Chatham Central School District

John Thorsen, Principal


Senior Exhibitions

student giving presentationClasses dismissed early April 11 to accommodate Chatham High School's annual Senior Exhibitions Day. Each senior gave a 15-20 minute, in-depth presentation on a topic of his or her choosing, evaluated by a panel of educational staff representing each school building. The exhibitions equal one-third of the Senior Program, an individual student portfolio of written, presented, and displayed skills designed to give each senior a sense of progression into adulthood and ownership of their education. The Senior Program is a graduation requirement of CHS.

Prescription Drug Awareness Week

The Chatham Central School District participated in Catholic Charities of Columbia and Greene Counties' Prescription Drug Awareness Week April 7-11, 2014. In conjunction with this event, we would like to provide our parents and caregivers with information on how you can help prevent prescription drug abuse. Learn more...

Guest Composer Leads Master Classes at CHS

Chris LastovicaThe Music Theory class at CHS hosted guest lecturer and local composer Chris Lastovica on April 3rd. She offered master classes and coaching on each student’s composition project and answered questions about her career as a musician. The class has been immersed in a musical composition unit where they have been studying melodic and harmonic construction, digital notation, voice leading and form. Learn more...

Students Lead Suicide Prevention Training at CHS

students conduct yellow ribbon exerciseChatham High School’s Yellow Ribbon Team led a suicide prevention training program on April 1st and 2nd. This team of specially trained students presented their peers with the facts, warning signs, and risk factors of suicide, as well as ways to react to someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts. The Yellow Ribbon Program is a national initiative designed to empower students to get help if they ever feel suicidal. Learn more..

CHS Competes in Programming Contest

Congratulations to Trevor Fox, Ellis Okawa-Scannell, Sanket Sharma, and Jacob Tremper who   represented Chatham High School at the 27th Annual High School Programming Contest held at Siena College. Competing against more than 120 students from across the area in a contest that tested their computer programming skills and problem solving abilities, Chatham ranked 5th out of 30 teams. 

2014 Battle of the Belts

battle of the belts teams competeCHS held our 9th annual Battle of the Belts on April 4th. The team competition raises awareness about safe driving habits and encourages students to wear their seatbelts. Fourteen teams competed this year, including two faculty teams, to see who could buckle into and out the four seats of a vehicle the fastest. The event was organized by the CHS SADD chapter and sponsored by the Sean Patrick French Memorial Walk/Run and Columbia County Stop DWI. Read more and see who won...

Computer Classes Conduct Real World Software Testing

students beta testing gameCHS students beta tested computer software for the company Cyber Griffin, a designer of Internet security games located in East Greenbush. The students tested two games designed to arm players with tools to defend themsleves from hackers and data thieves. Beta testing is the external pilot-testing of software prior to its being put into commercial production. Mr. Flanagan's Computer Programming 1, Computer Programming 2, and AP Computer Science classes all participted. Learn more...

2014 Washington D.C. Trip

students at Lee MansionChatham High School's annual social studies field trip to Washington D.C. took place the weekend of March 28-30. The forty-three juniors and seniors who took the trip toured such notable places as Mount Vernon, Capitol Hill, Ford's Theatre, the Smithsonian museums, the National Zoo, and the memorials for presidents Lincoln, Jefferson, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, as well as the WWII, Vietnam War, Korean War, and Iwa Jima memorials. Pictured here are the students in front of the Robert E. Lee Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery.

Chatham Teams Take 2nd & 6th Place in Regional Robotics Competition

Undeclassmen teamTwo student teams from Chatham High School were among the 14 teams who participated in a robotics competition sponsored by General Dynamics on March 27th in Pittsfield, MA. Each team had to create a robot, for $50 or less, that could complete a variety of complex tasks. Congratulations to our senior team, who finished the competition 2nd overall; and our underclassmen team, who finished in 6th place. The teams were advised by CHS technology teacher Shawn Caldwell. Learn more...

2013-14 Winter Sports Awards

The Winter Sports Awards Night was held in the CHS auditorium the evening of March 26th. The event recognized the accomplishments of Chatham's athletes and was sponsored by the Athletic Booster Club. See award winners...

Chatham and Taconic Hills Compete in NYS Real-World Marketing Competition

poster by Caleb GreggWhen the CHS varsity softball team takes on Taconic Hills on April 30, the action on the field won’t be the only competition going on between the two archrivals. Business students from both schools will be competing against each other in the pilot version of the NYS High School Real-World Marketing Challenge. Their task is to draw the most fans to their school’s home game between the two teams. The school with the largest crowd wins. Read more...

Letter to Parents and Guardians of High School Students

3/21/14 - Letter to Parents and Guardians from principal John Thorsen and assistant principal Terry Bordell concerning prescription medications...

The cast of the sound of musicThe Sound of Music

The Chatham High School Drama Club presented "The Sound of Music" March 21st through March 23rd. Based on a true story, the show starred Kaitlin Pearson as Maria and Max Lagonia as Captain von Trapp, All performances occurred in the Chatham High School auditorium, thanks to the many people who came out to enjoy this production of this beloved musical classic.
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Sticker Shock Campaign

stickerThe CHS SADD Chapter has teamed up with Catholic Charities of Columbia and Greene Counties Prevention Program to sponsor the Sticker Shock Campaign. On Tuesday, March 18th, SADD members, along with their advisors Tracy Kelly and Amanda Carroll, went into the Chatham Getty and Sunoco convenience stores and put stickers on cases of alcohol. The purpose of this initiative is to remind adults of their responsibility to prevent the tragedies that too often occur when young people drink. Learn more...

Buckling Up Has Its Rewards!

sadd students on seatbelt patrolOn March 17, CHS SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) braved the chilly temperatures to make sure their fellow classmates were using safe driving habits. They checked each student driver who pulled into the school parking lot to make sure that he/she and their passengers were buckled up. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, shamrock shaped certificates good for a free snack in the school cafeteria were given out to those who were buckled. We are proud to announce that, once again, 100% of our student drivers and passengers were wearing their seatbelts! SADD students perform these unannounced checks randomly throughout the school year to promote a safe and healthy lifestyle.   

Shakespeare & Co Brings Shakespeare's Relevance to CHS Students

Romeo and JulietOn March 12, the professional actors of Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA performed Romeo and Juliet at CHS for the entire student body. Romeo and Juliet is a required text in tenth grade, and because allusions to it appear regularly not only in our society, but throughout the world, the opportunity to see the play performed in its entirety by talented professionals gave the students a real opportunity to experience why William Shakespeare is still so relevant to contemporary society. CHS English teacher Barbara Roosevelt coordinated this special opportunity, which was supported by a grant from the Columbia Arts and Humanities Project Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. Photo by Kevin Sprague, courtesy of Shakespeare and Company. .

Honor Roll

Congratulations to all our students earning Honors or High Honors for the second quarter of the 2013-14 school year. View CHS honor roll...

Students of the Quarter

CHS has released the names of the Students of the Quarter for the second quarter of the 2013-14 school year. These students were selected by CHS faculty based on their fine work and contribution to the class. See who made the list for second quarter...

Excellence in Effort Award

Every quarter, CHS teachers nominate students to receive the Excellence in Effort Award, which recognizes individuals for their diligence, reliability, and motivation in class. See award recipients for the second quarter of the 2013-2014 school year...

Business Law Students Test Legal Waters with Mock Trial

Prosecution questions witnessStudents became lawyers, witnesses, members of the jury, and more when the CHS business law classroom transformed into the courtroom. The mock trial focused around a fictional case against Chris Archer, the president of a college fraternity, who was accused of murder and criminal hazing following the death of one of his fraternity’s pledges during an initiation event. The trial gave the class the chance to use case law, criminal code, and rules of evidence in a real world scenario. Read more...

State Names CHS "Reward School"

The NYS Education Department has designated Chatham High School as a Reward School. The award recognizes CHS as a school leading the state toward the accomplishment of educational excellence through an increase in student achievement and by closing the gap in student achievement. CHS is receiving this honor because NYS deemed it a “High Progress” school, meaning CHS is in the top ten percent of all state high schools in terms of student academic growth over the past two school years. Read more...


The College Puzzle; Putting the Pieces Together April 23 at ICC

The CHS guidance department invites juniors, sophomores and their parents to attend a college awareness night April 23, 6pm at Ichabod Crane High School. College admissions and financial aid professionals will lead seminars on the college admissions process. Topics include taking the SAT & ACT, financial aid & scholarships, career planning, college applications, and preparing for the college experience. Learn more and sign up...


St. James Recital April 24

Our annual Student Spring Recital will take place Thursday, April 24, 7pm at St. James Church, 129 Hudson Ave. in Chatham.


NYSSMA Festival May 2-4

CHS hosts the regional NYS School Music Association's Solo & Ensemble Festival Friday, May 2, 4-9pm and Saturday, May 3, 9am-4pm.


Coaches Vs Cancer Softball Game April 30

Come on out and support the Lady Panthers as they take on Taconic Hills at the MS softball field starting at 4:15 pm.


Regents/Final Exams

June 13-25

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