Chatham Central School District

John Thorsen, Principal


Take Action Night

Witness the outreach and hear their voices at “Take Action Night,” a showcase of student activism held Thursday, April 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the CHS library. In English class and beyond, our sophomores have been busy researching, writing, and advocating for change. From political cartoons and public service announcements, to letters written to congressmen and women, to published pieces in local newspapers, their projects give stage to human rights violations all over the world and showcase our students' work to change the things they see as wrong.
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St. Baldricks Event Raises Cash for Cancer Research

Volnteers have thier heads shaved at St. Baldrick's event in CHS gymOn Sunday, March 19th the CHS Community Service Club hosted Chatham's 7th annual St. Baldrick's event in the CHS gym. Community members, students, and alumni came together to shave their heads, donate to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, and support the event. St. Baldrick’s uses the funds raised to support life-saving research and fight childhood cancers. The shaving was done compliments of Shear Images. Totals for the money raised are still coming in and we won’t have a good estimate for a couple of weeks. See more photos...

Pro Cellist Leads Masterclasses at CHS & CMS

Sarah Miller plays with the CHS orchestraOrchestra students enjoyed having an artist-in-residence when professional cellist Sarah Miller visited Chatham March 13. Ms. Miller performed for the students, shared some of her considerable technique, and ran a series of masterclasses with students at the high school and middle school. HS/MS strings teacher Courtney Miller invited Sarah to Chatham to talk to her students about being a professional musician and to give a little inspiration to those who are preparing for the NYSSMA Solo & Small Ensemble Festival this April. Learn more...

Taste of Genetics

Student with DNA modelLiving Environment students had a great time conceptualizing what a DNA double helix looks like (and devouring their models afterward) during a recent lab on genetics. Each student received a template strand and had to write in the complementary strand, symbolizing DNA replication. They used different colored marshmallows to represent the four nitrogenous bases that make up DNA, and Twizzlers to represent the sides of the DNA "ladder." Learn more...

Three's the Charm for E-Week Contest Winner

Katharine Schassler with her logoCongratulations to senior Katharine Schassler on her amazing three-peat success in the Capital District Engineers Week (E-Week) logo design competition. Katharine’s design was chosen as the competition’s 2017 winner, making her their winner for the third year in a row! She receives a $500 cash award and her design will become the official E-Week logo for 2018. “Putting ideas into motion, turning the gears, moving forward, that is the idea I had,” Katharine said about her submission. Learn more...

Honor Roll

CHS is proud to announce the names of our students who earned honors and high honors for the second quarter of 2016-17. See who made the grade...

Evan Mickle and Baylee CoxPanthers Tapped for Exceptional Senior Game

Congratulations to Chatham High School varsity basketball players Evan Mickle and Baylee Cox, who were selected to play in our league's Exceptional Senior Basketball Games March 14th.

Both games take place at Stillwater High School, with the girls game starting at 6:00 p.m. and the boys game starting at 7:30 p.m. These games showcase our region's top senior talent.

Robotics Team At FIRST® Regional Robotics Competition

Robotics team poses with thier robotOne of Chatham High School’s newest clubs was hard at work this winter, staying long after school and even putting in time over the weekends to design and build a robot to compete in the New York Tech Valley FIRST® Regional Robotics Competition. On March 17, Chatham competed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, taking on 36 other teams in an arena-style competition that combined creativity and ingenuity with sport. 
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Winter Sports Awards

Our 2016-17 Winter Sports Awards Night was held the evening of March 2nd at Chatham High School. The event honored the Panthers' most outstanding athletes and was sponsored by the Athletic Booster Club. See awardees...

CHS Club Recruits CMS Students to "Go Bald"

HS students hand out St. Baldrick's information at CMSThe CHS Community Service Club made a visit to CMS to recruit participants for their upcoming St. Baldrick’s Event March 19th at the High School. They talked with middle schoolers during lunch to encourage them to sign up, gather sponsors, and shave their heads at the event to raise funds for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which pays for childhood cancer-fighting research. Large numbers of students from CHS, CMS, and MED have participated in this event since it first began here in Chatham seven years ago.

Panthers' Named League All-Stars

Congratulations to the following Chatham Panthers who made All-star status for the 2016-17 winter sports season.

Boys Volleyball: Valley Division - Hunter Scheriff, 2nd Team All-star

Girls Basketball: Patroon Conference - Haleigh McKay, 1st Team All-star; Baylee Cox, 2nd Team All-star

Bowling: Patroon Conference - Andrew Duso, 2nd team

Technology Rollout is Music to Students' Ears

students using ipads in music class Music students were in for a treat when their teachers unveiled brand new iPad Pros for use in class! As part of Chatham CSD’s technology driven learning goals, the music department received a set of iPad Pros in every building. Pictured are students in the High School’s new Chamber Ensemble class working with a program to create their own live loop compositions. The students were excited to be able to work with this new equipment in addition to the Chromebooks they are using in their core classes. Learn more...

Physical Education Leadership Award

Joe Hunter and Danielle Wallace with their awardsCongratulations to seniors Joe Hunter and Danielle Wallace, Chatham High School’s recipients of the 2016-2017 Physical Education Leadership Award. Joe and Danielle were honored at an awards banquet hosted by the Capital Zone New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance on February 12th at Mallozzi's Ballroom in Schenectady. Our physical education department chose Joe and Danielle for this honor because they have displayed a high level of physical performance, scholastic achievement, exceptional leadership qualities, and outstanding service to their school and community.

Chatham Student Part of "We The People" State Championship Team

new visions teamALBANY -- The Capital Region BOCES New Visions: Law and Government Program won the state-level "We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution" competition On February 11. CHS student Quentin Rubel is a member of the New Visions team, which is comprised of students from several area high schools in the Questar III and Capital Region BOCES. They bested more than 100 finalists from five other school districts from across the state. The team now advances to the national competition held in Washington, D.C. April 21-April 24. Learn more...

Students of the Quarter

CHS congratulates our Students of the Quarter for second quarter! These students were selected by our faculty to be honored for their fine work and contribution to the class. See list of awardees...

Excellence in Effort Award

CHS congratulates all students who earned our Excellence in Effort Award for second quarter. Teachers nominate students to receive this award, which recognizes individuals for their diligence, reliability, and motivation in class. See list of awardees...

Exploring the Benefits of Yoga

Ms. Donovan leads students through yoga poses in the HS gymThis February, students are learning the power of yoga by practicing it in physical education class. Yoga is a low impact way to increase flexibility and strength, improve posture and mood, and reduce stress. The CHS physical education department has taught yoga for the past several years as part of their mission to provide students with life-long fitness skills. To kick off this year's program, they invited CHS English teacher Chelsea Donovan, who is an expert yogi, in to lead students through some fundamental yoga postures and concepts.

Jake Osborne's paper stock market trophy fStock Market Game Champion

Congratulations to the CHS Financial Literacy class’ fall Stock Market Game™ champion, Jacob Osborne!  In this six-week contest that closely mimics actual happenings on the stock exchange, Jake had an amazing 15.5% rate of return on his investments. Jake’s portfolio yielded the second highest return in the last five years students have played the game at the high school. His “trophy” joins those of our past winners on CHS’ Stock Market Game Champion Hall of Fame. Learn more...

Spirited Success for Chatham at AIC Model Congress

Chatham's Model Congress Team at Aerican International CollegeThe accolades just keep on coming for the CHS Model Congress program. Our 2016-2017 team experienced continuing success at American International College’s (AIC) Model Congress held in Springfield, MA January 5th through 7th. Our delegates passed every bill they proposed, sophomore Althea Brennan took 3rd place overall, and the team brought home the Team Spirit Award for the 4th time. The event brought 13 high schools from across the Northeast to the college to debate and pass legislation in a competitive simulation of Congress. Learn more...




    "Take Action Night" April 6

    Showcase of student activism Thursday, April 6, 7pm in the HS library. Learn more...


    Regular School Day April 21st

    Because we have used one snow day over our allotment for this year, Friday, April 21st has been converted to a regular school day. All students and employees are expected to be in attendance that day.


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