Mary E. Dardess ES

Kristen Reno, Principal


Lunch Price Increase for 2016-17

Beginning in September, the cost of lunch at MED will increase by 10 cents per meal. The cost of reduced-priced meals is unchanged. Learn more...

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...

5th Graders "Moving On"

student receives moving on certificateThe 5th grade celebrated their moving up to the Middle School with a Moving On Ceremony for family and friends heal June 21 at MED. To start off the event, principal Kristen Reno congratulated the students on their completion of elementary school and the entire 5th grade sang “Count On Me” by Bruno Mars. One by one, each 5th grade class then called their soon-to-be 6th graders to the front of the gym to receive his or her “moving on” certificate. Learn more...

Language Concepts End-of-the-Year Celebration

students at picnicOn Friday June 17th, the Language Concepts classes joined together for an end-of-the-year picnic celebration! The students in Mr. Botsford, Mrs. Maraglio and Miss Engel’s classes munched down cheese and gluten-free pizza, sliced watermelon, and homemade lemonade. They enjoyed the time together to socialize, discuss their awesome year, and get to know each other better!

Field Day 2016

Image of MED Field Day MED held our annual Field Day June 15th. Throughout the morning, students participated in everything from classics like the three-legged race, sack race, and potato race to the basketball shoot-out, capture the flag, and water brigade. To conclude the activities, everyone headed to the hill to watch their teachers duke it out in tug-of-war. Special thanks to the parents and other volunteers who helped make the event a big success. See more photos...    

Junior Achievement at MED

Teri Conte lead JA program in 4th gradeThanks to the MED PTA, students enjoyed learning about money and business with the Junior Achievement (JA) program. On June 13 & 14, fourth graders learned about entrepreneurship from guest educators, who were all volunteers from the community who came in and talk business with the students. The volunteers brought their experience to the classroom and shared their own thoughts on how they finished school and moved on to the profession they have today. Learn more...

seniors walk through MEDClass of 2016 Returns to MED!

Chatham Central School District started a new tradition this year. On June 13th, the Class of 2016 returned to their beginnings by parading through the halls of the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School in their caps and gowns. All the elementary students and faculty turned out to applaud, cheer the seniors on, and wave signs they made congratulating our soon to be graduates!

3rd Grade Goes Farm to Table

student holding chickenOn June 8th, Miss Engel’s Language Concepts 2-3 Class joined the 3rd grade field trip to Katchkie Farm in Valatie NY. Students rotated around different stations of the farm, some including seed planting, crop harvesting, and food prep. Students and farm guides discussed what parts of the plants were edible, how to safety cut and cook the crops, and students were strongly encouraged to try different foods from the gardens. Students also got a chance to visit the farm animals. Learn more..

Garden Club Gets Growing

Garden club plating flowersWhen it’s the season for growing, the MED Garden Club gets going! This June, the students and club advisor Patty Goodwin planted flowers in the club’s garden plot located in the school’s courtyard. The flowers had been grown for them by Miss Engel’s language concepts class. Along with flowers, the club is growing edibles like strawberries. Their plot is also a registered monarch butterfly habitat because they maintain a crop of milkweed, the only plant that monarch caterpillars can eat.





Welcome Back Students!

First Day of Classes is Sept. 7

Classes at all CCSD schools begin Wednesday, September 7th!