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A Kinder World Through Art

Senior art students in Fine Arts Workshop class recently created portraits for refugee and under-resourced Malaysian children through a partnership with The Memory Project. The Memory Project is a nonprofit organization that invites art teachers and their students to create portraits for youth around the world who have faced substantial challenges. The portraits help the […]

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Deputy Rosenstrach Goes to Art Class

In her role as a resource who students can go to if they ever need help, School Resource Deputy Kelly Rosenstrach is always looking to interact with and get to know our students, as trust is built upon relationships. And with Chatham being a school and all, sometimes that means she gets to learn cool […]

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Cross-County Orchestra

Eleven Chatham High School Orchestra students performed with the Rensselaer All-County Honors Orchestra (what we at Chatham call Cross-County as we participate in Rensselaer County’s event because we are the only school in Columbia County with an orchestra). The concert, which showcases top student talent from the area, took place January 18 at Lansingburgh CSD. […]

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Panthers Collect for Coaches vs. Cancer

Chatham Panther athletes helped raise $402 in donations for Coaches vs. Cancer during Chatham’s Panther Pride Day January 11. Their efforts were part of a larger fundraising across the Patroon Conference. Coaches vs. Cancer is a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches to fund cancer fighting initiatives. Thanks […]

students lying on floor listening to Dr. Killea in CMS library

Key Communicators “Mindful” of Midterms

On January 21, seventh graders conducted mindfulness exercises under the direction of CCSD’s psychologist coach, Dr. Anita Kilea. Mindfulness is a calming meditative practice achieved by focusing awareness inward and on the present moment to realize and accept one’s emotions, thoughts, and physical sensations. Tuesday’s sessions were born out of discussions with the seventh grade’s […]

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Spanish in Kindergarten

Young children pick up languages very quickly, and learning Spanish is now part of our kindergartners’ regular studies! Once a week, Spanish teacher Jennifer Powell visits each kindergarten class for fun-filled lessons, games and songs that familiarize students with español. This new language-learning initiative is the first to be rolled out in Chatham’s Spanish in […]

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The Science of Addiction

Cortney Lovell, who is an outspoken advocate for addiction recovery supports and a person in long-term recovery herself, visited CMS on January 9 to speak with our 8th grade Health students about addiction. Along with discussing the science behind substance dependency, she shared with them her personal story of addiction, the hope of recovery, and […]

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Helping the Homeless

On January 9, the CMS Service Club made over 200 sandwiches that went to homeless agencies in Albany. January is a busy time for shelters due to “code blues” that go into effect due to cold weather.