Bill, Bob, and Wally outside the bus garage

CCSD Mechanics Prove a Little Ingenuity Goes a Long Way

As Chatham bus mechanics Robert Rafferty, William Cooley, and Walter Engle know, keeping our fleet of 50 school buses safe and ready to go often takes a little more than the regular maintenance they perform in our bus garage each day. If a bus experiences mechanical or other difficulties while out on the road, they respond to the scene […]

CEF Awards Over $17,000 to Learning Projects at CCSD

At its November board meeting, the Chatham Education Foundation (CEF) chose nine projects to fund in 2017-2018 Chatham school year. “It is enormously gratifying to be able to bring to the schools these interesting and worthwhile projects,” said Judy Staber, president of the CEF Board. Now in its 15th year of existence, the Foundation’s board […]

student writing at base of tree

Class Connects With Literature Through Nature

Just like Holden Caulfield in The Catcher in the Rye, high schoolers often need a break from the pressures that come with being adolescents and students. With this in mind, Mr. Sloman took his English 12 class out to the forested trails on campus so his students could experience the simplicity of being alone with one’s thoughts and […]

three students laugh while watching test tube bubble.

Experiment Bubbles Up Fun

CHS students taking Living Environment with Ms. Kneller have been studying enzymes this week. Students learned that enzymes only work with specific substrates within the body; similar to a lock and key in which the key only works with a certain lock, enzymes only will work with certain substances (substrates). Each enzyme is used again […]

student pets horse

3rd Graders Visit Horse Sanctuary

Last week, Equine Advocates welcomed our third grade classes to their facility for some humane education and a tour. Located nearby in Chatham, Equine Advocates operates a sanctuary for rescued horses and other related animals. The classes spent 45 minutes in the sanctuary’s education center, where Humane Educator Colleen Cronin gave them a presentation on […]

Veteran Color Guard presents the colors before the grade 7/8 band

CMS Ceremony Honors Veterans

An annual tradition at Chatham Middle School, the students honored local veterans with a special school assembly open to all veterans, current servicemen and servicewomen, and their families. This year’s Veteran Day Celebration was held November 9th and included remarks by students, staff, and a veteran guest speaker. Select choral students sang “The Star Spangled Banner” and the […]

Andrew Horton and his Great Grandfather, Mr. Franze - World War II Veteran

4th Graders Interview, Honor Veterans

To honor veterans, students from all 4th grade classes interviewed veterans to learn about their service to our country.  Students then took the information and wrote essays about each veteran. The 4th grade invited the veterans who were interviewed into their classrooms on November 7th, where the students read their essays, discussed the meaning of Veteran’s Day, and […]

Marc Mero talks with middle school students from Columbia County

CMS Students Hear From “Champion of Choices” Marc Mero

Chatham Middle School traveled to Taconic Hills CSD on November 6 to attend a powerful assembly with former WWE wrestling champ Marc Mero. Mero’s moving “Champion of Choices” presentation addressed issues like bullying, suicide prevention, and substance abuse by examining good and bad life choices, the importance of positive relationships, and meaningful goal-setting to help students realize […]

Cross country team poses with thier section 2 second place plaque

Girls X-Country Takes 2nd @ Sectionals

Congratulations to the varsity girls cross country team, who finished 2nd in the Class D Sectionals held November 3 at Saratoga Spa State Park. Full results from the Section 2 meet can be found on the Section 2 Harrier website. Go Panthers!