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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.


CHS Senior Tapped for All-State Choir

HansonCongratulations to Chatham senior Taylor Hanson, who was selected by the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) to sing in the All-State Mixed Choir. All-State showcases the most talented high school musicians from across New York State and being selected is a major accomplishment. Taylor drew consideration from the All-State committee after performing a level VI (the highest level) solo at the local NYSSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival this past spring and receiving an A+ rating from the judges, and after being recommended for All-State by her choral teacher, Samantha McShane. Taylor has been singing in her school chorus since fourth grade and has attended NYSSMA since level I in fifth grade. Learn more...

Chatham Welcomes New Assistant Principal at CHS

Eric PapandreaPlease welcome Eric Papandrea to the Chatham Central School District. Mr. Papandrea is the new assistant principal for Chatham High School and comes to us from the Hoosic Valley Central School District, where he was director of athletics and taught social studies at the high school. As assistant principal at Chatham High, he is in charge of student discipline and professional development for teaching assistants, and acts as the District’s home tutoring liaison. The Board of Education appointed Papandrea to the assistant principal position on September 13th. He has eleven-years’ experience as a public high school educator and holds a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in school building leadership as well as a master’s degree in teaching. Learn more...

Board Seeks Input for Profile of Next Superintendent

The Chatham Board of Education has begun the planning phase of the superintendent search process with the assistance of consultant Dr. Lucy Martin. The opening is due to the retirement of Dr. Cheryl Nuciforo on June 30, 2017. As one of the most important decisions the Board will make, this process has been given extensive consideration.

An initial step in the process is the development of a leadership profile and selection criteria, which will contain the desired characteristics and skills in the next superintendent. The Board is interested in your thoughts. For those unable to attend one of the community input sessions held September 12, an online survey is available from September 1 through September 30, 2016.

The survey is now open and available at:

If you have questions, please email Lucy Martin at

Panther Pointers for Safety & Wellness - 911 Good Samaritan Law

September 26 - The New York State 911 Good Samaritan Law allows people to call 911 without fear of arrest if they are having a drug or alcohol overdose that requires emergency medical care or if they witness someone overdosing. The law empowers you to save a person’s life and encourages anyone to call 911 if they see or experience an overdose.
The following are signs of an overdose. CALL 911 if the person:
• Is passed out and cannot be woken up;
• Is not breathing, breathing very slowly, or making gurgling sounds;
• Has lips that are blue or grayish color.
Everyone — regardless of age — who seeks medical help for themselves or someone else during an overdose is protected by the law, as well as the person who has overdosed.
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Letter from Superintendent Nuciforo Regarding Water Remediation Results

September 15 - Dear CCSD Families,
I wanted to provide you with another update on our water remediation. We have now received all of the test results from our first phase of remediation work completed this summer, which involved replacing all water fixtures used for drinking water or food preparation that showed elevated levels for lead, and retesting them. I am pleased to report that all of our outlets used for food preparation and most of our drinking water outlets tested at acceptable levels and are now safe to use. However, there were some outlets where replacing the fixtures did not effectively remediate the lead. Those areas will need additional remediation measures and will remain shut off until we have confirmed they are safe to use. Read more...

Mark ConnellyConnelly Named CMS Dean of Students

The Board of Education has appointed Mark Connelly as dean of students at Chatham Middle School. Prior to becoming dean, Mr. Connelly worked as a social studies teacher at the middle school for the past twenty years, teaching eighth grade students for most of that time. As dean, he now oversees matters concerning student discipline and attendance, heads up the school’s Positive Academic Learning Skills (PALS) program, and promotes positive behaviors with at risk students, among other duties. Connelly’s appointment was made official by the Board at its September 13th meeting. Learn more...

BOE Adopts 2016-17 Goals

At its September 13th meeting, the Board of Education adopted Chatham Central School District's goals for the 2016-17 school year. View CCSD goals here...

custodians enjoying mealBooster Clubs Honor Buildings & Grounds Staff

The Fine Arts Booster Club and Athletic Booster Club teamed up to honor Chatham Central School District’s hard-working buildings & grounds staff. Our maintenance and custodial crews, who were busy all summer making sure our facilities were ready for the start of new school year, were treated to a continental breakfast and a sausage & peppers and pulled pork lunch, compliments of the booster clubs.
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students pose for first day of school photoFirst Day of School Photos!

We couldn't wait to see all our students on our first day of school this Wednesday, September 7! CCSD parents sent in their families' 2016-2017 back-to-school photos for us to share here and on our Facebook page. Thanks to all our families who shared this year!

View first day photos here...

Chatham Welcomes New Faculty for 2016-17

new teacher at orientationCCSD welcomes Janet Morrison (MED Orchestra), Victoria Vanzo (MED Special Ed.), Kristy Wagner (Kindergarten), Aimee O’Keefe (MS Social Worker), Jeffrey Laudenschlager (Long-term Sub Gr. 8 Social Studies), Darcy Simmons (MS nurse), Tonya Russell (HS English), Jake Luttinger ( MS Spanish/HS School French) Courtney Miller (MS/HS Orchestra), Olga Tamchin (English as a New Language), Karen Souza (School Psychologist), and Megan Saxton (School Psychologist) to our educational team! Shown here, our new faculty members learn about School Tool (our student information system) from veteran teacher Sara Murray during faculty orientation held August 30-31.

"Shark Tank" Summer Academy Generates Cash for Land Conservancy

Students with ideasThis summer at Chatham Middle School, students made learning a business, literally! This years’ Summer Academy gave students an exciting entrepreneurial-themed academic experience inspired by the hit TV show Shark Tank. The students formed business groups and competed to solve real-world business challenges and make as much money as possible for a charitable cause of their choosing! They raised over $600 for the Columbia Land Conservancy!
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Language Concepts Summer Program Wraps Up with Open House

student giving presentationThe Language Concepts program wrapped up its six-week summer program with an open house for family and staff on August 12 at MED. Students in Ms. Smith’s class showed off what they had been learning over the summer by each putting on their own presentation about a favorite  topic. In Ms. Engel’s class, the students hosted their guests with displays of some of the projects they had worked on over the summer, snacks, and a game of “Pin the Tail on the Sneetch.” Learn more...

Olympics Theme of MED Summer Program

student tossing water balloonMED’s summer program wrapped up with an Olympic themed field event. The students had been studying trajectories, so all the games were flight-based feats of skill, with a fun summer twist. There was “shot put” and “javelin” toss simulated with water balloons, and “archery,” where students tossed cheese puffs and tried to get them to stick to shaving cream on their partners’ heads. The month-long July program explored the Olympics using math, science, technology, and research. Learn more...

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BOE Meeting Sept. 27

Board of Education Meeting, 6:30pm in the HS library.


Financial Aid Night is Sept. 29

Thinking about college? The CHS/ICHS Financial Aid Night is Thursday, September 29, 5:30 p.m. at CHS. See flyer...


CHS Open House Sept. 29

Open House for parents of students in grades 9-12 Thursday, Sept. 29, 6:30pm at CHS.


Homecoming Sept. 30 - Oct. 1

Our Homecoming Football Game is Friday, September 30, 7pm at CHS.

CHS Homecoming Games for Soccer, Volleyball, X-Country take place during the day Saturday, October 1.


Powder Puff Football Oct. 6

Powder Puff Football Game Thursday, October 6th, 7pm at CHS.


Rules for Home Football Games

To ensure student safety at high school football games, Chatham Central School District officials are implementing the following rules for student fans who attend home games:

  • Students in grade 8 or younger MUST be accompanied by a supervising adult or they will not be admitted to the football game. An adult is defined as a parent, a coach, a grandparent or a guardian.

  • Admission to football games is $2 for all adults and $1 for all students.