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Chelsea High School-September 2019 Update

Student Spotlight

Link Crew is strong at CHS!

On Monday, August 26, 11th and 12th grade Link Leaders enthusiastically welcomed the Class of 2023 to Chelsea High School at our annual Freshman Orientation. Our Link Leaders did an amazing job facilitating small group activities with their crews, helping the freshmen make a smooth transition to the high school. The morning was filled with high energy challenges, a campus tour, and some good advice from our upperclassmen on how to be successful in high school. Our Link Leaders will continue to support their freshmen throughout the school year. Great job, Link Leaders.

Welcome Class of 2023--we're glad you're here!

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Congrats to CHS National Merit Semi finalist-William Fredenberg

Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.Chelsea High School is proud to annouce Senior William Fredenberg was amoung the honored semi-finalist. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifi nalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.

Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

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Welcome to CHS-International & Foreign Exchange Students

Chelsea has welcomed 19 students from all areas of the globe this school year. Pictured below is our group ranging from Germany, China, India, Japan, Vietnam, South Korea, and Paraguay.
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Academic Letter Awards 2019

The Academic Letter Award ceremony will be held on Wednesday, October 16, at 7PM in the high school Commons. The award recognizes sophomores, juniors, and seniors that have a 3.667 unweighted GPA (or better) for each of the three academic terms for the previous school year. (A letter will be mailed home to eligible students.)

Any questions can be directed at Shandra Bremer mailto:sbremer@chelsea.k12.mi.us

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Parent/Teacher Conferences

In an effort to meet the needs of all parents, we have created the following schedule:

October 15, 3:45 - 7:00 PM

Teachers will be available in the commons and media center for “arena style” conferences

October 24, 3:45 – 7:00 PM


Teachers will be available to meet with parents in their classrooms by appointment. You may make appointments to meet with teachers by contacting Mrs. Shannon Krug via email or phone: mailto:skrug@chelsea.k12.mi.us phone: 734-433-2201, extension 1030

Teachers will also be available on a walk-in basis on October 24 and will be happy to meet with you when/if time allows. Check in at the main office that evening for details.

Staff Appreciation Meal- Need Help!

CHS Staff Appreciation Events will be held two times during the 2019-20 year. The fall meal will be hosted by the senior/junior parents and the winter one by the sophomore/freshman parents. (If you have one child in each group, you can just choose one meal to help with!)


2019-2020 CHS Staff

Update from the Counseling Office:

College Visits may be arranged via college admission websites. Approval by the student's counselor must be obtained if scheduled for a school day by completing the necessary paperwork. This consists of two forms: Part #1 to be completed prior to visit and submitted to counselor and Part #2 to be completed by college personnel and faxed back to CHS.

Both forms can be found on our website or may be picked up in Counseling Office.

College visits are limited to three school-related absences per school year during the Junior and Senior years only.

College Rep visits to CHS are starting next week:

Kettering University will be visiting on Tuesday 9/17

Michigan State University on Thursday 9/19

University of Toledo will finish out the week on Friday 9/20

Students should use their Naviance student account to sign up to meet with their college rep.

Arbor Club

If your student is interested in the environment, composting, bees, planting trees & flowers, and reducing our plastic and carbon footprint, then encourage them to join Arbor Club.

Save the date for October 19th from 10 am-12 pm to come out to the Alumni Arbor and volunteer.

See Mrs. Sinacola for more information or email ssinacola@chelsea.k12.mi.us.


Early Dismissal - Please send a note with the student or call the school on the day of the early dismissal to get an early dismissal pass. If you call in then there is no need to come in to sign them out. They may sign out at the main office and meet you in parking lot or drive themselves.

Absence - Please call 433-2201, ext. 1004 before 2PM the day of the student’s absence to excuse the absence. If a student needs to leave school during the day, we must have a parent’s permission before the student leaves the building. If a student leaves school prior to the office having contact with a parent, it is considered skipping and the student will receive a consequence as outlined in the student handbook. All students entering or leaving the building during the school day (other than the regularly-scheduled dismissal times) need to come through the main office to sign in or out. Failure to do so could be considered skipping. Please allow 24 hours for attendance to be updated in PowerSchool. All unverified absences that are not excused within 48 hours will be considered skipping and therefore subject to discipline or academic consequences per the student handbook.

Any attendance questions can be directed to Judee Lonnemo mailto:jlonnemo@chelsea.k12.mi.us

School “Rules”- Dress Code

Students are expected to dress in a manner conducive to learning. Our goal is to provide the best possible learning environment and expect student's dress to add, not distract, to this environment. The following are some basic guidelines for students' appearance expectations:

· Clothing exposing the midriff or undergarments will not be permitted.

· Dress that is disruptive to the educational process is prohibited.

· Other prohibited clothing includes any item with vulgar or profane imprinting, sexual references, or any item supporting alcohol, tobacco, or other drug usage.

Students dressing in a manner not conducive to our expected learning environment will be withheld from class until his/her dress is acceptable.

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Athletic Department News

With another fall athletic season underway, Chelsea coaches and athletes are drawing near to mid-season form. For a full line-up of Chelsea athletics please visit Chelseabulldogs.net for game times and locations as well as sports news and updates.

Looking to update your athletic pass? Please remember to do so before 3:00 pm on Monday through Fridays.

The soccer team hosts Dexter on Thursday, September 26 at 5:30pm. They would love to see you come out to support them in this rivalry game.

Our annual Homecoming football game will be Friday, October 4 against Ypsilanti High School. That is a 7pm kick-off.

The annual Volley for the Cure volleyball game against Dexter is on Tuesday, October 22 at 6:30pm. The game will be played at Dexter High School.

We have over 42% of our student body participating in a fall sport. This is great participation. I would encourage all of you to come out and support the Bulldogs this fall!

Go Dogs!


Is your son or daughter having locker difficulties? If so, a number of these can be avoided by following these suggestions:

¨ Precision when entering the locker combination is very important.

¨ Secure all items (papers, books, clothing/ backpacks) before closing the locker to avoid unnecessary jams.

Damage to lockers can result in locker fines. Please remind your child to report any locker issues to the main office.

Music Department News- CHO

After a busy summer, Chelsea House Orchestra kicked off the school year with new CHS Orchestra Director Phil Sylvester and CHO Director (and alumni) Steve Lesko. The group just returned from their annual performances at the Edinboro Highland Games in Pennsylvania, where they received a standing ovation from the crowds.

CHO's 23rd Annual Hometown Show will take place on October 19th. They are excited to once again share their Celtic With A Kick performance on their hometown stage.

Tickets are available online: chelseahouseorchestra.org. Discounts are available for purchases of 5+ tickets, and for Chelsea teachers and CHO Alumni.

For more info, please email Leslie Surel at publicity@chelseahouseorchestra.org

Choir News

The Chelsea High School Choirs are thrilled to be preparing for the Hometown Holidays Concert. We will be performing the works of Benjamin Britten, Eric Whitacre, Ola Gjeilo, and Morten Lauridsen, featuring our annual collaboration with the First United Methodist Church, the CHS Chamber Orchestra, and other professional musicians from Chelsea.

Save the date: Sunday, December 8th, at 3 pm and 7 pm. We hope to see you there!

12th Annual CHS Marching Band Exhibition

The CHS Marching Band will be hosting the twelfth Annual CHS Marching Band Exhibition on Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

Fifteen area high school bands, the Chelsea Band, and the University of Toledo Rocket Marching Band will all be performing that evening. Gates open at 4:00 pm, the Beach MS Band will be performing the National Anthem at 4:20 pm, and the first high school band will take the field for performance at 4:30 pm. The Chelsea Band will be performing at 8:15 pm, and our special guest, the University of Toledo Rocket Marching Band will take the field at 8:30 pm.

Admission is $5.00 per person, $3.00 for students and seniors, and special family rates – all tickets are available at the gate.

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Private Music Lessons

Efforts continue to make the opportunities for student after school lessons more accessible to Chelsea students. Mr. Catherman, Ms. Steklac, and Mr. Sylvester are working to secure quality private lesson teachers to visit Chelsea and set up after school lessons at both the high school and Beach Middle School.

Students that are able to take private instrumental lessons find that their own musical experience is enhanced by the rapid advancement of their own skills. They are able to progress more rapidly through musical literature specific for their instrument, and find performance opportunities more abundant. Private lesson teachers are able to suggest solo and small ensemble (duet, trio, quartet, quintet, etc.) literature to perform at solo and small ensemble festivals, and often offer to coach such chamber ensembles. This situation offers the student exposure to this type of literature in a more specialized environment not often possible in large school ensemble courses. The student growth during independent instrument study boosts the student’s confidence and competency, contributing to complete musical development.

Private lessons also benefit the student’s ensemble experience, and impact the delivery and level of curriculum for the school band and/or orchestra. Students that advance their own skills/techniques through private study are able to apply those skills during class, model more advanced performance skills for their peers, and enrich their own ensemble experience. This advancement allows for increasing quality and quantity of musical literature studied during the school year, again contributing to a more thorough musical experience.

Parents and students interested in finding private teachers should contact their school music teacher for more information. Please call or e-mail for more information. Please call or e-mail for more information.




Yearbooks on sale NOW!

Buy a Yearbook

2019/20 yearbooks and senior ads are on sale and available for the special "back to school" price of $60.00.

To order your yearbook or senior ad, please visit:


Junior Parents!!! PROM

Save the date!

Prom will be on May 9th, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti Hotel at Eaglecrest. If you have any questions, or are interested in chaperoning, please contact one of our prom advisers:

Amanda Knop aknop@chelsea.k12.mi.us

Colleen Bertoni cbertoni@chelsea.k12.mi.us

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Student Trip to Greece

There are 9 spots available for the student trip to Greece and the Islands in June 2020. If your student is interested, tour and pricing information is available at: www.eftours.com/2223913wn. The deadline to sign up for the trip is November 1st.

Please contact Laura Woodruff at LWoodruff@chelsea.k12.mi.us with any questions.

Student Council is gearing up for another year of fun and service.

Homecoming week will be Sept. 30-Oct. 4, featuring Powderpuff football on September, 30 at 7:00pm, the Homecoming Parade on Friday afternoon, and the dance on Saturday, October 5, from 8:30-10:30 pm in the Commons. We will also honor our second Chelsea Excellence Award winner at the homecoming game on Friday, October 4.

Council is still looking for donations for its no-hassle fundraiser. This effort is designed to replace car washes, magazine sales, and other burdensome fundraisers for prom and class events. The families of each 9th grade student are asked to contribute a one-time donation of $25, and families of upperclassmen are encouraged to donate if able.

Donations can be brought to the main office, mailed to the CHS c/o Student Council, or contributed online at https://ticketracker.com/store/category?schoolId=139&catalogCategoryId=8868.

Thank you for helping us make this year another great one for our student body!


  • Apply to colleges online prior to October 31st.
  • Letters of recommendation - In order to receive a QUALITY letter from your teachers/ coaches/counselors, please be considerate and give them plenty of time (2-3 weeks).Students must complete senior information sheet. We process in the order they are received! Absolute deadline for counselor recommend is December 1st.
  • Submit yearbook photos ASAP, yearbook@chelsea.k12.mi.us
  • LAST CHANCE for Senior composite photo will be taken on October 8th. Please go online or have a picture order form for your senior that day if you are ordering. This is the picture for the Graduation program! It will go other places but this is the one family will see on June 2nd so please get this done. Dress Code does apply.

Chelsea High School Staff

Mike Kapolka, Principal

Brad Bush, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director

Luman Strong, Assistant Principal

Jason Morris, Dean of Students/Assistant Athletic Director

  • 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