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Ancient Literacy

In 6th grade social studies, students are studying ancient history and have now arrived at the dawn of civilization, starting in Ancient Sumer. As societies became more complex, the need to create records arose, which in turn necessitated the invention of written language. The people who made early records were known as scribes and were […]

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K-STEM: Turkeys Through the Forest

November’s kindergarten STEM activity focused on building and design. Using a variety of materials, students created an obstacle course that represented a forest and a marble that represented a turkey. Students needed to guide their “turkey” through the “forest.”    

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CMS Unity Day Focuses on Service

CMS held its second school-wide Unity Day on Monday, November 25. A surprise event for students, the day focused on service. In 6th grade, students took a trip to Kindergarten classrooms at MED to make crafts and read with their kindergarten buddies. In 7th grade, students made apple pies to go into Thanksgiving baskets the […]

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Historical Miniatures are Long on Detail

Fourth grade students made detailed miniature models of traditional Native American dwellings known as longhouses. This is an annual project in fourth grade and each year we are very impressed with the attention to detail our students put into them. On November 22, fourth graders gave presentations to their class on their miniature dwellings, and […]

Heather Damia

Heather Damia is National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has named Chatham High School senior Heather Damia a semifinalist in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. This honor recognizes Heather for the exceptional academic promise she demonstrated with her outstanding performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) last October. Out of over 1.5 million students who […]

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New PLTW Course has Students Making “Instant Designs”

Seventh grade Design and Modeling students recently put on their engineering hats to design, test and build a foot orthosis to aid a (theoretical) child with cerebral palsy. After learning about cerebral palsy, which affects a person’s movement and muscle coordination, it was up to the students to figure out a way to meet the […]

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Q & U Wedding

Mrs. Winter and Mr. Botsford’s Language Concepts classes celebrated a wedding reception for the letters Q and U on November 7th! They sent out formal invitations to faculty and administrators to join them in celebrating that Q and U are always together! They made QU crafts, wore fancy veils and bow ties, and snacked on […]

Veterans and students folding U.S. flag

CMS Honors Veterans

Chatham Middle School students honored local veterans with a special assembly open to area veterans, current servicemen and servicewomen, and their families. This year’s Veterans Day Celebration was held November 8th and included remarks by Superintendent Sal DeAngelo, CMS Principal Mike Burns, students, staff, and a featured veteran speaker, Brian Simmons. Mr. Simmons, who was […]

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Perky Panthers Perk Up MED

The CMS Life Skills class’s very own Perky Panthers have a new location – they are now permanently operating at MED. On October 25th, The Perky Panthers were there serving up coffee, tea, hot cocoa and apple cider to CCSD staff. They baked pumpkin muffins, too. Perky Panthers is a student-run beverage and treats business […]

“Reel” Life Motivation: CMS Partners with Crandell Theatre for Innovative Learning Experience

Audiences at the non-profit Crandell Theatre in Chatham are enjoying a new public service announcement (PSA), thanks to students from Chatham Middle School’s Arbor Academy and Michael Stead, Instructional Innovation Coach for the Chatham Central School District. The 30 second video, which uses a combination of drawing, animation and sound effects, shows filmgoers where to […]