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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.


Panther Pointers for Safety & Wellness - Opioid Prevention

October 24 - Adolescents and young adults misuse prescription drugs more than any other age group. This misuse significantly increases the risk of developing an addiction to certain medications. The Center on Addiction ( strongly states that adolescents and young adults are also at highest risk for an overdose. While these are startling facts, there are three steps that can be taken to prevent teens from misusing prescription drugs, and reduce the chance of accidental overdose. 1.  Store and dispose of medication safely, keeping track of any controlled medication diligently. MOST TEENS access pain medications from people they know.  2. Talk with a doctor about a medication’s risk of addiction, proper use, length of use, and possible alternatives.  3. Engage teens in honest conversations - even if it seems like common sense. Opening the door for honesty can help reiterate the seriousness of addiction and could reduce your child's hesitation to reach out if help is needed.

CHS Students Inducted Into Tri-M Music and National Art Honor Societies

On the evening of October 12th, Chatham High School held an induction ceremony for twenty-one students joining Tri-M National Music Honor Society and seventeen students joining National Art Honor Society. Membership in these prestigious societies recognizes these students’ talents and dedication to the fine arts, as well as provides them with opportunities of service to their school and greater community. Learn more...

CHS Tells Students “Go Take a Hike”

students hikingWe’ve had some great weather this October, perfect for students to get outside and enjoy a newly improved trail system that snakes its way through the scenic wooded areas on the MED/CHS campus. As part of the Chatham Central School District’s focus on wellness, the High School now offers students a chance to get out and enjoy our forests and fresh air with guided hikes during lunch periods. “Its’s a nice way to interact with nature,” said sophomore Shirley Harvey. Learn more...

Fire Prevention Day

Mr. Burns in Fire gearA student favorite at MED! During the morning of October 14th, volunteer firefighters representing the Chatham, East Chatham, Ghent, Red Rock, and Spencertown fire companies visited MED to talk about fire safety and what to do if there is ever a fire emergency at school or at home. The event kicked off with an assembly in front of the school where the firefighters could show off some of their trucks and safety equipment they wear when putting out fires and rescuing people from burning buildings. Learn more...

No Clown Costumes Allowed at School for Halloween

October 7, 2016 - Dear CCSD families,
Thank you for your assistance in helping our students understand the “creepy clown” hoax and the steps we are taking to keep them feeling safe in school. As a PreK-12 school we have seen a range of responses to this situation. While some older students are beginning to joke about the issue, a number of students, especially those who are younger, still report anxiety.

After consulting with the principals of each building about what they have heard from students, I have decided that no clown costumes will be allowed at school or school events or on school buses this Halloween. This includes students, employees, and visitors to school events, such as the Halloween parade.

It is unfortunate that we need to take this step, but I feel strongly that it is necessary to provide an environment where all students feel safe and secure at school. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and for helping to ensure that students can enjoy the fun of Halloween without worrying about their safety.

Cheryl A. Nuciforo, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Clown Reports in Chatham Do Not Pose a Credible Threat to Schools

October 6, 2016 - Dear parent or guardian,
There have been a lot of rumors and discussion on social media this week concerning hoaxes and pranks involving “creepy clowns” threatening schools in our area and throughout the state and country. Within the past 24 hours, reports of clown sightings and social media chatter have occurred in and near the Chatham School District, and this has made many of our students and families worried about their safety. Please know that we take all threats to our schools seriously and that we have spoken with law enforcement and they have assured that there is no credible threat to Chatham Central Schools. Read full letter...

Students doing speak outs during NCBI trainingTwenty-Three Students Complete NCBI Training at CMS

Students leaders participated in a National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) training session at Chatham Middle School September 29 and 30. This program is hosted each year by the CMS guidance and counseling department as part of the school’s ongoing character education program. The NCBI training empowers students with skills and strategies to address bullying and improve the social climate throughout their school. Learn More...

Girls Tennis Team Girls Tennis 2016 Conference Champs

Congratulations to our 2016 Girls Tennis Patroon Conference Champions. Chatham's varsity girls tennis team finished up their regular season undefeated with a 6-1 win over Rensselaer on September 27.
The girls' season record stands at 14-0.
Go Panthers!

CHS Senior Tapped for All-State Choir

HansonCongratulations to Chatham senior Taylor Hanson, who was selected by the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) to sing in the All-State Mixed Choir. All-State showcases the most talented high school musicians from across New York State and being selected is a major accomplishment. Taylor drew consideration from the All-State committee after performing a level VI (the highest level) solo at the local NYSSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival this past spring and receiving an A+ rating from the judges, and after being recommended for All-State by her choral teacher, Samantha McShane. Taylor has been singing in her school chorus since fourth grade and has attended NYSSMA since level I in fifth grade. Learn more...

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Sectional Soccer Game Postponed to Oct. 24

The girls sectional soccer game scheduled for Saturday October 22 at Chatham has been postponed to Monday, October 24, 3pm at Chatham.


Early Dismissal Oct. 24

Early dismissal for staff development Monday, October 24. School will dismiss students at the following times:

CMS 11:45am

MED Noon

CHS 12:10pm


BOE Meeting Oct. 25

Board of Education Meeting, 6:30pm in the HS library


Faculty B-ball Game Oct. 26

The 8th annual Faculty vs. Faculty basketball game takes place Wednesday, October 26th, 6:30pm at the High School. The CHS staff takes on CMS/MED staff in a fundraiser game to support our girls basketball program. Admission is $1 for students and $2 for adults. See who's playing...


No School November 8

Tuesday, November 8 is a District Conference Day - No School


Guys & Dolls Nov 4-6 @ CMS

CMS presents its musical Guys & Dolls Jr. in the CMS auditorium, 7pm Friday & Saturday, November 4 & 5, and 2pm Sunday, November 6.


The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

Nov 11 & 12

Chatham High School's Fall Festival of Shakespeare presents The Tragedy of Julius Caesar Friday & Saturday, November 11 & 12, 7pm in the HS auditorium.


    Student Physicals

    Dr. Curry will be available at CCSD for students needing physicals on Nov. 16, Dec. 7, Feb. 15, and March 1. If you believe your child needs a physical, please contact your school nurse.