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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.


Graduation Live Streaming Tonight!

Congratulations to the Class of 2017! Chatham High School’s Commencement is this evening, June 23, 7:00 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. This year, we will be live streaming the event so you can watch the ceremony from home or on your mobile device. Watch it live streaming here...

teachers wave to students as the busses bring students home on the last day of schoolSee you September 6th!

June 26th marked the last day of classes at Chatham for the 2016-2017 school year. As the buses left campus with their horns blowing, on their way to carry our students home for the last time this year, faculty and staff at the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School were out to partake in the Chatham tradition of waving goodbye to the students and wishing them all a happy summer vacation. Enjoy your summer and we will see you when classes resume September 6th!

Panther Pointers for Safety & Wellness - Lawn Mower Safety

June 19 - Many associate summertime with the smell of fresh-cut grass.  To be sure you and your loved ones are safe during this chore, consider some of these safety tips from 1. Wear the proper footwear such as sneakers or boots. Yard work is generally unsafe to do in open shoes such as sandals or flip-flops. 2. Watch out for kids, especially young ones who want to be "helpers" and older ones who want to mow the lawn without help from an adult. 3. Avoid yard missiles such as branches, rocks, toys, or sprinklers. Make sure the yard is picked up so people and property are not hurt. 4. Mind the hills, especially on a riding mower. Be aware of your balance and know that most mowers are more likely to roll sideways than forward or backward. 5. Keep clear of moving blades and know that the spark plug should be removed before doing any work on or near blades. NEVER clear clogged chutes, make adjustments, or inspect the blades while the mower is on.

Class of 2017 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Katharine SchasslerGeetika VermaKatharine Delaney Schassler (left) daughter of Karyn B. Schassler and Steven G. Schassler, sister to Margot M. Schassler, has been named Chatham High School’s Class of 2017 Valedictorian.

Geetika Verma, daughter of Daljeet Singh and Ranjana Kumari of Chatham, has been named Salutatorian of Chatham High School’s Class of 2017.
Learn more about our Valedictorian and Salutatorian...

Noah Summers on Posium of New York State Championship meetSummers Places 4th at NYS Track & Field Meet

Congratulations to Chatham High School senior Noah Summers, who placed 4th in Pentathlon for Division 2 at the NYS Track & Field Championship Meet, held June 9th and 10th at Union-Endicott High School. Pentathlon consists of the 110 meter hurdles, shot put, long jump, high jump, and the 1500 meter. 

Way to go Noah!

fourth graders perform maypole danceMED's Arbor Day Honors Binzers

At its Arbor Day Celebration held June 9th, the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School recognized two members from the community who have made a positive difference to our school district, Hank and Patricia Binzer. Along with putting on a play about the Binzer's life together, 4th graders performed a maypole dance, each grade sang songs,and our school dedicated our new greenhouse to retiring faculty members Jeff Selby and Patricia Goodwin. Learn more...

NYSSMA Gold for Grade 7/8 Band & 6th Grade Chorus

Grade 7/8 bandCongratulations to our Grade 7/8 Band and 6th Grade Chorus for their stellar performances at the NYSSMA area Majors Festival, hosted in Chatham this year. The Grade 7/8 Band earned a Gold Rating and the 6th Grade Chorus earned a e Gold with Distinction rating!  Learn more...

Benita Zahn Headlines CMS Wellness Day

Benita Zahn CMS held a school-wide wellness day on May 26, when doctors, fitness trainers, food and nutrition educators, and many other experts descended on the school to teach our students about staying safe, healthy, and happy. Topics included stress and anxiety management, cooking nutritious meals, yoga, Lyme disease awareness, physical fitness, suicide prevention, cyber safety, fire safety, and more! The event's keynote speaker was WNYT's anchor and health reporter Benita Zahn. Learn more...

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!

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...

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    CHS Commencement June 23

    Commencement for the Class of 2017 is Friday, June 23, 7pm in the CHS auditorium.


    Woodbridge Ave. Road Closure Starting June 13

    Starting Tuesday, June 13, Woodbridge Ave. will be closed to vehicle traffic between Church St. (Route 203) and Hoffman St. due to construction. Walkers will still be able to utilize that area of Woodbridge Ave. and should follow any safe walking routes marked by the snow fence.


    BOE July 11

    The Board of Education will hold its 2017-18 organizational meeting July 11, 6:30pm in the HS library.