students walk across the stage to receives their DARE certificates

D.A.R.E. Graduation

Ninety-three fifth graders at Mary E. Dardess Elementary School celebrated their successful completion of D.A.R.E. with a graduation ceremony held February 14. The program, taught by Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputy Wendy Guntert, teaches students not only about substance abuse, but also how to make safe and responsible choices in all aspects of their lives. Congratulations […]

Taylor VanWie with her winning log

2019 Science Fair Logo Winner

Congratulations to sixth grader Taylor Van Wie for winning Chatham Middle School’s Science/Technology Fair Logo Contest. Her design was selected to become the official logo for our 24th Annual Science/Technology Fair and will adorn the program for this year’s event! The Science/Technology Fair takes place February 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the CMS gym.

fourth grade band takes a bow

4th Grade Band & Orchestra Informance

Fourth grade band and orchestra hosted their first ever “informance” for parents and family members February 1st. The students played a few favorites like Hot Cross Buns and Mary Had A Little Lamb to show off what they have been learning since first picking up their instruments a few short months ago. It wouldn’t be […]

student scrub walls and door

Service Club at Columbia-Greene Humane Society

On January 31, the Grade 7/8 Service Club made their annual trip to help out at the Columbia-Greene Humane Society. Our 21 students brushed the cats and scrubbed windows and doors. They also participated in a tour of the animal shelter and a discussion about the Humane Society’s mission.

historian Gail Wolczanski talks with three students in Chatham Middle School Library

7th Graders Explore Chatham “Then & Now”

Chatham Village historian Gail Wolczanski was at CMS January 22-24 to work with the 7th grade on research projects they are creating in anticipation of the Village’s upcoming sesquicentennial (Chatham turns 150 this year). She was the guest of Mrs. Eager, school librarian, and Mrs. Debye-Saxinger, 7th grade ELA teacher, who invited Ms. Wolczanski in […]

Sydney Newton poses with here artwork at the Columbia-Greene Community College’s Juried Art Show

Student’s “Window” Catches Director’s Eye at Juried Art Show

Chatham High School student Sydney Newton won The Foundation Director’s Prize at Columbia-Greene Community College’s Juried Art Show. The Director’s Prize is one of the show’s top prizes and includes a $150 cash award. The Juried Art Show is in its 23rd year and features select works of art from Columbia and Greene counties’ most […]

CEF Board members, teachers, administrators, and representatives of organizations who received grants for the 2019-20 school year. pose for a group photo

Chatham Education Foundation Awards $25K to 22 Projects

Now in its 15th year of existence, the Chatham Education Foundation (CEF), is offering financial help to 22 projects for the 2019-20 Chatham public school year. The projects, from kindergarten through high school, ranging across many academic areas provide $2,500 to $181, for a total of $25,194. On January 17th CEF Board members met in […]

teachers placing rubber bands around a watermelon

Third Grades Explodes Melon in Name of Science

There was catastrophic watermelon failure during the third grade’s Forces and Interactions unit in science. They have been learning how most of the forces we encounter are either a push or a pull, and wanted to see what would happen if they “pushed” the watermelon in at the middle using rubber bands, causing the top […]

Gordon Korman leads writing workshop with students.

Author Gordon Korman Visits CMS

On Wednesday, December 5th, author Gordon Korman visited Chatham Middle School and spoke about his writing career and the more than 90 books he’s written for middle school-aged kids. Students at CMS recently participated in projects that included lunch-time book talks and a school-wide read of Korman’s book about bullying, Restart. After speaking to the […]

Deputy Tony Brahm talks to staff in the CHS auditorium

Sheriff’s Office Provides Active Assailant Training for Staff

In the afternoon of the January 15 half-day for MED and CMS, retired Investigator and current part-time Deputy with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Tony Brahm, presented a 2½ hour training for staff on how to prepare for and respond to active assailant emergencies. Staff from MED and CMS attended this training, which was based […]