the college application process. Parchment

High School Transcript

Please use for any transcript questions.

If your student would like to know what their GPA or class rank is at the conclusion of this year, your student will need to request a copy of their transcript through Parchment. The school counselors are unable to email transcripts, class rank or GPA data. If your student has not created an account in Parchment, please have your student check their student email. All students (9th, 10th, and 11th grade) will receive an email with a link to create their Parchment account. Please note that your student does not need to complete the student profile information, they only need to create the account and click "order" to request that a copy of their transcript be sent to themselves. Additional information regarding how to set up your student's Parchment account may be found on the School Counseling website.

Please note that Parchment requests are processed within 48 hours of the request (during business days Monday - Thursday).



  • K-12 Student Center with Live Homework Help, WriteTutor Center, Test Prep Center, SkillsCenter Resource Library
  • Real-Time Tutoring: 24 hours a day, seven days a week

  • Click Here to go directly to instructions on how to access Program guide

Important Info for Upcoming Athletic Events


  • Stadium is tobacco free.

  • All spectators must pass through a metal detector.

  • Students in the 8th grade and below must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

  • Lexington Richland School District Five also has a clear bag requirement. Clear bags are limited to 12” x 6” x 12” as well as one gallon zip lock bags. A small, hand sized clutch (4.5” x 6.5”) is allowed after being searched by security.

  • Binoculars and Cameras are allowed but not their case/bags

  • Prohibited items:

    • Weapons (pepper spray, knives/multi-tools, firearms)

    • Coolers

    • Outside Food/Beverages

    • Alcohol/Tobacco Products

    • Non-Clear Bags (diaper bags, book bags,etc.)

    • Containers

    • Strollers

    • Umbrellas

  • Please arrive a little earlier than normal due to these district security measures.


  • Tickets are available online at

  • General Admission tickets are $7. Children Kindergarten and under are admitted free.

  • Tickets may be purchased at the gate with a smartphone and/or a debit/credit card.


  • Gates open one hour prior to kickoff.

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Classroom News

Senior Class News

Click Here for 2022-2023 Senior Calendar

Senior Parent Remind 101

Text 81010

Send the indicated message based on the letter of your last name:

Last name Message to text

A-D @hhagb8

E-K @f68968k

L-Q @2kdc27

R-Z @4ec8bd

10/28: Individual Cap and gown photos, Class group photo, wear your senior shirt

Graduation Info:

Graduation Practice 5/30 at 1:00 pm

Graduation 5/31 at 8:00 am at Colonial Life Arena

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Junior Class Info

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Orchestra News

We encourage all parents, family and friends of our orchestra students to become a sponsor of the Chapin High School Orchestra Booster Club, (CHSOBC). Our organization was founded to promote the musical interests of our CHS Orchestra Students and helps improve the student's classroom experience. Our Booster Club along with orchestra parent volunteers help the students run fundraisers and help to organize and chaperone our field trips. New string instruments and the repair and maintenance of our current instruments at C.H.S. are provided by donations collected on a yearly basis. Below you will find the various levels of sponsorship available. All new Sponsors this year will receive their names printed in our concert programs. Those who donate at the Forte level will receive a car bumper magnet with our CHS Orchestra logo. For those who donate at the Fortissimo Level you will receive one of our car magnets and reserved front row seats for all our orchestra concerts throughout the year.

CHS Orchestra Booster Club Membership and Sponsorship Form

Mark your calendars:

Wednesday October 19th 2022 Strings Fall Concert
Wednesday December 7th 2022 Strings Winter Concert

Wednesday March 22nd 2023 Strings Festival Concert

Friday March 24th 2023 Region 3 High School Concert Performance Assessment Field Trip

Wednesday May 10th 2023 Spring Concert

Club News

Beta Club News

CHS Beta Club is pleased to announce our new Beta Sponsor - Ellen Smith! Ellen joined our faculty last year and she teaches in the World Language Department. Mrs. Morgan will be helping with the transition. Miss Smith's email is

New/Interested AND Renewal students, please complete the appropriate interest form: Senior Beta Club 9th only google form OR Senior Beta Club 10th-12th If you stopped by the Beta Club table at schedule pick-up, you may have already submitted this form. The first year join fee is $32 then $20 for the following years. Fees will be added to the online student account within the next week. If you decide you don't wish to participate, you can request that the fee be removed.

CHS Senior Beta Club 2023

*to qualify: you need a current GPA of 3.5 or higher, or you may join if you participated in 8th grade Junior Beta Club (regardless of your previous district) with at least a B average

*your dues pay for your membership, certificate, pin, and access to

*deadline to register and pay $32 dues (on student account) - Friday, September 30

*new member induction ceremony in fall 2022

*ten service hours are required each year (two service hours must be CHS Beta Club sponsored events or donations). Please plan to list all hours you serve. We send our totals to National Beta for competition.

*monthly service projects are available, such as collections/donations of items for We Care, Trick-or-Canning, Families Helping Families, UNICEF, MDA, Red Cross, etc.

*Beta Club state convention will be held in Myrtle Beach, SC February 10-12, 2023 - you can register to participate in arts, talent, or academic competitions.

*9th-11th service hours due May 31, 2023

*12th grade CHS Beta students will be required to submit service hours and stole order form by March 31, 2023 in order to be eligible to purchase a Beta graduation stole

*Senior Beta Club google classroom code: lpmpztx

National Honor Society Info

CHS Juniors & Seniors in National Honor Society: Dues have been charged for the 2022-2023 school year. If you want to be in NHS, please pay your $10 dues. If you do not wish to be in NHS, email & dues will be removed!

School Lunch Menu

Click HERE to select your School Menu from the drop down list.

Student Parking

Parking Info for 2022-2023 school year

The parking link for the 2022-2023 school year is available on the CHS website. The $50 parking fee will be added to student accounts once Alive@25 has been verified. Fees may be paid online at that time, at

Let your students know that they must park in their assigned

space. If someone is in your spot, park in gravel, and come in

to see Mrs. Habat. Please contact Mrs. Habat at with any parking sign-up questions.

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Upcoming Events:

College Fair | September 21st 9:20am-10:20am | Juniors & Seniors |Students register here

College Application Day | September 28th 9:30am-3:30pm | Media Center

D5 Career Expo | November 3rd 5:00pm-7:00pm | Open to all D5 students 16+yrs old

Specific details will be available on the CHS Career Center website

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SIC Meeting Dates

  • Sept. 21
  • Oct. 19 (Chapin cluster joint SIC)
  • Nov. 16
  • Dec. 14
  • Jan. 18
  • Feb. 15
  • Mar. 15
  • April 19
  • May 17
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Welcome Back Eagles!

Welcome back Eagles! Your PTSO has been hard at work all summer planning for an amazing year! We have already hosted breakfast for our teachers and are preparing for our first Friday staff lunch and the many grants we fill each year for students! This can’t be done without your membership and sponsorship!

Please join PTSO today or consider being a Business sponsor! We are better together!

PTSO sponsorship link:

PTSO membership link:

Our PTSO store is open with a few spirit items and you can preorder your senior yard sign for the spring.
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Rent Rocky!

Rent Rocky!

Rocky is located at the Boundary Road entrance to Chapin High School and is available to rent for painted messages and advertising. Rocky's rental week runs from Friday to Thursday. Each Friday, ALA students will paint the week's message. Reserve your week by clicking on a Friday appointment. Then, indicate in the appointment's notes the message that you would like painted on Rocky.

All proceeds will benefit the Chapin Academic Leadership Academy (ALA) Booster Club, a 501(c)(3) organization. Proceeds are used for ALA events, field trips and other student enrichment activities.

Click here to reserve rocky:

Important Numbers/Website/Social Media

Chapin High School: (803) 575-5400

Fax #: (803) 575-5420

School Counseling Office: (803) 575-5405

School Counseling Fax #: (803) 575-5424

CHS website:


Twitter: @ChapinHigh