Mary E. Dardess ES

Kristen Reno, Principal


Last Day of School!

teachers wave to bussesJune 26th marked the last day of classes at Chatham for the 2013-2014 school year. As the buses left the parking lot to bring students home for the last time this year, the staff at the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School were all out to partake the tradition of waving goodbye to the students and wishing them a happy summer vacation. Enjoy the summer and we will see you when classes begin again September 4th!

Kindergarten Celebration

students on stageChatham’s youngest learners marked the completion of their first year at MED with a Kindergarten Celebration held June 20th. Friends and family packed the school cafetorium to see their little ones march on stage, each class in a different color of the rainbow, and sing songs together. The event wrapped up with a slideshow highlighting some of their classroom activities throughout the year. Now on to first grade!

Fifth Grade Moving Up

students receive certificateMED held a special ceremony honoring our fifth grader’s completion of their time at MED and their moving on to middle school. Dean Brian Simon congratulated the class of 2021 and, in front of of their friends and family, every student was called to the front to receive their certificate and class portraits. Mr. Kole read from Dr. Seuss's "Oh the Places You'll Go!" followed by remarks from student Ryan Graziano and slide shows from Natures Classroom week. A family brunch wrapped up the event.

Assemblyman Celebrates Flag Day with MED

flag day ceremonyNYS Assemblyman Steven F. McLaughlin joined MED students for a school-wide Flag Day celebration. The state lawmaker was the key speaker of the assembly held in the school's gym Friday, June 13th. He spoke with students about the history behind the first United States flag, how the flag developed into what it is today, and the ideals and freedoms it represents. Flag Day is celebrated nationally every June 14 to commemorate the official adoption of the Flag of the United States on that day in 1777.


Student riding horseMiss Normandin’s Grade 3-5 Language Concepts class took a full-day field trip to the High & Mighty Therapeutic Riding & Driving Center on June 12. The riding center is located on fifty acres in Ghent and offers riding, driving and other equine assisted activities to children, teens and adults. The twelve students on the trip met six horses, learned about their background and how horses behave, and learned the responsibility and rules that come with riding such an animal. The students got to walk and ride the horses, groom and feed them, and also learned about horseshoes while decorating one to bring home. 

MED Arbor Day Honors Stephen Gitto

Mrs. Reno presents Mr. Gitto with a plaqueMED honored former Chatham music teacher Stephen A. Gitto, Sr. at its annual Arbor Day Celebration June 6th. The event was held on the school lawn and included an audience of students, staff, over seventy community members, as well as the Ghent Band, which set the mood with a few of its tunes. The event included a play honoring Mr. Gitto's life and a traditional Maypole Dance by the fouth grade, and a tree planting certemony in honor of Mr. Gitto and retiring teachers Kimberly Costigan, Susan Grybas, and Jeffrey Kole. Read more...

Mr. SteadMr. Stead is WTEN's Teacher of the Week

Fourth grade teacher Michael Stead has been chosen as News 10 ABC’s Teacher of the Week! Mr. Stead received the most nominations of any teacher in the Capital Region during the first week of June and he was recognized on the News 10 (WTEN) evening news June 10th during their 5:30 show. Mr. Stead has been teaching fourth grade students at MED for the past ten years. Congratulations Mr. Stead! View WTEN Teacher of the Week webpage...

Electricity Fair

students explains displayMr. Stead’s 4th grade class held their Electricity Fair June 5th in the MED conference room. Classes from all over MED, as well as parents, visited the fair to view the fourth grader's displays and learn from them about electricity - from how current is generated, stored or transported, to how it is used everyday to power our busy lives. The student’s demonstrated electrical aspects like NY State's power grid, wind energy, batteries, organically produced electricity, light bulbs, motors, and more. See more pictures...

From the Classroom to the Stream

students release troutFourth grade classes released trout into the Kinderhook Creek on May 19 & May 29. The release of the fingerling size brown trout was the culmination of their “Trout in the Classroom” project, where the classes studied their development by raising them from eggs in climate controlled tanks. After releasing their fish into the wild (using all proper permits), the classes traveled to the Cohotate Preserve near Athens where they explored the birds, fish, and habitat of the Hudson River’s freshwater tidal estuary.

First Grade Visits Art Omi

students at Art OmiThe first grade took a field trip to the Omi International Arts Center in Ghent on May 21st. They walked through The Fields Sculpture Park looking at and touching the large contemporary works of art, and in the "green" Visitor's Center, students were involved in two workshops. They created their own poems based on a painting in the gallery and they created their own paper sculptures.

CHS Students Talk Simple Machines with Third Grade

highschoolers demonstrate simple machines to third gradersTo kick off their section on simple machines, the 3rd grade headed over to the high school, where technology teacher Mr. Shawn Caldwell and six engineering students had set up learning stations in the gym. The high schoolers demonstrated concepts like wedges, wheels, levers, pulleys and more using working models, many of which they had built themselves. This inter-building collaboration gave the elementary students a hands-on introduction to machines from older students they naturally look up to, and the high schoolers an opportunity to cement their knowledge by sharing it.

Principal's Writing Contest Winners

Winners with Mrs. RenoMrs. Reno has announced the winners of the MED Principal's Writing Contest! Congratulations to Paxton Brownell (K), Addison Andrews (1st Gr.), Leonard Sitzer (2nd Gr.), Jake Dwileski (3rd Gr.), Jayson McKay (4th Gr.), Maria Geel (4th Gr.), Grayson Van Wie (5th Gr.). Along with having their names announced over the school loudspeaker and their stories showcased on the District website, all seven winners were invited out to lunch with Mrs. Reno on May 16th. In total, seventy-five students submitted writing pieces for this school-wide contest. Read the winning stories on the Principal's Corner page...


Enjoy The Summer!

See youwhen classes begin September 4th.