Mary E. Dardess ES

Kristen Reno, Principal


Mrs. RiddickMrs. Riddick 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 this week and she will be recognized on the News 10 (WTEN) evening news tonight, October 21st during the 5:30 broadcast. Mrs. Riddick has been teaching at the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School since 2006.
View WTEN Teacher of the Week webpage...

Fire Safety Day

fire fighters talk with studentsOctober 17th was fire safety day at MED, a student favorite. Volunteer firefighters from communities all over our school district brought their trucks, ladders, hoses and other firefighting equipment to the school to show the students. These men and women volunteers talked about what firefighters do, how students can stay safe during a fire, and even dressed up Mrs. Morris, our our assistant principal, in their gear. Learn more...

Office Music

Trio playing in MED officeFifth graders Gabriel Rippel (cello) and Julian San Diego (viola) joined MED orchestra teacher Cynthia Ogulnick for an impromptu concert in the school's main office. The trio delighted the office staff with their rendition of "Lightly Row." This and other pop-up performances planned around MED give students a chance to show off the skills they have developed since picking up instruments only a short time ago. Fifth graders like Gabe and Julian began playing the strings in December as fourth graders.

MED Morning Announcement Team

Morning announcement teamMeet the new voice of MED’s morning announcements! Fifth graders Katherine Marotta, Amanda Roberts, Tobias Jeralds, Lauren Bruck, Giovanna Allen, Anna Carroll, Skylar Rowe, Fiona Phelps, Katie Everett, Abigail Taylor, and Gabrielle Fisher will be reading our morning announcements and leading our school in the Pledge of Allegiance. Their program also includes weather, birthday announcements, what the cafeteria is serving up, and entertainment they develop themselves. Learn more...

Reminder to Stay Safe By Avoiding Strangers

You may have heard on the news recently about children in Colonie and Berkshire County being approached by a man in a gray car with New York plates, which police are investigating as possible attempted abductions. While there have been no reported incidents in our immediate area, on September 19th we took the opportunity to remind all our students to be vigilant about their safety when out and about. We are asking that our parents and guardians help us reinforce this message by speaking to your child/children about strangers and how to avoid potential dangers.

Please remind your children to:

  • Avoid walking alone and walk in groups whenever possible.
  • Don’t talk to strangers.
  • If approached by a stranger, run away and immediately tell a trusted adult.
  • Never get into a vehicle of someone you don’t know.

Together we can help make sure our children stay out of harm’s way.

Precautionary EV-D68 Information for Parents/Guardians

The New York State Department of Health is advising parents and health care providers to be aware of the signs and symptoms of enterovirus EV-D68, a serious respiratory illness which has now been confirmed in more than a dozen children in New York State, including in the Capital Region. While we are currently not aware of any cases of EV-D68 in the Chatham Central School District, the Health Department has recommended that schools advise parents about the signs of enterovirus EV-D68 as a precaution. Learn more...

MED Welcomes New Assistant Principal

Lindsay MorrisPlease welcome Lindsay Morris to the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School. Mrs. Morris is our new assistant principal and comes to MED from Mayfield Elementary School, where she previously worked as a teacher, curriculum coordinator for English Language Arts in grades K-6, and building leader for the school’s summer school program. “Being in an elementary school is both my passion and my privilege, and I’m very happy to be a part of the Chatham program,” said Morris. “I’m all about bringing excitement into the classroom and getting students excited about learning, because all children can learn and it’s our job as teachers and administrators to help them find their vehicle for success.” Learn more...

District Launches "Parent Portal"

Parents of CCSD students can now track their child's progress at school online using our new Parent Portal, an Internet based program accessible through our District's website. The Parent Portal allows our parents to electronically access certain educational records about their student, including schedules, grades, attendance, and discipline. In order to access the portal, parents will need to sign up for an individualized account through their child's school using the form provided below. Parents who sign up will be given a password and training at their school's open house this September. To learn more, please read the following information sent home September 10th.

Letter to Parents Introducing Parent Portal


Parent Portal Access Form

Meet Chatham’s SRD

School Resource Officer Todd HysonSheriff’s Deputy Todd Hyson is our new School Resource Deputy (SRD) who will be working in Chatham Central Schools starting this September. Along with helping to maintain a safe learning environment in our buildings, Deputy Hyson will be active in the classroom as well, providing our students with resources on topics like Internet safety, bullying, and drug and alcohol awareness. “I am really looking forward to this opportunity to serve and give back to the community by contributing to the school and interacting with our youth in a positive way,” he said. Read more...

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs Told at MED

The wolf visits the pigs in the straw houseStudent's in MED's Language Concepts program put on play that set the record straight on what really happened when the wolf came to visit the three little pigs (he sneezed). Their performance of "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" delighted their audience of friends, family and school staff who gathered in the school's library on August 15th to watch. The play was the culmination of this summer’s program, where students explored fairy tales and poetry using the alphabet. Learn more...


October is Bully Prevention Month!


Unity Day Oct 22 -Wear Orange

Unite against bullying by wearing orange to school Wednesday, October 22.


MED Fall Harvest Fest Oct. 25

The MED PTA Fall Harvest Festival is Saturday, October 25th, from 11am-3pm.


MED Halloween Parade Oct. 31

Friday, October 31 at 1pm.


MED Online Newsletter

MED's new monthly newsletter, published online at the end of each month, can be viewed by clicking the "Principal's Corner" icon. Check out our latest Issue!


Basketball Skills Clinics

The Chatham Panthers basketball program is offering skills clinics for boys and girls in grades 3-12.

Clinics are Oct. 1, 7, 16, 21, 27, & Nov. 5 - come to one or all.

6:30-8pm at CHS. View flyer and registration form...


Mrs. Reno RoundupMrs. Reno's Writing Round-up

View Mrs. Reno's October writing questions for grades 2-5 here...