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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.


JA Helps Students Make “Cents” of Financial Literacy

JA Educator teaches class Over the course of five weeks, students explored the roles of local businesses, money and taxes, voting, and our government through a Junior Achievement program taught by PTA volunteers. In collaboration with the second grade teachers, the PTA made this program available to students so they could learn these important life skills from community volunteers in a fun, engaging way. The program took place during October and November, and concluded for second grade on November 20th. Learn More...

Fourth Graders Record Oral History, Honor Vets

student speking at assemblyThe fourth grade hosted a Veterans Ceremony for students and area veterans or active-duty servicemen and women. Prior to the event, students in Mrs. Lineberry and Mrs. Rossi’s classes interviewed veterans about their experiences in the service. Each child then wrote an essay about their veteran based on the information they received from their interview. The veterans were invited to attend the ceremony, during which the students read their essays aloud to the audience. Learn More...

Chatham Middle Schoolers Honor Area Veterans

Vets display flag during ceremonyLocal veterans and their families were the honored guests at Chatham Middle School’s Veterans Day Celebration, held the morning of November 10th in the school’s auditorium. Each year, CMS 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, Patrick Wemitt, helped make this event a meaningful experience. Learn more...

Sidewalk Construction Update

November 9, 2015 - Starting this week, the sidewalk on the Chatham Middle School side of Woodbridge Avenue from the corner of Kinderhook Street to the athletic field fence, will be closed for construction. Students walking to school from Kinderhook Street should walk down Library Place and take the alleyway that runs along the side of the Chatham Public Library out to the front of the school. The walking detour will be clearly marked and we will have staff placed along the path in the mornings and at dismissal time to guide students down the detour pathway.

The new sidewalk in front of the athletic fields will be open for parents to drop off and pick up students. For safety reasons, it is important that CMS parents only drop their children on the open section of sidewalk. Closed portions of the sidewalk will be clearly marked by orange barrels and/or safety fencing – please DO NOT drop your child off in a closed area.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation throughout this process. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact your child’s school office.   

Cross Country Girls Team Sectional Champs - Girls Team/Dwyer Compete at States

girls team after winning raceThe girls varsity cross country team and one runner from the boys team headed to the NYS Championship Meet after their performances in the Section 2 Championship Meet at SPAC on November 6th. The girls team won the Class C race, placing three girls in the top ten, with all five of our scorers in the top twenty-five. For the boys, Bryan Dwyer ran a personal record to place 7th in Class C and earn a spot at states. They all competed at the state meet Nov. 14 at Monroe-Woodbury Central. Learn more...

Snow on Your Mind? Read Our Weather Closings & Delays FAQ

It's that time of year again, when temperatures drop and wintry weather often threatens to delay or close school. For your convenience, CCSD has put together a questions and answers fact sheet concerning our procedures for emergency closings and delays. View FAQ.....

Hudson TalbottAuthor & Illustrator Visits MED

Children’s author and illustrator Hudson Talbott spent October 23 at MED reading from his books and sharing with our students how he writes and draws his stories. Mr. Talbott has a studio near Catskill and is the author of twenty-four books. He brought along examples of how his stories evolve from a basic storyboard, to a dummy book with text, to a printed proof, and finally to the bound and finished product you can find at bookstores today. Learn more...

CHS Students Join Music and Art Honor Societies

On the evening of October 20th, Chatham High School held an induction ceremony for thirteen students entering Tri-M Music Honor Society (Tri-M) and eighteen entering National Art Honor Society (NAHS). These societies provide many opportunities for members to offer service to their school and community, in addition to giving due attention to the students’ talent in music and fine arts. This event was sponsored by the Chatham Fine Arts Booster Club. Learn more...

Students sample produce from Berry Farm Food & Nutrition Students Get a Taste of Local Food Community

Chatham High School’s Food & Nutrition class has been connecting students with community members who are making a living in our area’s diverse and exciting food industry. This October, Family & Consumer Sciences teacher Maria Hayes invited Chef Josephine Proul, from Local 111 Restaurant in Philmont, and Joe Gilbert, of The Berry Farm in Chatham, in to share their experiences with her students. Learn more...

Students Make It ORANGE to End Bullying

6th graders wearing orange at CMS On Unity Day, October 21, Chatham students showed their true colors by supporting a safe and supportive school environment. Unity Day is a national effort to send one large ORANGE message of kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Students wore orange to bring attention to bullying and end discrimination. They signed pledges to end bullying behavior and received a "Chatham Central School - Stand Up To Bullying" bracelet. Learn more...

Fire Prevention Day

sparky the fire dog visits medStudents learned fire safety tips from some real-life community heroes during MED’s Fire Prevention Day October 16th.Volunteer firefighters from the Chatham, East Chatham, and Ghent fire companies were assembled in front of the school to talk about preventing fires and how to prepare for an emergency, like developing and practicing a fire escape plan at home. They brought along some of their fire trucks and other exciting equipment they use to put out fires. Learn more...

Board Votes to Rescind Consolidation Plan

At its September 29 meeting, the Board of Education voted unanimously to revoke its December 2, 2014 decision to develop a consolidation proposal for Chatham Central Schools during this school year. The Board will instead focus on engaging the community in the development of a long-term vision for Chatham’s overall educational program. This common vision will be used by the Board to guide its decision making as it explores all options to maintain and improve Chatham’s educational program, address the impact of our shrinking enrollment, and manage the District’s financial outlook. 

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BOE Meeting Nov 24

Board of Education Business Meeting, 6:30pm in the HS library.


No School Nov 25 -27

Wednesday, November 25 is a District Conference Day and on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27, all schools and offices will be closed for Thanksgiving Recess. Enjoy the holiday!

‘Have a Bite…Help A Family’ Nov 29 at CHS

The CHS Community Service Club hosts ‘Have A Bite…Help A Family’ on Sunday, Nov. 29, from 1-4pm in the HS cafeteria. $10.00 at the door gets you a book of ten tickets, each one good for a sampling from one of the many fine local eateries serving up their best bites on site!  Silent auction & tricky tray. Bidding closes at 3:15pm with drawings at 3:30pm. Proceeds go to help local families! For info, contact Dawn Elbert at 392-4142 x1014 or


BOE Special Business Meeting Dec 8

As a result of the December 22 Board of Education business meeting being canceled, Board business items will be included in the December 8th meeting, which has been changed from a workshop meeting to a special business meeting.



NYS Common Core Survey

NYS Education commissioner MaryEllen Elia is seeking feedback and recommendations from the public in an effort to better serve the students of New York. As parents, you are an important part of your child’s education and your input matters. The survey is an opportunity for you to voice your opinions and recommendations to NYS about the specific standards within the Common Core Framework. To participate in the survey please go to

Learn more by reading Superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo's letter to parents...