Chatham Central School District

John Thorsen, Principal


CHS Fourth Quarter Honor Roll

Congratulations to our students earning Honors or High Honors for the fourth quarter of the 2013-14 school year. See who made the grade...

Congratulations to the Class of 2014

graduation114 worthy graduates received their diplomas on June 27th, representing 100% of Chatham High School’s senior class. The Commencement ceremony was held on the football field before hundreds of parents, friends and family. The Class of 2014 boasted thirty-four seniors who graduated with four-year honors. Six Regents Diplomas with Advanced Designation with Honors, twenty-seven Regents Diplomas with Advanced Designation, and one Regents Diploma with Honors were awarded. Seventy-eight percent of Chatham's 2014 graduates plan to pursue higher education. Learn more & see photos...

Student Expands Design Skills Through Community Service

CsabaCommunity service is part of being a student at Chatham. In fact, students are required to complete at least six hours of service prior to graduation. For junior Csaba Sperry, that meant putting his interest in art, design, and photography to good use. He volunteered to create a newsletter for Camphill Ghent residents highlighting the assisted living facility’s Spring Festival. More than just producing an informational guide of events, Csaba’s put thought into every aspect of his program. “I did a layout to match what was happening that week, picked a font that would go with Camphill, and organic colors to go with the pictures that matched the season and blended with the events.” Staff and residents were thrilled with the result, and Csaba got the pleasure of not only helping others in his community, but also of being recognized for a job well done.

Pearson, O'Connell, Frederick Honored as Scholar Athletes

Scholar athletesThree CHS student athletes were recognized as Scholar Athletes by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association during the Albany Dutchmen baseball game at Bob Belizzi Field June 18th. Kaitlin Pearson (senior, softball), Flynn O'Connell (senior, baseball), and Kevin Frederick (sophomore, Volleyball) were honored alongside other Scholar Athletes from across Section 2. They each received a certificate from Robert Zayas, executive director of the NYSPHSAA, recognizing them for superior achievement in the classroom and in their sport.

2014 Spring Sports Awards

The Spring Sports Awards Night was held the evening of June 12 in the CHS auditorium . The event recognized the accomplishments of Chatham's athletes and was sponsored by the Athletic Booster Club. See award winners...

Otto is "Above the Influence" Contest Winner

Sarah OttoSarah Otto is the winner of the CHS “Above the Influence” contest, which earned her an iPad Mini. The contest, sponsored by SADD and Columbia County Stop DWI, asked students to creatively express how they personally stay above the influence of drugs and alcohol. Sarah entered the contest because she liked the idea of it (she is active in SADD) and chose a poem to share how she stays above the influence because, as she said, “In a poem you can use one or two words to replace a sentence, which makes your message more direct." Sarah’s poem, Listen To Them, was selected as the winner by a panel of faculty members. You can read Listen To Them here...

E-Commerce Class Wins Head-to-Head Marking Competition Vs Taconic Hills

The CHS E-Commerce class WON the marketing challenge vs. Taconic Hills and came in second overall in the NYS High School Real World Marketing Challenge. The head-to-head competition was won by the e-commerce class by promoting the Coaches vs. Cancer Varsity Softball Game against Taconic Hills at Chatham on May 6th and getting more people to attend that game than attended another game played at Taconic Hills. For their efforts, our E-Commerce class also came in 2nd place overall of all the schools competing throughout the state. Learn more...

Chatham's Patroon Conference All Stars - Spring 2014

Chatham's athletic teams produced two MVPs, two Coaches of the Year, and over twenty All Star athletes in the Patroon Conference this season. See who made the All Star teams...

“Veritas,” the High School Newspaper

“Veritas,” the newspaper produced, written, and edited by Chatham High School students, can now be viewed online!  Read Veritas...

Five Panthers Compete in State Track & Field Championships

State AthetesCongratulations to the five members of the varsity boys track & field team who competed in the NYS Meet. Facing the top athletes from around the state, our boys showed that they belong amongst the best of the best. Ian Allen took 5th for both pole vault and the 800 meter for small schools. Ian also anchored our 4x800m relay team with Jamie Chaitman, Brad Oram and Brody Witaszek, which took 4th place amongst small schools. Max Lagonia placed 9th in high jump for small schools. Learn more...

Dark Message Sheds Light on Dangers of DWI

Grim Reaper with VictimJune 5th was Grim Reaper Day at Chatham High School. The event was organized by Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving.
Every 33 minutes, a SADD member sounded a gong over the school’s loud speaker, eerily symbolizing the one person who dies nearly every half-hour in an alcohol related crash. With each gong, the Grim Reaper appeared in a classroom and chose a student to be a silent “victim” for the rest of the day. Read more...

Boys Track Sectional Champs, Girls 3rd

Congratulations to the boys and girls track teams on their performances at sectionals May 23. The boys varsity track team won the Group 4, Section II title by a landslide and the girls team took third (see sectional results). The boys won the Patroon Conference Championship meet May 15 at Taconic Hills, while the girls finished 3rd in the conference overall (see Patroon results).Boys track teamGirls track team

CHS Arbor Day

tree planting ceremonyCHS held its Arbor Day on May 30. This year’s annual tree planting ceremony took place in the Geologic Park, where a Crimson Maple was planted in honor of the Class of 2013’s Brian O’Connor. The day of events also included an honors assembly, traditions like the senior class giving the time capsule to the freshman class for safekeeping, the unveiling of the sophomore class colors (red & gold), as well as a talent show, horseshoes, Frisbee, delivery of yearbooks, and the senior class picnic.  

Technology Students Talk Simple Machines with Third Grade

highschoolers demonstrate simple machines to third gradersTo kick off their section on simple machines, the 3rd grade headed over to the high school, where technology teacher Mr. Shawn Caldwell and six engineering students had set up learning stations in the gym. The high schoolers demonstrated concepts like wedges, wheels, levers, pulleys and more using working models, many of which they had built themselves. This inter-building collaboration gave the elementary students a hands-on introduction to machines from older students they naturally look up to, and the high schoolers an opportunity to cement their knowledge by sharing it.

CHS Inducts Thirty-Three Into NHS

National Honor Society inductees on stage during ceremonyThirty-three CHS juniors joined National Honor Society (NHS) this May. They were officially inducted into the prestigious society during a ceremony held the evening of May 21st in the CHS auditorium. To be eligible for NHS, students must excel in academics, display outstanding character and leadership qualities, and be actively involved in service at school and in their community. Learn more...

students tour buildingClass of 2018 Tours CHS

As part of their transition from Middle School to High School, eighth grade classes visited CHS on May 9th and 16th to familiarize themselves with the school. High school students led the eighth graders on a tour of the building, explained the in-and-outs of high school, and answered any questions the soon-to-be ninth graders had.

Senior Fine Arts Recognition

Each spring, the Fine Arts Booster Club recognizes senior students who have participated in our art or music programs for at least three of their high school years. A letter and/or pin is presented to qualifying seniors at the CHS Spring Concert. For 2014, thirty-one students received letters and pins at the Spring Concert and Annual Senior Art Exhibition on May 6th. See recipients...


Enjoy The Summer!

See you September 4th when classes begin.


JV/Varsity Football Start Date August 18

The District's print calendar errantly says JV/Varsity Football begins August 11th. JV/V Football begins with our other fall sports on August 18th.


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