Mary E. Dardess ES

Kristen Reno, Principal


Meet Chatham’s SRD

School Resource Officer Todd HysonSheriff’s Deputy Todd Hyson is our new School Resource Deputy (SRD) who will be working in Chatham Central Schools starting this September. Along with helping to maintain a safe learning environment in our buildings, Deputy Hyson will be active in the classroom as well, providing our students with resources on topics like Internet safety, bullying, and drug and alcohol awareness. “I am really looking forward to this opportunity to serve and give back to the community by contributing to the school and interacting with our youth in a positive way,” he said. Read more...

New Meal Prices for 2014-15

Beginning in September, the cost of breakfast and lunch at MED will increase by 15 cents per meal. Free and reduced meal prices remain unchanged. Learn more...

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs Told at MED

The wolf visits the pigs in the straw houseStudent's in MED's Language Concepts program put on play that set the record straight on what really happened when the wolf came to visit the three little pigs (he sneezed). Their performance of "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" delighted their audience of friends, family and school staff who gathered in the school's library on August 15th to watch. The play was the culmination of this summer’s program, where students explored fairy tales and poetry using the alphabet. Learn more...

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...


Welcome Back!

Classes begin Thursday, September 4th.


K-3 Open House Sept. 17

MED's Open House for grades K-3 is Wednesday, September 17, from 6-7:30pm.


4 & 5 Open House Sept. 22

MED's Open House for grades 4 & 5 is Monday, September 22, from 6-7:30pm.