Chatham Middle School

Amy Potter, Principal


Math Carnival

student pose with math carnival gameAn annual end-of-school-year project for the seventh grade is to host their “Math Carnival” for the fifth and sixth grades. The event is a creative, practical, and, most importantly, fun exercise in theoretical probability. The event was organized by math teacher Carolyn Barone and the 7th grade teaching team as an enjoyable way for the 7th graders to put their theories to the test, play host to their younger schoolmates and help introduce our fifth graders to Chatham Middle School. Learn more...

student talks with resident at FASNY HomeNJHS Service Projects

Chatham Middle School’s NJHS chapter completed several community service projects this spring. They visited the FASNY Firemen’s Home in Hudson with music instruments to put on a concert for the residents. They also made their own Jeopardy-style game to play with the residents. On another trip, they did some gardening at Katchkie Farms in Kinderhook.

National Junior Honor Society Induction

2017 inductees into National Junior Honor Society  Chatham Middle School proudly initiated thirty-three students into National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) in 2017. On the evening of June 12th, the school held an induction ceremony in the CHS auditorium honoring this year’s joining members. NJHS membership is reserved for students who demonstrate a high degree of scholarship, character, service, leadership, and citizenship. Learn more...

CMS School Store Open For Business

ribbon cutting at school storeCMS students and staff are all welcome to come check out CMS' new school store! The store is run by Mrs. Thorsen’s Middle School Life Skills class, who opened their doors for business with a ribbon cutting on June 8th. Principal Amy Potter and the 6th grade key communicators attended the ribbon cutting. The store is located on the first floor of the school and is open 7:30 – 8:00 a.m. daily. Students can by pens, pencils, notepads, and other school supplies. Learn more...

Arbor Day

Mr. Connleelly read dedication at tree plantingCMS celebrated our Arbor Day on June 2nd. In the morning was a school-wide assembly with an awards presentation, student variety show, and slide show. After the assembly our key communicator students headed outside for a Tree Planting Ceremony. This year, we planted a red maple on the front lawn near the soccer field in honor of soon-to-be retirees Amy Potter, Pat Schlegel, and Melanie Hogan, who were all present at the ceremony. Learn more...

NYSSMA Gold for Grade 7/8 Band & 6th Grade Chorus

Grade 6 ChorusGrade 7/8 bandCongratulations to our Grade 7/8 Band and 6th Grade Chorus for their stellar performances at the New York State School Music Association’s (NYSSMA) area Majors Festival, hosted in Chatham this year.  The Grade 7/8 Band earned a Gold Rating while the 6th Grade Chorus earned a rare Gold with Distinction rating from the judges!  Learn more...

Benita Zahn Headlines CMS Wellness Day

Benita Zahn CMS held a school-wide wellness day on May 26, when doctors, fitness trainers, food and nutrition educators, and many other experts descended on the school to teach our students about staying safe, healthy, and happy. Topics included stress and anxiety management, cooking nutritious meals, yoga, Lyme disease awareness, physical fitness, suicide prevention, cyber safety, fire safety, and more! The event's keynote speaker was WNYT's anchor and health reporter Benita Zahn. Learn more...

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.
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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.

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...


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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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Woodbridge Ave. Road Closure Starting June 13

Starting Tuesday, June 13, Woodbridge Ave. will be closed to vehicle traffic between Church St. (Route 203) and Hoffman St. due to construction. Walkers will still be able to utilize that area of Woodbridge Ave. and should follow any safe walking routes marked by the snow fence.