Chatham Central School District

John Thorsen, Principal

NEWS

Chatham Senior to Perform in Melodies of Christmas

Meghan MercierChatham High School’s Meghan Mercier will be performing in Melodies of Christmas with the Empire State Youth Orchestra December 18-21 at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady. The concerts benefit the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Albany Medical Center. The concert will also air on CBS6 December 24 and December 25. The Empire State Youth Orchestra is comprised of the best instrumentalists in the Capital District and qualifying for it is a very prestigious accomplishment. Learn more...


Students Tapped for All County Jazz Ensemble

CHS All County Jazz studentsCongratulations to CHS music students Jack McKeon, Gabriel Horn, Joshua Gianfrancesco, Kaitlyn Menegio-Stahl, Dylan Devito, and Gianni Polhemus, who have all been selected to perform in the All County Jazz Ensemble. Students selected for All County are among the top high school jazz musicians in the county and are chosen based on recommendations from their instrumental teachers. They will be performing at New Lebanon Junior-Senior High School on February 6th at 7:30 p.m.


First Quarter Honor Roll

Congratulations to our students who earned Honors or High Honors for the first quarter of the 2014-15 school year. View CHS First Quarter Honor Roll...


CHS Fields Scholar Athlete Teams

boys soccer teamSeven of our fall athletic teams were named Scholar Athlete Teams by the NYSPHSAA, an honor only bestowed upon teams that have a combined grade point average of 90 or better. Chatham’s boys varsity soccer, girls varsity soccer, boys cross country, girls cross country, girls volleyball, golf, and tennis teams all recently received this recognition for the fall, 2014 season. Each team will receive a certificate for the school as well as for each student-athlete who contributed to their team's overall GPA. Learn more...


Community Service Club's 'Have a Bite' Fundraiser a Huge Success

Community service clubThe CHS Community Service Club raised approximately $1,500 with their ‘Have A Bite, Help A Family’ fundraiser held November 30th. The club organized a mouth-watering array of appetizers, desserts, and main courses from twenty of our area’s finest restaurants and caterers for the community to sample. The proceeds they raised will go to help local families this holiday season! Read Register Star feature article...


Engel Earns DAR's Good Citizen Award

Sam EngleSamuel Engel was chosen as Chatham High School’s Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen for this year. This award recognizes Sam as a student who embodies the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. The student body selected Sam from a number of qualified students nominated by the faculty. On Dec. 7th, Sam joined 5 other seniors representing the public schools in our county to be honored at the Hendrick Hudson Chapter of the DAR in Hudson. For this event, Sam was asked to write an essay about good citizenship and make a brief presentation about his accomplishments. Out of the six, the DAR selected Sam to go on to their national Good Citizen competition. Read more...


Students of the Quarter

CHS has released the names of the Students of the Quarter for the first 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 award recipients for 1st quarter...


Music Students Perform at Area All-State

CHS All state participantsCongratulations to five CHS students who performed at Area All-State on November 22 T Roy C. Ketchum High School. Megan Avenia (mixed chorus), Meghan Mercier (orchestra), Cassie Pearson (women’s chorus), Taylor Hanson (women’s chorus), and Sadie Kratt (women’s chorus) were selected for this honor after scoring high marks at the NYSSMA Solo & Small Ensemble Festival this spring. Area All-State showcases accomplished music students from Columbia, Dutchess, and Putnam counties.


Fall Sports Awards

Our Fall Sports Awards Night was held the evening of November 17th the CHS auditorium. The event recognized the accomplishments of Chatham High School's athletes and was sponsored by the Athletic Booster Club. Prior to the event, the Booster Club hosted a dinner for the athlete's in the cafeteria. See list of awardees...


HamletCHS Performs Hamlet at Fall Festival of Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s words were brought to life at Chatham High School! Students performed The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark on November 14 and 15 in the High School Auditorium. This high quality production was part of the Fall Festival of Shakespeare sponsored by Shakespeare & Company, and CHS also performed Hamlet at Shakespeare & Company's Tina Packer Playhouse in Lenox, MA on Nov. 20. Learn more...


Panthers Named Conference All Stars

Twenty-four Chatham athletes were named Patroon Conference or Section 2 all stars for the 2014 fall season, and Mr. Vachiraprapun, our girls cross country coach, picked up Coach of the Year. To see who made the cut, visit our Athletics page....


Sweethearts & Heroes Take On Bullying

Sweethearts and Heroes assembly at CHS Students at CHS and CMS experienced a fun, intense, and thought provoking anti-bullying message when the Sweethearts and Heroes program visited both schools on October 23. The presenter was Tom Murphy, a Mixed Martial Arts fighter with the UFC. His presentation challenged students to stop being bystanders who watch bullying take place but do nothing, and empowered them to become ‘sweethearts’ and ‘heroes’ with nonviolent tools to make it stop. Learn more...


Students Hear Alternate History of Pop Music at Postmodern Jukebox

Students at concertMusic students went to see Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Saturday, October 25. Postmodern Jukebox is a band that takes popular songs from today and yesterday and changes the style they are set in. For example, they arranged rapper Iggy Azeala’s 2014 hit “Fancy” into a 1920’s ragtime feel. The trip was open to all CHS music students and twenty-one students from band, jazz, chorus, and orchestra attended. Learn more...


BrantleyPro Baseball Player Shares Life Lesson with PE Classes

Justin Brantley, a former Patroon Conference baseball player from Hudson who now plays minor league baseball for the Cleveland Indians organization, took time off from training to talk to students on October 21 about the importance of working hard and staying committed to your goals, and about how doing just enough to get by isn't always enough. Learn more...


SADD Hosts Teen Driver Safety Week at CHS

The week of October 20-24th, the Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.) club organized a Teen Driver Safety week. On Monday and Friday, two random seat belt checks for senior drivers were conducted. In lunch periods on Tuesday, a driver's goggle activity was organized which allowed students to understand how difficult and unsafe it is to drink and drive. On Wednesday, the school participated in National Unity Day against bullying by wearing orange. And on Thursday, students took a quiz on teen driver safety education, during lunch periods. Along with that, there were daily morning announcement organized to inform the students about the facts regarding teen drivers safety. This week was designed to inform high school students about the necessity of being safe drivers, for the welfare of themselves and others. (Write-up by S.A.D.D. member Geetika Verma)


Environmental Science Students & 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. Jacob 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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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. For more information, please read the following letter and FAQ sent home to parents September 10th.

Letter to Parents Introducing Parent Portal
FAQ
Parent Portal Access Form


ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Holiday Recess Dec. 24 - Jan. 2

No school Wednesday, Dec. 24 through Friday, January 2nd. Enjoy the Holidays!

 

Regents/Midterm Exams Jan. 26-29

Exam schedules and other information concerning regents/midterm week is available here...

 

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