Panther Pointers for Safety & Wellness - Social Media Safety
2/8/16 - Today's kids are more social media savvy than ever, with 80% of teens online using social media, and they share more information about themselves on social networks than they have before. While growing up online has its benefits, it poses new risks. With cyberbullying, oversharing, and giving into peer pressure, a child's unguided use of a social network can become a serious problem. Here are eight tips from experts to help you keep your kids safe on social media:
- Educate yourself about social media
- Consider the age appropriateness of the content your child is accessing
- Talk to your kids about the dangers and consequences of social media
- Keep the computer in a common area of your home
- Collect all Internet devices before going to bed
- Set guidelines or rules for using the Internet
- Require your children to provide you with their profile passwords
- Check your child's privacy settings regularly
For more information, please go to: http://mashable.com
Finding Balance Through Yoga
In February, students at CHS are developing physical strength and inner harmony through the ancient discipline of yoga. As part of its mission to teach lifelong fitness skills, our physical education depart had guest instructor Chelsea Donovan in to lead classes through some fundamental yoga postures and concepts. Ms. Donovan teaches English at CHS, and having completed Level One Baptiste Yoga training and now working toward her 200-hour teacher certification through the Baptiste Institute, she was happy to kick off the program by sharing her expertise with our students.
Pillowcase Service Project a Community Affair
January was Celebrating Service Month at CMS. During a special after-school project, students, staff, and community members banded together to make pillowcases for Ryan’s Case for Smiles, a charity that provides whimsical pillowcases to sick children to help them cope with the stress of their illnesses. Sixty middle schoolers participated in the project, making thirty bright and cheery pillowcases which will go to children being treated at Albany Medical Center. Learn more...
Audio Recordings of Board Meetings Now Available
Want to know what’s happening at Board of Education meetings but can’t always make it there? CCSD now provides recordings of Board meetings on our BoardDocs website, starting with the January 26 meeting. Go to www.boarddocs.com/ny/chathamcs/Board.nsf/Public (a link to BoardDocs is also available on our website's Board of Education page), click on the meeting date, then click the “View Minutes” tab. The link to the audio recording is available there.
CHS Names Clark “Good Citizen,” DAR Agrees
Chatham Senior Erin Clark received word that she has been named the District III winner of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizen Award competition. Her win at this regional level follows her school selecting her for this honor and her winning at the county level.
This award includes a scholarship from the DAR and recognizes Erin as a student who embodies the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism.
CHS Students Take Part in Anti-bias Conference
Representatives from CHS traveled to Siena College January 15th to attended the S.T.O.P. (Students Together Opposing Prejudice) Conference. Sponsored by the College’s Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King Lecture Series and organized by the Anti-Defamation League, the conference brought together student leaders from twenty Capital Region schools to participate in discussions and action planning around topics like prejudice, tolerance, and respect. Learn more...
For Model Congress, Success Abounds at Regional Competition
Congratulations to the Chatham High School Model Congress Team. At American International College's 76th Model Congress, held in Springfield, MA the weekend of January 7-9, our team turned in their most success-filled effort since we first taking part in this regional academic competition. They passed every one of their bills and brought home the Team Spirit Award as well as an individual Delegate Award. Learn more...
Longhouse Models Impress
You may have noticed the amazing miniature Iroquois longhouses around our school lately. They were all created by our fourth grade students as part of their social studies unit on historical Native American cultures. The impressive models, which provide an accurate representation of a traditional longhouse and the activities that once took place in and around them, are on display at MED and the District offices. If you can’t catch them there, a few can also be found at Chatham Public Library this January.
CHS Student Invites Congressman to Speak to Class
U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson visited Chatham High School on December 23. He was the guest of student Emily Ooms, who invited Mr. Gibson to come and speak to her Management & Leadership class. Economics students also listened in as Gibson spoke about his role as the elected representative for the 19th District of New York, and how his position requires him to be both a listener and a leader in order to effectively represent his constituents’ concerns in Washington. Learn more...
Gardella Nominated for Siena Courage Award
CMS has nominated eighth grader Rachel Gardella for Siena College's Student Courage Award, which recognizes young people who stand up to intolerance and take positive action against racism, prejudice, and bias-related issues. Whether personally intervening when others are bullied or tackling social issues through student leadership opportunities at her school, Rachel has shown she is not afraid to stand by her convictions and stand up for others. In being nominated for the Award, Rachel joins other courageous students representing schools from around the region. Learn more...
Student Organized Drive Benefits Regional Blood Bank
CHS hosted a Red Cross blood drive on December 18th. The event brought fifty-two donors, most of whom were students or staff and first-time givers to boot, and produced forty-nine units of blood for the regional blood bank. “The best part about having a blood drive at our school is that it gets people involved early and brings awareness to a cause that deserves attention,” said CHS senior Jaina Wollowitz, who organized the drive. Learn more...
The Hour of Code
CEF Awards Over $20K to 16 Projects
At its annual grant-making meeting November 5th, the Chatham Education Foundation awarded over $20,000 in grants to support sixteen varied and worthwhile projects at CCSD for the 2015-16 school year. Recipients of the grants were congratulated by several members of the Foundation’s board in a meeting at the high school library on December 3rd. Learn more...
Young Leaders from Chatham Attend Youth Summit
Every year, students from Chatham Central School District attend The Sage Colleges’ Youth Leadership Summit, held at Russell Sage College in Troy. On December 3, seventh and eighth grade students from Chatham Middle School’s Key Communicator and National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) programs represented their school at this year’s event, along with student leaders from Chatham High School. Learn more...
Venice and The Four Seasons
To celebrate the conclusion of their study of Venice, the third grade held a special performance for parents in the MED Cafeteria. Guest educator Tom Lee, from the Spencertown Academy, gave parents an overview of the types of lessons students enjoyed over the past several weeks, where they learned about Venetian history, architecture, art, writing, music, and more. The students then put on a ballet performance of Vivaldi’s Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons). Learn more...
Chatham Fields Seven Fall Scholar Athlete Teams
Congratulations to the boys cross country, girls cross country, varsity football, boys varsity soccer, girls varsity soccer, girls tennis, and girls varsity volleyball teams for being named Scholar Athlete Teams by the NYSPHSAA. This honor is bestowed upon teams that have excelled in the classroom. Each team will receive a certificate for their school as well as for each student-athlete whose grades contributed to their team's overall GPA. Learn more...
Residents Can Benefit from Tech-Savvy Teenagers
A community service program, known as Tech Tutors, has student volunteers from Chatham High School helping the technologically inquisitive better understand their electronic devices, the operation of software, and how to navigate the Internet. Students are available once a month at the Chatham Public Library to demonstrate the workings of the electronic world and explain the ways in which citizens can troubleshoot problems they may encounter. Learn more...
Wintry Weather Closings & Delays FAQ
It's that time of year again, when temperatures drop and wintry weather often threatens to delay or close school. For your convenience, CCSD has put together a questions and answers fact sheet concerning our procedures for emergency closings and delays. View FAQ...