Virtual Tours Weekly!

Chelsea School will be hosting weekly Virtual Tours most Tuesdays.  Please RSVP by 12:00 pm noon. Please contact Debbie Lourie, Director of Admissions: dlourie@chelseaschool.edu to reserve your spot.  Registered guests will receive a Zoom invitation the day of the event.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions!

 

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Leveraging Relationships in a Time of Pandemic

This spring, Frank Mills, our Executive Director, was invited to contribute an article to the Educating All Learners Alliance discussing Chelsea School’s remarkable shift to virtual learning in March. As local districts closed for several weeks without any kind of educational programming, Chelsea School was able to quickly pivot to a fully virtual instructional model with only two days of lost instruction.  

In response to widespread school closure, a group of special education advocacy and innovation organizations has formed the Educating All Learners Alliance to support the education of students with disabilities during COVID-19.  In April, the Alliance launched EducatingAllLearners.org, a resource hub and online community dedicated to meeting the needs of all learners during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Mr. Mills’ article can be found at https://www.educatingalllearners.org/projects-leading-by-example/Leveraging-Relationships-in-a-Time-of-Pandemic

Moving and Grooving

One of the side effects of students being quarantined to their homes this spring was that they did not have many opportunities to exercise. Perry Nichols, our veteran physical education teacher, came to the rescue! He created a class for our students called “Fun Fitness Challenges” where, using their home spaces, they were able to enjoy 45 minutes of fun (and silly) exercise. Running in place, high kicks, rapid punches, stretching, and jumps were all part of the fun. Mr. Nichols’ high energy approach was highly engaging for the students, who were all smiles despite their initial reluctance to work out. Check out a clip here: Fun Fitness Challenge Class

Old Faces, New Positions

Kristal and Frank with Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks

In June, the Chelsea School Board of Governors announced two exciting position changes for the school’s senior leadership. Kristal Weems-Bradner, former Dean of Students and Co-Head of School, has returned to Chelsea and has taken on the role of Head of School. Frank Mills, former Head of School, is assuming the role of Executive Director. Ms. Weems-Bradner will be responsible for the internal day-to-day operations of the school, while Mr. Mills focuses on external concerns such as fundraising, development, and sustainability.

Kristal and Frank are working hard this summer to prepare for the new school year, but would love to hear from you! You can contact Kristal at kweems@chelseaschool.edu and Frank at fmills@chelseaschool.edu.

Inside Virtual ESY

Our summer program, known as ESY (Extended School Year) kicked off on Monday, July 6th. For the first time ever, this program is being held completely online. Each day, students have classes meant to maintain and shore-up their basic skills over the summer: intensive reading tutorial, writing workshop, and mathematics lab. Once the school day is over, students are able to take part in optional “specials” that include coding, dance, fitness, yoga, and citizenship.  

This is our largest summer program ever, with over 90% of our students attending ESY. This result is thanks to Chelsea’s initiative of ensuring that all of our students have access to direct instruction over the summer. We feel so strongly about the need for continuous instruction that we offered ESY programming to all of our students, regardless of their ability to afford the five-week program. This has proved to be a bit of a financial strain for the school, and we welcome all all donations to help support this program, which we feel is essential for our students. 

Students are attending their classes using the Google Meet application. In this platform, teachers are able to deliver small-group virtual instruction that seeks to mirror the intimate learning environment that is a hallmark of our normal campus programming. The results have been extremely positive, with students turning out in great numbers the first week to get back to learning!

This program works only as well as the technology resources available to keep it going. Thanks to a number of grants from public and private foundations, Chelsea has been able to provide all of our students who need one with a Chromebook. As the virtual programming continues, the need for more Chromebooks and vital technological infrastructure increases. To contribute to this urgent area of financial need, please go to https://www.chelseaschool.edu/support-chelsea/

Chelsea School Campus Closed Through June 17

Greetings Chelsea Families,

The State of Maryland has announced that schools will be closed for the remainder of the year.  We will be continuing with our virtual school model through June 17, which is the last day of school for students.  Individual jurisdictions have set their own end-of-year dates, but we are working to ensure all Chelsea Students remain in classes through this date.

Regardless of your jurisdiction’s end date, we will allow all of our students to remain in virtual school until June 17.

Our Extended School Year summer program begins July 6.  Given the likely closure of many youth summer opportunities, Chelsea is also working to engage as many of our current students as possible.

Please feel free to contact us with questions about graduation, summer opportunities, other distance learning options, and stay tuned for more details.

Thank you and stay safe,

Frank Mills
Head of School

Reading Teacher

Chelsea School is in search of a full-time reading teacher to work in our learning disability community. The reading specialist is responsible for providing direct instruction to middle and high school students, in small groups, to enable students to develop literacy skills. Ideal candidates will have expertise in reading instruction and in administering and interpreting reading assessments to develop instruction. Training in Orton-Gillingham, LTRS, Wilson, and/or Lindamood Bell is a plus for this position.

Chelsea School specializes in educating college-bound students with learning disabilities. For more information on our program, student population and educational philosophy, please see our website: www.chelseaschool.edu

Ideal Candidates will meet the following criteria:

Valid Maryland state education licensure (or equivalent out-of-state licensure) in Special Education
Familiarity with multi-sensory, systematic, structured instructional programs and practices for literacy
Experience assessing student progress toward achievement of benchmarks goals and objectives
Ability to diagnosis and structure intervention plans for reading
Understanding of the nature of language-based learning disabilities, especially as they apply to literacy
Competence in writing IEP goals and objectives for reading, as well as present levels of performance
Excellent communication and organization skills
Familiarity working with student records including: neuropsychological reports, academic testing, IEPs, etc.

Please send letter of interest and resume to Karen Gallo, Literacy Coordinator: kgallo@chelseaschool.edu

Chelsea School Campus Will Remain Closed Through May 15

Chelsea School will remain closed through May 15, 2020, and continue academics in a virtual classroom.

All events and activities at Chelsea School, including The 2020 Walk for Learning Differences are suspended until further notice.  The fundraising portion of the Walk will also be suspended in order to help our students practice appropriate social distancing during this time.

For anyone interested in enrollment, the Chelsea School Admissions team will continue to review applications and referrals that come in via parents, advocates, law offices, and our local educational systems. Appropriate documentation is still required, but we are waiving all application fees until further notice.   Click here for more information about admissions.

Please watch for more information and updates and contact us with any questions.

Chelsea School Campus Will Remain Closed Through April 24

Chelsea School will remain closed through April 24, 2020, and continue academics in a virtual classroom.

All events and activities at Chelsea School, including The 2020 Walk for Learning Differences and the April 2 Academic Fair & Open House are suspended until further notice.  The fundraising portion of the Walk will also be suspended in order to help our students practice appropriate social distancing during this time.

For anyone interested in enrollment, the Chelsea School Admissions team will continue to review applications and referrals that come in via parents, advocates, law offices, and our local educational systems. Appropriate documentation is still required, but we are waiving all application fees until further notice.   Click here for more information about admissions.

Please watch for more information and updates and contact us with any questions.

A Notice About Chelsea School Admissions

Greetings Friends and Neighbors,

We sincerely hope that you are all healthy and safe during this challenging time.

For anyone interested in enrollment, the Chelsea School Admissions team will continue to review applications and referrals that come in via parents, advocates, law offices, and our local educational systems.  Appropriate documentation is still required, but we are waiving all application fees until further notice.  

Chelsea will continue to fulfill its mission of serving students with learning disabilities while encouraging their health and safety through distance learning.  The administrative team is working hard to offer a rigorous curriculum, utilizing a virtual classroom to provide direct instruction—our goal is structure and normalcy through academics.

Although we cannot offer tours at this time, we encourage you to contact us with any questions about our school or the admissions process.  Our Admissions Director is available for scheduled phone inquiries and through Zoom, a secure video conference portal. Please use this link to request and schedule a conversation.  When guidance from local health and government agencies allows, Chelsea will resume tours and open house events as usual.

Stay safe, and thank you for your interest in Chelsea School.