Chatham Central School District

John Thorsen, Principal

NEWS

CHS Students Study Nonfiction with Local Author

Image of author Nancy Castaldo Mrs. Roosevelt invited author Nancy Castaldo to visit her Creative Writing class once a week for a six-week duration. Castaldo, who has published over fifteen books and specializes in children’s nonfiction, explained how writing nonfiction works, the different types of nonfiction that exist, and how students can contact a book publisher if interested in having work published. The students wrote their own creative nonfiction book, which they discussed with Castaldo and the class. Learn More...


Ana Verma, Mrs. Harrigan Honored at Scholars’ Recognition Dinner

Mrs. Harrigan and Anna VermaChatham senior Ana Verma and CHS art teacher Jude Harrigan were honored guests at the 2016 Capital Area School Development Association's (CASDA) Scholars' Recognition Dinner. Invitation to this annual event is reserved for graduating seniors from Capital Region schools who have demonstrated an exceptional level of scholarship, leadership, and service to their community. As part of the recognition, Ana was asked to nominate a teacher who has significantly influenced her education, and she chose Mrs. Harrigan to join her in being honored at the May 18 event. Learn more...


3rd Quarter Honor Roll

Congratulations to our students who earned High Honors and Honors for the third quarter of the 2015-16 school year. See who made the grade...


students at NY Fil workshopDrama Club Trip Puts Focus on Film

On Saturday, May 7th, the CHS Drama Club took a trip to Manhattan to participate in a film acting workshop at the New York Film Academy. The workshop was led by Drama Club advisor Eddie Allen’s friend and fellow actor, Rob Leo Roy. Before heading home, the club headed over to Queens to visit the Museum of the Moving Image. Altogether, the trip was a great experience for the students.


Students Cook Up "Thank You" Luncheon for Staff

luncheonMay 10 saw a fantastic Teacher Appreciation Luncheon at CHS, prepared entirely by students. Junior Tyler Stetz cooked up lunch for the faculty which included BBQ and oven roasted chicken, macaroni salad, and potato salad. Sophomore Destiny Hull took care of the blueberry and chocolate chip breakfast muffins and desserts which included chocolate covered strawberries, coffee cake, and mini cheese cakes, all in great abundance. Our Food Preparation class put together the salad bar. The event was funded by the CHS Student Government.


Ooms Named Outstanding Business Student

Mr. Loomis and Emily Oooms with awardCongratulations to Emily Ooms, who was recognized on May 5th as Chatham's 2015-2016 Outstanding Business Education Student. The award honors a senior who has taken numerous business classes and exhibited outstanding academic achievement, citizenship, and a positive attitude. Emily was recognized at an awards dinner at the Holiday Inn in Albany along with other outstanding students from area schools. This event was sponsored by the Business and Marketing Educators’ Association of the Capital District. Learn more...


Image of 2016 NHS inducteesChatham Honors 2016 NHS Inductees

On Thursday, May 5th, twenty-five students were welcomed into the Chatham High School chapter of National Honor Society during the annual induction ceremony held in the CHS auditorium. Members of National Honor Society have demonstrated proficiency in the areas of scholarship, service, character, and leadership. See the list of inductees...


Letter from Principal Thorsen and Assistant Principal Bordell

May 5 - The letter below was sent to High School parents concerning an incident that occurred on Tuesday regarding prescription drugs. Read letter...


Calculus The Musical

Students particiapte in Calculus the MusicalThe AP Calculus Class attended a performance of “Calculus the Musical” on April 22 at Germantown High. “Calculus the Musical” is a comic ‘review’ of the concepts and history of the mathematical study of change. Part sketch comedy, part musical theatre, and part classroom lecture, the show spun musical parodies, in styles ranging from hip hop to opera, that demystified concepts like limits, integration, and differentiation. Learn more...


Students of the Quarter

CHS congratulates our Students of the Quarter for the third quarter of the 2015-16 school year. These students were selected by CHS faculty based on their fine work and contribution to the class. See who made the list...


Excellence in Effort Award

CHS congratulates our students who earned our Excellence in Effort Award. Every quarter, CHS teachers nominate students to receive this award, which recognizes individuals for their diligence, reliability, and motivation in class. See who earned the award for third quarter...


Gender Equality Club Discusses Human Trafficking with Author of Sold

The CHS Gender Equality Club recently had the pleasure of skyping with Patricia McCormick, the author of Sold, a book which follows a young Nepalese girl who is sold into slavery by her step-father. Our High School librarian, Mrs. Eager, set up the Skype session with Ms. McCormick and the Gender Equality Club. The conversation was candid and informative, as Ms. McCormick offered her insights about researching this topic and how difficult it was to write the book. Learn more...


Tremper Earns President’s Volunteer Service Award

Jessica Tremper with awards and letterCongratulations to Chatham senior Jessica Tremper, who has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award. The award was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama and recognizes the many hours Jessica has spent volunteering in her community. In order to be considered for the award, a young person must complete one hundred or more hours of volunteer service in one year’s time. Learn more...


CHS Battle of the Belts 2016

Photo of Buckling BlondesChatham High School held its 11th annual Battle of the Belts competition on April 14th. This event is an opportunity to allow students to work together while raising awareness about safe driving habits and encouraging proper seatbelt safety. This year, a total of twelve teams of four competed, including two faculty teams, to determine who could buckle into and out of four seats of a vehicle in the shortest amount of time. The winning team was "The Buckling Blondes." Learn More...


Washington, D.C. 2016

students in front of the Capitol BuildingChatham High School’s Washington trip was a tremendous success. Our early morning departure allowed us to spend the entire afternoon at Mount Vernon Saturday morning we visited the National Zoo. After a view of the White House we explored Washington City. Saturday afternoon students had access to the Smithsonian Institution on our National Mall. That evening we toured the city's monuments and memorials and Sunday visited Arlington National Cemetery and Balitmore. Learn more...


Rubel Takes First at Capital Region NYS History Day

Quentin Rubel Congratulations to Chatham junior Quentin Rubel, who took first place in the Historical Paper category of the Capital Region NYS History Day Competition. Quentin’s twelve-page treatise on the implementation of airmobile warfare during the Vietnam War caught the judges’ attention, earning him the win regionally and a spot at the upcoming State History Day Competition this April. The Capital Region competition was held March 12 at the NYS Museum in Albany. Learn more...


New Program Planning Guide for 2016-17

The 2016-17 CHS Program Planning Guide has more than just a new look! Our guidance department completed a top-to-bottom overhaul of the guide to give our students and families a comprehensive and convenient resource regarding all our course offerings, scheduling, grading, and graduation requirement information - everything a student needs to plan for success in high school and beyond. Perhaps the most significant change is a new career pathways section that includes sixteen “career clusters” highlighting related jobs or industries and the appropriate programs of study available to students wishing to pursue that particular career. The new guide is available online on our Guidance & Counseling page...


CTE Offers Enhanced Learning Options for CHS Students

Many opportunities exist in Chatham for students to expand their learning, whether it be from elective classes, clubs and student organizations, or extracurricular activities. One significant opportunity for students is the ability to learn specialized skills in a number of career areas. Through collaboration between CHS and Questar III BOCES, students are offered a wide variety of courses to take, most of which are available at Questar's Columbia-Greene Educational Center near Hudson. Every course, ranging from Aviation to Criminal Justice to Welding, provides students with training for in-demand jobs through Questar’s Career Technical Education (CTE). Senior Hunter Wallace shares his experiences at Questar...


CCSD Community Shaves Heads, Fights Cancer with St. Baldrick’s Event

CHS students with shaved headsThe Chatham High School Community Service Club hosted Chatham's sixth annual St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event March 20 in the school gymnasium. Participants pledge to shave their heads in recognition of child cancer patients, raising funds to defeat this illness. There were over 100 participants this year, both shavees and volunteers. Together we raised over $17,000 to help fight childhood cancers, and donations are still coming in. See more bald heads...


Aladin, Sweet Exceptional On and Off the Court

Carl Aladin and Megan SweetCongratulations to Chatham High School varsity basketball players Carl Aladin and Megan Sweet, who were selected to play in the league’s Exceptional Senior All-Star Basketball games held March 8th at Rensselaer High School. Both were honored at events held off the court as well. Carl represented Chatham at the boys Capital District Scholar Athlete Banquet at the Troy Hilton and Megan was Chatham’s representative at the girls Scholar Athlete Banquet held at the Albany Marriott, both on March 6th. These events, which included brunch and awards, recognized Carl and Megan for their achievements in basketball and the community, and for excelling in their academic pursuits.


Jazz Pros Head Up Masterclass at CHS

Jazz trio performing at CHSThe CHS Jazz Ensemble enjoyed a visit from a trio of professional jazz musicians. With Dave Fisk on tenor saxophone, Phillip Allen on trombone, and Chatham resident Joe Finn on guitar, the musicians performed a brief set and then sat in with the students to play a few tunes with them and critique the ensemble's playing. These experienced musicians came to CHS through the Albany Musicians Association, Local 14, which provided this exciting masterclass at no cost. Learn more.


Chatham's Patrice Tomaso Named WNYT Top Teacher

Patrice TomasoCongratulations to high school art teacher Patrice Tomaso, who was named a WNYT Top Teacher. In February, WNYT anchor and education reporter Elaine Huston visited CHS to film Mrs. Tomaso in action and interview her and her students. Her segment aired March 2 on the WNYT evening news on Chanel 13 and My4, and on the Chanel 13 morning news March 3. She will also be up on SEFCU billboards in Albany the week of March 3-9 and is currently featured on WNYT’s website. Learn more...


Schassler Wins E-Week Logo Competition

Schassler with her award winnign designChatham junior Katharine Schassler is the winner of the logo design competition for the Capital District Engineers Week, held in Albany February 25th and 26th. Katharine's and other designs were displayed during this year’s convention and attendees could vote for their favorite. Her winning creative design will become the official logo for the 2017 E-Week event. This is Katharine’s second year in a row winning this competition! Her winning logo from last year currently adorns the Capital District E-Week website. Congratulations Katharine!


Cinderlella and PrinceCHS Presents Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Chatham High School's annual spring musical was held February 26-28 in the school auditorium. This year, students performed Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, the classic fairy tale of a young lady forced to work for her mean stepmother and stepsisters. Left home in rags, Cinderella luckily gets to the royal ball with a little help from her Fairy Godmother and meets her prince. The large audiences who turned out for the show were full of praise for its high production values and student cast brimming over with talent.


CHS Student Named NYS Dairy Princess

Congratulations to senior Emily Ooms, named the New York State Dairy Princess this February! Read Times Union article...


Mini Ecosystem Lab

Image of students observing aquariumEnvironmental Science students created their own miniature ecosystems as part of a class lab. Working in groups, students chose to build either a terrestrial biome focusing on soil and plants, or an aquatic biome with fish. Students chose qualitative quantitative measures with which to base their scientific observations on. The class will be collecting data on the health and growth of their biomes over a 21-day period. The project wraps up at the end of February. Learn more...


TrialClass Explores Case Law Through Mock Trial

The business law class was transformed into a courtroom in February as students stepped into the shoes of prosecutors, defense attorneys, witnesses, and more to try the fictional criminal case of Chris Archer Vs. the State of New Columbia. The mock trial gave the students the chance to work with case law, criminal codes, and rules of evidence as they would in a real-world scenario. Learn more...


Students Sweet Treats Pave Way to Culinary Competition

Tyler, Jessica and TyriffThe week before winter break, Tyler Stetz, Jessica Adee, and Tyriff Burch were busy baking and selling Valentine’s Day-themed desserts. The three juniors are studying Culinary Arts through Questar III's CTE program and the money they raised helped fund their trip to the NYS ProStart Competition, held February 26-27 at Schenectady County Community College. At this event, sponsored by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation, they competed in both management and cooking challenges.


Finding Balance Through Yoga

yoga classIn February, students at CHS are developing physical strength and inner harmony through the ancient discipline of yoga. As part of its mission to teach lifelong fitness skills, our physical education depart had guest instructor Chelsea Donovan in to lead classes through some fundamental yoga postures and concepts. Ms. Donovan teaches English at CHS, and having completed Level One Baptiste Yoga training and now pursuing her 200-hour teacher certification through the Baptiste Institute, she was happy to help kick off the program.  


Lossow and Pearson Receive P.E. Award

Matthew Lossow and Cassandra PearsonsChatham High School seniors Matthew Lossow and Cassandra Pearson have been given the Physical Education Leadership award by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYS APHERD). On January 31st, the two attended the Capital Zone awards banquet in Latham, where they received plaques recognizing their outstanding efforts in physical education class and for serving as role models to their classmates. Learn more...


For Model Congress, Success Abounds at Regional Competition

Model Congress Team at the AIC Model CongressCongratulations go out to our Model Congress Team. At American International College's 76th Model Congress, held in Springfield, MA the weekend of January 7-9, the team turned in their most success-filled effort since first taking part in this regional academic competition. They passed every one of their bills and brought home the Team Spirit Award as well as an individual Delegate Award. Learn more...

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS


  • District Closed May 27

    All CCSD schools and offices will be closed Friday, May 27 due to unused snow days.

     

    Sign Up Now For Fall Sports

    Fall Sports Sign Ups have begun at CHS in the nurses' office. Signups end June 1st. Students must be cleared by the nurse to be eligible for the fall to practice.

 

Regents & Final Exams
June 2016

Regents and final exams at CHS are held in June. See exam schedule...

 

2016 Summer Driver's Ed. Course Begins June 21st

Evening orientation course is June 21 at 7pm at CHS. The course runs from June 27 through August 4. Learn more by visiting our Driver's Ed. Page

 

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