Chatham Central School District will be closed Friday, February 4 due to the winter storm.
Panther Pride Day is this Saturday, February 5! Come show your support as the Panthers take on Taconic Hills in our annual day-long sporting and school spirit event.
Due to low response, the Columbia County Department of Health has discontinued its weekly student testing pods at the Chatham Firehouse and at the AB Shaw Firehouse in Claverack. CCDOH will continue to provide testing for students and staff of Columbia County schools by appointment only at the CCDOH office back parking lot Monday-Friday, 8:30-11:30am and 12:45-3:30pm starting February 3, 2022. Call (518) 828-3358 x.1251 to schedule an appointment.
February 2, 2022
Dear CHS Families,
Chatham High School will be dismissing CHS students at 11:15 this morning due to ongoing power issues in the building. Afternoon CTE students will attend classes as normal. All after-school extracurricular activities, with the exception of sports, are canceled. A decision about sports will be made at 1:30 p.m. today.
This emergency dismissal applies to CHS only. MED and CMS students will dismiss at their normal times.
As you know, we have been having power issues at the High School over the past week, which appear to be stemming from a transformer not working properly. To address this issue in the short term, we have rented a generator to supply the building with power while we await the arrival of a new transformer. Today, the generator began having operating problems itself and began cutting out, causing recurring power outages in the building, which is the cause for today’s need for an emergency dismissal. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause as we work to get the issue addressed.
Dear CHS Families,
Shortly before 1:00 p.m. today, we unexpectedly lost power at the High School. While the building has a back-up generator that supplies power to its critical systems, most other areas within the building are without power. We called in an electrical contractor and had students remain in their classrooms until our regular dismissal time.
For this afternoon, athletic practices scheduled to take place at CHS have been relocated to CMS; all other after-school activities at the High School are canceled.
It is our intention to have the problem solved this evening and to hold classes as normal at CHS tomorrow. If anything should change, we will let you know.
Tonight's 6th Grade Winter Concert has been postponed to next Thursday, February 3, 7:00 p.m. in the CHS auditorium. The need to reschedule the event is due to emergency service that needs to be performed on the high school's power system this evening.
January 25, 2022 -
Please be reminded that all students, staff, and visitors are required to wear a mask while in our schools. Following a court hearing today, a judge issued a stay on yesterday’s ruling against the state mask mandate by a Nassau County Supreme Court judge. This means that the state mask mandate will continue to be in effect while the state appeals the ruling. As we have throughout the pandemic, we will continue to keep you informed about any changes that affect our COVID-19 safety protocols.
MED families, please note that Monday, February 28, 2022 has been changed from a full day of school to an early-dismissal day for Mary E. Dardess Elementary School. The early dismissal is for MED only. Students will be dismissed at 12:00 p.m., student pickups will begin at 11:45 a.m. Lunches will be served. The change is being made to accommodate an important professional development session. Please be sure to mark your calendars!
On Saturday, January 22, the Panthers host a Coaches vs. Cancer basketball game here at the High School. Girls varsity will play at 12:00 p.m. and boys varsity will play at 1:30 p.m. There will be a donation bin at the entry table. Come out and support a good cause!
Want to serve your school and community? The Chatham Central School District Board of Education is seeking candidates to fill a vacant seat on the Board. The vacancy is the result of the resignation of Board member Craig Simmons, effective December 31, 2021. The Board anticipates appointing one volunteer to serve a term starting March 8, 2022, and running through May 17, 2022, at which time the seat will be filled by the annual Board election. To qualify for consideration, a candidate must be and have been a resident of the District for at least one year, be 18 years of age or older, and be able to read and write. Please submit a letter of interest and resume no later than February 11 to Matt Fisch, President, Chatham Central School District Board of Education, 50 Woodbridge Avenue, Chatham, NY 12037. You may also email your letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
. For questions, please call the District Clerk at 518-392-1501.
Dear MED and CMS Families,
A reminder that Mary E. Dardess Elementary School and Chatham Middle School will return to in-person instruction this Tuesday, January 18, 2022.
All Chatham CSD schools & offices will be closed Monday, January 17 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.
The CMS musical "Suessical Jr." has been postponed to April 1st & 2nd, 2022.
MED & CMS are on remote learning January 13 & 14, 2022.
Please note: The date for the CHS Pops Concert has been been changed from this Wednesday to January 19 at 7:00 p.m.
All CCSD schools are on a two-hour delay today, Friday, January 7 due to weather. There will be no a.m. BOCES or breakfast.
Dear Chatham CSD parents/guardians,
A reminder that our drive-through at-home test kit distribution is from 3:00-5:30 p.m. today, January 4, at the student drop-off/pick-up lanes at MED Elementary School. This is for parents/guardians with children attending CCSD schools. Please come prepared to show your ID. One test kit containing two tests each is available for each student. The state has provided us with rapid antigen test kits from two manufacturers, so you will receive either a CareStart or iHealth COVID-19 home test kit. Additional information about the tests will be provided with your kit.
If you are unable to pick up your child’s test kit during the time allotted, please call your child’s school to make other arrangements no later than Thursday of this week.
Welcome back! We hope you had a great holiday break!
Reminder: All Chatham CSD schools will dismiss early on Thursday, January 6 to accommodate staff development. Schools will dismiss students at the following times:
CMS 11:45 am
MED 12:00 pm
CHS 12:10 pm