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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.


Board Adopts Proposed 2015-16 School Budget

On April 21, the Board of Education adopted a proposed budget of $29,901,041 for the 2015-2016 school year. This budget carries a projected tax levy increase of 1.8%, which is below the District’s property tax cap of 2.02%. The Board also approved two propositions to be placed on the ballot. The first asks voters to decide on the creation of a capital reserve fund; the second asks voters to decide on a provision allowing a student representative from Chatham High School to sit on the Board as a nonvoting member. A budget newsletter will be mailed to all homeowners in early May. A public hearing on the budget is scheduled for May 12, 6:30 p.m. in the HS library. The community budget vote is Tuesday, May 19. View budget highlights...

Announcing 2015 Board of Education Candidates

There are six candidates running for three open seats on the Board of Education. The 2015 candidates are: Sebastian Trienens, Beth Hover, Steve Gilger, Denise Barry, David O’Connor, Wayne Coe. The Board election will be held as part of the annual school budget vote on May 19, 2015. Learn more...

Sweet Reward Wraps Up MED's "Read for Ronald" Program

Addison Andrews throws pie at Mrs. RenoIt’s not every day you get to chuck a pie at your school principal, but at MED, the PTA made the old pie in the face gag a reward for students who did the most during their school's “Read for Ronald McDonald House” program. Kindergartner Jackson Carl, second grader Addison Andrews, third graders Nole and Owen Zaik, and fifth grader Anna Carrol all earned the chance to toss a pie at a staff member on April 20 after either raising the most money the charity or reading for the most amount of minutes. Learn more...

yellow ribbon trainingStudents Lead Suicide Prevention Program

Chatham High School’s Yellow Ribbon Team is leading suicide prevention training for all students during physical education classes on April 16 & 17th. This team of specially trained students present the facts, warning signs, and risk factors of suicide, as well as ways students can help someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts. Learn more...

Letter to Parents Concerning NYS Testing

April 2, 2015 - Dear parent or guardian,
A number of you have approached teachers and principals recently asking about “opting out” or refusing to have your children take the upcoming NYS assessments in English Language Arts and math. The recent publicity and debate have produced confusing and conflicting information for parents who want to make the best decisions for their children and schools. I am writing to explain Chatham’s approach to the tests and hopefully give you the information you need. Read full letter from Superintendent Nuciforo...

Celebrating Local Heroes

Rocky pane speaking to studentsApril is Celebrating Local Heroes Month at CMS, where students will be writing thank you letters to local heroes. To kick it off on April 2, CMS held a heroes inspired day of character events that included the school’s battle of the belts and guest speakers for each grade. 8th graders heard from a local holocaust survivor, 7th graders were visited by some of Chatham's volunteer firefighters, and 6th graders were inspired to "reach for fresh air" by Hudson High guidance counselor Rocky Payne. Learn more...

Senior Exhibitions

Student giving speech Chatham High School's annual Senior Exhibition Day took place April 2nd. It was a big day for seniors as each gave a 15 minute, in-depth presentation on a topic of his or her choosing that was evaluated by a panel of faculty representing all three of Chatham's schools. Exhibitions equal one-third of Chatham's Senior Program, an individual student portfolio comprised of written, presented, and displayed skills. The Senior Program is a CCSD graduation requirement designed to give each senior a sense of progression into adulthood and personal ownership of their education.

ABCs of Women’s Self Defense

student kicks The Modern Self Defense Academy and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office teamed up to present a self-defense seminar for mothers and daughters here at Chatham March 24. Forty-six women and girls took advantage of this opportunity, offered through CCSD’s Adult Education Program, to learn how to avoid dangerous encounters, react to unexpected threats, and fight off attackers using the ABCs of self-defense - awareness, boundaries, and contact. Through an intense yet enjoyable atmosphere, participants learned how to get out of unwanted physical encounters ranging from wrist grabs to being pinned to the ground, and put their new skills to the test by beating back and escaping an instructor posing as an attacker. Our Adult Ed. Program plans to offer the seminar again in the fall.

Southpaw "Reads for Ronald" with Students at MED

Southpaw and Michelle read to studentsTri-City ValleyCats’ mascot Southpaw stopped by MED to share his enthusiasm for reading. Because cats don’t talk, he brought along Michelle Skinner from the ValleyCats' community relations team to read to the students some of his favorite books about baseball. The March 24 visit brought fun and excitement to the Read for Ronald MacDonald House Program, which MED is participating in to encourage reading and benefit the families of critically ill children. Learn more....

St. Baldrick's 2015

student having head shavedThe CHS Community Service Club organized and hosted Chatham's 5th annual head shaving event to befit the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity committed to finding cures for childhood cancers. This year’s event was a huge success with shavees, volunteers, and donors from our community and all three Chatham schools participating. All together, more than 75 students, staff and community members “went bald” to raise over $16,000 for childhood cancer research. Learn more...

Ben with tablet computer CMS Student Takes Third in Regional Science Expo

Eighth grader Benjamin Rippel's tablet computer project took third place overall at the Twin County Science Expo, held March 21st at Columbia-Greene Community College. Ben built and programed the touchscreen device himself for about a quarter of the cost of buying one. The expo showcased outstanding projects from student scientists throughout Columbia and Greene counties, with top place finishes being awarded by a panel of expert judges. Learn more...

District's Music Education Program Receives National Recognition

The NAMM Foundation has recognized Chatham Central School District for its outstanding commitment to music education with a “2015 Best Communities for Music Education” designation. The Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) title affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining a strong music curriculum with excellent opportunists for students. This is CCSD's second year being honored as such. Learn more...

8th Graders Look Toward High School and Beyond

Dale Taylor speaking to students about college expectationsThe Class of 2019’s transition from 8th grade to 9th grade is already underway, and when planning for high school, it's never to early to be thinking about college. During a March 18 assembly at CMS, eighth graders heard from Dale Taylor of Siena College’s admissions department, who shared what colleges are looking for in prospective applicants. Following Taylor’s presentation, Chatham High School guidance counselor Jim Lombardi spoke about the high school program and junior Jack McKeon shared his experiences as a CHS student. Learn more...

50 Years of the Voting Rights Act

Wesley BrownIn celebration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, eleventh and twelfth grade students attended a special assembly at CHS on March 17. They heard from a guest speaker Wesley Brown, a professor and writer, who in 1965 traveled to the deep south to register African Americans to vote. The students also watched a film about the events surrounding what became known as “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Alabama, a key turning point for the Civil Rights Movement in 1965. Learn more...

Students Learn About 3-D Printing

3-d printer being demonstrated4th graders headed over to CHS to learn about three-dimensional electronic modeling and check out the school’s 3-D printer. MED's school media specialist, Mr. Selby, arranged to have Mr. Caldwell, the High School’s technology teacher, show the students how objects can be drafted electronically using computers and then replicated into actual three-dimensional items using the special printer. Mr. Caldwell demonstrated how the 3-D printer, which in reality is a small production robot, can “print” objects by laying down successive layers of molten plastic to gradually build them. 5th grade library classes will also be going to CHS to see the printer in action.

Engineering Students Take on E Week Challenge

bridge contest Chatham High School's Principles of Engineering class enjoyed a trip to the 2015 Model Bridge Competition, part of the Capital Region Engineers’ Week event held February 26 at the Albany Marriott Hotel in Colonie. There, they got to put their bridge models to the stress test, meet real engineers, explore vendor exhibits, and attend seminars concerning engineering issues. Sophomore Katharine Schassler even won the E Week logo competition!
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Panthers' Scholar Athlete Teams

girls basketball team photoFour CHS athletic teams were named Scholar Athlete Teams by the NYSPHSAA, an honor bestowed upon teams that carry a combined GPA of 90 or better. The girls and boys varsity basketball, girls indoor track, and boys varsity volleyball teams all received this recognition for the 2014-15 winter season. Each team receives a certificate for the school as well as for each member who contributed to the team average. Learn more...

Corey Jones Talks Basketball, Character at CMS

Corey Talks with StudentsCollege basketball star turned motivational speaker Corey Jones led an inspirational school assembly at CMS February 13. Corey used his experiences with basketball to reach students about issues like bullying, being a positive role model, teamwork, and not letting adversity stand in their way of success. For more than an hour, he performed basketball tricks, sunk half-court shots, and challenged the students with games that required patience, persistence, and cooperation to win. Learn more...

Wolf Visits CHS Biology Classes

wolf and studentsThe Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) of South Salem, NY paid a visit to CHS on February 12. WCC educator Alex Spitzer spoke to the audience of biology, AP Bio, and Ecology Club students about wolves, wolf ecology, and the important role wolves play in the larger ecosystem. Accompanying Spitzer was Atka, a genuine Arctic gray wolf who students got to see up-close and personal. This event was made possible through a grant from the Chatham Education Foundation. Learn more...

TV Weatherman Bob Kovachick Talks Weather with Third Grade

Bob Kovachick at MEDWNYT Chief Meteorologist Bob Kovachick visited MED February 11 to talk with the third grade about the different kinds of weather that affect our area and how meteorologists predict it. The third grade teaching staff invited Mr. Kovachick to visit because their students have been studying weather in class. Prior to his comming ot MED, the classes prepared many questions for their special guest, who graciously answered them all. He also shared what goes on behind the scenes when putting on a TV weather forecast.

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Spring Concert & Senior Fine Arts Recognition May 5

The CHS Spring Concert and Senior Fine Arts Recognition ceremony takes place Tuesday, May 5, 7pm in the CHS auditorium.


Budget Hearing May 12

The annual Public Hearing for the proposed school budget is Tuesday, May 12, 6:30pm in the HS Library.


Voter Registration May 12

Need to register to vote in the upcoming school budget vote? Voter registration is available Tuesday, May 12, 2-7pm in the MED Elementary School Lobby.


Budget Vote May 19

The annual school budget vote and district election is Tuesday, May 19, from 9am-9pm in the MED Elementary School gym.


Recess Day May 22

Friday, May 22nd will be converted to a “recess” day (no school) for students and staff due to an unused emergency closing day, providing we do not experience another emergency closing between now and May 22nd.