Mary E. Dardess ES

Kristen Reno, Principal


Distance Learning Connects Students with West Coast Immigration History

Ranger Casey talks with students using distance learning equipmentThe fifth grade took a virtual field trip to Angel Island in California on January 23 using their school's distance learning equipment. Located 2,500 miles away in San Francisco Bay, Angel Island served as a major immigration station from 1910 to 1940 and is now a state park and museum. “We are kind of the Ellis Island of the West Coast,” explained park ranger Casey Dexter-Lee, who greeted the students from inside a dormitory were immigrants lived while being processed through the station. Learn more...

John Stiles as Mark TwainFourth Grade Biographies

A biography assignment brought Mark Twain and other famous individuals to life in Mrs. Maddalla’s fourth grade English language arts class. Students could pick one of their favorite people to read about and then were tasked with preparing a biography presentation about that person for the class. Fourth grader John Miles really got into his and came to class January 22 dressed for the part; complete with wig, mustache and bow tie.

Birds of Prey and Reptiles Visit MED

Robinson shows off turkey vultureStudents in Ms. Hasbrook’s, Mr. Botsford’s and Mrs. Maraglio’s classes got up close and personal with some fascinating animals January 16th. The students have been studying reptiles and birds of prey in science, so Ms. Hasbrook invited Bill Robinson of Wildlife Lectures to visit and share his vast knowledge of these creatures. He brought along a red tailed hawk, turkey vulture, great horned owl, falcon, king snake, even an alligator, and shared each animal's adaptations for survival and role in the ecosystem.

MED Students Showcase Artwork on Artsonia

student drawingMove over Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Picasso, Mary E. Dardess Elementary School artists are taking over the spotlight! Nancy Barth, our school's art teacher, has teamed up with Artsonia - the world's largest online children's art museum - to display the students' artwork. MED students join thousands of students from over 130 countries whose artwork is showcased on Artsonia. Visitors can browse the artwork in the school gallery by grade level, or by specific exhibits. Learn more...

students sing to residents at Payne homeThird Grade Makes Holiday Visit to Senior Home

Students from Mrs. Rossi’s, Mrs. Fleck’s, Mrs. Myers’, Mrs. Lynch’s, and Mrs. Mulica’s third grade classes walked from MED to the Payn Home to some holiday caroling. The Payn Home is a retirement residence in the Village of Chatham. The December 22 trip was a good time for all as everyone sang familiar tunes together. The children also created cards, drawings, and paintings to give to the seniors. 

students using ipadHour of Code

This December, students in Chatham Central Schools participated in the Hour of Code - an international effort designed to increase awareness of computer programming. Fourth and fifth grade students at MED, technology students at CMS, and computer science students at CHS all logged on to to learn about the ever increasing importance of code in our daily lives and try a little computer programming themselves. Learn more...

Architect Cues Third Graders in on Venetian Design

Stuart Narofky talks with studentsArchitect and MED parent Stuart Narofsky visited Mrs. Mulica’s third grade class to talk about the art and science behind Venetian building design. The third grade has been studying Venice, Italy over the past few weeks, and Mr. Narofsky shared quite a bit about why the city came to look the way it does. He discussed how the city’ architects looked to Gothic, Moorish, and Byzantine styles for inspiration, and explained why Venetian buildings have so many arches. Learn more...

Mrs. Rossi's and Mrs. Fleck's Classes Connect with Kentucky E-mail Pals

MED-Kentucky skyping sessionThird grade co-teachers, Mrs. Rossi and Mrs. Fleck, took it upon themselves to travel to Burna, Kentucky to visit their e-mail pals. Their classes have been e-mailing a third grade class at North Livingston Elementary School since the beginning of the school year. While visiting, the two used our school's distance learning equipment to connect their classes here at MED with the students in Kentucky. The session including introductions of the students, teachers, and even the principals. Learn more...

First Graders Explore the Five Senses with the Fifth Grade

ist graders sticks her hand into mystery boxMrs. Wrigley’s and Mrs. Rivet’s co-taught 5th grade class hosted Mrs. Riddick’s 1st grade class on October 31st. The fifth graders set up ‘sensory stations’ around their classroom to teach their young visitors about the five senses. Each fifth grader paired up with a first grade buddy and went through the stations together- there were reading/listening, tasting/smelling, and coloring stations, along with a ‘mystery box’ station where the students stuck their hands inside and then had to describe what they felt (it was Halloween, so there was some pretty slimy stuff in there). More photos...

Students Dig In To Pumpkin Science

Students delve into pumpkinsIt was pumpkin guts galore at the fourth grade's Pumpkin Science Investigation on October 31st. In the cafeteria, they weighed their pumpkins, measured the circumference of each, and tested the pumpkins' density by floating them in water. Then, with help from their teachers, the pumpkins were halved and students dug into to take note of what they saw, felt and smelled in the squishy guts. They counted and measured the seeds and later compared their data to see what similarities and differences existed between all the pumpkins they dissected.

Halloween ParadeMED Halloween Parade

One of MED's most popular traditions is the Halloween Parade. To wrap up the school day on October 31st, students paraded out to the track and around the back of the school building to show off their costumes and Halloween spirit. Hundreds of parents, family members, and staff were out to watch them go by.
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Día de Los Muertos

bobbing for applescutting paperOn October 30, students learning English as a Second Language with Mrs. Saso stayed after school to celebrate Día de Los Muertos, a significant holiday in Latin America. The students made papel picado (cut paper), pan de muertos (bread of the dead), bobbed for apples, and decorated pumpkins. It was a fun event to celebrate an important holiday honoring loved ones who have passed away. The holiday is traditionally celebrated on November 1 and 2, and is derived from the combination of an Aztec celebration and celebrations of All Saints Day and All Souls’ Day.

Mrs. RiddickMED Teacher Named WTEN's Teacher of the Week

Congratulations to first grade teacher Erika Riddick, who was just named News 10 ABC’s Teacher of the Week! Mrs. Riddick received the most nominations of any teacher in the Capital Region th e week of October 20 and she was recognized on the News 10 (WTEN) 5:30 evening news on October 28. Mrs. Riddick has been teaching at the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School since 2006. View WTEN Teacher of the Week webpage...

Walmart Gives MED Teachers $1000 for School Supplies

Walmart in Hudson has selected the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School as the local recipient of the Walmart/Sam’s Club Teacher Rewards Program. Walmart provided our school with twenty $50.00 reward cards for our teachers to purchase school supplies with, a total of $1,000, and we distributed the cards to teachers across all our grade levels. Nationally, Walmart and Sam’s Club locations are awarding more than 100,000 educators with $50.00 rewards cards, infusing schools across America with $5 million. Thanks for supporting Chatham’s teachers Walmart!



District Conference Day

No School Jan. 30

Friday, January 30 is a district conference day. There will be no school to allow for staff development.


Kindergarten Registration Begins in February

Registration packets will be mailed to the homes of children on our school census. If you have a child who is eligible to attend kindergarten this fall and you do not receive a packet by March 1st, please call the elementary office at 392-1530 and one will be sent to you. Beginning March 1st, registration can also be done in the elementary school office between the hours of 9am and 3pm. Learn more...


Pre-K Screening May 4, call for appointment by March 27

MED offers a prekindergarten program open only to CCSD resident children with deficits in school readiness and/or family barriers that limit access to other preschool programs. Must be 4 years old on or before Dec. 1st, 2015 in order to be considered. The program is a full-day class serving no more than 15 students. There is No Charge and school provides transportation for children age four and older. Learn more...


Mrs. Reno Roundup

Mrs. Reno's Writing Round-up

View Mrs. Reno's January writing questions for grades 1-5 here...