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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.


2017 Science & Technology Fair

student shows off science projectDid you know that a lemon produces more electricity than, say, an apple, clementine, or grape? Or that you can remove an egg’s shell without breaking it by soaking it in vinegar? Or, if you wrap exactly 594 rubber bands around a watermelon (producing 37.12 PSI), it will explode? These answers and more could be found at Chatham Middle School’s 2017 Science and Technology Fair, held February 15th in the school gymnasium. This annual event encourages students to take learning into their own hands using scientific processes. Learn more....

Physical Education Leadership Award

Joe Hunter and Danielle Wallace with their awardsCongratulations to seniors Joe Hunter and Danielle Wallace, Chatham High School’s recipients of the 2016-2017 Physical Education Leadership Award. Joe and Danielle were honored at an awards banquet hosted by the Capital Zone New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance on February 12th at Mallozzi's Ballroom in Schenectady. Chatham’s physical education department chose Joe and Danielle for this honor because they have displayed a high level of physical performance, scholastic achievement, exceptional leadership qualities, and outstanding service to their school and community.

6th Grade's Efforts Add Up During St. Jude's Math-A-Thon

Students who participated in the sixth grade Math-A-ThonChatham’s sixth grade participated in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Math-A-Thon at the end of January. The Math-A-Thon is a math-enrichment fundraiser with a real-world purpose; together, our sixth graders raised $4,182 to continue St. Jude's fight against cancer and other life-threatening childhood diseases. The students set personal fundraising goals, solicited sponsors, and completed math problem booklets during class to raise the money. Learn more...

Panther Pointers for Safety & Wellness - Sleep

February 13 - With the increase of responsibilities in academics, athletics, extra-curricular activities, and other aspects of the school year, it can be hard to create and maintain a consistent bedtime schedule. This does not lessen the importance of a good night's sleep for a child’s health. For school-age children, the suggested amount of sleep needed is 9-11 hours, with teenagers needing a little less. A sufficient night’s rest can have invaluable benefits to children as it serves as a time for growth and rejuvenation. To promote a better sleeping schedule in your household, be sure to teach kids about the importance of a good night's sleep. The National Sleep Foundation advises, in order to create an ideal bedtime environment, people should turn off all electronics one hour before bed and avoid any beverage that is caffeinated. To learn more about the importance of sleep, go to:  
- By CHS Newspaper Club Member Destiny Hull

District-Wide Initiative Puts Technology at Every Student's Fingertips

fourth graders using chromebooks in classIn early February, our technology department was been busy rolling out new Chromebook and iPad labs to classrooms all over the District. The rollout is part of an investment the District made this year to significantly increase our students’ access to technology in their classrooms. With the new devices now in our schools, we have enough for every student at MED, CMS, and CHS! Shown here, fourth grade students are having fun completing biome research on their new devices. Learn more...

CMS Supports Capital City Rescue Mission

students making peanutbutter and jelly sandwichesThis January, the CMS Service Club made 200 sandwiches for the Capital City Rescue Mission as their monthly service project. Their sandwich making tied in with a school-wide initiative where grades 6, 7, and 8 collected toiletries and other essential items for the people staying at the Rescue Mission. During the month, each homeroom sported a collection box where students could drop their donated items. On January 19, a representative from the Rescue Mission visited CMS to give a presentation to each grade about how the Mission provides support to homeless people.

Board Announces DeAngelo as Next Superintendent of Schools

head shot of Sal DeAngeloThe Board of Education is pleased to announce that Dr. Salvatore “Sal” DeAngelo will be the next superintendent of Chatham Central School District. Dr. DeAngelo has over 30 years’ experience leading and coordinating public school district programs and comes with exemplary recommendations, having earned great respect from the professionals he works with. He holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the Esteves School of Education at Sage Graduate School, and a master’s degree in Business Education from Norwich University. He will become superintendent of the District on July 1, 2017 following superintendent Nuciforo's retirement.

“I am truly looking forward to this opportunity to continue the excellent programs that already exist in Chatham and finding ways to make our school even stronger,” said Dr. DeAngelo. “I strongly believe in being a good steward of the community’s resources and want to engage the larger community and all our stakeholders in the process. Everyone's contribution will be needed to ensure our future success. Through collaboration, together we will find the best solutions to the challenges facing our District.” Learn more...

Spirited Success for Chatham at AIC Model Congress

Chatham's Model Congress Team at Aerican International CollegeThe accolades just keep on coming for the CHS Model Congress program. Our 2016-2017 team experienced continuing success at American International College’s (AIC) Model Congress held in Springfield, MA January 5th through 7th. Our delegates passed every bill they proposed, sophomore Althea Brennan took 3rd place overall, and the team brought home the Team Spirit Award for the 4th time. The event brought thirteen high school teams from across the Northeast to the college to debate and pass legislation in a competitive simulation of Congress. Learn more...

Students Practice Mindfulness at MED

students doing mindfulness exercises in classMED has introduced mindfulness instruction to our school day! Mindfulness is our ability to be fully present and not distracted, overwhelmed, or overly reactive to what goes on in our daily lives. And we can improve this ability greatly through meditation. Each morning MED has been taking a few minutes to do some mindfulness-building together as a school. Over the school loudspeaker, Mrs. Rivet has been leading breathing and movement exercises to help students focus on the present and get more in touch with their inner selves. Learn more...

Board Adopts Tax Exemption for Cold War Veterans

On November 29, the Board of Education voted to adopt the Cold War Veterans’ Exemption at the basic level. The exemption recently became available for school districts to consider and exempts military veterans who served during the Cold War period (1945-1991) from a portion of their property taxes. Learn more...

Snow Closings & Delays FAQ

That chill in the air reminds us all that winter is on its way, and with wintry weather comes snow and ice. This time of year we often get a lot of questions about our procedures for snow closings and delays, so we’ve put together a Q&A (also available on our Parents page) to help answer them.  View Snow Day Frequently Asked Questions and Answers...

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    Winter Recess Feb. 20-24

    School not in session, enjoy the winter break!


    District Offices Closed Feb 20

    All CCSD schools and offices will be closed Monday, February 20 in observance of President's Day.


    Blood Drive Feb. 28 @ CHS

    CHS is hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive Tuesday, February 28 from 9:30am – 3:30pm in the auditorium. Learn more & make an appointment...


    Kindergarten Registration

    Registration packets for our 2017-18 kindergarten class will be mailed home in February to all eligible children who are on the school census. If you have a child eligible to attend kindergarten this fall and you do not receive a packet by March 1st, please call Mrs. Layton at 392-1530 or visit the elementary school office between 9am and 3pm. Learn more...


    Dates for Student Physicals

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