Mary E. Dardess ES

Kristen Reno, Principal


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 countywide 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!

New Swing Set Arrives at MED

swing set in process of being installedMED is getting back in the "swing" of things, thanks to the fundraising efforts of our PTA! This August, our maintenance crew is busy installing a new swing set the PTA purchased for our playground, which hasn't had swings for years. It all began last October when, as part of her monthly writing challenge, Mrs. Reno asked 2nd graders to write a persuasive argument for any new activities, games or equipment they would like to see at recess. The response: overwhelmingly “swings!” Learn more...

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...

Language Concepts Classes Put On End of Summer Celebration

student sings from yellow submarine cut outStudents in our Language Concepts program put on a performance for family and friends celebrating the ocean-themed literacy learning they had accomplished this summer. Students sang “Yellow Submarine” and “Down by the Bay,” followed by a slide show and reception highlighting their class activities. The event, held in the MED library on August 14, was the culmination of this summer's program, where students explored the A-to-Zs of our oceans through writing, crafts, & class trips. Learn more...



October is Bully Prevention Month!

Basketball Skills Clinics
Oct 6-Nov 3

Our basketball program offers a basketball skills clinic for students in 3rd-12th grade. Individualized instruction in skills (dribbling, passing, & shooting), strategy, sportsmanship, team concepts, etc. Staffed by Chatham coaches. Cost is $20 for all nights or $5 each night attended. Clinics are October 6, October 14, October 19, October 26, and November 3, 6:30-8pm @ CHS. Download flyer/registration form...


No School Oct 12

All CCSD schools and offices will be closed Monday, October 12 in observance of Columbus Day.