Mary E. Dardess ES

Kristen Reno, Principal


Fourth Graders Take Walk Through Time

student on history tour witth Gail WolczanskiDid you know that the inventor of the Coleman Lantern was born in Chatham and that’s who the village's Coleman St. is named after? Or that the village used to be called Chatham Four Corners before it stole the Chatham name away from what is now Old Chatham? Or that a resident once blew up his own building to stop a huge fire from spreading down Main Street? These are just some of the fascinating tidbits our fourth graders learned on a walking history tour with Chatham historian Gail Wolczanski. Learn more...

student typingTyping at MED

With computers playing an ever-increasing role in our daily lives, learning how to type has never been more useful, and it's never too early to get started. MED is currently rolling out a new typing program for students in grades k-5. With help from their teachers and our school librarian, Mr. Selby, students are learning proper typing technique using self-guided computer programs that are both age-appropriate and fun! Learn more...

students building shelters5th Graders Build Connections to Story

Mrs. Rivet’s fifth grade classes did a collaborative STEM activity November 22. The students had to work together to build a miniature shelter using only 10 popsicle sticks and a piece of cloth. The project tied in with the book the class is currently reading, Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen, which tells the story a young boy who must survive alone in the wilderness after a plane crash.

Campus Trails Become Pathways to Learning

5t graders hikingTo celebrate National Take a Hike Day on November 17th, Mrs. Murray and Mrs. Hogencamp took their fifth graders out on the hiking trails that the CHS Outdoor Club constructed behind the high school. Thanks to a professional development class, provided by the district, the teachers were able to guide the children through an educational experience in an unconventional classroom. The teacher’s integrated literature, science, math, and social studies into the hour long hike.


students playing ping-pongMiss Engel’s Language Concepts 1-3 class took a mini-field trip down to Chatham High School on November 17. The students had been discussing ways to try new things, step out of their comfort zones, and accept changes in their routines. In addition to moving their desks and carpet spots around within the classroom, they decided to try a new sport! Conveniently, the CHS PE students were wrapping up their ping-pong unit and were happy to invite the younger students over. Learn more...

students in costume in MED halloween paradeHalloween Parade

Students and staff enjoyed dressing up for one of MED's most popular events, our annual Halloween parade. Students and staff paraded down the halls and around the outside of the school on October 31st to show off their costumes to the large crowd of parents and family members who had gathered to cheer them on. See photos...

Pumpkin Project

pumkin projectFirst graders explored pumpkins inside and out this Halloween season. On October 28, the children drew their pumpkins and described them using as many words as they could before putting their pumpkins through some scientific tests. They put their pumpkins in water to see if they would float (they did), measured and weighed their pumpkins, counted the number of ribs, and then plunged their hands into the gooey insides to scoop out the seeds and count them all.

Pre-K Visits CMS for Harvest Festival

middle school student with preschoolersStudents in the CMS mentoring program and their mentors invited MED pre-k Students over to pair up with middle school buddy for a morning of fun and games in the CMS gym. There were games of skill, crafts, face painting, and more! This event gives middle schoolers the opportunity to be leaders and pre-k students a chance to connect with older children in a meaningful way. The Mentor Program pairs middle schoolers with adults from the community and involves 20 students and 20 volunteer mentors. 

Magic Show Helps Make Bullying Disappear

Magician Paul Antionio does a magic trick with a little help from MED studentsGrades 3-5 enjoyed a visit from the Paul Antonio Magic Show. Using magic and stories, Mr. Antonio shared a message of kindness and inclusion. He also discussed bullying behaviors like threatening or hitting, spreading rumors, or excluding others. "Bullying is not cool,” he said, so everyone should stand up to it by saying “No!” and telling a teacher or principal. Mr. Antonio stressed that telling is not tattling when it comes to serious things like bullying. The magic show was sponsored by the PTA.

MED, Sheriff’s Office Team Up to Bring D.A.R.E. to Chatham

students, teachers, and sheriff's deputies pose with DARE banner in front of MED MED now offers a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program for all our fifth graders. The D.A.R.E. program, retooled in recent years, addresses issues like drug and tobacco use while placing a greater focus on students gaining knowledge and skills they can use to make safe and responsible choices in all aspects of their lives. Deputy Wendy Guntert, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. Officer, will be teaching the program one day a week for the next few months. Learn more...

Fire Prevention Day

Mr. Burns in Fire gearA student favorite at MED! During the morning of October 14th, volunteer firefighters representing the Chatham, East Chatham, Ghent, Red Rock, and Spencertown fire companies visited MED to talk about fire safety and what to do if there is ever a fire emergency at school or at home. The event kicked off with an assembly in front of the school where the firefighters could show off some of their trucks and safety equipment they wear when putting out fires and rescuing people from burning buildings. Learn more.....

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.




Book Fair Dec. 12-16

The PTA Book Fair at MED has been rescheduled for the week of December 12-16.


Book Fair Night & Ice Cream Social Dec. 15

The MED PTA Book Fair Night and Ice Cream Social is Thursday, December 15, from 6-8pm.


Student Physicals

    Dr. Curry will be available at CCSD for students needing physicals on Dec. 7, Feb. 15, and March 1. If you believe your child needs a physical, please contact your school nurse.