Chatham Central School District

Cheryl Nuciforo, Superintendent

Our Mission: to provide students an education that nurtures intellectual curiosity and focuses on academic and cultural foundations. Our students will graduate with the knowledge, problem-solving abilities and character needed to participate ethically, adapt, succeed and contribute in their future educational, career, and community endeavors.


Board Approves SRO for Chatham Schools

At its July 22 meeting, the Board of Education approved bringing a School Resource Officer (SRO) into Chatham Central Schools. The SRO will be a uniformed sheriff’s deputy who will work in all three of our school buildings a total of 20 hours a week, starting this September. The Board’s decision was in response to an offer from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office to provide all public schools in the county with increased access to law enforcement resources. The Sheriff’s Office is providing the SRO, who will serve at the discretion of Chatham school officials as both an educational and safety resource, at no cost to our school. This officer will also work for New Lebanon CSD 20 hours a week.

Chatham CSD Newsletter Earns National Awards

The Chatham Central School District was recognized for outstanding educational communications when it earned two national awards for its community newsletter “Chatham Connections” this June.
The National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) awarded “Chatham Connections” its Award of Merit, the second highest honor given out at NSPRA’s annual Publications and Electronic Media Awards. In addition, Chatham’s 2013-2014 special budget edition of the newsletter also picked up a separate Award of Merit in the Finance Publication Presentation category. Learn more...

Brian SimonSimon Appointed Director of Special Ed.

The Board of Education has appointed Brian Simon as Director of Special Education for the Chatham Central School District. Simon, who officially began his new duties July 1st, has twenty years of experience in special education. He has been with the Chatham Central School District for the past thirteen years, as school psychologist for the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School since 2001, and also as the school’s Dean of Students for the 2013-14 school year. Learn more...

Board Elects Leadership, Sets 2014-15 Meeting Schedule

At its organizational meeting July 8th, the Board of Education reelected Melony Spock as Board President and elected Jennifer Lindberg as Vice President. The Board also approved its 2014-15 meeting schedule and swore in newly elected members Chris Kelly and Teri Conte, and new student representative Carly Rippel.  

Congratulations to the Class of 2014

graduation114 worthy graduates received their diplomas on June 27th, representing 100% of Chatham High School’s senior class. The Commencement ceremony was held on the football field before hundreds of parents, friends and family. The Class of 2014 boasted thirty-four seniors who graduated with four-year honors. Six Regents Diplomas with Advanced Designation with Honors, twenty-seven Regents Diplomas with Advanced Designation, and one Regents Diploma with Honors were awarded. Seventy-eight percent of Chatham's 2014 graduates plan to pursue higher education. See photos...

Chatham Public Library Welcomes DeLisle as New Director

Julie DeLisleThe Chatham Public Library welcomes Julie DeLisle as its new director. DeLisle took the reins at the end of June and has since been busy familiarizing herself with all the resources and programs the library has to offer, and getting to know the patrons and staff who make the library the vibrant center of the community that it is. DeLisle comes to Chatham from the Brunswick Community Library in Rensselaer County, where she was library director for the past nine years. The Board of Education officially appointed DeLisle in late May, following an extensive search and interview process and on the recommendation of the Chatham Pubic Library Advisory Committee. Learn more...

Last Day of School!

teachers wave to bussesJune 26th marked the last day of classes at Chatham for the 2013-2014 school year. As the buses left the parking lot to bring students home for the last time this year, the staff at the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School were all out to partake the tradition of waving goodbye to the students and wishing them a happy summer vacation. Enjoy the summer and we will see you when classes begin again September 4th!

Chatham Library Voted Best in County

Staff with awardChatham Public Library was voted best library in the Best of Columbia County awards, sponsored by the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, The Register-Star and Chatham Courier. Newspaper readers and Chamber members voted for their favorite local businesses, organizations, and events. The winners were announced June 19th during an event at the Chamber of Commerce in Hudson. Fern Pelletieri, librarian, and Karen Malina, co-chair of the Chatham Public Library Advisory Committee, attended the event to accept the award on behalf of the library.

Pearson, O'Connell, Frederick Honored as Scholar Athletes

Scholar athletesThree CHS student athletes were recognized as Scholar Athletes by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association during the Albany Dutchmen baseball game at Bob Belizzi Field June 18th. Kaitlin Pearson (senior, softball), Flynn O'Connell (senior, baseball), and Kevin Frederick (sophomore, Volleyball) were honored alongside other Scholar Athletes from across Section 2. They each received a certificate from Robert Zayas, executive director of the NYSPHSAA, recognizing them for superior achievement in the classroom and in their sport.

Fourteen Join NJHS

NJHS inducteesChatham Middle School proudly initiated fourteen students into National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) during an induction ceremony held in the school's auditorium the evening of June 16th. NJHS membership is open to students in grades six through eight who demonstrate outstanding qualities in scholarship, character, service, leadership, and citizenship. See who joined this prestigious organization...

Assemblyman Celebrates Flag Day with MED

flag day ceremonyNYS Assemblyman Steven F. McLaughlin joined MED students for a school-wide Flag Day celebration. The state lawmaker was the key speaker of the assembly held in the school's gym Friday, June 13th. He spoke with students about the history behind the first United States flag, how the flag developed into what it is today, and the ideals and freedoms it represents. Flag Day is celebrated nationally every June 14 to commemorate the official adoption of the Flag of the United States on that day in 1777.

E-Commerce Class Wins Head-to-Head Marking Competition Vs Taconic Hills

The CHS E-Commerce class WON the marketing challenge vs. Taconic Hills and came in second overall in the NYS High School Real World Marketing Challenge. The head-to-head competition was won by the e-commerce class by promoting the Coaches vs. Cancer Varsity Softball Game against Taconic Hills at Chatham on May 6th and getting more people to attend that game than attended another game played at Taconic Hills. For their efforts, our E-Commerce class also came in 2nd place overall of all the schools competing throughout the state. Learn more...

MED Arbor Day Honors Stephen Gitto

Mrs. Reno presents Mr. Gitto with a plaqueMED honored former Chatham music teacher Stephen A. Gitto, Sr. at its annual Arbor Day Celebration June 6th. The event was held on the school lawn and included an audience of students, staff, over seventy community members, as well as the Ghent Band, which set the mood with a few of its tunes. The event included a play honoring Mr. Gitto's life and a traditional Maypole Dance by the fouth grade, and a tree planting certemony in honor of Mr. Gitto and retiring teachers Kimberly Costigan, Susan Grybas, and Jeffrey Kole. Read more...

Mr. SteadMr. Stead WTEN's Teacher of the Week

Fourth grade teacher Michael Stead has been chosen as News 10 ABC’s Teacher of the Week! Mr. Stead received the most nominations of any teacher in the Capital Region during the first week of June and he was recognized on the News 10 (WTEN) evening news June 10th during their 5:30 show. Mr. Stead has been teaching fourth grade students at MED for the past ten years. Congratulations Mr. Stead! View WTEN Teacher of the Week webpage...

Five Panthers Compete in State Track & Field Championships

State AthetesCongratulations to the five members of the varsity boys track & field team who competed in the NYS Meet. Facing the top athletes from around the state, our boys showed that they belong amongst the best of the best. Ian Allen took 5th for both pole vault and the 800 meter for small schools. Ian also anchored our 4x800m relay team with Jamie Chaitman, Brad Oram and Brody Witaszek, which took 4th place amongst small schools. Max Lagonia placed 9th in high jump for small schools. Learn more...

SRO Survey Results

The Board of Education is considering whether or not to bring a School Resource Officer (SRO) into Chatham Central Schools. This proposal is not in response to any current issues within our schools, but is the result of an initiative taken by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office to provide public schools in the county with increased access to law enforcement resources. Prior to the Board making a decision, the District conducted a public survey on the SRO issue. The survey ran April 2-11, 2014. View survey results...

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Board Meeting July 22

6:30 pm in the HS library


“Fizz, Boom Read!” Summer Reading Program at Chatham Public Library

Children and teens can explore the world of science through books, media, and many exciting programs during Chatham Public Library’s “Fizz, Boom Read!” 2014 Summer Reading Program. Registration begins June 23rd and runs throughout the summer, ending August 15th.
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