Chatham Central School District

John Thorsen, Principal


Katharine Schassler, Mrs. DiIorio Honored at CASDA Scholars Recognition Dinner

Kate Schaaler and Mrs. DilorioCongratulations to CHS senior Katharine Schassler and math teacher Jennifer DiIorio, who were honored guests at this year’s Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) Scholars Recognition Dinner. This annual event recognizes high achieving high school seniors and the teachers who impact them the most. Kate and Mrs. DiIorio attended the dinner May 17 at the Albany Marriott, where they were honored alongside other outstanding students and teachers from around the Capital Region. Learn more...

Chatham Fields Four Scholar Athlete Teams

Four varsity teams from Chatham High School qualified as Scholar Athlete Teams for the spring, 2017 season. Our softball, baseball, boys tennis, and girls track teams each made the grade and will receive a certificate from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) recognizing their accomplishments. In order to qualify, a team must hold a collective grade point average (GPA) of 90 or better with at least 75 percent of the athletes on the roster. In addition, any varsity athlete who holds a personal GPA of 90 or higher is eligible to receive a scholar athlete pin from the NYSPHSAA. Including the boys track team, 36 panthers will receive pins this spring!

Artist Shares Her Work, Techniques with Students

Barbara Bernstein talks with studentsArtist Barbara Bernstein visited CHS over a two-day period this May to work with our students during their art class. On her first day, Ms. Bernstein discussed her work, which includes public art projects such as visual enhancements for seven stations of the Virginia Transit System, as well as installations, drawing, and collage. On her second day, Bernstein led the students through three drawing exercises that emphasized concentration and paying attention. Learn more...

boys tennis team with class c/d championship plaque Chatham Boys Tennis Sectional Champions

Congratulations to Chatham High School’s boys varsity tennis team, who are the 2017 Class C/D Boys Tennis Champions! The boys took down Lake George with a 5-2 victory during the Section 2 tennis finals held May 17th.

The team finishes the season with an overall record of 13-3. Great job Panthers!

varstiy softball teamVarsity Softball Patroon Conference Champs

Congratulations to Chatham High School’s varsity softball team, who finished up their regular season undefeated and clinched the 2017 Patroon Conference Championship! The girls record stands at 14-0 in the league and 15-0 overall.

The girls hold the number 5 spot in the Class C state rankings as they head into sectional play. Go Panthers!

Honor Roll

CHS is proud to announce the names of our students who earned honors and high honors for the third quarter of 2016-17. See who made the grade...

Panthers Spread Love of Reading @ MED

Ryan Alderdice and Curtis Buchan reading to third gradersSome of Chatham’s varsity baseball players headed up to MED during their lunch or study hall to be mystery readers for 3rd grade classes. Pictured here are junior Ryan Alderdice and sophomore Curtis Buchan reading to the students. Other readers included juniors Aidan Jackson and Caleb Doyle. The ball players joined a whole host of mystery readers from the community who have been dropping in to MED as part of the PTA’s “I Love Reading Month,” which promotes reading and literacy in many different ways throughout the month of May.  

Community Service Club at Whittier Center

Maddie Baccaro, Catherine Cruz, and Anna Kratt with Whittier Activities Director Karen Lent.  The 2016-17 school year has seen a great partnership develop between the CHS Community Service Club and the Whittier Center in Ghent. The students have sent seasonal and holiday greeting cards to Whittier 's approximately 85 residents five times this school year. The club has also provided prizes for grab bag bingo throughout the year. During their latest card drop off, some senior club members led the bingo activity. Pictured are club members Catherine Cruz, Anna Kratt, and Maddie Baccaro with Whittier Activities Director Karen Lent. 

Verma Named Outstanding Business Student

Mr. Loomis and Geetika Verma with awardCongratulations to senior Geetika Verma, who was recognized as Chatham's 2016-2017 Outstanding Business Education Student. Each year, local school districts' business departments recognize a student who has taken numerous business classes and has exhibited outstanding academic achievement, citizenship, and a positive attitude. The Business and Marketing Educators' Association of the Capital District (BMEA) sponsored an awards dinner May 4th at the Radisson Hotel in Albany to recognize Geetika and other outstanding business students from area schools. Learn more...

Staff Appreciation Never Tasted So Good

Tyler Stetz cooking chicken outside the high schoolOn May 5th, students at Chatham High School showed their appreciation for their teachers by cooking them up a high-quality meal from scratch. Senior Tyler Stetz, who is studying culinary arts at Questar III, took it upon himself to cook up enough chicken for the entire faculty, complete with his own homemade rub, barbecue sauce, and potato salad.
The Food Prep class rounded out the meal with a delicious macaroni salad and house salad.

NHS Induction

On May 3, Chatham High School inducted 31 members into National Honor Society with a special ceremony held that evening in the school’s auditorium. These students have excelled in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. Congratulations to the members of NHS for the Class of 2018. Learn more...

Aboard the Clearwater

students sail aboard the ClearwaterEnvironmental Science students and the Ecology Club sailed out of Kingston aboard the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater in search of adventure and clues to what lay beneath them in the river. The Clearwater’s educator-sailors showed our students how man the rudder and steer the vessel, raise the sails, and use navigational tools. The group also conducted water chemistry tests, caught and discussed different types of fish, and trawled for microplastic pollution. Learn more...

Battle of the Belts

students competing in the Battle of the BeltsChatham High School held its 2017 preliminary Battle of the Belts competition on April 26. Teams of four students competed to see which could buckle into and out of the seats of a minivan in the fastest time. Hosted by SADD, the event encourages safe driving habits among teens. The "Bucklin' Bunnies," who were the team with the fastest time, will compete at the "World Championship Battle of the Belts" at Sean’s Run on April 30th here at CHS. Learn more...

Washington, D.C. Trip 2017

Supreme Court building in Washington DCChatham High School’s Washington D.C. trip was a tremendous success. This year our students had the opportunity to experience one of the most significant cities in the world, including the National Zoo, the Smithsonian Institution on our National Mal, and the monuments that have made the D.C. skyline so famous. Sunday was spent at Arlington National Cemetery where they viewed the Kennedy graves, the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Robert E. Lee’s mansion, and Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Learn more...

Students of the Quarter

CHS congratulates our Students of the Quarter for third quarter! These students were selected by our faculty to be honored for their fine work and contribution to the class. See list of awardees...

Excellence in Effort Award

CHS congratulates all students who earned our Excellence in Effort Award for third quarter. Teachers nominate students to receive this award, which recognizes individuals for their diligence, reliability, and motivation in class. See list of awardees...

Chris Herren Calls on Students to "Write Your Own Story"

Chris Herren talks to students in auditoriumFormer NBA player and recovering addict Chris Herren was at Chatham High School April 11 to talk with our students about drugs, alcohol, and self-worth. Herren's visit to our school was a remarkable event made possible through a partnership with Columbia Pathways to Recovery as well as a grant from the Chatham Education Foundation and other community donors. Herren also spoke to parents and our community at large during a second event hosted by CPR that evening. The Register Star was there to cover Herren's in-school visit. Read article...

Take Action Night

students with take action night displayOn April 6, sophomores took on social ills that exist in today’s world with a multi-faceted exhibit. The exhibit stemmed from a research and writing project that went well beyond the classroom. In it, CHS English teacher Tanya Russell encouraged her students to do more than make observations about a particular atrocity or human rights violation, to take it a step further by creating projects with real-world purpose, projects that took action. Learn more...

Suicide Prevention Starts with You

Student perform skit during Yellow Ribbon training While suicide accounts for thousands of deaths each year, it is entirely preventable. With this in mind, Chatham High School’s Yellow Ribbon Team led suicide prevention training for every student in their school over the course of March 24 and 27. The Yellow Ribbon Team, 38 students in all, presented their peers with the facts, warning signs, and risk factors of suicide, as well as simple ways to get help if they or someone they know ever needs it. Learn more...

Pro Cellist Leads Masterclasses at CHS & CMS

Sarah Miller plays with the CHS orchestraOrchestra students enjoyed having an artist-in-residence when professional cellist Sarah Miller visited Chatham March 13. Ms. Miller performed for the students, shared some of her considerable technique, and ran a series of masterclasses with students at the high school and middle school. HS/MS strings teacher Courtney Miller invited Sarah to Chatham to talk to her students about being a professional musician and to give a little inspiration to those who are preparing for the NYSSMA Solo & Small Ensemble Festival this April. Learn more...




    District Closed May 29

    All CCSD schools and offices will be closed Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.


    Sports Awards Night June 5

    Our Spring Varsity Sports Awards Night is Monday, June 5, 7pm in the HS auditorium.

    Regents/Finals Schedule

Students and parents can have Chatham High School's daily morning announcements emailed to them. Send us your written request here...