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Dr. 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 Seeks Input for Profile of Next Superintendent

The Chatham Board of Education has begun the planning phase of the superintendent search process with the assistance of consultant Dr. Lucy Martin. The opening is due to the retirement of Dr. Cheryl Nuciforo on June 30, 2017. As one of the most important decisions the Board will make, this process has been given extensive consideration.

An initial step in the process is the development of a leadership profile and selection criteria, which will contain the desired characteristics and skills in the next superintendent.

The Chatham Board would like the input and assistance from the students, staff, parents, and community as it establishes this profile. Numerous focus forums are scheduled on Monday, September 12. The schedule is posted on our Superintendent Search webpage. Parents and members of the community will be able to attend one of two scheduled sessions at 6:00 pm or at 7:00 pm.  Sessions for all groups will be held at the Chatham High School Auditorium.

The Board is interested in your thoughts and encourages all members of the staff and community to attend a session. For those unable to attend, an online survey will be available on our website from September 1 through September 30, 2016. If you have questions, please email Lucy Martin at

Panther Pointers for Safety & Wellness - Avoid the Spread of Head Lice

August 29 - Though it may be tempting to share personal belongings (especially for kids), doing so can lead to the spread of head lice. To reduce the chance of you or your child contracting head lice, avoid sharing items that touch the head, such as combs and brushes, hair clips and accessories, hats and bike helmets, scarves, coats, towels, headsets and earbuds. Ask your child to avoid head-to-head contact with classmates and other friends. Keep their belongings—especially hats, coats, scarves, and other clothing—out of common areas. Adults—especially those who work with children—should follow the same precautions. Learn more about head lice at

"Shark Tank" Summer Academy Generates Cash for Land Conservancy

Students with ideasThis summer at Chatham Middle School, students made learning a business, literally! This years’ Summer Academy gave students an exciting entrepreneurial-themed academic experience inspired by the hit TV show Shark Tank. The students formed business groups and competed to solve real-world business challenges and make as much money as possible for a charitable cause of their choosing! They raised over $600 for the Columbia Land Conservancy! Learn more...

Seeking Volunteers to Serve on Board Committees

The Chatham Central School District Board of Education is seeking District resident volunteers to serve on two Board committees. These positions are for one-year terms staring Fall, 2016. Current openings are on Policy Committee, which typically meets once per month and Finance Committee, which typically meets once per month with additional meetings possible after January 1st during budget development. Interested individuals are asked to submit a letter of interest and resume by August 31, 2016 to Melony Spock, President, Chatham School Board, 50 Woodbridge Avenue, Chatham, NY 12037. For more information, please call 392-1501.

Lunch Price Increase for 2016-17

Beginning in September, the cost of lunch at MED, CMS & CHS will increase by 10 cents per meal. The cost of reduced-priced meals is unchanged. Learn more...

Language Concepts Summer Program Wraps Up with Open House

student giving presentationThe Language Concepts program wrapped up its six-week summer program with an open house for family and staff on August 12 at MED. Students in Ms. Smith’s class showed off what they had been learning over the summer by each putting on their own presentation about a favorite  topic. In Ms. Engel’s class, the students hosted their guests with displays of some of the projects they had worked on over the summer, snacks, and a game of “Pin the Tail on the Sneetch.” Learn more...

Students Enjoy Dr. Seuss at Mac-Haydn Theatre

students at MacHaydyn TheatreThe Language Concepts Summer Program took their final field trip to watch Seussical at the Mac-Haydn Theatre on August 5th. The children's theatre production perfectly wrapped up the summer program’s Dr. Seuss theme. The students recognized characters and plot lines, like Cat in the Hat and Horton the Elephant. The students loved the interactions and engagements with the performers throughout the show, like holding up clovers for Horton to pick from. Learn more...

Olympics Theme of MED Summer Program

student tossing water balloonMED’s summer program wrapped up with an Olympic themed field event. The students had been studying trajectories, so all the games were flight-based feats of skill, with a fun summer twist. There was “shot put” and “javelin” toss simulated with water balloons, and “archery,” where students tossed cheese puffs and tried to get them to stick to shaving cream on their partners’ heads. The month-long July program explored the Olympics using math, science, technology, and research. Learn more...

Softball Program Dedicates New Dugouts to Panthers' 2012 State Champs

2012 team at dugoutsOur softball program and Athletic Booster Club dedicated our new dugouts to the Panther’s 2012 NYS Championship Softball team.The dugouts were the gift of the Chatham Athletic Booster Club, which donated $3,200 to our school to fund the project. Special thanks to all those who volunteered their time to help get the dugouts built, including Gilligan Construction, Gregg Concrete & Masonry, and Madsen Excavation. Also thanks to Herrington’s for providing the materials at cost. Many members of the 2012 team were present for the ceremony, held July 2nd on the varsity softball diamond. Learn more...

Water Testing & Remediation

In April, 2016 the District conducted comprehensive testing of water outlets in all buildings for lead and copper as proactive safety measure. The District has set up a webpage specific to the results of the testing and information pertaining to the District's plan for remediation as of July, 2016. Visit Water Testing information webpage...

Board Elects Leadership, Sets 2016-17 Meeting Schedule

At its organizational meeting July 12th, the Board of Education reelected Melony Spock as Board President and Teri Conte as Vice President. The Board also approved its 2016-17 meeting schedule and swore in recently reelected Board members Muriel Faxon, Craig Simmons, and Melony Spock to their new three-year terms. 

Chatham Welcomes New Assistant Principal to MED

Michael BurnsPlease welcome Michael Burns the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School. Mr. Burns is our new assistant principal and comes to Chatham from the Voorheesville Central School District, where he taught fourth and fifth grades. “I love working with kids. I find it is the most rewarding profession there is,” said Burns on being an educator. “One of the first things that really impressed me about MED is the sense of good culture here, the sense of family and community that really is Chatham. As assistant principal, I really look forward to being able to work with students and teachers in a greater capacity and make connections with our families and community that are rewarding for everyone.” Learn more...

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Construction on Woodbridge Ave. to Affect Traffic/Parking

Please be advised that beginning Monday, July 18, the Village of Chatham will be conducting water main work along Woodbridge Avenue which will affect traffic. There will also be no parking along either side of the street in this area. The construction is expected to last several weeks.


Register Now for Adult Ed

Our catalogue for Fall, 2016 Adult Education offerings is now available. Courses begin the week of September 12. See course offerings...


  • First Day of Classes Sept. 7

    Classes at all CCSD schools begin Wednesday, September 7th!


Superintendent Search Community Input Meeting

Sept. 12

The Board of Education wants input from the community as it develops a leadership profile and selection criteria for Chatham's next superintendent. Parents and members of the community are asked to attend one of two sessions Monday, September 12 at 6pm or 7pm it the HS auditorium.

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