Chatham Senior to Perform in Melodies of Christmas
Chatham High School’s Meghan Mercier will be performing in Melodies of Christmas with the Empire State Youth Orchestra December 18-21 at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady. The concerts benefit the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Albany Medical Center. The concert will also air on CBS6 December 24 and December 25. The Empire State Youth Orchestra is comprised of the best instrumentalists in the Capital District and qualifying for it is a very prestigious accomplishment. Learn more...
Board Considers Veterans’ Tax Exemption, Public Hearing Set for Jan. 13
The Board of Education is currently considering the adoption of a property tax exemption for certain military veterans living in the Chatham Central School District. The tax break veterans would see would not be reimbursed by the State, therefore, property owners not eligible for the exemption would see an increase in their tax rates to cover the difference. The Board has scheduled a public hearing on the Alternative Veterans’ Tax Exemption for January 13, 6:30 p.m. in the Chatham High School Library. The Board encourages all District residents to attend this hearing to learn more about how this exemption would affect veteran and non-veteran taxpayers, and to make your opinions known to the Board. Learn more...
Hour of Code
This December, students in Chatham Central School participated in the Hour of Code - an international effort designed to increase awareness of computer programming. Fourth and fifth grade students at MED, technology students at CMS, and computer science students at CHS all logged on to code.org to learn about the ever increasing importance of code in our daily lives and try a little computer programming themselves. Learn more...
Students Tapped for All County Jazz Ensemble
Congratulations to CHS music students Jack McKeon, Gabriel Horn, Joshua Gianfrancesco, Kaitlyn Menegio-Stahl, Dylan Devito, and Gianni Polhemus, who have all been selected to perform in the All County Jazz Ensemble. Students selected for All County are among the top high school jazz musicians in the county and are chosen based on recommendations from their instrumental teachers. They will be performing at New Lebanon Junior-Senior High School on February 6th at 7:30 p.m.
Chatham CSD Now on Twitter
For the convenience of our social media users, Chatham Central School District is now on Twitter. You can follow our tweets about school news and updates by visiting https://twitter.com/ChathamCSD. Superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo is also now on Twitter, you can follow her feed at https://twitter.com/Supt_Nuciforo.
A link to both Twitter feeds can also be found here on our website, just look for the blue birdie.
Safety Alert Update
12/12/14 - Last week we informed parents that a student was approached by a stranger in the center of Spencertown. The matter remains an open investigation. Police have not identified the vehicle or the driver involved, however, the report of a similar vehicle being spotted in the area of Stever Hill Road has been determined not to be related to this incident.
Our School Resource Deputy Todd Hyson has been working closely with us on this matter to help ensure the safety of our students. As police continue to investigate this matter, we encourage our students and their families to remain alert to their safety and surroundings. We will inform you if there are any more reports involving a student being directly approached by a stranger. If you observe suspicious activity, please contact police.
Student Approached by Stranger in Spencertown
12/4/14 - It was reported to us that a student walking on Route 203 near the center of Spencertown was approached yesterday afternoon by a man in a gray car, who asked if the student needed a ride. The man was a stranger, so the child did not speak to him and instead went inside an area business. Police are now investigating the incident. It has also been reported that a vehicle matching this description was seen in the area of Stever Hill Road earlier this week. While we cannot be sure what this man’s intentions were, we want to assure you we are working closely with our staff, school resource deputy, and the Sheriff’s Office to make sure our students remain safe. Learn more...
Architect Cues Third Graders in on Venetian Design
Architect and MED parent Stuart Narofsky visited Mrs. Mulica’s third grade class to talk about the art and science behind Venetian building design. The third grade has been studying Venice, Italy over the past few weeks, and Mr. Narofsky shared quite a bit about why the city came to look the way it does. He discussed how the city’ architects looked to Gothic, Moorish, and Byzantine styles for inspiration, and explained why Venetian buildings have so many arches. Learn more...
CEF Awards Over $15,000 in Grants for 2014-15 Programs
At its annual grant-making meeting, Board members of the Chatham Education Foundation (CEF) awarded 14 applicants a total of $15,070 for a wide variety of projects to be carried out in the Chatham School District during the 2014-15 school year. On December 1st, several board members met in the high school library with recipients of the grants to congratulate them. Program topics include the Fall Festival of Shakespeare, hands-on building of an Iroquois Longhouse, character education, the Civil War, the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the Second World War, the works of Henry James & Edith Wharton, wolf biology, art enrichment, and more. Learn more...
CHS Fields Scholar Athlete Teams
Seven of our fall athletic teams were named Scholar Athlete Teams by the NYSPHSAA, an honor only bestowed upon teams that have a combined grade point average of 90 or better. Chatham’s boys varsity soccer, girls varsity soccer, boys cross country, girls cross country, girls volleyball, golf, and tennis teams all recently received this recognition for the fall, 2014 season. Each team will receive a certificate for the school as well as for each student-athlete who contributed to their team's overall GPA. Learn more...
Community Service Club's 'Have a Bite' Fundraiser a Huge Success
The CHS Community Service Club raised approximately $1,500 with their ‘Have A Bite, Help A Family’ fundraiser held November 30th. The club organized a mouth-watering array of appetizers, desserts, and main courses from twenty of our area’s finest restaurants and caterers for the community to sample. The proceeds they raised will go to help local families this holiday season! Read Register Star feature article...
Board Votes to Postpone Consolidation and Develop New Plan
At its December 2nd, 2014 meeting, the Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a resolution to develop a new consolidation proposal, based on the District’s long-term plan, during the 2015-16 school year. This resolution officially cancels the Board’s June 25, 2013 decision to consolidate Chatham Central School District into two school buildings and repurpose Chatham Middle School by September, 2015. The Board elected not to set a deadline for development of the new consolidation plan. The District plans to engage the community in developing its long term plan in spring, 2015.
Schools Conduct Lock-Down Drills
Chatham CSD conducted a lock-down drill in each of our school buildings December 3rd. They were done in coordination with local law enforcement and Questar III health & safety personnel. These unannounced safety drills reinforce our emergency lockdown procedures with all students and staff, and allow us to evaluate our schools’ preparedness to respond to emergency situations. Drills like these also help us identify ways our lockdown procedures can be strengthened. They went smoothly in all buildings and we are pleased with the results. We would like to thank all our students and staff for their attentiveness to these important activities. Special thanks to the Village of Chatham Police, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, and the NY State Police for participating in this drill.
Board Adopts 2014-15 Goals
On November 18th, the Board of Education adopted the District's goals for the current school year. View 2014-15 CCSD goals here...
Teachers, Distance Learning Equipment Connect Third Graders with Kentucky E-mail Pals
Third grade co-teachers, Mrs. Rossi and Mrs. Fleck, took it upon themselves to travel to Burna, Kentucky to visit their e-mail pals. Their classes have been e-mailing a third grade class at North Livingston Elementary School since the beginning of the school year. While visiting, the two used our school's distance learning equipment to connect their classes here at MED with the students in Kentucky. The session including introductions of the students, teachers, and even the principals. Learn more...
CMS Service Club Raises Cash for Community Cancer Fund
The Chatham Middle School Service Club donated $180 to the Columbia County Community Cancer Fund. On November 6th, the club presented a check to Claire Parde, Executive Director for the Columbia County Community Healthcare Consortium, Inc., the not-for profit organization which oversees the fund. Parde visited the club to explain how the money they raised will go to people in Columbia County who need financial help while battling cancer. Learn more...
Students Dig In To Pumpkin Science
It was pumpkin guts galore at the fourth grade's Pumpkin Science Investigation on October 31st. In the cafeteria, they weighed their pumpkins, measured the circumference of each, and tested the pumpkins' density by floating them in water. Then, with help from their teachers, the pumpkins were halved and students dug into to take note of what they saw, felt and smelled in the squishy guts. They counted and measured the seeds and later compared their data to see what similarities and differences existed between all the pumpkins they dissected.
Día de Los Muertos
On October 30, students learning English as a Second Language with Mrs. Saso stayed after school to celebrate Día de Los Muertos, a significant holiday in Latin America. The students made papel picado (cut paper), pan de muertos (bread of the dead), bobbed for apples, and decorated pumpkins. It was a fun event to celebrate an important holiday honoring loved ones who have passed away. The holiday is traditionally celebrated on November 1 and 2, and is derived from the combination of an Aztec celebration and celebrations of All Saints Day and All Souls’ Day.
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. For more information, please read the following letter and FAQ sent home to parents September 10th.