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Dr. Cheryl Nuciforo, Superintendent

Our Mission: to provide students an education that nurtures intellectual curiosity and focuses on academic and cultural foundations. Our students will graduate with the knowledge, problem-solving abilities and character needed to participate ethically, adapt, succeed and contribute in their future educational, career, and community endeavors.


Meet Chatham’s New SRD

K.C. Bauhoff with his son Easton Please welcome Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputy K.C. Bauhoff to Chatham Central Schools as our new School Resource Deputy (SRD). Deputy Bauhoff replaces Deputy Todd Hyson, who recently accepted a new assignment with the Sheriff’s Office. As did Deputy Hyson, Deputy Bauhoff will be on campus to help us maintain a safe, positive learning environment for our students as well as provide educational and other valuable resources to our students. Bauhoff has been a Deputy Sheriff for 11 years. Learn more...

Chatham Fields Four Scholar Athlete Teams

Four varsity teams from Chatham High School qualified as Scholar Athlete Teams for the spring, 2017 season. Our softball, baseball, boys tennis, and girls track teams each made the grade and will receive a certificate from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) recognizing their accomplishments. In order to qualify, a team must hold a collective grade point average (GPA) of 90 or better with at least 75 percent of the athletes on the roster. In addition, any varsity athlete who holds a personal GPA of 90 or higher is eligible to receive a scholar athlete pin from the NYSPHSAA. Including the boys track team, 36 panthers will receive pins this spring!

MED to Honor Binzers at Annual Arbor Day Celebration

Pictured are Board of Education president Melony Spock, Hank and Pat Binzer, MED principal Kristen Reno, and MED assistant principal Mike BurnsMary E. Dardess (MED) Elementary School announces that Hank and Patricia Binzer will be the school’s honored guests at its 2017 Arbor Day Celebration. While the couple no longer lives in Chatham, they continue to be enthusiastic supporters of our school and our students. The school invites the public to attend this special community event, held on the school’s lawn Friday, June 9th at 9:30 a.m. Anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP by calling the school’s office at 392-1530 no later than June 6th. Learn more...

Longhouse Project

Devin Franklin shows students how to make cordageAs part of a multi-year collaboration between MED and the Flying Deer Nature Center of New Lebanon, fourth grade students explored Native American history and their relationship with the natural world on May 16 and 17 at our campus longhouse built by our students. Flying Deer program director Devin Franklin showed the students how to make mats out of cattails, and the students learned how the plant played an important role to both people and animals as a utility and food. Learn more...

Panther Pointers for Safety & Wellness - Babysitting

May 22 - Whether choosing a babysitter or trying to become one, keep these in mind: use other parents or trusted families for recommendations, do not hire a sitter under twelve years old, pay attention to the child's reaction to the sitter and listen to what they say about him/her afterward, meet in advance, check references, and consider hiring as a "parent's helper" before leaving children alone with the sitter. Make sure he/she knows CPR and First Aid, ask whether or not the sitter has taken American Red Cross Babysitter Class, and leave time to go over all important information before his/her first time alone with your child(ren). For more information visit

boys tennis team with class c/d championship plaque Chatham Boys Tennis Sectional Champions

Congratulations to Chatham High School’s boys varsity tennis team, who are the 2017 Class C/D Boys Tennis Champions! The boys took down Lake George with a 5-2 victory during the Section 2 tennis finals held May 17th.

The team finishes the season with an overall record of 13-3. Great job Panthers!

Voting Results for May 16, 2017

2017-2018 Budget PASSED: 368 Yes - 115 No

Proposition #1 - Capital Reserve Fund 3 PASSED: 350 Yes - 127 No

Proposition #2 - Repair Reserve PASSED: 382 Yes - 97 No

Proposition #3 - Student Representative on the Board of Ed. PASSED: 415 Yes - 63 No     

Voters also elected Winnie Hoffman Legere (392 votes), Dawn-Marie Blasl (385 votes), and Rachel Galvin (365 votes) to three-year terms on the Board of Education, starting July 1, 2017 and running through June 30, 2020.

Thank you to all who voted.

Reliving History at CMS

students present superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo with a tricorn hatStudents became Revolutionary War soldiers for a day at CMS as part of the seventh grade's Living History Day. The 2nd Regiment Albany County Militia, a reenactment group based out of Schenectady, visited the school May 11 to immerse the students in the life of an 18th century soldier. The students donned military uniforms, conducted drills, learned about the class system that existed during the 1770’s, and marched to MED where they presented superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo with a tricorn hat in honor of her upcoming retirement. Learn more...

varstiy softball teamVarsity Softball are Patroon Champs

Congratulations to Chatham High School’s varsity softball team, who finished up their regular season undefeated and clinched the 2017 Patroon Conference Championship! The girls record stands at 14-0 in the league and 15-0 overall.

The girls hold the number 5 spot in the Class C state rankings as they head into sectional play. Go Panthers!

Modified Track Teams are 2017 Conference Champs

Modified boys and girls track teamCongratulations to Chatham Middle School's boys and girls modified track teams for winning the Modified Patroon Conference Championship meet at Maple Hill on May 15. Both teams gave it everything they had and ended the season with some of the best times that they have run all season. Congratulations to 8th grader Calliroe Barlow for winning all three events that she competed in and congratulations to 8th graders Kaleb Kastner and Will Marks for turning in their best performances of the year.

Verma Named Outstanding Business Student

Mr. Loomis and Geetika Verma with awardCongratulations to senior Geetika Verma, who was recognized as Chatham's 2016-2017 Outstanding Business Education Student. Each year, local school districts' business departments recognize a student who has taken numerous business classes and has exhibited outstanding academic achievement, citizenship, and a positive attitude. The Business and Marketing Educators' Association of the Capital District (BMEA) sponsored an awards dinner May 4th at the Radisson Hotel in Albany to recognize Geetika along with other outstanding business students from area schools. Learn more...

Graziano, Kelly Earn Comptroller's Student Achievement Award

Ryan Graziano and Hannah KellyEighth graders Ryan Graziano and Hannah Kelly are Chatham Middle School’s 2017 recipients of the NYS Comptroller's Student Achievement Award. The award is issued from the Office of the State Comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli to honor outstanding students who demonstrate leadership potential and a commitment to public service. Ryan and Hannah were chosen for this honor by CMS faculty because of their high level of academic achievement and for their dedication to making their school and community better places to be. Learn more...

Children's Author Talks Reading, Writing, and Adventure at MED

Nacy Castaldo holds up book for children to seeAuthor Nancy Castaldo was at MED for the day April 28 to talk with students in each grade about being a writer and what goes into publishing a book. Ms. Castaldo, who lives in the Hudson Valley, is the author of several nonfiction books for children.“All writers begin as readers,” she told the students as they gathered around her in the school library to enjoy her presentation. “Books can take you on adventures all over the place.” Her vist was sponsored by the MED PTA. Learn more...

Murals with a Message

student with mural Some 7th graders taking art with Mrs. Fahey used their creativity to add a little charm to an otherwise nondescript part of their school, the back stairwell behind the art room. Each day, students in the Middle School’s Life Skills class use this stairwell. Mrs. Fahey and her art students thought it would be great to brighten it up for them. They found out what each student’s favorite cartoon character is and painted it on the stairwell walls along with a personalized message! Learn more...

CCSD a "Best Community for Music Education"

Best community for music education award logoChatham Central School District has once again been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Chatham is one of 4% of districts across the nation to receive this prestigious award in 2017. The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. 2017 marks the 5th year in a row that Chatham has received this honor! Learn more...

District Earns Top Safety Award

The Chatham Central School District has again earned the Utica National Insurance Group’s highest award for safety excellence. Utica National presented Chatham with its “Titanium” level “School Safety Excellence Award” during its 37th annual school safety seminar held in Saratoga Springs this March. As part of this recognition, Chatham Central Schools received a $500 award for use in furthering our safety efforts. Learn more...

More News



    Grade 4 Concert May 23

    MED's grade 4 concert is Tuesday, May 23, 7pm in the CHS auditorium.


    Grade 6 Concert May 24

    Concert is Wednesday, May 24 7pm in the CMS auditorium


    District Closed May 29

    All CCSD schools and offices will be closed Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.


    BOE May 30

    Board of Education Meeting, 6:30 p.m. in the HS library.


    "Music in the Park" June 8

    The CCSD music department’s annual outdoor concert for the community. 6:00-8:00 p.m. on the CHS (gym if raining). Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the music! Rain or Shine.  


    NYSED Seeks Public Comment on Every Student Succeeds Act Plan

    The NYS Education Department is seeking public input as it develops the state Every Student Succeeds Act plan. Written comments will be accepted May 9-June 16. A public hearing on the state's ESSA plan will be held June 15, 6-8:30pm at Questar III BOCES Administrative Building Conference Center, 10 Empire State Blvd. in Castleton.

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