Reminder to Stay Safe By Avoiding Strangers
You may have heard on the news recently about children in Colonie and Berkshire County being approached by a man in a gray car with New York plates, which police are investigating as possible attempted abductions. While there have been no reported incidents in our immediate area, on September 19th we took the opportunity to remind all our students to be vigilant about their safety when out and about. We are asking that our parents and guardians help us reinforce this message by speaking to your child/children about strangers and how to avoid potential dangers.
Please remind your children to:
- Avoid walking alone and walk in groups whenever possible.
- Don’t talk to strangers.
- If approached by a stranger, run away and immediately tell a trusted adult.
- Never get into a vehicle of someone you don’t know.
Together we can help make sure our children stay out of harm’s way.
Chatham CSD Newsletter Earns State & National Awards
This September, the CCSD community newsletter “Chatham Connections” was recognized as an outstanding school communication when it earned an Award of Merit at the New York School Public Relations Association's (NYSPRA) 35th annual Communications Contest.
In June, the newsletter also received national recognition when it received two Awards of Merit from the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA), one as an outstanding general newsletter, and a second in the Finance Publication Presentation category for our special budget edition published each May. Learn more...
Precautionary EV-D68 Information for Parents/Guardians
The New York State Department of Health is advising parents and health care providers to be aware of the signs and symptoms of enterovirus EV-D68, a serious respiratory illness which has now been confirmed in more than a dozen children in New York State, including in the Capital Region. While we are currently not aware of any cases of EV-D68 in the Chatham Central School District, the Health Department has recommended that schools advise parents about the signs of enterovirus EV-D68 as a precaution. Learn more...
District Launches "Parent Portal"
Parents of CCSD students can now track their child's progress at school online using our new Parent Portal, an Internet based program accessible through our District's website. The Parent Portal allows our parents to electronically access certain educational records about their student, including schedules, grades, attendance, and discipline. In order to access the portal, parents will need to sign up for an individualized account through their child's school using the form provided below. Parents who sign up will be given a password and training at their school's open house this September. For more information, please read the following letter and FAQ sent home to parents September 10th.
CHS Student Completes Summer Internship at Saturn Industries
Senior Ian Allen did more this summer than just kick back and relax for his vacation. Instead, Ian made plans ahead of time to seek out an internship to help him explore and gain experience in his likely career field: engineering. Through our Career Exploration Internship Program, Ian completed a 54-hour internship at Saturn Industries, Inc. in Hudson, where he worked under the mentorship of the company's owners and worked closely with several of Saturn’s experienced employees. Learn more...
MED Welcomes New Assistant Principal
The Board of Education has appointed Lindsay Morris as Mary E. Dardess Elementary School’s new assistant principal. Mrs. Morris comes to Chatham from Mayfield Elementary School, where she previously worked as a teacher, curriculum coordinator for English Language Arts in grades K-6, and building leader for the school’s summer school program. “Being in an elementary school is both my passion and my privilege, and I’m very happy to be a part of the Chatham program,” said Morris. “I’m all about bringing excitement into the classroom and getting students excited about learning, because all children can learn and it’s our job as teachers and administrators to help them find their vehicle for success.” Learn more...
Welcome Back! 2014 First Day Photos
The first day of school is a special time for many, especially us here at CCSD. Thanks to all our parents who sent in photos of their students on the first day of school for us to share. To see the photos, visit our Facebook page or our First Day Photos 2014 web album...
Meet Chatham’s SRD
Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputy Todd Hyson is our new School Resource Deputy (SRD) who will be working in Chatham Central Schools starting this September. Along with helping to maintain a safe learning environment in our buildings, Deputy Hyson will be active in the classroom as well, providing our students with resources on topics like Internet safety, bullying, and drug and alcohol awareness. “I am really looking forward to this opportunity to serve and give back to the community by contributing to the school and interacting with our youth in a positive way,” he said. Read more...
Chatham Welcomes New Teachers
Chatham CSD held an orientation program for our new teaching staff on August 26 and 27. Along with staff who began over the course of the past year, the District welcomed new hires Karin Baldauf (Gr. 6), Sara Baskiewicz (Kindergarten), Elizabeth Conley (HS Spanish long-term sub), Erica Febus-Akers (MS Nurse), Sarah Hasbrook (MED Spec. Ed.), Suzanne Maraglio (MED Spec. Ed.), Rebecca Milano (Gr. 1) Melissa Paratore (MED Reading), Brenda Robichaud (Gr. 1), and Jill Venezia (HS Math long-term sub) to our educational team.
New Meal Prices for 2014-15
Beginning in September, the cost of breakfast and lunch at MED will increase by 15 cents per meal, and the cost of lunch at the Middle School and High School will increase by 5 cents per meal. Free and reduced meal prices remain unchanged. Learn more...
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs Told at MED
Student's in MED's Language Concepts program put on play that set the record straight on what really happened when the wolf came to visit the three little pigs. Their performance of "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" delighted their audience of friends, family and school staff who gathered in the school's library on August 15th to watch. The play was the culmination of this summer’s program, where students explored fairy tales and poetry using the alphabet. Learn more...
2014-15 Calendar Available Now Online
The 2014-15 School Calendar is available on our School Calendar link. It provides important information about the upcoming school year. View 2014-15 School Calendar...
The print version of the calendar will be mailed out in mid-August to all families with children enrolled in Chatham Central Schools.
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.
Simon 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...
BOE Drafts Letter to State Ed. Concerning Regents Reform Agenda/State Testing
On March 13, 2014 the Chatham Board of Education sent a letter to New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King concerning the State's implementation of the Regents Reform Agenda, which includes such measures as the Common Core Standards, in-Bloom, and State assessments. Read letter to Commissioner King from Board President Melony Spock...