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Dr. Cheryl Nuciforo, Superintendent


Chatham Panther Headed to State Track & Field Meet

Noah Summers with his coachesChatham High School’s Noah Summers will be competing this Friday and Saturday, June 9 and 10, in the New York State Track and Field Championships at Union-Endicott High School in Endicott, NY. He will be competing in the Pentathlon, which consists of the 110 meter hurdles, shot put, long jump, high jump, and the 1500 meter. Noah's performance at the State Qualifier Meet held June 1st and 2nd at Shenendehowa earned him a spot in the State Championships.

Longhouse Project

Devin Franklin shows students how to make cordageAs part of a multi-year collaboration between MED and the Flying Deer Nature Center of New Lebanon, fourth grade students explored Native American history and their relationship with the natural world on May 16 and 17 at our campus longhouse built by our students. Flying Deer program director Devin Franklin showed the students how to make mats out of cattails, and the students learned how the plant played an important role to both people and animals as a utility and food. Learn more...

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...

2017 Tennis All-Stars

Congratulations to Chatham High School's two Patroon Conference Boys Tennis All-stars.  Both Keon Armstrong and Joe Hunter were named to the 1st Team. Go Panthers!   

2017 Baseball All-Stars

Congratulations to Chatham High School's three 2017 Patroon Conference Baseball All-stars. Caleb Doyle was named to the 1st Team and Aidan Jackson and Hunter Scheriff were named to the 2nd Team. Go Panthers!

Five Panthers Named Track & Field All-Stars

Congratulations to our 2017 Patroon Conference Track & Field All-Stars. For the girls, Danni McKay and Danielle Wallace were named to the First Team, while Hallie Allen and Catherine Cruz were named to the Second Team. For the boys, Noah Summers was named to the First Team. Go Panthers!

boys tennis team with class c/d championship plaque Chatham Boys Tennis Sectional Champions

Congratulations to Chatham High School’s boys varsity tennis team, who are the 2017 Class C/D Boys Tennis Champions! The boys took down Lake George with a 5-2 victory during the Section 2 tennis finals held May 17th.

The team finishes the season with an overall record of 13-3. Great job Panthers!

MED to Honor Binzers at Annual Arbor Day Celebration

Pictured are Board of Education president Melony Spock, Hank and Pat Binzer, MED principal Kristen Reno, and MED assistant principal Mike BurnsMary E. Dardess (MED) Elementary School announces that Hank and Patricia Binzer will be the school’s honored guests at its 2017 Arbor Day Celebration. While the couple no longer lives in Chatham, they continue to be enthusiastic supporters of our school and our students. The school invites the public to attend this special community event, held on the school’s lawn Friday, June 9th at 9:30 a.m. Anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP by calling the school’s office at 392-1530 no later than June 6th. Learn more...

CHS Student, Teacher Honored at Scholars Recognition Dinner

Kate Schaaler and Mrs. DilorioCongratulations to CHS senior Katharine Schassler and math teacher Jennifer DiIorio, who were honored guests at this year’s Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) Scholars Recognition Dinner. This annual event recognizes high achieving high school seniors and the teachers who impact them the most. Kate and Mrs. DiIorio attended the dinner May 17 at the Albany Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, where they were honored alongside other outstanding students and teachers from around the Capital Region. Learn more...

varstiy softball teamVarsity Softball Patroon Conference Champs

Congratulations to Chatham High School’s varsity softball team, who finished up their regular season undefeated and clinched the 2017 Patroon Conference Championship! The girls record stands at 14-0 in the league and 15-0 overall.

During the season the girls were ranked as high as the number 5 spot in the Class C state rankings. Go Panthers!

Voting Results for May 16, 2017

2017-2018 Budget PASSED: 368 Yes - 115 No

Proposition #1 - Capital Reserve Fund 3 PASSED: 350 Yes - 127 No

Proposition #2 - Repair Reserve PASSED: 382 Yes - 97 No

Proposition #3 - Student Representative on the Board of Ed. PASSED: 415 Yes - 63 No     

Voters also elected Winnie Hoffman Legere (392 votes), Dawn-Marie Blasl (385 votes), and Rachel Galvin (365 votes) to three-year terms on the Board of Education, starting July 1, 2017 and running through June 30, 2020.

Thank you to all who voted.

Panthers Spread Love of Reading @ MED

Ryan Alderdice and Curtis Buchan reading to third gradersSome of Chatham’s varsity baseball players headed up to MED during their lunch or study hall to be mystery readers for 3rd grade classes. Pictured here are junior Ryan Alderdice and sophomore Curtis Buchan reading to the students. Other readers included juniors Aidan Jackson and Caleb Doyle. The ball players joined a whole host of mystery readers from the community who have been dropping in to MED as part of the PTA’s “I Love Reading Month,” which promotes reading and literacy in many different ways throughout the month of May.  

Modified Track Teams are 2017 Conference Champs

Modified boys and girls track teamCongratulations to Chatham Middle School's boys and girls modified track teams for winning the Modified Patroon Conference Championship meet at Maple Hill on 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.

Chatham Mourns Passing of Frank Bogarski

Frank BogarskiMay 8, 2017 – Chatham Central School District mourns the loss of Frank Bogarski, a long-time bus driver for our school, who passed away suddenly over the weekend. Mr. Bogarski was an important part of our transportation team who began driving for Chatham in 1996. Over the years, he drove many of our students, be it to and from school each day, to classes at Questar III BOCES, or on field trips all over our region. He was well respected and well liked, and even served as president of the bus drivers’ union for a while. As always, school counselors are available to provide resources and support to any students who may be experiencing grief. Mr. Bogarski touched many lives here at Chatham and will be greatly missed. Our condolences go out to his family and to the transportation department.

Verma Named Outstanding Business Student

Mr. Loomis and Geetika Verma with awardCongratulations to senior Geetika Verma, who was recognized as Chatham's 2016-2017 Outstanding Business Education Student. Each year, local school districts' business departments recognize a student who has taken numerous business classes and has exhibited outstanding academic achievement, citizenship, and a positive attitude. The Business and Marketing Educators' Association of the Capital District (BMEA) sponsored an awards dinner May 4th at the Radisson Hotel in Albany to recognize Geetika along with other outstanding business students from area schools. Learn more...

NHS Induction

On May 3, Chatham High School inducted 31 members into National Honor Society with a special ceremony held that evening in the school’s auditorium. These students have excelled in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Congratulations to the members of NHS for the Class of 2018. Learn more...

Staff Appreciation Never Tasted So Good

Tyler Stetz cooking chicken outside the high schoolThe first week of May, our District held staff appreciation days at all our schools and for our transportation department. Of special note at Chatham High School, students showed their appreciation for their teachers by cooking them up a high-quality meal from scratch. Senior Tyler Stetz, who is studying culinary arts at Questar III, took it upon himself to cook up chicken for the entire faculty, complete with his homemade rub, barbecue sauce, and potato salad. The Food Prep class rounded out the meal with a delicious macaroni salad and house salad. At MED, the PTA sponsored a tasty staff luncheon catered by Magdalena’s restaurant, and the Middle School hosted a similar event for the staff there.

Life Cycles and the Egg

chicks in brooderCheep, cheep! The chicks have arrived! As part of their study of life cycles, the 2nd grade has been raising chicken eggs in class. In April, Maggie Smith from Columbia-Greene 4H visited MED to talk with the 2nd graders about eggs and how they develop into chickens. She brought along eggs, incubators, and other chick-rearing equipment for each class and explained how to properly care for the eggs during their incubation period, which is approximately 21 days. The chicks’ due date was the first week in May and they began hatching right on time! Learn more...

NHS Induction

On May 3, Chatham High School inducted 31 members into National Honor Society with a special ceremony held that evening in the school’s auditorium. These students have excelled in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Congratulations to the members of NHS for the Class of 2018. 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...

Aboard the Clearwater

students sail aboard the ClearwaterEnvironmental Science students and the Ecology Club sailed out of Kingston aboard the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater in search of adventure and clues to what lay beneath them in the river. The Clearwater’s educator-sailors showed our students how man the rudder and steer the vessel, raise the sails, and use navigational tools. The group also conducted water chemistry tests, caught and discussed different types of fish, and trawled for microplastic pollution. Learn more...

Children's Author Talks Reading, Writing, and Adventure at MED

Nacy Castaldo holds up book for children to seeAuthor Nancy Castaldo was at MED for the day April 28 to talk with students in each grade about being a writer and what goes into publishing a book. Ms. Castaldo, who lives in the Hudson Valley, is the author of several nonfiction books for children.“All writers begin as readers,” she told the students as they gathered around her in the school library to enjoy her presentation. “Books can take you on adventures all over the place.” Her vist was sponsored by the MED PTA. Learn more...

MED Student Named Artsonia Artist of the Week

Taylor with her winning artwork Congratulations to 4th grader Taylor Van Wie, who was named Artsonia's Grade 4-6 "ARTIST OF THE WEEK" for April 23-April 29. For her win, Taylor will receive a special award plaque and a $50 gift certificate from Blick Art Materials. The MED art department will receive a $100 gift certificate to Blick Art Materials as well. Artsonia is an online museum featuring student art that MED participates in along with schools from across the nation. Taylor’s Georgia O’Keeffe-inspired flower received 1424 votes! Learn more...

students competing in the Battle of the BeltsBattle of the Belts

Chatham High School held its 2017 preliminary Battle of the Belts competition on April 26. Teams of four students competed to see which could buckle into and out of the seats of a minivan in the fastest time. Hosted by SADD, the event encourages safe driving habits among teens. The "Bucklin' Bunnies," who were the team with the fastest time, will compete at the "World Championship Battle of the Belts" at Sean’s Run on April 30th here at CHS. Learn more...

Graziano, Kelly Earn Comptroller's Student Achievement Award

Ryan Graziano and Hannah KellyEighth graders Ryan Graziano and Hannah Kelly are Chatham Middle School’s 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...

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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Chris Herren Calls on Students to "Write Your Own Story"

Chris Herren talks to students in auditoriumFormer NBA player and recovering addict Chris Herren was at Chatham High School April 11 to talk with our students in grades 8-12 about drugs, alcohol, and self-worth. Herren's visit to our school was a remarkable event made possible through a partnership with Columbia Pathways to Recovery as well as a grant from the Chatham Education Foundation and other community donors. Herren also spoke to parents and our community at large during a second event hosted by CPR that evening. The Register Star was there to cover Herren's in-school visit. Read article...

5th Graders Learn Dance from Professional

Jamal Jackson leads students through dance excerciseThe Jamal Jackson Dance Company was at MED on April 10 & 11th to teach our 5th grade students about rhythm and movement. Accompanied by live drumming from Frank Malloy, IV, Mr. Jackson led students through some of his favorite dance moves and encouraged students to make up their own moves as well! This exciting program was brought to MED courtesy of Performance Spaces for the 21st Century (PS21) and was made possible by a grant from the Chatham Education Foundation.

Board Adopts Proposed 2017-18 Budget

On April 10th, the Board of Education adopted its budget proposal from the 2017-18 school year. The budget totals $30,836,975 and carries a projected tax levy increase of 1.3 percent, which is under the limit set by New York State’s property tax cap. The budget is up a total of $294,559, a 0.96% percent spending increase from the current year’s budget. Residents can learn more about the budget at a public hearing May 9, 6:30 p.m. or by visiting our Budget News page...

D.A.R.E. Graduation

student shakes hands with sheriff bartlettOur fifth grade celebrated successful completion of D.A.R.E. with a graduation ceremony held April 7 in the CHS auditorium. D.A.R.E., taught by Columbia County Sheriff's Deputy Wendy Guntert, kicked off at MED in October and addressed drug and tobacco use while placing a greater focus on skills students can use to make safe and responsible choices in all aspects of their lives. Along with Deputy Guntert, Sheriff David Bartlett, and School Resource Deputies Todd Hyson and Toby Van Alstyne took part in the ceremony. Students' families attended to celebrate with their graduates. Learn more...

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...

Take Action Night

students with take action night displayOn April 6, sophomores took on social ills that exist in today’s world with a multi-faceted exhibit. The exhibit stemmed from a research and writing project that went well beyond the classroom. In it, CHS English teacher Tanya Russell encouraged her students to do more than make observations about a particular atrocity or human rights violation, to take it a step further by creating projects with real-world purpose, projects that took action. Learn more...

Staff Goes Blue to Support Families with Autism

Staff in Blue shirts pose for photoApril is Autism Awareness Month and every year events and activities happen all around the world to increase understanding and acceptance. MED staff members joined together to support autism awareness on April 5th by wearing blue “acceptance” t-shirts and donating to Autism Speaks, a foundation that promotes education and support to families with autism. The staff raised almost $200! MED's event corresponded with "Light It Up Blue," an international campaign held April 2nd to aide families living with autism. Thank you to all for your support!

Cast of They Built AmericaVisiting Play Digs Into Erie Canal's Beginnings

Fourth and fifth graders enjoyed an enriching social studies experience when the Capital Repertory Theater brought its production of They Built America to Chatham April 3. The show commemorates the 200th anniversary of the start of construction on the Erie Canal and the men, women, and children who helped build it. Capital Rep actors brought to life many different characters from history to tell the story of how this important waterway came to be. This event was sponsored by the PTA. Photo by Richard Lovrich Learn more...

Take Action Night

Witness the outreach and hear their voices at “Take Action Night,” a showcase of student activism held Thursday, April 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the CHS library. In English class and beyond, our sophomores have been busy researching, writing, and advocating for change. From political cartoons and public service announcements, to letters written to congressmen and women, to published pieces in local newspapers, their projects give stage to human rights violations all over the world and showcase our students' work to change the things they see as wrong. Learn more…

District Earns Top Safety Award

The Chatham Central School District has again earned the Utica National Insurance Group’s highest award for safety excellence. Utica National presented Chatham with its “Titanium” level “School Safety Excellence Award” during its 37th annual school safety seminar held in Saratoga Springs this March. As part of this recognition, Chatham Central Schools received a $500 award for use in furthering our safety efforts. 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.

Washington, D.C. Trip 2017

Supreme Court building in Washington DCChatham High School’s Washington D.C. trip was a tremendous success. This year our students had the opportunity to experience one of the most significant cities in the world, including the National Zoo, the Smithsonian Institution on our National Mal, and the monuments that have made the D.C. skyline so famous. Sunday was spent at Arlington National Cemetery where they viewed the Kennedy graves, the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Robert E. Lee’s mansion, and Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Learn more...

Suicide Prevention Starts with You

Student perform skit during Yellow Ribbon training While suicide accounts for thousands of deaths each year, it is entirely preventable. With this in mind, Chatham High School’s Yellow Ribbon Team led suicide prevention training for every student in their school over the course of March 24 and 27. The Yellow Ribbon Team, 38 students in all, presented their peers with the facts, warning signs, and risk factors of suicide, as well as simple ways to get help if they or someone they know ever needs it. Learn more...

service club at Kids ClubKids 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.

Building Resilience in Students

Dr. Brooks speakes with Chatham FacultyDr. Robert Brooks, one of today’s leading experts on motivation, family relationships, and school climate, was at Chatham CSD March 20th to lead an all-day workshop with our administrators and teacher leaders about building resilience in students. Along with being an internationally recognized author and speaker on these and other topics, Dr. Brooks is a clinical psychologist who is on the Harvard Medical School faculty and has served as Director of the Department of Psychology at McLean Hospital.

Student with DNA modelTaste of Genetics

Living Environment students had a great time conceptualizing what a DNA double helix looks like (and devouring their models afterward) during a recent lab on genetics. Each student received a template strand and had to write in the complementary strand, symbolizing DNA replication. They used different colored marshmallows to represent the four nitrogenous bases that make up DNA, and Twizzlers to represent the sides of the DNA "ladder." Learn more...

Snow Closings & Delays FAQ

That chill in the air reminds us all that winter is on its way, and with wintry weather comes snow and ice. This time of year we often get a lot of questions about our procedures for snow closings and delays, so we’ve put together a Q&A (also available on our Parents page) to help answer them.  View Snow Day Frequently Asked Questions and Answers...

St. Baldricks Event Raises Cash for Cancer Research

Volnteers have thier heads shaved at St. Baldrick's event in CHS gymOn Sunday, March 19th the CHS Community Service Club hosted Chatham's 7th annual St. Baldrick's event in the CHS gym. Community members, students, and alumni came together to shave their heads, donate to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, and support the event. St. Baldrick’s uses the funds raised to support life-saving research and fight childhood cancers. The shaving was done compliments of Shear Images. Totals for the money raised are still coming in and we won’t have a good estimate for a couple of weeks. See more photos...

A.M. “Boot Camp” at MED

Mr. Burns leads students through exercises during MED Boot CampFirst thing in the morning on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, MED assistant principal Mike Burns leads a group of students through ten minutes of vigorous exercise, beginning with a two-minute run around the gym before they set in on calisthenics like pushups, crunches, jumping jacks, and more. The students in the Boot Camp program really enjoy it and research has shown that just ten minutes of intense physical workout helps children be more relaxed and focused in school. Learn more...

Three's the Charm for E-Week Contest Winner

Katharine Schassler with her logoCongratulations to senior Katharine Schassler on her amazing three-peat success in the Capital District Engineers Week (E-Week) logo design competition. Katharine’s design was chosen as the competition’s 2017 winner, making her their winner for the third year in a row! She receives a $500 cash award and her design will become the official E-Week logo for 2018. “Putting ideas into motion, turning the gears, moving forward, that is the idea I had,” Katharine said about her submission. Learn more...

Robotics Team at FIRST® Regional Robotics Competition

Robotics team poses with thier robotOne of Chatham High School’s newest clubswas hard at work this winter, staying long after school and even putting in time over the weekends to design and build a robot to compete in the New York Tech Valley FIRST® Regional Robotics Competition. On March 17, Chatham competed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, taking on 36 other teams in an arena-style competition that combined creativity and ingenuity with sport. 
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image of Eddie Allen and Kelly Shanahan alking with students at the stageMentor 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.


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...

Newberry Award Reading Group

Newberry book group discussing the title PaxMrs. Debye-Saxinger, 7th grade English teacher, and Mrs. Eager, school librarian, 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...

CHS Club Recruits CMS Students to "Go Bald"

HS students hand out St. Baldrick's information at CMSThe CHS Community Service Club made a visit to CMS to recruit participants for their upcoming St. Baldrick’s Event March 19th at the High School. They talked with middle schoolers during lunch to encourage them to sign up, gather sponsors, and shave their heads at the event to raise funds for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which pays for childhood cancer-fighting research. Large numbers of students from CHS, CMS, and MED have participated in this event since it first began here in Chatham seven years ago.

Evan Mickle and Baylee CoxPanthers Tapped for Exceptional Senior Game

Congratulations to Chatham High School varsity basketball players Evan Mickle and Baylee Cox, who were selected to play in our league's Exceptional Senior Basketball Games March 14th.

Both games take place at Stillwater High School, with the girls game starting at 6:00 p.m. and the boys game starting at 7:30 p.m. These games showcase our region's top senior talent.

Letter from Superintendent Nuciforo about State Testing

March 13, 2017 - We are once again approaching the time for New York State’s grade 3 through 8 assessments in English Language Arts (March 27-30) and Math (May 2-4). I understand and respect that some parents and guardians have had concerns about this testing in past years; however, much about the state testing program has changed. I am writing to explain these changes, as well as Chatham’s approach to the state testing and how we use the results, so that you have accurate and current information to use in making educational decisions about your child. Read full letter...

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, who is Sarah’s sister, 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...

MED Caring Assembly

Mrs. Reno hands student the golden trashcan On March 10, MED held a school-wide assembly highlighting our theme of the month, which was “Caring” for March. As part of the assembly, awards were handed out by Principal Kristen Reno and Assistant Principal Mike Burns to the students who most embodied the caring spirit. Each special department (art, musical, PE, Library, and cafeteria) also handed out awards to the classes that showed the most caring, and don't forget the Golden Trash Can for the cleanest classes. See awards...


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...

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...

image of Eddie Allen and Kelly Shanahan alking with students at the stageMentor 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 the club went to see, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, is a stirring tale about the children of the Holocaust.

CHS Winter Sports Awards

Our 2016-17 Winter Sports Awards Night was held the evening of March 2nd at Chatham High School. The event honored the Panthers' most outstanding athletes and was sponsored by the Athletic Booster Club. See awardees...

students using ipads in music class Technology Rollout is Music to Students' Ears

Music students were in for a treat when their teachers unveiled brand new iPad Pros for use in class! As part of Chatham CSD’s technology driven learning goals, the music department received a set of iPad Pros in every building. Pictured are students in the High School’s new Chamber Ensemble class working with a program to create their own live loop compositions. The students were excited to be able to work with this new equipment in addition to the Chromebooks they are using in their core classes. Learn more...

"Amazing Women" Guest Speakers

Danielle Mackey talks with studentsAs 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 talks with CMS studentsCyber Safety

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...

Panthers' Named League All-Stars

Congratulations to the following Chatham Panthers who made All-star status for the 2016-17 winter sports season.

Boys Volleyball: Valley Division - Hunter Scheriff, 2nd Team All-star

Girls Basketball: Patroon Conference - Haleigh McKay, 1st Team All-star; Baylee Cox, 2nd Team All-star

Bowling: Patroon Conference - Andrew Duso, 2nd team

Hidden Figures, Amazing Women

students watching film at Crandell TheatreAs 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.  

Physical Education Leadership Award

Joe Hunter and Danielle Wallace with their awardsCongratulations 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. Our 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.

middleschoolers and residents of Whittier Place making heart pillows togetherService 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.

2017 Science & Tech 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....

Excellence in Effort Award

CHS congratulates all students who earned our Excellence in Effort Award for second quarter. Teachers nominate students to receive this award, which recognizes individuals for their diligence, reliability, and motivation in class. See list of awardees...

Board Announces DeAngelo as Next Superintendent of Schools

head shot of Sal DeAngeloThe 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

Joe Hunter and Danielle Wallace with their awardsCongratulations 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

Addam's Family CastThis 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.

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!   

Chatham Student Part of "We The People" State Championship Team

new visions teamALBANY -- The Capital Region BOCES New Visions: Law and Government Program won the state-level "We The People: The Citizen and the Constitution" competition On February 11. CHS student Quentin Rubel is a member of the New Visions team, which is comprised of students from several area high schools in the Questar III and Capital Region BOCES. They bested more than 100 finalists from five other school districts from across the state. The team now advances to the national competition held in Washington, D.C. April 21-April 24. 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...

Pep Rally 2017

Cheerleaders doing acheerChatham 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

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 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...

Assemblies Focus on Respect

student is handed an award by Mrs. Reno at respect assembly On January 30, MED held assemblies highlighting the school’s theme of the Month, which was “Respect.” As part of the assembly, awards were handed out by Principal Kristen Reno and Assistant Principal Mike Burns to the students who most embodied the spirit of respect. Each special department (art, musical, PE, Library, and cafeteria) also handed out an award to the classes that showed the most respect during their time at that special. See who won...

Autumn Glass with the varsity cheerleading squadMED Student Cheers for Chatham

MED second grader Autumn Glass (left) joined the CHS Varsity Basketball Cheerleading team as an honorary member this winter. She practiced with the team, learned the cheers, chants, and claps, and sported an official varsity uniform. Autumn was proud and honored to represent the Chatham spirit! Her teacher, Ms. Engel, and all of us here at MED are proud of her too. Way to go Autumn!

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.

Read full letter...

Honor Roll

CHS is proud to announce the names of our students who earned honors and high honors for the second quarter of 2016-17. See who made the grade...

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...

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.

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

fourth graders using chromebooks in classIn 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

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 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

Grayson Van Wie and Hannah TaylorChatham 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...

Exploring the Benefits of Yoga

Ms. Donovan leads students through yoga poses in the HS gymThis February, students are learning the power of yoga by practicing it in physical education class. Yoga is a low impact way to increase flexibility and strength, improve posture and mood, and reduce stress. The CHS physical education department has taught yoga for the past several years as part of their mission to provide students with life-long fitness skills. To kick off this year's program, they invited CHS English teacher Chelsea Donovan, who is an expert yogi, in to lead students through some fundamental yoga postures and concepts.

Jake Osborne's paper stock market trophy fStock Market Game Champion

Congratulations to the CHS Financial Literacy class’ fall Stock Market Game™ champion, Jacob Osborne!  In this six-week contest that closely mimics actual happenings on the stock exchange, Jake had an amazing 15.5% rate of return on his investments. Jake’s portfolio yielded the second highest return in the last five years students have played the game at the high school. His “trophy” joins those of our past winners on CHS’ Stock Market Game Champion Hall of Fame. 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

Hnter reading to pre-k studentsFeatured Reader

Hunter Pulcher, one of our third graders here at Mary E. Dardess Elementary School, has been working hard on his reading skills with Mrs. Chiappinelli, Mrs. Fleck, and Mrs. Maraglio. Because of his hard work he has been making tremendous progress! To celebrate his success, he was asked to come share his reading skills with Mrs. Alliger's Pre-K class on January 6. The Pre-K class was an attentive and respectful audience to the proud reader!

Spirited Success for Chatham at AIC Model Congress

Chatham's Model Congress Team at Aerican International CollegeThe 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...

Staff singing in front of Piano at High School Holiday Music

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.

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 Cooks Up Special Thank You to Staff  

Tyler Stetz cooking breakfast sandwhichesSenior 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

students playing hot potatoe with grinch stuffed animal 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

students making holiday decorationsFifth 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...

Book Swap

student looks at books at CHS book swapThe 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

student dressed as santa talks with seniors at a table dirung the CMS holiday luncheonNational 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

Teacher receives certificate from Reverend JimpsonMembers 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

holidat mentor gatheringThe 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' ArtArt display at kinderhook bank

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 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...

5th Grade Service Day

students making holiday decorationsFifth 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, & performed a concert at Camphill Ghent. 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

student codingAll 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 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 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

all state quiorSenior 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

students doing mindfulness exercises in classMED 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

CHS community service clubThe 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!

student typingStudents 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...

The Four Seasons

students perform thir ballet Four SeasonsTo celebrate the conclusion of their study of Venice, the third grade held a special performance for parents in the MED Cafeteria on December 6th. Guest educator Tom Lee, from the Spencertown Academy, kicked off the celebration by highlighting the many different ways the students explored Venice over the past several weeks, using geography, history, architecture, art, writing, music, and of course, performance! On the stage, the students put on a ballet of their own making set to Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. 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

student on history tour witth Gail WolczanskiDid 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

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 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.

Go Panthers!

students building shelters5th 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

area all state studentsCongratulations 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! 


students playing ping-pongMiss 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

Daniel Bellows shows chatam art teacher how to throw a pot on a wheelQuality 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 ( 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.

Veterans Day assembly at CMSCMS 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...

CMS students voting in mock election"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.
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Six Panthers Head to Exceptional Senior Game

Taylor Hanson, Jenna Ripple, Shannon Van TasselEven Mickle, Sam Kirschner, Joe Hunter 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

Caesar tries on the corwn with help from Calpurnia 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

student hike up steep trailOn 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

cast of guys ad dollsGuys & 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

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...

students in costume in MED halloween paradeMED 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.
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Middle School office staf f dressed up as the wizard of OzHappy Halloween!



- from the Chatham Middle School Office Staff

(as the cast of the Wizard of Oz)


Pumpkin Project

pumkin projectFirst 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

middle school student with preschoolersStudents 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

middle school student with preschoolersStudents 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. 

Career Day

speaker at career dayChatham 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

students, teachers, and sheriff's deputies pose with DARE banner in front of MED 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”

students hikingWe’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...

students making bags6th 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.

students filling in pothole at Borden's pond7th & 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.

speaker at career dayCareer Day

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

student work on puzzle during mix it upCMS 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

students use nets to catch fish 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

Mr. Burns in Fire gearA 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

HansonCongratulations 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 Team 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!


Studnets in school spirit wear Spirit Week

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 doing speak outs during NCBI trainingStudents 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.
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Choral Students Help Honor Women of Service

Choral Students at ZontaOn 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.” 

Magic Milk

students conduct magic milk experimentThe 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

student make a house out of a carboard boxstudents make racecar out of 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

Eric PapandreaPlease 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...

Mark ConnellyConnelly 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...

students pose for first day of school photoFirst 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!

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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

custodians enjoying mealThe 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

new teacher at orientationCCSD 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

Students with ideasThis 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!
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Language Concepts Summer Program Wraps Up with Open House

student giving presentationThe 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

Michael BurnsPlease 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

students at MacHaydyn TheatreThe 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

student tossing water balloonMED’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 calss at playLanguage 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

2012 team at dugoutsOur 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

Student running bean bag toss at SummerFestStudents 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...

Danielle WallaceCHS' 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...


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