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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.


New Lunch Prices 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

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...

students visit SAn Diego Zoo using distance learning equipmentDistance 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.

Congratulations to Our 2015 Graduates!

students throw hatsCommencement for the Class of 2015 was held on the football field, under clear skies and before hundreds of family, friends, and faculty. One-hundred-six worthy graduates received their diplomas that evening. The class of 2015 boasts thirty-eight students who graduated with four-year honors. Fifteen Regents Diplomas with advanced Designation with Honors, twenty-eight Regents Diplomas with Advanced Designation, and five Regents Diplomas with Honors were awarded that evening. Learn more and see photos...

teachers wave to students as they leave school on the last dayLast Day of School!

As the buses left campus with their horns blowing, on their way to carry our students home for the last time this year, all the faculty at Mary E. Dardess Elementary School were out to partake the Chatham tradition of waving goodbye and wishing the students a happy summer vacation. June 25th marked the last day of classes at Chatham for the 2014-2015 school year. Enjoy the summer and we will see you September 9th!

Columbia County K9 Units Show Students What It Takes To Be A Police Dog

Deputy Benanski and police dog ApolloThe dog days of summer came early for third graders when some four-footed heroes visited MED on the last week of school. From the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, K9 Deputy and head trainer Heath Benansky and his partner, Apollo, along with K9 Deputy Travis VanAlstyne and his partner, Kira, gave a demonstration for Mrs. Mullica’s, Mrs. Myers’, and Mrs. Lynch’s classes about the work police dogs do right here in our communities. Both Apollo and Kira are German Shepherds, a highly intelligent breed that make excellent working dogs, and the two work closely with Deputies Benansky and VanAlstyne to sniff out trouble, apprehend criminals, and find lost or missing people. Learn more...

Sticks and Stones the Musical

Lyle Cogen performs Sticks and Stones the Musical Lyle Cogen, an award-winning performing artist and anti-bullying activist, brought her one-woman show “Sticks & Stones the Musical” to CMS.  During an assembly for all sixth, seventh, and eighth graders June 23, Cogen used her high energy storytelling, signing, and poetry to reach students about bullying behavior,  and to teach them how to defuse and prevent it. The many characters she embodied and the situations she acted out helped students to think about examine their own behavior. Learn more...

Students receive certificatesFifth Grade Moving Up

To honor the 2014-2015 fifth grade class on their completion of elementary school, MED held a Moving Up Ceremony in the school's gym the morning of June 23. Principal Kristen Reno congratulated the class of 2022 on their moving on to middle school, and, in front of a crowd of friends and family, every student was called to the front to receive their Moving Up certificates and class portraits.
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8th Grade Moving Up

8th grade mving up ceremonyOur annual Moving Up Ceremony for eighth grade students moving on to high school was held the evening of June 19th. The ceremony took place in the Chatham High School auditorium, where the students of the class of 2019 paraded onstage before an audience of family and friends to symbolically move onward to their high school careers. The event also included the presentation of student awards and a performance by 8th grade choral students. Congratulations!

Kindergarten Celebration

students were sunglassesThe future was looking bright for our soon- to-be first graders during MED’s Kindergarten Celebration. The youngsters marked the completion of their kindergarten year with a performance for family and friends in the MED cafetorium. With each classroom wearing a different color of the rainbow, the students marched onstage to dance and sing songs together as a grade and as classes. The event wrapped up with a slideshow highlighting classroom activities from throughout their first year at school.

Class of 2015 Valedictorian & Salutatorian

Valerie KernerValedictorian
Valerie Kerner, daughter of Michael and Wendy Kerner of Ghent, has been named Chatham High School's Class of 2015 Valedictorian. Valerie has participated in Scottish Highland Dancing for more than ten years and represented Scotland in the Capital District's Festival of Nations. She has played the cello with the Chatham High School Orchestra, Cross County Orchestra, and has been playing classical piano for more than ten years. Also, Valerie is a member of the National Honor Society, was recognized as a CASDA Honors Scholar, and was a scholar athlete as a singles player on the tennis team for two years. Additionally, she is the recipient of numerous Student of the Quarter, Excellence in Effort, Highest Average, and Most Effort Awards. Valerie plans on attending Vassar College where she will major in International Studies. 

Megan AveniaSalutatorian
Megan Avenia, daughter of Kathleen Avenia of Chatham and Tony Avenia of Valatie, has been named Chatham High School's Class of 2015 Salutatorian. Megan is a member of the Varsity Tennis team, Drama Club, CHS Choir, National Honor Society, and Tri-M Music Honor Society. She has received numerous recognitions such as Student of the Quarter, Certificates of Excellence, and the New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Megan plans to attend the State University of New York at Geneseo and major in Biology.

NJHS inducteesCMS Students Join National Junior Honor Society

CMS initiated eighteen students into National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) during an induction ceremony held in the school auditorium the evening of June 15th. NJHS membership is open to students in grades six through eight who demonstrate not only a high degree of scholarship, but also outstanding qualities in character, service, leadership, and citizenship. Learn more...

students build wind turbine bladesEnvironmental Awareness Day

MED's first ever Environmental Awareness Day brought issues concerning our environment to the forefront of students minds with themed projects in each grade and special presenters from the community. During this day-long, school-wide event on June 12, students learned about recycling, green architecture, environmental stewardship, and more. They also conducted experiments around solar power, wind energy, and ecosystems. Learn more...

Mrs. Reno present plaque to Mrs. MatthewsMED Arbor Day Celebration Honors Judi Matthews

MED honored longtime Chatham math teacher Judi Matthews at its annual Arbor Day Celebration June 5th. The event was held on the school lawn and included students, staff, and scores of community members. Fourth graders put on a play highlighting Mrs. Matthews’ life and Mrs. Reno presented Mrs. Matthews with a plaque commemorating her contributions to our school and community. The event also included songs about the environment, the fourth grade Maypole dance, and a tree planting. Learn more...

NYSPHSAA Recognizes Four Chatham Scholar Athlete Teams

girls track teamFour CHS teams were named Scholar Athlete Teams by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA). This honor is bestowed upon teams whose varsity athletes balance their athletic pursuits with a high degree of academic achievement. Congratulations to our girls varsity track, boys varsity track, boys varsity tennis, and varsity softball teams all received this recognition this spring. Each team receives a certificate for their school as well as for each athlete who contributed to the team GPA. Learn more...

MED Students, School Nurse Honored for Helping Teacher During Medical Emergency

Mrs. Ogulnick, the students, and Mrs. Fabiano being honoredDuring its May 26 meeting, the Board honored fifth graders Gabrielle Fisher, Gabrielle Morse, Giovanna Allen, and Kassidy Clanton along with school nurse Mary-Noelle Fabiano for their quick action when orchestra teacher Cynthia Ogulnick suffered a medical emergency during school in February. Board president Melony Spock and superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo presented each with a certificate commemorating their actions, and, most importantly, Mrs. Ogulnick was there to give them her thanks. Learn more...

Students Begin Building Native American Longhouse

longhouse4th graders studying Native American history and culture enjoyed building an Iroquois (also known as Haudenosaunee) inspired longhouse at MED. The project is part of a multi-year collaboration between the fourth grade and the Flying Deer Nature Center. Under the guidance of Flying Deer educators, and with help from parent volunteers, students completed the first phase of the Longhouse project this May. This unique opportunity is sponsored by the Chatham Ed. Foundation and the PTA. Learn more...

National Honor Society InducteesCHS Students Join NHS

The Chatham High School chapter of National Honor Society proudly inducted thirty-seven new members during a ceremony held May 20th in the school auditorium. Membership in National Honor Society recognizes and encourages academic achievement and citizenship among young people. To be eligible for this honor, students must excel in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Learn more...

Chatham Central School District Recognized for Safety Excellence

The Chatham Central School District has earned Utica National Insurance Group’s highest award for safety excellence. Utica National presented Chatham with its “Titanium” level “School Safety Excellence Award” for 2015 during its 35th annual school safety seminar held in Saratoga Springs this April. As part of this recognition, Chatham Central Schools received a certificate commemorating the District’s ongoing safety efforts and a $500 award for use in furthering those efforts. 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...

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Next BOE Meeting August 11

Board of Ed. WorkShop/Business meeting August 11, 6:30pm, HS library.


BOE Retreat August 12

The Board of Ed. will hold a Retreat (Board members only) August 12, 4pm at CHS


Summer Reading Program at Chatham Public Library

Every Hero Has a Story, the 2015 Summer Reading Program at Chatham Public Library, is open to young people, preschool through young adult. Everyone who registers receives a reading log to keep track of books read or listened to, and can earn incentives awarded at the end of the summer. The library is also offering a full slate of hero themed programs and events. Learn more....