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..
Reminder to Stay Safe By Avoiding Strangers
You may have heard on the news recently about children in Colonie and Berkshire County being approached by a man in a gray car with New York plates, which police are investigating as possible attempted abductions. While there have been no reported incidents in our immediate area, on September 19th we took the opportunity to remind all our students to be vigilant about their safety when out and about. We are asking that our parents and guardians help us reinforce this message by speaking to your child/children about strangers and how to avoid potential dangers.
Please remind your children to:
- Avoid walking alone and walk in groups whenever possible.
- Don’t talk to strangers.
- If approached by a stranger, run away and immediately tell a trusted adult.
- Never get into a vehicle of someone you don’t know.
Together we can help make sure our children stay out of harm’s way.
Chatham CSD Newsletter Earns State & National Awards
This September, the CCSD community newsletter “Chatham Connections” was recognized as an outstanding school communication when it earned an Award of Merit at the New York School Public Relations Association's (NYSPRA) 35th annual Communications Contest.
In June, the newsletter also received national recognition when it received two Awards of Merit from the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA), one as an outstanding general newsletter, and a second in the Finance Publication Presentation category for our special budget edition published each May. Learn more...
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 now been confirmed in more than a dozen children in New York State, including in the Capital Region. While we are currently not aware of any cases of EV-D68 in the Chatham Central School District, the Health Department has recommended that schools advise parents about the signs of enterovirus EV-D68 as a precaution. 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.
MED Welcomes New Assistant Principal
The Board of Education has appointed Lindsay Morris as Mary E. Dardess Elementary School’s new assistant principal. Mrs. Morris comes to Chatham from Mayfield Elementary School, where she previously worked as a teacher, curriculum coordinator for English Language Arts in grades K-6, and building leader for the school’s summer school program. “Being in an elementary school is both my passion and my privilege, and I’m very happy to be a part of the Chatham program,” said Morris. “I’m all about bringing excitement into the classroom and getting students excited about learning, because all children can learn and it’s our job as teachers and administrators to help them find their vehicle for success.” Learn more...
Meet Chatham’s SRD
Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputy Todd Hyson is our new School Resource Deputy (SRD) who will be working in Chatham Central Schools starting this September. Along with helping to maintain a safe learning environment in our buildings, Deputy Hyson will be active in the classroom as well, providing our students with resources on topics like Internet safety, bullying, and drug and alcohol awareness. “I am really looking forward to this opportunity to serve and give back to the community by contributing to the school and interacting with our youth in a positive way,” he said. Read more...
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...