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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.


7th Grade Hosts Math Carnival

tudent palys math carnival gameAn annual end-of-school-year project for the seventh grade is hosting their “Math Carnival.” The 7th graders worked in groups to develop games of chance or skill, then came up with a theoretical probability of winning their games. They then played the games 200 times to determine an experimental probability, which they compared to their theoretical probability. The day of the carnival, June 22, both the 5th and 6th grades visited the gym to play the games and win tickets for prizes. Learn more...

student receives moving on certificate5th Graders "Moving On"

The 5th grade celebrated their moving up to the Middle School with a Moving On Ceremony for family and friends heal June 21 at MED. To start off the event, principal Kristen Reno congratulated the students on their completion of elementary school and the entire 5th grade sang “Count On Me” by Bruno Mars. One by one, each 5th grade class then called their soon-to-be 6th graders to the front of the gym to receive his or her “moving on” certificate. Learn more...

Panther Pointers for Safety & Wellness - Graduation Party Season

June 20, 2016 - The OLCC shared with KTVZ news station a "top ten" list of ways to keep teens safe during prom/graduation season. The top three include: 1. Discuss rules for celebrating (your rules, school rules, the law) and consequences for not following them. 2. Ask your teen for a complete itinerary of where he or she will be going, when, and with whom. 3. Take inventory of any alcohol in your home and secure it. To read the entire "Top 10 Tips" article, visit

Update from Superintendent Nuciforo Concerning Lead and Copper Testing Results

June 17, 2016 - Dear Parent/Guardian,
I am writing with another update on the results of our water testing. We have now received all of our preliminary test results and they show several areas with lead levels at or above the EPA limit, which is 20 parts per billion, and a small number of areas that also showed levels of copper above the EPA limit, which is 1.3 parts per million for copper. Most of these areas are not typically used for consumption (such as bathroom or science laboratory sinks). Some of the areas showing elevated levels, however, are from drinking fountains or faucets that are used for drinking water or food preparation. Read full letter from superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo...

carl aladin on podiumPanther's Aladin Places 3rd, Clark 12th at NYS Track Meet

Chatham track sent two athletes to the NYS championship track meet held at Cicero-North Syracuse High School on June 10: Carl Aladin (senior) in the long jump andErin Clark (senior) in the 800 meter.Carl took third place in the state for small schools and broke our school record from 1936 with a jump of 22’2”! This was Erin's 2nd year making it to the state meet in the 800m and she finished 12th in the state for small schools.

Thirty-one Join NJHS

NJHS studentsd at induction ceremonyCMS proudly initiated thirty-one students into National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) this year. On the evening of June 13th, our school held an induction ceremony honoring this year’s joining members. NJHS membership is reserved for students in grades six through eight who demonstrate a high degree of scholarship as well as outstanding qualities in character, service, leadership, and citizenship. Learn more...

seniors walk through MEDClass of 2016 Returns to MED!

Chatham Central School District started a new tradition this year. On June 13th, the Class of 2016 returned to their beginnings at Chatham by parading through the halls of the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School in their caps and gowns. All the elementary students, faculty, and, staff turned out to applaud, cheer the seniors on, and wave signs they made congratulating our soon to be graduates!

Class of 2016 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Ana VermaCassie Pearson Ana Verma (left), daughter of Mohinder Pal and Shivali Devi of Chatham, has been named Chatham High School's Class of 2016 Valedictorian.

Cassandra B. Pearson (right), daughter of Mr. Mark and Kristen Pearson of East Chatham, has been named Chatham High School’s Class of 2016 Salutatorian.

Learn more about our Valedictorian and Salutatorian...

All Spring Varsity Teams Earn Scholar Athlete Recognition

Girls 2016 track team Chatham High School is proud to announce that all of its spring season varsity teams were named Scholar Athlete Teams by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA). This honor is bestowed upon varsity teams whose student-athletes balance their athletic pursuits with a high degree of academic achievement. Congratulations to the girls track, boys track, boys tennis, baseball, and softball teams for having a team grade point average of 90 or higher. Learn more...

boys tennis team Boys Tennis Team Conference Champs

Congratulations to the boys tennis team for their spectacular 2016 season. The Panthers went undefeated in their conference this spring to become the Patroon Conference Champions! The team’s 2016 record stands at twelve wins and no losses in the Patroon Conference and thirteen wins and one loss overall. Go Panthers!
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Nana with capeMED Honors Corinne Summers at Arbor Day Celebration

MED has selected lifelong Chatham resident Corinne Summers as our 2016 Arbor Day honoree. The school invited the public to attend this special community event, held Friday, June 3rd at 9:30 a.m. in the MED gym. Students honored Summers’ contributions to her community with a play about her life. The program also included the traditional Maypole dance performed by the fourth grade and a tree planting ceremony. Learn more..

5th Grade Service Club Helps Homeless Animals

Club with donations and Ms. QuinnThe MED 5th Grade Service Club collected donations for the Columbia-Greene Humane Society during the month of May.  Items that the students collected were clean blankets and towels, dog and cat food, treats, toys, paper towels, rubber gloves, and sponges. On May 31st the students presented the items they collected to Anne Quinn, Adoption Counselor for the Columbia-Greene Humane Society. Ms. Quinn’s talked with the club about the Humane Society's services. Learn more...

Living History Day

students drillingOn May 24, the 7th grade reenacted the American Revolution at CMS with the 2nd Regiment Albany County Militia reenactors group. Students conducted military drills and learned about the colonial class system and period clothing, They then headed over to the Columbia County Fairgrounds to see the reenactors demonstrate live canon and musket fire, and learn about politics in the colonies during the Revolution. To the fife and drum, students paraded back to CMS through the streets of Chatham. Learn more...

BOE Selects Consultant for Superintendent Search

At the May 24 meeting, the Chatham Central School District Board of Education selected Dr. Lucy Martin, of LPMartin Consulting, located in Manlius, New York, to assist with its search for a new superintendent of schools to replace Mrs. Cheryl Nuciforo, who is retiring at the end of the 2016-17 school year. 

Dr. Lucy Martin has seventeen years experience as a search consultant, is a former school superintendent and former President of the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System Board of Trustees. One of her most recent superintendent searches was working with the East Greenbush Board of Education. Dr. Martin has excellent references and the Board of Education is confident in her abilities. 

The Board met with Dr. Martin to plan the search, which will be designed to ensure ample opportunity for the public, staff, and other interested stakeholders to provide input into the development of the criteria to be sought in the new superintendent. Dr. Martin made a brief presentation about the search process at the beginning of the June 7, 2016 Board of Education meeting.The Board of Education encouraged all stakeholders to attend.

Author Shares the Power of Kindness with MED Students

Halstead talks to studentsAnn Marie Gardinier Halstead is an award-winning author as well as a professor and bullying-prevention speaker. On May 20, she made a special visit to MED to discuss her book The Bucket Filling Fairy and to talk about bullying too. During a school-wide assembly in the morning, Halstead shared how she wrote her book and worked with an editor and illustrator. She also led age-appropriate workshops for all our ages groups The Bucket Filling Fairy is about being kind to others (filling buckets). Learn more...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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    Commencement June 24

    The graduation ceremony for the Class of 2016 is Friday, June 24, 7pm at CHS. Congratulations to our graduating seniors!


Chatham Public Library
Summer Reading Program
June 20-August 18

Explore art, nature, and science this summer as the Chatham Public Library presents its 2016 Summer Reading Program, “On Your Mark, Get Set... Read!” The Program is open to all young people, preschool through young adult. Registration is open June 20 - August 18 at the library.

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Baseball Summer Camp June 27-July 1

For children ages 7-12. Camp is June 27 – July 1, 9am– the Chatham Little League Complex. Coaches will consist of Chatham Panthers coaches and players. $85.00 per player if paid by June 19th, and $100.00 if paid after. FAMILY DISCOUNT – 1st child $85.00, Family discounts available. Download flyer and registration form...

Softball Summer Camp June 27-July 1

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...


Offices Closed July 4th

All CCSD Offices will be closed Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.


BOE Organizational Meeting Rescheduled to July 12

The Board of Education's Organizational Meeting (originally scheduled for July 5) has been rescheduled to July 12, 6:30pm in the HS library.