Chatham Central School District

John Thorsen, Principal


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...

The Addams Family

Addam's Family CastThis year CHS presented The Addams Family for its annual musical. Morticia and Gomez Addams are horrified when their daughter Wednesday announces she’s marrying into the normal life with her fiancé Lucas. The family fights back against the repulsive normalcy as their two worlds collide, and hilarity ensues. With songs like “Fester’s Manifesto,” “When You’re an Addams,” and “Wednesday's Growing Up,” audiences were sure to love this heartwarming message of love and family. Performances were held in the CHS auditorium on February 10th and 11th.

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.

Cheerleaders doing acheerPep Rally 2017

Chatham High School put on a school-wide Pep Rally February 3rd in anticipation of Panther Pride Day this Saturday. Hosted by the student government, the event included the cheer squad, our athletes, the panther's mascot, the robotics team, and more dishing out plenty of school spirit! For Panther Pride Day, February 4th, the Panthers take on Catskill in a series of volleyball and basketball games at home. See more pep rally photos....

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...

Student Cooks Up Special Thank You to Staff  

Tyler Stetz cooking breakfast sandwhichesSenior Tyler Stetz wanted to show his appreciation for the faculty at Chatham High School by doing something nice and cooking them all breakfast. He approached the school’s Sunshine Committee with his idea, who were more than happy to support him by purchasing the supplies he needed and arranging access to the school kitchen. The morning of December 21, Tyler arrived early at school to begin the hours-long task of cooking up eighty bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches, which he served to staff in the faculty lounge. Tyler has been studying culinary arts at Questar III, so he is no stranger to the kitchen. His breakfast sandwiches were delicious and his personal gesture of thanks was greatly enjoyed.

Book Swap

student looks at books at CHS book swapThe middle school & high school library staff, along with the help of the Chatham Library Teen Advisory Group and Mrs. Miller, hosted very successful Holiday Book Swaps at both CMS and CHS this December. All interested students in grades 7-12 were able to choose a free book from a large selection of titles, and almost all 6th graders took home a book as well. A great big “Thank You” to all who donated books as it was very much appreciated.

Honor Roll

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

Students Collect Real Data on Hudson River Ecosystem

students use nets to catch fish On October 20th Chatham’s Environmental Science classes and Ecology Club, along with the Taconic Hills AP Environmental Class, participated in the annual Day in the Life of the Hudson, which is sponsored by the DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program with assistance from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. The students used water testing kits, seine nets, and measuring tools to examine water chemistry, tides, aquatic life, and more. Learn more...



    Blood Drive Feb. 28 @ CHS

    CHS is hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive Tuesday, February 28 from 9:30am – 3:30pm in the auditorium. Learn more & make an appointment...


    Student Physicals

    Dr. Curry will be available at CCSD for students needing physicals on Feb. 15 and March 1. If you believe your child needs a physical, please contact your school nurse.


    Order Yearbooks Online

    You can order your CHS yearbook online at Deadline is March 3.

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