Chatham Central School District

John Thorsen, Principal


band studentsCHS Band Students to Perform in All County March 6th

Twenty music students from the Chatham High School Band will be performing in the All County Music Festival held at Taconic Hills Central School District. These select musicians join other talented students from all six Columbia County schools to perform in concert Friday, March 6th at 7:30 p.m. in the Taconic Hills Jr/Sr High School auditorium. Learn more...

indoor track team photoBoys & Girls Indoor Track 2015 Independent League Champs

Congratulations to the both the boys and girls indoor track teams for winning the Independent League Small School Championships held February 14 at the University at Albany. The girls took home the win with 145 points overall while the boys won with a total of 119 points. Combined, Chatham's girls and boys had 1st place finishes in fifteen events. Learn more...

Panthers Earn Scholar Athlete Team Status

girls basketball team photoFour CHS athletic teams were named Scholar Athlete Teams by the NYSPHSAA, an honor bestowed upon teams that carry a combined GPA of 90 or better. The girls and boys varsity basketball, girls indoor track, and boys varsity volleyball teams all received this recognition for the 2014-15 winter season. Each team receives a certificate for the school as well as for each member who contributed to the team average. Learn more...

Students of the Quarter

CHS has released the names of the Students of the Quarter for the second 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 who earned the Excellence in Effort Award for second quarter...

The Wiz CastThe Wiz

CHS Drama Club presented their annual musical February 27th - March 1st. The Wiz is a contemporary version of the beloved classic The Wizard of Oz. With familiar characters, a modernized dialogue, and upbeat songs, their production was a wonderful modern twist to the familiar story of Dorothy tried to make her way back home while helping make her new friends' wishes come true.

Wolf Visits CHS Biology Classes

wolf and studentsThe Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) of South Salem, NY paid a visit to CHS on February 12. WCC educator Alex Spitzer spoke to the audience of biology, AP Bio, and Ecology Club students about wolves, wolf ecology, and the important role wolves play in the larger ecosystem. Accompanying Spitzer was Atka, an Arctic gray wolf who students got to see up-close and personal. This event was sponsored by the Chatham Education Foundation. Learn more...

Kody Skype Headed to St. Rose

Kody signing letter of intentCHS senior Kody Skype signed his National Letter of Intent to play baseball for the College of St. Rose. Flanked by his parents, sister, and coach Steltz, Kody made his commitment to St. Rose official at a letter signing ceremony held in the Chatham High School lobby Feb. 6.. A catcher and first baseman for the Panthers, Kody has balanced being a standout athlete with being a standout student. Along with his family, the event was attended by friends, teammates, faculty, and local media. 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 performed in the All County Jazz Ensemble February 6th. 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. The Jazz All County performance was held at New Lebanon Junior-Senior High School.

Ceramic Artist Shares Work with NAHS

Mary Anne Davis speaks to NAHS students at CHSMary Anne Davis visited the CHS National Art Honor Society meeting January 20 to talk about her work and making a living from art. Davis is a nationally recognized ceramic artist and the founder of davistudio in Spencertown. She is also a Ph. D candidate at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, her research has focused on the role of artists in the community and the economic potential of ceramics. Learn more...

Orchestra Students Perform in Rensselaer All County

students with instrumentsCongratulations to 13 students from the CHS Orchestra who performed in the Rensselaer County All County Music Festival on January 31st at Troy High School. They are violinists Shay Calkins, Stephanie Tyski, Jessica Tremper, Micaela Conte and Breanna Haner; violists Tyrene Campbell and Jessica Adee; cellists Meghan Mercier, Ana Verma, Natakoa Golden, Valerie Kerner and Anne Seefeldt; and Gianni Polhemus on bass.

Alumni Share Realities of College and Workplace

Alumni panel talking at CHS A panel of CCSD alumni visited CHS January 16 to discuss their real-world college and career experiences with the senior class. Members of the panel included students currently attending college, an engineer working in the field of submarines, and a local entrepreneur. The event was coordinated by the school guidance department in conjunction with the English 12 Career & College Readiness class, which all seniors at CHS take. Special thanks to Chatham alumni Lucie Castaldo, Aimee Palleschi, Sarah Patzwahl, Alejandro del Peral, Annabelle Hinkle, Caleb Gregg, and Caitlin Gilligan for participating in the panel.  

Model Congress Club at AIC

Model Congress team at AICOur Model Congress Club had tremendous success at the 75th Model Congress event at American International College in Springfield, MA January 8-10. The event is a three-day academic competition simulating the US Legislative Branch and attracts teams from schools throughout New England and NY. Chatham students presented 3 bills, passed 2, and took home the team spirit award for the second year in a row! Learn more...

students codingHour of Code

This December, students in Chatham Central Schools participated in the Hour of Code - an international effort designed to increase awareness of computer programming. Fourth and fifth grade students at MED, technology students at CMS, and computer science students at CHS all logged on to to learn about the ever increasing importance of code in our daily lives and try a little computer programming themselves. Learn more...

boys soccer teamSoccer Team Earns Sportsmanship Award

At the annual Section II boys soccer banquet held in Saratoga this December, Chatham's varsity boys soccer team was awarded the sectional Sportsmanship Award for Class B.

Congratulations boys!



Free Breakfast March 5

This week is National School Breakfast week! Please join the cafeteria in celebrating as we give free breakfast to all students! Free Breakfast will be offered

at CHS March 5th (7:20-7:55am)

We will be serving French toast sticks, juice, fruit and milk!


St. Baldrick’s Event March 22

The Community Service Club hosts Chatham’s 5th annual St. Baldrick's event Sunday, March 22 at CHS. So...MARK your calendars, FORM a team, GROW your hair, SPREAD the word, and BE A HERO TO A CHILD WITH CANCER! For more info contact club advisor Dawn Elbert at or 392-4142 x1014, or go to


2015-16 Transportation Requests Due April 1

2015-16 school year requests for student transportation to and from child care providers or private/parochial schools are due April 1, 2015. A new form must be completed each school year.

Please visit our Transportation Webpage for information and forms...


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