ABCs of Women’s Self Defense
The Modern Self Defense Academy and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office who teamed up to present a self-defense seminar for mothers and daughters here at Chatham March 24. Forty-six women and girls took advantage of this opportunity, offered through CCSD’s Adult Education Program, to learn how to avoid dangerous encounters, react to unexpected threats, and fight off attackers using the ABCs of self-defense - awareness, boundaries, and contact. Through an intense yet enjoyable atmosphere, participants learned how to get out of unwanted physical encounters ranging from wrist grabs to being pinned to the ground, and put their new skills to the test by beating back and escaping an instructor posing as an attacker. Our Adult Ed. Program plans to offer the seminar again this fall.
Southpaw "Reads for Ronald" with Students at MED
Tri-City ValleyCats’ mascot Southpaw stopped by MED to share his enthusiasm for reading. Because cats don’t talk, he brought along Michelle Skinner from the ValleyCats' community relations team to read to the students some of his favorite books about baseball. The March 24 visit brought fun and excitement to the Read for Ronald MacDonald House Program, which MED is participating in to encourage reading and benefit the families of critically ill children. Learn more....
St. Baldrick's 2015
The CHS Community Service Club organized and hosted Chatham's 5th annual head shaving event to befit the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity committed to finding cures for childhood cancers. This year’s event was a huge success with shavees, volunteers, and donors from our community and all three Chatham schools participating. All together, more than 75 students, staff and community members “went bald” to raise over $16,000 for childhood cancer research. Learn more...
CMS Student Takes Third in Regional Science Expo
Eighth grader Benjamin Rippel's tablet computer project took third place overall at the Twin County Science Expo, held March 21st at Columbia-Greene Community College. Ben built and programed the touchscreen device himself for about a quarter of the cost of buying one. The expo showcased outstanding projects from student scientists throughout Columbia and Greene counties, with top place finishes being awarded by a panel of expert judges. Learn more...
District's Music Education Program Receives National Recognition
The NAMM Foundation has recognized Chatham Central School District for its outstanding commitment to music education with a “2015 Best Communities for Music Education” designation. The Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) title affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining a strong music curriculum with excellent opportunists for students. This is CCSD's second year being honored as such. Learn more...
8th Graders Look Toward High School and Beyond
The Class of 2019’s transition from 8th grade to 9th grade is already underway, and when planning for high school, it's never to early to be thinking about college. During a March 18 assembly at CMS, eighth graders heard from Dale Taylor of Siena College’s admissions department, who shared what colleges are looking for in prospective applicants. Following Taylor’s presentation, Chatham High School guidance counselor Jim Lombardi spoke about the high school program and junior Jack McKeon shared his experiences as a CHS student. Learn more...
50 Years of the Voting Rights Act
In celebration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, eleventh and twelfth grade students attended a special assembly at CHS on March 17. They heard from a guest speaker Wesley Brown, a professor and writer, who in 1965 traveled to the deep south to register African Americans to vote. The students also watched a film about the events surrounding what became known as “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Alabama, a key turning point for the Civil Rights Movement in 1965. Learn more...
Joe Williams Signs On with St. Joseph
On March 12, Chatham senior Joe Williams signed his National Letter of Intent to play baseball for the College of St. Joseph. The Chatham Panthers' starting pitcher made his official commitment to the Rutland, Vermont school in front of his family, friends, coaches, and local media during a letter signing ceremony held at CHS. Joe was offered St. Joseph's Provider Scholarship for baseball and will be pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice. Learn more...
Students Learn About 3-D Printing
4th graders headed over to CHS to learn about three-dimensional electronic modeling and check out the school’s 3-D printer. MED's school media specialist, Mr. Selby, arranged to have Mr. Caldwell, the High School’s technology teacher, show the students how objects can be drafted electronically using computers and then replicated into actual three-dimensional items using the special printer. Mr. Caldwell demonstrated how the 3-D printer, which in reality is a small production robot, can “print” objects by laying down successive layers of molten plastic to gradually build them. 5th grade library classes will also be going to CHS to see the printer in action.
CCSD Students Perform in All County
Over fifty music students from the Chatham High School Band, the Grade 7/8 Chorus, and the Grade 6 Band performed in the All County Music Festival held at Taconic Hills Central School District. These select students joined other talented musicians from all six Columbia County schools to perform in concert Friday, March 6 at Taconic Hills Jr/Sr High School. More information can be found on the CHS CMS, MED homepages.
Engineering Students Take on E Week Challenge
Chatham High School's Principles of Engineering class enjoyed a trip to the 2015 Model Bridge Competition, part of the Capital Region Engineers’ Week event held February 26 at the Albany Marriott Hotel in Colonie. There, they got to put their bridge models to the stress test, meet real engineers, explore vendor exhibits, and attend seminars concerning engineering issues. Sophomore Katharine Schassler even won the E Week logo competition!
Panthers' Scholar Athlete Teams
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 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.
Board Votes Not to Adopt Veterans Exemption
At it's February 24th meeting, the Board of Education voted 6-1 in favor of the following resolution concerning the Alternative Veterans Tax Exemption. The majority of the Board indicated they did not want to shift a portion of the tax burden from one group of taxpayers to the rest, which implementing the exemption would do.
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.
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...
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 Talks Weather with Third Grade
WNYT Chief Meteorologist Bob Kovachick visited MED February 11 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.
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....
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...
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...