Chatham Central School District

John Thorsen, Principal


CHS Students Inducted Into Tri-M Music and National Art Honor Societies

On the evening of October 12th, Chatham High School held an induction ceremony for twenty-one students joining Tri-M National Music Honor Society and seventeen students joining National Art Honor Society. Membership in these prestigious societies recognizes these students’ talents and dedication to the fine arts, as well as provides them with opportunities of service to their school and greater community. Learn more...

CHS Tells Students “Go Take a Hike”

students hikingWe’ve had some great weather this October, perfect for students to get outside and enjoy a newly improved trail system that snakes its way through the scenic wooded areas on the MED/CHS campus. As part of the Chatham Central School District’s focus on wellness, the High School now offers students a chance to get out and enjoy our forests and fresh air with guided hikes during lunch periods. “Its’s a nice way to interact with nature,” said sophomore Shirley Harvey. Learn more...

Choral Students Help Honor Women of Service

Choral Students at ZontaOn September 29th, select choral students from CHS performed at Winding Brook Country Club for the Zonta Club of the Upper Hudson Valley's "People Making A Difference" awards dinner, which honored Chatham School Board member Denise Barry, WNYT's Benita Zahn, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. The students prepared and performed a selection of patriotic songs including “This Land is Your Land,” “Cross the Wide Missouri,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” and “America.” 

Message from Athletic Director about Change to Sports Awards Nights

October 3, 2016 - The Athletic Department has made a change to our Sports Awards events at the High School. We will still be honoring the Varsity teams at the Sports Awards nights after each season as usual but will not be including the JV and Modified level teams. We are shortening the program in an effort to make it a more enjoyable experience and to encourage everyone who attends to stay through the entire event. Our hope is that this will improve participation from our varsity athletes and make the night a more meaningful experience for them, particularly those who receive their awards towards the end of the event.

As for our JV and Modified athletes, we are looking to honor them in a new way. The booster club will be contacting the JV and Modified coaches to set up a time for the possibility of an end of the season gathering.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
John Brantley, Athletic Director

Magic Milk

students conduct magic milk experimentThe Living Environment class finished up its unit on biological molecules by conducting the "Magic Milk Lab,” in which they experimented with lipids using everyday items like milk, dish soap, and food coloring. Each student set up a plate with a thin layer of whole milk on it and added drops of food coloring to the milk. They then inserted a cotton swab with a little dish soap on the tip into the milk and, to their amazement, they witnessed a beautiful "explosion" of color in the milk! Learn why...

Studnets in school spirit wear Spirit Week

Chatham High School just finished up our Spirit Week leading up to the homecoming games September 30th through October 1st. Friday ended the week with the students and staff wearing school apparel or our school colors of red and black.


Girls Tennis Team Girls Tennis 2016 Conference Champs

Congratulations to our 2016 Girls Tennis Patroon Conference Champions. Chatham's varsity girls tennis team finished up their regular season undefeated with a 6-1 win over Rensselaer on September 27. The girls' season record stands at 14-0.
Go Panthers!

CHS Senior Tapped for All-State Choir

HansonCongratulations to Chatham senior Taylor Hanson, who was selected by the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) to sing in the All-State Mixed Choir. All-State showcases the most talented high school musicians from across New York State and being selected is a major accomplishment. Taylor drew consideration from the All-State committee after performing a level VI (the highest level) solo at the local NYSSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival this past spring and receiving an A+ rating from the judges, and after being recommended for All-State by her choral teacher, Mrs. McShane. Taylor has been singing in her school chorus since fourth grade. Learn more...

Chatham Welcomes New Assistant Principal at CHS

Eric PapandreaPlease welcome Eric Papandrea to the Chatham Central School District. Mr. Papandrea is the new assistant principal for Chatham High School and comes to us from the Hoosic Valley Central School District, where he was director of athletics and taught social studies at the high school.  As assistant principal at Chatham High, he is in charge of student discipline and professional development for teaching assistants, and acts as the District’s home tutoring liaison. The Board of Education appointed Papandrea to the assistant principal position on September 13th. He has eleven-years’ experience as a public high school educator and holds a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in school building leadership as well as a master’s degree in teaching. Learn more...

Softball Program Dedicates New Dugouts to Panthers' 2012 State Champs

2012 team at dugoutsOur softball program and Athletic Booster Club dedicated our new dugouts to the Panther’s 2012 NYS Championship Softball team. The dugouts were the gift of the Booster Club, which donated $3,200 to our school to fund the project. Special thanks to all those who volunteered their time to help get the dugouts built, including Gilligan Construction, Gregg Concrete & Masonry, and Madsen Excavation. Also thanks to Herrington’s for providing materials at cost. Many members of the 2012 team were present for the ceremony, held July 2nd on the varsity softball diamond. Learn more...




Red Ribbon Week Oct. 24-28

This week SADD is celebrating National Red Ribbon week to encourage students to live a safe, healthy, and drug-free lifestyle.  We are asking students and staff to wear red ribbons in support of this campaign.


No School November 8

Tuesday, November 8 is a District Conference Day - No School


The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

Nov 11 & 12

Chatham High School's Fall Festival of Shakespeare presents The Tragedy of Julius Caesar Friday & Saturday, November 11 & 12, 7pm in the HS auditorium.


Sports Physicals

Dr. Curry will be available for sports physicals on October 5, 12, 19, and November 16 - contact your school nurse to set up a time. Any student athlete who needs a physical and is unable to attend one of these dates will need to see his or her own doctor and cannot participate in tryouts or practices until that physical is cleared by the school nurse.


    Student Physicals

    Dr. Curry will be available at CCSD for students needing physicals on Nov. 16, Dec. 7, Feb. 15, and March 1. If you believe your child needs a physical, please contact your school nurse.


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