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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.


Panther Pointers for Safety & Wellness - Teal Pumpkin Project

October 17 - "The Teal Pumpkin Project" began as a local awareness activity before it launched a nation-wide campaign by the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) organization. FARE's "Teal Pumpkin" project helps ensure that all children can enjoy and participate in Halloween fun. How can you take part? It's as easy as 1-2-3. 1. Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters. 2. Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to indicate that you have non-food treats available. And 3. Display a free FARE printable sign to explain the significance of your "Teal Pumpkin." FARE recommends treats such as stickers, glow sticks, pencils, bubbles, rings, etc... For more information (and to print your free sign) visit:

CHS Tells Students “Go Take a Hike”

students hikingWe’ve had some great weather this October, perfect for students to get outside and enjoy a newly improved trail system that snakes its way through the scenic wooded areas on the MED/CHS campus. As part of the Chatham Central School District’s focus on wellness, the High School now offers students a chance to get out and enjoy our forests and fresh air with guided hikes during lunch periods. “Its’s a nice way to interact with nature,” said sophomore Shirley Harvey. Learn more...

Fire Prevention Day

Mr. Burns in Fire gearA student favorite at MED! During the morning of October 14th, volunteer firefighters representing the Chatham, East Chatham, Ghent, Red Rock, and Spencertown fire companies visited MED to talk about fire safety and what to do if there is ever a fire emergency at school or at home. The event kicked off with an assembly in front of the school where the firefighters could show off some of their trucks and safety equipment they wear when putting out fires and rescuing people from burning buildings. Learn more...

Lockdown Drills at CCSD

October 12, 2016 - Starting with the 2016-17 school year, Chatham Central School District will be practicing lockdown drills on a more frequent basis. While we have conducted lockdown drills up to twice a year in the past, a new state law now requires all schools to conduct a minimum of four lockdown drills per year along with eight fire/evacuation drills. Read full letter...

No Clown Costumes Allowed at School for Halloween

October 7, 2016 - Dear CCSD families,
Thank you for your assistance in helping our students understand the “creepy clown” hoax and the steps we are taking to keep them feeling safe in school. As a PreK-12 school we have seen a range of responses to this situation. While some older students are beginning to joke about the issue, a number of students, especially those who are younger, still report anxiety.

After consulting with the principals of each building about what they have heard from students, I have decided that no clown costumes will be allowed at school or school events or on school buses this Halloween. This includes students, employees, and visitors to school events, such as the Halloween parade.

It is unfortunate that we need to take this step, but I feel strongly that it is necessary to provide an environment where all students feel safe and secure at school. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and for helping to ensure that students can enjoy the fun of Halloween without worrying about their safety.

Cheryl A. Nuciforo, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Clown Reports in Chatham Do Not Pose a Credible Threat to Schools

October 6, 2016 - Dear parent or guardian,
There have been a lot of rumors and discussion on social media this week concerning hoaxes and pranks involving “creepy clowns” threatening schools in our area and throughout the state and country. Within the past 24 hours, reports of clown sightings and social media chatter have occurred in and near the Chatham School District, and this has made many of our students and families worried about their safety. Please know that we take all threats to our schools seriously and that we have spoken with law enforcement and they have assured that there is no credible threat to Chatham Central Schools. Read full letter...

Students doing speak outs during NCBI trainingTwenty-Three Students Complete NCBI Training

Students leaders participated in a National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) training session at Chatham Middle School September 29 and 30. This program is hosted each year by the CMS guidance and counseling department as part of the school’s ongoing character education program. The NCBI training empowers students with skills and strategies to address bullying and improve the social climate throughout their school. Learn More...

Girls Tennis Team Girls Tennis 2016 Conference Champs

Congratulations to our 2016 Girls Tennis Patroon Conference Champions. Chatham's varsity girls tennis team finished up their regular season undefeated with a 6-1 win over Rensselaer on September 27.
The girls' season record stands at 14-0.
Go Panthers!

CHS Senior Tapped for All-State Choir

HansonCongratulations to Chatham senior Taylor Hanson, who was selected by the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) to sing in the All-State Mixed Choir. All-State showcases the most talented high school musicians from across New York State and being selected is a major accomplishment. Taylor drew consideration from the All-State committee after performing a level VI (the highest level) solo at the local NYSSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival this past spring and receiving an A+ rating from the judges, and after being recommended for All-State by her choral teacher, Samantha McShane. Taylor has been singing in her school chorus since fourth grade and has attended NYSSMA since level I in fifth grade. Learn more...

Chatham Welcomes New Assistant Principal at CHS

Eric PapandreaPlease welcome Eric Papandrea to the Chatham Central School District. Mr. Papandrea is the new assistant principal for Chatham High School and comes to us from the Hoosic Valley Central School District, where he was director of athletics and taught social studies at the high school. As assistant principal at Chatham High, he is in charge of student discipline and professional development for teaching assistants, and acts as the District’s home tutoring liaison. The Board of Education appointed Papandrea to the assistant principal position on September 13th. He has eleven-years’ experience as a public high school educator and holds a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in school building leadership as well as a master’s degree in teaching. Learn more...

Letter from Superintendent Nuciforo Regarding Water Remediation Results

September 15 - Dear CCSD Families,
I wanted to provide you with another update on our water remediation. We have now received all of the test results from our first phase of remediation work completed this summer, which involved replacing all water fixtures used for drinking water or food preparation that showed elevated levels for lead, and retesting them. I am pleased to report that all of our outlets used for food preparation and most of our drinking water outlets tested at acceptable levels and are now safe to use. However, there were some outlets where replacing the fixtures did not effectively remediate the lead. Those areas will need additional remediation measures and will remain shut off until we have confirmed they are safe to use. Read more...

Mark ConnellyConnelly Named CMS Dean of Students

The Board of Education has appointed Mark Connelly as dean of students at Chatham Middle School. Prior to becoming dean, Mr. Connelly worked as a social studies teacher at the middle school for the past twenty years, teaching eighth grade students for most of that time. As dean, he now oversees matters concerning student discipline and attendance, heads up the school’s Positive Academic Learning Skills (PALS) program, and promotes positive behaviors with at risk students, among other duties. Connelly’s appointment was made official by the Board at its September 13th meeting. Learn more...

BOE Adopts 2016-17 Goals

At its September 13th meeting, the Board of Education adopted Chatham Central School District's goals for the 2016-17 school year. View CCSD goals here...

custodians enjoying mealBooster Clubs Honor Buildings & Grounds Staff

The Fine Arts Booster Club and Athletic Booster Club teamed up to honor Chatham Central School District’s hard-working buildings & grounds staff. Our maintenance and custodial crews, who were busy all summer making sure our facilities were ready for the start of new school year, were treated to a continental breakfast and a sausage & peppers and pulled pork lunch, compliments of the booster clubs.
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Early Dismissal Oct. 24

Early dismissal for staff development Monday, October 24. School will dismiss students at the following times:

CMS 11:45am

MED Noon

CHS 12:10pm


BOE Meeting Oct. 25

Board of Education Meeting, 6:30pm in the HS library


Faculty B-ball Game Oct. 26

The 8th annual Faculty vs. Faculty basketball game takes place Wednesday, October 26th, 6:30pm at the High School. The CHS staff takes on CMS/MED staff in a fundraiser game to support our girls basketball program. Admission is $1 for students and $2 for adults. See who's playing...


No School November 8

Tuesday, November 8 is a District Conference Day - No School


Guys & Dolls Nov 4-6 @ CMS

CMS presents its musical Guys & Dolls Jr. in the CMS auditorium, 7pm Friday & Saturday, November 4 & 5, and 2pm Sunday, November 6.


The Tragedy of Julius Caesar

Nov 11 & 12

Chatham High School's Fall Festival of Shakespeare presents The Tragedy of Julius Caesar Friday & Saturday, November 11 & 12, 7pm in the HS auditorium.


    Student Physicals

    Dr. Curry will be available at CCSD for students needing physicals on Nov. 16, Dec. 7, Feb. 15, and March 1. If you believe your child needs a physical, please contact your school nurse.