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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.


Weather Update - Washingtion DC Trip

March 30 - Dear Parents: Due to the forecast of inclement weather predicted for tomorrow, Friday, March 31st, we are delaying the departure time of the students who are participating in the Washington, D.C. trip. Please note the following change: Students should arrive at the high school at 7:00 AM and proceed to the gymnasium for the baggage check. The bus will leave the high school at 7:30 AM for Washington, D.C. Do not hesitate to call the high school at 518-392-1570 if you have any questions. Thank you for your understanding.

Panther Pointers for Safety & Wellness - The Importance of Breakfast

March 27 - According to an article from it is recommended that kids especially should eat breakfast every morning. The article says you should eat a variety of foods - mostly foods with protein and all of the nutrients you need to feel full, healthy, and energetic. This article recommends only eating donuts and pastries every once in a while. Instead, try eggs, fruit smoothies, yogurt, and foods that will keep you full longer. But, any breakfast is better than no breakfast at all! Some quick grabs are toaster waffles, granola bars, berries, a banana, and cereal with or without milk. For more information visit Written by 10th grade student Brendan Ooms

Building Resilience in Students

Dr. Brooks speakes with Chatham FacultyDr. Robert Brooks, one of today’s leading experts on motivation, family relationships, and school climate, was at Chatham CSD March 20th to lead an all-day workshop with our administrators and teacher leaders about building resilience in students. Along with being an internationally recognized author and speaker on these and other topics, Dr. Brooks is a clinical psychologist who is on the Harvard Medical School faculty and has served as Director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital.

St. Baldricks Event Raises Cash for Cancer Research

Volnteers have thier heads shaved at St. Baldrick's event in CHS gymOn Sunday, March 19th the CHS Community Service Club hosted Chatham's 7th annual St. Baldrick's event in the CHS gym. Community members, students, and alumni came together to shave their heads, donate to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, and support the event. St. Baldrick’s uses the funds raised to support life-saving research and fight childhood cancers. The shaving was done compliments of Shear Images. Totals for the money raised are still coming in and we won’t have a good estimate for a couple of weeks. See more photos...

Pro Cellist Leads Masterclasses at CHS & CMS

Sarah Miller plays cello alongside CMS student during masterclassOrchestra students across the district enjoyed having an artist-in-residence when professional cellist Sarah Miller visited Chatham March 13. Ms. Miller performed for the students, shared some of her considerable technique, and ran a series of masterclasses with students at the high school and middle school. HS/MS strings teacher Courtney Miller, who is Sarah’s sister, invited Sarah to Chatham to talk to her students about being a professional musician and to give a little inspiration to those who are preparing for the NYSSMA Solo & Small Ensemble Festival this April. Learn more...

Taste of Genetics

Student with DNA modelCHS Living Environment students had a great time conceptualizing what a DNA double helix looks like (and devouring their models afterward) during a recent lab on genetics. Each student received a template strand and had to write in the complementary strand, symbolizing DNA replication. They used different colored marshmallows to represent the four nitrogenous bases that make up DNA, and Twizzlers to represent the sides of the DNA "ladder." Learn more...

Three's the Charm for E-Week Contest Winner

Katharine Schassler with her logoCongratulations to senior Katharine Schassler on her amazing three-peat success in the Capital District Engineers Week (E-Week) logo design competition. Katharine’s design was chosen as the competition’s 2017 winner, making her their winner for the third year in a row! She receives a $500 cash award and her design will become the official E-Week logo for 2018. “Putting ideas into motion, turning the gears, moving forward, that is the idea I had,” Katharine said about her submission. Learn more...

Letter from Superintendent Nuciforo about State Testing

March 13, 2017 - We are once again approaching the time for New York State’s grade 3 through 8 assessments in English Language Arts (March 27-30) and Math (May 2-4). I understand and respect that some parents and guardians have had concerns about this testing in past years; however, much about the state testing program has changed. I am writing to explain these changes, as well as Chatham’s approach to the state testing and how we use the results, so that you have accurate and current information to use in making educational decisions about your child. Read full letter...

Robotics Team at FIRST® Regional Robotics Competition

Robotics team poses with thier robotOne of Chatham High School’s newest clubswas hard at work this winter, staying long after school and even putting in time over the weekends to design and build a robot to compete in the New York Tech Valley FIRST® Regional Robotics Competition. On March 17, Chatham competed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, taking on 36 other teams in an arena-style competition that combined creativity and ingenuity with sport. 
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A.M. “Boot Camp” at MED

Mr. Burns leads students through exercises during MED Boot CampFirst thing in the morning on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, MED assistant principal Mike Burns leads a group of students through ten minutes of vigorous exercise, beginning with a two-minute run around the gym before they set in on calisthenics like pushups, crunches, jumping jacks, and more. The students in the Boot Camp program really enjoy it and research has shown that just ten minutes of intense physical workout helps children be more relaxed and focused in school. Learn more...

Newberry Award Reading Group

Newberry book group discussing the title PaxMrs. Debye-Saxinger, 7th grade English teacher, and Mrs. Eager, school librarian, are piloting a mock Newberry Award reading group this year with 15 7th graders. Between January and April, the students will read a total of five titles that were nominated as contenders for the prestigious Newberry Award and meet in the school library for book club discussions during lunch. In April, they will vote on which book should be nominated for the first ever CMS Newberry Book Award. Learn more...

image of Eddie Allen and Kelly Shanahan alking with students at the stageMentor Students Enjoy Enhanced Theatre Experience

The CMS Mentor Club enjoyed a great play March 2nd at The Theatre Institute at Sage in Troy. Actors Kelly Shanahan and Eddie Knight, both Chatham High School graduates, took time to speak to our students about their journeys into drama and play production, starting from their debuts here at Chatham Middle School. The play the club went to see, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, is a stirring tale about the children of the Holocaust.

students using ipads in music class Technology Rollout is Music to Students' Ears

Music students were in for a treat when their teachers unveiled brand new iPad Pros for use in class! As part of Chatham CSD’s technology driven learning goals, the music department received a set of iPad Pros in every building. Pictured are students in the High School’s new Chamber Ensemble class working with a program to create their own live loop compositions. The students were excited to be able to work with this new equipment in addition to the Chromebooks they are using in their core classes. Learn more...

2017 Science & Tech 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....

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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    MED Presents
    A Mother Goose Comedy
    March 31 & April 1 @ CMS

    MED's Grade 4 & 5 musical A Mother Goose Comedy takes place Friday, March 31 at 7pm and Saturday, April 1st at 2pm in the CMS auditorium, Learn more...


    Transportation Requests Due April 1

    The deadline to request transportation to private school or childcare locations for the 2017-18 school year is April 1st, 2017. Request forms available on our Transportation page...


    "Take Action Night" April 6

    Showcase of CHS student activism Thursday, April 6, 7pm in the HS library. Learn more...


    April 11 BOE Meeting Rescheduled for April 10

    Please note that the Board of Education meeting originally scheduled for April 11, 2017 has been rescheduled for Monday, April 10, 6:30pm in the high school library.


    Regular School Day April 21st

    Because we have used one snow day over our allotment for this year, Friday, April 21st has been converted to a regular school day. All students and employees are expected to be in attendance that day.


    BOE Petitions Available

    Candidate Nominating Petitions for the Board of Education are available from the District Clerk March 17 through April 17. Learn more...