New Swing Set Arrives at MED
MED is getting back in the "swing" of things, thanks to the fundraising efforts of our PTA! This August, our maintenance crew is busy installing a new swing set the PTA purchased for our playground, which has not had swings for many years.
It all began last October when, as part of her monthly writing challenge, principal Kristen Reno asked 2nd graders to write a persuasive argument for new activities, games or equipment they would like to see at recess. The student's responses were overwhelmingly “swings!” Learn more...
Chatham Welcomes New Teachers for 2015-16
CCSD welcomed new hires Trisha Bradley (Elementary/Middle School Counselor) Carolyn Barone (Grade 7 Math), Kristen Gorczynski (English as a New Language), Michael Griggs (High School Social Studies), Judson Hoffman (Elementary/Middle School Band), and Brooke Kneller (High School Science) to our educational team during a two-day orientation program held August 25 & 26. Shown here, the six learn about Chatham's technology resources from veteran teacher Sara Murray.
More Kindergartners Ready for School Thanks to New Pre-K Program
MED began its Pre-Kindergarten program last fall, and as the program’s first class of students enters Kindergarten this September, the results of their kindergarten screenings couldn’t be more encouraging. “We are very proud of the progress the students made, they did amazing,” said pre-k teacher Jessica Alliger. “These were students who needed it the most and now they are going into kindergarten extremely well prepared.” Learn more...
Language Concepts Classes Put On End of Summer Celebration
Students in our Language Concepts program put on a performance for family and friends celebrating the ocean-themed literacy learning they had accomplished this summer. Students sang “Yellow Submarine” and “Down by the Bay,” followed by a slide show and reception highlighting their class activities. The event, held in the MED library on August 14, was the culmination of this summer's program, during which students explored the A-to-Zs of our world’s oceans through writing, crafts, and class trips. Learn more...
More eReaders at the CHS Library, Thanks to the Spencertown Fire Company
Chatham Central Schools would like to thank the Spencertown Fire Company for its donation of $1,000, to be used to purchase more eReaders for the Chatham High School library. During its annual Beef Bar-B-Q fundraiser on August 9th, the fire company presented a check to High School English Teacher and Grade 7-12 English Language Arts Teacher Leader, Jodi Sullivan, who was there to accept the donation on behalf of our school. The school library's eReader program makes them available to high school students for use in school or at home. Learn more...
Lunch Price Increase for 2015-2016 School Year
Starting this September, lunch at MED will cost $2.45 and lunch at CMS and CHS will cost $2.60. The ten-cent price increase is due to a federal mandate (the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act) which requires schools to bring what they charge for regular-priced meals in line with what the US Department of Agriculture reimburses schools for meals provided to students receiving free and reduced price meals. Our breakfast prices remain unchanged, as do reduced-priced meals.
Free & Reduced Meals Available for Those Who Qualify - Apply Now
Families who may need assistance paying for school meals are encouraged to complete a Free and Reduced Meals Application. A new application must be submitted each school year for those who wish to receive free or reduced-price meals. Learn more about free & reduced price meals...
Distance Learning Connects Students to Aquatic World
Students in Chatham’s Language Concepts summer program enjoyed a virtual field trip to an aquarium in San Diego, California on July 22. They met various sea creatures, learned about how they move and communicate, and identified colors and shapes that could be found in the vibrant animals. Our Language Concepts program consists of two classes this summer, taught by Kristine Mackowski and Kaylin Willimott, respectively, with teaching assistants Patti Lanphear, Ruth Anne Burnell, and Melissa Paladino.
CCSD Newsletter Earns National Recognition
The Chatham Central School District’s community newsletter “Chatham Connections” was recognized as an outstanding educational communication by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) when it was awarded an Honorable Mention at NSPRA’s 2015 Publications and Electronic Media Awards this summer. Learn more...
Board Elects Leadership, Sets 2015-16 Meeting Schedule
At its organizational meeting July 7th, the Board of Education reelected Melony Spock as Board President and elected Teri Conte as Vice President. The Board also approved its 2015-16 meeting schedule and swore in newly elected member Beth Hover, returning incumbent David O'Connor, and its new student representative, Jack McKeon.