Mary E. Dardess ES

Kristen Reno, Principal

NEWS

teachers wave to students as the busses bring students home on the last day of schoolSee you September 6th!

June 26th marked the last day of classes at Chatham for the 2016-2017 school year. As the buses left campus with their horns blowing, on their way to carry our students home for the last time this year, faculty and staff at the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School were out to partake in the Chatham tradition of waving goodbye to the students and wishing them all a happy summer vacation. Enjoy your summer and we will see you when classes resume September 6th!


student receives moving on certificate5th Graders "Moving On"

The 5th grade celebrated their moving up to the Middle School with a Moving On Ceremony for family and friends June 16th at MED. To start off the event, principal Kristen Reno congratulated the students on their completion of elementary school. Then, one by one, each 5th grade class called their soon-to-be 6th graders to the front of the gym to receive their individual “moving on” certificates. Learn more...


Class of 2017 Returns to MED!

seniors walk through MED On June 12th the Class of 2017, led by class advisors Ashley Keegan and Tracy Kelly, paraded 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 congratulate all of Chatham's soon to be graduates! One of Chatham's newest traditions, the Senior Walk Through is a great way for the seniors to return to their beginnings, and for our elementary students to get a look at where they too are headed in the future.


MED's 2017 Arbor Day Honors Hank & Pat Binzer

fourth graders perform maypole danceAt its Arbor Day Celebration held June 9th, the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School recognized two members from the community who have made a positive difference to our school district, Hank and Patricia Binzer. Along with putting on a play about the Binzer's life together, 4th graders performed a maypole dance, each grade sang songs,and our school dedicated our new greenhouse to retiring faculty members Jeff Selby and Patricia Goodwin. Learn more...


Nature's Classroom at School

studen drawing chalkFor 5th graders who did not go to Nature’s Classroom in Beckett, MA, there were plenty of exciting things to do and learn around here. During the week the students visited the Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center in Ghent, went on a scavenger hunt along the campus trails, performed dissections, and visited the Chatham Police station. Perhaps you noticed all those chalk drawings along the sidewalk while shopping at the Chatham Plaza on Rt. 66 – those were our 5th graders too. Learn more...


4th & 5th Grade Career Day

career guests talk to studentsThe MED guidance department hosted a career day for 4th and 5th graders at MED on June 2nd. In 5th grade, students looked at x-rays with a veterinarian, heard from cosmetologists as well as farm to table educator Julie Cerny from the Sylvia Center, and met police officers, members of the Albany Dutchmen Collegian Baseball Team, and Epi Sanchez from Chatham Rescue.
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MED Read-a-thon

readathon participantsThe MED PTA would like to thank everyone who participated in their "I Love Reading" Month Read-a-thon. The students got sponsors and recorded their reading minutes for the month of May. All together they read over 24,000 minutes and raised $1,600 to be used towards an assembly in the fall. Each student who participated received a coupon for ice cream and the student in each grade who read the most minutes won a $20 gift certificate to the Chatham Bookstore. Learn more...


Pre-K Says "Good Bye" to their Butterflies

Mrs. Alliger's class releases butterfiliesPre-K students learned about the transformation from caterpillars to butterflies by watching it happen right before their eyes! The class received their 40 caterpillars on May 1, and over the next few weeks observed them enter the pupa stage and emerge as adult butterflies. On May 19th the students headed to our school's Geologic Park and released 38 butterflies into the wild! Special thanks to the Sirlin family for providing the class with its butterfly kit. See photos...


Longhouse Project

Devin Franklin shows students how to make cordageAs part of a multi-year collaboration between MED and the Flying Deer Nature Center of New Lebanon, fourth grade students explored Native American history and their relationship with the natural world on May 16 and 17 at our campus longhouse built by our students. Flying Deer program director Devin Franklin showed the students how to make mats out of cattails, and the students learned how the plant played an important role to both people and animals as a utility and food. Learn more...


Third Grader Talks Autism with Peers

Eli Schor talks to his classmates with Mrs. MorganMED student Eli Schor shed some light on autism by talking about it with all the 3rd grade classes at our school. Eli’s presentations were extra-meaningful because he has autism himself. He shared his personal experiences with his classmates to give them a better understanding of what autism is and how it affects the people who have it. He gave two presentations in total, one for half his grade, and one for the other half. School counselor Renee Morgan helped Eli organize the event.


student recieves Golden Trashcan Award from Mr. Burns & Mrs. RenoTrustworthy Assemblies

MED held character assemblies May 9th for grades Pre-k -2 and May 11th for grades 3-5. Both assemblies highlighted our theme of the month, which was “Trustworthiness." As part of the assembly, each special department (art, music, PE, Library, and cafeteria) handed out awards to the classes that showed the most trustworthiness during their time at that special.
See which classes got the awards...


I Love Reading Month

Ryan Alderdice and Curtis Buchan reading to third gradersSome of Chatham’s varsity baseball players headed up to MED during their lunch or study hall to be mystery readers for 3rd grade classes. Pictured here are junior Ryan Alderdice and sophomore Curtis Buchan reading to our students. Other readers included juniors Aidan Jackson and Caleb Doyle. The ball players joined a whole host of mystery readers from the community who have been dropping in to MED as part of the PTA’s “I Love Reading Month,” which promotes reading and literacy in many different ways throughout the month of May.  


Class Grandma's Sewing Helps Put Literacy on the Go

student head out the door with bags sewn by Mrs SmithIn Mrs. Myers’ third grade class, students have enjoyed bringing literacy home with them each week in some pretty snazzy handmade bags. Mrs. Cindy Smith (aka Jayden Valdez’s grandmother) volunteered her time to sew up a whole slew of bags for the class to use as their take-home literacy bags. Take-home literacy bags are thematic, content-related collections of fiction and non-fiction books, with accompanying activities that the students bring home and complete. Learn more...


Baby Animals

students pet goatOn May 3rd, MED’s pre-k class took a field trip to Hancock Shaker Village, a living history museum near Pittsfield, MA that has a farm and 20 authentic Shaker buildings. The class has been learning about baby animals during the springtime and Hancock Shaker Village had all kinds of newborn farm animals for the children to meet.The children also got to dress up in Shaker-style clothing, weave on a loom, and milk a life-sized replica Holstein cow. Learn more...


Skits with a Purpose

Third graders put on skit for preschoolersThe first week in May, MED’s Third Grade Service Club visited our pre-kindergarten students and our kindergarten classes to help share ways to solve small problems. The third graders put on skits for the younger students that highlighted peaceful conflict management skills like talking things out, taking time to cool off, sharing, and taking turns. The skits also helped students to identify between problems that require adult intervention and those they are encouraged to solve on their own.


student write on blacktop with sidewalk chalkChalk It Up To Science

As part of thier science studies, our pre-kindergarten class recently learned about mixing colors. They learned how to make new colors by mixing paint, and how to make their own sidewalk chalk from scratch. Mrs. Aliger showed the students how to mix plaster of Paris with water and tempera paint. They spooned the mixture into molds and let it dry overnight. Then the children got to use their homemade sidewalk chalk outside during recess!


Children's Author Talks Reading, Writing, and Adventure

Nacy Castaldo holds up book for children to seeAuthor Nancy Castaldo was at MED for the day April 28 to talk with students in each grade about being a writer and what goes into publishing a book. Ms. Castaldo, who lives in the Hudson Valley, is the author of several nonfiction books for children.“All writers begin as readers,” she told the students as they gathered around her in the school library to enjoy her presentation. “Books can take you on adventures all over the place.” Her vist was sponsored by the MED PTA. Learn more...


Life Cycles and the Egg

chicks in brooderCheep, cheep! The chicks have arrived! As part of their study of life cycles, the 2nd grade has been raising chicken eggs in class. In April, Maggie Smith from Columbia-Greene 4H visited MED to talk with the 2nd graders about eggs and how they develop into chickens. She brought along eggs, incubators, and other chick-rearing equipment for each class and explained how to properly care for the eggs during their incubation period, which is approximately 21 days. The chicks’ due date was the first week in May and they began hatching right on time! Learn more...


MED Student Named Artsonia Artist of the Week

Taylor with her winning artwork Congratulations to 4th grader Taylor Van Wie, who was named Artsonia's Grade 4-6 "ARTIST OF THE WEEK" for April 23-April 29. For her win, Taylor will receive a special award plaque and a $50 gift certificate from Blick Art Materials. The MED art department will receive a $100 gift certificate to Blick Art Materials as well. Artsonia is an online museum featuring student art that MED participates in along with schools from across the nation. Taylor’s Georgia O’Keeffe-inspired flower received 1424 votes. Learn more...

ANNOUNCEMENTS

     

    Chatham Panthers Softball Camp June 26-30

Our softball program offers a softball summer camp for children ages 7-12. The camp will be held June 26th to June 30th, from 9am to 1pm at the Ghent Softball Fields. Sign up now! Learn more and download application...

 

Summer of Wellness Summer Camp @ MED

MED offers a free educational summer camp July 5–August 2. The camp is for students entering 4th or 5th grade and will focus on wellness while incorporating math, science, technology, and language arts. Projects include beautification of nature trails surrounding the campus, learning about local wild life, mediation and mindfulness, nutrition, and exercise. Application deadline is June 16. Learn more...