Mary E. Dardess ES

Kristen Reno, Principal


Language Concepts Class Enjoys Live Theater

language concepts calss at playThe Language Concepts Summer Program took a mini-field trip to the Columbia County Fairgrounds to watch the Mac-Haydn Children’s Theatre’s dress rehearsal of The Emperor’s New Clothes on July 20th. They enjoyed the children’s play of the frivolous emperor and thought the weaver’s way of tricking him was quite entertaining. This experience watching live theater is a lead up to the students’ big field trip to the Mac-Haydn Theatre in August.

Chatham Welcomes New Assistant Principal to MED

Michael BurnsPlease welcome Michael Burns the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School. Mr. Burns is our new assistant principal and comes to Chatham from the Voorheesville Central School District, where he taught fourth and fifth grades. “I love working with kids. I find it is the most rewarding profession there is,” said Burns on being an educator. “One of the first things that really impressed me about MED is the sense of good culture here, the sense of family and community that really is Chatham. As assistant principal, I really look forward to being able to work with students and teachers in a greater capacity and make connections with our families and community that are rewarding for everyone.” Learn more...

5th Graders "Moving On"

student receives moving on certificateThe 5th grade celebrated their moving up to the Middle School with a Moving On Ceremony for family and friends heal June 21 at MED. To start off the event, principal Kristen Reno congratulated the students on their completion of elementary school and the entire 5th grade sang “Count On Me” by Bruno Mars. One by one, each 5th grade class then called their soon-to-be 6th graders to the front of the gym to receive his or her “moving on” certificate. Learn more...

Language Concepts End-of-the-Year Celebration

students at picnicOn Friday June 17th, the Language Concepts classes joined together for an end-of-the-year picnic celebration! The students in Mr. Botsford, Mrs. Maraglio and Miss Engel’s classes munched down cheese and gluten-free pizza, sliced watermelon, and homemade lemonade. They enjoyed the time together to socialize, discuss their awesome year, and get to know each other better!

Field Day 2016

Image of MED Field Day MED held our annual Field Day June 15th. Throughout the morning, students participated in everything from classics like the three-legged race, sack race, and potato race to the basketball shoot-out, capture the flag, and water brigade. To conclude the activities, everyone headed to the hill to watch their teachers duke it out in tug-of-war. Special thanks to the parents and other volunteers who helped make the event a big success. See more photos...    

Junior Achievement at MED

Teri Conte lead JA program in 4th gradeThanks to the MED PTA, students enjoyed learning about money and business with the Junior Achievement (JA) program. On June 13 & 14, fourth graders learned about entrepreneurship from guest educators, who were all volunteers from the community who came in and talk business with the students. The volunteers brought their experience to the classroom and shared their own thoughts on how they finished school and moved on to the profession they have today. Learn more...

seniors walk through MEDClass of 2016 Returns to MED!

Chatham Central School District started a new tradition this year. On June 13th, the Class of 2016 returned to their beginnings by parading 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 wave signs they made congratulating our soon to be graduates!

3rd Grade Goes Farm to Table

student holding chickenOn June 8th, Miss Engel’s Language Concepts 2-3 Class joined the 3rd grade field trip to Katchkie Farm in Valatie NY. Students rotated around different stations of the farm, some including seed planting, crop harvesting, and food prep. Students and farm guides discussed what parts of the plants were edible, how to safety cut and cook the crops, and students were strongly encouraged to try different foods from the gardens. Students also got a chance to visit the farm animals. Learn more..

first grade celebration First Grade Celebration

With the end of the school year in sight, it’s time to celebrate moving up to the next grade. At MED, the first grade kicked of the end-of-year festivities with their 1st Grade Celebration show for parents and family members, where they sang about heading on to second grade! The last weeks in June see an end-of-year celebration at in each grade level.

MED Students Check Out Senior Expo

students check out expoMrs. Mulica’s and Mrs. Lynch’s third grade classes and fifth graders spending the week with Mrs. Wrigley visited CHS to get a sneak preview of tonight’s Senior Expo. The event is Chatham's annual celebration of each senior’s educational career and personal accomplishments. The seniors were there to share their experiences and the young guests got to see what the soon-to-be-graduates valued most from their time here as students. Learn more...

Nature's Classroom

student getting on nusPictured here, the fifth grade gets on the bus the morning of June 6, on their way to Becket, Massachusetts where they spent the entire week at Nature's Classroom! This camp-style outdoor learning getaway is an annual June event for Chatham fifth graders. They learned about nature, teamwork, and much, much more! Students returned home to Chatham the afternoon of June 10 with lots of tales for their families.

5th Graders Who Stayed at MED Enjoyed Nature's Classroom Activities As Well

students at Chatham PoliceStudents who stayed at MED during Nature’s Classroom had lots of fun learning and going field trips with Mrs. Wrigley. During the week they visited the Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center where they studied animals and insects, enjoyed a visit to the Chatham Police Department with Deputy Hyson and Officer Lovitt, checked out the Senior Expo at the High School, and explored the trails around Smith Pond.

Garden Club Gets Growing

Garden club plating flowersWhen it’s the season for growing, the MED Garden Club gets going! This June, the students and club advisor Patty Goodwin planted flowers in the club’s garden plot located in the school’s courtyard. The flowers had been grown for them by Miss Engel’s language concepts class. Along with flowers, the club is growing edibles like strawberries. Their plot is also a registered monarch butterfly habitat because they maintain a crop of milkweed, the only plant that monarch caterpillars can eat.

Pre-K students, 5th Graders Share Friendship and Nature

Students on hike5th grade students from the Bully Free Group and Service Club shared some quality time with their Pre-K friends on June 3rd. The students enjoyed a picnic lunch together, then buddied up for a nature hike on the trails near school that weave through woods along Smith Pond (often called Old Pond). Several of the 5th graders have acted as mentors for the younger students throughout the year. The get-together was organized by Pre-K teacher Mrs. Alliger and counselors Mrs. Morgan & Mrs. Bradley.

Nana with capeMED Honors Corinne Summers at Arbor Day Celebration

MED has selected lifelong Chatham resident Corinne Summers as our 2016 Arbor Day honoree. The school invited the public to attend this special community event held Friday, June 3rd at 9:30 a.m. in the MED gym. Students honored Summers’ contributions to her community with a play about her life. The program also included the traditional Maypole dance performed by the fourth grade and a tree planting ceremony. Learn more...

5th Grade Career Day

veternarian talks with studentsOn June 2nd, 5th grade students participated in a Career Day which incorporated professionals from the Chatham community who came in to teach the students about their various exciting jobs. The student’s heard from EMT's Epi Sanchez and Angi Sanchez of Chatham Rescue Squad, Dr. Delliere from the Woodhill Veterinary Clinic, Julie Cerny of Katchkie Farm, and Deputies Hyson, Stevens, and VanAlstyne with his K9 partner Kira from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Learn more..

2nd Grade Poetry Cafe

students reciting poetryFor several weeks, second graders were immersed in the study of poetry. They learned about the rhythm and structure of poetry as well as many poetic devices including visualization, repetition, similes & metaphors. Students also learned about some popular types of poems such as cinquain, haiku, color poem, and acrostic. As the culminating activity in their poetry unit of study, the second grade hosted a Poetry Café where students shared their favorite poems with parents and classmates. Learn more...

5th Grade Service Club Helps Homeless Animals

Club with donations and Ms. QuinnThe MED 5th Grade Service Club collected donations for the Columbia-Greene Humane Society during the month of May.  Items that the students collected were clean blankets and towels, dog and cat food, treats, toys, paper towels, rubber gloves, and sponges. On May 31st the students presented the items they collected to Anne Quinn, Adoption Counselor for the Columbia-Greene Humane Society. Ms. Quinn’s talked with the club about the Humane Society's services. Learn more...

Author Shares the Power of Kindness with MED Students

Halstead talks to studentsAnn Marie Gardinier Halstead is an award-winning author as well as a professor and bullying-prevention speaker. On May 20, she made a special visit to MED to discuss her book The Bucket Filling Fairy and to talk about bullying too. During a school-wide assembly in the morning, Halstead shared how she wrote her book and worked with an editor and illustrator. She also led age-appropriate workshops for all our ages groups. Bucket filling is all about being kind to others. Learn more...

4th Grade Longhouse Project

students work on longhouse As part of a multi-year collaboration between the fourth grade and the Flying Deer Nature Center, fourth grade students took a deeper exploration of Native American history by building an Iroquois (also known as Haudenosaunee) inspired longhouse at school on May 17 and 18. Working with Devin Franklin and Josh Wood from Flying Deer, along with their teachers and parent volunteers, the students used large sheets of bark to sheath the longhouse’s roof and walls. Learn more....

Empathy and Awareness of People With Disabilities

students write left-handedOver the course of May 12th and 13th, the third, fourth, and fifth grades participated in the Berkshire Empathy Awareness Mentoring Workshop, led by guest educators Christine Singer, Bob Dean, and Ethan Dean. This interactive program was enhanced our students’ awareness of and sensitivity to people living with disabilities and give them an understanding of the physical, emotional, and cognitive challenges many people face. Learn more...

Math Olympiads Family Night

family doing math at eventCCSD’s Math Olympiads Family Night added up to a good time for all. On April 21, students from the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades who had participated in the Math Olympiad clubs during the school year were invited to attend a math problem solving evening with their families. The event ran from 7–8:30 p.m. and included a short math group activity led by Jim Matthews of Siena College. Mr. Matthews is a professor of Math and Computer Science and is on the Board of Directors of Math Olympiads. Learn more...

Students with trach they picked upEarth Day

On Earth Day, students from MED’s Bully Free Friends group picked up litter along the wooded trails around the school campus. Earth Day 2016 was April 22. Left to right are Anna Miles, Cecelia Dohr, CC the MED therapy dog, Alex Chudy, Chris Sorokey, John Miles, Emily Mesick, Haylee Roemer, Mariah Kratt. The Bully Free Friends are advised by school counselor Renee Morgan.

Stories Under the Big Top

students on stageThe MED Drama Club presented “Stories Under the Big Top,” by Lorraine Thompson from Pioneer Drama Service on April 1 & 2 in the Middle School auditorium. This is the fourth year of the afterschool program for 4th and 5th graders. The students met for several weeks to learn performing, singing and playwriting skills. This year, 70 students involved in the program worked with a script already written, making it their own. The students changed characters and lines, and added music and dance. Learn more...

Students Explore Movement and Rhythm with Professional Dancer

Student learns dance move from Jamal JacksonThe Jamal Jackson Dance Company held an all-day residence at MED, giving our students an expanded opportunity to get involved in dance. During their regularly scheduled physical education time on March 29, students learned some African-inspired dance moves with dancer/choreographer Jamal Jackson, accompanied by live drumming from Frank Malloy, IV. This exciting artist-in-residence program was brought to MED by PS21 in Chatham and was sponsored by the MED PTA.

Columbia Memorial Hospital Dental Program at MED

Evelyn Russo talks to students about keeping thier teeth healthy Dental hygienist Evelyn Russo visited students in 2nd and 3rd grade on March 30 to talk about keeping our teeth and gums healthy with daily brushing and flossing, and regular check ups at the dentist. Following Russo’s visit, a licensed dental hygienist will be coming to MED to provide dental exams and cleanings for second and third grade students who sign up. These visits come at no cost to families or our school, and are made possible through Columbia Memorial Hospital’s school-based mobile dental services.

Chatham Students Sing at Albany Devils Game

choir in the standsOn March 13th, select students from Chatham's grade 4-12 choral program were invited to sing the United States and Canadian national anthems at the opening of the Albany Devil's game played at the TU Center in Albany. Students had a blast singing for the crowd and enjoying a close game that ended with the Devils scoring the winning goal with only one minute left on the clock. The Devils are a professional hockey team in the American Hockey League. See larger photo...

Homespun Dance Residency

circle dancing Musical, physical, social, and historical themes came alive for students K-5 when Homespun Dance held a two-day residency at MED. With live music and calling from “Peter, Paul, and George,” our students learned square, contra, and circle dances as well as a variety of other folk dances rooted in cultures around the world. The March 9th and 10th residency came about through the collaborative efforts of our music and physical education departments. Learn more...

History in Wax

students as was exhibitsWe’ve done stories here about our students going to a museum, but never one about them becoming a museum. However, that’s exactly what happened here at MED when our fourth grade classes turned themselves into the Wax Museum of New World Explorers. After choosing an important explorer from history to study and depict, each student morphed into an animatronic mannequin of their adventurer. Students' families were invited to visit school and explore the museum. Learn more...




Have A Great Summer!