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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.


CCSD Earns Award for 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.

Panther Pointers for Safety & Wellness - Sunscreen

May 2- One of the best ways to protect your family from the sun is to cover up and shield skin from UV rays, or use sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher to prevent sunburn and tanning, both of which are signs of sun damage. Choose a sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB rays (usually labeled as "broad-spectrum"). Sunscreen sprays are a convenient option but should be used with caution as they are dangerous to inhale and make it hard to tell if you have applied enough. For best results, please follow these tips: *Apply sunscreen about 15 to 30 minutes before kids go outside. *Apply sunscreen generously - don't forget about ears, hands, feet, shoulders, and behind the neck. Lift up bathing suit straps and apply sunscreen underneath (in case the straps shift). Protect lips with an SPF 30 lip balm. *Reapply often, about every 2 hours. *Apply a water-resistant sunscreen if kids will be around water or swimming. Water reflects and intensifies the sun's rays, so kids need protection that lasts. Water-resistant sunscreens may last up to 80 minutes in the water, and some are also sweat-resistant. Regardless of the water-resistant label, be sure to reapply sunscreen when kids come out of the water or have been sweating. For more information please visit:

2016 Board of Education Candidates

There are five candidates running for three open seats on the Board of Education. The 2016 candidates are: Craig Simmons, Steve Gilger, Wayne Coe, Muriel Faxon, Melony Spock. The Board election will be held as part of the annual school budget vote on May 17, 2016.

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...

Board Adopts Proposed 2016-17 School Budget

At its April 12th meeting, the Board of Education adopted the proposed budget for the 2016-2017 school year. The budget totals $30,542,416, an increase of 2.14% over this year’s budget, and carries a tax levy increase of 0.8856, which is the District’s tax cap for 2016. Highlights of the budget include no cuts to educational programs and strengthened opportunities and support for students. The proposed budget goes before voters May 17. 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...

Rubel Takes First at Capital Region NYS History Day

Quentin Rubel Congratulations to Chatham junior Quentin Rubel, who took first place in the Historical Paper category of the Capital Region NYS History Day Competition. Quentin’s twelve-page treatise on the implementation of airmobile warfare during the Vietnam War caught the judges’ attention, earning him the win regionally and a spot at the upcoming State History Day Competition this April. The Capital Region competition was held March 12 at the NYS Museum in Albany. Learn more...

Planting the Seeds of Our Future

students planting seeds in trayApril showers may bring May flowers, but so does science class… On April 1st, seventh graders planted flowers and herbs which they will care for in class over the next month. The sowing was part of Team 7’s larger career and service learning project “Planting the Seeds of Our Future,” which will bring the seventh grade to Camphill Ghent on May 4 and 5th. Students will plant their seedlings in Camphill's gardens and give live musical performances for the residents. Learn more...

CCSD Community Shaves Heads, Fights Cancer with St. Baldrick’s Event

CHS students with shaved headsThe Chatham High School Community Service Club hosted Chatham's sixth annual St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event March 20 in the school gymnasium. Participants pledge to shave their heads in recognition of child cancer patients, raising funds to defeat this illness. There were over 100 participants this year, both shavees and volunteers, that included students from all three of our schools.. Together they raised over $17,000, and donations are still coming in. See more bald heads...

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...

Chatham Students Sing at Albany Devils Game

choir in the standsOn Sunday, March 13th, a group of select students from Chatham Central Schools' grade 4-12 choral program were invited to sing the United States and Canadian national anthems at the opening of the Albany Devil's game played at the TU Center in Albany. Students had a blast singing for the crowd and enjoying a close game that ended with the Devils scoring the winning goal with only one minute left on the clock. The Devils are a professional hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL). See larger photo...

Homespun Dance Residency

circle dancing Musical, physical, social, and historical themes came alive for students K-5 when Homespun Dance held a two-day residency at MED. With live music and calling from “Peter, Paul, and George,” our students learned square, contra, and circle dances as well as a variety of other folk dances rooted in cultures around the world. The March 9th and 10th residency came about through the collaborative efforts of our music and physical education departments. Learn more...

Singing, Dancing, and Storytelling Cap Off Cultural Awareness Month at CMS

Diata Diata performing at CMSStudents sang and danced along to the positive rhythms that the Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre brought with them to Chatham Middle School on February 26. While introducing the students to traditional African drumming, dances, and folktales, the Hudson-based performance group shared their underlying message of appreciating the values that come from a healthy community dynamic. The show was the culmination of the Middle School’s February character education theme of cultural awareness.
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Jazz Pros Head Up Masterclass at CHS

Jazz trio performing at CHSThe CHS Jazz Ensemble enjoyed a visit from a trio of professional jazz musicians. With Dave Fisk on tenor saxophone, Phillip Allen on trombone, and Chatham resident Joe Finn on guitar, the musicians performed a brief set and then sat in with the students to play a few tunes with them and critique the ensemble's playing. These highly experienced musicians came to Chatham through the Albany Musicians Association, Local 14, which provided this exciting masterclass at no cost to our school. 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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Budget Hearing / BOE Meeting May 10

Public Hearing on the proposed 2016-17 school budget and Board of Education workshop meeting, 6:30pm in the HS library.


Voter Registration May 10

Meed to register to vote in the budget vote and District election? Voter registration will be held from 2-7pm in the MED Lobby


Budget Vote & Board Election

May 17

The annual school budget vote and election of Board of Education members is Tuesday, May 17, 9am-9pm in the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School gym.