Letter To Parents / Guardians Concerning Chickenpox
March 6, 2017 - We are writing to inform you that your child may have been exposed to Chickenpox at school. We have confirmed one case of the varicella zoster virus, which is the virus that causes Chickenpox, at the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School. Chickenpox can spread easily from one person to another amongst those who have not had the disease before or who have not been vaccinated against it. If your child has symptoms of Chickenpox, please call your child’s healthcare provider for guidance and keep them home from school. Read full letter...
NYS Education Department Seeks Public Input on School Accountability Measures
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is seeking public comment on potential new indicators of school quality and student success to be used in the state’s system for measuring school effectiveness under the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which has replaced the No Child Left Behind Act. ESSA requires states to reconsider how they measure the effectiveness of our public schools. In addition to student proficiency rates in language arts and mathematics, and high school graduation rates, the state’s school-accountability system must now include at least one additional indicator of School Quality or Student Success.
We wanted to make you aware of an online survey they are conducting now through March 20 about what these indicators should be. Learn more and take survey...
PS21 Photography Intern Amara Engel Opens Exhibit of Dance Photos
Chatham High School senior Amara Engel’s photography exhibit, Grâce à la Belle Danse, will be on view at the Joyce Goldstein Gallery for the weekends of March 10-12 and March 16-18. The Gallery is located at 16 Main Street in Chatham. Amara was PS21’s high school photography intern for the summer of 2016. She photographed the dance companies who performed at PS21 and was mentored by photographer David Lee, and CHS art teacher and National Art Honor Society mentor Jude Harrigan. Learn more...
Board Announces DeAngelo as Next Superintendent of Schools
The Board of Education is pleased to announce that Dr. Salvatore “Sal” DeAngelo will be the next superintendent of Chatham Central School District. Dr. DeAngelo has over 30 years’ experience leading and coordinating public school district programs and comes with exemplary recommendations, having earned great respect from the professionals he works with. He holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the Esteves School of Education at Sage Graduate School, and a master’s degree in Business Education from Norwich University. He will become superintendent of the District on July 1, 2017 following superintendent Nuciforo's retirement.
“I am truly looking forward to this opportunity to continue the excellent programs that already exist in Chatham and finding ways to make our school even stronger,” said Dr. DeAngelo. “I strongly believe in being a good steward of the community’s resources and want to engage the larger community and all our stakeholders in the process. Everyone's contribution will be needed to ensure our future success. Through collaboration, together we will find the best solutions to the challenges facing our District.” Learn more...
Physical Education Leadership Award
Congratulations to seniors Joe Hunter and Danielle Wallace, Chatham High School’s recipients of the 2016-2017 Physical Education Leadership Award. Joe and Danielle were honored at an awards banquet hosted by the Capital Zone New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance on February 12th at Mallozzi's Ballroom in Schenectady. Chatham’s physical education department chose Joe and Danielle for this honor because they have displayed a high level of physical performance, scholastic achievement, exceptional leadership qualities, and outstanding service to their school and community.
The Addams Family
This year Chatham High School presented The Addams Family. Morticia and Gomez Addams are horrified when their daughter Wednesday announces she’s marrying into the normal life with her fiancé Lucas. The family fights back against the repulsive normalcy as their two worlds collide, and hilarity ensues. With songs like “Fester’s Manifesto,” “When You’re an Addams,” and “Wednesday's Growing Up,” audiences were sure to love this heartwarming message of love and family. Performances were Feb. 10th and 11th at 7pm.
Pep Rally 2017
Chatham High School put on a school-wide Pep Rally February 3rd in anticipation of Panther Pride Day that Saturday. Hosted by the student government, the event included the cheer squad, our athletes, the panther's mascot, the robotics team, and more dishing out plenty of school spirit! For Panther Pride Day, February 4th, the Panthers took on Catskill CSD in a day-long series of volleyball and basketball games at home. Panther pride day is sponsored by the Athletic Booster Club. See more pep rally photos...
Chatham Alum Josh Keyes at Super Bowl
The Class of 2011's Josh Keyes headed to Super Bowl LI with the Atlanta Falcons! News10 reporter Tracy Villaume visited CHS on February 1st to talk with Josh's former teachers and head coach about his time here in Chatham. You can view News10's video news story on Josh here...
You can also check out this article featuring highlights from Josh's career here at CHS, at BC, and the NFL that ran in the January 27 edition of the Register Star...
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 at the end of 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...
Letter from Principal Amy Potter Concerning Inappropriate Photo Sharing
January 26, 2017
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.
Letter from Principal John Thorsen About Exam Rescheduling
(January 25, 2016)
Greetings Chatham Families,
Well the weather certainly didn't cooperate with us for exam week. We have attached a schedule that reflects the newly rescheduled exam times... We will have room locations posted throughout the school. We are lucky to have the flexibility to reschedule these exams throughout this week and Monday. Monday is considered a normal attendance day. While we will have students testing throughout the day, we will have the auditorium set up for seniors and other students to study and/or work on their senior projects when not scheduled for an exam. Chromebooks will be available for students to utilize for this purpose. The gym will also be available for students not testing to work or study as well as participate in light athletic activities with Physical Education staff. We will have students signing in or out of school as we do on every attendance day. There will be other spaces available as needed for students to work quietly.
The regular daily bus schedule will run on Monday, January 30, 2017. There will be a late bus available after school as always. Cold lunches will be available for all students, or students may bring their own lunches to school. Students will not be allowed to leave to get their lunches during the day. The Questar III /CTE (Votec) students will be expected to attend their sessions as normal, but those students who need to take exams during that time will be excused. The regular transportation schedule for the Questar III/CTE program will be in place.
Thank you for your patience and understanding regarding these rescheduled times. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us at 392-1570.
- John Thorsen
District-Wide Initiative Puts Technology at Every Student's Fingertips
In early February, our technology department was been busy rolling out new Chromebook and iPad labs to classrooms all over the District. The rollout is part of an investment the District made this year to significantly increase our students’ access to technology in their classrooms. With the new devices now in our schools, we have enough for every student at MED, CMS, and CHS! Shown here, fourth grade students are having fun completing biome research on their new devices. Learn more...
CMS Supports Capital City Rescue Mission
This 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 a school-wide initiative where grades 6, 7, and 8 collected toiletries and other essential 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 give a presentation to each grade about how the Mission provides support to homeless people.
CMS Nominates Two for Siena Courage Award
Chatham Middle School has nominated eighth graders Grayson Van Wei 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. A committee of regional leaders in social justice issues will review the nominations and announce three award recipients January 13th. Learn more...
Racoon Not Sighted Again
January 13, 2017- We wanted to update you on the raccoon that was spotted acting strangely near the Middle School on Wednesday, January 11. The raccoon was not seen again on Thursday or today, therefore it appears that the animal has either moved on or succumbed to its illness. Our staff will continue to keep a watchful eye on our campuses, but at this time it does not appear that the raccoon will continue to pose a threat to our schools. Enjoy the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and we look forward to seeing everybody back on Tuesday, January 17.
Raccoon Acting Strangely Reported on Campus
January 11, 2017 -
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I wanted you to be aware that shortly after school had begun this morning, several people reported seeing a raccoon outside Chatham Middle School that was acting strangely and appeared to be rabid. The raccoon did not come into contact with any staff or students. We immediately notified law enforcement and Animal Control, but the animal apparently left the Middle School campus shortly after being reported and was not located.
Students have been told to remain aware and exercise caution. Parents arriving at school to pick up or drop off students are asked to exercise the same caution.
As a precaution, all outdoor programs at our middle, elementary, and high schools will be kept indoors today. Buildings and grounds staff are continuing to monitor our campus, and all staff have been asked to remain extra vigilant and report any raccoon sightings immediately. Our buildings and grounds crew will also complete a sweep of our campuses just prior to students being dismissed for the day.
Again, our schools are taking these measures out of an abundance of caution, as the safety and well-being of our students is the utmost priority of Chatham Central School District. As always, if you have any questions or concerns please contact your school’s principal.
Cheryl Nuciforo, Superintendent of Schools
Spirited Success for Chatham at AIC Model Congress
The accolades just keep on coming for the CHS Model Congress program. Our 2016-2017 team experienced continuing success at American International College’s (AIC) Model Congress held in Springfield, MA January 5th through 7th. Our delegates passed every bill they proposed, sophomore Althea Brennan took 3rd place overall, and the team brought home the Team Spirit Award for the 4th time. The event brought thirteen high school teams from across the Northeast to the college to debate and pass legislation in a competitive simulation of Congress. Learn more...
During the week before the holiday recess, the Chatham High School music department and other faculty members welcomed students to school with some joyful holiday music, complete with singing accompanied by the piano and flute. The faculty ensemble was set up in the building’s atrium so students could enjoy the festive atmosphere as they arrived each morning.
Lisa 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 Cooks Up Special Thank You to Staff
Senior Tyler Stetz wanted to show his appreciation for the faculty at CHS by doing something nice and cooking them all breakfast. He approached the school’s staff Sunshine Committee with his idea, who were happy to support him by purchasing the supplies he needed and arranging access to the school kitchen. The morning of December 21, Tyler arrived early at school to begin the hours-long task of cooking up eighty bacon, egg, & cheese sandwiches, which he served to staff in the faculty lounge. Tyler is studying culinary arts at Questar III, so he is no stranger to the kitchen. His breakfast sandwiches were delicious and his personal gesture of thanks was greatly enjoyed.
Language Concepts Holiday Party
Mrs. Maraglio's grade 3-5, Miss Engel's grade 1-3, and Mr. Botsford's K-2 Language Concepts classes joined together December 22 to celebrate Grinch Day! The students watched the classic movie and discussed the message of loving and accepting each other. They chatted about how the holidays aren’t about "things from the store," but rather about spending time with friends and family. The students also played Hot Potato Grinch and practiced taking turns and being a good sport.
5th Grade Service Day
Fifth graders participated in a grade-wide service day on December 21. MED assistant principal Mike Burns orchestrated this special activity day, during which several service projects took place at school with different groups of fifth graders each responsible for completing one project. Students baked cookies or made cards for the local Meals on Wheels program, crafted holiday decorations for assisted living residents, worked with pre-k students, and performed a concert at Camphill Ghent. Learn more...
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.
Students Serve Up Holiday Cheer at CMS
National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) students hosted their annual holiday luncheon for area seniors on December 16th, with sixty-five guests coming to Chatham Middle School to enjoy some music, food, and conversation. The students and seniors took in a lively holiday concert performed by the grade seven and eight orchestra, grade seven and eight band, sixth grade orchestra, and sixth grade chorus before heading to the gymnasium where the students served up a turkey feast and some holiday fun. Learn more...
Community Church Honors MED Faculty
Members of the Payne AME Church in Chatham made a visit to MED to pay a special honor to our school. At the December 14 faculty meeting, Reverend Gloria Jimpson thanked our school for the valuable service we provide our community and handed each of our teachers a personalized certificate recognizing them for the outstanding work they do. This honor directly reflects the great work our entire faculty and support staff do when it comes to providing our students with a first-class education. Learn more...
Mentor Holiday Get Together
The CMS Mentor Program held a seasonal gathering this December. Students and their mentors celebrated together with a holiday feast. The program connects students with adult volunteers from the community. Along with weekly meetings between mentors and their mentees, the mentors and school counselors coordinate to plan several group events throughout the year where they can all get together to share, learn, and have fun.
Kinderhook Bank Displays Students' Art
Be sure to check out our students’ great artwork at Kinderhook Bank in Chatham. Works by students representing grades k-12 will be on display for the community to enjoy for the month of December. Our mobile display tower was purchased by the Fine Arts Booster Club in support of the art department and our goal of getting students’ artwork out in the community. Pictured here with the display are CHS senior art student Michaela Conte, Kinderhook Bank branch manager Donna Casey, and Chatham art department teacher leader Christine Fahey.
"Acts of Kindness" at CMS Support Make-A-Wish
Kirsten 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...
Students of the Quarter
CHS congratulates our Students of the Quarter for first quarter! These students were selected by our faculty to be honored for their fine work and contribution to the class. See awardees...
Excellence in Effort Award
CHS congratulates all students who earned our Excellence in Effort Award for first quarter. Teachers nominate students to receive this award, which recognizes individuals for their diligence, reliability, and motivation in class. See awardees...
Hour of Code at CCSD
All Chatham’s schools are participated in the Hour of Code this December to encourage students to learn about computer programing. The Hour of Code is a world-wide movement presented by Code.org to introduce millions of students to a language that truly is universal, the language of computers. Students at MED, CMS, and CHS logged on to http://code.org/ to try their hand at dozens of age-appropriate tutorials that allowed them to learn about coding by doing a little programming themselves. Learn more...
CHS Student Performs in All-State Choir
Senior Taylor Hanson traveled to the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music to perform with the NYS School Music Association's All-State Mixed Choir Dec. 4th. All-State showcases the most talented high school musicians from across NYS and being selected is a major accomplishment. Taylor drew consideration from the All-State committee after performing at the local NYSSMA Solo & Ensemble Festival this past spring and receiving an A+ rating from the judges. Learn more...
Students Practice Mindfulness at MED
MED has introduced mindfulness instruction to our school day! Mindfulness is our ability to be fully present and not distracted, overwhelmed, or overly reactive to what goes on in our daily lives. And we can improve this ability greatly through meditation. Each morning MED has been taking a few minutes to do some mindfulness-building together as a school. Over the school loudspeaker, Mrs. Rivet has been leading breathing and movement exercises to help students focus on the present and get more in touch with their inner selves. Learn more...
CHS Fields Eight Scholar Athlete Teams
We are proud to announce eight of our fall varsity teams qualified as Scholar Athlete Teams in 2016. Girls tennis, girls soccer, boys soccer, girls volleyball, golf, football, cheerleading, and girls cross country all made the grade and will each receive a certificate from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) recognizing this accomplishment. In order to qualify a team must hold a collective grade point average (GPA) of 90 or better with at least 75% of the athletes on the roster. In addition, any varsity athlete with a personal GPA of 90 or higher is eligible to receive a scholar athlete pin from the NYSPHSAA. Including boys cross country, eighty-five Panthers received pins this fall!
Club Raises $1,000 to Take a Bite Out of Need in Our Community
The CHS Community Service Club hosted its 5th annual "Have a Bite, Help a Family" event at CHS November 27th. Community members got to sample food from sixteen local vendors and get some holiday shopping done as well. Club members greeted guests, served samples, and provided an afternoon filled with giving spirit. The group raised just over $1000, all to be used to provide gifts to community residents in need this holiday season. Great job everyone!
Students Learn Typing at MED
With computers playing an ever-increasing role in our daily lives, learning how to type has never been more useful, and it's never too early to get started. MED is currently rolling out a new typing program for students in grades k-5. With help from their teachers and our school librarian, Mr. Selby, students are learning proper typing technique using self-guided computer programs that are both age-appropriate and fun! Learn more...
CHS Honor Roll, 1st Quarter
CHS is proud to announce the names of our students who earned honors and high honors for the first quarter of the 2016-17 school year. See who made the grade...
CMS Honor Roll, 1st Quarter
CMS congratulates our students who earned honors and high honors for the first quarter of the 2016-17 school year. See who made the grade...
Fourth Graders Take Walk Through Time With Village Historian
Did you know that the inventor of the Coleman lantern was born in Chatham and that’s who the village's Coleman St. is named after? Or that the village used to be called Chatham Four Corners before it stole the Chatham name away from what is now Old Chatham? Or that a resident once blew up his own building to stop a huge fire on Main Street from spreading to his neighbors? These are just some of the fascinating tidbits our fourth graders learned on a walking history tour with Chatham historian Gail Wolczanski. Learn more...
CMS & CHS Students Participate in Regional Cyberbullying Forum
Cyberbullying 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 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. The program featured short films produced by students from around the country for AT&T’s Cyberbullying Film Invitational. At the event, our students pledged to stand up against cyberbullying. Learn more...
Fall 2016 All-Stars
Congratulations to all our fall season all stars:
Cross Country: Hallie Allen, Danielle Wallace, and Althea Brennan were named Patroon Conference First Team All-Stars, and Emma Gregg a Second Team All-Star.
Football: Chatham football players named Section 2 Class C South Division All-Stars:
1st Team: Noah Summers – Running back, Brandon Martino – Wide Receiver, Tristan Van Wie – Tackle, Tyriff Burch – Defensive Line, Hayden Spock – Linebacker
2nd Team: Mike Tran – Wide Receiver, Kaleb Taylor – Secondary, Kadeem Bishop – Secondary, KC Schermerhorn – Linebacker
Divisional Ironman: Noah Summers
Soccer: Caleb Doyle and Patrick Devine both received 1st Team All-Star honors, and Sam Kirschner received 2nd Team All-Star honors for the Patroon Conference 2016 boys soccer season. Taylor Hanson and Shannon Van Tassel received 1st Team All-Star honors, and Grace Doyle received 2nd Team All-Star honors for the Patroon Conference 2016 girls soccer season.
Tennis: Gaby Neven was named the Patroon Conference's Most Outstanding Player, while Geetika Verma and Aaliyah Harris were named to the All-Star Second Team.
Volleyball: Danni McKay received 1st Team All-Star honors and Haleigh McKay received 2nd Team All-Star honors for the Patroon Conference 2016 girls volleyball season.
5th Graders Build Connections to Story
Mrs. Rivet’s fifth grade classes did a collaborative STEM activity November 22. The students had to work together to build a miniature shelter using only 10 popsicle sticks and a piece of cloth. The project tied in with the book the class is currently reading, Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen, which tells the story a young boy who must survive alone in the wilderness after a plane crash.
Five CHS Students Perform at Area All-State
Congratulations to vocalists Nick Avenia (bass), Kenneth Fay (tenor), Sam Fairall (bass), and Mary Jones (soprano), and bassoonist Oliver Allen for being accepted as members of the Zone 10 Area All-State NYSSMA Festival! These five students were selected because of their outstanding scores on their NYS School Music Association solos last spring. All of these talented musicians prepared and performed solos for judges and competed with hundreds for top scores in Zone 10, which spans Columbia, Dutchess, and Putnam counties. They rehearsed and performed with other talented music students under a special guest conductor, with a public concert held November 19th at Arlington High School in LaGrangeville, NY. We are proud of their hard work and love of music!
Miss Engel’s Language Concepts 1-3 class took a mini-field trip down to Chatham High School on November 17. The students had been discussing ways to try new things, step out of their comfort zones, and accept changes in their routines. In addition to moving their desks and carpet spots around within the classroom, they decided to try a new sport! Conveniently, the CHS PE students were wrapping up their ping-pong unit and were happy to invite the younger students over. Learn more...
Fall Sports Awards Night
The 2016 Fall Sports Award Night was held the evening of November 15 at Chatham High School. The event recognized the accomplishments of our standout fall season varsity athletes and was sponsored by the Athletic Booster Club. See this season’s award winners...
Professional Development Strengthens Educational Program
Quality professional development plays an important role in providing Chatham’s students with a first-class education. A great example would be, during our most recent superintendent’s conference day, our art department undertaking a refresher course with professional potter Daniel Bellow (www.danielbellow.com) on the techniques of throwing a clay pot by hand. Securing professionals like Mr. Bellow to work with our staff helps our faculty better their craft and therefore be better teachers in the classroom. This is just one example of how the District support staff with professional development; workshop topics ranged from academics, to addressing addiction, to cloud-based Google application systems.
CMS Honors Area Veterans
Chatham 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 CCSD
MED, CMS, and CHS each held mock presidential elections this election season to teach students about democracy and give them the experience of voting. The presidential race proved very tight here at CCSD and between our three schools we experienced just about every possible outcome! Shown here, middle schoolers decide the candidates' fates at the CMS polling station on November 7th.
Six Panthers Head to Exceptional Senior Game
Sam Kirschner, Joe Hunter, Evan Mickle, Taylor Hanson, Jenna Rippel, and Shannon Van Tassel played in the Boys or Girls Exceptional Senior Soccer Games held on November 11th at DiCaprio Park in Guilderland. The athletes were chosen by their coaches and played to represent the Patroon Conference against seniors from other conferences. These were final high school games offered to senior players who have represented their schools through the seasons and years, where college coaches can come to watch and recruit. Congratulations to these six!
Fall Festival of Shakespeare Presents Julius Caesar at CHS November 11 & 12
Come enjoy the show as our students lend their talents to William Shakespeare’s classic portrayal of political turmoil, betrayal, and vengeance. The Tragedy of Julius Caesar runs Friday, November 11th and Saturday, November 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the Chatham High School Auditorium.Tickets are available at the door: $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens. As part of Shakespeare & Company’s annual Fall Festival of Shakespeare, Chatham gave a final performance of Julius Caesar on Saturday, December 3 at the Tina Packer Playhouse in Lenox, Mass. Learn more...
Outdoors Club/Photography Club Hike
On November 5th, the Outdoors Club and Photography Club at Chatham High School joined forces to spend a day in the great outdoors. Nine students chose to give up their typical Saturday activities to tackle some trails in the Catskill Mountains. The group left the high school around 8:45 in the morning and they were the first hikers present at the parking area for the popular North Point hike. Needless to say, the early bird certainly got the worm! The day couldn’t have been better for hiking. Learn more...
Guys & Dolls Jr at CMS November 4-6
Guys & Dolls Jr follows the story of notorious gambler Nathan Detroit and his relentless search for his craps game location while on the radar of local law enforcement. Along the way we meet his fiancé of fourteen years, Adelaide, missionary Sarah Brown, and fellow gambler Sky Masterson, who all show us that while hunting a game you might just find love. Performances are in the CMS Auditorium on November 4th and 5th at 7pm, and Nov. 6th at 2pm. Tickets are just $5. Learn more...
Home & Careers Class Welcomes Guest Speaker from Culinary Arts Industry
As 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...
MED Halloween Parade
Students and staff enjoyed dressing up for one of MED's most popular events, our annual Halloween parade. Students and staff paraded down the halls and around the outside of the school on October 31st to show off their costumes to the large crowd of parents and family members who had gathered to cheer them on.
Have a HAPPY, FUN, AND SAFE HALLOWEEN HOLIDAY IN 2016!
- from the Chatham Middle School Office Staff
(as the cast of the Wizard of Oz)
First graders explored pumpkins inside and out this Halloween season. On October 28, the children drew their pumpkins and described them using as many words as they could before putting their pumpkins through some scientific tests. They put their pumpkins in water to see if they would float (they did), measured and weighed their pumpkins, counted the number of ribs, and then plunged their hands into the gooey insides to scoop out the seeds and count them all.
Pre-K Visits CMS for Harvest Festival
Students in the CMS mentoring program and their mentors invited MED pre-k Students over to pair up with middle school buddy for a morning of fun and games in the CMS gym. There were games of skill, crafts, face painting, and more! This event gives middle schoolers the opportunity to be leaders and pre-k students a chance to connect with older children in a meaningful way. The Mentor Program pairs middle schoolers with adults from the community and involves 20 students and 20 volunteer mentors.
Mentor Program Harvest Festival
Students in the mentoring program and their mentors hosted their Harvest Festival for preschool children on October 28. This annual event invites Headstart and MED Pre-K children over to CMS to pair up with a middle school buddy for a morning of fun and games. Hosting this event gives middle schoolers the opportunity to be leaders and connect with their community in a meaningful way. The Mentor Program pairs up middle schoolers with an adult mentor from the community and involves 20 students and 20 volunteer mentors.
Chatham High School hosted a school-wide Career Day on October 21. The school invited a total of forty speakers to visit and share a little bit about their personal work experiences with our high schoolers. Students chose two panel sessions to attend out of a total of fourteen different career clusters. Clusters included jobs in business, government, agriculture, art, science, and much, much more. Special thanks to all our guest speakers! Learn more...
MED, Sheriff’s Office Team Up to Bring D.A.R.E. to Chatham
MED now offers a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program for all our fifth graders. The D.A.R.E. program, retooled in recent years, addresses issues like drug and tobacco use while placing a greater focus on students gaining knowledge and skills they can use to make safe and responsible choices in all aspects of their lives. Deputy Wendy Guntert, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. Officer, will be teaching the program one day a week for the next few months. Learn more...
Girls Cross Country 2016 Season Record
The Panthers' girls varsity cross country team had another great year. Patroon Conference record: 8-1. Patroon Conference Championships: 2nd Place. Sectionals, Class C: 2nd Place; Junior Hallie Allen finished 3rd overall to advance to the state meet. Learn more...
CHS Tells Students “Go Take a Hike”
We’ve had some great weather this October, perfect for students to get outside and enjoy a newly improved trail system that snakes its way through the scenic wooded areas on the MED/CHS campus. As part of the Chatham Central School District’s focus on wellness, the High School now offers students a chance to get out and enjoy our forests and fresh air with guided hikes during lunch periods. “Its’s a nice way to interact with nature,” said sophomore Shirley Harvey. Learn more...
6th Graders Bag Bullying
CMS made the half day on October 24 into a day of service. The sixth grade collaborated with Price Chopper to promote Bully Prevention Month. In class, each student designed and decorated a grocery bag with an anti-bullying message or message of hope. When finished, all the bags went to Price Chopper in Ghent to be used throughout the rest of the month.
7th & 8th Grades Help Keep Columbia County Beautiful
Meanwhile on October 24, seventh and eighth graders did some community service with the Columbia Land Conservancy. The entire seventh grade hiked over to nearby Borden’s Pond Conservation Area and the eighth grade bused up to the Ooms Conservation Area to rake leaves, trim brush, pick up trash, and perform other maintenance along the public trails there.
Chatham High School hosted a school-wide Career Day on October 21. The school invited a total of forty speakers to visit and share a little bit about their personal work experiences with our high schoolers. Students chose two panel sessions to attend out of a total of fourteen different career clusters. Clusters included jobs in business, government, agriculture, art, science, and much, much more. Special thanks to all our guest speakers! Learn more...
Mix It Up at Lunch
CMS hosted a mix-it-up event on October 21st in all sixth, seventh, and eighth grade lunch periods. Students were assigned seating that placed them with others who they usually don't socialize with. To break the ice, guidance staff and student leaders led fun activities for the tables to work on together as a group. The event, part of Bully Prevention Month at CMS, was designed to challenge social boundaries and foster positive communication between different student groups.
Students Collect Real Data on Hudson River Ecosystem
On October 20th Chatham’s Environmental Science classes and Ecology Club, along with the Taconic Hills AP Environmental Class, participated in the annual Day in the Life of the Hudson, which is sponsored by the DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program with assistance from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. The students used water testing kits, seine nets, and measuring tools to examine water chemistry, tides, aquatic life, and more. Learn more...
Fire Prevention Day
A 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...
CHS Students Inducted Into Tri-M Music and National Art Honor Societies
On the evening of October 12th, Chatham High School held an induction ceremony for twenty-one students joining Tri-M National Music Honor Society and seventeen students joining National Art Honor Society. Membership in these prestigious societies recognizes these students’ talents and dedication to the fine arts, as well as provides them with opportunities of service to their school and greater community. Learn more...
CHS Senior Tapped for All-State Choir
Congratulations to Chatham senior Taylor Hanson, who was selected by the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) to sing in the All-State Mixed Choir. All-State showcases the most talented high school musicians from across New York State and being selected is a major accomplishment. Taylor drew consideration from the All-State committee after performing a level VI (the highest level) solo at the local NYSSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival this past spring and receiving an A+ rating from the judges, and after being recommended for All-State by her choral teacher, Samantha McShane. Taylor has been singing in her school chorus since fourth grade and has attended NYSSMA since level I in fifth grade. Learn more...
No Clown Costumes Allowed at School for Halloween
October 7, 2016 - Dear CCSD families,
Thank you for your assistance in helping our students understand the “creepy clown” hoax and the steps we are taking to keep them feeling safe in school. As a PreK-12 school we have seen a range of responses to this situation. While some older students are beginning to joke about the issue, a number of students, especially those who are younger, still report anxiety.
After consulting with the principals of each building about what they have heard from students, I have decided that no clown costumes will be allowed at school or school events or on school buses this Halloween. This includes students, employees, and visitors to school events, such as the Halloween parade.
It is unfortunate that we need to take this step, but I feel strongly that it is necessary to provide an environment where all students feel safe and secure at school. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and for helping to ensure that students can enjoy the fun of Halloween without worrying about their safety.
Cheryl A. Nuciforo, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Clown Reports in Chatham Do Not Pose a Credible Threat to Schools
October 6, 2016 - Dear parent or guardian,
There have been a lot of rumors and discussion on social media this week concerning hoaxes and pranks involving “creepy clowns” threatening schools in our area and throughout the state and country. Within the past 24 hours, reports of clown sightings and social media chatter have occurred in and near the Chatham School District, and this has made many of our students and families worried about their safety. Please know that we take all threats to our schools seriously and that we have spoken with law enforcement and they have assured that there is no credible threat to Chatham Central Schools. 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.
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...
Lockdown Drills at CCSD
October 12, 2016 - Starting with the 2016-17 school year, Chatham Central School District will be practicing lockdown drills on a more frequent basis. While we have conducted lockdown drills up to twice a year in the past, a new state law now requires all schools to conduct a minimum of four lockdown drills per year along with eight fire/evacuation drills. Read full letter...
Message from Athletic Director about Change to Sports Awards Nights
October 3, 2016 - The Athletic Department has made a change to our Sports Awards events at the High School. We will still be honoring the Varsity teams at the Sports Awards nights after each season as usual but will not be including the JV and Modified level teams. We are shortening the program in an effort to make it a more enjoyable experience and to encourage everyone who attends to stay through the entire event. Our hope is that this will improve participation from our varsity athletes and make the night a more meaningful experience for them, particularly those who receive their awards towards the end of the event.
As for our JV and Modified athletes, we are looking to honor them in a new way. The booster club will be contacting the JV and Modified coaches to set up a time for the possibility of an end of the season gathering.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
John Brantley, Athletic Director
Girls Tennis 2016 Conference Champs
Congratulations to our 2016 Girls Tennis Patroon Conference Champions. Chatham's varsity girls tennis team finished up their regular season undefeated with a 6-1 win over Rensselaer on September 27.
The girls' season record stands at 14-0. Go Panthers!
Chatham High School just finished up our Spirit Week leading up to the homecoming games taking place September 30th through October 1st.
Friday ended the week with the students and staff wearing school apparel or our school colors of red and black.
Twenty-Three Students Complete NCBI Training
Students leaders participated in a National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) training session at Chatham Middle School September 29 and 30. This program is hosted each year by the CMS guidance and counseling department as part of the school’s ongoing character education program. The NCBI training empowers students with skills and strategies to address bullying and improve the social climate throughout their school.
Choral Students Help Honor Women of Service
On September 29th, select choral students from CHS performed at Winding Brook Country Club for the Zonta Club of the Upper Hudson Valley's "People Making A Difference" awards dinner, which honored Chatham School Board member Denise Barry, WNYT's Benita Zahn, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. The students prepared and performed a selection of patriotic songs including “This Land is Your Land,” “Cross the Wide Missouri,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” and “America.”
The Living Environment class finished up its unit on biological molecules by conducting the "Magic Milk Lab,” in which they experimented with lipids using everyday items like milk, dish soap, and food coloring. Each student set up a plate with a thin layer of whole milk on it and added drops of food coloring to the milk. They then inserted a cotton swab with a little dish soap on the tip into the milk and, to their amazement, they witnessed a beautiful "explosion" of color in the milk! Learn why...
When a Box is Not 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.
Eve Hindes' Science Camp Experience Featured in TU
CMS Eighth grader Eve Hindes was one of thirty-five student from around the region who participated in the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at RPI. While at the science camp, she was featured in the Times Union Newspaper. See feature...
Letter from CHS Principal John Thorsen Concerning Threat Made Online
September 19, 2016 - Dear CHS Families,
Today at Chatham High School, students alerted school staff that a student had made a threat against the High School on social media. We immediately responded by contacting law enforcement and holding the High School students in their classrooms. The student in question was removed from class without incident and protocols were followed to establish that there was no immediate danger. The "shelter in place" lasted about twenty minutes and classes resumed their normal schedule at approximately 12:30 p.m. Together with law enforcement, we have determined that there is no current danger and Chatham High School will be open as normal on Tuesday, September 20. Read more...
Letter from Superintendent Nuciforo Regarding Water Remediation Results
September 15 -
Dear CCSD Families,
I wanted to provide you with another update on our water remediation. We have now received all of the test results from our first phase of remediation work completed this summer, which involved replacing all water fixtures used for drinking water or food preparation that showed elevated levels for lead, and retesting them. I am pleased to report that all of our outlets used for food preparation and most of our drinking water outlets tested at acceptable levels and are now safe to use. However, there were some outlets where replacing the fixtures did not effectively remediate the lead. Those areas will need additional remediation measures and will remain shut off until we have confirmed they are safe to use. Read more...
Chatham Welcomes New Assistant Principal at CHS
Please welcome Eric Papandrea to the Chatham Central School District. Mr. Papandrea is the new assistant principal for Chatham High School and comes to us from the Hoosic Valley Central School District, where he was director of athletics and taught social studies at the high school. As assistant principal at Chatham High, he is in charge of student discipline and professional development for teaching assistants, and acts as the District’s home tutoring liaison. The Board of Education appointed Papandrea to the assistant principal position on September 13th. He has eleven-years’ experience as a public high school educator and holds a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in school building leadership as well as a master’s degree in teaching. Learn more...
BOE Adopts 2016-17 Goals
At its September 13th meeting, the Board of Education adopted Chatham Central School District's goals for the 2016-17 school year. View CCSD goals here...
Connelly Named CMS Dean of Students
The Board of Education has appointed Mark Connelly as dean of students at Chatham Middle School. Prior to becoming dean, Mr. Connelly worked as a social studies teacher at the middle school for the past twenty years, teaching eighth grade students for most of that time. As dean, he now oversees matters concerning student discipline and attendance, heads up the school’s Positive Academic Learning Skills (PALS) program, and promotes positive behaviors with at risk students, among other duties. Connelly’s appointment was made official by the Board at its September 13th meeting. Learn more...
First Day of School Photos!
We couldn't wait to see all our students on our first day of school this Wednesday, September 7! CCSD parents sent in their families' 2016-2017 back-to-school photos for us to share here and on our Facebook page. Thanks to all our families who shared this year!
Columbia County Fair Says Fiona Phelps' Got Talent
Congratulations to CMS 7th grader Fiona Phelps, who won both first and second place in the Columbia County's Got Talent competition held at this year's Columbia County Fair. Fiona, along with other fair winners, was featured in an article in the Chatham Courier. Read article...
Booster Clubs Honor Buildings & Grounds Staff
The Fine Arts Booster Club and Athletic Booster Club teamed up to honor Chatham Central School District’s hard-working buildings & grounds staff. Our maintenance and custodial crews, who were busy all summer making sure our facilities were ready for the start of new school year, were treated to a continental breakfast and a sausage & peppers and pulled pork lunch, compliments of the booster clubs.
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Chatham Welcomes New Faculty for 2016-17
CCSD welcomes Janet Morrison (MED Orchestra), Victoria Vanzo (MED Special Ed.), Kristy Wagner (Kindergarten), Aimee O’Keefe (MS Social Worker), Jeffrey Laudenschlager (Long-term Sub Gr. 8 Social Studies), Darcy Simmons (MS nurse), Tonya Russell (HS English), Jake Luttinger ( MS Spanish/HS School French) Courtney Miller (MS/HS Orchestra), Olga Tamchin (English as a New Language), Karen Souza (School Psychologist), and Megan Saxton (School Psychologist) to our educational team! Shown here, our new faculty members learn about School Tool (our student information system) from veteran teacher Sara Murray during faculty orientation held August 30-31.
"Shark Tank" Summer Academy Generates Cash for Land Conservancy
This summer at Chatham Middle School, students made learning a business, literally! This years’ Summer Academy gave students an exciting entrepreneurial-themed academic experience inspired by the hit TV show Shark Tank. The students formed business groups and competed to solve real-world business challenges and make as much money as possible for a charitable cause of their choosing! They raised over $600 for the Columbia Land Conservancy!
Language Concepts Summer Program Wraps Up with Open House
The 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...
Chatham Welcomes New Assistant Principal to MED
Please 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...
Letter from Superintendent Nuciforo Regarding Water Remediation Results and Sidewalk Construction on Woodbridge Ave.
September 1st - Dear CCSD Families,
Welcome to another exciting year at Chatham Central Schools. I have a few items I wanted to share with you as the new school year gets underway. First, I wanted to update you on the progress of our water testing and remediation... Read full letter...
Lunch Price Increase for 2016-17
Beginning in September, the cost of lunch at MED, CMS & CHS will increase by 10 cents per meal. The cost of reduced-priced meals is unchanged. Learn more...
Students Enjoy Dr. Seuss at Mac-Haydn Theatre
The Language Concepts Summer Program took their final field trip to watch Seussical at the Mac-Haydn Theatre on August 5th. The children's theatre production perfectly wrapped up the summer program’s Dr. Seuss theme. The students recognized characters and plot lines, like Cat in the Hat and Horton the Elephant. The students loved the interactions and engagements with the performers throughout the show, like holding up clovers for Horton to pick from. Learn more...
Board Elects Leadership, Sets 2016-17 Meeting Schedule
At its organizational meeting July 12th, the Board of Education reelected Melony Spock as Board President and Teri Conte as Vice President. The Board also approved its 2016-17 meeting schedule and swore in recently reelected Board members Muriel Faxon, Craig Simmons, and Melony Spock to their new three-year terms.
Seeking Volunteers to Serve on Board Committees
The Chatham Central School District Board of Education is seeking District resident volunteers to serve on two Board committees. These positions are for one-year terms staring Fall, 2016. Current openings are on Policy Committee, which typically meets once per month and Finance Committee, which typically meets once per month with additional meetings possible after January 1st during budget development. Interested individuals are asked to submit a letter of interest and resume by August 31, 2016 to Melony Spock, President, Chatham School Board, 50 Woodbridge Avenue, Chatham, NY 12037. For more information, please call 392-1501.
Olympics Theme of MED Summer Program
MED’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 July program explored the Olympics using math, science, technology, and research. Learn more...
Language Concepts Class Enjoys Live Theater
The 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.
Water Testing & Remediation
In April, 2016 the District conducted comprehensive testing of water outlets in all buildings for lead and copper as a proactive safety measure. The District has set up a webpage specific to the results of the testing and information pertaining to the District's plan for remediation. Visit Water Testing information webpage...
Softball Program Dedicates New Dugouts to Panthers' 2012 State Champs
Our softball program and Athletic Booster Club dedicated our new dugouts to the Panther’s 2012 NYS Championship Softball team.The dugouts were the gift of the Chatham Athletic Booster Club, which donated $3,200 to our school to fund the project. Special thanks to all those who volunteered their time to help get the dugouts built, including Gilligan Construction, Gregg Concrete & Masonry, and Madsen Excavation. Also thanks to Herrington’s for providing the materials at cost. Many members of the 2012 team were present for the ceremony, held July 2nd on the varsity softball diamond. Learn more...
CMS "Shark Tank" Summer Academy Gets Down to Business at SummerFest
Students are getting a real-world taste of business this July at the CMS Shark Tank Summer Academy. As their first challenge, students came up with a business plan to generate money at this year’s Chatham SummerFest. They raised a total of $417.00 in just two hours! In addition to business challenges, students also focus on ELA skills by reading books about running a business and keeping journal. All proceeds they earn this summer go to benefit the Columbia Land Conservancy. Learn more...
CHS' New School Flag
Perhaps you have noticed recently the new flag flying on the school flagpole. It's Chatham High School's very own flag, designed by student Danielle Wallace. The school flag came about via a competition devised put on by the student government, who put out a call for students to submit their own ideas for what the new flag should look like. Six students submitted designs and Danielle's was chosen as the winner by a vote of the student body. Learn more...