Chatham Middle School

Amy Potter, Principal


Honor Roll, 3rd Quarter

CMS congratulates our students who earned high honors and honors for the third quarter of the 2016-17 school year. See who made the grade...

Admissions Advisor Talks College Planning with 8th Graders

Joe Kelly from Siena College speaks to eighth graders at CMS It’s never too early to start planning for college! As part of our guidance department’s 8th-grade-to-9th-grade transition program, eighth graders heard from guest speaker Joe Kelly, an admissions advisor with Siena College, about what colleges are looking for in t prospective applicants. Mr. Kelly shared the eight major factors colleges look at when considering students for acceptance. Using giant flash cards as he talked, he invited the students to help him put each factor in its order of importance. Learn more...

Hard Work & Teamwork

Rocky Pane and Destynie Summers talk to studentsDuring March and April, CMS is celebrating the themes of Hard Work and Teamwork. On March 31, we invited several Chatham graduates to speak to our students about how hard work, teamwork, good decision making, and role models all helped them meet their goals. They also talked about overcoming adversity allowed them to find their internal strength, particularly during their middle school years. Special thanks to our guests Rocky Payne, Katie Kraham, Destynie Summers and Dan Kneller for taking time to share their experiences with our students.


students watch thier Ozobot naviate around a trackIn March, 6th grade Project-Based Technology students connected the digital and physical worlds by experimenting with Ozobots, tiny robots that can be programmed with a desktop computer. Students could direct their robots to perform simple commands such as move forward, turn left, turn right, stop, flash its lights, and more. By linking commands together using coding blocks, the students could then program their robots to complete tasks, such as navigate around a track or put on a light show. Learn more...

Kids Club Meets Service Club

service club at Kids ClubThe Chatham Middle School Service club headed over to Chatham Kids Club at the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School for the afternoon of March 23rd. The middle schoolers created a fun experience for the younger children with face painting, games, crafts, and slime making! The CMS Service Club is advised by school counselor Jackie Hoffman and its members conduct a community service-related project each month during the school year.

Pro Cellist Leads Masterclasses at CHS & CMS

Sarah Miller plays cello alongside CMS student during masterclassOrchestra students across the district 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...

Newberry Award Reading Group

Newberry book group discussing the title PaxMrs. Eager, school librarian, and Mrs. Debye-Saxinger, 7th grade English teacher, are piloting a mock Newberry Award reading group this year with 15 7th graders. Between January and April, the students will read a total of five titles that were nominated as contenders for the prestigious Newberry Award and meet in the school library for book club discussions during lunch. In April, they will vote on which book should be nominated for the first ever CMS Newberry Book Award. Learn more...

image of Eddie Allen and Kelly Shanahan alking with students at the stageMentor Students Enjoy Enhanced Theatre Experience

The CMS Mentor Club enjoyed a great play March 2nd at The Theatre Institute at Sage in Troy. Actors Kelly Shanahan and Eddie Knight, both Chatham High School graduates, took time to speak to our students about their journeys into drama and play production, starting from their debuts here at Chatham Middle School. The play, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, is about the children of the Holocaust.

"Amazing Women" Guest Speakers

Danielle Mackey talks with studentsAs part of Chatham Middle School’s “Amazing Women” theme, the 6th grade had some amazing women in to speak February 17 about their life journeys, the paths they took that led them to their current careers, and the obstacles they had to overcome. The guest speakers were Danielle Mackey (pictured), a social worker at Albany Medical Center, Mrs. Case, a recreational therapist, and Dana Rosenstreich, a director at the NYS Office of Information Technology Services.

David DeCelle talks with CMS studentsCyber Safety

David Decelle from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) spent the morning of February 17 at Chatham Middle School talking with students about safe online practices. As part Chatham CSD's social media curriculum, the Middle School guidance & counseling department invited Mr. Decelle in to lead cyber-safety assemblies for grades six, seven, and eight. Learn more...

Hidden Figures, Amazing Women

students watching film at Crandell TheatreAs part of Chatham Middle School's "Amazing Women" theme for February, the 7th and 8th grades headed to the Crandell Theatre on Main Street to see the film Hidden Figures, the before untold story of three brilliant African-American women who worked for NASA and were the brains behind the launch of astronaut John Glenn into space. It was very inspiring for our youth to share in the themes of the movie. The February 16 event was sponsored by the Chatham Education Foundation of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.  

2017 Science & Technology Fair

student shows off science projectDid you know that a lemon produces more electricity than, say, an apple, clementine, or grape? Or that you can remove an egg’s shell without breaking it by soaking it in vinegar? Or, if you wrap exactly 594 rubber bands around a watermelon (producing 37.12 PSI), it will explode? These answers and more could be found at Chatham Middle School’s 2017 Science and Technology Fair, held February 15th in the school gymnasium. This annual event encourages students to take learning into their own hands using scientific processes. Learn more...

6th Grade's Efforts Add Up During St. Jude's Math-A-Thon

Students who participated in the sixth grade Math-A-ThonChatham’s sixth grade participated in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Math-A-Thon in January. The Math-A-Thon is a math-enrichment fundraiser with a real-world purpose; together, our sixth graders raised $4,182 to continue St. Jude's fight against cancer and other life-threatening childhood diseases. The students set personal fundraising goals, solicited sponsors, and completed math problem booklets during class to raise the money. Learn more...


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