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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.


Panther Pointers for Safety & Wellness - Staying Active

April 17, 2017 - Staying fit and exercising is a very important thing to do. Exercise can help prevent excess weight and help people to maintain weight loss because being active helps burn calories. The more intense the exercise is, the more calories get burned. Exercise helps to combat high blood pressure and helps to boost the good cholesterol levels. It also helps to keep your blood flowing which decreases the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Exercise helps to boost energy because it delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and helps your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. Exercise also helps to improve people's moods; it stimulates brain chemicals that can make people feel happier. It helps people feel better and boosts confidence. Resource: - By 10th Grade Student Philip Barlow

Board Adopts Proposed 2017-18 Budget

On April 10th, the Board of Education adopted its budget proposal from the 2017-18 school year. The budget totals $30,836,975 and carries a projected tax levy increase of 1.3 percent, which is under the limit set by New York State’s property tax cap. The budget is up a total of $294,559, a 0.96% percent spending increase from the current year’s budget. Residents can learn more about the budget at a public hearing May 9, 6:30 p.m. in the HS library or by visiting our Budget News page...

Chris Herren Calls on Students to "Write Your Own Story"

Chris Herren talks to students in auditoriumFormer NBA player and recovering addict Chris Herren was at Chatham High School April 11 to talk with our students in grades 8-12 about drugs, alcohol, and self-worth. Herren's visit to our school was a remarkable event made possible through a partnership with Columbia Pathways to Recovery as well as a grant from the Chatham Education Foundation and other community donors. Herren also spoke to parents and our community at large during a second event hosted by CPR that evening. The Register Star was there to cover Herren's in-school visit. Read article...

D.A.R.E. Graduation

student shakes hands with sheriff bartlettOur fifth grade celebrated successful completion of D.A.R.E. with a graduation ceremony held April 7 in the CHS auditorium. D.A.R.E., taught by Columbia County Sheriff's Deputy Wendy Guntert, kicked off at MED in October and addressed drug and tobacco use while placing a greater focus on skills students can use to make safe and responsible choices in all aspects of their lives. Along with Deputy Guntert, Sheriff David Bartlett, and School Resource Deputies Todd Hyson and Toby Van Alstyne took part in the ceremony. Students' families attended to celebrate with their graduates. Learn more...

District Earns Top Safety Award

The Chatham Central School District has again earned the Utica National Insurance Group’s highest award for safety excellence. Utica National presented Chatham with its “Titanium” level “School Safety Excellence Award” during its 37th annual school safety seminar held in Saratoga Springs this March. As part of this recognition, Chatham Central Schools received a $500 award for use in furthering our safety efforts. Learn more...

Admissions Advisor Talks College Planning with 8th Graders

Joe Kelly from Siena College speaks to eighth graders at CMS It’s never too early to start planning for college! As part of our guidance department’s 8th-grade-to-9th-grade transition program, eighth graders heard from guest speaker Joe Kelly, an admissions advisor with Siena College, about what colleges are looking for in t prospective applicants. Mr. Kelly shared the eight major factors colleges look at when considering students for acceptance. Using giant flash cards as he talked, he invited the students to help him put each factor in its order of importance. Learn more...

Visiting Play Digs Into Erie Canal's Beginnings

Cast of They Built AmericaFourth and fifth graders enjoyed an enriching social studies experience when the Capital Repertory Theater brought its production of They Built America to Chatham April 3. The show commemorates the 200th anniversary of the start of construction on the Erie Canal and the men, women, and children who helped build it. Capital Rep actors brought to life many different characters from history to tell the story of how this important waterway came to be. This event was sponsored by the PTA. Photo by Richard Lovrich Learn more...


students watch thier Ozobot naviate around a trackIn March, 6th grade Project-Based Technology students connected the digital and physical worlds by experimenting with Ozobots, tiny robots that can be programmed with a desktop computer. Students could direct their robots to perform simple commands such as move forward, turn left, turn right, stop, flash its lights, and more. By linking commands together using coding blocks, the students could then program their robots to complete tasks, such as navigate around a track or put on a light show. Learn more...

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.

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...

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    Voter Registration April 27

    If you are not already registered and would like to vote in the upcoming School Budget Vote and Board Election, voter registration is available this April 27, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. in the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School (MED) lobby.


    NHS Induction May 3

Chatham High School's National Honor Society induction is Wednesday, May 3, 7pm in the HS auditorium.


Budget Hearing May 9

The Board of Education will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2017-18 school budget Tuesday, May 9, 6:30pm in the HS library.


BOE Meeting May 9

Board of Education meeting, 6:30pm in the HS library (following the budget hearing)


CHS Spring Concert & Sr. Fine Arts Recognition May 10

Concert & Recognition are Wednesday, May 10, 7pm in to HS auditorium.



Voting on the 2017-18 proposed budget and Board of Education election takes place 9am-9pm in the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School gym. Learn more....