Chatham Middle School

Amy Potter, Principal


Modified Track Teams Patroon Conference Champs

Modified boys and girls track teamCongratulations to our boys and girls modified track teams for winning the 2017 Modified Patroon Conference Championship meet at Maple Hill May 15. Both teams gave it everything they had and ended the season with some of the best times that they have run all season. Congratulations to 8th grader Calliroe Barlow for winning all three events that she competed in and congratulations to 8th graders Kaleb Kastner and Will Marks for turning in their best performances of the year.  

student working with pioneer bank employeesCareer Field Trips

Seventh graders explored careers at General Electric in Schenectady and Pioneer Bank in Colonie as part of the Middle School’s collaboration with Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York. Students were able to work with different departments and did activities that included budgeting, communication, and interview skills. After Pioneer Bank they ate lunch at the nearby Crossings Town Park.

Reliving History at CMS

students present superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo with a tricorn hatStudents became Revolutionary War soldiers for a day at CMS as part of the seventh grade's Living History Day. The 2nd Regiment Albany County Militia, a reenactment group based out of Schenectady, visited the school May 11 to immerse the students in the life of an 18th century soldier. The students donned military uniforms, conducted drills, learned about the class system that existed during the 1770’s, and marched to MED where they presented superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo with a tricorn hat in honor of her upcoming retirement. Learn more...

Graziano, Kelly Receive Comptroller's Student Achievement Award

Ryan Graziano and Hannah KellyEighth graders Ryan Graziano and Hannah Kelly are our 2017 recipients of the NYS Comptroller's Student Achievement Award. The award is issued from the Office of the State Comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli to honor outstanding students who demonstrate leadership potential and a commitment to public service. Ryan and Hannah were chosen for this honor by CMS faculty because of their high level of academic achievement and for their dedication to making their school and community better places to be. Learn more...

Service Club Heads to Camphill Ghent

students and residents outside a Camphill GhentChatham Middle School’s Service Club visited Camp Hill Ghent on May 3rd for their monthly service project. They helped the residents there care for apple trees, dig troughs, pull weeds, and do other spring chores around the grounds. Camphill Ghent is a non-profit community in Chatham offering independent and assisted living options for seniors over age 55. Its mission is to care for and celebrate the special strengths and needs of individuals in their elder years.

"All Rise" Gets Newbery Book Club Vote

Newberry book club poses with books and cakeOur Newbery Award Reading Group celebrated their final meeting of the year with cake and a vote for their favorite book. Between January and April, the group read five Newbery Award nominated titles and met to discuss them. At their celebration May 1st, the students gave presentations on their favorite book and pitched their nomination for the first ever “CMS Newbery Book Award.” After all the the votes were cast, the winner was All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cooke. Learn more...

Battle of the Belts World Champions

the Carribean ClickersTwo teams from CMS won awards at the World Championship Battle of the Belts at Sean's Run April 30. Our "Caribbean Clickers" (8th graders Hannah Kelly, Jacob Rippel, Jordan Simmons, and Tait Kline) had the fastest time in the middle school division and thus were named "World Champions!" Also, our "Don't Get a Ticket, Click It" team (7th graders Maria Geel, Kate Marotta, Anna Carroll, Amanda Roberts, Jorja Davis, and Elise Uhlar) won Best Team Name. Learn more...

Murals with a Message

student with mural Some 7th graders taking art with Mrs. Fahey used their creativity to add a little charm to an otherwise nondescript part of their school, the back stairwell behind the art room. Each day, students in the Middle School’s Life Skills class use this stairwell. Mrs. Fahey and her art students thought it would be great to brighten it up for them. They found out what each student’s favorite cartoon character is and painted it on the stairwell walls along with a personalized message! Learn more...

Mock Interviews Prepare Future Job Seekers

student intervieiwng with Ms. McKeon8th graders honed their job hunting skills during mock interviews in April. Jacqueline LaChance McKeon, Community Relations Assistant at Camphill Ghent, a non-profit independent and assisted living senior community in Chatham, visited CMS to act as an employer interviewing potential hires. Students were assessed on their ability to engage the employer, express their strengths, and elaborate on their resumes. Practice interviews are part of Career Cruising, a collaborative program led by the Family & Consumer Sciences and Guidance departments.

CMS Battle of the Belts

8th grade winnersCMS held its preliminary Battle of the Belts April 13. This annual event raises awareness about seatbelts by making buckling up a sport. Teams of four students competed against one another to see who could buckle into and out of the seats of a vehicle in the fastest time. The teams with the fastest time from each grade will go on to represent CMS in the “World Championship Battle of the Belts” at Sean’s Run on April 30th.
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Honor Roll, 3rd Quarter

CMS congratulates our students who earned high honors and honors for the third quarter of the 2016-17 school year. See who made the grade...

Admissions Advisor Talks College Planning with 8th Graders

Joe Kelly from Siena College speaks to eighth graders at CMS It’s never too early to start planning for college! As part of our guidance department’s 8th-grade-to-9th-grade transition program, eighth graders heard from guest speaker Joe Kelly, an admissions advisor with Siena College, about what colleges are looking for in t prospective applicants. Mr. Kelly shared the eight major factors colleges look at when considering students for acceptance. Using giant flash cards as he talked, he invited the students to help him put each factor in its order of importance. Learn more...

Hard Work & Teamwork

Rocky Pane and Destynie Summers talk to studentsDuring March and April, CMS is celebrating the themes of Hard Work and Teamwork. On March 31, we invited several Chatham graduates to speak to our students about how hard work, teamwork, good decision making, and role models all helped them meet their goals. They also talked about overcoming adversity allowed them to find their internal strength, particularly during their middle school years. Special thanks to our guests Rocky Payne, Katie Kraham, Destynie Summers and Dan Kneller for taking time to share their experiences with our students.


students watch thier Ozobot naviate around a trackIn March, 6th grade Project-Based Technology students connected the digital and physical worlds by experimenting with Ozobots, tiny robots that can be programmed with a desktop computer. Students could direct their robots to perform simple commands such as move forward, turn left, turn right, stop, flash its lights, and more. By linking commands together using coding blocks, the students could then program their robots to complete tasks, such as navigate around a track or put on a light show. Learn more...

Pro Cellist Leads Masterclasses at CHS & CMS

Sarah Miller plays cello alongside CMS student during masterclassOrchestra students across the district enjoyed having an artist-in-residence when professional cellist Sarah Miller visited Chatham March 13. Ms. Miller performed for the students, shared some of her considerable technique, and ran a series of masterclasses with students at the high school and middle school. HS/MS strings teacher Courtney Miller invited Sarah to Chatham to talk to her students about being a professional musician and to give a little inspiration to those who are preparing for the NYSSMA Solo & Small Ensemble Festival this April. Learn more...


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Grade 6 Concert May 24

7pm in the CMS auditorium


1/2 Day June 23

Please mark your calendars: Friday, June 23 will be a half day at CMS. Students will be dismissed at 11:45am.


Chatham Panthers Softball Camp June 26-30

Our softball program offers a softball summer camp for children ages 7-12. The camp will be held June 26th to June 30th, from 9am to 1pm at the Ghent Softball Fields. Sign up now! Learn more and download application...


CSI Summer Academy

July 5-August 1

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Through this 4-week summer experience for students entering grade 6, 7 or 8 you will act as a forensic scientist analyzing a crime scene, conducting different forensic tests, working on newspapers, and simulating a trial with a jury.
Depending on response, there may be a lottery for enrollment so complete your application today!
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