Mary E. Dardess ES

Kristen Reno, Principal


Fire Prevention Day

Mr. Burns in Fire gearA student favorite at MED! During the morning of October 14th, volunteer firefighters representing the Chatham, East Chatham, Ghent, Red Rock, and Spencertown fire companies visited MED to talk about fire safety and what to do if there is ever a fire emergency at school or at home. The event kicked off with an assembly in front of the school where the firefighters could show off some of their trucks and safety equipment they wear when putting out fires and rescuing people from burning buildings. Learn more...

New D.A.R.E. Program for 5th Graders

October 13, 2016 - Dear Family,
The Chatham Central School District, in conjunction with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department will be providing the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program to all students who are currently enrolled in the 5th Grade. The program will include a series of 45 minute visits to each 5th grade classroom for 12 weeks. The lessons will be provided by Deputy Wendy Gunter, of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office in her role as a D.A.R.E. Office and Instructor. Lessons will also be in conjunction with School Counselor Trisha Bradley who will be incorporating key concepts from Too Good for Violence into the D.A.R.E. curriculum. Students will be involved in role-playing, discussions, written activities and lectures. Read full letter...

Character Education Newsletter

New this year, our guidance and counseling department is publishing a quarterly newsletter for parents about character education initiatives at MED. Read the October, 2016 edition...

When a Box is Not a Box

student make a house out of a carboard boxstudents make racecar out of a box In Pre-K, the class read the book Not a Box by Antoinette Portis, in which a little rabbit shares how a cardboard box can become anything you can imagine. After reading the book, the children used their imaginations and worked together to make a racecar and a house.

Language Concepts Summer Program Wraps Up with Open House

student giving presentationThe Language Concepts program wrapped up its six-week summer program with an open house for family and staff on August 12 at MED. Students in Ms. Smith’s class showed off what they had been learning over the summer by each putting on their own presentation about a favorite  topic. In Ms. Engel’s class, the students hosted their guests with displays of some of the projects they had worked on over the summer, snacks, and a game of “Pin the Tail on the Sneetch.” Learn more...

Olympics Theme of MED Summer Program

student tossing water balloonMED’s summer program wrapped up with an Olympic themed field event. The students had been studying trajectories, so all the games were flight-based feats of skill, with a fun summer twist. There was “shot put” and “javelin” toss simulated with water balloons, and “archery,” where students tossed cheese puffs and tried to get them to stick to shaving cream on their partners’ heads. The month-long program explored the Olympics using math, science, technology, and research. Learn more...

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...





Fall Harvest Festival Oct. 29

The PTA will host its annual Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 29 from 11am-3pm at MED. The day will include a giant rock climbing wall, face painting, jack o’ lantern contest, hay maze, themed raffle baskets, tricky tray, crafts, and delicious food and drinks! Family admission is on a $5-15 sliding scale. Monies raised at the event support programs and exciting learning opportunities for our students.


Halloween Parade Oct. 31

MED's annual Halloween Parade with music from CMS' Grade 7/8 Band. The fun starts at 1pm, rain or shine. Please remember, no clown costumes!


No School November 8

Tuesday, November 8 is a District Conference Day - No School.


Early Dismissal/Parent Conferences at MED Nov 9

  • MED will dismiss students at 11:00am on Wednesday, November 9th to accommodate parent conferences. Early Dismissal is for MED only.


ADDED: Early Dismissal/Parent Conferences at MED Nov 14

  • MED will dismiss students at 11:15am on Monday, November 14th to accommodate parent conferences. This is a recent addition, please mark your calendars! Early dismissal is for MED & CMS only.


    Student Physicals

    Dr. Curry will be available at CCSD for students needing physicals on Nov. 16, Dec. 7, Feb. 15, and March 1. If you believe your child needs a physical, please contact your school nurse.


Rules for HS Football Games

    To ensure student safety at high school football games, Chatham Central School District officials are implementing the following rules for student fans who attend home games:

    • Students in grade 8 or younger MUST be accompanied by a supervising adult or they will not be admitted to the football game. An adult is defined as a parent, a coach, a grandparent or a guardian.

    • Admission to football games is $2 for all adults and $1 for all students.