Mary E. Dardess ES

Kristen Reno, Principal


When a Box is Not a Box

student make a house out of a carboard boxstudents make racecar out of a box In Pre-K, the class read the book Not a Box by Antoinette Portis, in which a little rabbit shares how a cardboard box can become anything you can imagine. After reading the book, the children used their imaginations and worked together to make a racecar and a house.

Language Concepts Summer Program Wraps Up with Open House

student giving presentationThe Language Concepts program wrapped up its six-week summer program with an open house for family and staff on August 12 at MED. Students in Ms. Smith’s class showed off what they had been learning over the summer by each putting on their own presentation about a favorite  topic. In Ms. Engel’s class, the students hosted their guests with displays of some of the projects they had worked on over the summer, snacks, and a game of “Pin the Tail on the Sneetch.” Learn more...

Olympics Theme of MED Summer Program

student tossing water balloonMED’s summer program wrapped up with an Olympic themed field event. The students had been studying trajectories, so all the games were flight-based feats of skill, with a fun summer twist. There was “shot put” and “javelin” toss simulated with water balloons, and “archery,” where students tossed cheese puffs and tried to get them to stick to shaving cream on their partners’ heads. The month-long program explored the Olympics using math, science, technology, and research. Learn more...

Language Concepts Class Enjoys Live Theater

language concepts calss at playThe Language Concepts Summer Program took a mini-field trip to the Columbia County Fairgrounds to watch the Mac-Haydn Children’s Theatre’s dress rehearsal of The Emperor’s New Clothes on July 20th. They enjoyed the children’s play of the frivolous emperor and thought the weaver’s way of tricking him was quite entertaining. This experience watching live theater is a lead up to the students’ big field trip to the Mac-Haydn Theatre in August.

Chatham Welcomes New Assistant Principal to MED

Michael BurnsPlease welcome Michael Burns the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School. Mr. Burns is our new assistant principal and comes to Chatham from the Voorheesville Central School District, where he taught fourth and fifth grades. “I love working with kids. I find it is the most rewarding profession there is,” said Burns on being an educator. “One of the first things that really impressed me about MED is the sense of good culture here, the sense of family and community that really is Chatham. As assistant principal, I really look forward to being able to work with students and teachers in a greater capacity and make connections with our families and community that are rewarding for everyone.” Learn more...





Free & Reduced Meals Applications Due Sept. 30

The deadline to apply for free & reduced school meals for the 2016-17 school year is Friday, September 30. Applications and information can be found on our Food Services page...


Mandated Student Physicals

Dr. Curry will be at CCSD for Mandated Physicals (Grades Pre-K, K, 2, 4, 7, 10) on the following dates: October 5, 12, 19, and November 16 (forms were sent to parents of students who require physicals earlier this year). 


Rules for HS Football Games

    To ensure student safety at high school football games, Chatham Central School District officials are implementing the following rules for student fans who attend home games:

    • Students in grade 8 or younger MUST be accompanied by a supervising adult or they will not be admitted to the football game. An adult is defined as a parent, a coach, a grandparent or a guardian.

    • Admission to football games is $2 for all adults and $1 for all students.