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Chelsea High School-February Update

Student Spotlight

CHS Quiz Bowl had a phenomenal season. Varsity finished tied for second and JV

finished 4 th in their divisions with both Varsity and JV finishing with 3rd best

“overall” records in their divisions. Additionally, the Varsity team competed in the

Tri-County Quiz Bowl League Championship tournament last week at the WISD. They finished the winner’s bracket undefeated (including beating a Saline team that hadn’t lost a match all year). Saline won the loser’s bracket and CHS and Saline faced off again to determine the tournament winner. Because of the double elimination format, CHS only needed to win once to win the championship. Saline won the first game, but CHS dominated the second game to bring home the trophy! This qualifies CHS Varsity for the Class B State Championship April 12-13 in East Lansing and the National Championships May 24-26 in Atlanta, GA.

Quiz Bowl is a competitive, academic, and interscholastic activity. In a Quiz Bowl match, two teams compete head-to-head to answer questions from all general areas of knowledge including history, literature, science, fine arts, math, sports, current events, and more.

Why did Chelsea High School decide to form a Quiz Bowl Club?

There has been a strong Quiz Bowl program at Beach Middle School for many years. The Chelsea High School Quiz Bowl Club was the idea of two freshmen who wanted to continue doing Quiz Bowl. Once these students reached out to the Chelsea High School student body, it became clear that there were other like-minded students. The response to this club has been tremendous. 18 students participated in over 45 Quiz Bowl matches this year, with 5 Varsity and 13 JV students.

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Staff Spotlight

Adam Schilt and Valerie Johnson have worked diligently to make Winter Carnival a success. With all of the days off of school, they have had a lot to catch up on and Winter Carnival turned out amazing! Their hard work with Student Council is greatly valued as we see consistent attempts to increase school spirit, changes in homecoming/winter carnival nominations, and the mini Victor-thon. Both are making Chelsea High School a more friendly and caring place for students and staff. Below is their "decades day" outfits to enjoy some school spirit.

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Student Council

Student Council is in the midst of perhaps its most impactful year ever at CHS. After a successful Homecoming and Winter Carnival, both of which featured brand new traditions developed by class representatives, Council has now turned its attention to planning CHS's first-ever Mini-VictorThon, an 8-hour no-sleeping, no-sitting dance marathon benefiting pediatric rehabilitation programs at C.S. Mott's and Beaumont Children's Hospitals. Over 100 students have signed up for the event, which will take place on March 8-9 from MIDNIGHT to 8am in the CHS gym. The entire community is welcome to come and show support as students stand in solidarity with families and kids who must sacrifice so much. All participants will perform a "line dance" choreographed by students at the end of the event, and event planners will also announce the total amount raised for the kids.

Trimester 2 Exam Update 2019

Good morning Bulldog parents and student. Given the complexities that have come along with the loss of instructional time due to the multiple snow/ice/cold days this term, we will not be administering cumulative exams for the Winter term.

Given that we have lost nine instructional days this term, our instructional staff members would not be able to fully cover the necessary content for their courses in order to administer a cumulative exam to our students. Affording our staff the ability to add back a full day and a half of instruction was another major factor in this decision as well.

In regards to not having traditional cumulative exams, here are a few important pieces of information moving forward:

  • Thursday, March 7 will be a full day of school for ALL students.
  • Friday, March 8 will still be a 1/2 day (AM) for students, but we will be running a schedule in which students will meet with each of their five classes.
    • Seniors who have the ability to "waive" final exams will still be granted the ability to exercise this right, but only on Friday, March 8 (1/2 day)
    • Given that the AP testing window has not and will not move, I strongly encourage Seniors who have earned the ability to waive to attend class on Friday 3/8 as our AP teachers will be covering material on this day.
  • Any student who wishes to take a traditional final exam (i.e. students who are close to failing the term that may need/wish to take the exam to pass) will be allowed to do so.
    • Students who wish to do so musty notify teachers of their intent to take a final exam in their class by Friday, March 1.
    • For those students who select this option, we will be proctoring exams on Friday, March 8 from 8:00 - 11:30am. These students will be followed up with individually so that they know the location and time of their exam(s).

In lieu of a traditional cumulative exam this term, teachers will be covering content that was adapted or originally eliminated due to our days away. Some staff members will also be giving unit tests on those days as well for the same reasons.

We appreciate your support and flexibility this term.

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Update from the Counseling Office:

  • Congratulations to Sierra Martinez-Kratz, Margaret Smith and Riley Thornburn who were nominated by their teachers to attend the Michigan Youth Leadership Conference in May. This leadership seminar is offered to sophomore students wishing to develop student leadership skills. The selection criteria included leadership potential, sense of social responsibility, academic responsibility and capacity for critical thinking.

  • Due to the importance of a student’s senior year, the counselors will be available to individually meet with the Class of 2019 parents/students on Wednesday, February 27th and Thursday, February 28th from 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sign up for an appointment via SignUpGenius at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054AAAA62F4-class2

  • Each Junior will have an individual appointment during the school day to meet with their counselor to go over their course selections for next year. Graduation status will be discussed along with future plans. These appointments began February 4th.

  • Counselors will begin reviewing the freshman and sophomore course requests for next year. Your student will be notified if their selections were incorrect.

  • AP testing information will be distributed in mid-February. All registration will take place online beginning February 21st. The deadline to register and submit payment is 3:30 p.m. on March 13th. Contact Mr. Murphy or Mrs. Weber if you have questions.

  • Juniors will take the SAT test in April as part of the Michigan Merit Exam. Students will register in their classrooms. There is no parent/student registration fee.

  • The next ACT test date is April 13th. Please note that Chelsea High School is NOT a test site. The registration deadline is March 8th.

  • Local scholarships for seniors continue to come into our office. Please be sure to check our website, Naviance or Haiku each week through April for more information.

  • Please note that students were required to adjust their Term 3 schedules last November. At this point, there are no Term 3 schedule changes unless there are extenuating circumstances.

  • Pioneer High School will host a “College and Career Fair” on Tuesday, April 23rd from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

  • While the deadline for submitting the FASFA form was due on March 1st, seniors should still complete this form if they will be in need of financial aid in the Fall of 2019.

  • The deadline to submit test out forms is March 8th by 3:00 p.m. Spring test outs will take place May 8th. The next test out window will take place in November 2019.

School “Rules”

Leaving school early or coming to school late!

When your students need to leave CHS for appointments/illness/forgotten items etc please make sure they are stopping up to the main office to sign in and sign out with the main office staff. Even if they have their own car on campus and even if you have called them "out" they need to stop at office first to check out!

Thank you for understanding on this issue.

Athletic Department News

Chelsea has again been selected to host the MHSAA Regional Hockey tournament. The regional tournament will be held on February 25, 26, 28, and March 2. All games will be held at the Arctic Coliseum here in Chelsea. Chelsea opens play on Monday, February 25 at 5pm

A congratulations goes out to our wrestling program. The team won the District Championship for the first time since 2015. In addition three of our wrestlers advanced to the state championships March 1 and 2 at Ford Field. Josiah Fitch, Shane Nold, and Nick Matusko advance to the Ford Field. Nick Matusko has a 45-0 record on the season.

Our basketball teams are preparing for the state tournament. Our boys will begin the state tournament on Monday February 25 at Adrian High School. They play Ann Arbor Gabriel Richard at 7pm. The boys have had a great season with a 14-5 record.

The girls basketball team opens state tournament play on Monday March 4 at 7pm at Onsted High School. They are currently ranked #2 in the state and have a 17-0 record.

Chelsea will be hosting the state boys quarterfinal game on Tuesday March 12. You can find all tournament information at www.mhsaa.com.

A look ahead to spring sports…All spring sports teams begin practice on March 11. If you have questions about teams please contact the athletic office.

Pre-Season Track Meeting

Coach Swager would like to remind all students who are interested in boys or girls track this spring to attend a pre-season Track meeting at 3 PM - Tuesday March 5 in the CHS Media Center.

Interact Club & Boys Basketball Cancer Fundraiser

The CHS Interact club teamed up with the CHS boys basketball teams in their first annual Coaches vs Cancer game. They also partnered with the American Cancer Society to support their Coaches vs. Cancer event, which involves high school and college coaches across America wearing "sneakers and suits" to raise awareness and funds for cancer support and treatment.

To help with this even, the Rick Eder Agency (Farm Bureau Insurance) sponsored the purchase of special purple and gold uniforms that we wore against Adrian on Friday, February 1. The event featured special t-shirts, a half time shoot out, a "Wall of Hope" recognizing cancer victims and survivors, and a change drive. They wer able to raise over $800 in one evening and look to do it again next year!

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CHS Band Members earn All-State Honors

Three Chelsea HS Band members earned All-State Honors this year, and performed as members of the 2019 Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association All-State Band and All-State Orchestra. Band members earning the honor are:

Senior Charlie Dahlgren – Trumpet; Junior Teresa Wozniak – Flute; and Sophomore Makenna Ford – Bassoon

C.H.S. Bulldog Marching Band – 2019 Camp

Plans are already underway for the 2019 Bulldog Marching Band, and dates have been set for marching band camp – August 5-9, 2019. The high school marching band will begin rehearsals on Monday Aug 5, and will conclude with our annual car wash on Saturday August 10, 2019. The 2019 Bulldog Marching Band will plan our premier performance in the Chelsea Fair Parade on Saturday August 24, 2019, and at our first home football game on Friday September 6. Additional performance dates will be issued as soon as the calendar is finalized this next spring.

Chelsea to Host District Band & Orchestra Festival

The Chelsea bands will once again host the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association District 12 H.S. Band Festival and Orchestra Festival. The Festival will take place Thursday February 28, 2019. The CHS Concert Band will perform at 2:15pm and the CHS Wind Symphony will perform at 3:45pm. All concerts are free and open to the public. Anyone interested in volunteering to assist with the festival is asked to contact Mr. Catherman at the high school by e-mail - rcatherman@chelsea.k12.mi.us

Chelsea to Host MSBOA State Solo & Ensemble Festival

The Chelsea Bands and Orchestras will once again be a host site for the Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association State Solo and Ensemble Festival. The festival will take place on Saturday March 16, 2019.

Parent Volunteers are still needed to assist in a variety of work assignments during the festival. Anyone interested and available in volunteering to assist with the festival should contact Mr. Catherman at the high school: 433-2201 ext. 1404, or by e-mail - rcatherman@chelsea.k12.mi.us

Choir News

The Chelsea High School Choirs join the choirs of Livonia Fordson and Edsel Ford High Schools with the National Arab Orchestra and Michael Ibrahim. March 2 - Detroit Music Hall. Order Tickets Here. https://www.ticketmaster.com/national-arab-orchestra-tickets/artist/1988632


Friday, February 22nd is the last day to pre-order and guarantee that your student receives a 2018-19 yearbook. A limited supply will be available when the books are delivered in May. You can buy a book at http://www.jostens.com or by using the direct link on the Chelsea High School website.

CHS Theatre Guild to perform CLUE!

Come have a bloody good time with us at the CHS Theatre Guild production of Clue! Performances are April 5th at 7 pm and April 6th at 2pm in the WSEC Auditorium. Visit http://www.chstheatreguild.com for ticket info - coming soon!

Chelsea High School Robotics Update!

Chelsea High School Robotics team members have been busy designing, building and programming a robot for the 2019 FIRST robotics competition. The team had just six weeks to bring about a robot from an idea sketched on paper, to working prototype. The result of everyone's hard work is a beautiful, functioning robot, complete with machine vision. This thing ROCKS!

The team (Technical Difficulties) would like to invite everyone out to one (or both ) of the upcoming qualifying tournaments. These events are free, fun for all ages, and are action packed!

The dates are:

Saturday March 9th, 9 am - 6 pm at Belleville High school, 501 W. Columbia Ave, Belleville, MI

Saturday March 23rd, 9 am - 6 pm at Lincoln High School, 7425 Willis Rd, Ypsilanti, MI

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CHS Blue Print

CHS's student newspaper, The Bleu Print, is on the up-and-up! We continue to grow our staff and are publishing more often on our website, http://www.chsbleuprint.com. If you know a student who might be interested in getting involved and writing for the Voice of CHS, encourage them to join us on Tuesdays from 3-4 in Room 230 (Mr. Schilt's room).


  • College Visits:

    Seniors are allowed three excused college visit days per year. Paperwork must be completed prior to the college visit. Paperwork can be picked up in the Counseling Office or downloaded from the Guidance/Counseling website. Once both documents have been received (College Visit Form signed by teachers/counselor AND Verification from the college that you were present), the excused absence will be changed to a College Visit Day which will not count toward absences. It is your student’s responsibility to make sure that attendance has been recorded as a College Visit Day so be sure to check PowerSchool.

  • Scholarship Information:

    There are many scholarships available to students. Local and national scholarships are listed on the Guidance/Counseling website which is updated on a weekly basis.

  • FASFA Information:

While the deadline for submitting the FASFA form was due on March 1st, seniors should still complete this form if they will be in need of financial aid in the Fall of 2019.

  • Baby Pictures:

    Don’t miss out on your chance to be included in this Chelsea High School tradition of the senior baby picture video shown at Class Night on Friday, May 31. Please submit a photo of your child (ages 3 mo – 2 years) as a .jpg file via e-mail to ceder@chelsea.k12.mi.us. The deadline to submit your photo to be included in this very special video is Friday, May 10.

  • Cum Laude:

    Cum Laude status is determined at the end of the second term of the student’s senior year. Following the posting of Term 2 grades, a meeting will be held to go over the many details of this special academic recognition. Lists are posted in classrooms. The Cum Laude banquet will take place Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Please refer to the online student planner/handbook for complete cum laude status guidelines.

  • Senior Important Dates:

May 29 & 30 Senior Exams

May 31 MANDATORY Graduation Rehearsal 8AM-12PM

May 31 Class Night 7PM-9PM

June 2 Graduation 2PM

Chelsea High School Staff

Mike Kapolka, Principal

Brad Bush, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director

Luman Strong, Assistant Principal

  • Shelley Weber, Counseling Secretary
  • Judee Lonnemo, Attendance Secretary & Asst. Principal’s Secretary
  • Gretchen Steele, Principal's Secretary
  • Tracie Stoffer, Athletic Secretary
  • Shandra Bremer, Bookkeeper & Asst. Principal’s Secretary
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