CHS Drama Club Presents The Wiz Feb. 27 - March 1
Join us as we “Ease On Down the Road” in the Chatham High School Auditorium at 7:00 pm on Friday, February 27th and Saturday, February 28th, and at the 2:00 pm matinee on Sunday, March 1st. Tickets are just $5 at the door. The Wiz is a contemporary version of the beloved classic The Wizard of Oz.The characters are familiar, the dialogue modernized and the songs upbeat, a wonderful modern twist to a familiar story…so join us as we watch Dorothy try and make her way back home while helping her new friends' wishes come true.
Boys & Girls Indoor Track 2015 Independent League Champions
Congratulations to the both the boys and girls indoor track teams for winning the Independent League Small School Championships held February 14 at the University at Albany. The girls took home the win with 145 points overall while the boys won with a total of 119 points. Combined, Chatham's girls and boys had 1st place finishes in fifteen events. Learn more...
Panthers Earn Scholar Athlete Team Status
Four CHS athletic teams were named Scholar Athlete Teams by the NYSPHSAA, an honor bestowed upon teams that carry a combined GPA of 90 or better. The girls and boys varsity basketball, girls indoor track, and boys varsity volleyball teams all received this recognition for the 2014-15 winter season. Each team receives a certificate for the school as well as for each member who contributed to the team average. Learn more...
Board Votes Not to Adopt Veterans Exemption
At it's February 24 meeting, the Board of Education voted 6-1 in favor of the following resolution concerning the Alternative Veterans Tax Exemption:
R. 107 BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education recognizes the importance of
assisting the community’s military veterans who deserve our utmost respect and admiration
for their service to our country, and that the Board of Education also remains aware of the
financial burden school taxes may place on all taxpayers of the district,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that it is the decision of the Chatham Central School
Board of Education to NOT adopt a Veterans Tax Exemption, thereby shifting the tax
burden from our military veterans to other taxpayers.
Melony Spock, Jennifer Lindberg, Teri Conte, Edward Knight, David O'Connor, and Craig Simmons voted in favor of the resolution, Chris Kelly voted against it. Michael Clark and Muriel Faxon were not present.
Board Appoints David O'Connor to Fill Empty Seat
At its February 24th meeting, the Chatham Central School District Board of Education appointed David O’Connor to fill the unexpired term of Jim Marks, who resigned from the Board in January. Mr. O’Connor’s appointment to serve on the Board is effective February 24, 2015 until May 19, 2015, at which time the seat will be filled by the general district election. O'Connor previously served on the Chatham Board of Education from 2007 to 2013.
Corey Jones Talks Basketball, Character at CMS
College basketball star turned motivational speaker Corey Jones led an inspirational school assembly at CMS February 13. Corey used his experiences with basketball to reach students about issues like bullying, being a positive role model, teamwork, and not letting adversity stand in their way of success. For more than an hour, he performed basketball tricks, sunk half-court shots, and challenged the students with games that required patience, persistence, and cooperation to win. Learn more...
Wolf Visits CHS Biology Classes
The Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) of South Salem, NY paid a visit to CHS on February 12. WCC educator Alex Spitzer spoke to the audience of biology, AP Bio, and Ecology Club students about wolves, wolf ecology, and the important role wolves play in the larger ecosystem. Accompanying Spitzer was Atka, a genuine Arctic gray wolf who students got to see up-close and personal. This event was made possible through a grant from the Chatham Education Foundation. Learn more...
TV Weatherman Bob Kovachick Visits Third Grade
WNYT Chief Meteorologist Bob Kovachick visited MED today to talk with the third grade about the different kinds of weather that affect our area and how meteorologists predict it. The third grade teaching staff invited Mr. Kovachick to visit because their students have been studying weather in class. Prior to his comming ot MED, the classes prepared many questions for their special guest, who graciously answered them all. He also shared what goes on behind the scenes when putting on a TV weather forecast.
Students Check Out the Sun with MHAA Astronomers
February 10th had great weather for a little daytime astronomy. Mrs. Hasbrook’s class joined amateur astronomers Willy Yee and Joe Macagne from the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association outside MED to view the sun through special telescopes. They saw sun spots, filaments and prominences. The class also discussed the Moon, got to handle some real meteorites, and took home special sun glasses for at-home solar viewing.
Kody Skype Headed to St. Rose
Chatham High School senior Kody Skype signed his National Letter of Intent to play baseball for the College of St. Rose. Flanked by his parents, sister, and coach Steltz, Kody made his commitment to St. Rose official at a letter signing ceremony held in the Chatham High School lobby February 6th. A catcher and first baseman for the Panthers, Kody has balanced being a standout athlete with being a standout student. Along with his family, the event was attended by friends, teammates, CHS faculty, and local media. Learn more...
Miranda Whipple Nominated for Siena Courage Award
Eighth grader Miranda Whipple has been nominated for the Siena College Student Courage Award. This prestigious honor recognizes young people from the Capital Region who act as leaders and spokespersons for tolerance, who embody the courage to be bridge builders and peacemakers, and who stand up to intolerance. CMS faculty nominated Miranda for the award. She joins courageous students from other middle and high schools in the area who have been nominated for this honor. A committee of Capital Region leaders in social justice issues will review the nominations and from them select three recipients. Winners will be announced in April. Learn more...
Letter to Editor from Supt. Nuciforo Concerning Gov. Cuomo's Educational Reform Proposal
1/28/2015 - I have spent a good part of the past several days pondering Governor Cuomo's State of the State
and budget proposal. While I share his goal of high quality education for the children of New
York, I am dismayed and outraged by some of his more inflammatory remarks. He criticized
teachers in a proposed educational reform package that relies on bribing and punishing them to
improve student achievement. This is frankly insulting to the dedicated professionals who are
doing their best for our children.
I do not know the teachers that Governor Cuomo was talking about, but they are certainly not the
teachers in Chatham. Read full letter...
Distance Learning Connects Students with West Coast Immigration History
The fifth grade took a virtual field trip to Angel Island in California on January 23 using their school's distance learning equipment. Located 2,500 miles away in San Francisco Bay, Angel Island served as a major immigration station from 1910 to 1940 and is now a state park and museum. “We are kind of the Ellis Island of the West Coast,” explained park ranger Casey Dexter-Lee, who greeted the students from inside a dormitory were immigrants lived while being processed through the station. Learn more...
Snow/Inclement Weather Closings and Delays FAQ
With wintry weather upon us, CCSD wanted to provide parents with answers to frequently asked questions in regards to snow and other weather related closings and delays. View Closings and Delays FAQ...
CCSD Adds Option of Three Hour Delay
Chatham Central Schools has added a three hour delay to our options for emergency closings/delays. Having the option to call either a two or three hour delay gives our school greater flexibility when it comes to keeping students safe and minimizing disruptions to their learning during our often cold and snowy winter months. Learn more...
Birds of Prey and Reptiles Visit MED
Students in Ms. Hasbrook’s, Mr. Botsford’s and Mrs. Maraglio’s classes got up close and personal with some fascinating animals January 16th. The students have been studying reptiles and birds of prey in science, so Ms. Hasbrook invited Bill Robinson of Wildlife Lectures to visit and share his vast knowledge of these creatures. He brought along a red tailed hawk, turkey vulture, great horned owl, falcon, king snake, even an alligator, and shared each animal's adaptations for survival and role in the ecosystem.
District Plans Emergency Access Road Project
School officials are developing a plan for an emergency access road to Chatham Central School District’s main campus. The new emergency-use-only road would provide a secondary way for emergency vehicles to access the campus in the event that the main drive was blocked. The project, which is still in the developmental phase, would consist of a gated, twenty-foot wide gravel road running from the district office parking lot on the easternmost side of MED out through an adjacent parcel of land owned by the Village of Chatham, where it would connect with Shore Road. It is estimated at a cost of approximately $700,000. Learn more...