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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.


The Little Mermaid Jr. at CMS

Cast of Little MermaidThe CMS Drama Club proudly presents The Little Mermaid Jr. This musical is based on Disney’s classic movie with all the characters you know and love. With favorite songs like “Under the Sea” or added numbers like “She’s in Love,” this show is sure to delight. Performances are Friday and Saturday, November 21st and 22nd at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, November 23rd at 2:00 p.m. in the CMS auditorium. Admission is $5 for everyone. Learn more...

Music Students to Perform at Area All-State

CHS All state participantsCongratulations to five CHS students who will be performing at Area All-State on November 22. Megan Avenia (mixed chorus), Meghan Mercier (orchestra), Cassie Pearson (women’s chorus), Taylor Hanson (women’s chorus), and Sadie Kratt (women’s chorus) were selected for this honor after scoring high marks at the NYSSMA Solo & Small Ensemble Festival this spring. Area All-State showcases accomplished music students from Columbia, Dutchess, and Putnam counties and is held this year at Roy C. Ketchum High School in Wappingers Falls. Concerts are at 1:30 p.m. for Orchestra & Mixed Chorus and 3:00 p.m. for Women’s Chorus & Symphonic Band. Tickets are $10.

Board Adopts 2014-15 Goals

On November 18th, the Board of Education adopted the District's goals for the current school year. View 2014-15 CCSD goals here...

Teachers, Distance Learning Equipment Connect Third Graders with Kentucky E-mail Pals

MED-Kentucky skyping sessionThird grade co-teachers, Mrs. Rossi and Mrs. Fleck, took it upon themselves to travel to Burna, Kentucky to visit their e-mail pals. Their classes have been e-mailing a third grade class at North Livingston Elementary School since the beginning of the school year. While visiting, the two used our school's distance learning equipment to connect their classes here at MED with the students in Kentucky. The session including introductions of the students, teachers, and even the principals. Learn more...

students present check to PardeCMS Service Club Raises Cash for Community Cancer Fund

The Chatham Middle School Service Club donated $180 to the Columbia County Community Cancer Fund. On November 6th, the club presented a check to Claire Parde, Executive Director for the Columbia County Community Healthcare Consortium, Inc., the not-for profit organization which oversees the fund. Parde visited the club to explain how the money they raised will go to people in Columbia County who need financial help while battling cancer. Learn more...

CMS Honors Veterans

Color Guard and ChorusLocal veterans and their families were the honored guests at Chatham Middle School’s Veterans Day Celebration, held the morning of November 6th in the school’s auditorium. Each year, the school invites area veterans and their families to attend this ceremony put on by students and staff in honor of all veterans of the Armed Forces. Veterans representing our local V.F.W. and American Legion posts, along with keynote speaker Sergeant 1st Class Christopher Kelly, helped make this event a meaningful success. Learn more...

Students Dig In To Pumpkin Science

Students delve into pumpkinsIt was pumpkin guts galore at the fourth grade's Pumpkin Science Investigation on October 31st. In the cafeteria, they weighed their pumpkins, measured the circumference of each, and tested the pumpkins' density by floating them in water. Then, with help from their teachers, the pumpkins were halved and students dug into to take note of what they saw, felt and smelled in the squishy guts. They counted and measured the seeds and later compared their data to see what similarities and differences existed between all the pumpkins they dissected.

Día de Los Muertos

bobbing for applescutting paperOn October 30, students learning English as a Second Language with Mrs. Saso stayed after school to celebrate Día de Los Muertos, a significant holiday in Latin America. The students made papel picado (cut paper), pan de muertos (bread of the dead), bobbed for apples, and decorated pumpkins. It was a fun event to celebrate an important holiday honoring loved ones who have passed away. The holiday is traditionally celebrated on November 1 and 2, and is derived from the combination of an Aztec celebration and celebrations of All Saints Day and All Souls’ Day.

Sweethearts & Heroes Take On Bullying

sweethearts and heroes assembly at CMSStudents at CHS and CMS experienced a fun, intense, and thought provoking anti-bullying message when the Sweethearts and Heroes program visited both schools on October 23. The presenter was Tom Murphy, a Mixed Martial Arts fighter with the UFC. His presentation challenged students to stop being bystanders who watch bullying take place but do nothing, and empowered them to become ‘sweethearts’ and ‘heroes’ with tnonviolent tools make it stopt. Learn more...

BrantleyPro Baseball Player Shares Life Lesson with CHS PE Classes

Justin Brantley, a former Patroon Conference baseball player from Hudson who now plays minor league baseball for the Cleveland Indians organization, took time off from training to talk to students on October 21 about the importance of working hard and staying committed to your goals, and about how doing just enough to get by isn't always enough. Learn more...

Precautionary EV-D68 Information for Parents/Guardians

The New York State Department of Health is advising parents and health care providers to be aware of the signs and symptoms of enterovirus EV-D68, a serious respiratory illness which has been confirmed in children in New York State. The Health Department has recommended that schools advise parents about the signs of enterovirus EV-D68 as a precaution. Learn more...

Mrs. RiddickMED Teacher Named WTEN's Teacher of the Week

Congratulations to first grade teacher Erika Riddick, who was just named News 10 ABC’s Teacher of the Week! Mrs. Riddick received the most nominations of any teacher in the Capital Region the week of Ocotber 21 and was recognized on the News 10 (WTEN) 5:30 evening news on October 28. Mrs. Riddick has been teaching at the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School since 2006. View WTEN Teacher of the Week webpage...

"Pink Panthers" Complete Undefeated Season

girls modified soccer teamThe Chatham Girls Modified Soccer Team went undefeated in 2014. Boasting an overall record of 13-0-1, with 13 victories in the Patroon Conference and an out-of-league tie at Canajoharie; the Lady Panthers showed amazing stamina, skill, sportsmanship, and teamwork. They also took it upon themselves to wear pink tie-dyed socks and pink eye block throughout October, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which earned them the nickname “Pink Panthers.” Learn more...

students and staff in orangeStudents Unite Against Bullying

Wednesday, October 22 was National Unity Day. At Chatham Central Schools, students and staff were encouraged to wear the color orange to school to show their support for a bully-free environment. Shown here, CMS students and staff proudly show off their many shades of orange, just a small sampling of those at MED, CMS and CHS who united against bullying. October is National Bully Prevention Month.

Girls Cross Country are Patroon Conference Champs

Girls team running patroon conference championship meetCongratulations to the girls varsity cross country team on their undefeated season and for taking 1st place in the Patroon Conference Championship Meet October 21st. The meet ran seven girls for each team and Chatham placed four girls in the top ten (Erin Clark in 2nd, Hallie Allen in 3rd, Althea Brennan in 8th, and Liliana Simon in 10th) and all seven runners in the top 20. The boys team finished up 6th overall. View full meet results…(Photo courtesy of Suzanne Wightman). More info on Athletics page...

District Launches "Parent Portal"

Parents of CCSD students can now track their child's progress at school online using our new Parent Portal, an Internet based program accessible through our District's website. The Parent Portal allows our parents to electronically access certain educational records about their student, including schedules, grades, attendance, and discipline. In order to access the portal, parents will need to sign up for an individualized account through their child's school using the form provided below. For more information, please read the following letter and FAQ sent home to parents September 10th.

Letter to Parents Introducing Parent Portal
Parent Portal Access Form

BOE Drafts Letter to State Ed. Concerning Regents Reform Agenda/State Testing

On March 13, 2014 the Chatham Board of Education sent a letter to New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King concerning the State's implementation of the Regents Reform Agenda, which includes such measures as the Common Core Standards, in-Bloom, and State assessments. Read letter to Commissioner King from Board President Melony Spock...

More News


CMS Musical Little Mermaid, Jr Nov. 21-23

Performances are Friday November 21st & Saturday, November 22nd at 7pm, and Sunday, November 23rd at 2pm in the CMS auditorium. Admission is $5 for everyone.


CMS Early Dismissal/Parent Conferences Nov. 24

CMS only will dismiss at 11:00am on Monday, November 24 for parent conferences.


Thanksgiving Recess
Nov. 26-28

There will be no school Wednesday, November 26 through Friday, November 28. Enjoy the holiday!


District Offices Closed
Nov. 27 & 28

All CCSD buildings and offices will be closed on Thanksgiving, November 27 and Friday, November 28.


'Have A Bite…Help A Family' at CHS Nov. 30

The CHS Community Service Club invites you to sample appetizers, desserts, and main courses from area restaurants & caterers Sunday, November 30, 1-4pm in the HS cafeteria. $10.00 gets you a book of ten tickets, each one good for a single sampling. You can also bid on silent auction items or take a chance on the tricky tray; bidding closes 3:15pm, drawings at 3:30pm. All proceeds go to support local families this holiday season. Questions? Contact event coordinator Dawn Elbert at or 392-4142 x1014. Learn more...


Lockdown Drill Planned for December

CCSD will be conducting a lockdown drill in all buildings this December - the exact time and date will not be announced. The drill will be conducted by law enforcement officers and District staff, and is expected to take under an hour. All exterior doors will be locked and no one will be permitted to enter or leave the building. Office staff will also participate in the drill, so phones may not be answered as quickly as usual while the drill is underway. Learn more...