Village Sidewalk Project Begins October 6
Starting Tuesday October 6th, the Village of Chatham will begin work on its Safe Schools sidewalk project. The first phase of the project will be replacing the sidewalk along School Road (the drive leading to the MED & CHS campus). During construction, which should take about two weeks to complete, the sidewalk will be closed. In order to accommodate pedestrian traffic to and from MED and CHS, we will provide a safe pathway around the construction, clearly marked out by snow fence. We will have staff placed along the path in the morning when students arrive and at time of dismissal to make sure students know where to walk.
The second phase of the project, which will begin once the School Road sidewalk is completed, will replace the sidewalk along the CMS side of Woodbridge Avenue, from the railroad crossing to the Chatham Public Library. This will also necessitate closing portions of that sidewalk for construction. We will provide you with information pertaining to alternate walkways for Woodbridge Avenue closer to when that project begins.
We apologize for any inconvenience this construction may cause. When completed, it will provide much needed improvements to the sidewalks near our schools. As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office at 392-1501.
Cheryl A. Nuciforo
Superintendent of Schools
Board Votes to Rescind Consolidation Plan
At its September 29 meeting, the Board of Education voted unanimously to revoke its December 4, 2014 decision to develop a consolidation proposal for Chatham Central Schools during this school year. The Board will instead focus on engaging the community in the development of a long-term vision for Chatham’s overall educational program. This common vision will be used by the Board to guide its decision making as it explores all options to maintain and improve Chatham’s educational program, address the impact of our shrinking enrollment, and manage the District’s financial outlook.
Thinking Like A Scientist
The 6th grade is enjoying their dedicated lab room at CMS, where Mrs. Ladd recently led her students through a experiment titled “Thinking Like Scientist.” While exploring and documenting the differing properties of water and oil, the students learned scientific process skills like how to make good observations and inferences, which will ultimately lead into their utilization of the Scientific Method (the process of question, research, hypothesis, experiment, and conclusion) in further investigations.
CCSD Art Exhibitors Take Home Awards at County Fair
Congratulations to the Chatham K-12 art students who recently participated in the art exhibit at the Columbia County Fair held September 2nd-7th. In the countywide art exhibit, Chatham took first place in the Pre-K through Grade 5 division and second place in the Grade 6 through 12 division. Additionally, one of our seniors, Ana Verma, received a special artist award for her Chuck Close inspired pen and ink drawing. Congratulations, Ana. The prize money awarded at the contest will be used toward a scholarship fund for seniors planning to pursue a career in the field of art.
BOE Adopts 2015-16 Goals
At its August 25th meeting, the Board of Education adopted the Chatham Central School District's goals for the 2015-16 school year. The Board of Education formed these goals with guidance provided by a workgroup of parents, students, community members and staff in the spring. Last spring, this group met five times to provide their perspective on the full spectrum of District programs and operations. Their comments on Chatham’s strengths and possible areas of improvement were a critical part of the Board’s goal setting process. View CCSD goals here...
First Day Photos
Thanks to all our families who shared their first day photos. Chatham CSD students returned to another exciting school year on September 9th, 2015. The photos submitted represent students heading back to school in all three of our school buildings - Mary E. Dardess Elementary School, Chatham Middle School, and Chatham High School! See photos...
NYS Education Department Welcome Back to School Video
Chatham Alum Josh Keyes Makes NFL Practice Squad
Congrats to the Class of 2011's Josh Keyes, who the Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially named to their practice squad in September! Josh is Chatham's first ever athlete to enter the NFL - after four years playing for Boston College, he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent in May. Read Tampa Bay Buccaneers announcement...
Chatham High School's Pearson Crowned Schoolgirl Queen
Congratulations to Chatham senior Cassie Pearson, who was voted Columbia County's 79th Schoolgirl Queen at the Columbia County Fair September 4th. Cassie was representing Chatham CSD in the competition as a student leader who is very active in Chatham High School's music, theater and athletic programs. Read Chatham Courier article...
New Swing Set Arrives at MED
MED is getting back in the "swing" of things, thanks to the fundraising efforts of our PTA! This August, our maintenance crew is busy installing a new swing set the PTA purchased for our playground, which has not had swings for many years.
It all began last October when, as part of her monthly writing challenge, principal Kristen Reno asked 2nd graders to write a persuasive argument for new activities, games or equipment they would like to see at recess. The student's responses were overwhelmingly “swings!” Learn more...
Chatham Welcomes New Teachers for 2015-16
CCSD welcomed new hires Trisha Bradley (Elementary/Middle School Counselor) Carolyn Barone (Grade 7 Math), Kristen Gorczynski (English as a New Language), Michael Griggs (High School Social Studies), Judson Hoffman (Elementary/Middle School Band), and Brooke Kneller (High School Science) to our educational team during a two-day orientation program held August 25 & 26. Shown here, the six learn about Chatham's technology resources from veteran teacher Sara Murray.
More Kindergartners Ready for School Thanks to New Pre-K Program
MED began its Pre-Kindergarten program last fall, and as the program’s first class of students enters Kindergarten this September, the results of their kindergarten screenings couldn’t be more encouraging. “We are very proud of the progress the students made, they did amazing,” said pre-k teacher Jessica Alliger. “These were students who needed it the most and now they are going into kindergarten extremely well prepared.” Learn more...
Language Concepts Classes Put On End of Summer Celebration
Students in our Language Concepts program put on a performance for family and friends celebrating the ocean-themed literacy learning they had accomplished this summer. Students sang “Yellow Submarine” and “Down by the Bay,” followed by a slide show and reception highlighting their class activities. The event, held in the MED library on August 14, was the culmination of this summer's program, during which students explored the A-to-Zs of our world’s oceans through writing, crafts, and class trips. Learn more...
More eReaders at the CHS Library, Thanks to the Spencertown Fire Company
Chatham Central Schools would like to thank the Spencertown Fire Company for its donation of $1,000, to be used to purchase more eReaders for the Chatham High School library. During its annual Beef Bar-B-Q fundraiser on August 9th, the fire company presented a check to High School English Teacher and Grade 7-12 English Language Arts Teacher Leader, Jodi Sullivan, who was there to accept the donation on behalf of our school. The school library's eReader program makes them available to high school students for use in school or at home. Learn more...