Mary E. Dardess ES

Kristen Reno, Principal


JA Helps Students Make “Cents” of Financial Literacy

JA Educator teaches class Over the course of five weeks, students explored the roles of local businesses, money and taxes, voting, and our government through a Junior Achievement program taught by PTA volunteers. In collaboration with the second grade teachers, the PTA made this program available to students so they could learn these important life skills from community volunteers in a fun, engaging way. The program took place during October and November, and concluded for second grade on November 20th. Learn More...

Fourth Graders Record Oral History, Honor Vets

student speking at assemblyThe fourth grade hosted a Veterans Ceremony for students and area veterans or active-duty servicemen and women. Prior to the event, students in Mrs. Lineberry and Mrs. Rossi’s classes interviewed veterans about their experiences in the service. Each child then wrote an essay about their veteran based on the information they received from their interview. The veterans were invited to attend the ceremony, during which the students read their essays aloud to the audience. Learn More...

Halloween Parade Halloween Parade

Students and their families enjoyed great weather October 30th for one of MED's most popular events, our annual Halloween parade. Students and staff paraded through the halls and around the outside of the school to show off their costumes to the large crowd of parents and family members who gathered to cheer them on.
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Author & Illustrator Visits MED

Hudson TalbottChildren’s author and illustrator Hudson Talbott spent October 23 at MED reading from his books and sharing with our students how he writes and draws his stories. Mr. Talbott has a studio near Catskill and is the author of twenty-four books. He brought along examples of how his stories evolve from a basic storyboard, to a dummy book with text, to a printed proof, and finally to the bound and finished product you can find at bookstores today. Learn more...

Students Make it ORANGE to End Bullying

MED students sign anti bullying pledgeOn Unity Day, October 21, Chatham students showed their true colors by supporting a safe and supportive school environment. Unity Day is a national effort to send one large ORANGE message of kindness, acceptance and inclusion, and end bullying. Students wore orange to bring attention to bullying and end discrimination. They signed pledges to end bullying behavior and received a "Chatham Central School - Stand Up To Bullying" bracelet. Learn more...

Fire Prevention Day

sparky the fire dog visits medStudents learned fire safety tips from some real-life community heroes during MED’s Fire Prevention Day October 16th.Volunteer firefighters from the Chatham, East Chatham, and Ghent fire companies were assembled in front of the school to talk about preventing fires and how to prepare for an emergency, like developing and practicing a fire escape plan at home. They brought along some of their fire trucks and other exciting equipment they use to put out fires. Learn more...

Ribbon Cutting Opens New Swings at MED

ribbon cuttingAt the start of recess on October 15, MED held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the official opening of our new swing set. Presiding over the event were MED PTA Co-presidents April Mountain and Dawn Friedman, MED Principal Kristen Reno, and CCSD Business Administrator Michael Chudy. The swing set was purchased for the MED playground with funds raised by the PTA. It has swings for eight, including an adaptive swing seat for children with special needs. Learn more...

students enjoy apple partyAwesome Apple Party

Ms. Engel's grades 2-3 reading concepts class topped off their first full week of school with a big apple party on September 18. The students had been studying apples all week; the parts of an apple, its life cycle, and the story of Johnny Appleseed. On Friday, the class set out a display table showing off all the work they had been doing. They made applesauce in a crockpot and let it cook all day while they enjoyed cider, donuts, caramel apples, and ice cream. They also played apple bingo! The students had a great time!

art at the fairart at the fairStudent Art Exhibits Take Home Awards at County Fair

Congratulations to the Chatham K-12 art students who recently participated in the art exhibit at the Columbia County Fair held September 2nd-7th. In the county-wide art exhibit, Chatham took first place in the Pre-K through Grade 5 division and second place in the Grade 6 through 12 division. The prize money awarded at the contest will be used toward a scholarship fund for seniors planning to pursue a career in the field of art.

Parent Portal

Chatham Central Schools offers parents and guardians our Parent Portal, an internet based, individualized program that allows you to electronically access your child’s educational records, including schedules, grades, attendance, and discipline. If you have not signed up for it already, please consider doing so! Letter to Parents Introducing Parent Portal...

Mystery box awaits answeringMystery Boxes

MED parents, be sure ask your children about the surprise package that was delivered to their classroom on the first day of school! Each class was hand delivered a brightly wrapped mystery gift box, on the outside of which was posted a question relating to something the students will be learning in school this year. When the class can answer their question, their teacher will open the box to reveal the surprise gift inside!

More Kindergartners Ready for School Thanks to New Pre-K Program

MED began our pre-Kindergarten program last fall, and as the program’s first class of students enters Kindergarten this September, the results of their kindergarten screenings couldn’t be more encouraging. “We are very proud of the progress the students made, they did amazing,” said pre-k teacher Jessica Alliger. “These were students who needed it the most and now they are going into kindergarten extremely well prepared.” Learn more...


No School Nov 25 -27

Wednesday, November 25 is a District Conference Day and on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27, all schools and offices will be closed for Thanksgiving Recess. Enjoy the holiday!

Mrs. Reno’s Writing Roundup Cowgirl Mrs. Reno rounding up great examples of student writing

Mrs. Reno's monthly student writing challenge begins this Nov!

View Nov. writing Questions