Mary E. Dardess ES

Kristen Reno, Principal


Ocean Scenes in Kindergarten

students making sea scapesIn February, kindergarten students made mixed-media artwork inspired by the book I’m the Best Artist in the Ocean, by Kevin Sherry. During this project, students made connections between art, literature, and science. With their art teacher, Mrs. Barth, the children listened to and discussed the book as they gathered facts about fish and giant squid. Students learned and applied skill in printmaking, drawing, and watercolor painting to complete their creative ocean scenes. 

Longhouse Models Impress

longhouse modelNoticed all the amazing miniature Iroquois longhouses around school lately? They were all created by our 4th grade students as part of their social studies unit on historical Native American cultures. The impressive models, which provide an accurate representation of traditional longhouses and the activities that once took place in and around them, are on display at MED and the District offices. If you can’t catch them there, a few can also be found at Chatham Public Library this January.

student explores iglooLanguage Concepts Holiday Party

Miss Engel’s Grade 2-3 Language Concepts class hosted a “Polar Express & PJ Party” on December 21st. Their special guests included the students from Mr. Botsford’s K-1 class and Mrs. Maraglio’s 4-5 class. The students had hot chocolate and snacks, enjoyed a holiday movie, and got to know each other better. They even took turns exploring Miss Engel’s class igloo made from recycled milk jugs. Learn more...

Character Ed Theme of Giving Brings 6th Graders to Kindergarten

6th grader reads to kindergartnerThe sixth grade headed over to MED the morning of December 18th to share the gift of literacy with kindergartners. Each sixth grader paired up with a kindergarten buddy to read a book together.  Afterward, they drew a picture and wrote about the story they had just experienced. This service-learning project was part of the December character education theme of giving and was a great way for students of different ages to get to know one another and share the joys that reading can bring.   

Winter Habits of Animals

Michelle Vedder-Drew talks to students about fisher and other animalsStudents in Miss Engel’s Language Concepts class enjoyed two guests from Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center; one being the program coordinator Michelle Vedder-Drew and the other being a real stuffed fisher! The students have been studying animal habits in the winter, including hibernation, migration, and adaptations. Michelle had them experiment with “animal fat,” ice water, and bear fur to see how animals keep warm during the cold months. Learn more...

Venice and The Four Seasons

Students perform Spring in The Four Season balletTo celebrate the conclusion of their study of Venice, the third grade held a special performance for parents in the MED Cafeteria. Guest educator Tom Lee, from the Spencertown Academy, gave parents an overview of the types of lessons students enjoyed over the past several weeks, where they learned about Venetian history, architecture, art, writing, music, and more. The students then put on a ballet performance of Vivaldi’s Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons). Learn more...

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...




School Banking Feb 10

Our next school banking day is Wednesday February 10.


Winter Recess Feb 15-19

School not in session


Softball Clinic Feb 16 & 18

For grades 3-8 @ CMS February 16 & 18, 5 - 7pm. Individualized instruction in hitting, fielding, pitching, throwing, strategy, sportsmanship, and team concepts from Chatham Coaches. See flier...


Kindergarten Registration

Registration for the Class of 2029 begins in February. Registration packets will be mailed home to all eligible children who are 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 Mrs. Layton at 392-1530 or visit the elementary school office between 9am and 3pm. Learn More...


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

Mrs. Reno is rustling up great writing with her monthly writing challenge for students.

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