Chapman Elementary School

Gibraltar School District

31500 Olmstead Rd.

Rockwood, Michigan 48173

Phone: (734) 379-6380

Fax: (734) 441-3188

Mrs. Jennifer Sheldon, Principal

Mrs. Dawn Locke, Secretary

Our School Hours Are:

8:38 a.m. to 3:43 p.m.

1/2 Day Dismissal is 11:55 p.m.

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Daily Schedule

School starts at 8:38 AM and ends at 3:43 PM. In the event of a school closing, please tune radio to local stations (WJR or WWJ), or to the local television station.

Arrival and Dismissal

Children should plan to arrive no earlier than 8:25 AM, as no children are allowed in the building before 8:30.

When bringing students to school, please walk your child (if needed) only to the front door. Kindergartners will be escorted by their safety squad 5th grader to their classroom from this point. Older students will meet up with their class in the gym.

If you pick up your child at 3:43 p.m., please wait outside, in front of the building. K-2 is dismissed out the north (awning) front doors and 3-5 is released out the south, front doors. Teachers will walk their classes out to the front of the building at dismissal. We ask parents not enter the building during dismissal unless conducting business with the office or arriving for a meeting with a teacher.

If your child must leave school early, please meet him/her in the main office and sign your child out of school.

We do welcome your help and we do encourage parents, relatives, and friends to visit our exciting elementary school. If you need to meet with a teacher, please call the school to set up an appointment. Thank you for your consideration and cooperation.


Each student has his or her own account on the cafeteria computer. Money can be put into their account daily, weekly, or monthly. Any amounts can be deposited. Lunch money and orders are collected early in the morning. Parents will be responsible for the lunch charge in the case that a student does not bring money or a bag lunch.

The application for free or reduced lunches is available from the school office, or by calling the Food Services Department at (734) 379-9330.

Champions Information

Champions is a state licensed before and after school program at Chapman School for those parents who need child care services beyond the scope of the regular school day. The program provides services from 6:30AM to 6:00PM. For registration and fee information, please call (734) 379-6383.

Mission Statement

The mission of Chapman Elementary School is to instill the desire for life long learning by creating a safe and nurturing environment where all students will learn daily through a variety of educational strategies based upon best practices.


Chapman School opened with its first principal, Thelma Hawn Fredericks in 1960. Chapman School was named after Rockwood's first bank manager for Peoples Bank, Melvin Chapman. In 1975, a media center and 8 classrooms were added to the original building. Another renovation occurred where one classroom and a custodian's storage space were added. Then in 1999 an outdoor classroom was added where children can experience hands on activities such as measuring, graphing, planting, observing animals in their natural habitat, and calculating weather.