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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.


MED Students, School Nurse Honored for Helping Teacher During Medical Emergency

Mrs. Ogulnick, the students, and Mrs. Fabiano being honoredDuring its May 26 meeting, the Board honored fifth graders Gabrielle Fisher, Gabrielle Morse, Giovanna Allen, and Kassidy Clanton along with school nurse Mary-Noelle Fabiano for their quick action when orchestra teacher Cynthia Ogulnick suffered a medical emergency during school in February. Board president Melony Spock and superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo presented each with a certificate commemorating their actions, and, most importantly, Mrs. Ogulnick was there to give them her thanks. Learn more...

CHS Students Join NHS

National Honor Society InducteesThe Chatham High School chapter of National Honor Society proudly inducted thirty-seven new members during a ceremony held May 20th in the school auditorium. Membership in National Honor Society recognizes and encourages academic achievement and citizenship among young people. To be eligible for this honor, students must excel in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Learn more...

Voting Results - May 19

The 2015-2016 Budget PASSED: 563 Yes - 219 No

Proposition #1 -Creation of Capital Reserve Fund not to exceed $2 million PASSED: 529 Yes - 237 No

Proposition #2 -Student Representative on the Board of Ed PASSED: 674 Yes - 84 No      

Voters also elected Denise Barry, Beth Hover, and David O'Connor to three-year terms on the Board of Education that run July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018. Denise Barry received the most votes overall and will therefore also serve the remainder of the unexpired term caused by the resignation of James Marks. That term runs now through June 30, 2015.

Voting results for Board of Education Election:
Sebastian Trienens  207
Beth Hover 520            
Steve Gilger  227
Denise Barry  560  
David O’Connor  507    
Wayne Coe  297

BMX Team Brings Positive Character Message (and Some Cool Tricks) to MED

BMX rider pulling a no-footerThere was some high-flying action at MED when the Dialed Action Sports Team brought their BMX stunt riders and anti-bullying message to school May 18. The team set up a five-foot launch ramp and a nine-foot vertical quarter pipe on which riders Kyle Biller, Ian Bradley, and Zane Bradley pulled massive airs high over the crowd of cheering students. They even had students pick some teacher “volunteers” for Zane to bunny hop his bike over. This exciting event was sponsored by the PTA. Learn more...

Living History at CMS

Students reenacting the Civil WarSeventh graders got a taste of 1862 America by reenacting the Civil War at CMS. They pitched tents, donned Union uniforms, and conducted drills under the tutelage of Joe Ryan from the Living History Education Foundation. The event was part of the 7th grade's Living History Day on May 13, which included not only reenactments, but also classroom activities in English, science and math that focused on the Civil War theme. This event was made possible by a grant from the Chatham Education Foundation.
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Valerie Kerner, Judi Matthews Honored at Scholar Recognition Dinner

Valery Kerner and Judi Matthews at Schoar Recognition DinnerChatham High School senior Valerie Kerner and math teacher Judi Matthews were honored at the 2015 Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) Scholar Recognition Dinner. The event, held May 13 at the Albany Marriott, recognized high achieving high school seniors, and their teachers, from schools across the Greater Capital Region. Valerie was chosen for this honor because is an exemplary student and an inspiring individual in the community. She chose Mrs. Matthews to be honored alongside her as the teacher who made a significant impact on her education. Learn More...

students with artStudent Art On Display at Ralph's Cafe

The Chatham Central School District Art Department is having a K-12 art show at Ralph's Café on Main Street in Chatham! Stop in any time Ralph's is open to see the show, which features the artwork of twenty-nine students, representing each grade at CCSD. The student art show runs now through June 15th, don't miss it! Shown here are CHS artists Jake Stockman, Alyssa Sirani, and Ana Verma. See full list of students participating...

MED to Honor Judi Matthews at Annual Arbor Day Celebration June 5

Judi Matthews teaching classMED will honor Chatham teacher leader coach Judi Matthews at our 2015 Arbor Day Celebration, held Friday, June 5th. The school invites the public to attend this special community event, held on the MED lawn (gym if raining) at 9:30 a.m. Matthews was chosen to be honored because our entire school has benefited from her dedication and expertise. Students will highlight Matthew’s achievements with a play about her life. The event also includes the traditional Maypole dance performed by our fourth graders and a tree planting ceremony. Anyone wanting to attend is asked to RSVP by calling the MED office at 392-1530 no later than June 2nd. Learn more...

Sixth Grade Advocacy Day

Didi Barrett Speaks to Students The sixth grades' Advocacy Day brought NYS Assemblymember Didi Barrett, Nick Zachos of the Hudson Sloop Club, and Lynn Cross from Little Brook Farm to CMS to discuss the types of advocacy they are involved in and promote advocacy among young people. Students were working on a writing project focusing teen advocacy, and the day’s speakers gave them a chance to hear from people who advocate for positive change in our area, take notes, and maybe gain a little inspiration to become advocates themselves. Learn more...

Chatham Baseball Patroon Conference Champs

Baseball team after winning Patroon ConferenceThe CHS varsity baseball team clinched the Patroon Conference title May 11th with an eleven inning win over Coxsackie-Athens by a score of 2-1. "It was a total team effort all year and I am proud to coach this group of future leaders," said varsity baseball head coach Scott Steltz. The Panther's league record is 12-2 and the team is 14-5 overall. This is the seventh league title for our varsity baseball team in the last nine years.

Trip to the Norman Rockwell Museumstudents at Norman Rockwell's Studio

Students learning English as a new language at CCSD visited the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge with ENL teacher Kathleen Saso. The younger children learned about museums and observed and discussed Norman Rockwell's art. The older students learned about United States' history, specifically the Civil Rights Movement. They studied Rockwell's painting "The Problem We All Live With." Earlier, they had read several books about Ruby Bridges, who is featured in that painting, and are now in the process of writing letters to her. The students, from MED, CMS and CHS, are pictured here in front of Rockwell's studio. Their May 1st trip was supported by a grant from the Chatham Education Foundation of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

8th Grade Unit on WWII Brings D-Day, Battle of the Bulge Veteran to CMS

Jack Mesick talking to studentsJack Mesick visited CMS May 7th dressed in the uniform jacket he wore more than 70 years ago. Now ninety years old, the WWII veteran from Chatham shared his experiences in the Army during the war, which included the D-Day invasion at Omaha Beach, winning the Croix de Guerre by liberating French village, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge with general George S. Patton, and helping liberate the Birkanau concentration camp. The assembly was the culmination of of a combined 8th grade social studies and ELA unit on WWII, and included select student presentations on the holocaust. Read Chatham Courier newspaper article...

Kneller Named Outstanding Chatham Business Student

Dan Kneller and Michael Loomis with awardCongratulations to Daniel Kneller, who was recognized as the 2014-15 Outstanding Chatham Business Education Student. Each year, local school districts’ business departments recognize a student who has taken numerous business classes and has exhibited outstanding academic achievement, citizenship, and a positive attitude. Daniel was honored by the Business and Marketing Educators’ Association of the Capital District at an awards dinner held May 7th at the Holiday Inn in Albany. Learn more...

Mrs. Hoffan with award and Hoffman Named "Counselor of the Year"

School counselor Jacqueline Hoffman has received the Capital District Counseling Association’s Counselor of the Year Award. Mrs. Hoffman was honored at the Capital Area School Development Association's (CASDA) Annual Awards Dinner held April 29. “I have absolutely loved my role as school counselor at Chatham Middle School for the last twenty years," said Mrs. Hoffman. “This is an incredible honor for doing what I love to do.” Learn more...

Chatham Central School District Recognized for Safety Excellence

The Chatham Central School District has earned Utica National Insurance Group’s highest award for safety excellence. Utica National presented Chatham with its “Titanium” level “School Safety Excellence Award” for 2015 during its 35th annual school safety seminar held in Saratoga Springs this April. As part of this recognition, Chatham Central Schools received a certificate commemorating the District’s ongoing safety efforts and a $500 award for use in furthering those efforts. Learn more...

Jenna SkypeSkype Earns NYS Comptroller's Award

Eighth grader Jenna Skype is Chatham Middle School’s recipient of the New York State Comptroller's Student Achievement Award. The award is issued from the Office of the State Comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli to honor outstanding students who demonstrate leadership potential and a commitment to public service. Jenna was chosen for this honor by CMS faculty because she is a role model for her peers and is always so cheerful and encouraging of others.
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Wrigley, Ooms Nominated for Youth Leadership Award

Lauren Wrigley and Brendan OomsChatham Middle School is pleased to announce Lauren Wrigley and Brendan Ooms as our nominees for the Louis A. Pierro Youth Leadership Award. This award recognizes the positive accomplishments of students in our area and is administered by the Columbia County Youth Advisory Board & Bureau. Lauren and Brendan will be recognized alongside student nominees from other schools at the Columbia County Youth Leadership Award Dinner held in Hudson May 7. Learn more...

Addiction speaker Therese McHale at CHS Students Hear Sobering Tale of Addiction

Students at Chatham High School got an all-too-real look into the world of addiction during a school-wide assembly April 30. Dr. William Murphy from the Chatham Family Care Center and Therese McHale and Lynde Noel, who are both in recovery from opioid dependency, spoke with the students about the life altering consequences of drug abuse. Learn more...

Sweet Reward Wraps Up MED's "Read for Ronald" Program

Addison Andrews throws pie at Mrs. RenoIt’s not every day you get to chuck a pie at your school principal, but at MED, the PTA made the old pie in the face gag a reward for students who did the most during their school's “Read for Ronald McDonald House” program. Kindergartner Jackson Carl, second grader Addison Andrews, third graders Nole and Owen Zaik, and fifth grader Anna Carrol all earned the chance to toss a pie at a staff member on April 20 after either raising the most money the charity or reading for the most amount of minutes. Learn more...

yellow ribbon trainingStudents Lead Suicide Prevention Program

Chatham High School’s Yellow Ribbon Team is leading suicide prevention training for all students during physical education classes on April 16 & 17th. This team of specially trained students present the facts, warning signs, and risk factors of suicide, as well as ways students can help someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts. Learn more...

District's Music Education Program Receives National Recognition

The NAMM Foundation has recognized Chatham Central School District for its outstanding commitment to music education with a “2015 Best Communities for Music Education” designation. The Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) title affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining a strong music curriculum with excellent opportunists for students. This is CCSD's second year being honored as such. Learn more...

Students Learn About 3-D Printing

3-d printer being demonstrated4th graders headed over to CHS to learn about three-dimensional electronic modeling and check out the school’s 3-D printer. MED's school media specialist, Mr. Selby, arranged to have Mr. Caldwell, the High School’s technology teacher, show the students how objects can be drafted electronically using computers and then replicated into actual three-dimensional items using the special printer. Mr. Caldwell demonstrated how the 3-D printer, which in reality is a small production robot, can “print” objects by laying down successive layers of molten plastic to gradually build them. 5th grade library classes will also be going to CHS to see the printer in action.

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Grade 4 Concert May 27

Our Grade Four Concert featuring band, chorus and orchestra is Wednesday, May 27, 7pm in the CHS auditorium.


Grade 6 Concert May 28

Our Grade Six Concert featuring band, chorus and orchestra is Thursday, May 28, 7pm in the CMS auditorium.


Music in the Park June 4

The CCSD Music Department's annual community concert is Thursday, June 4 at CHS, rain or shine.

Baseball Summer Camp June 29 -July 3

For ages 7–12
Learn sportsmanship, hitting, infield/outfield play, pitching, catching, form running, flexibility training, and team concepts from Chatham Panthers' coaching staff along with current and ex-players.
Cost: $80 before June 19th. $100 after June 19th. Learn more...


Softball Summer Camp

June 29 - July 3

For ages 7-12:

Learn sportsmanship, hitting, infield/outfield play, pitching, catching, form running, flexibility training, and team concepts from Chatham Panthers softball coaches along with current and ex-players. Cost: $80 before June 20th. $100 after 20th.

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Early Dismissal June 23-25

The last three days of classes, June 23, 24 & 25, will be half-day sessions, providing we do not encounter any emergency closings through the end of the school year.

Student dismissal times will be:

  • CMS 10:30am

  • MED 10:45am

Football Camp July 13-16

For students in grades 2-7:

Instruction in all phases of football with emphasis on individual techniques in various positions. High energy camp involving non-contact drills. Coached by CHS coaches assisted by Chatham current and former players. Cost: $30.00. Learn more...