Chatham Central School District

John Thorsen, Principal


CHS Student Performs in All-State Choir

all state quiorSenior Taylor Hanson traveled to the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music to perform with the NYS School Music Association's All-State Mixed Choir Dec. 4th. All-State showcases the most talented high school musicians from across NYS and being selected is a major accomplishment. Taylor drew consideration from the All-State committee after performing at the local NYSSMA Solo & Ensemble Festival this past spring and receiving an A+ rating from the judges. Learn more...

Club Raises $1,000 to Take a Bite Out of Need in Our Community

CHS community service clubOur Community Service Club hosted its 5th annual "Have a Bite, Help a Family" event at CHS November 27th. Community members got to sample food from sixteen local vendors and get some holiday shopping done as well. Club members greeted guests, served samples, and provided an afternoon filled with giving spirit. The group raised just over $1000, all to be used to provide gifts to community residents in need this holiday season. Great job everyone!

Students of the Quarter

CHS congratulates our Students of the Quarter for first quarter! These students were selected by our faculty to be honored for their fine work and contribution to the class. See awardees...

Excellence in Effort Award

CHS congratulates all students who earned our Excellence in Effort Award for first quarter. Teachers nominate students to receive this award, which recognizes individuals for their diligence, reliability, and motivation in class. See awardees...

CHS Fields Eight Scholar Athlete Teams

We are proud to announce eight of our fall varsity teams qualified as Scholar Athlete Teams in 2016. Girls tennis, girls soccer, boys soccer, girls volleyball, golf, football, cheerleading, and girls cross country all made the grade and will each receive a certificate from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) recognizing this accomplishment. In order to qualify a team must hold a collective grade point average (GPA) of 90 or better with at least 75% of the athletes on the roster. In addition, any varsity athlete with a personal GPA of 90 or higher is eligible to receive a scholar athlete pin from the NYSPHSAA. Including boys cross country, eighty-five Panthers received pins this fall!

Fall Festival of Shakespeare - Julius Caesar

Caesar tries on the corwn with help from CalpurniaHundreds came out to enjoy the show as our students lent their talents to William Shakespeare’s classic portrayal of political turmoil, betrayal, and vengeance. The Tragedy of Julius Caesar ran November 11th and 12th at Chatham High School, and December 3rd as part of Shakespeare & Company’s annual Fall Festival of Shakespeare at the Tina Packer Playhouse in Lenox, Mass. Produced in partnership with Shakespeare & Company, this nine-week residency program brings professional directors, actors, and stage technicians to Chatham to work with students on all aspects of theater production. Learn more...

Outdoors Club/Photography Club Hike

student hike up steep trailOn November 5th, the Outdoors Club and Photography Club at Chatham High School joined forces to spend a day in the great outdoors. Nine students chose to give up their typical Saturday activities to tackle some trails in the Catskill Mountains. The group left the high school around 8:45 in the morning and they were the first hikers present at the parking area for the popular North Point hike. Needless to say, the early bird certainly got the worm! The day couldn’t have been better for hiking. Learn more...

Fall 2016 All-Stars

Congratulations to all our fall season all stars:

Cross Country: Hallie Allen, Danielle Wallace, and Althea Brennan were named Patroon Conference First Team All-Stars, and Emma Gregg a Second Team All-Star.

Football: Chatham football players named Section 2 Class C South Division All-Stars:
1st Team: Noah Summers – Running back, Brandon Martino – Wide Receiver, Tristan Van Wie – Tackle, Tyriff Burch – Defensive Line, Hayden Spock – Linebacker
2nd Team: Mike Tran – Wide Receiver, Kaleb Taylor – Secondary, Kadeem Bishop – Secondary, KC Schermerhorn – Linebacker
Divisional Ironman: Noah Summers

Soccer: Caleb Doyle and Patrick Devine both received 1st Team All-Star honors, and Sam Kirschner received 2nd Team All-Star honors for the Patroon Conference 2016 boys soccer season. Taylor Hanson and Shannon Van Tassel received 1st Team All-Star honors, and Grace Doyle received 2nd Team All-Star honors for the Patroon Conference 2016 girls soccer season.

Tennis: Gaby Neven was named the Patroon Conference's Most Outstanding Player, while Geetika Verma and Aaliyah Harris were named to the All-Star Second Team.

Volleyball: Danni McKay received 1st Team All-Star honors and Haleigh McKay received 2nd Team All-Star honors for the Patroon Conference 2016 girls volleyball season.

Go Panthers!

Fall Sports Awards Night

The 2016 Fall Sports Award Night was held the evening of November 15 at Chatham High School. The event recognized the accomplishments of our standout fall season varsity athletes and was sponsored by the Athletic Booster Club. See this season’s award winners...

Students Collect Real Data on Hudson River Ecosystem

students use nets to catch fish On October 20th Chatham’s Environmental Science classes and Ecology Club, along with the Taconic Hills AP Environmental Class, participated in the annual Day in the Life of the Hudson, which is sponsored by the DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program with assistance from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. The students used water testing kits, seine nets, and measuring tools to examine water chemistry, tides, aquatic life, and more. Learn more...

Six Panthers Head to Exceptional Senior Game

Taylor Hanson, Jenna Ripple, Shannon Van TasselEven Mickle, Sam Kirschner, Joe Hunter Sam Kirschner, Joe Hunter, Evan Mickle, Taylor Hanson, Jenna Rippel, and Shannon Van Tassel played in the Boys or Girls Exceptional Senior Soccer Games held on November 11th at DiCaprio Park in Guilderland. The athletes were chosen by their coaches and played to represent the Patroon Conference against seniors from other conferences. These were final high school games offered to senior players who have represented their schools through the seasons and years, where college coaches can come to watch and recruit. Congratulations to these six!

Five CHS Students Perform at Area All-State

area all state studentsCongratulations to vocalists Nick Avenia (bass), Kenneth Fay (tenor), Sam Fairall (bass), and Mary Jones (soprano), and bassoonist Oliver Allen for being accepted as members of the Zone 10 Area All-State NYSSMA Festival! These five were selected because of their outstanding scores on their NYSSMA solos last spring. All of these talented musicians prepared and performed solos for judges and competed with hundreds for top scores in Zone 10, which spans Columbia, Dutchess, and Putnam counties. They rehearsed and performed with other talented music students under a special guest conductor, with a public concert November 19th at Arlington High School in LaGrangeville. We are proud of their hard work and love of music! 

Career Day

speaker at career dayChatham High School hosted a school-wide Career Day on October 21. The school invited a total of forty speakers to visit and share a little bit about their personal work experiences with our high schoolers. Students chose two panel sessions to attend out of a total of fourteen different career clusters. Clusters included jobs in business, government, agriculture, art, science, and much, much more. Special thanks to all our guest speakers! Learn more...

CHS Students Inducted Into Tri-M Music and National Art Honor Societies

On the evening of October 12th, Chatham High School held an induction ceremony for twenty-one students joining Tri-M National Music Honor Society and seventeen students joining National Art Honor Society. Membership in these prestigious societies recognizes these students’ talents and dedication to the fine arts, as well as provides them with opportunities of service to their school and greater community. Learn more...

CHS Tells Students “Go Take a Hike”

students hikingWe’ve had some great weather this October, perfect for students to get outside and enjoy a newly improved trail system that snakes its way through the scenic wooded areas on the MED/CHS campus. As part of the Chatham Central School District’s focus on wellness, the High School now offers students a chance to get out and enjoy our forests and fresh air with guided hikes during lunch periods. “Its’s a nice way to interact with nature,” said sophomore Shirley Harvey. Learn more...



    CHS Winter Concert Dec. 8

    The CHS music department's annual winter concert with the Chorus, Band, Jazz Band and Orchestra is Thursday, December 8, 7pm in the HS auditorium.


Student Physicals

    Dr. Curry will be available at CCSD for students needing physicals on Dec. 7, Feb. 15, and March 1. If you believe your child needs a physical, please contact your school nurse.


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