Chatham Middle School

Amy Potter, Principal


2017 Science & Technology Fair

student shows off science projectDid 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...

6th Grade's Efforts Add Up During St. Jude's Math-A-Thon

Students who participated in the sixth grade Math-A-ThonChatham’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

students buy goods at from Mr. LuttingerAt 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...

CMS Supports Capital City Rescue Mission

students making peanutbutter and jelly sandwichesThis January, the CMS Service Club made 200 sandwiches for the Capital City Rescue Mission as their monthly service project. Their sandwich making tied in with our school-wide initiative where grades 6, 7, and 8 collected toiletries and other essentials items for the people staying at the Rescue Mission. During the month, each homeroom sported a collection box where students could drop their donated items. On January 19, a representative from the Rescue Mission visited CMS to present to each grade on how the Mission provides support to homeless people.

Letter from Principal Amy Potter Concerning Inappropriate Photo Sharing

January 26, 2017 Dear Parent/Guardian,
This week at Chatham Middle School, we have unfortunately dealt with a situation that involved a few of our students using the social media app Snapchat to share inappropriate self-photos and asking other students to share inappropriate photographs of themselves. At this time, it appears the picture taking took place away from school and mostly involved students who considered themselves to be romantically involved. At least one student showed a picture they had received to another friend at an extra-curricular event. We wanted to make you aware of the situation and let you know that we are investigating the matter and taking steps to resolve it.

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Perky Panthers

Student at Perky Panthers Cash RegisterEvery 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.

Listening Ears

Lisa Drury, Paulie, and Mrs. Thorsen's class pose for a photoLisa Drury and her therapy dog Paulie visit Mrs. Thorsen’s Middle School Life Skills class at least once a month as part of the class’ Listening Ears program. The students get to read to Paulie each time he visits and it’s always an exciting time when he arrives. Reading out loud to the calm, friendly Labrador is not only fun for the students, it's also great practice, encourages physical interaction, and helps build self-confidence. On his latest visit, Paulie came dressed up as Santa. Learn more...

student holds book during CMS book swapBook Swap

The middle school & high school library staff, along with the help of the Chatham Library Teen Advisory Group and Mrs. Miller, hosted very successful Holiday Book Swaps at both CMS and CHS this December. All interested students in grades 7-12 were able to choose a free book from a large selection of titles, and almost all 6th graders took home a book as well. A great big “Thank You” to all who donated books as it was very much appreciated.

"Acts of Kindness" at CMS Support Make-A-Wish

Kirsten Broschinsky talks with CMS studentsKirsten Broschinsky, Director of Annual Giving for Make-A-Wish Northeastern NY, stopped by CMS to talk with the students about the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the wishes they grant to children battling life-threatening illnesses. That Friday as a fundraising effort of Make-A-Wish, the students wrote letters of encouragement and kindness to Santa at Macy’s. For every letter Santa receives, Macy's will donate a dollar to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Learn more...

Grayson Van Wie and Hannah TaylorVan Wie, Taylor Nominated for Siena Courage Award

CMS has nominated eighth graders Grayson Van Wie and Hannah Taylor for Siena College's Student Courage Award, which honors young people who actively promote the ideal of a just and inclusive society that values diversity and uniqueness. In being nominated for the award, Grayson and Hannah join other courageous students from schools around the greater Capital Region.
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Key Communicators Participate in Cyberbullying Forum

CMS students at the cyberbullying forumCyberbullying touches the majority of area teens, according to a new survey by the Siena College Research Institute, AT&T, and the Tyler Clementi Foundation. On November 15, Grade 7 and 8 Key Communicator students from CMS and CHS student leaders represented Chatham at “A Forum on Cyberbullying and Digital Dilemmas,” a special event held at the Palace Theatre in Albany to announce the results of the survey and discuss the impact of cyberbullying. At the eevnt, our students watched short films produced by students from around the country for AT&T’s Cyberbullying Film Invitational, and took a pledge to stand up against cyberbullying. Learn more...

CMS Honors Area Veterans

Veterans Day assembly at CMSChatham Middle School honored our servicemen and women with a Veterans Day Celebration, held the morning of November 10th in the school’s auditorium. CMS invited area veterans and their families to attend this ceremony put on by students and staff in honor of all veterans of the Armed Forces. Veterans representing our local V.F.W. and American Legion posts, along with keynote speaker, Larry Eleby, helped make this event a truly meaningful experience. Learn more...

"Decision 2016" at CMS

CMS students voting in mock electionCMS held mock presidential elections this election season to teach students about democracy and give them the experience of voting. Shown here, middle schoolers decide the candidates' fates at the CMS polling station on November 7th. Hillary Clinton won CMS by a slim margin, with the election coming down to the last few votes. The presidential race proved very tight elsewhere at CCSD, and between the elections at MED, CMS, and CHS, just about every possible outcome happened! Learn more...

Home & Careers Class Welcomes Guest Speaker from Culinary Arts Industry

Mr. Fugman showing students how to chop veggies for soupAs part of the Home & Careers curriculum, students in grade 7 invite parents in as guest speakers to speak about their careers. On November 1st, students in Mrs. Hayes' Home & Careers 7 class welcomed Mr. Gary Fugman in to speak about his career background in the Culinary Arts. He shared information on his background which included roles that ranged from sous chef, to the owner of a 250-seat restaurant, to Northeast United States Area Manager for SAGE Dining Services. Learn more...


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