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5th Grade Moving Up

Fifth grade students celebrated their moving on to sixth grade and the Middle School with a Moving Up Ceremony held June 14th in the CHS auditorium.   To start off the event, principal Kristen Reno congratulated the students on their completion of elementary school. The entire fifth grade put on a musical performance for the […]

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Poetry Cafe

It was poetry in motion at MED the morning of June 13. Each second grade classroom played host to their own Poetry Café, an open-mic style event where students recited poems they wrote. Family members were invited to attend and each class created a different vibe in their room. It was standing room only in […]

pictured here with CC and studentRepresentative from the Columbia Greene Humane Society, MED, CC, and students representing each class at MED pose with pet supply donations.

MED Donates Supplies to Humane Society

MED donated pet supplies to the Columbia Greene Humane Society in honor of CC, MED’s therapy dog, who is retiring at the end of this school year. The school held a collection of useful items for the animal shelter and on June 7th, animal care technician Kyle Miller dropped by MED to pick up the […]

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MED Arbor Day Honors CC

MED held its annual Arbor Day on June 7th. The day’s main event was a ceremony held on the school lawn, where students sang environmentally conscious songs, performed the traditional maypole dance, and held a special tree planting in honor of CC, MED’s therapy Goldendoodle, who is retiring at the end of this school year. […]

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Nature’s Classroom

Our 5th graders are off to Nature’s Classroom! We’ll be posting photos from their trip here all week. Our estimated arrival time June 7 is 1:15pm. Parents, please wait outside the MED until you are let into the building. At that time you will go to the gym where you’ll find your child’s homeroom teacher […]

students sing at Ellsworth Kelly Dedication

MED Students Sing at Ellsworth Kelly Stamp Dedication

Chatham Central Schools was proud to have students from Mary E. Dardess Elementary School represent our District at today’s Ellsworth Kelly stamp dedication. Kelly forged a distinctive style of abstraction over his seven decades as an artist and today the U.S. Postal commemorated him with 10 stamps highlighting his work. The dedication, held at Kelly’s […]

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Third Graders Float Ideas in STEAM Lab

In STEAM Lab, third graders created boats that could float and hold a cargo of pennies using only masking tape and aluminum foil. Once their hulls were ready, the students loaded them up to see how many pennies they could float. Our winning boat designer was Sophia Konow-Meuchner, whose boat held 144 pennies!

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The first grade took a class-wide field trip to the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) in Troy on May 16. CMOST is a science learning center designed specifically for children aged 18 months to tweens. Our students explored the Museum’s engaging learning environment, which pairs innovative educational tools and techniques with engaging exhibits, […]

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MED Students Become Equine Advocates

Here are some pictures from our classes’ field trips to Equine Advocates. Located nearby in Chatham, Equine Advocates operates a sanctuary for rescued horses and other related animals such as mules, donkeys, and goats. The students toured the barns and fields, met many of the animals, and learned about the care they require from sanctuary […]


National Parks Projects

Over the last six weeks, fifth graders have been working on a National Parks project during their library and art times. With the help of Mr. Hoffman, MED band teacher, students were able to see and learn about different National Parks that he traveled to over the summer. The students then began a research and […]