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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.


Congratulations to Our 2015 Graduates!

students throw hatsCommencement for the Class of 2015 was held on the football field, under clear skies and before hundreds of family, friends, and faculty. One-hundred-six worthy graduates received their diplomas that evening. The class of 2015 boasts thirty-eight students who graduated with four-year honors. Fifteen Regents Diplomas with advanced Designation with Honors, twenty-eight Regents Diplomas with Advanced Designation, and five Regents Diplomas with Honors were awarded that evening. Learn more and see photos...

teachers wave to students as they leave school on the last dayLast Day of School!

As the buses left campus with their horns blowing, on their way to carry our students home for the last time this year, all the faculty at Mary E. Dardess Elementary School were out to partake the Chatham tradition of waving goodbye and wishing the students a happy summer vacation. June 25th marked the last day of classes at Chatham for the 2014-2015 school year. Enjoy the summer and we will see you September 9th!

Columbia County K9 Units Show Students What It Takes To Be A Police Dog

Deputy Benanski and police dog ApolloThe dog days of summer came early for third graders when some four-footed heroes visited MED on the last week of school. From the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, K9 Deputy and head trainer Heath Benansky and his partner, Apollo, along with K9 Deputy Travis VanAlstyne and his partner, Kira, gave a demonstration for Mrs. Mullica’s, Mrs. Myers’, and Mrs. Lynch’s classes about the work police dogs do right here in our communities. Both Apollo and Kira are German Shepherds, a highly intelligent breed that make excellent working dogs, and the two work closely with Deputies Benansky and VanAlstyne to sniff out trouble, apprehend criminals, and find lost or missing people. Learn more...

Sticks and Stones the Musical

Lyle Cogen performs Sticks and Stones the Musical Lyle Cogen, an award-winning performing artist and anti-bullying activist, brought her one-woman show “Sticks & Stones the Musical” to CMS.  During an assembly for all sixth, seventh, and eighth graders June 23, Cogen used her high energy storytelling, signing, and poetry to reach students about bullying behavior,  and to teach them how to defuse and prevent it. The many characters she embodied and the situations she acted out helped students to think about examine their own behavior. Learn more...

Students receive certificatesFifth Grade Moving Up

To honor the 2014-2015 fifth grade class on their completion of elementary school, MED held a Moving Up Ceremony in the school's gym the morning of June 23. Principal Kristen Reno congratulated the class of 2022 on their moving on to middle school, and, in front of a crowd of friends and family, every student was called to the front to receive their Moving Up certificates and class portraits.
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8th Grade Moving Up

8th grade mving up ceremonyOur annual Moving Up Ceremony for eighth grade students moving on to high school was held the evening of June 19th. The ceremony took place in the Chatham High School auditorium, where the students of the class of 2019 paraded onstage before an audience of family and friends to symbolically move onward to their high school careers. The event also included the presentation of student awards and a performance by 8th grade choral students. Congratulations!

Kindergarten Celebration

students were sunglassesThe future was looking bright for our soon- to-be first graders during MED’s Kindergarten Celebration. The youngsters marked the completion of their kindergarten year with a performance for family and friends in the MED cafetorium. With each classroom wearing a different color of the rainbow, the students marched onstage to dance and sing songs together as a grade and as classes. The event wrapped up with a slideshow highlighting classroom activities from throughout their first year at school.

Class of 2015 Valedictorian & Salutatorian

Valerie KernerValedictorian
Valerie Kerner, daughter of Michael and Wendy Kerner of Ghent, has been named Chatham High School's Class of 2015 Valedictorian. Valerie has participated in Scottish Highland Dancing for more than ten years and represented Scotland in the Capital District's Festival of Nations. She has played the cello with the Chatham High School Orchestra, Cross County Orchestra, and has been playing classical piano for more than ten years. Also, Valerie is a member of the National Honor Society, was recognized as a CASDA Honors Scholar, and was a scholar athlete as a singles player on the tennis team for two years. Additionally, she is the recipient of numerous Student of the Quarter, Excellence in Effort, Highest Average, and Most Effort Awards. Valerie plans on attending Vassar College where she will major in International Studies. 

Megan AveniaSalutatorian
Megan Avenia, daughter of Kathleen Avenia of Chatham and Tony Avenia of Valatie, has been named Chatham High School's Class of 2015 Salutatorian. Megan is a member of the Varsity Tennis team, Drama Club, CHS Choir, National Honor Society, and Tri-M Music Honor Society. She has received numerous recognitions such as Student of the Quarter, Certificates of Excellence, and the New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Megan plans to attend the State University of New York at Geneseo and major in Biology.

NJHS inducteesCMS Students Join National Junior Honor Society

CMS initiated eighteen students into National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) during an induction ceremony held in the school auditorium the evening of June 15th. NJHS membership is open to students in grades six through eight who demonstrate not only a high degree of scholarship, but also outstanding qualities in character, service, leadership, and citizenship. Learn more...

students build wind turbine bladesEnvironmental Awareness Day

MED's first ever Environmental Awareness Day brought issues concerning our environment to the forefront of students minds with themed projects in each grade and special presenters from the community. During this day-long, school-wide event on June 12, students learned about recycling, green architecture, environmental stewardship, and more. They also conducted experiments around solar power, wind energy, and ecosystems. Learn more...

Letter To Parents Concerning Online Bullying

6/11/15 - Dear CCSD Parent/Guardian,

In recent weeks, we have had to deal with several occurrences of students using the Internet to harass or otherwise make hurtful comments to other students. While much of this behavior has taken place after hours and away from school, it has unfortunately caused disruptions to our school day and interfered with the learning experiences of a number of our students.

In accordance with the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), Chatham Central School District strictly prohibits bullying and other forms of harassment on District property, in our school buildings, on the bus, and at school sponsored events. We also prohibit bullying behavior, including Internet bullying or “cyberbullying,” that takes place outside of school if it interferes with our ability to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for our students here at Chatham. When we become aware of a possible violation of these rules, we thoroughly investigate and take disciplinary action as appropriate.

While we monitor student behavior at school and during school events, it is difficult for us to be aware of our students’ online interactions or their behavior away from school. Online issues have impacted students in all three of our buildings to some degree, and children of all ages need supervision and support in making positive decisions about the use of technology. We are asking parents to help us in this regard by speaking with your children about their online activity and closely monitoring it.
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Mrs. Reno present plaque to Mrs. MatthewsMED Arbor Day Celebration Honors Judi Matthews

MED honored longtime Chatham math teacher Judi Matthews at its annual Arbor Day Celebration June 5th. The event was held on the school lawn and included students, staff, and scores of community members. Fourth graders put on a play highlighting Mrs. Matthews’ life and Mrs. Reno presented Mrs. Matthews with a plaque commemorating her contributions to our school and community. The event also included songs about the environment, the fourth grade Maypole dance, and a tree planting. Learn more...

MED Students Preview Senior Expos

Senior expoMrs. Mulica’s third grade class and Mrs. Lynch’s second grade class visited Chatham High School the afternoon of June 3 to check out the Senior Expo set up in the school’s gym. The Senior Team invited the elementary students to preview the event, which is a celebration of each senior’s learning and accomplishments. Each student creates a tri-fold poster board display highlighting his or her academic, athletic, artistic, and personal accomplishments prior to graduation. Learn more...

NYSPHSAA Recognizes Four Chatham Scholar Athlete Teams

girls track teamFour CHS teams were named Scholar Athlete Teams by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA). This honor is bestowed upon teams whose varsity athletes balance their athletic pursuits with a high degree of academic achievement. Congratulations to our girls varsity track, boys varsity track, boys varsity tennis, and varsity softball teams all received this recognition this spring. Each team receives a certificate for their school as well as for each athlete who contributed to their team's overall GPA. Learn more...

MED Students, School Nurse Honored for Helping Teacher During Medical Emergency

Mrs. Ogulnick, the students, and Mrs. Fabiano being honoredDuring its May 26 meeting, the Board honored fifth graders Gabrielle Fisher, Gabrielle Morse, Giovanna Allen, and Kassidy Clanton along with school nurse Mary-Noelle Fabiano for their quick action when orchestra teacher Cynthia Ogulnick suffered a medical emergency during school in February. Board president Melony Spock and superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo presented each with a certificate commemorating their actions, and, most importantly, Mrs. Ogulnick was there to give them her thanks. Learn more...

Deputy with DogThird Grade Class Meets Kira the Police Dog

K9 Deputy Sheriff Travis VanAlstyne and his partner Kira paid a visit to Mrs. Rosi’s and Mrs Fleck’s third grade class in May. The students had just finished reading a non-fiction book about police dogs, and Chatham’s School Resource Deputy, Todd Hyson, made arrangements for the class to meet the real deal. Deputy VanAlstyne explained that Kira is specially trained to sniff out explosives, aid police in finding missing people, and apprehend criminals. Learn more...

Students Begin Building Native American Longhouse

longhouse4th graders studying Native American history and culture enjoyed building an Iroquois (also known as Haudenosaunee) inspired longhouse at MED. The project is part of a multi-year collaboration between the fourth grade and the Flying Deer Nature Center. Under the guidance of Flying Deer educators, and with help from parent volunteers, students completed the first phase of the Longhouse project this May. This unique opportunity is sponsored by the Chatham Ed. Foundation and the PTA. Learn more...

National Honor Society InducteesCHS Students Join NHS

The Chatham High School chapter of National Honor Society proudly inducted thirty-seven new members during a ceremony held May 20th in the school auditorium. Membership in National Honor Society recognizes and encourages academic achievement and citizenship among young people. To be eligible for this honor, students must excel in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Learn more...

BMX Team Brings Positive Character Message (and Some Cool Tricks) to MED

BMX rider pulling a no-footerThere was some high-flying action at MED when the Dialed Action Sports Team brought their BMX stunt riders and anti-bullying message to school May 18. The team set up a five-foot launch ramp and a nine-foot vertical quarter pipe on which riders Kyle Biller, Ian Bradley, and Zane Bradley pulled massive airs high over the crowd of cheering students. They even had students pick some teacher “volunteers” for Zane to bunny hop his bike over. This exciting event was sponsored by the PTA. Learn more...

Living History at CMS

Students reenacting the Civil WarSeventh graders got a taste of 1862 America by reenacting the Civil War at CMS. They pitched tents, donned Union uniforms, and conducted drills under the tutelage of Joe Ryan from the Living History Education Foundation. The event was part of the 7th grade's Living History Day on May 13, which included not only reenactments, but also classroom activities in English, science and math that focused on the Civil War theme. This event was made possible by a grant from the Chatham Education Foundation.
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Valerie Kerner, Judi Matthews Honored at Scholar Recognition Dinner

Valery Kerner and Judi Matthews at Schoar Recognition DinnerChatham High School senior Valerie Kerner and math teacher Judi Matthews were honored at the 2015 Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) Scholar Recognition Dinner. The event, held May 13 at the Albany Marriott, recognized high achieving high school seniors, and their teachers, from schools across the Greater Capital Region. Valerie was chosen for this honor because is an exemplary student and an inspiring individual in the community. She chose Mrs. Matthews to be honored alongside her as the teacher who made a significant impact on her education. Learn More...

Sixth Grade Advocacy Day

Didi Barrett Speaks to Students The sixth grades' Advocacy Day brought NYS Assemblymember Didi Barrett, Nick Zachos of the Hudson Sloop Club, and Lynn Cross from Little Brook Farm to CMS to discuss the types of advocacy they are involved in and promote advocacy among young people. Students were working on a writing project focusing teen advocacy, and the day’s speakers gave them a chance to hear from people who advocate for positive change in our area, take notes, and maybe gain a little inspiration to become advocates themselves. Learn more...

Chatham Baseball Patroon Conference Champs

Baseball team after winning Patroon ConferenceThe CHS varsity baseball team clinched the Patroon Conference title May 11th with an eleven inning win over Coxsackie-Athens by a score of 2-1. "It was a total team effort all year and I am proud to coach this group of future leaders," said varsity baseball head coach Scott Steltz. The Panther's league record is 12-2 and the team is 14-5 overall. This is the seventh league title for our varsity baseball team in the last nine years.

Chatham Central School District Recognized for Safety Excellence

The Chatham Central School District has earned Utica National Insurance Group’s highest award for safety excellence. Utica National presented Chatham with its “Titanium” level “School Safety Excellence Award” for 2015 during its 35th annual school safety seminar held in Saratoga Springs this April. As part of this recognition, Chatham Central Schools received a certificate commemorating the District’s ongoing safety efforts and a $500 award for use in furthering those efforts. Learn more...

District's Music Education Program Receives National Recognition

The NAMM Foundation has recognized Chatham Central School District for its outstanding commitment to music education with a “2015 Best Communities for Music Education” designation. The Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) title affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining a strong music curriculum with excellent opportunists for students. This is CCSD's second year being honored as such. Learn more...

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Offices Closed July 3

All CCSD offices will be closed Friday, July 3 in observance of Independence Day.

BOE Meeting July 7

The Board of Ed. Organizational meeting for 2015-16 is July 7, 6:30 p.m. in the HS library.


Summer Reading Program at Chatham Public Library

Every Hero Has a Story, the 2015 Summer Reading Program at Chatham Public Library, is open to young people, preschool through young adult. Registration begins June 22 - everyone who registers receives a reading log to keep track of books read or listened to, and can earn incentives awarded at the end of the summer. The library is also offering a full slate of hero themed programs and events. Learn more....


Baseball Summer Camp June 29 -July 3

For ages 7–12
Learn sportsmanship, hitting, infield/outfield play, pitching, catching, form running, flexibility training, and team concepts from Chatham Panthers' coaching staff along with current and ex-players.
Cost: $80 before June 19th. $100 after June 19th. Learn more...


Softball Summer Camp
June 29 - July 3

For ages 7-12:
Learn sportsmanship, hitting, infield/outfield play, pitching, catching, form running, flexibility training, and team concepts from Chatham Panthers softball coaches along with current and ex-players. Cost: $80 before June 20th. $100 after 20th.
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Basketball Summer Camp
July 6-10

For students in grades 3-8
Learn dribbling, shooting, passing, rebounding, offensive and defensive strategies, team concepts of basketball, sportsmanship and more from Chatham's basketball coaches and players. Cost: $80 before June 19th. $100 after June 19th
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Football Camp July 13-16

For students in grades 2-7:
Instruction in all phases of football with emphasis on individual techniques in various positions. High energy camp involving non-contact drills. Coached by CHS coaches assisted by Chatham current and former players. Cost: $30.00. Learn more...