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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 […]

girl peeling apple

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 […]

The King of Hearts, Queen of Hearts, Alice, and the Cheshire Cat

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.

Wonderland delighted audiences as they traveled down the rabbit hole November 22-23 to join Alice and her Wonderland friends in one of literature’s classic madcap adventures! Featuring updated songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture, Chatham Middle School’s staging of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. was a fast-paced and fun take on the classic tale. […]

students petting dog

Service Club Serves Homeless Pets

This November, the CMS Service Club visited the Columbia-Greene Humane Society for their monthly service activity. There, they helped out by cleaning the shelter’s facilities, brushing the cats, and of course, petting the dogs!  

three girls building boot out of cardboard and foam

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 […]

8th graders Ewan Ferrier and Liana Warner, 7th graders Jordon Radley and Landon Frederick, and 6th graders Gianna Devito and Owen Wilber.

October Students of the Month

Chatham Middle School has named the following students as October’s Students of the Month. The CMS faculty selected these students based on their effort and good character. Congratulations to (left to right) 8th graders Ewan Ferrier and Liana Warner, 7th graders Jordin Radley and Landen Frederick, and 6th graders Gianna DeVito and Owen Wilber.   […]

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 […]