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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.


CCSD Experiencing Phone Difficulties

May 31 - We are experiencing intermittent phone difficulties. If you are having trouble getting through at 392-2400, please call 392-1501 and your call will be transfered.

Living History Day

students drillingOn May 24, the 7th grade reenacted the American Revolution at CMS with the 2nd Regiment Albany County Militia reenactors group. Students conducted military drills, learned about period clothing, and marched to the Columbia County Fairgrounds to see canon fire, musket demonstrations, and learn about politics in the colonies during the Revolutionary Era. CBS6 was there to catch the action. View CBS6 news video...

Panther Pointers for Safety & Wellness - Properly Dispose of Medications

May 31 - Properly dispose of medication when done with it, or after it has expired, preventing others (children, teens or pets) from taking it accidently. We especially do NOT want any narcotics left sitting around for misuse or accidental use by anyone. Prescribed medication should NEVER be shared. We don’t know how the other person will react, and they could be allergic to it causing them to have a reaction - possibly death.
There are many recommendations for proper disposal of any medication:
-        Follow the directions for disposal on the papers that come with the medicine
-        Approved state and local collection programs may be available to assist patients with medication disposal.
-        Medications can be crushed, mixed with an undesirable material (eg, coffee grounds, saw dust, kitty litter) in a plastic baggie. The bag should then be sealed and discarded in the trash. Doing this makes it less appealing to children and animals. Learn more...

BOE Selects Consultant for Superintendent Search

At the May 24 meeting, the Chatham Central School District Board of Education selected Dr. Lucy Martin, of LPMartin Consulting, located in Manlius, New York, to assist with its search for a new superintendent of schools to replace Mrs. Cheryl Nuciforo, who is retiring at the end of the 2016-17 school year. 

Dr. Lucy Martin has seventeen years experience as a search consultant, is a former school superintendent and former President of the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System Board of Trustees. One of her most recent superintendent searches was working with the East Greenbush Board of Education. Dr. Martin has excellent references and the Board of Education is confident in her abilities. 

The Board will be meeting with Dr. Martin to plan the search, which will be designed to ensure ample opportunity for the public, staff and other interested stakeholders to provide input into the development of the criteria to be sought in the new superintendent. Dr. Martin will make a brief presentation about the search process at the beginning of the June 7, 2016 Board of Education meeting which will begin at 6:30 in the Chatham High School Library. The Board of Education encourages all stakeholders to attend.

Author Shares the Power of Kindness with MED Students

Halstead talks to studentsAnn Marie Gardinier Halstead is an award-winning author as well as a professor and bullying-prevention speaker. On May 20, she made a special visit to MED to discuss her book The Bucket Filling Fairy and to talk about bullying too. During a school-wide assembly in the morning, Halstead shared how she wrote her book and worked with an editor and illustrator. She also led age-appropriate workshops for all our ages groups The Bucket Filling Fairy is about being kind to others (filling buckets). Learn more...

4th Grade Longhouse Project

students work on longhouse As part of a multi-year collaboration between the fourth grade and the Flying Deer Nature Center, fourth grade students took a deeper exploration of Native American history by building an Iroquois (also known as Haudenosaunee) inspired longhouse at school on May 17 and 18. Working with program director Devin Franklin and instructor Josh Wood from Flying Deer, along with their teachers and parent volunteers, the students used large sheets of bark to sheath the longhouse’s roof and walls. Learn more...

CHS Students Study Nonfiction with Local Author

Image of author Nancy Castaldo Mrs. Roosevelt invited author Nancy Castaldo to visit her Creative Writing class once a week for a six-week duration. Castaldo, who has published over fifteen books and specializes in children’s nonfiction, explained how writing nonfiction works, the different types of nonfiction that exist, and how students can contact a book publisher if interested in having work published. The students wrote their own creative nonfiction book, which they discussed with Castaldo and the class. Learn More...

Library Committee Seeks Members

Want to have a positive impact on your community library? The Chatham Public Library Advisory Committee(CPLAC) is seeking  volunteers to fill three upcoming vacancies on the committee. The vacancies are for three-year terms starting July 1st, 2016. CPLAC members meet once a month to provide oversight of library policy and procedures and make recommendations to the Board of Education, which oversees operations at the library. Chatham’s library is one of only two public libraries in the state that are part of a school district. Interested individuals are asked to submit a letter and resume by June 13, 2016 to Melony Spock, President, Chatham School Board, 50 Woodbridge Avenue, Chatham, NY 12037. For more information, please call 392-1501. 

Melony Spock, Corinne Summers, Kristen RenoMED to Honor Corinne Summers at Arbor Day Celebration

MED has selected lifelong Chatham resident Corinne Summers as our 2016 Arbor Day honoree. The school invites the public to attend this special community event, held Friday, June 3rd at 9:30 a.m. on the MED lawn (MED gym if raining). Students will honor Summers’ contributions to her community with a play about her life. The program will also include the traditional Maypole dance performed by the fourth grade and a tree planting ceremony. Anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP by calling the school office at 392-1530 no later than May 31st. Learn more...

Ana Verma, Mrs. Harrigan Honored at Scholars’ Recognition Dinner

Mrs. Harrigan and Anna VermaChatham senior Ana Verma and CHS art teacher Jude Harrigan were honored guests at the 2016 Capital Area School Development Association's (CASDA) Scholars' Recognition Dinner. Invitation to this annual event is reserved for graduating seniors from Capital Region schools who have demonstrated an exceptional level of scholarship, leadership, and service to their community. As part of the recognition, Ana was asked to nominate a teacher who has significantly influenced her education, and she chose Mrs. Harrigan to join her in being honored at the May 18 event. Learn more...

students write left-handedEmpathy and Awareness of People With Disabilities

Over the course of May 12th and 13th, the third, fourth, and fifth grades participated in the Berkshire Empathy Awareness Mentoring Workshop, led by guest educators Christine Singer, Bob Dean, and Ethan Dean. This interactive program was enhanced our students’ awareness of and sensitivity to people living with disabilities and give them an understanding of the physical, emotional, and cognitive challenges many people face. Learn more...

Voting Results - May 17, 2016

Thank you to everyone who voted May 17. The 2016-2017 Budget PASSED: 473 Yes - 203 No.
Voters also reelected Craig Simmons, Muriel Faxon, and Melony Spock to three-year terms on the Board of Education that run July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019.

Voting results for Board of Education Election:
Craig Simmons 560*
Steve Gilger 196
Wayne Coe 204
Muriel Faxon 533*
Melony Spock 471*

Seventh Graders Plant Seeds of Our Future at Camphill Ghent

students plant flowers with Camphill ResidentCMS and Camphill Ghent partnered in a service learning project, part of the seventh grade's “Planting the Seeds of Our Future” career and service venture. The project began with students planting seeds in the science classroom. Over a thousand plants were then brought to Camphill Ghent over the course of May 4th and 5th and transplanted all over the property for residents and staff to enjoy. Students performed dances, recited poetry, sang songs, and played musical instruments for the residents one afternoon and organized a sing-along with residents the next day. Learn more...

student and professor look at nantech equipmentPlanting the Seeds of Our Future at Albany NanoTech and GE

The career half of the seventh grade’s “Planting the Seeds of Our Future” career and service venture, held May 4th and 5th, involved students exploring careers available in the Capital Region’s Tech Valley. On the day that students were not participating in the service portion at Camphill Ghent, that half of the seventh grade took a class trip to SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Albany NanoTech Complex and to General Electric in Schenectady. Learn more...

Ooms Named Outstanding Business Student

Mr. Loomis and Emily Oooms with awardCongratulations to Emily Ooms, who was recognized on May 5th as Chatham's 2015-2016 Outstanding Business Education Student. The award honors a senior who has taken numerous business classes and exhibited outstanding academic achievement, citizenship, and a positive attitude. Emily was recognized at an awards dinner at the Holiday Inn in Albany along with other outstanding students from area schools. This event was sponsored by the Business and Marketing Educators’ Association of the Capital District. Learn more...

Image of 2016 NHS inducteesChatham Honors 2016 NHS Inductees

On Thursday, May 5th, twenty-five students were welcomed into the Chatham High School chapter of National Honor Society during the annual induction ceremony held in the CHS auditorium. Members of National Honor Society have demonstrated proficiency in the areas of scholarship, service, character, and leadership. See the list of inductees...

Math Olympiads Family Night

family doing math at eventCCSD’s Math Olympiads Family Night added up to a good time for all. On April 21, students from the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades who had participated in the Math Olympiad clubs during the school year were invited to attend a math problem solving evening with their families. The event ran from 7–8:30 p.m. and included a short math group activity led by Jim Matthews of Siena College. Mr. Matthews is a professor of Math and Computer Science and is on the Board of Directors of Math Olympiads. Learn more...

CCSD Earns Award for School Safety

Chatham Central School District has received the Utica National Insurance Group's "School Safety Excellence Award" for 2016 at its highest level, Titanium with Honors. The honor recognizes school districts' safety efforts as they work to help keep students, staff, and visitors safe. Learn more...

Students with trach they picked upEarth Day Cleanup

On Earth Day, students from MED’s Bully Free Friends group picked up litter along the wooded trails around the school campus. Earth Day 2016 was April 22. Left to right are Anna Miles, Cecelia Dohr, CC the MED therapy dog, Alex Chudy, Chris Sorokey, John Miles, Emily Mesick, Haylee Roemer, Mariah Kratt. The Bully Free Friends are advised by school counselor Renee Morgan.

District to Conduct Water Testing

April 13- At Chatham Central School District we are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our students and staff. As part of that commitment, our District will conduct testing for lead and copper in our schools’ drinking water during our spring recess April 25-29. Read letter to parents from Superintendent Nuciforo...

CCSD Music Program Receives National Recognition

Chatham Central School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Chatham joins 476 districts across the country in receiving this prestigious award in 2016. The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. Learn more...

Patrice TomasoChatham's Patrice Tomaso Named WNYT Top Teacher

Congratulations to high school art teacher Patrice Tomaso, who was named a WNYT Top Teacher. In February, WNYT anchor and education reporter Elaine Huston visited CHS to film Mrs. Tomaso in action and interview her and her students. Her segment aired March 2 on the WNYT evening news on Chanel 13 and My4, and on the Chanel 13 morning news March 3. She will also be up on SEFCU billboards in Albany the week of March 3-9 and is currently featured on WNYT’s website. Learn more...

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Sports Awards June 1

Varsity, JV, Mod Spring Sports Awards Night is Wednesday, June 1, 7pm in the HS auditorium.


MED Arbor Day June 3

MED will honor Corinne Summers as its 2016 Arbor Day June 3rd at 9:30am on the MED lawn (MED gym if raining).


BOE Meeting June 7

Board of Education workshop meeting 6:30pm in the HS library


Senior Expo Night June 8

Our seniors celebrate their education with public displays highlighting their many accomplishments, 6-7pm in the HS gym.


Senior Awards June 8

The Senior Awards Ceremony is Wednesday, June 8, 7pm in the HS auditorium.


"Music in the Park" June 9

The CCSD music department annual outdoor concert is Thursday, June 9 on the HS lawn (HS gym if raining). Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the music!

NJHS Indication June 13

Ceremony held Monday, June 13, 6pm in the MS auditorium.


Baseball Summer Camp

For children ages 7-12. Camp is June 27 – July 1, 9am– the Chatham Little League Complex. Coaches will consist of Chatham Panthers coaches and players. $85.00 per player if paid by June 19th, and $100.00 if paid after. FAMILY DISCOUNT – 1st child $85.00, Family discounts available. Download flyer and registration form...

Softball Summer Camp

For children ages 7-12. Camp runs June 27– July 1, 9am–1pm at the Ghent Softball Fields. Coaching staff will consist of Chatham Panthers coaches and players. Cost is $85.00 per player if paid by June 19th, and $100.00 if paid after June 19th. Family discounts available. Download flyer and registration form...