In 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...
Kids Club Meets Service Club
The Chatham Middle School Service club headed over to Chatham Kids Club at the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School for the afternoon of March 23rd. The middle schoolers created a fun experience for the younger children with face painting, games, crafts, and slime making! The CMS Service Club is advised by school counselor Jackie Hoffman and its members conduct a community service-related project each month during the school year.
Pro Cellist Leads Masterclasses at CHS & CMS
Orchestra 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...
Newberry Award Reading Group
Mrs. Eager, school librarian, and Mrs. Debye-Saxinger, 7th grade English teacher, are piloting a mock Newberry Award reading group this year with 15 7th graders. Between January and April, the students will read a total of five titles that were nominated as contenders for the prestigious Newberry Award and meet in the school library for book club discussions during lunch. In April, they will vote on which book should be nominated for the first ever CMS Newberry Book Award. Learn more...
Mentor Students Enjoy Enhanced Theatre Experience
The CMS Mentor Club enjoyed a great play March 2nd at The Theatre Institute at Sage in Troy. Actors Kelly Shanahan and Eddie Knight, both Chatham High School graduates, took time to speak to our students about their journeys into drama and play production, starting from their debuts here at Chatham Middle School. The play, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, is about the children of the Holocaust.
"Amazing Women" Guest Speakers
As part of Chatham Middle School’s “Amazing Women” theme, the 6th grade had some amazing women in to speak February 17 about their life journeys, the paths they took that led them to their current careers, and the obstacles they had to overcome. The guest speakers were Danielle Mackey (pictured), a social worker at Albany Medical Center, Mrs. Case, a recreational therapist, and Dana Rosenstreich, a director at the NYS Office of Information Technology Services.
David Decelle from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) spent the morning of February 17 at Chatham Middle School talking with students about safe online practices. As part Chatham CSD's social media curriculum, the Middle School guidance & counseling department invited Mr. Decelle in to lead cyber-safety assemblies for grades six, seven, and eight. Learn more...
Hidden Figures, Amazing Women
As part of Chatham Middle School's "Amazing Women" theme for February, the 7th and 8th grades headed to the Crandell Theatre on Main Street to see the film Hidden Figures, the before untold story of three brilliant African-American women who worked for NASA and were the brains behind the launch of astronaut John Glenn into space. It was very inspiring for our youth to share in the themes of the movie. The February 16 event was sponsored by the Chatham Education Foundation of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.
2017 Science & Technology Fair
Did you know that a lemon produces more electricity than, say, an apple, clementine, or grape? Or that you can remove an egg’s shell without breaking it by soaking it in vinegar? Or, if you wrap exactly 594 rubber bands around a watermelon (producing 37.12 PSI), it will explode? These answers and more could be found at Chatham Middle School’s 2017 Science and Technology Fair, held February 15th in the school gymnasium. This annual event encourages students to take learning into their own hands using scientific processes. Learn more...
Service Club Visits Whittier Place Residents
The CMS Service Club made a visit to the Whittier Place assisted living center in Ghent this February as their monthly community service initiative. The students and residents made Valentine’s themed pillows and played bingo together. As the students learned, something as simple as being yourself and spending a little time with others can be a truly meaningful gift.
6th Grade's Efforts Add Up During St. Jude's Math-A-Thon
Chatham’s sixth grade participated in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Math-A-Thon in January. The Math-A-Thon is a math-enrichment fundraiser with a real-world purpose; together, our sixth graders raised $4,182 to continue St. Jude's fight against cancer and other life-threatening childhood diseases. The students set personal fundraising goals, solicited sponsors, and completed math problem booklets during class to raise the money. Learn more...
Queen of Hearts Dance Royal Courts
CMS held our annual Queen of Hearts Dance the evening of February 4th. Spencer Ford and Hannah Kelly were crowned the Eighth Grade King and Queen, while Gavin Tanner and Abby Taylor were crowned the Seventh Grade Prince and Princess. See 7th & 8th Grade Courts...
Being a Good Student Pays Off at Spanish Market
At the end of each marking period, Mr. Luttinger hosts a “Spanish Market” in his classroom. During the quarter, he hands out “Euros,” the currency used in Spain, to his Spanish students for turning in assignments early, putting in extra effort, acing tests, or otherwise being good students. They can use the Euros (which look suspiciously like Monopoly money) to purchase goods at the market - they just have to order in Spanish, of course. From candy & toys, to school supplies, to hats & sunglasses, Mr. Luttinger’s Market has an incentive for you!
Honor Roll, 2nd Quarter
CMS congratulates our students who earned honors and high honors for the second quarter of the 2016-17 school year. See who made the grade...
Every payday Friday, Mrs. Thorsen’s Middle School Life Skills class opens their doors for business! Their classroom becomes the Perky Panthers Café, where the students sell coffee, tea, sweets, and sometimes even baked goods they made themselves to staff. The students get the pleasure of interacting with their customers, making change, and practicing a little salesmanship too - they make their coffee strong! The proceeds they raise go to purchase program supplies as well as incentives for the students.