Chatham Central School District

John Thorsen, Principal


Valerie Kerner, Mrs. Matthews Honored at Scholar Recognition Dinner

Valery Kerner and Judi Matthews at Schoar Recognition DinnerChatham High School senior Valerie Kerner and math teacher Judi Matthews were honored at the 2015 Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) Scholar Recognition Dinner. The event, held May 13 at the Albany Marriott, recognized high achieving high school seniors, and their teachers, from schools across the Greater Capital Region. Valerie is an exemplary student and an inspiring individual in the community. She chose Mrs. Matthews to be honored as a teacher who made a significant impact on her education. Learn More...

students with artStudent Art On Display at Ralph's Cafe

The Chatham Central School District Art Department is having a K-12 art show at Ralph's Café on Main Street in Chatham! Stop in any time Ralph's is open to see the show, which features the artwork of twenty-nine students, representing each grade at CCSD. Shown here are CHS artists Jake Stockman, Alyssa Sirani, and Ana Verma. The student art show runs now through June 15th, don't miss it! See list of students participating...

Global & Gourmet Foods Join "Food Revolution"

students cutting vegetablesOn May 15th, Mrs. Hayes’ Global & Gourmet Foods class tuned in and took part in an cooking lesson hosted by Jamie Oliver to celebrate Food Revolution Day. Food Revolution Day is Oliver's global day of action to fight for food education and get children excited about cooking healthy. Students made Jamie’s Squash-It sandwich consisting of radishes, cucumber, carrot, cauliflower, red pepper, apples, podded peas, sunflower seeds, balsamic vinegar, cream cheese and fresh herbs. Learn more...

Chatham Baseball Patroon Conference Champs

Baseball team after winning Patroon ConferenceThe CHS varsity baseball team clinched the Patroon Conference title May 11th with an eleven inning win over Coxsackie-Athens by a score of 2-1. "It was a total team effort all year and I am proud to coach this group of future leaders," said varsity baseball head coach Scott Steltz. The Panther's league record is 12-2 and the team is 14-5 overall. This is the seventh league title for our varsity baseball team in the last nine years.

Kneller Named Outstanding Chatham Business Student

Dan Kneller and Michael Loomis with awardCongratulations to Daniel Kneller, recognized as the 2014-15 Outstanding Chatham Business Education Student. Each year, local school districts’ business departments recognize a student who has taken numerous business classes and has exhibited outstanding academic achievement, citizenship, and a positive attitude. Daniel was honored by the Business and Marketing Educators’ Association of the Capital District at an awards dinner held May 7th at the Holiday Inn in Albany. Learn more...

Baseball Players Mystery Read at MED

players reading to studentsFour Chatham Panthers from the varsity baseball team took time out of their busy schedule to go up to MED and read to Mrs. Robichaud's first grade class. The players, seniors Kody Skype, Mercury Mason, Ahron Young, and Joe Williams, were participating in the school's ongoing "Mystery Readers" program where surprise readers from the community visit classrooms at MED to promote literacy.

Addiction speaker Therese McHale at CHS Students Hear Sobering Tale of Addiction

Students at Chatham High School got an all-too-real look into the world of addiction during a school-wide assembly April 30. Dr. William Murphy from the Chatham Family Care Center and Therese McHale and Lynde Noel, who are both in recovery from opioid dependency, spoke with the students about the life altering consequences of drug abuse. Learn more...

Keyes First Ever Chatham Grad to Sign with NFL

Congratulations to the class of 2011's Josh Keyes, who becomes Chatham's first ever athlete to sign with the NFL. After four years playing for Boston College, Keyes signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this May. Read Register Star article...

Washington D.C. Trip

students at CapitolThe Washington trip was a tremendous success as our for juniors and seniors had the opportunity to experience a weekend in one of the most significant cities in the world. The group visited Mount Vernon, the National Zoo, the White House, the Smithsonian, and the monuments and memorials that have made the D.C. skyline so famous. Sunday morning was spent at Arlington National Cemetery where they viewed the Kennedy graves and changing of the guard at the “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.” The afternoon was spent at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Learn more...

Students of the Quarter

CHS has released the names of the Students of the Quarter for the third 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 the awardees for third quarter...

Kody SkypeKody Skype Named 104.5 Player of the Week

Chatham senior Kody Skype was named Player of the Week by ESPN Radio 104.5 FM "The Team." The announcement was made on the "Armen and Levack" show on April 24th at 5:15 p.m. and was also posted on the Radio 104.5 website that same day. Kody is a catcher and first baseman for the Chatham Panthers varsity baseball team. Congratulations Kody!

CHS Battle of the Belts

Battle of the belts winners competing SADD hosted our 10th annual preliminary Battle of the Belts on April 17th to encourage students to make positive decisions and buckle up. The team with the fastest time was the “Buckle Busters” (Chanel Cruz, Skyler Niles, Callie Buchan, and Ashley Haslun) with a time of 35.03. This group has been participating together for the past five years! They will go on to compete at the World Championship Battle of the Belts Competition at Sean’s Run on Sunday, April 26th. Learn more...

yellow ribbon trainingStudents Lead Suicide Prevention Program

Chatham High School’s Yellow Ribbon Team is leading suicide prevention training for all students during physical education classes on April 16 & 17th. This team of specially trained students present the facts, warning signs, and risk factors of suicide, as well as ways students can help someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts. Learn more...

All County Choral studentsAll-County Festival Concert Held at CHS

Fifteen students from the Chatham High School Chorus participated in the All County Music Festival held here in Chatham April 16-17. They joined other select music students from all six Columbia County school districts as well as Chatham's middle and elementary schools to work on music and present a wonderful concert on Friday, April 17 at Chatham High School. Learn more...

Senior Exhibitions

Student giving speech Our annual Senior Exhibition Day took place April 2nd. It was a big day for seniors as each gave a 15 minute, in-depth presentation on a topic of his or her choosing that was evaluated by a panel of faculty representing all three of Chatham's schools. Exhibitions equal one-third of the Senior Program, an individual student portfolio comprised of written, presented, and displayed skills. The Senior Program is a CCSD graduation requirement designed to give each senior a sense of progression into adulthood and personal ownership of their education.

students on tripMusic Students Enjoy Broadway Musical

On Wednesday, April 1st students from the middle and high school band, chorus, and orchestra departments traveled to NYC to see the Gershwin classic, "An American in Paris" at the Palace Theatre. Students were able to enjoy the historic sites of New York before meeting at the theatre where they watched the amazing dancing and live Broadway performance. A great time was had by all!

Engel Named Capital Region Basketball Scholar Athlete

Coach Deleon, Sam Engel, Coach BrantleyChatham senior and varsity basketball player Samuel Engel is the recipient of the NewsChannel 13 Capital Region Basketball Scholar-Athlete Award. Sam was named the Patroon League winner of this award for his outstanding achievement in the classroom, in his community, and on the court. He was honored during the NYS Public High School Athletic Association’s Section 2 Awards Ceremony, held at the Troy Hilton Garden Inn on March 15th. Sam is shown here at the event with Chatham basketball coaches Raul Deleon and John Brantley.

St. Baldrick's 2015

student having head shavedOur Community Service Club organized and hosted Chatham's 5th annual head shaving event to befit the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity committed to finding cures for childhood cancers. This year’s event was a huge success with shavees, volunteers, and donors from our community and all three Chatham schools participating. All together, more than 75 students, staff and community members “went bald” to raise over $16,000 for childhood cancer research. Learn more...

Celebrating Cultural Diversity Through Art

James and his paintingCongratulations to James Spitzenberger for painting the winning submission for Chatham High School’s Cultural Diversity Art Contest, sponsored by the Student Government. “The multiple colors in the countries represent how everyone is different from each other, but how the colors all flow equally through the continents shows we can all be together and we are all the same when it comes down to it,” the junior said about his work. James’ inspirational painting is now on display in the school lobby.

50 Years Later: The Voting Rights Act

Wesley BrownIn celebration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, eleventh and twelfth grade students attended a special assembly at CHS on March 17. They heard from guest speaker Wesley Brown, a professor and writer, who in 1965 traveled to the deep south to register African Americans to vote. The students also watched a film about the events surrounding what became known as “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Alabama, a key turning point for the Civil Rights Movement in 1965. Learn more...

2nd Quarter Honor Roll

Congratulations to our students who earned High Honors and Honors during the second quarter of the 2014-15 school year. View CHS Second Quarter Honor Roll...

Engineering Students Take on E Week Challenge

bridge contest Chatham High School's Principles of Engineering class enjoyed a trip to the 2015 Model Bridge Competition, part of the Capital Region Engineers’ Week event held February 26 at the Albany Marriott Hotel in Colonie. There, they got to put their bridge models to the stress test, meet real engineers, explore vendor exhibits, and attend seminars concerning real world engineering issues. Sophomore Katharine Schassler even won the E Week logo competition! Learn more...

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...



Recess Day May 22

Friday, May 22nd is a “recess” day (no school) for students and staff due to an unused emergency closing day.


District Closed May 25

In Observance of Memorial Day


Class of 2017 Tag Sale May 30

Sophomores are hosting a fundraiser tag sale Saturday, May 30, 9am-3pm at the Chatham Fire House on Hoffman St. All proceeds benefit the Class of 2017


Sr. Expo & Awards June 3

Senior Expo Night 6-7pm in gym

Senior Awards Ceremony 7-8pm in auditorium


Music in the Park June 4

The CCSD Music Department's annual community concert is Thursday, June 4 at CHS, rain or shine.


June Regents/Final Exams

See CHS examination schedule for June, 2015...

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