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Matt Pedlow teaches civics class with an ipad.

Matt Pedlow teaches civics class using an ipad.

From civics class to calculus class, art to engineering, poetry to history, students, teachers and administrators will tell you that the addition of the ipad to the Chelsea High School learning experience this year has opened doors and windows into innovation and collaboration.

“We have seen consistent implementation and use of the ipads in instructional settings over the first two terms,” said Chelsea High School Principal Mike Kapolka, who added, “It has been exciting to watch our staff eagerly attempt to construct new ways to engage our students in daily learning with the use of the ipad.”

Last spring, Kapolka said, the district was able to begin providing professional development for high school teachers so that they could familiarize themselves with the device as well as certain applications that could be used in classroom settings.

Close-up of one of the ipads used in classes throughout the high school.

Close-up of one of the ipads used in classes throughout the high school.

At the end of last summer, students were introduced to the new learning tools provided by the district and although there have been a few hiccups; overall, the response from everyone using them has been positive.

For some classrooms, adding an ipad to the bag of teaching tools available to staff made perfect sense, in other classrooms, some teachers weren’t sure how they would utilize these new technology tools.

But in the end, everyone has joined the high school ipad fan club.

“The ipads have fit in so amazingly well,” said an art teacher. “Students can find something online as a reference, or they can Google an artist.”

Or, they can take a picture or set up their own still life and take it home, look at it and then draw it.

For civics students, the addition of the ipad is like having an interactive notebook where you can add notes, one student said, adding she now does not have to carry as much paper around with her.

Since it’s just year one, sometimes it’s been a slow integration process and a steep learning curve not just for some teachers but also for some students as well.

“The professional development has been an on-going process throughout the school year and it has been fun to see our staff and students construct new ways to interact and communicate,” Kapolka said.

For instance, several teachers have video recorded homework lessons via the ipad so that students have the opportunity to obtain additional assistance while outside of the classroom, he said.

“Without the use of ipads, this would not be possible,” Kapolka said.

Superintendent of Schools Andy Ingall said, “The infusion of technology at the high school has had an impact on teaching and learning throughout the school. It’s been a year of growth for all involved. We have seen some amazing and innovative opportunities and outcomes as a result.”

One teacher sang the praises of the ipads, offering three important reasons why not only staff but also students have embraced this infusion of new technology into learning.

One, he said, ipads are portable and they provide learning outside of the school building.

Two, ipads make learning more personal.

And three, technology is constantly evolving and every day a new app emerges, which can provide for an even more collaborative learning environment for everyone.

Please enjoy the photo gallery of ipad use below.

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 17th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Bill and Roben Coury for the information in this story.)

Bill and Roben Coury, organizers of the Lima Township Neighborhood Watch, are letting folks know that the “scammers are at it again.”

Phone scammers are targeting grandparents and college students with fraudulent claims, and asking people to send money. They are claiming several different reasons for needing money to be sent from “I had a car accident, to I am in jail, will you help me?”

If anyone contacts you saying that they need money sent to them, you should investigate thoroughly before you send money, and let police know about the call.

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 17th, 2014

heart-and-sole(Chelsea Update would like to thank Stephanie Jacque for the information in this story.)

The traffic control and road closings have been approved by the Chelsea Police Department so on Saturday, May 10, it’s time for celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Chelsea Heart and Soul Race, which includes bicyclists, runners and walkers.

And, to mark this special anniversary, race organizers are looking for community members who have participated in all or most of the previous 24 races.

Organizers want to hear about your experiences in the Heart and Sole race over the years, changes that you have witnessed over this time, and display memorabilia you have held onto from previous races.

This memorabilia will be used as a way to represent the past 24 years, and the progress that has been made. Organizers are looking for T-shirts, awards, flyers, maps or anything else that you may have preserved.

There are many volunteer opportunities open for community members who have participated in previous races but may not be able to run, walk or ride in this year’s race. Volunteers can get involved by helping with the setup of the race, organization during different events, and other various tasks. Volunteers will also receive a free t-shirt, just for helping.

For those interested in volunteering or participating in these 25th anniversary events, please contact Emily Stewart at stewemm@cch.org or Kelli Saunders at Kelli.Saunders@trinity-health.org.

Registration for the race is open through Wednesday, May 7 at 11 p.m. , but be sure to sign up early to ensure you get your free t-shirt and bag.

For more information, please click here.

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 17th, 2014

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Arly Spink for the information in this story.)

The Women’s Doubles Tennis League in Chelsea was first formed almost 20 years ago.

Since then, the league has played every summer from June to mid-August, and it is open to returning players and new players.

Matches are every Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. Every court plays 3 sets of 8 games, changing partners for each set. Each player keeps track of her own win total.

After tennis, there is usually a get-together at Cleary’s.  The league is for intermediate tennis players, and no instruction is provided.  Most players are in the USTA rating 3.0 to 3.5.

Schedules are made to accommodate vacations and holidays, and a substitute list is also available.

To sign up, email Arly Spik at arlyspink@aol.com.

Cost is $15 for the whole summer.

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 17th, 2014

logo-for-state-parks-for-Discovery-centerThe Eddy Discovery Center will be the site of a geocache egg hunt on Saturday, April 19.

There will be instruction at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.

Learn to use a GPS unit, or bring your own, and have fun hunting for prizes with this family based activity.

Instructions and clues for the hunt will be inside the Discovery Center.  GPS coordinates will be provided and the cost is free.

The Discovery Center can be found at 17030 Bush Road in Sylvan Township.

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Courtesy photo from a previous Mardi Gras concert.

Courtesy photo from a previous Mardi Gras concert.

By Lisa Carolin
Photos courtesy of Leslie Lewis

The magic of Mardi Gras music is coming to Chelsea on Saturday, April 26 when Beach Middle School is transformed into the setting for a New Orleans-style fundraising concert from 6:30-9 p.m.

There will be three stages of continuous live entertainment featuring students from the Chelsea High School and the Middle School jazz bands.

Courtesy photo.

Courtesy photo.

Close to 200 student musicians from grades 5 through 12 will also be performing.

“The kids really look forward to Mardi Gras,” said Rick Catherman, Chelsea band teacher and director. “They have a great time playing great music for great people.”

Mardi Gras, which is in its ninth year, is a fundraiser for the Chelsea Band programs.

“It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year,” said Leslie Lewis, Mardi Gras chairperson. “The community really comes out to support our kids and award-winning music programs.”

The evening includes a silent auction with donations from local merchants, restaurants and boosters as well as the “best seat in the house,” a seat on stage at a Chelsea band concert.

Anyone who attends the concert can make their own festive Mardi Gras mask. There are also Mardi Gras beads and band t-shirts available. Pizza and snacks will be available as well as prizes including gift certificates for Jiffy Mixes, ice cream cones and skate passes.

Tickets are available for $5 from any Chelsea band student or at the door.

Courtesy photo of a previous Mardi Gras benefit concert.

Courtesy photo of a previous Mardi Gras benefit concert.

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 16th, 2014

Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office logo On Sunday, April 13, there was another larceny from auto – this time in the 11400 block of Boyce Road in Lyndon Township.

This marks the sixth car break-in in the township since the end of March and in addition, one occurred in Dexter Township as well.

In this instance, the suspect “removed property from the vehicle between 2:30 and 7 a.m., according to the police report.

There are no suspects at this time but the investigation is ongoing.

Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind everyone to always lock the doors of your car and do not leave personal items in plain view when it is unattended.

If you have any information regarding this incident please contact Trooper Hammond with the Michigan State Police at 810-227-1051 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SpeakUP.

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Four of the many Chelsea Community Hospital auxiliary volunteers pose behind one of the many tables of baked goods Tuesday morning.

Four of the many Chelsea Community Hospital auxiliary volunteers pose behind one of the many tables of baked goods Tuesday morning.

If you didn’t get to Chelsea Community Hospital for the spring bake sale yesterday, you missed your chance at sweet things but, Hoola Jewelry, a Chelsea-based company, will be set up in the cafeteria today, April 16 from 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

The company offers you the ability to express yourself with jewelry that you design.

Hoola is a jewelry piece hung from a hoop to form an earring or added to a necklace or bracelet or to form a pendant. Special materials available are sterling silver, gems, pearls and Swarovski crystals.

Funds raised from the jewelry sales will go toward the Chelsea Cancer Center, just as the bake sale and photo sales did yesterday.

Due to construction on the Cancer Center, the main entrance to the hospital should be used. Or, the free shuttle can be called at 646-1709 and is available during event hours.

This bunny cake came home with me on Tuesday morning.

This bunny cake came home with me on Tuesday morning.

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 16th, 2014

easter-egg-hunt-2014By Lisa Carolin

On Saturday, April 19, there will be a Community Easter Egg Hunt at Our Savior Lutheran Church at 10 a.m.

On Saturday, April 19, the Chelsea Kiwanis Club will hold a Community Easter Egg Hunt at Chelsea Retirement Community that begins with a visit from the Easter Bunny at 9:45 a.m.

On Sunday, April 20, Zion Lutheran Church will host an Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt from 8:30-10 a.m.

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Lisa Allmendinger on April 16th, 2014

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(Chelsea Update would like to thank Patty Roberts for the information in this story.)

The Chelsea District Library welcomes Eric Harrington, a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, initiated by former vice president Al Gore, on Monday, April 21 from 7-8:30 p.m.

He will explore the causes and consequences of climate change in a talk “Climate: Our Chaotic Future.”

These consequences are real, they are happening now, humanity is contributing to them, and there are solutions, according to information about the talk.

This event is offered in partnership with the Adult Learners Institute and registration is required.

In anticipation of Earth Day 2014, Harrington will also share information about the effects of climate change on the Great Lakes and the state of Michigan.

His presentation is based on the work of the Climate Reality Project, founded by Al Gore following the release of the book and film An Inconvenient Truth.

Harrington spent three days in Chicago during the summer of 2013 training to be a member of the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, along with over 1,200 other people from all 50 states and approximately 75 countries.

“It was quite an experience, learning the ins-and-outs of the presentation, as well as methods of using stories to make such presentations personal and persuasive. In addition, meeting people from all over the country and the world was inspirational,” Harrington said in a press release.

The training has also led to his involvement in the Citizens Climate Lobby, which is campaigning to institute a carbon fee-and-dividend on fossil fuels.

The topic of climate change, while not new, is a timely one. On March 31, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report entitled Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability. According to their press release, this report “details the impacts of climate change to date, the future risks from a changing climate, and the opportunities for effective action to reduce risks.” This report and its dire warnings were broadly covered by major news outlets, including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Fox News.

Harrington is a sustainability consultant with a mission to help businesses save money, reduce risk, and enhance their brands by implementing sustainability strategies such as waste elimination, toxics reduction, and the like.

Before becoming a solo sustainability consultant, he did sustainability work for organizations as diverse as the US Department of Energy, Interface Corporation, and NSF International.  He lives just outside of Chelsea with his wife Anita, daughter Megan, son Noah (when he is not off at college), two cats, one dog, and eight chickens.

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