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Dr. Cheryl Nuciforo, Superintendent



Chatham Middle School Celebrates Arbor Day

Chatham Middle School celebrated Arbor Day, June 9th.  A history of Arbor Day and Tree Dedication was presented by Student Council President, Tim Magner.

The CMS Character P.E.A.C.E. Club (Promoters, Educators, and Advocates for Character Education) created a paper Arbor Day tree in the hallway in front of the office with a paper leaf from each student, stating what they did for community service this year.  One outstanding student and one outstanding staff member were honored by the club members during the Arbor Day ceremony.  Eighth grader, Gavin Shelow was recognized for being honored with the “Family of Rotary Award” for his commitment as a volunteer.  He has supported the Rotary Harvest sale, he has volunteered to ring the bell for the Salvation Army, volunteered at the COARC/Salvation Army party, collected Christmas gifts for Adopt-a-Family, worked at the 8th grade Vendor Fair, is a member of the Skate Park Committee and volunteers for road side clean up. Click here for more.


Chatham Staff and Students Build for Habitat for Humanity

On June 6th Habitat for Humanity began another house in Hudson.  Industrious members of the high school football team along with their coaches and middle school faculty helped build and raise the walls of the most recent house being built by Columbia County Habitat for Humanity.  Middle school faculty members Jason Kahn, Celia Hetterich, Barb fuss, Kristine Mackowski, Laura Grill, Debby Roth, retired teacher Sandi Asmussen and Mr. Will Van Alystne joined forces with high school football team members and coaches, Will Van Alstyne, Ted Himmel, Mark Dwyer (coach), Shawn Caldwell (assistant coach), Tyler McCagg, Brandon Howard, and Stephen Jennings.   While having a great time, the participants had a chance to hone and learn new construction skills while helping a family of five build their own home.  As is the case with local Habitat houses, this one will be constructed by the partner family and volunteers in twenty days over the course of the summer.  Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to participate.  For more information on Columbia County Habitat for Humanity go to or call 392-9286.


Owl Pellets

By: Ashley Welch, Student

      We just got done reading Owl In The Shower by Jean Craighead George. We learned about how the spotted owl is an endangered species and what the government is doing to save the spotted owl.  Mrs. Rossi and Miss Gambino also taught us all about spotted owls.  We learned about what they eat, and that when they are young their mothers break apart their food for them.  Also, we learned about their habitat, how they imprint, and many other things.
      Yesterday, we were able to explore owl pellets. There were 3 kids in a group. First we had to tear the pellet apart.  Fur and feathers and bones fell out onto the paper.  We used tweezers to pull it apart even more and pick the bones we found.  We found a lot of bones like skulls, legs, ribs, and jaws of the animals that were eaten by owls.  Our groups sorted the bones on a chart so that we could tell what kind of animals they were. 
      I think this was a fun activity to do with our classmates.

MED Fourth Grade Student is a Finalist in the Invention Convention!

MED’s fourth grade student Chloe Erickson has done it again! Chloe was chosen to be one of the 25 Regional Finalists in the Invention Convention 2009. She will be invited to a regional ceremony in Binghamton, NY in June. Last month, Chloe was one of 100 semifinalists chosen out of 1,100 entries. All 100 students were asked to construct a model of their invention in order to be considered for the Top 25. Chloe made a model of her " Scald Free Coffee Strip" which was on display in the Invention Convention Exhibit for the month of May. On May 28, 2009, there was a reception and awards ceremony at the Schenectady Museum honoring the semifinalists. Miss Gambino and Mrs. Goodwin are proud of Chloe and look forward to seeing her invention in the supermarket someday!

Chatham Middle School Visits Little Brook Horse Rescue Farm

Chatham Middle School Students visited Little Brook Horse Rescue Farm, May 22nd as a service learning experience.  Each of the fourteen, seventh and eighth grade students was paired with one of the rescued horses to research their backgrounds and how they came to Little Brook Farm for a home and rehabilitation.  Little Brook Farm owner and operator, Lynn Cross visited the middle school and spoke with the students about her farm that was established in 1977 and the B.I.T.S. Program (Balanced Innovative Teaching Strategies, Inc.) which combines a multi-faceted educational approach with both traditional and therapeutic riding instruction, providing services to more than 80 schools, organizations, and agencies. Click here for more.


First Year Teachers Complete 15 Hours of Inservice Training

The following first year teachers completed 15hours of Inservice and were celebrating their last class: Barbara Czolowski, Paul Vachiraprapun, Chelsea Donovan, Frank DeCrescenzo, Jodie Sullivan, Dan Kohler, and Ashley Gerace.  Congratulations!


A Great Assembly!

Written by: Nick Avenia and Kenny Sperl
Grade 4, Mrs. Kathy Cioffi


          On May 26, 2009, a man named Bill Robinson come to our school, M.E.D., for an assembly.  The man worked with animals.  He brought an owl, an alligator, a lizard, a snake, a hawk, a vulture, and a falcon.  He raised many of the animals from babies.   He rescued some of the others.

          Here are some of the things we learned.  The first animal he brought out was a hawk.  We learned that hawks like high places.  He let him fly and he fed him a frozen mouse.  Next he brought out a vulture.  When a vulture is scared he may throw up on an animal that is trying to attack him!

          We were surprised when he brought out a beautiful barred owl.  Owls sneak up on their prey by their special feathers that help them to fly quietly.  Another animal Mr. Robinson showed us was a small alligator.  Alligators help keep their eyes safe by withdrawing them into their skull. 

          Those were some of the highlights of this great assembly!

Chatham Middle School Students Visit Highpointe

Recently, ten Chatham Middle School students belonging to Mrs. Tanaka’s classroom meeting group visited Highpointe as a service learning experience.  They began by writing letters to the residents to learn about them and share information about their school experiences.  The students baked food for their visit and on the day of their visit they engaged residents in a patriotic sing along, worked on arts and crafts with them and played bingo.  Every one had a great time learning more about each other and students will be sharing their learning experience with their peers in the Middle School.


Parents as Reading Partners

  The M.E.D. PTA is sponsoring a program called Parents as Reading Partners.  This program encourages parents to read daily with their children.  At M.E.D. all parents are asked to read 15 minutes every day and to have their child return the green slip.  The program will run for 2 weeks and the responses are being tracked.  A graph by grade level is on the PTA bulletin board and the class with the highest response will be read over the announcements.


Chatham High School Envirothon Team Competes

CHS Envirothon team recently competed at the NYS Envirothon competition at Keuka College. The team had won the Columbia County spot at the Hudson Valley Regional Envirothon held on April 30th at the Sharpe Reservation in Fishkill.  The Envirothon tests knowledge of soils, aquatics, forestry, wildlife, and a current environmental issue (this year’s topic was Biodiversity in a Changing World).Thank you toTeam advisors: Mark Pearson and Sandy Fischer.
Team members include: Kailey Schillinger-Brokaw, Adrienne Antonson, Wade Okawa-Scannell, Aiko Okawa-Scannell, Madeleine Klingler. Great job team!

National Honor Society Inducts New Members

Congratulations to the new members of the National Honor Society. Click here for a complete listing of new honorees.


Flu Advisory Letter for Parents

Please Click Here for the Advisory notice regarding the Flu.

Chatham Central School District Budget Vote Results

The 2009-2010 School Budget was approved by voters by a vote of 542 to 301.  A proposition regarding the student ex-officio for the Board of Education also was approved by a vote of 608 to 201. For the Board of Education seats, John Wapner received 516 votes and Jeannean Cheney received 475 votes. John Wapner will serve for the full 3-year term. Jeannean Cheney will serve the remaining unexpired 1-year term of Ric Campbell. Thank you to all the district residents who came out to vote.

Chatham High School Student to Run in 2009 Down Under Games

CHS Junior Philip Mastrosimone has been invited to compete in cross country in the 2009 Down Under Games in Australia. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for him. Good luck Philip! For more information and to find out how to support Philip, click here.

Electricity Fair Shocks MED!

By Kate Schassler, Fourth Grader

On Friday, April 24, Mr. Stead’s fourth grade class held its second annual Electricity Fair at Mary E. Dardess Elementary School.     
This “mini-fair” had a total of 19 projects, all handmade by the students in Mr. Stead’s class. These projects included a homemade radio, an electromagnet, electric motors, working lighthouses and a 10,000 volt Jacob’s Ladder. This fair served as a finale to several weeks of study based on the topic of electricity.
“I wanted to give each student the chance to become a teacher for a day," said Stead. "They all did really well!"
Mr. Stead and Mr. Schassler, a father that came to the fair, both agree that it wasn’t the projects that wowed them, but it was the explanation of the projects that amazed them.
"By just listening to them for five minutes each," says Mr. Schassler, "it was like taking a whole college course!"

Rachel Freedman, far right, answers questions about her science project at the electricity fair.

Shawn Moore, fourth grader, demonstrates his homemade electric motor for onlookers.

Character/Wellness Day at Chatham Middle School

Recently, students at CMS participated in Character/Wellness Day. The day began with a school wide assembly presented by Joe Trionfero of the 'Show of Love'.  The performance was a fun-filled, music oriented presentation with a strong character message. Click here for more.

Chatham High School Hosts Staff Appreciation Day

Thursday, April 30th, Staff Appreciation was held at the High School. This is the fourth year that this event has been held and the High School Staff is very excited that it has now become a tradition at CHS! This year the Senior Class and their families co-ordinated a Mexican Feast which was chaired by Sue Maden and Cindy Crellin.  Grade level parent coordinators where Deb Potenburgh, 11th, Lisa Sirani, 10th and Darci Frederick, 9th.  Senior families contributed toward a staff room gift of flatware, glassware and assorted treats!  Thanks to everyone who contributed!

Letter to Parents

Please click to read the letter from the Superintendent regarding the recent flu outbreak.
Here are some other resources from the CDC regarding the flu outbreak.

2009-2010 Adopted Budget Click Here

Budget Vote is May 19

Battle of the Belts 2009

By Student Contributor: Jessica Diskin

Statistics show that teens do not buckle up and car crashes are the number one cause of death for teens. By hosting a Preliminary Battle of the Belts Competition the Chatham High School is encouraging their fellow students to make the right decisions and raise awareness about safe driving habits by putting on their seat belts when they get into a car. This years Battle of the Belts was held on Thursday, April 9th. In total 21 teams of four participated, including four faculty teams. Prizes such as prom tickets, Free Blizzards from DQ, and Crandall Theater Movie Passes were given away to the winners of the best Team T-Shirts ("Clowning Around Can Kill"), Best Team Name ("Buckle for Life and Survival"), as well as the teams with the fastest times. The overall fastest team with a time of 36.00 was "The Buckling Linebackers" which included Joe Cozzolino, Jordan Brahm, and David and Ryan Coon. These students will move on to compete against other school districts in the "World Championship Battle of the Belts" at Sean's Run on April 26th. Congratulations and Good Luck.



Students Get Rewarded for Reading!

Mrs. Hover’s first grade class was recently treated to a pizza party/pajama party!  The students had to turn in their reading logs (they had to read 15 minutes a night every night from February break until April break) stating that they had done their reading.  Every student had to do it in order for the party to happen.  All the students did their reading and they were rewarded with a party complete with guest readers (parents and grandparents) who read them their favorite childhood book, fun learning centers, word searches, and of course pizza all while wearing their pajamas! 





Fourth Grade Student Selected as a Semi-Finalist in the Invention Convention 2009

Miss Gambino and Mrs. Goodwin challenged a group of ten fourth graders to design a new invention. All 10 students had to think of a problem they wished to solve and then come up with a solution. Students had to fill out an invention disclosure form and draw a sketch of their invention. Upon completion, all forms and drawings were sent to the Schenectady Museum to be entered into the Invention Convention 2009 contest.  Each disclosure was reviewed for originality and creativity, as well as practicality. 

Miss Gambino submitted 10 inventions from the 4th grade. Chloe Erickson was one of 1,100 participants to be selected as a semi-finalist. Chloe’s invention is called the Scald Free Strip. The strip goes on top of a coffee lid and changes colors depending on the temperature of the coffee. Chloe will make a model of her invention to be sent to the Schenectady Museum.  Her invention will be on display from May 2nd – 28th.

The next phase of the competition is to choose 25 regional winners out of the 100 semifinalists.  Those chosen will participate in a statewide ceremony in Binghamton honoring winners from all competitions throughout the state. A reception and awards assembly will be held at the Schenectady Museum on May 28, 2009, when the 25 regional winners will be announced.

Summer Opportunities for Students with Special Needs

Applications for  programs listed below are available in the Office of Pupil Services, MED Room 301, or by calling 392-2417.

ACES Determination Scholarship
$500. scholarship for graduating high school students with a disability, who are residents of Columbia County, and who have been accepted to matriculate in an undergraduate college-level program. Open to students with IEPs or 504 plans. Applications are due by May 1.

Camp Mahican
A free four-week day camp in Copake, operated during the month of July, for students ages 6-15 who are diagnosed with a disability or who have an IEP. Bussing is available from Chatham. Interested families are encouraged to apply quickly as the camp usually fills all openings.

Pre-College Summer Experience
A program designed by the NYS Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities, for high school juniors and seniors with disabilities who are interested in a college education. Students spend one week living on the campus of the University at Albany as they learn about a college experience and about the special skills needed by students with a disability. Applications are due by May 1, 2009.  There is a $125. fee.

Summer Arts Grant
Summer Arts Grants are awarded by COARC to students who are residents of Columbia County and who are enrolled in special education programs. Grant money must be used to defray tuition or expenses associated with the student’s art, music, or dance lessons during the summer months. Applications are due by May 1, 2009.

Congratulations Class of 2009 for Your College Acceptances!

Graduation is rapidly approaching and the Chatham Central School District would like to congratulate the senior class for the acceptance into a wide variety of colleges. The senior class should be proud of their accomplishments thus far! Click here for the complete list.

2009-10 Budget

At its April 21st meeting the Board of Education unanimously adopted the 2009-10 Educational Plan and Budget in the amount of $26,808,966 which represents a 0.98% increase as compared to the current year’s budget. It is estimated that the tax levy increase will be 1.55%. Included in the budget are several budgetary proposals including the one-bell transportation system which will be implemented in September, 2009. Also, the Board decided not to reduce one building level administrator position as previously proposed. As a result, the district will be posting the elementary principal vacancy on OLAS and other local publications. The selection process will include representatives from the school-community with a recommendation to the Board of Education no later than June 30th. For more information regarding the budget, please Click Here

The budget vote is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19th in the Mary E. Dardess Gymnasium from 9am to 9pm.

Staff Trains for Emergency Response

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are devices used to apply electrical current to attempt to regulate a heart that is contracting improperly. In a cardiac emergency, early by-stander CPR and early defibrillation are vital links in the chain of survival.  Chatham Central Schools maintain 5 AEDs; one located in the lobby of each building and two used by athletic teams.  While we hope the AEDs are never needed, the District supports on-going staff training, equipment maintenance and resupply to ensure that we are prepared to respond in the event of an emergency.

Recently, Chatham’s custodial staff spent an evening training in CPR and AED use with Dr. Jean Scheriff and Mrs. Debbie Lammerts.  Custodial staff are always on duty when the school buildings are open for public use, so it makes sense to have all custodians, in addition to other staff members such as coaches, trained to use AEDs.  This annual training event allows custodial workers to refresh and practice skills needed to respond to choking, respiratory arrest and/or cardiac arrest in infants, children and adults.  The staff uses the District’s AEDs in a variety of training scripts to simulate emergency events.  Staff members demonstrated high skill levels during both practical and written tests and all received American Heart Association CPR and AED for Healthcare providers certification.

Congratulations to the following staff member for their successful recertification:

                          Mr. Donald Faulkner          Mr. Patrick Curry
                          Mr. Matt Torrey                 Mr. Patrick Hermance
                          Mr. Domenic Fiorillo         Ms. Kathleen Patton
                          Mr. Richard Faulkner         Mr. Brian Navom
                          Mr. David Wheeler               Mr. Derrick Ashley
                          Mr. Bill Powell                   Mr. Edwin Taylor
                          Mr. Timothy Mead

Chatham Middle and High School Students Attend Youth Leadership Summit at the Academy for Character Education at the Sage Colleges

Chatham Middle and High School students and staff advisors attended the Youth Leadership Summit at the Academy for Character Education at the Sage Colleges in Troy, March 26th.  Chatham students and staff participated in leadership workshops during the day with students and staff from Catholic Central, Catskill, Cohoes, Hoosic Valley, Lansingburgh, Rensselear HS, and Schodack (Maple Hill). 


The Chatham students from the middle school and high school that attended are trained as members of NCBI (National Coalition Building Institute).  NCBI students are trained as leaders to address respecting diversity and building a caring school environment.  In their perspective schools, these students are actively involved in facilitating classroom meeting workshops in appreciating diversity.  The Youth Summit offered workshops in Cyber bullying, Justice and Fairness, Clear Communications, and Citizenship. Students and staff will add this knowledge and experience to increase the value of their NCBI training

Chatham Middle School Students and Advisors:

Bottom row right to left: Nikki Favre, Jackie Hoffman (Advisor/Counselor), Samantha Zucco, Destynie Summers, Kaitlin Pearson, Carolyn Beer

Top row right to left: Ayla Yener, Ryder Simmons, Camille Freedner (Advisor/TA), Dominic Shelow, Max Lagonia, Kody Skype, and Sierra Shufelt


Chatham High School Students and Advisors:

Seated right to left:  Mark Dwyer (Advisor/ Math Teacher), Emily Latham, Adam Harrison, Lauren Kneller, Amanda Hernandez, Rachel Kremer

Standing right to left: Ryan Behrens, Tracy Kelly (Advisor/Social Worker), Abby Berninger, and Lily Siegel

Chatham Middle School Holds "What's Happening at CMS" and Science Fair

CMS recently held their annual “What’s Happening at CMS” and Science Fair.  Students work was displayed throughout the school and the Science Fair was held in the gymnasium.  The PTSA held a Book Fair in the cafeteria as well and offered a $5 voucher to the students winning recognition and the winner of the Principal’s Award.   

Students were formally judged during the school day and awards were given to four outstanding students in each grade along with a Principal’s Award for each grade.  The students could choose to work with a partner or alone.

 A Science Fair Art Logo contest was held in February.  The winning logo was used to make the Science Fair pins and decorate the brochures for the Science Fair. 

CMS thanks our science teachers who judged the fair, for their time and energy devoted to the education of the scientific method and the inspiration they ignite in the participants.  The judges were: Tom Borgen - Team 7, Janet Ewers - Team 6, Laura Grill – Team 5, Jason Kahn – Team 8, John Kilcer – Team 6, Denise King – Team 5, Sara Murray – Team 6, and Paul Vachiraprapun – Team 7/8. CMS paid tribute to John Kilcer and Denise King for their participation in the last Science Fair before they retire in June. 


Click here for a list of Science Fair Recognitions!

Left to Right: Science Fair Art Logo Contest Winner Meg Hermance; Fifth Grade Winner Cassandra Pearson.


Left to Right: Principal Fitting and Assistant Principal Burud hand out Science Fair Recognitions; Displays at the School.

Chatham Central School District 10K Challenge
By Melony Spock, Wellness Committee Member

During January and February, 124 staff members at  the MED, Middle School, High School and Transportation Department participated in the Chatham Central School District 10K Challenge.  Participants donated $5 to enter and received a pedometer and a water bottle, which were donated by Columbia Memorial Hospital’s Community Health Services division.  Participants were encouraged to wear their pedometer each day and were challenged to walk 10,000 steps per day.  Everyone who walked 10,000 steps a day was entered into a prize raffle, the more days staff members walked, the more times they were entered to win a prize.  Prizes were purchased with the registration money that was collected from each participant. 

Here is the breakdown by school of the number of participants in the 10K Challenge:



Number of Participants


Amy Gambino


Middle School

Keara Lombardi


High School

Val Persons



Theresa Hughes

Wanda Gawron



Each building held a wrap up event and awarded prizes.  The high school reported that they may even do the 10K program in the spring, when the weather allows people to walk outside.  The program generated a lot of excitement and enthusiasm from participants. 

Letter to Parents Regarding One-Bell Transportation System

March 27, 2009

Dear Parent/Guardian:                                                                                     

As you may know, the Board of Education is considering a proposal to implement a one-bell transportation system for September, 2009.  Last year, the Board hired a consultant to conduct a feasibility study which was presented to the public on December 16th. The Board directed the Interim Superintendent to develop a proposal for a one-bell transportation system that would meet Chatham's needs. On March 10th, the 2009-10 Proposed Budget was presented including the one-bell system. 
At 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 31st, a Town Hall Meeting has been scheduled to seek additional input from the community regarding the one-bell transportation system.  The Board of Education will meet on April 7th and April 21st at which time the Board will decide whether or not to include the one-bell transportation system in the budget to be presented to the voters.   
This question and answer document is intended to address the many questions that have been raised by parents and staff members.  Although the proposal will need further refinement, this document should serve as a general guide regarding the implementation of a one-bell transportation system. 


Lee A. Bordick,
Interim Superintendent of Schools

Click here for Document

Hats on For Patients at Chatham High School

On Friday, March 20th, students at Chatham High School went “Hats On” for Patients.  For a $1 donation, students received a pass to wear their hats in school for the day.  All proceeds went to benefit childhood cancer research and programming.  Events like this help to increase survival rates for children living with cancer.  The survival rate for childhood leukemia, the most common form of childhood cancer, has increased from 3% in 1954 to 88% in 2008.  These events also help offer parents and educators important resources to assist the integration of children back into the classroom following cancer treatment.  The school collected $160 to donate. This event was sponsored by the school’s character education committee in conjunction with the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.

Chatham Middle School Honored for Commitment to Character Education

Chatham Middle School was one of thirteen schools in New York State honored Wednesday March 18 by The Academy for Character Education at The Sage Colleges for their commitment to character education.  Congratulations to everyone in the building.  Chatham Middle School is really proud of the staff and students!

2009-2010 Draft Budget Proposed

A draft of the 2009-2010 budget was presented at the March 10, 2009 meeting of the Board of Education. Click here to see the proposed budget highlights.

The Board of Education encourages your attendance at their upcoming meetings at the Chatham High School on:

  • March 24, 2009, 6:30 pm
  • March 31, 2009, 6:00-6:30 pm - BOCES Budget Presentation
    6:30 pm – Town Hall Meeting on One-Bell Transportation Proposal
  • April 7, 2009, 6:30
  • April 21, 2009, 6:30 pm - Board’s Adoption of the 2009-2010 Budget for Voter Approval
  • May 12, 2009– Budget Hearing, 6:30 pm

May 19, 2009 Annual Budget Vote
M.E.D. Elementary School Gymnasium
9:00 am-9:00 pm

Chatham High School Athletes Receive Scholarships

Congratulations to Hayley Madsen and Leah Wightman as they have both received athletic scholarships to run track in college.  Hayley will run for the Rhode Island Rams and Leah will run for the University at Buffalo Bulls. Way to go! Congratulations!!

Left to Right: Hayley Madsen and Leah Wightman

Children's Book Author Rose Kent Visits Chatham Middle School Peer Mediators

Chatham Middle School Peer Mediators and Peer Mediator Coordinator, Mrs. Freedner had the pleasure of hosting Mrs. Rose Kent in the middle school, February 9th.  Rose Kent is a local children's book author and former naval officer. Her first book, Kimchi & Calamari, features a likeable and humorous Korean boy who is adopted.  She has received awards for this book including the Sunshine State award in Florida and it was recently selected for the Illinois' Rebecca Caudill master list. Her next book, ROCKY ROAD (Knopf Publishers) comes out in summer 2010 and is set in an ice cream shop in upstate NY. The main character helps find her voice by becoming a peer mediator, which the author learned about thanks to the Chatham Middle School Peer Mediators who showed her first-hand how mediations work by demonstrating a mock mediation.  The mediators were unaware of what the actors would present as their conflict.  Mrs. Kent experienced this unrehearsed mediation and then asked mediators candid questions about the process. Mrs. Kent was very impressed with the mediators poise, information and demonstration and continues to correspond with the mediators as she walks her character through this scenario. 

Chatham Middle School P.E.A.C.E. Club Pass Out "Peaceful Hearts"

Character P.E.A.C.E. Club members Samanatha Oram, Cassidy Flanagan and Callie Buchan and Faith Avens pass out “Peaceful Hearts” to students in the cafeteria.  Students could choose one of the Six Pillar colored hearts and recognize a student that was fulfilling their Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pledge by practicing the Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship

Chatham High School Students Recognized for their Athletic Achievements

Recently at a varsity basketball game Emily Brown and Andrew Knight were honored for their individual athletic achievements.  Emily Brown was named "MY 4 TV / US Army Student-athlete of the week last fall for her contributions on and off the field.  Andrew Knight was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's Adidas Scholar All American Team.  He was one of 33 nationwide.  Congratulations to these athletes!

Chatham Middle School Spirit Week

The CMS PTSA sponsored CMS Spirit Week February 9th to February 13th.  There was a week long full of events.  Monday was hat or scarf day, Tuesday was sports shirt day, Wednesday was crazy tie day, Thursday was music shirt day, and Friday was school colors day.  All week long grade level teams have been competing for points to earn a cash prize of $500 for their class.

PTSA members sponsored games in the gym during lunch for students to earn points for their grade level.  The PTSA also held a treasure hunt for a ‘spirit stick’.  Clues were given each day on the announcements.  A penny collection was also held and the grade with the most pennies received all the money collected to be used for a class event.  Classes could decorate their homeroom door for extra points.  Friday ended Spirit Week with a performance from a hip hop/jazz dance group from NYC which everyone enjoyed. 

Everyone in the middle school thanks the CMS P.T.S.A. members for all their time, donations and planning for a great week.  Students and staff signed a giant card of thanks that was presented to P.T.S.A. members Tammy Shaw (President), Mary-Noelle Fabiano (Co-Secretary), Taitia Shelow (Secretary) and Sue Oram (Vice President).


Left to Right: Students enjoy games hosted by the PTSA; Door Decorating


Left to Right: Students enjoy a hip hop performance; Giving thanks to the PTSA

What did the data show about Chatham students?

Parents have received a lot of information this school year about BMI-Body Mass Index.  The information campaign was part of Chatham’s preparation to participate in a new State reporting requirement. Chatham was one of a random selection of schools in New York State that were required to submit data on student BMI as part of the State’s efforts to fully understand the health status of school children.
            Private and school physicians documented student BMI as part of routine physicals required of students in grades kindergarten, two, four, seven, and ten. A total of 485 students were screened and their height, weight, gender and age were used to calculate a BMI.  A majority of students who were screened were reported by physicians to fall into the healthy weight category.  Please click on the link below to see a summary of District information and to view information on how to request a graph illustrating your child’s BMI.

Click here for more information

Chatham High School Senior Andrew Knight Honored

Andrew Knight, a Chatham High School Senior was recently named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s Adidas Scholar All American Team, one of only 33 players nationwide.  He was honored at the NSCAA convention in St Louis with the All American selections from high school and college.

To be selected to the team, players must be seniors who have a minimum 3.75 cumulative grade point average and have exhibited excellence in high school soccer. The committee evaluates the players’ academic and athletic information as well as involvement with their communities.

Andrew was also named to the NSCAA/Adidas Eastern Regional Scholar All American team, the NSCAA/Adidas New York State Small School All State Team, the New York State Sportswriters Association Class B All State team, was the Section 2 Class B Co-Player of the Year and the Patroon Conference Co-Player of the Year.  He is a member of and a starter on the Eastern New York State Olympic Development Program 1991 Team and was a starter on the Adirondack Scholastic Team in the Empire State Games.

Andrew finishes his Chatham HS soccer career as a 4 year varsity starter, winning the Class B Sectionals in 2005 under Coach Graham Osman and Patroon Conference Titles in 2007 and 2008 under Coach Justin Forrest.  For his career Andrew had 23 goals and 50 assists, setting the single season and career assist records for Chatham.  His 29 assists as a Senior are 2nd all time in Section 2 and 8th all time in New York State and his 50 career assists are 3rd all time in Section 2 and 21st all time in NYS. Congratulations Andrew!

Chatham Central School District Assures the Peanut Products in the District Are SAFE

The Chatham Central School District would like to assure the community that the peanut butter products in our schools are safe as per the New York State Commodity Division, which is a New York State agency. According to Barbara Murray, our Food Service Supervisor, the two suppliers Chatham uses have assured us that their products are safe and that the federal alert does not pertain to their products. Ms. Murray is in close contact with the State agency and suppliers. Notifications will be issued immediately if there are any changes in the status of our peanut butter supplies.

WASHINGTON, DC - January 23, 2009

The regulation and safety of peanut butter and peanut products is under the authority of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which is coordinating an ongoing investigation into the source of the recent Salmonella Typhimurium outbreak. This investigation resulted in the voluntary recall of product which was produced at the Peanut Corporation of America’s Blakely, Georgia plant. Although the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) did not purchase or distribute any products implicated in the recall, these products may have been obtained locally from commercial sources for use at USDA/Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) program sites. It is important that FNS program operators and participants regularly consult the current FDA list of
recalled products. This and additional information on the investigation and recall is available on the following links: and


Chatham Middle School Student Carl Aladin Wins 2009 Arbor Day National Poster Contest!

Carl Aladin from Mr. Kole’s homeroom was the Chatham Middle School winner in the 2009 Arbor Day National Poster Contest sponsored by Toyota.  This year’s theme is “Trees are Terrific…in Cities and Towns” and was designed to increase understanding of the importance of trees in a community. 
Carl’s winning poster is now eligible to compete in the state contest.  The New York State winner receives the honor of having their artwork replicated as the 2009 NYS Arbor Day Bookmark and will be invited to the New York State official Arbor Day Celebration in Albany.  The state winner is then eligible to compete in the National contest.  Chatham Middle School staff and students are very proud of Carl and wish him good luck in the state competition!

Chatham Middle School Holds 5th Annual Spelling Bee

The Chatham Middle School fifth annual spelling bee took place on January 26, 2009.  Eighth grader Caitlyn Gilligan and 6th grader Nikki Favre were the final contestants in the championship round.  Caitlyn Gilligan was the school-wide winner and will represent the school at the Regional spelling bee to take place at Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady on March 16th.  In addition, Caitlyn received a $15.00 gift certificate donated by the Chatham Book Store and a one-year subscription to Britannica online for kids.

Left to right:  Judges Jeff Kole (Spelling Bee Coordinator), Denise King, Caitlyn Gilligan (8th Grade Winner),  and Michele Debye-Saxinger (Co-Spelling Bee Coordinator).


Freezing Weather Offers an Impromptu Science Lesson

Chatham Middle Schools 8th grade science teacher, Jason Kahn, took advantage of the very cold weather recently and got creative for an exciting science experiment with his class.  This experiment was perfect as the classes are studying weather in their present science unit. 

The soap bubbles rise very fast in near zero temps due to the difference in temp of the air in the bubble versus the air temp outside.  Also the bubbles freeze and shatter like glass ornaments in these temperatures.  If you are lucky the bubble collapses first due to the pressure change as the temperature of the bubble drops.  The class was very interested in the hands on experiment!

Chatham Central School District Presented with a Plaque from the Tobacco-Free Healthy Schools Initiative

Chatham Interim Superintendent, Lee Bordick, recently accepted a plaque on behalf of the District Wellness Committee.  Mrs. Debra McDermott presented the plaque from the Tobacco-Free Healthy Schools Initiative congratulating the District for strengthening tobacco policies and practices and for demonstrating a commitment to providing a tobacco-free environment. 

Mrs. McDermott also helped the Wellness Committee in providing 500 stadium cups to be used at the “Panther Pride” day to communicate to the community that tobacco use is prohibited inside and outside of all school buildings. Wellness Committee members include: Sandy Fischer, Laurie Foster, Amy Gambino, Tracy Kelly, Keara Lombardi, Kate Lynch, Valerie Persons, Paula Ptaszek, Tammy Shaw, Melony Spock, John Thorsen, and Dr. Jean Scheriff.

Simona David of the Chatham Courier Visits MED 3rd Graders

Simona David and some third graders at MED talk about what it is like to be a reporter for a newspaper. The students have been working on interviewing teachers as well as writing about the Venice Unit for their Third Grade MED Newsletter and other events of interest in the third grade.


On Fridays at MED the Physical Education Department has all students in their class involved in some type of fitness activity.  In the fall and spring the students go to the High School track to walk, jog or run for their P.E. Class time. 
The third and fourth grade students keep track of their laps and miles and write them in their class folders before they leave the gymnasium.  The Kindergarten, first and second graders get stamps on the track every time they complete a ¼ of a mile.  During the winter months and on rainy days the classes will stay in the gym.  There are always two activities the students will be performing.  The outside part of the gym is their track and on the inside different activities such as jump roping or scooter riding (fitness related activities) will be done.

Chatham Middle School P.E.A.C.E. Club Participates in Assembly to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Members of the Chatham Middle School Character P.E.A.C.E. (Promoters, Educators and Advocates for Character Education) Club held an assembly to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

In their morning presentation they began the assembly with a video of photo clips of Dr. King’s life set to the music of “Love Will Find A Way”, by U2.  Members of the Character P.E.A.C.E. Club spoke about his many lifetime accomplishments and then played a video portion of his famous “I Have A Dream” speech.  Club members invited the Chatham Peace Project Choir to sing a song from the CD they are selling to raise money for “No More Victims” and organization which helps to bring young war victims to America for medical help.  They are supporting Sarah Zebin a young girl in Iraq caught in cross fire on her way home from school.  Sarah lost her leg and Chatham Peace Project is hoping to donate enough money to bring Sarah to Albany for a prosthetic leg. It was the hope of the CMS Character P.E.A.C.E. Club that students would see the importance of how they could help to change the world through caring and good deeds.

Club members asked students in the assembly to stand by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s path of peace, and sign a pledge in classroom meeting Friday morning to reject hatred, bigotry and prejudice, and to pledge to use peaceful ways to change how they think, talk and act toward others by adapting into their lives the Character Counts Six Pillars (Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship).  The assembly was closed with an inspirational video produced by Mark Johnson who started a movement called “Playing for Change: Peace Through Music”.  This video further showed what one person can do to create change. He has produced videos that bring together musicians from around the world, many who will never meet, but who play together through his video technology in the effort to foster greater understanding of our commonality. 

CMS Character Peace Club would like to thank their Club Advisor, Mrs. Freedner, Lisa Light and all the members of the Peace Project for performing, Mrs. Martino of the CMS Computer Lab for all her time and energy coordinating the videos, Mr. Curry our CMS Custodian who set the stage and Mr. Christensen our CMS Band Teacher for setting up the sound system.

SADD Conducts Random Seatbelt Check: Chatham High School Reaches 100% Success

Congratulations Chatham High School student drivers and passengers!  The CHS SADD Chapter conducted another random seatbelt check on Monday, January 26th and is proud to announce that of the 60 cars checked, EVERY driver and passenger was wearing their seatbelt.  100% Success!

The SADD Chapter periodically conducts these random seatbelt checks to see if teens are getting the message that “Buckling Up Saves Lives!”  This most recent check is evidence that they are.  The last time SADD conducted a random seatbelt check was in October where 98% of our student drivers and passengers were buckled.  This is an activity that has been done sporadically over the last three years and each time it is conducted, the results are better and better.  When the first check was done in June of 2007, only 88% of our students were found to be wearing their seatbelt when they arrived at school.

This activity goes hand in hand with our school’s character education program.  The character trait for the month of January is Responsibility.  The seatbelt check is done to see if our students are being responsible drivers and passengers and wearing their seatbelts. 

All sixty student drivers and passengers were rewarded with a certificate for a free snack in the school cafeteria.  Funding for this activity was provided in part by the Columbia County STOP DWI Program and the Sean Patrick French Memorial Grant.

Chatham Central School District Wellness Committee and the Columbia County Healthcare Consortium team up for nutrition!

The Chatham Central School District Wellness Committee recently received a gift of books on nutrition and fitness from the Columbia County Healthcare Consortium.  Project coordinator, Mrs.. Kristin Ring-Insogna, delivered twenty-five books for use in the primary grades. Teacher, Mrs. Diane Trainor, introduced the books to some of her reading students in preparation for the second grade science unit on nutrition. The Healthcare Consortium has been a strong partner with the Wellness Committee helping to increase opportunities for physical activity and student awareness of healthful nutrition.

Chatham High School Athletes Named to New York State All Star Football Team

Congratulations to Parker Niles and Frank Halstead for being named to the New York State All Star football team.  Frank was named to the third team as a defensive lineman and Parker was named to the third team as a defensive back. Way to go!

Parker Niles/ Frank Halstead

Chatham High Students Stay “Above the Influence”

Congratulations to those students that participated in Chatham High School SADD Chapter’s “Above the Influence” Contest.  Students were asked to use their creativity to express how they stay above the influence.  For example, how they avoid drugs and alcohol, practice safe driving habits, and and/or stand up to peer pressure.  Entries ranged from essays to poems and artwork. 

There were three winners.  First place was awarded to Katherine Schuldt for a fantastic drawing of how drugs and alcohol affect your appearance.  The second place winner was Nicole Stoneburner for a poem titled Being Above and third place was awarded to Sarah Patton for an essay about how her character and her beliefs help her to stay above the influence.

Winners received American Express Gift Cards.  Funding for this contest was provided in part by the Columbia County STOP DWI Program and Sean’s Run.

In a time where drugs and alcohol are so prevalent in our youth, the Chatham High School SADD Chapter tries to encourage students to make positive decisions and promote the choice of a healthy, drug-free lifestyle.  Activities like this are often done to help students think about the dangers of destructive decisions before it is too late. 

Drawing by Katherine Schuldt

Chatham Middle School P.E.A.C. E. Club Decorates Tree for Habitat for Humanity

Members of the Chatham Middle School Character P.E.A.C.E. Club (Promoters, Educators and Advocates for Character Education) decorated a tree for Habitat for Humanities to be auctioned during the Winter Walk in Hudson, December 6th at the Presbyterian Church on Warren Street to raise money for the next build.  The CMS Character P.E.A.C.E. Club members decorated the tree to honor the Habitat for Humanity “Women’s Build” that took place this year and also to pay tribute to the women around the world who have made a difference in the lives of others.   

Chatham Middle School Thanks Martin Silver, Owner of the Dairy Queen in Ghent for his Generousity

Chatham Middle School would like to thank Martin Silver owner and operator of the Dairy Queen in Ghent for his generous donation of 150 ice cream sandwiches to support and recognize the 6th grade team for winning the “Lunch Time Challenge”, a Middle School Character Counts Week activity. 

Students could earn Six Pillar slips, each slip had one of the six values on them of Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.  The grade level with the most complete set of the Six Pillars was given an ice cream party for their grade level courtesy of Martin Silver of the Dairy Queen.  Chatham Middle School thanks Mr. Silver for his consistent support of the Character Education Program at the Middle School!

MED Votes for Books!

In recognition of the recent national elections, students in grades 2, 3 and 4 voted for their favorite book.  After the ballot box was emptied and ballots were tallied the winners were: 

Grade 2 -   Junie B. Jones series
Grade 3 -   Magic Treehouse  series
Grade 4  -   a tie between   Garfield books and the Harry Potter series


The results reflect our circulation statistics, too.  Thanks to all students who thoughtfully voted in this election, and keep on reading!

Plaque to Honor Charron Family

The family of former CCSD student Timothy Charron, created a special book collection in his honor which is housed in the MED Library.  They continue to make generous annual book donations to the collection, which is kept in a separate, special book case.

This year the MED library further acknowledged the Charron family’s ongoing generosity by creating a plaque to identify the collection.  Tim’s family also contributed a framed portrait of Timmy dating from his tenure at MED, which now hangs alongside the plaque.  MED children in all grades enjoy the books in Tim’s Collection throughout the school year, and now they know a little bit about the boy for whom the collection is named. 

Chatham Middle School Students Learn the Importance of Veterans Day

This year students and staff of Chatham Middle School wrote thank you cards, with the American Flag printed on them, to our community of Veterans. The cards were hung throughout the school by the students of the Character P.E.A.C.E. (Promoters, Educators and Advocates of Character Education) for our visiting Veterans to read. 

The middle school held an assembly organized by Linda Hess, Middle School Guidance Secretary. The assembly consisted of the middle school band students led by their Band Teacher, Lucas Christensen, playing songs from each branch of service.

The VFW Color Guard presented the American Flag, the VFW flag, and the flags of each branch of service. They also performed a flag folding ceremony instructing the students on the meaning behind each fold.  The guest speaker, SPC Chris Tuthill, spoke to the students about his tour of duty in Iraq and the many sacrifices our soldiers are making every day. After the assembly there were refreshments served to the visiting Veterans and their families.

Chatham Middle School Supports Breast Cancer Awareness

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness, the Chatham Middle School staff participated in “Passionately Pink for the Cure” donating $275 to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Fund. 

Staff members showed their support by dressing in pink and wearing Passionately Pink Pins and enjoyed bagels and juice in the morning.  The Chatham Middle School Character P.E.A.C.E. (Promoters, Educators and Advocates of Character Education) Club members wanted the students to join the Passionately Pink Day and help support the cause and they made over 400 paper ribbons and distributed them in the lunch room. 

Chatham Middle School Students Learn Peer Mediation Skills

On October 27th and 28th, sixteen 5th and 6th grade students and one 7th grader traveled to the Tracy Memorial to receive training by Mrs. Freedner in peer mediation skills.

Eight students in 7th and 8th grade were previously trained and attended a refresher training earlier this month.  We were thankful to have the use of the Tracy Memorial for this purpose and thank Chief Boehme for loaning his equipment and to the employees working at the Tracy Memorial who were so welcoming.

It is a wonderful experience for the students to have two days outside of their regular school environment to learn this important life skill.  I would also like to thank our Chatham Middle School PTSA for so graciously supplying breakfast and lunch for our two day training and to Mrs. Lombardi, our Health Teacher and Mrs. Domery, our Guidance Intern for their support and to Mr. Burud for his positive influence and presentation of certificates.



A Letter to the Community from Board President Dr. Wapner

Dear Community Members:

As many of you know, our school district has started the process of recruiting and hiring a new superintendent of schools. It is our goal to have a new superintendent start by July 1, 2009.

Our goal is to be thoughtful with the search process and to make sure that our school community has opportunities for input. Mr. Lee Bordick will continue to serve as our Interim Superintendent. He brings to us a wealth of knowledge and experience from his many years as Superintendent of Lansingburgh CSD.

During the past several months, a team of residents, district staff and board members have been meeting to develop a process to recruit the best candidate for the position. This includes providing our stakeholder groups with opportunities to articulate the qualities and characteristics they seek in our next leader.

Questar III will serve as advisors during this process. They will work with us to develop the search brochure, recruitment methods and interview questions. They will also provide training to stakeholders who will interview candidates.

Formal announcement of our vacancy for the superintendent’s position will occur on December 1 with an application deadline of February 1. We have timed the deadline so that school leaders can consider making the transition as of July 1, which represents the beginning of a new year within a school district.

A school community “Advisory Group” is a vital part of our search process. The Advisory Group, already active in designing this process, will interview candidates and then recommend three to five finalists to meet informally with representatives of our stakeholder groups. These candidates will then meet with the Advisory Group for a formal interview that will be based upon feedback from informal meetings with stakeholder groups. The Advisory Group will meet with the Board to discuss the candidates. The Board will then select candidates to interview and visit the districts where the candidates currently work.

The Board values your input as we work to hire a new superintendent of schools. You are invited to attend a special Board workshop at 6:30 p.m. on December 9 in the High School Library. This meeting will update the community on the search process and provide a forum to hear your thoughts and recommendations. We hope that you can attend.


John Wapner
President, Chatham Board of Education

MED Celebrates 50 Years!

To celebrate MED’s 50th anniversary,
MED is throwing our school an extra special birthday party! 

During the school day on Friday, November 14, 2008, MED will go back in time to the 1950’s and experience what life was like when MED first opened its doors.  Students and staff alike are invited to come dressed in their best 50’s attire to enjoy an old fashioned sock hop, complete with rockin’ music, authentic dances, and guest emcee Superintendent Bordick.  Then partygoers will cool down with some refreshments from the soda fountain. Additional Information click here.

Chatham Schools Hold Mock Elections

After a long and hard campaign the mock election for president took place on Tuesday, November 4th.  Results for grades 1-4 were as follows:  McCain 96 votes, Obama 202

Also a second grade class voted on a proposition:  Should there be homework on Friday night results: 7 yes, 10 no.  Clearly there should be no homework on Friday!

Chatham High School held its very own presidential debates on October 30th.  Representatives from Mr. Rosenbaum's Participation in Government class represented both the Democratic and Republican platforms.  Students in the audience were given the opportunity to ask questions, and the students held their own mock election.  Obama/Biden won with 74% of the votes and McCain/Palin obtained 20%.

MED Fall Run Club

Sponsored by the Chatham Central School District Wellness Committee, The Fall Run Club has been active since the 3rd week of school.  An average of 40 MED 3rd and 4th grade students have voluntarily come to school early to be a part of the MED Fall Run Club. The Fall Run Club is open to all 3rd and 4th grade students and meets from 7:50 - 8:45 am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to run or power walk in the Elementary School Gym or on the High School track, weather permitting. Whether they’re inside or outside, all students and adults are MOVING! The Fall Run Club meets through the end of November. As part of the culminating activity, students will be encouraged to run in the Chatham Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning.  The MED Spring Run Club for 3rd and 4th grade students will resume in April.

Chatham High School SADD Chapter Conducts Seatbelt Checks

Chatham High School Students are getting the message that buckling up saves lives!!!  The SADD Chapter periodically conducts random seatbelt checks as part of the chapter’s mission to encourage students to make positive decisions.

On the morning of October 22nd, SADD students came in early to perform a Random Seatbelt Check in the parking lot and positive decisions were rewarded with a certificate for a free snack in the cafeteria when students were caught wearing their seatbelts.  98% of Chatham student drivers and their passengers were buckled up.  This is a significant improvement over the results from two years ago when only 88% of students were buckled and last year when 93% of student drivers and passengers were wearing their seatbelts during the random check.  The chapter is committed to performing these checks until they reach their goal of 100% of students buckling up.

The SADD Chapter at Chatham High School hosts various activities throughout the year.  SADD is a peer led organization that provides students with the best prevention and intervention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, drug use, impaired driving and other destructive decisions.    

Fire Safey Day at MED

Fire Safety Day at MED was held on October 17th.  Chatham firefighters came and taught children about fire safety.  The fourth grade class participated in a drill where they learned to escape from their windows- which is always a big hit with the students!  The firefighters also ate lunch with the kindergarten and first grade students.  We thank the Chatham Fire Department for their dedication to our students and to fire safety! Fire Safety

Fire Safety

MED Students Participate in Visual Thinking Activity with Tom Lee from Spencertown Academy

Using a painting of Venice by Antonio Canaletto, the children were instructed to look carefully at the details and then describe what they observed using only their words. 

Inferences were made and supporting evidence was given and sometimes it caused them to re-access what their first thought was.  The children also had to draw on their background knowledge.

Ms. Costigan's 4th Grade Class Using Bike as Learning Tool

Using a stationary bicycle, the students in Ms. Costigan's class are exercising their body and their mind. With the bicycle the class is learning the fundamentals of math, science, and wellness.

While riding the bike, the children are keeping track of the miles they have cycled. They are keeping track of their mileage using tables to show their distance and are subtracting using numbers that go to the 100th degree.

They are learning geography too. They are "biking" across the United States and are learning about the history of the areas they have "ridden" into.

This is a very hands-on approach to learning. It is keeping the children engaged in their learning. They can't wait for their turn to ride the bicycle!


Chatham Defeats Hoosic Valley During Homecoming!

Homecoming Court coronation was held during half time of the football game. The court includes left to right:

Front Row: Brittany Keeler, Emily Brown, Samantha Torrey, Katherine Behrens, Amanda Hernandez, and Megan Wenk

Back Row: Joe Van Allen, Simon Day, Parker Niles, Tom Reamon, Brian Gauthier and Eric Fuss

Congratulations to Chatham's Newly Tenured Staff!

Allyson Bauer, MED KindergartenTteacher
John Brantley, CHS Physical Education Teacher
Shawn Caldwell, CHS Technology & Project Lead the Way Teacher
Alicia Crowd, CHS Spanish Teacher
Tina Fahey, CMS Art Teacher
Justin Forrest, CHS Science Teacher
Ann Gainer, MED Librarian
Erin Gansowski, CHS French Teacher
Maria Hayes, CHS Family & Consumer Science Teacher
Maria Hogencamp, MED Third Grade Teacher
Kevin Kaszubowski, CHS English Teacher
Roberta Keller, CMS Eighth Grade Math Teacher
Tracy Kelly, CHS Social Worker
Kachie Ladd, MED Third Grade Teacher
Jennifer Maddalla, MED Kindergarten Teacher
Sara Murray, CMS Sixth Grade Teacher
Connie Peck, MED Kindergarten Teacher
Darren Rosenbaum, CHS Social Studies Teacher

Cole The Therapy Dog Visits Chatham Middle School

On September 19th, Elizabeth Grace and her dog Cole, a registered therapy dog, visited Mrs. Thorsen, Mrs. Wrigley and Mrs. Miller’s classroom to listen to students as they took turns reading to Cole.  Elizabeth and Cole’s once a month visits inspire the students’ confidence and reading skills while interacting with Cole and each other.  Elizabeth and Cole will visit again October 23rd.


Students Commended in 2009 National Merit Scholarship Program

Adrienne Antonson and Ryan Nightingale have been named Commended Students in the 2009 National Merit Scholarship Program!

A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corp., which conducts the program, will be presented to these scholastically talented students.  About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  Although they will not continue in the 2009 competition for National Merit Scholarships, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2009 competition by taking the 2007 PSAT. Congratulations to Adrienne and Ryan!

Arienne Antonson and Ryan Nightingale with Principal Ron Davis

MED Students Win Blue Ribbon at Columbia County Fair!!

The competition at the fair is open to all schools in Columbia County. All area schools may exhibit their work. This year the Mary E. Dardess Chatham Elementary School students in grades k-4
won a First Place Ribbon! Student work was chosen throughout the school year to be entered into the competition. There were approximately 50 pieces ranging from paintings, collages, prints, pastel drawings, masks, paper sculptures and graphic designs exhibited.  CONGRATULATIONS!!

Chatham Middle School Celebrates International Peace Day

In honor or the United Nations International Peace Day, September 21st, established in 1982, students in the Chatham Middle School created “Pinwheels for Peace in Our School”.  Each grade level was assigned one of color of the Character Counts Six Pillars (Trustworthiness – Blue, Respect – Yellow, Responsibility - Green, Fairness – Orange, Caring – Red and Citizenship – Purple) and the students and staff wrote their wishes on the pinwheels for creating more peace in our school.  On Friday, September 19th during classroom meeting time, students put their pinwheels in the front lawn of the Middle School for our community to see our good wishes and good character.

Chatham School Staff Participate in Cancer Walk/Ride

There was strong support from the staff at Chatham who helped make the cancer walk/ride a success.

Jason Kahn and Brian Simon rode their bikes in the benefit. Celia Hetterich, Michele Debye-Saxinger, and Mary West all walked in the event. Other volunteers for various functions for the event included Linda Hess, Anita Blair, Loretta Cassidy, Dr. Phyllis McGill, Cyndi Herron, Matt Torrey, and Nancy Doyle.

Proceeds of this event benefit the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the American Cancer Society. This year was especially important because all the funds raised stayed in Columbia County for local cancer patients!!

Chatham Middle School Teacher Jason Kahn Participated in the Cancer Ride

Welcome Back to School!

The school year has begun with Chatham Central Schools opening its doors for the 2008-2009 school year on Wednesday September 3, welcoming back students, faculty, and staff.

All three school buildings were filled with excitement Wednesday as students found their classrooms, met their new teachers, reconnected with classmates, and learned what was expected of them for the school year.



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Opening Day: Staff Honored For Years of Service

Food Service Personnel were among all staff that were honored for their service to the district. Pictured Left to Right: Mary Hiebeler, School District Cook- 29 years, Barbara Fiero, Head of Middle School Kitchen- 23 years, Pamela Edwards, Head of High School Kitchen -20 years, and Jessica Westover-18 years. We thank you for your service and dedication.

We admire and salute the following Staff for their dedication and comittment to the children at the Chatham Central School District:

Administration, District Office, and Public Library Service Awards Click here

High School Staff Service Awards Click here

Middle School Staff Service Awards Click here

MED Staff Service Awards Click here

Orientation Day Welcomes New Staff!

The Chatham Central School District recently held a new staff orientation day. Among the activities was a tour of the school district via school bus and guided by our own Jon Gould who told about the history of the district and area. Welcome to all of our new staff! We are proud to have them as part of our team!

Artist Thomas Locker Donates Original Works to Chatham

Thomas Locker, a local renowned author and artist who has earned several distinctions for his children's books, including the Parent's Choice Award for Illustration, and the New York Times Best Illustrated Books of the Year, generously donated two original paintings to our district. The work of art pictured is featured in Rachel Carson’s book Preserving a Sense of Wonder. This piece is displayed in the Superintendent’s office.


Luisa Sabin- Kildiss, public library director stands with artist Thomas Locker with the 2nd work of art. This work is proudly being displayed at the public libary. We truly appreciate these magnificent works of art and are honored to have these works of art in our district.

Barry Barlett, Local Artist and Art Professor Visits Summer Program

Students in the summer program were visited by local artist and art professor, Barry Barlett. The class created clay sculptures and greatly enjoyed the intense hours they spent concentrating on their projects.




Special Education Class Hosts "Crazy Concoction" Week!

Chatham’s special education summer school program is in full swing this summer. Mr. Kevin Botsford’s class recently had “Crazy Concoction” week.

The children made Goop Oobleck, bubbles, Gooey Gunk, wet puddy, Kookie Creepies, and Jewel and Gem. Students read books on bubbles and developed listening, sequencing, fine motor and language arts skills within these functional activities.


Chatham Wishes Happy Retirement to Teachers and Staff

Everyone at Chatham Central School District would like to thank the following teachers and staff members who retired this year: first grade teacher Dianne Boehme, middle school science teacher William Boehme, librarian Wendy Fuller, and high school health and physical education teacher Bruce Sarro. Thank you so much for your wonderful years of service and best wishes!

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