Chatham Central School District

John Thorsen, Principal

NEWS

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 to Perform at Area All-State

CHS All state participantsCongratulations to five CHS students who will be performing at Area All-State on November 22. 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 and is held this year at Roy C. Ketchum High School in Wappingers Falls. Concerts are at 1:30 p.m. for Orchestra & Mixed Chorus and 3:00 p.m. for Women’s Chorus & Symphonic Band. Tickets are $10.


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....


Girls Cross Country Qualifies Two for State Meet

state cross country qualifiers, calss cChatham sent junior Erin Clark and freshman Hallie Allen to the New York Cross Country State Championships, held at SUNY Canton on Saturday, November 8 after they placed 2nd (18:39.08) and 3rd (18:43.82), respectively, in the Class C sectional race held October 31st. The varsity girls cross country team placed second overall in Section II, Class C and the boys team placed 5th. Shown here, Clark (front row, center) and Allen (front row, right) pose with the other state qualifiers from Section II.
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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)


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 been confirmed in children in New York State. The Health Department has recommended that schools advise parents about the signs of EV-D68 as a precaution. Learn more...


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 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. 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...


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

Thanksgiving Recess
Nov. 26-28

There will be no school Wednesday, November 26 through Friday, November 28. Enjoy the holiday!

 

'Have A Bite…Help A Family' at CHS Nov. 30

The CHS Community Service Club invites you to come sample appetizers, desserts, and main courses from area restaurants & caterers on Sunday, November 30, 1-4 p.m. in the HS cafeteria.

$10.00 gets you a book of ten tickets, each one good for a single sampling. You can also bid on silent auction items or take a chance on the tricky tray; bidding closes 3:15pm, drawings at 3:30pm. All proceeds go to support local families this holiday season. Questions? Contact event coordinator Dawn Elbert atelbertd@chatham.k12.ny.us or 392-4142 x1014. Learn more...

 

Lockdown Drill Planned for December

CCSD will be conducting a lockdown drill in all buildings this December - the exact time and date will not be announced. The drill will be conducted by law enforcement officers and District staff, and is expected to take under an hour. All exterior doors will be locked and no one will be permitted to enter or leave the building. Office staff will also participate in the drill, so phones may not be answered as quickly as usual while the drill is underway. Learn more...

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