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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 Adopts Tax Exemption for Cold War Veterans

On November 29, the Board of Education voted to adopt the Cold War Veterans’ Exemption at the basic level. The exemption recently became available for school districts and exempts military veterans who served during the Cold War period (1945-1991) from a portion of their property taxes. Learn more...

Fourth Graders Take Walk Through Time

student on history tour witth Gail WolczanskiDid you know that the inventor of the Coleman Lantern was born in Chatham and that’s who the village's Coleman St. is named after? Or that the village used to be called Chatham Four Corners before it stole the Chatham name away from what is now Old Chatham? Or that a resident once blew up his own building to stop a huge fire on Main Street from spreading to his neighbors? These are just some of the fascinating tidbits our fourth graders learned on a walking history tour with Chatham historian Gail Wolczanski. Learn more...

Kinderhook Bank Displays Students' ArtArt display at kinderhook bank

Be sure to check out our students’ great artwork at Kinderhook Bank in Chatham. Works by students representing grades k-12 will be on display for the community to enjoy for the month of December. Our mobile display tower was purchased by the Fine Arts Booster Club in support of the art department and our goal of getting students’ artwork out in the community. Pictured here with the display are CHS senior art student Michaela Conte, Kinderhook Bank branch manager Donna Casey, and Chatham art department teacher leader Christine Fahey.

student typingTyping Now at MED

With computers playing an ever-increasing role in our daily lives, learning how to type has never been more useful, and it's never too early to get started. MED is currently rolling out a new typing program for students in grades k-5. With help from their teachers and our school librarian, Mr. Selby, students are learning proper typing technique using self-guided computer programs that are both age-appropriate and fun! Learn more...

Club Raises $1,000 to Take a Bite Out of Need in Our Community

CHS community service clubOur Community Service Club hosted its 5th annual "Have a Bite, Help a Family" event at CHS November 27th. Community members got to sample food from sixteen local vendors and get some holiday shopping done as well. Club members greeted guests, served samples, and provided an afternoon filled with giving spirit. The group raised just over $1000, all to be used to provide gifts to community residents in need this holiday season. Great job everyone!

Panther Pointers for Safety & Wellness - Hunting Gear/Weapons and School

November 28 - With hunting season upon us, it is crucial to remember that firearms and weapons are not allowed on school property. Please be sure to leave all weapons locked safely at home when attending school or school events. If you realize that there is a weapon accidentally on you or in your car go to an administrator right away so they can help you safely navigate the situation. Sportsmen/women and friends of sportsmen/women - check your vehicles, backpacks, and gear before coming to school. Tell an administrator immediately if you realize you've made a mistake.

CHS Fields Eight Scholar Athlete Teams

We are proud to announce eight of our fall varsity teams qualified as Scholar Athlete Teams in 2016. Girls tennis, girls soccer, boys soccer, girls volleyball, golf, football, cheerleading, and girls cross country all made the grade and will each receive a certificate from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) recognizing this accomplishment. In order to qualify a team must hold a collective grade point average (GPA) of 90 or better with at least 75% of the athletes on the roster. In addition, any varsity athlete with a personal GPA of 90 or higher is eligible to receive a scholar athlete pin from the NYSPHSAA. Including boys cross country, eighty-five Panthers received pins this fall!

CMS & CHS Students Participate in Regional Cyberbullying Forum

CMS students at the cyberbullying forumCyberbullying touches the majority of area teens, according to a new survey by the Siena College Research Institute, AT&T, and the Tyler Clementi Foundation. On November 15, Grade 7 and 8 Key Communicator students and CHS student leaders represented Chatham at “A Forum on Cyberbullying and Digital Dilemmas,” a special event held at the Palace Theatre in Albany to announce the results of the survey and discuss the impact of cyberbullying. The program featured short films produced by students from around the country for AT&T’s Cyberbullying Film Invitational. At the event, our students pledged to stand up against cyberbullying. Learn more...

Professional Development Strengthens Educational Program

Daniel Bellows shows chatam art teacher how to throw a pot on a wheelQuality professional development plays an important role in providing Chatham’s students with a first-class education. A great example would be, during our most recent superintendent’s conference day, our art department undertaking a refresher course with professional potter Daniel Bellow ( on the techniques of throwing a clay pot by hand. Securing professionals like Mr. Bellow to work with our staff helps our faculty better their craft and therefore be better teachers in the classroom. This is just one example of how the District support staff with professional development; workshop topics ranged from academics, to addressing addiction, to cloud-based Google application systems.

Veterans Day assembly at CMSCMS Honors Area Veterans

Chatham Middle School honored our servicemen and women with a Veterans Day Celebration, held the morning of November 10th in the school’s auditorium. CMS invited area veterans and their families to attend this ceremony put on by students and staff in honor of all veterans of the Armed Forces. Veterans representing our local V.F.W. and American Legion posts, along with keynote speaker, Larry Eleby, helped make this event a truly meaningful experience. Learn more...

CMS students voting in mock election"Decision 2016" at CCSD

MED, CMS, and CHS each held mock presidential elections this election season to teach students about democracy and give them the experience of voting. The presidential race proved very tight here at CCSD and between our three schools we experienced just about every possible outcome! Shown here, middle schoolers decide the candidates' fates at the CMS polling station on November 7th.
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Five CHS Students Perform at Area All-State

area all state studentsCongratulations to vocalists Nick Avenia (bass), Kenneth Fay (tenor), Sam Fairall (bass), and Mary Jones (soprano), and bassoonist Oliver Allen for being accepted as members of the Zone 10 Area All-State NYSSMA Festival! These five students were selected because of their outstanding scores on their NYS School Music Association solos last spring. All of these talented musicians prepared and performed solos for judges and competed with hundreds for top scores in Zone 10, which spans Columbia, Dutchess, and Putnam counties. They rehearsed and performed with other talented music students under a special guest conductor, with a public concert held November 19th at Arlington High School in LaGrangeville, NY. We are proud of their hard work and love of music! 

MED, Sheriff’s Office Team Up to Bring D.A.R.E. to Chatham

students, teachers, and sheriff's deputies pose with DARE banner in front of MED MED now offers a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program for all our fifth graders. The D.A.R.E. program, retooled in recent years, addresses issues like drug and tobacco use while placing a greater focus on students gaining knowledge and skills they can use to make safe and responsible choices in all aspects of their lives. Deputy Wendy Guntert, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office D.A.R.E. Officer, will be teaching the program one day a week for the next few months. Learn more...

Snow Closings & Delays FAQ

That chill in the air reminds us all that winter is on its way, and with wintry weather comes snow and ice. This time of year we often get a lot of questions about our procedures for snow closings and delays, so we’ve put together a Q&A (also available on our Parents page) to help answer them.  View Snow Day Frequently Asked Questions and Answers...

CHS Tells Students “Go Take a Hike”

students hikingWe’ve had some great weather this October, perfect for students to get outside and enjoy a newly improved trail system that snakes its way through the scenic wooded areas on the MED/CHS campus. As part of the Chatham Central School District’s focus on wellness, the High School now offers students a chance to get out and enjoy our forests and fresh air with guided hikes during lunch periods. “Its’s a nice way to interact with nature,” said sophomore Shirley Harvey. Learn more...

More News


CHS Winter Concert Dec. 8

    The CHS music department's annual winter concert with the Chorus, Band, Jazz Band and Orchestra is Thursday, December 8, 7pm in the HS auditorium.


    CMS Early Dismissal/Parent Conferences Dec. 12

    CMS will dismiss students at 11am Monday, December 12 to accommodate parent conferences. The conferences are being rescheduled due to the snow day on November 21. Early dismissal is for CMS only.

    Grade 7/8 Concert Dec. 14

    CMS' Grade 7/8 Concert is Wednesday, December 14 in the MS auditorium, with Chorus, Band, Jazz Band and Orchestra.


    Dates for Student Physicals

    Dr. Curry will be available at CCSD for students needing physicals on Nov. 16, Dec. 7, Feb. 15, and March 1. If you believe your child needs a physical, please contact your school nurse.