Apply for Free & Reduced Meals! During the pandemic, the USDA ensured that all schools were able to offer free meals to all students. However, this universal reimbursement expired on June 30, 2022. Chatham CSD will return to charging for meals and offering an opportunity for families to apply for free or reduced meals for our students. The application is available on our Food Services page at https://www.chathamcentralschools.com/page/free-and-reduced-price-school-meals
and we request that all families fill out and return, regardless of free/reduced status. Information from all households aids in the District’s opportunity to apply for more federal/state funding to provide your child the tools they need for their education. Here are a few things to know about filling out the free/reduced meal application: 1) They are kept completely confidential! No one but the Food Service Supervisor sees the application and they are kept in a locked cabinet in a locked office. 2) They are available all year long and can be filled out at any time. Once approved you are approved for the whole school year. 3) On the serving lines we don’t use the words free or reduced. We treat all students as if they are a paying student. No student is singled out. 4) The more free/reduced students we have in the District, the more federal and state reimbursement we receive, which helps us to keep the program running. The biggest reason to apply is that it helps you, the families. It allows you to not worry about the rising cost of food and gas, going to the store to buy lunch items, and the time it takes to make meals. Let us do that for you!
The MED PTA invites all incoming Pre-K and Kindergarten Parents/Guardians to celebrate your child entering school with a Boo Hoo or Yahoo Breakfast.
Whether you shout a "YAHOO!!!" or dry your tears with kleenex, you are invited to gather in MED's outdoor courtyard on
Wednesday, September 7th from 7:45-8:15 or
Thursday, September 8th from 7:45-8:15 (dependant upon your child's first day).
You will be treated to pastries and beverages and given the opportunity to snap a polaroid photo for staff to give to your child during the day!!
Please have ID ready at the front door. Two parents or guardians per child will be permitted.
*Please note* If you are unable to attend, but would like your child to receive a family photo, please drop a photo at the school any day between 7:15am and 3pm.
Our Kindergarten & Pre-K Classroom Visit and Supply Drop-off is Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at MED. The Kindergarten and Pre-k teachers are pleased to invite you to visit the classrooms and drop off school supplies. See schedule at
Chatham Panthers Softball Camp July 5– 8, 2022 for ages 7–12. Learn the fundamentals of softball from Chatham Panthers coaches & players. For more information and to register, follow this link: https://5il.co/1cn28
Calendar Update: All CCSD schools and offices will be closed on Friday, May 27, 2022. We are modifying the calendar because we do not anticipate needing all of the emergency closing days that were planned for the 2021-2022 school year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your child’s school office. Please be sure to update your calendars with this change!
Calendar update: MED Picture Retake Day has been scheduled for Monday, April 11, 2022 in the morning. The PTA was able to schedule this one-time picture retake for our families who missed our spring picture day or who want new photos. You can order online at https://my.lifetouch.com/mylifetouch/#/
with your student’s school ID or picture day ID: EVT6CCPR6
this Tuesday and Wednesday, March 29th and March 30th, we will be administering the State Assessments in English Language Arts (ELA) in grades 3-8. We want to share how we use this data in school.
As part of our Academic Intervention Service (AIS) process at Chatham, we use multiple measures to identify if a student should receive AIS services. These measures include diagnostic testing, state test results, and teacher input.
The state test results help us look at gaps in instruction over time and show how our students are doing on particular standards. We analyze these results and make necessary academic changes where needed. The state assessment scores are not tied to teacher APPR or used as a determination of whether your child moves on to the next grade.
If you do choose to opt your child out of state assessments they are still required to come to school as they would on a regular school day. Students who choose to opt-out will go to an opt room in their respective building and silently read or work on other ELA and math activities.
Please feel free to reach out to one of us with any questions or concerns regarding state assessments.
Kristen Reno - MED Principal
All CCSD after-school activities are canceled for today, Wednesday, March 9, 2022, due to the winter weather.
March 8, 2022: Out of an abundance of caution, all Chatham Central schools are exercising a lockout for the remainder of the school day. There is no threat and students were never in any danger. The lockout is due to an empty shell casing found on the MED playground this afternoon. Police have investigated and found no credible threat. As a precaution, outside activities are suspended until time of dismissal, indoor activities will continue as normal. After-school activities will be held as normal.
Enjoy the Winter Break! Classes resume Monday, February 28.
Chatham Central School District will be closed Friday, February 4 due to the winter storm.
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!
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.
MED is on remote learning January 13 & 14, 2022.
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!
All CCSD buildings and offices are closed Friday, December 31, 2021. Happy New Year!