Chatham Central School District

John Thorsen, Principal


Girls' Cross Country Team Patroon Conference Champs

Girls team running patroon conference championship meetCongratulations to the girls' varsity cross country team on their undefeated season and for taking first place in the Patroon Conference Championship Meet October 21st. The meet ran 7 girls for each team and Chatham placed 4 girls in the top 10 (Erin Clark 2nd, Hallie Allen 3rd, Althea Brennan 8th, and Liliana Simon 10th) and all seven runners in the top 20. The boys’ team finished up 6th overall. View full meet results here…(Photo courtesy of Suzanne Wightman). More info on Athletics page...

Environmental Science & Ecology Club Connect with Hudson River Estuary

Students fish with nets As part of the DEC's “Day in the Life of the Hudson River" October 16th, Chatham High School’s Environmental Science class and the Ecology Club became “scientists for a day,” collecting and analyzing real field data during hands-on exploration of the Hudson River Estuary. CHS students focused on river conditions at Henry Hudson Riverfront Park in Hudson, where they caught fish in seine nets, tracked tides and currents, and examined water chemistry and quality. Learn more...

Davis Earns President’s Volunteer Service Award

Jacob Davis with President's Service AwardSenior Jacob Davis has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award in recognition of the many hours he has spent making his school and community a better place. Davis actively volunteers through our community service club, athletic department, and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter, as well as the Austerlitz Historical Society, his church, Congressman Chris Gibson’s office, and STRIDE. “My hobby is to help out people and to help out the community,” he says. “The thing that to me is the most rewarding is working with kids with disabilities. Just the joy that you get on their faces helping them out, it’s really rewarding.”
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CHS Students Inducted Into National Music and Art Honor Societies

Chatham High School held an induction ceremony on October 8th for twenty initiates into Tri-M National Music Honor Society and fourteen initiates into National Art Honor Society. Membership into these societies provides students with opportunities of service to the school and greater community, as well as recognition of their talents and dedication to the fine arts. The event was sponsored by the Fine Arts Booster Club. Learn more...

Students at the clarkStudents Explore Art, Architecture at the Clark

Senior Fine Arts Workshop students took a class trip to the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts on September 30th, where they enjoyed a personal tour and presentation from the museum's head curator, analyzed a collection of important abstract paintings on loan from the National Gallery of Art, and explored the recent redesign and renovation of the museum itself. Learn more...

Reminder to Stay Safe By Avoiding Strangers

You may have heard on the news recently about children in Colonie and Berkshire County being approached by a man in a gray car with New York plates, which police are investigating as possible attempted abductions. While there have been no reported incidents in our immediate area, on September 19th we took the opportunity to remind all our students to be vigilant about their safety when out and about. We are asking that our parents and guardians help us reinforce this message by speaking to your child/children about strangers and how to avoid potential dangers.

Please remind your children to:

  • Avoid walking alone and walk in groups whenever possible.
  • Don’t talk to strangers.
  • If approached by a stranger, run away and immediately tell a trusted adult.
  • Never get into a vehicle of someone you don’t know.

Together we can help make sure our children stay out of harm’s way.

Precautionary EV-D68 Information for Parents/Guardians

The New York State Department of Health is advising parents and health care providers to be aware of the signs and symptoms of enterovirus EV-D68, a serious respiratory illness which has now been confirmed in more than a dozen children in New York State, including in the Capital Region. While we are currently not aware of any cases of EV-D68 in the Chatham Central School District, the Health Department has recommended that schools advise parents about the signs of enterovirus EV-D68 as a precaution. Learn more...

CHS Senior Completes Summer Internship at Saturn Industries

Ian Allen at Saturn Industries Senior Ian Allen did more this summer than just kick back and relax for his vacation. Instead, Ian made plans ahead of time to seek out an internship to help him explore and gain experience in his likely career field: engineering. Through our Career Exploration Internship Program, Ian completed a 54-hour internship at Saturn Industries, Inc. in Hudson, where he worked under the mentorship of the company's owners and worked closely with Saturn’s experienced employees. Learn more...

District Launches "Parent Portal"

Parents of CCSD students can now track their child's progress at school online using our new Parent Portal, an Internet based program accessible through our District's website. The Parent Portal allows our parents to electronically access certain educational records about their student, including schedules, grades, attendance, and discipline. In order to access the portal, parents will need to sign up for an individualized account through their child's school using the form provided below. Parents who sign up will be given a password and training at their school's open house this September. For more information, please read the following letter and FAQ sent home to parents September 10th.

Letter to Parents Introducing Parent Portal


Parent Portal Access Form

red carpet at high schoolWelcome Back!

Students at Chatham High School received the red carpet treatment on the first day of school, literally. The High School rolled out the carpet September 4th to welcome the students into the 2014-2015 school year. CHS principal John Thorsen and CHS assistant principal Terry Bordell, along with Chatham's new School Resource Deputy, Todd Hyson, were out to greet students as they arrived for their first day of classes.

Meet Chatham’s SRD

School Resource Officer Todd HysonSheriff’s Deputy Todd Hyson is our new School Resource Deputy (SRD) who will be working in Chatham Central Schools starting this September. Along with helping to maintain a safe learning environment in our buildings, Deputy Hyson will be active in the classroom as well, providing our students with resources on topics like Internet safety, bullying, and drug and alcohol awareness. “I am really looking forward to this opportunity to serve and give back to the community by contributing to the school and interacting with our youth in a positive way,” he said. Read more...



October is Bully Prevention Month!


Unity Day Oct 22 -Wear Orange

Unite against bullying by wearing orange to school Wednesday, October 22.


Basketball Skills Clinics

The Chatham Panthers basketball program is offering skills clinics for boys and girls in grades 3-12.

Clinics are Oct. 1, 7, 16, 21, 27, & Nov. 5 - come to one or all.

6:30-8pm at CHS. View flyer and registration form...


Stay Connected

Students and parents can have Chatham High School's daily morning announcements emailed to them. Send us your written request here...