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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.


Water Testing & Remediation

In April, 2016 the District conducted comprehensive testing of water outlets in all buildings for lead and copper as proactive safety measure. The results of the testing and information pertaining to the District's plan for remediation as of July, 2016 are available here...

Panther Pointers for Safety & Wellness - Mandated Meningitis Vaccine Information

July 25 - As of September 1, 2016, all public and private school students entering 7th and 12th grades in New York State must be fully vaccinated against meningococcal disease in order to attend school. The meningococcal vaccine protects against serious and sometimes deadly diseases such as meningitis (an infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord) and sepsis (blood infections). That's why the vaccine is sometimes called the meningitis vaccine. Before school this September, one dose of meningococcal vaccine is required before 7th grade. If your child had the first dose as a sixth grader, then another dose is not required until 12th grade. A total of two doses will be required before 12th grade. Most students entering 12th grade got their first dose when they were younger and are now due for their second dose, or booster. This booster is needed because protection from the vaccine decreases over time. The only teens who will not need a second dose before 12th grade are those who got their first dose on or after their 16th birthday. It's best to check with your doctor to see whether or not your child needs the vaccine. Students who are not up-to-date will not be allowed to attend school until they are vaccinated. For more information, please visit

Construction on Woodbridge Avenue to Affect Traffic/Parking

Please be advised that beginning Monday, July 18, the Village of Chatham will be conducting water main work along Woodbridge Avenue which will affect traffic and parking. While the construction is underway, Woodbridge Avenue will be a one-way street heading from Kinderhook Street to the MED/HS entrance. There will also be no parking along either side of the street in this area. The construction is expected to last several weeks.

language concepts calss at playLanguage Concepts Class Enjoys Live Theater

The Language Concepts Summer Program took a mini-field trip to the Columbia County Fairgrounds to watch the Mac-Haydn Children’s Theatre’s dress rehearsal of The Emperor’s New Clothes on July 20th. They enjoyed the children’s play of the frivolous emperor and thought the weaver’s way of tricking him was quite entertaining. This experience watching live theater is a lead up to the students’ big field trip to the Mac-Haydn Theatre in August.

Board Elects Leadership, Sets 2016-17 Meeting Schedule

At its organizational meeting July 12th, the Board of Education reelected Melony Spock as Board President and Teri Conte as Vice President. The Board also approved its 2016-17 meeting schedule and swore in recently reelected Board members Muriel Faxon, Craig Simmons, and Melony Spock to their new three-year terms.  

CMS Summer Academy Gets Down to Business at SummerFest

Student running bean bag toss at SummerFestStudents are getting a real-world taste of business this July at the CMS Shark Tank Summer Academy. As their first challenge, students came up with a business plan to generate money at this year’s Chatham SummerFest. They raised a total of $417.00 in just two hours! In addition to business challenges, students also focus on ELA skills by reading books about running a business and keeping journal. All proceeds they earn this summer go to benefit the Columbia Land Conservancy. Learn more...

Chatham Welcomes New Assistant Principal to MED

Michael BurnsPlease welcome Michael Burns the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School. Mr. Burns is our new assistant principal and comes to Chatham from the Voorheesville Central School District, where he taught fourth and fifth grades. “I love working with kids. I find it is the most rewarding profession there is,” said Burns on being an educator. “One of the first things that really impressed me about MED is the sense of good culture here, the sense of family and community that really is Chatham. As assistant principal, I really look forward to being able to work with students and teachers in a greater capacity and make connections with our families and community that are rewarding for everyone.” Learn more...

Principal John Thorsen presents diploma to Dawson DeVitoGraduation 2016

Commencement for Chatham High School's Class of 2016 took place on the football field, under bright sunny skies and before a crowd of hundreds of family, friends, and faculty. That Friday evening, June 24th, ninety worthy graduates walked across the lawn to shake hands with superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo and principal John Thorsen and receive their diplomas. Chatham Central School District congratulates the Class of 2016! View more photos...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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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