Chatham Central School District

John Thorsen, Principal

NEWS

CHS Parking Lot Closed for Repairs/Resealing

Starting July 8th, the parking lot at Chatham High School will be closed to traffic for approximately two to three weeks to allow for repair work and resealing of the pavement. This includes both the main parking lot as well as the small parking area behind the school. Visitors to the High School should park at the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School located next door. Please be aware that the traffic pattern for the elementary school parking lot may need to be adjusted at certain times while the project is underway, so please follow any signage provided. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause as we undertake these needed repairs.


Danielle WallaceCHS' New School Flag

Perhaps you have noticed recently the new flag flying on the school flagpole. It's Chatham High School's very own flag, designed by student Danielle Wallace. The school flag came about via a competition devised put on by the student government, who put out a call for students to submit their own ideas for what the new flag should look like. Six students submitted designs and Danielle's was chosen as the winner by a vote of the student body. Learn more...


4th Quarter Honor Roll

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


Graduation 2016

Principal John Thorsen presents diploma to Dawson DeVitoCommencement for Chatham High School's Class of 2016 took place on the football field, under bright sunny skies and before a crowd of hundreds of family, friends, and faculty. That Friday evening, June 24th, ninety worthy graduates walked across the lawn to shake hands with superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo and principal John Thorsen and receive their diplomas. Chatham Central School District congratulates the Class of 2016! View more photos...


Destiny Hull (Hallenback) and Megan Gilligan CHS Students Take Part in Regional Youth Leadership Summit

Sophomores Destiny Hallenback and Megan Gilligan recently attended the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership (HOBY) conference at SUNY Oneonta. Both girls were selected based on essays they wrote and an interview selection with former HOBY ambassadors. The weekend-long event consisted of 250 sophomores from the eastern part of New York who attended leadership workshops with a focus on community service and team building. Learn more...


carl aladin on podiumAladin Places 3rd, Clark 12th at NYS Track Meet

Chatham track sent two athletes to the NYS championship track meet held at Cicero-North Syracuse High School on June 10: Carl Aladin (senior) in the long jump and Erin Clark (senior) in the 800 meter. Carl took third place in the state for small schools and broke our school record from 1936 with a jump of 22’2”! This was Erin's 2nd year making it to the state meet in the 800m and she finished 12th in the state for small schools.


Students Gain Real World Work Experience Through CIEP

students and teacher of CIEP program Taylor Mulligan, Emily Ooms, Erin Persons, Jessica Madsen and Damien Costa completed exciting learning experiences this spring through our Career Exploration Internship Program. Taylor interned at Woodhill Veterinary Clinic while Emily interned at Lely, a robotic farm equipment company. Erin interned at Chathams Small Animal Hospital. Damien's internship was at congressman Chris Gibson’s office and Jessica interned at Columbia Memorial Hospital. Learn more...


Students Explore Stock Market Through Virtual Simulation

Image of Mr. Loomis and Hunter WallaceStudents in the Financial Literacy class learned about the stock market, exploring everything from how to read stocks to when to buy and sell them. To help immerse students in the stock market, class teacher Michael Loomis enrolled each student in The Stock Market Game™, a virtual simulation of the stock market that mirrors the fluctuations of real stock prices to the exact cent. Students competed to see whose stocks performed the best, with Hunter Wallace coming in first. Learn more...


Boys Tennis Team Earns MVP, Coach of the Year, 1st Team All Stars

Congratulations to the Chatham Panthers named 2016 Patroon Conference Tennis All-Stars. Freshman Keon Armstrong was named the league's Co-MVP (along with Greg Roe of Maple Hill) and junior Joe Hunter was named to the 1st Team. Panthers' tennis coach Tim Davis was named Coach of the Year.


2016 Track & Field All-Stars

Congratulations to six Chatham Panthers Track & Field Athletes named 2016 Patroon Conference All-Stars. For the boys, seniors Carl Aladin and Kesean Leonard were named to the 1st Team, while junior Noah Summers was named to the 2nd Team. For the girls, senior Erin Clark and junior Danielle Wallace were named to the 1st Team, while sophomore Hallie Allen was named to the 2nd Team.


seniors walk through MEDClass of 2016 Returns to MED!

Chatham Central School District started a new tradition this year. On June 13th, the Class of 2016 returned to their beginnings by parading through the halls of the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School in their caps and gowns. All the elementary students and faculty turned out to applaud, cheer the seniors on, and wave signs they made congratulating our soon to be graduates!


Class of 2016 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Ana VermaCassie Pearson Ana Verma (left), daughter of Mohinder Pal and Shivali Devi of Chatham, has been named Chatham High School's Class of 2016 Valedictorian.

Cassandra B. Pearson (right), daughter of Mr. Mark and Kristen Pearson of East Chatham, has been named Chatham High School’s Class of 2016 Salutatorian.

Learn more about our Valedictorian and Salutatorian...


Community Celebrates CHS Art and Literary Magazine

Polaris students The Chatham Public Library hosted “A Celebration of Peloris,” the CHS Art and Literary Magazine. Jack McEachern, president of the CHS Literary Club, welcomed about eighty guests that were there to hear the students read from their magazine as well as present the art work contained in the publication. Learn more...


Spring Sports Awards 2016

The Chatham High School 2015-16 Spring Sports Awards Night was held the evening of June 1st in the school’s auditorium. This event is sponsored by the Chatham Athletic Booster Club. See list of award winners...


Announcing Chatham's Class of 2016 Honor Students

Mr. John Thorsen, Principal, and Mr. Terry Bordell, Assistant Principal of Chatham High School are pleased to release the names of the Honor Students for the graduating Class of 2016. The Honor Students were announced at the annual Arbor Day Banquet hosted by the Junior Class in honor of the Senior Class. The banquet was held at Jackson’s Old Chatham House on Thursday, June 2, 2016. Our Valedictorian is Ana Verma and our Salutatorian is Cassandra Pearson. See full list of honor students...


Visual Artist Elizabeth Riggle Visits CHS Class

student drawing vertebraeMrs. Harrigan arranged to have visual artist Elizabeth Riggle, who has a current body of work exploring the bone structure of the spine, visit her Drawing and Painting class over the course of two days. Riggle showed the students slides and gave a talk about her work. She brought in bones for the students to study and the class also examined the science department’s skeleton. On the second day of her visit, Riggle led the students through a drawing exercise directly related to her talk. Learn more...


MED Students Check Out Senior Expo

students check out expoMrs. Mulica’s and Mrs. Lynch’s third grade classes and fifth graders spending the week with Mrs. Wrigley visited CHS to get a sneak preview of tonight’s Senior Expo. The event is Chatham's annual celebration of each senior’s educational career and personal accomplishments. The seniors were there to share their experiences and the young guests got to see what the soon-to-be-graduates valued most from their time here as students. Learn more...


All Spring Varsity Teams Earn Scholar Athlete Recognition

Girls 2016 track team Chatham High School is proud to announce that all of its spring season varsity teams were named Scholar Athlete Teams by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA). This honor is bestowed upon varsity teams whose student-athletes balance their athletic pursuits with a high degree of academic achievement. Congratulations to the girls track, boys track, boys tennis, baseball, and softball teams for having a team grade point average of 90 or higher. Learn more...


boys tennis team Boys Tennis Team Conference Champs

Congratulations to the boys tennis team for their spectacular 2016 season. The Panthers went undefeated in their conference this spring to become the Patroon Conference Champions! The team’s 2016 record stands at twelve wins and no losses in the Patroon Conference and thirteen wins and one loss overall. Go Panthers! Learn more....


Arbor Day 2016

Tree Planting Ceremony at CHSCHS held our Arbor Day festivities on June 3 with the planting of a dogwood tree in memory of teacher aid Joanne Craft. Around the base of the tree were planted flowering bulbs honoring the school's four retiring faculty members; Ellen Ryan, Barbara Roosevelt, Jean Waggoner, and Winston Hagborg. The tree planting ceremony, held indoors due to weather, also involved the passing of the school’s time capsule to the freshman class and the unveiling of the Class of 2018’s colors. Learn more...


2016 Softball All-Stars

Congratulations to three CHS softball players for being named Patroon Conference All-Stars. Junior Baylee Cox and freshman Jenna Skype were named to the first team, and freshman Brooke-Lyn Doyle was named to the second team.


2016 Baseball All-Stars

Congratulations to Patroon Conference Baseball All-Stars Caleb Doyle and Matt Lossow. Caleb, a sophomore, was named to the 1st Team, while Matt, a senior, was named to the 2nd Team.


Yellow Ribbon Team Raises Suicide Prevention Awareness

Image of Yellow Ribbon Human Knot ActivityOn May 20th and 23rd, Chatham High School’s Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Team led informational sessions explaining the impact of suicide to their peers and how communication can prevent it. Team members revealed how to spot signs of suicide in others and how to contact someone if anybody ever needs help. As part of the sessions, the team led students through communication activities that demonstrated the significance of communication in helping prevent suicide. Learn more... 


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...


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...


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 for third quarter. 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...


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...


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...

 

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