Confirmed Case of EV-D68
On October 23 we received notification that one of our students at Mary E. Dardess Elementary School was diagnosed with Enterovirus D68, commonly referred to as EV-D68. The student is currently recovering from the illness outside of school.
Our schools are taking measures similar to those that we take during cold and flu season to avoid the spread of illnesses. This includes disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and reminding our students and staff to wash their hands often. Read letter sent home to parents 10/23/14...
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...
"Pink Panthers" Complete Undefeated Season
The 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 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
Congratulations 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...
MED 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 this week and she will be recognized on the News 10 (WTEN) evening news.
Mrs. Riddick has been teaching at the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School since 2006.
View WTEN Teacher of the Week webpage...
CHS Student Earns President’s Volunteer Service Award
Chatham senior Jacob Davis has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award in recognition of the many hours he has spent making his school and community a better place. Davis actively volunteers through the CHS community service club, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter, and our athletic department, as well as the Austerlitz Historical Society, his church, Congressman Chris Gibson’s office, and STRIDE. “My hobby is to help out people and to help out the community,” he says. “The thing that to me is the most rewarding is working with kids with disabilities. Just the joy that you get on their faces helping them out, it’s really rewarding.” Learn more...
Fifth graders Gabriel Rippel (cello) and Julian San Diego (viola) joined MED orchestra teacher Cynthia Ogulnick for an impromptu concert in the school's main office. The trio delighted the office staff with their rendition of "Lightly Row." This and other pop-up performances planned around MED give the students a chance to show off the skills they have developed since picking up instruments only a short time ago. Fifth graders like Gabe and Julian began playing the strings in December as fourth graders.
Students Leaders Facilitate Coalition Building at CMS
Seventh and eighth grade student leaders used their National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) training to lead positive relationship building activities in each sixth grade classroom. The October 6th workshops aimed at reducing prejudice, conflict, and bullying by helping students better understand and appreciate their peers. School counselors helped plan and oversee the activities, which focused on recognizing and celebrating student’s similarities and differences.
CHS Students Explore Art, Architecture at the Clark
Senior Fine Arts Workshop students took a class trip to the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts on September 30th, where they enjoyed a personal tour and presentation from the museum's head curator, analyzed a collection of important abstract paintings on loan from the National Gallery of Art, and explored the recent redesign and renovation of the museum itself. Learn more..
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. Parents who sign up will be given a password and training at their school's open house this September. For more information, please read the following letter and FAQ sent home to parents September 10th.
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...