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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.

NEWS

Panther Pointers for Safety & Wellness - Understanding Difference

January 17, 2017 - Sometimes it can be difficult to understand difference. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights recommends a few simple strategies for helping ourselves and our children understand differences in culture, beliefs, religion, and lifestyles. Here are a few of their suggestions:  populate our lives with friends of diverse backgrounds; promote books, toys, film, etc... that include persons of different cultures and ethnicities; visit museums that feature exhibits about a variety of cultures and religions; attend or celebrate a variety of cultural events with friends; invite others to share in your celebrations; get involved in school events. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."


Board Announces DeAngelo as Next Superintendent of Schools

head shot of Sal DeAngeloThe Board of Education is pleased to announce that Dr. Salvatore “Sal” DeAngelo will be the next superintendent of Chatham Central School District. Dr. DeAngelo has over 30 years’ experience leading and coordinating public school district programs and comes with exemplary recommendations, having earned great respect from the professionals he works with. He holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the Esteves School of Education at Sage Graduate School, and a master’s degree in Business Education from Norwich University. He will become superintendent of the District on July 1, 2017 following superintendent Nuciforo's retirement.

“I am truly looking forward to this opportunity to continue the excellent programs that already exist in Chatham and finding ways to make our school even stronger,” said Dr. DeAngelo. “I strongly believe in being a good steward of the community’s resources and want to engage the larger community and all our stakeholders in the process. Everyone's contribution will be needed to ensure our future success. Through collaboration, together we will find the best solutions to the challenges facing our District.” Learn more...


Spirited Success for Chatham at AIC Model Congress

Chatham's Model Congress Team at Aerican International CollegeThe accolades just keep on coming for the CHS Model Congress program. Our 2016-2017 team experienced continuing success at American International College’s (AIC) Model Congress held in Springfield, MA January 5th through 7th. Our delegates passed every bill they proposed, sophomore Althea Brennan took 3rd place overall, and the team brought home the Team Spirit Award for the 4th time. The event brought thirteen high school teams from across the Northeast to the college to debate and pass legislation in a competitive simulation of Congress. Learn more...


5th Grade Service Day

students making holiday decorationsFifth graders participated in a grade-wide service day on December 21. MED assistant principal Mike Burns orchestrated this special activity day, during which several service projects took place at school with different groups of fifth graders each responsible for completing one project. Students baked cookies or made cards for the local Meals on Wheels program, crafted holiday decorations for assisted living residents, worked with pre-k students, and performed a concert at Camphill Ghent. Learn more...


Student Cooks Up Special Thank You to Staff  

Tyler Stetz cooking breakfast sandwhichesSenior Tyler Stetz wanted to show his appreciation for the faculty at CHS by doing something nice and cooking them all breakfast. He approached the school’s staff Sunshine Committee with his idea, who were happy to support him by purchasing the supplies he needed and arranging access to the school kitchen. The morning of December 21, Tyler arrived early at school to begin the hours-long task of cooking up eighty bacon, egg, & cheese sandwiches, which he served to staff in the faculty lounge. Tyler is studying culinary arts at Questar III, so he is no stranger to the kitchen. His breakfast sandwiches were delicious and his personal gesture of thanks was greatly enjoyed.


Students Serve Up Holiday Cheer at CMS

student dressed as santa talks with seniors at a table dirung the CMS holiday luncheonNational Junior Honor Society (NJHS) students hosted their annual holiday luncheon for area seniors on December 16th, with sixty-five guests coming to Chatham Middle School to enjoy some music, food, and conversation. The students and seniors took in a lively holiday concert performed by the grade seven and eight orchestra, grade seven and eight band, sixth grade orchestra, and sixth grade chorus before heading to the gymnasium where the students served up a turkey feast and some holiday fun. Learn more...


Community Church Honors MED Faculty

Teacher receives certificate from Reverend JimpsonMembers of the Payne AME Church in Chatham made a visit to MED to pay a special honor to our school. At the December 14 faculty meeting, Reverend Gloria Jimpson thanked our school for the valuable service we provide our community and handed each of our teachers a personalized certificate recognizing them for the outstanding work they do. This honor directly reflects the great work our entire faculty and support staff do when it comes to providing our students with a first-class education. Learn more...


Students Practice Mindfulness at MED

students doing mindfulness exercises in classMED has introduced mindfulness instruction to our school day! Mindfulness is our ability to be fully present and not distracted, overwhelmed, or overly reactive to what goes on in our daily lives. And we can improve this ability greatly through meditation. Each morning MED has been taking a few minutes to do some mindfulness-building together as a school. Over the school loudspeaker, Mrs. Rivet has been leading breathing and movement exercises to help students focus on the present and get more in touch with their inner selves. Learn more...


Hour of Code at CCSD

student codingAll Chatham’s schools are participated in the Hour of Code this December to encourage students to learn about computer programing. The Hour of Code is a world-wide movement presented by Code.org to introduce millions of students to a language that truly is universal, the language of computers. Students at MED, CMS, and CHS logged on to http://code.org/ to try their hand at dozens of age-appropriate tutorials that allowed them to learn about coding by doing a little programming themselves. Learn more...


CMS Nominates Two for Siena Courage Award

Grayson Van Wie and Hannah TaylorChatham Middle School has nominated eighth graders Grayson Van Wei and Hannah Taylor for Siena College's Student Courage Award, which honors young people who actively promote the ideal of a just and inclusive society that values diversity and uniqueness. In being nominated for the award, Grayson and Hannah join other courageous students from schools around the greater Capital Region. A committee of regional leaders in social justice issues will review the nominations and announce three award recipients January 13th. Learn more...


CHS Student Performs in All-State Choir

all state quiorSenior Taylor Hanson traveled to the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music to perform with the NYS School Music Association's All-State Mixed Choir Dec. 4th. All-State showcases the most talented high school musicians from across NYS and being selected is a major accomplishment. Taylor drew consideration from the All-State committee after performing at the local NYSSMA Solo & Ensemble Festival this past spring and receiving an A+ rating from the judges. Learn more...


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 to consider 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 With Village Historian

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...


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...


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ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

    BOE Meeting Jan. 24

    Board of Education meeting January 24, 6:30pm in the HS library.

     

    Grade 5 Concert Jan. 25

    MED Grade 5 Concert is Wednesday, January 25, 7pm in the HS auditorium.

     

    Dates for Student Physicals

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

     

    Panther Pride Day Feb. 4th

    Come show your Chatham pride as the Panthers take on Catskill CSD in our annual day-long sporting and school spirit event at CCSD. Learn more...

     

    Kindergarten Registration

    Registration for our 2017-18 kindergarten class begins in February. Registration packets will be mailed home to all eligible children who are on the school census. If you have a child who is eligible to attend kindergarten this fall and you do not receive a packet by March 1st, please call Mrs. Layton at 392-1530 or visit the elementary school office between 9am and 3pm. Learn more about registering your child for kindergarten...