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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.


4th Grade Longhouse Project

students work on longhouse As part of a multi-year collaboration between the fourth grade and the Flying Deer Nature Center, fourth grade students took a deeper exploration of Native American history by building an Iroquois (also known as Haudenosaunee) inspired longhouse at school on May 17 and 18. Working with program director Devin Franklin and instructor Josh Wood from Flying Deer, along with their teachers and parent volunteers, the students used large sheets of bark to sheath the longhouse’s roof and walls. Learn more...

CHS Students Study Nonfiction with Local Author

Image of author Nancy Castaldo Mrs. Roosevelt invited author Nancy Castaldo to visit her Creative Writing class once a week for a six-week duration. Castaldo, who has published over fifteen books and specializes in children’s nonfiction, explained how writing nonfiction works, the different types of nonfiction that exist, and how students can contact a book publisher if interested in having work published. The students wrote their own creative nonfiction book, which they discussed with Castaldo and the class. Learn More...

Library Committee Seeks Members

Want to have a positive impact on your community library? The Chatham Public Library Advisory Committee(CPLAC) is seeking  volunteers to fill three upcoming vacancies on the committee. The vacancies are for three-year terms starting July 1st, 2016. CPLAC members meet once a month to provide oversight of library policy and procedures and make recommendations to the Board of Education, which oversees operations at the library. Chatham’s library is one of only two public libraries in the state that are part of a school district. Interested individuals are asked to submit a letter and resume by June 13, 2016 to Melony Spock, President, Chatham School Board, 50 Woodbridge Avenue, Chatham, NY 12037. For more information, please call 392-1501. 

Ana Verma, Mrs. Harrigan Honored at Scholars’ Recognition Dinner

Mrs. Harrigan and Anna VermaChatham senior Ana Verma and CHS art teacher Jude Harrigan were honored guests at the 2016 Capital Area School Development Association's (CASDA) Scholars' Recognition Dinner. Invitation to this annual event is reserved for graduating seniors from Capital Region schools who have demonstrated an exceptional level of scholarship, leadership, and service to their community. As part of the recognition, Ana was asked to nominate a teacher who has significantly influenced her education, and she chose Mrs. Harrigan to join her in being honored at the May 18 event. Learn more...

Panther Pointers for Safety & Wellness - Hydration

May 23 - Water makes up between 45 percent and 75 percent of your weight and keeping your body hydrated is vital for proper functioning. Staying hydrated not only helps with your alertness, controlling appetite, and improving activity and sport performance, but it also keeps every day symptoms like fatigue, headaches, and dry skin at bay. One easy method to know if you are getting enough water is examining the color of your urine. If you're hydrated, it will be a very pale yellow--almost clear (keep in mind the water in the bowl will dilute it some). If it is much darker--like the color of apple juice or tea--this means that you are dehydrated. If you're living a busy life, even simple tasks like staying hydrated can be difficult, so here are seven easy ways to make sure you are getting enough.

*Fruits and vegetables are great sources of water. Be sure to eat these daily, not only to stay hydrated, but to maintain optimal health.
*Keep a large water bottle handy to encourage you to drink water wherever and whenever.
*Have a glass of water before each meal.
*After each trip to the restroom, drink a glass of water to replenish your fluids.
*Set reminders on your phone, watch, or email to drink every hour.
*Track your intake of fluids to make sure you get enough daily.
*Add a slice of lemon, lime and/or basil to your water to give it some flavor without adding any extra calories.

students write left-handedEmpathy and Awareness of People With Disabilities

Over the course of May 12th and 13th, the third, fourth, and fifth grades participated in the Berkshire Empathy Awareness Mentoring Workshop, led by guest educators Christine Singer, Bob Dean, and Ethan Dean. This interactive program was enhanced our students’ awareness of and sensitivity to people living with disabilities and give them an understanding of the physical, emotional, and cognitive challenges many people face. Learn more...

Voting Results - May 17, 2016

Thank you to everyone who voted May 17. The 2016-2017 Budget PASSED: 473 Yes - 203 No.
Voters also reelected Craig Simmons, Muriel Faxon, and Melony Spock to three-year terms on the Board of Education that run July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019.

Voting results for Board of Education Election:
Craig Simmons 560*
Steve Gilger 196
Wayne Coe 204
Muriel Faxon 533*
Melony Spock 471*

Melony Spock, Corinne Summers, Kristen RenoMED to Honor Corinne Summers at Arbor Day Celebration

MED has selected lifelong Chatham resident Corinne Summers as our 2016 Arbor Day honoree. The school invites the public to attend this special community event, held Friday, June 3rd at 9:30 a.m. on the MED lawn (MED gym if raining). Students will honor Summers’ contributions to her community with a play about her life. The program will also include the traditional Maypole dance performed by the fourth grade and a tree planting ceremony. Anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP by calling the school office at 392-1530 no later than May 31st. Learn more...

Seventh Graders Plant Seeds of Our Future at Camphill Ghent

students plant flowers with Camphill ResidentCMS and Camphill Ghent partnered in a service learning project, part of the seventh grade's “Planting the Seeds of Our Future” career and service venture. The project began with students planting seeds in the science classroom. Over a thousand plants were then brought to Camphill Ghent over the course of May 4th and 5th and transplanted all over the property for residents and staff to enjoy. Students performed dances, recited poetry, sang songs, and played musical instruments for the residents one afternoon and organized a sing-along with residents the next day. Learn more...

student and professor look at nantech equipmentPlanting the Seeds of Our Future at Albany NanoTech and GE

The career half of the seventh grade’s “Planting the Seeds of Our Future” career and service venture, held May 4th and 5th, involved students exploring careers available in the Capital Region’s Tech Valley. On the day that students were not participating in the service portion at Camphill Ghent, that half of the seventh grade took a class trip to SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Albany NanoTech Complex and to General Electric in Schenectady. Learn more...

Ooms Named Outstanding Business Student

Mr. Loomis and Emily Oooms with awardCongratulations to Emily Ooms, who was recognized on May 5th as Chatham's 2015-2016 Outstanding Business Education Student. The award honors a senior who has taken numerous business classes and exhibited outstanding academic achievement, citizenship, and a positive attitude. Emily was recognized at an awards dinner at the Holiday Inn in Albany along with other outstanding students from area schools. This event was sponsored by the Business and Marketing Educators’ Association of the Capital District. Learn more...

Woodbridge Avenue Crosswalk Relocation

The following letter was emailed to parents on May 9, 2016: We anticipate that tomorrow, May 10th, the crosswalk on Woodbridge Avenue near the entrance to the MED/CHS campus drive (School Road) will be moved to its new location approximately thirty feet north (closer to CMS) from where it is now. A NYS Department of Transportation study determined that the new crosswalk location will provide a safer crossing point than the current location. Relocating the crosswalk is part of the Village of Chatham’s Safe Pathways to School project that included the sidewalk improvements we saw last fall. Read full letter to parents from Dr. Nuciforo...

Image of 2016 NHS inducteesChatham Honors 2016 NHS Inductees

On Thursday, May 5th, twenty-five students were welcomed into the Chatham High School chapter of National Honor Society during the annual induction ceremony held in the CHS auditorium. Members of National Honor Society have demonstrated proficiency in the areas of scholarship, service, character, and leadership. See the list of inductees...

Math Olympiads Family Night

family doing math at eventCCSD’s Math Olympiads Family Night added up to a good time for all. On April 21, students from the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades who had participated in the Math Olympiad clubs during the school year were invited to attend a math problem solving evening with their families. The event ran from 7–8:30 p.m. and included a short math group activity led by Jim Matthews of Siena College. Mr. Matthews is a professor of Math and Computer Science and is on the Board of Directors of Math Olympiads. Learn more...

CCSD Earns Award for School Safety

Chatham Central School District has received the Utica National Insurance Group's "School Safety Excellence Award" for 2016 at its highest level, Titanium with Honors. The honor recognizes school districts' safety efforts as they work to help keep students, staff, and visitors safe. Learn more...

Students with trach they picked upEarth Day Cleanup

On Earth Day, students from MED’s Bully Free Friends group picked up litter along the wooded trails around the school campus. Earth Day 2016 was April 22. Left to right are Anna Miles, Cecelia Dohr, CC the MED therapy dog, Alex Chudy, Chris Sorokey, John Miles, Emily Mesick, Haylee Roemer, Mariah Kratt. The Bully Free Friends are advised by school counselor Renee Morgan.

Jessica Tremper with awards and letterTremper Earns President’s Volunteer Service Award

Congratulations to Chatham senior Jessica Tremper, who has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award. The award was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama and recognizes the many hours Jessica has spent volunteering in her community. In order to be considered for the award, a young person must complete one hundred or more hours of volunteer service in one year’s time. Learn more...

District to Conduct Water Testing

April 13- At Chatham Central School District we are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our students and staff. As part of that commitment, our District will conduct testing for lead and copper in our schools’ drinking water during our spring recess April 25-29. Read letter to parents from Superintendent Nuciforo...

CCSD Music Program Receives National Recognition

Chatham Central School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Chatham joins 476 districts across the country in receiving this prestigious award in 2016. The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. Learn more...

From Vocab to Living History

students make papyrus During a sixth grade social studies lesson on Ancient Egypt, vocabulary words like “cartouche” and “papyrus” conjured up students' interest in these ancient media. Wanting to explore them more, students asked their teacher, Mrs. Ladd, if the class could make their own papyrus and cartouches. Mrs. Ladd collaborated with enrichment teacher Mrs. Fahey and technology teacher Mr. Cowherd to put together a hands-on opportunity for the students to truly experience both. Learn more...

Patrice TomasoChatham's Patrice Tomaso Named WNYT Top Teacher

Congratulations to high school art teacher Patrice Tomaso, who was named a WNYT Top Teacher. In February, WNYT anchor and education reporter Elaine Huston visited CHS to film Mrs. Tomaso in action and interview her and her students. Her segment aired March 2 on the WNYT evening news on Chanel 13 and My4, and on the Chanel 13 morning news March 3. She will also be up on SEFCU billboards in Albany the week of March 3-9 and is currently featured on WNYT’s website. Learn more...

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Grade 6 Concert May 26

The Grade 6 Concert is Thursday, May 26, 7pm in the CMS auditorium.


District Closed May 27

All CCSD schools and offices will be closed Friday, May 27 due to unused snow days.


District Closed May 30

All CCSD schools and offices will be closed Monday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.


Softball Summer Camp

For children ages 7-12. Camp runs June 27– July 1, 9am–1pm at the Ghent Softball Fields. Coaching staff will consist of Chatham Panthers coaches and players. Cost is $85.00 per player if paid by June 19th, and $100.00 if paid after June 19th. Family discounts available. Download flyer and registration form...