Chatham Central School District

John Thorsen, Principal

NEWS

4th Quarter Honor Roll

Congratulations to our students who earned High Honors and Honors for the fourth quarter of the 2014-15 school year. View CHS Fourth Quarter Honor Roll...


Congratulations to Our 2015 Graduates!

students throw hatsCommencement for the Class of 2015 was held on the football field, under clear skies and before hundreds of family, friends, and faculty. One-hundred-six worthy graduates received their diplomas that evening. The Class of 2015 boasted thirty-eight students graduating with four-year honors. 15 Regents Diplomas with advanced Designation with Honors, 28 Regents Diplomas with Advanced Designation, and 5 Regents Diplomas with Honors were awarded that evening. Learn more and see photos...


Class of 2015 Valedictorian & Salutatorian

Valerie KernerValedictorian
Valerie Kerner, daughter of Michael and Wendy Kerner of Ghent, has been named Chatham High School's Class of 2015 Valedictorian. Valerie has participated in Scottish Highland Dancing for more than ten years and represented Scotland in the Capital District's Festival of Nations. She has played the cello with the Chatham High School Orchestra, Cross County Orchestra, and has been playing classical piano for more than ten years. Also, Valerie is a member of the National Honor Society, was recognized as a CASDA Honors Scholar, and was a scholar athlete as a singles player on the tennis team for two years. Additionally, she is the recipient of numerous Student of the Quarter, Excellence in Effort, Highest Average, and Most Effort Awards. Valerie plans on attending Vassar College where she will major in International Studies. Megan Avenia

Salutatorian
Megan Avenia, daughter of Kathleen Avenia of Chatham and Tony Avenia of Valatie, has been named Chatham High School's Class of 2015 Salutatorian. Megan is a member of the Varsity Tennis team, Drama Club, CHS Choir, National Honor Society, and Tri-M Music Honor Society. She has received numerous recognitions such as Student of the Quarter, Certificates of Excellence, and the New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Megan plans to attend the State University of New York at Geneseo and major in Biology.


Five Students Complete Internships Through CEIP

Five Chatham seniors completed a learning experience this spring through our Career Exploration Internship Program (CEIP). Sierra Curtsinger interned at Columbia Memorial Hospital while Adrian Drake interned at Rich Kraham Design and The Chatham Press. Megan Persons and Danielle Purdue both interned at the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School. Skyler Niles' internship involved creating her own business and job shadowing a human resources manager. They participated in a non-paid internship for 54 hours and complete 27 hours of classroom instruction time. Work-based learning coordinator and high school business teacher, Michael Loomis, who directs the internship program, said, “It was a very positive experience for all five students. It’s been amazing to hear about their time spent at the internships and with their mentors, seeing what it is like to do the job they are considering for their career.” Learn more...


Spring Sports Awards

Our Spring Sports Awards Night was held the evening of June 11th in the CHS auditorium. The event recognized the accomplishments of Chatham's standout spring season athletes and was sponsored by the Athletic Booster Club. See list of awardees...


Kody SkypeSkype Honored as All-Region Player

Congratulations to Chatham senior Kody Skype, who was named a Region 1 ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Team member by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) this June. Kody was a catcher and first baseman for the Chatham Panthers varsity baseball team, this season's Patroon Conference Champions, and was the conference MVP. Kody will be headed to the College of St. Rose in the fall to play for the Golden Knights. You can read the ABCA's All-Region Team announcement here...


Student Programmers Chat with Game App Entrepreneur

Okome on distance learning monitorThe Computer Programming 2 class met and talked with successful video game developer and entrepreneur Muoyo Okome. Via distance learning equipment, Okome shared with the class how he has been successful in this highly competitive market and spoke about the path he took to get where he is today. He talked shop about programming languages and software, and gave the students advice on how to set themselves up for success in the video game industry.
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Rippel Receives President Martin Van Buren Award

Carly Ripple receieves Martin Van Buren Award from Friends of Lindenwald presidetn Peter BujanowThis June, Chatham senior Carly Rippel received the President Martin Van Buren Award for Outstanding History Student from the Friends of Lindenwald. The organization presented Carly with a $100 scholarship, a copy of the book Martin Van Buren by Ted Wilder, and a one year membership in the Friends of Lindenwald. Carly was nominated for the award by CHS faculty because of her high level of academic achievement and interest in American history, as well as for her demonstrated commitment to citizenship and student leadership. Learn more...


Creative Writing Class Pens Children's Books

Jacob Davis reads his children's book to MED third gradersCreative Writing students put their work to the test this June when students from MED visited their class. As a final project for the course, students wrote their own children’s books. Class teacher Barbara Roosevelt collaborated with teachers at MED to bring students from pre-kindergarten, second and third grades over to the high school to hear her students read their works. The elementary students got to enjoy some wonderful stories while the high schoolers gained some valuable feedback. Learn more....


Five CHS Track Athletes Compete at States

At the Section 2 state qualifier meet held June 4-5, five Chatham athletes qualified to compete in the NYS Track & Field Championships! For the boys, senior Ian Allen won the 800 meter with a time of 1:55:14, and the 4x400 relay team, consisting of Ian and fellow seniors Colin Bingham, Jamieson Chaitman, and Timothy Waddell, won their race with a time of 3:26:04. For the girls, junior Erin Clark won the 800 meter race with a time of 2:14:99. The wins earned the five a trip to compete in the NYS Championship Meet held at the University of Albany June 12th and 13th.


Journalism from Chatham High School - Veritas

The 2015 edition of Veritas, the newspaper produced, written, and edited by Chatham High School students, is now available online! You can read Veritas here...


Seniors Preview Expos to MED Third Graders

Senior expoMrs. Mulica’s third grade class and Mrs. Lynch’s second grade class visited Chatham High School the afternoon of June 3 to check out the Senior Expo set up in the school’s gym. The Senior Team invited the elementary students to preview the event, which is a celebration of each senior’s learning and accomplishments. Each student creates a tri-fold poster board display highlighting his or her academic, athletic, artistic, and personal accomplishments prior to graduation. Learn more...


Reception Honors Student Literary & Art Magazine

peloris receptionThe CHS Art & Literary Club produces an annual magazine, “Peloris,” highlighting the works of CHS students. On June 2nd, a reception in honor of the magazine was held at the Chatham Public Library. Students and the community were invited to attend the event, where the magazine’s contributors read their literary pieces and talked about their artwork featured in the publication. A dessert reception followed. This event was sponsored by The Friends of the Chatham Public Library and the Chatham Central School’s Fine Arts Booster Club, with the cooperation of the Chatham Public Library Advisory Committee, and with thanks to the Chatham Public Library director and staff.


Announcing the Class of 2015 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 2015. 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 Winding Brook Country Club the evening of Thursday, May 28, 2015. The Valedictorian is Valerie Kerner, and the Salutatorian is Megan Avenia. View full list of 2015 honor students...


Arbor Day

Tree plantingCHS celebrated Arbor Day under gorgeous skies May 29. The day-long event included the traditional tree planting ceremony, where we planted a Flowering Crab Apple at the Geologic Park in honor of former math teacher, Mark Dwyer. At the ceremony, the senior class handed down the school time capsule to the freshman class and the sophomore class officially revealed their class colors of dark silver and white, with an accent of mint. Learn more...


Future 9th Graders Tour CHS

8th Graders touring CHSAs part of the Freshman Transition Program developed by CHS counselors Amanda Carroll and Jim Lombardi, and CMS counselor Jackie Hoffman, two of the four current 8th grade homerooms came to CHS for student-led tours and Q&A sessions. The future 9th graders began their day at the high school May 28, where they convened in the auditorium. There, CHS student volunteers Katie Kraham, Alyssa Sirani, Jack McKeon, Stella Fairall,Tristan Van Wie, and Danielle Wallace introduced themselves. Learn more...


NYSPHSAA Recognizes Four Chatham Scholar Athlete Teams

girls track teamFour CHS teams were named Scholar Athlete Teams by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA). This honor is bestowed upon teams whose varsity athletes balance their athletic pursuits with a high degree of academic achievement. Congratulations to our girls varsity track, boys varsity track, boys varsity tennis, and varsity softball teams all received this recognition this spring. Each team receives a certificate for their school as well as for each athlete who contributed to their team's overall GPA. Learn more...


National Honor Society InducteesCHS Students Join NHS

The Chatham High School chapter of National Honor Society proudly inducted thirty-seven new members during a ceremony held May 20th in the school auditorium. Membership in National Honor Society recognizes and encourages academic achievement and citizenship among young people. To be eligible for this honor, students must excel in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Learn more...


Valerie Kerner, Mrs. Matthews Honored at Scholar Recognition Dinner

Valery Kerner and Judi Matthews at Schoar Recognition DinnerChatham High School senior Valerie Kerner and math teacher Judi Matthews were honored at the 2015 Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) Scholar Recognition Dinner. The event, held May 13 at the Albany Marriott, recognized high achieving high school seniors, and their teachers, from schools across the Greater Capital Region. Valerie is an exemplary student and an inspiring individual in the community. She chose Mrs. Matthews to be honored as a teacher who made a significant impact on her education. Learn More...


Global & Gourmet Foods Join "Food Revolution"

students cutting vegetablesOn May 15th, Mrs. Hayes’ Global & Gourmet Foods class tuned in and took part in an cooking lesson hosted by Jamie Oliver to celebrate Food Revolution Day. Food Revolution Day is Oliver's global day of action to fight for food education and get children excited about cooking healthy. Students made Jamie’s Squash-It sandwich consisting of radishes, cucumber, carrot, cauliflower, red pepper, apples, podded peas, sunflower seeds, balsamic vinegar, cream cheese and fresh herbs. Learn more...


Chatham Baseball Patroon Conference Champs

Baseball team after winning Patroon ConferenceThe CHS varsity baseball team clinched the Patroon Conference title May 11th with an eleven inning win over Coxsackie-Athens by a score of 2-1. "It was a total team effort all year and I am proud to coach this group of future leaders," said varsity baseball head coach Scott Steltz. The Panther's league record is 12-2 and the team is 14-5 overall. This is the seventh league title for our varsity baseball team in the last nine years.


Kneller Named Outstanding Chatham Business Student

Dan Kneller and Michael Loomis with awardCongratulations to Daniel Kneller, recognized as the 2014-15 Outstanding Chatham Business Education Student. Each year, local school districts’ business departments recognize a student who has taken numerous business classes and has exhibited outstanding academic achievement, citizenship, and a positive attitude. Daniel was honored by the Business and Marketing Educators’ Association of the Capital District at an awards dinner held May 7th at the Holiday Inn in Albany. Learn more...


Baseball Players Mystery Read at MED

players reading to studentsFour Chatham Panthers from the varsity baseball team took time out of their busy schedule to go up to MED and read to Mrs. Robichaud's first grade class. The players, seniors Kody Skype, Mercury Mason, Ahron Young, and Joe Williams, were participating in the school's ongoing "Mystery Readers" program where surprise readers from the community visit classrooms at MED to promote literacy.


Addiction speaker Therese McHale at CHS Students Hear Sobering Tale of Addiction

Students at Chatham High School got an all-too-real look into the world of addiction during a school-wide assembly April 30. Dr. William Murphy from the Chatham Family Care Center and Therese McHale and Lynde Noel, who are both in recovery from opioid dependency, spoke with the students about the life altering consequences of drug abuse. Learn more...


Washington D.C. Trip

students at CapitolThe Washington trip was a tremendous success as our for juniors and seniors had the opportunity to experience a weekend in one of the most significant cities in the world. The group visited Mount Vernon, the National Zoo, the White House, the Smithsonian, and the monuments and memorials that have made the D.C. skyline so famous. Sunday morning was spent at Arlington National Cemetery where they viewed the Kennedy graves and changing of the guard at the “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.” The afternoon was spent at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Learn more...


Students of the Quarter

CHS has released the names of the Students of the Quarter for the third quarter of the 2014-15 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

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 the awardees for third quarter...


CHS Battle of the Belts

Battle of the belts winners competing SADD hosted our 10th annual preliminary Battle of the Belts on April 17th to encourage students to make positive decisions and buckle up. The team with the fastest time was the “Buckle Busters” (Chanel Cruz, Skyler Niles, Callie Buchan, and Ashley Haslun) with a time of 35.03. This group has been participating together for the past five years! They will go on to compete at the World Championship Battle of the Belts Competition at Sean’s Run on Sunday, April 26th. Learn more...


yellow ribbon trainingStudents Lead Suicide Prevention Program

Chatham High School’s Yellow Ribbon Team is leading suicide prevention training for all students during physical education classes on April 16 & 17th. This team of specially trained students present the facts, warning signs, and risk factors of suicide, as well as ways students can help someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts. Learn more...


Engineering Students Take on E Week Challenge

bridge contest Chatham High School's Principles of Engineering class enjoyed a trip to the 2015 Model Bridge Competition, part of the Capital Region Engineers’ Week event held February 26 at the Albany Marriott Hotel in Colonie. There, they got to put their bridge models to the stress test, meet real engineers, explore vendor exhibits, and attend seminars concerning real world engineering issues. Sophomore Katharine Schassler even won the E Week logo competition! Learn more...


ANNOUNCEMENTS


Have A Great Summer!

 

Summer Reading Program at Chatham Public Library

Every Hero Has a Story, the 2015 Summer Reading Program at Chatham Public Library, is open to young people, preschool through young adult. Registration begins June 22 - everyone who registers receives a reading log to keep track of books read or listened to, and can earn incentives awarded at the end of the summer. The library is also offering a full slate of hero themed programs and events. Learn more....

 

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