Mary E. Dardess ES

Kristen Reno, Principal


student with fluteMED Student Selected for Elementary All-County Band

Congratulations to 5th grade flute player Benjamin Halpin for being selected to be a part of the Columbia County Music Educators Association’s All-County Elementary Band. This is a very special honor for Benjamin, as he will be "playing up" with Chatham's most talented 6th graders. Benjamin has been rehearsing with the 6th graders at CMS and will take part in the All-County concert on March 6, 7:30 p.m. at Taconic Hills Jr/Sr High School.

MED Reads for Ronald

Damato reads from Story WarsThroughout March, MED is participating in the Read for Ronald McDonald House Program. This service learning project raises funds to support the Albany Ronald McDonald House while promoting the value of both reading and community service. To kick off the event, MED held a school wide assembly featuring Nancy Damato from the Ronald McDonald House. Damato shared with the students how the program supports families of seriously ill children and challenged students to take on the "Story Wars" reading competition. Learn more...

Fourth Graders Take S.T.E.M. Learning to Heart

Students building stem catapultsStudents in Mrs. Lineberry, Mrs. Willimott and Ms. Feller's 4th grade class participated in a S.T.E.M. project February 13. STEM education couples rigorous interdisciplinary academic concepts with real-world lessons applying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students worked in groups of 3-4 through research, planning, trial and error, and final design of a catapult simple machine that could toss a heart candy. While researching using laptops and iPads, students learned about what would make their catapult throw their heart the furthest. The project ended in a friendly competition, with students cheering on their classmates.

fourth graders skiingWinter Means Snowy Adventures in P.E.

While some folks may think the weather outside is frightful, for MED physical education classes, it’s been delightful. On the warmer days, all that fluffy snow has made conditions perfect for snowshoeing and skiing around the school grounds. Shown here are fourth graders learning to cross country ski during class on February 12th.

TV Weatherman Bob Kovachick Visits Third Grade

Bob Kovachick at MEDWNYT chief meteorologist Bob Kovachick visited MED today to talk with the third grade about the different kinds of weather that affect our area and how meteorologists predict it. The third grade teaching staff invited Mr. Kovachick to visit because their students have been studying weather in class. Prior to his visit, the classes prepared many questions for their special guest, who graciously answered them all. He also shared what goes on behind the scenes when putting on a TV weather forecast.

Students Check Out the Sun with MHAA Astronomers

student looking through telescopeFebruary 10th had great weather for a little daytime astronomy.  Mrs. Hasbrook’s class joined amateur astronomers Willy Yee and Joe Macagne from the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association outside MED to view the sun through special telescopes. They saw sun spots, filaments and prominences. The class also discussed the Moon, got to handle some real meteorites, and took home special sun glasses for at-home solar viewing. Learn more...

Distance Learning Connects Students with West Coast Immigration History

Ranger Casey talks with students using distance learning equipmentThe fifth grade took a virtual field trip to Angel Island in California on January 23 using their school's distance learning equipment. Located 2,500 miles away in San Francisco Bay, Angel Island served as a major immigration station from 1910 to 1940 and is now a state park and museum. “We are kind of the Ellis Island of the West Coast,” explained park ranger Casey Dexter-Lee, who greeted the students from inside a dormitory were immigrants lived while being processed through the station. Learn more...

John Stiles as Mark TwainFourth Grade Biographies

A biography assignment brought Mark Twain and other famous individuals to life in Mrs. Maddalla’s fourth grade English language arts class. Students could pick one of their favorite people to read about and then were tasked with preparing a biography presentation about that person for the class. Fourth grader John Miles really got into his and came to class January 22 dressed for the part; complete with wig, mustache and bow tie.

Birds of Prey and Reptiles Visit MED

Robinson shows off turkey vultureStudents in Ms. Hasbrook’s, Mr. Botsford’s and Mrs. Maraglio’s classes got up close and personal with some fascinating animals January 16th. The students have been studying reptiles and birds of prey in science, so Ms. Hasbrook invited Bill Robinson of Wildlife Lectures to visit and share his vast knowledge of these creatures. He brought along a red tailed hawk, turkey vulture, great horned owl, falcon, king snake, even an alligator, and shared each animal's adaptations for survival and role in the ecosystem.

MED Students Showcase Artwork on Artsonia

student drawingMove over Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Picasso, Mary E. Dardess Elementary School artists are taking over the spotlight! Nancy Barth, our school's art teacher, has teamed up with Artsonia - the world's largest online children's art museum - to display the students' artwork. MED students join thousands of students from over 130 countries whose artwork is showcased on Artsonia. Visitors can browse the artwork in the school gallery by grade level, or by specific exhibits. Learn more...

students sing to residents at Payne homeThird Grade Makes Holiday Visit to Senior Home

Students from Mrs. Rossi’s, Mrs. Fleck’s, Mrs. Myers’, Mrs. Lynch’s, and Mrs. Mulica’s third grade classes walked from MED to the Payn Home to some holiday caroling. The Payn Home is a retirement residence in the Village of Chatham. The December 22 trip was a good time for all as everyone sang familiar tunes together. The children also created cards, drawings, and paintings to give to the seniors. 

students using ipadHour 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...

Architect Cues Third Graders in on Venetian Design

Stuart Narofky talks with studentsArchitect and MED parent Stuart Narofsky visited Mrs. Mulica’s third grade class to talk about the art and science behind Venetian building design. The third grade has been studying Venice, Italy over the past few weeks, and Mr. Narofsky shared quite a bit about why the city came to look the way it does. He discussed how the city’ architects looked to Gothic, Moorish, and Byzantine styles for inspiration, and explained why Venetian buildings have so many arches. Learn more...

Mrs. Rossi's and Mrs. Fleck's Classes Connect with Kentucky E-mail Pals

MED-Kentucky skyping sessionThird grade co-teachers, Mrs. Rossi and Mrs. Fleck, took it upon themselves to travel to Burna, Kentucky to visit their e-mail pals. Their classes have been e-mailing a third grade class at North Livingston Elementary School since the beginning of the school year. While visiting, the two used our school's distance learning equipment to connect their classes here at MED with the students in Kentucky. The session including introductions of the students, teachers, and even the principals. Learn more...

Mrs. RiddickMED Teacher Named WTEN's Teacher of the Week

Congratulations to first grade teacher Erika Riddick, who was just named News 10 ABC’s Teacher of the Week! Mrs. Riddick received the most nominations of any teacher in the Capital Region th e week of October 20 and she was recognized on the News 10 (WTEN) 5:30 evening news on October 28. Mrs. Riddick has been teaching at the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School since 2006. View WTEN Teacher of the Week webpage...



MED Parent Conferences/Early Dismissal March 6

MED will dismiss at 11am Friday, March 6th for parent conferences


PTA Movie Night March 6

Free familiy movie 6:30 pm in the MED Cafetorium.


District Conference Day
March 20

There will be No School Friday, March 20 to allow for staff development.


Kindergarten Registration

Registration packets will be mailed to the homes of children on our school census. If you have a child who is eligible to attend kindergarten this fall and you do not receive a packet by March 1st, please call the elementary office at 392-1530 and one will be sent to you. Beginning March 1st, registration can also be done in the elementary school office between the hours of 9am and 3pm. Learn more...


Pre-K Screening May 4, call for appointment by March 27

MED offers a prekindergarten program open only to CCSD resident children with deficits in school readiness and/or family barriers that limit access to other preschool programs. Must be 4 years old on or before Dec. 1st, 2015 in order to be considered. The program is a full-day class serving no more than 15 students. There is No Charge and school provides transportation for children age four and older. Learn more...


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...



Mrs. Reno Roundup

Mrs. Reno's Writing Round-up

View Mrs. Reno's March writing questions for grades K-5 here...