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Dr. Cheryl Nuciforo, Superintendent


2011-2012 NEWS

2012 Commencement 2012 Commencement

Congratulations to the Class of 2012. Ninety-one proud and worthy graduates walked across the stage to receive their diplomas on the evening of June 22nd. The commencement ceremony was held in the Chatham High School auditorium before a crowd of friends and relatives. Thirty-four students graduated with four-year honors and eighty-three percent of Chatham's class of 2012 plan on pursuing higher education.
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Teachers waving to busesEnjoy the Summer!

June 22nd marked the last day of classes for the 2011-2012 school year. As the busses left school for the last time this year, the teaching staff at Mary E. Dardess Elementary School were all out to wave goodbye to the students and wish them a happy summer vacation.

kindergartners in Ms. Mullins ClassMoving Up Day

On June 22, the last day of classes for the 2011-2012 school year, MED students headed up the hallway to their classrooms for next year. They had a chance to meet their new teachers and talk about what they will be learning when they return in the fall. Here, Ms. Mullens introduces herself to the kindergartners who will be her first grade students next year.


CHS 4th Quarter Honor Roll

Chatham High School has released its Honor Roll for the fourth quarter of the 2011-2012 school year. See who made the list...

CMS 4th Quarter Honor Roll

CMS has released its list of students who earned high honors and honors for the fourth quarter of the 2011-2012 school year. See who made the list...

Ideas Take Flight in Science Class

students test flight planesUsually, throwing paper airplanes during class might get a student into trouble, unless, of course, those airplanes are being flown the name of science.  This June, CMS science teacher Katchie Ladd arranged to have 4-H and Cornell Cooperative Extension educator Joan Quilty visit sixth grade science classes to lead students through a program exploring  aerospace design using the scientific process. In class, each student built multiple paper airplane designs and conducted flight tests on the school's front lawn. They experimented with different wing shapes and fuselages, and recorded flight data to use for tweaking the performance of the planes and influencing new designs...

Mr. Piester shows student how to use catapultSimple Machines

In June, third graders learned about simple machines and related principles like leverage and fulcrums. To put this knowledge to the test, students in Mrs. Mulica and Mrs. Fleck’s class built working model catapults. Each student assembled their own catapult using precut wood patterns, generously provided by class parent Jeff Piester (pictured). The next day, after all the glue had dried, the class brought their rubber-band-powered devices outside to test how far they could hurl a marshmallow.  

students during trainingStudent Leaders Train in Coalition Building

Twenty-two CMS students participated in National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) training this June. These NCBI trained student leaders, with the help of school staff, will play an active role in addressing prejudice, stereotyping and bullying at CMS this year. NCBI focuses on improving student inter-relationships and school climate through peer leadership and example setting. Student leaders focus on teaching diversity, acceptance and understanding.
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Class of 2012 Honor Students

Mr. John Thorsen, Principal, and Mrs. Amy Potter, Assistant Principal, of Chatham High School are pleased to release the names of the Honor Students for the graduating Class of 2012. The Honor Students were announced at the annual Arbor Day Banquet given by the Junior, Sophomore, and Freshmen Classes in honor of the Senior Class. The banquet was held at Jackson’s Old Chatham House on Thursday, May 24, 2012. See list of honor students for Class of 2012...

35 Juniors Make National Honor Society

Chatham High School inducted thirty-five juniors into National Honor Society this June. Membership is reserved for students who have demonstrated excellence in academics, service, character and leadership. Learn more...

Fifth Grade Biography Presentations

Student as Elizabeth BlackwellFifth grade students assumed the persona of famous and important people from history during their annual biography presentations. They came dressed for the part, and each student gave a first-person oral presentation on their subject’s life and accomplishments. They also created and brought along related props and artifacts to display and to support their report. The presentations were held in the CMS auditorium before an audience of teachers and classmates, and reinforced the literacy, presentation and public speaking skills the students developed throughout the year.  

student reading poetryPoetry Cafe Highlights Student Poems

The MED library was transformed into a hipster café June 11 when Mrs. Myers third grade students read aloud some of their favorite poems they had written. Throughout the school year, the students examined rhythm and structure, as well as poetic devices like sensory images, alliteration, repetition, and similes & metaphors. They applied this understanding of poetic devices by writing their own creative poems. Parents were invited to attend the event.

Faity Tuttle speaks with studentsSharing a Century of Experiences and Memories

Seventh graders heard many memories of times long ago when centenarian Esther “Faity” Tuttle visited CMS in June. Tuttle's visit to the seventh grade was in coordination with a memoir writing project the students undertook, where they explored the importance of memories, both in life and in literature. Tuttle was a Broadway actress in the 1930's and is still active in the acting trade today. She penned her personal memoirs, which have been published, when she was in her nineties. Read more...

Ross Wightman Named All-American with National Third Place Finish in Steeplechase

Ross running raceChatham High School junior Ross Wightman placed third in the Championship Division of the 2000 meter Steeplechase at the National Scholastic Sports Foundation New Balance Nationals held June 16th in North Carolina. Ross took on the nation's top high school runners to turn in an impressive 6:04.06. His performance at the national level qualifies him as an All-American. He will receive an official certificate recognizing his All-American status this month, and his achievement was honored by the Board of Education the evening of June 19th. He was also featured on WNYT's website...You can read more here...

CMS Inducts 22 into NJHS

Chatham Middle School initiated twenty-two students into National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) with an induction ceremony held June 18. NJHS membership is open to students in grades six through eight who demonstrate outstanding qualities in scholarship, character, service, leadership, and citizenship. See who made the list...

35 Join National Honor Society

Chatham High School inducted thirty-five juniors into National Honor Society this June. Membership in NHS is reserved for students who have demonstrated excellence in academics, service, character and leadership.
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Spring 2012 Sports Awards

The Chatham Athletic Booster Club sponsored an awards banquet for athletes who participated in our spring sports programs. The event took place at CHS the evening of June 12th. See list of winners and their awards here...

A Huge Thank You!

On behalf of the Chatham CSD Softball Program, I would like to thank all the fans including: parents, friends, faculty, teachers, and community members who supported the girls on their journey to the State Championship in Glens Falls. Words cannot describe the support that was given. The girls accomplished something that was never done in school history by being the first Chatham team to win a State Championship. Their journey was made even more special due to the immense community support!! Again, if you came to watch any of our games this year, the Chatham Softball Program would like to thank you for taking time out of your day to support the girls, our school and the community. The girls could not have done it without you! Thank you!

J.B. Brantley - Chatham Softball Coach

McLaughlin with flag and studentsFlag Day Celebration Features State Assemblyman

NYS Assemblyman Steven F. McLaughlin joined MED students for a Flag Day assembly in the school’s gym. The state lawmaker was there to talk to the children about the history behind the Flag of the United States, the freedoms it stands for and what each part of the flag represents. Flag Day is celebrated nationally every June 14, to commemorate the official adoption of the United States flag on that day in 1777. This was Assemblyman McLaughlin’s second Flag Day visit to MED.


Patroon Conference Names Baseball All-stars

Cole GleasonJoe SwineheartCody HallNick ShawMike Verschelden

Chatham's varsity baseball team had five players named to the Patroon Conference All-star team. Seniors Cole Gleason and Joe Swinehart, and juniors Cody Hall and Nick Shaw all made First Team. Senior Mike Verschelden made Second Team.

Three Chatham Players Make Patroon Conference Exceptional Senior Baseball Game

Chatham's exceptional players and Coach SteltzChatham seniors Cole Gleason, Mike Verschelden and Joe Swinehart were named to the Patroon Conference Exceptional Senior Baseball Game, played June 1st at Ichabod Crane High School. Because Chatham won the conference title for the 5th time in 6 years, Chatham coach and athletic director Scott Steltz coached the Patroon Conference Team, who took on the Exceptional Senior Team from the Colonial Council. The Patroon Team won the game by a score of 3-1. Shown here at the game are Mike (pitcher & right field) Mary Kate Knight (scorekeeper from Chatham), Joe (catcher), and Coach Steltz. Cole Gleason was unable to attend.

Spring Sports Awards

The Chatham Athletic Booster Club sponsored an awards banquet for athletes who participated in our spring sports programs. The event took place at CHS the evening of June 12th. See list of winners and their awards here...

MED Arbor Day Honors Nancy Knabbe

Maypole DanceStudents honored long time Chatham area resident, public servant and education advocate Nancy Knabbe at their annual MED Arbor Day celebration on June 1st. This public event was held in the school's Geologic Park and included a play honoring Mrs. Knabbe's life, poetry readings from students, the traditional 4th grade Maypole Dance, and a tree planting honoring Mrs. Knabbe and retiring teacher Sandra Lynn.

wind powerElectricity Fair Sparks Interest In Science

Mr. Stead’s fourth grade class put on a "shocking" display of scientific knowledge when they hosted an Electricity Fair for their MED peers. Each student in the class designed and built their own working display dealing with an electrical aspect - from how current is generated and transported, to how it is used to power our everyday lives. A parade of students from other classrooms and grades visited throughout the day to view the displays and learn from the fourth graders.
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Jenelle Wallace and Cole GleasonWallace, Gleason Recognized as CHS Scholar Athletes

Chatham High School seniors Jenelle Wallace and Cole Gleason were awarded the 2012 Scholar Athlete award by the Sports Foundation of the Capital Region. Jenelle and Cole joined nearly 150 graduating seniors nominated by their high schools for combined outstanding athletic and academic achievements. They attended the annual SFCR Scholar Athlete Awards dinner in Troy on June 3, which recognized one male and one female student from each school in Section Two for their hard work on and off the field. Jenelle played soccer (Patroon all-star), indoor track and outdoor track, all while keeping up a weighted GPA of 98.03. Cole played basketball and baseball (Patroon all-star) and is Chatham's salutatorian, with a weighted GPA of 98.39.

911 memorialNYC Trip

The Biology department took a cross-curricular field trip to New York City. The trip included a visit to the Bodies exhibit near South Street Seaport where students were able to connect biological content from the classroom to amazing real-life anatomical displays. Also, a deeply stirring and emotional visit was made to the 9/11 memorial (thanks to Mr. McKeon), followed by a ferry ride to Ellis Island where students explored the history of immigration in America. Despite poor weather, students, faculty and parent chaperones alike enjoyed a very educational and successful trip.

Sticker Shock Campaign

SADD members with stickersThe CHS SADD chapter teamed up with the Catholic Charities of Columbia and Greene Counties to sponsor a "Sticker Shock" Campaign in the Village of Chatham. This initiative was designed to prevent underage drinking by reminding adults that it is illegal to purchase alcohol for minors. SADD members and their advisors went into three local convenience stores and put stickers carrying the message, “It is illegal to purchase alcohol for people under 21,” on cases of beer. Read more...

Elite Runner Shares Experiences with Panthers Track & Field

moody talks with studentsWorld-class runner Tera Moody visited CHS the morning of June 1st to speak with students on Chatham's track & field teams. Moody, a long-distance runner from Boulder, Colorado, was in the area to compete in the 34th Freihofer's Run for Women on June 2nd. Her visit to Chatham was part of the Freihofer's Run for Women School Visitation program, which brings elite athletes and students together to share experiences and expertise. "My message was about the power of positive thinking and how important it is to maintain belief in yourself even when times are tough," Moody said on her Freihofer's blog.

Weather expirementing in classLearning About Weather

To supplement the third grade’s section on weather, meteorologist Kenneth LaPente from the Scotia-Glenville Traveling Museum visited MED to show students how factors like temperature, wind, condensation and air pressure affect the weather we have, and how tools like thermometers, anemometers, and barometers are used to help understand and predict weather patterns. Students had a chance to get their hands on the instruments and conduct experiments, like measuring wind speed using an anemometer.

Phil and Mr. BordellPhil Curran, Mr. Bordell Honored at Scholars’ Recognition Dinner

Senior Philip Curran and English teacher Mr. Terry Bordell were honored guests at the 2012 CASDA Scholars Recognition Dinner, held at the Desmond Hotel in Colonie this May. Only graduating seniors from Capital Region schools who have demonstrated exceptional scholarship and service to their community are invited to attend this annual event. As part of his recognition, Phil was asked to nominate the teacher who had the greatest influence on him, and chose Mr. Bordell.

Jacki Rogers with studentsAuthor and Illustrator Visits MED  

Jacqueline Rogers, a successful author and illustrator from Spencertown who focuses on children’s books, visited MED to give five age-appropriate assemblies (one for each grade) on her process of making a book. She talked about her writing and illustrations, where she gets her ideas and inspiration from, and even worked with the students to make their own drawings. Rogers May visit was part of the PTA sponsored Parents as Reading Partners (PARP) event, designed to promote a family-wide love of reading.  

softball teamSoftball Team NYS Champs

Congratulations to the varsity softball team, who won the New York State Class B Championship with a 4-3 comeback victory over Mynderse on Saturday, June 9th at the Adirondack Sports Complex in Queensbury! The title game followed a 2-0 semifinal win over Windsor that morning. This is the Panther's first state title in school history!
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Budget Vote Exit Survey

The results for the 2012 Budget Vote Exit Survey are now available on the District's Budget Information webpage...

May students of the monthCMS Announces May Students of the Month

Chatham Middle School recognized Sophia Martino (5th), Max Morrell (6th), Kirt George (7th), Emily Ooms (8th) and Sadye Law (encore) as its May Students of the Month. The recognition highlights the positive character traits that each of these students has demonstrated while attending classes at CMS.


CMS Inducts 22 into NJHS

Chatham Middle School initiated twenty-two students into National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) with an induction ceremony held in the auditorium June 18. NJHS membership is open to students in grades six through eight who demonstrate outstanding qualities in scholarship, character, service, leadership, and citizenship. See who made the list...

CMS Arbor Day

CMS tree plantingCMS held its Arbor Day celebration on June 12th. The centerpiece of the day was the planting of a Harry Lauder's Walking Stick, a flowering shrub symbolizing something one could lean on for support. NCBI trained student leaders joined interim principal Annemarie Barkman, counselor Cynthia Herron and Trooper Pelizza from the NYS Police to place shovelfuls of dirt around the base of the shrub. Each shovelful represented character traits that CMS focused on during the school year - scoops of respect, responsibility and trustworthiness, with a scoop of kindness thrown in for good measure.


Track & Field’s Ross Wightman, 4x100 Relay Team Head to States

Wightmanrelay teamThe Section 2 track & field State Qualifiers were held at Knox Field in Johnstown on May 31 & June 1. Chatham’s Ross Wightman notched a qualifying time in the 3000 Steeplechase, placing 2nd. Ross’s time of 9:36.02 broke a school record, improving on Eric French’s 2001 record by 38 seconds. The Panthers 4x100 relay team of Rephael Joseph, Billy Whitbeck, Travis Overby, Sam Mackerer and Tyler Rivera (alternate) also qualified with a first place finish and a time of 45.37. The boys head to the NYS Track and Field Championships on Friday, June 7 at Cicero North Syracuse High School in Cicero, NY.

Assemblyman McLaughlin talks with CMS studnetsCMS Holds Future Fair for Eighth Graders

CMS held its annual “Future Fair” for eighth graders on May 23rd. The event emphasized to students that it is never too early to plan for college and career, and that decisions students make now and during High School can have a big impact on reaching their personal goals. Highlights included opening remarks from NYS Assemblyman Steven McLaughlin, a panel of visiting college students, and remarks from Siena College's admissions department.

Zoe and Carsyn with their chairsChairs that Tell a Story

Seniors Zoe Valdina and Karsyn Sawyer accepted UAlbany’s "Chairs that Tell a Story" challenge for area high school students to artistically depict their favorite literary classic on one of the University’s original library oak chairs. Both Karsyn and Zoe, along with other students from 25 participating schools were invited to a UAlbany awards event on May 21 to view all of the works and select their favorites. The Libraries will also display Zoe's and Karsyn's finished chairs during Fallbany, the University’s Fall Festival/Homecoming Weekend and the public will have the opportunity to bid on and purchase the chairs.
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student presents robotRobots from Recyclables

As an Earth Day learning assignment, students in Mrs. Deck’s first grade class used recyclable materials to create model robots of their own design. Soup cans, plastic bottles, egg cartons and paper towel tubes became mighty machines that cleaned house, helped the sick and injured, washed dishes or completed homework. Along with their creations, each student wrote and presented a short report explaining how the recycled objects he or she used reflected the tasks the robot would perform if it were real. The students also took their robots on a tour of the other first grade classrooms, where they gave each class a presentation about their creations.
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grim reaper Grim Reaper Brings Important Warning to CHS

Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) recently hosted Grim Reaper Day at Chatham High School. Every 33 minutes a gong was sounded and a SADD member dressed as the Grim Reaper visited a classroom to "take" a victim of drunk driving. The event was designed to raise awareness of the very real dangers of drinking and driving, an important message for prom and graduation season.
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District Offers Online Prepayment for School Meals

Chatham's Food Service Department now offers parents an online prepayment service for student school meal accounts. Also, parents will have the ability to view their child’s eating history report, showing all dates and times their child has purchased a breakfast or lunch within the past thirty days. Learn more...

track teamBoys' Track & Field Take Home Sectional Title

The boys' varsity track and field team captured the Class CC Sectional Title May 26th at Stillwater High School. The Panthers won the meet with a total of 136 points, beating out Maple Hill (106), Greenwich (88), Rensselaer-Doane Stewart (49), Voorheesville (48),Taconic Hills (47), Stillwater (37), Galway (28), Tamarac (25), Corinth (12), Watervliet (8), Mechanicville (4), and Hoosic Valley (1). The victory follows the boys winning the Patroon Conference title on May 17th.


Weather expirementing in classLearning About Weather

To supplement the third grade’s section on weather, meteorologist Kenneth LaPente from the Scotia-Glenville Traveling Museum visited MED to show students how factors like temperature, wind, condensation and air pressure affect the weather we have, and how tools like thermometers, anemometers, and barometers are used to help understand and predict weather patterns. Students had a chance to get their hands on the instruments and conduct experiments, such as measuring the wind speed of a hair dryer using an anemometer.

students with shaved headsStudents, Staff "Go Bald" to Fight Cancer

Chatham High School’s Community Service Club hosted a St. Baldrick’s head shaving event to fight cancer and show support for children living with cancer. The event was held May 20th at Lagonia’s Pizza & Café in Chatham, where more than 150 students, staff and community members “went bald” to make the event a great success. Together they raised over $11,000 for childhood cancer research.


golfing in gym

Fundamentals of Golf, Learned from the Pros

Students at CHS got some golf pointers from PGA pro Marc Levesque (Columbia Golf and Country Club) and college player Stephanie Bednar (Central Connecticut State University). The two visited CHS physical education classes in May to teach students fundamental golfing skills like proper club grip, basic swinging, chipping and putting. Both donated their time and expertise, and Mr. Levesque even raised the funds to purchase the special SNAG (Starting New At Golf) equipment the classes used, allowing for safe practice indoors.

student receives awardAcademic Celebrations

On May 17, CMS held the third and final set of Gratitude Assemblies for the 2011-2012 school year. Parents and family members were invited to attend the daytime award ceremonies and join in celebrating students earning high honors, honors, PASS awards, student of the month, and special grade-level awards.
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Boys track teamBoys' Track & Field Patroon Conference Champs


The boys' varsity track and field team captured the Patroon Conference championship title May 17th at Taconic Hills. The Panthers won the competition with 155 points, beating out Maple Hill (122), Taconic Hills (80), Catskill (70), Rensselaer-Doane Stuart (56), Hudson (45), Coxsackie-Athens (36), New Lebanon (23) Greenville & Cairo-Durham (1 each).

students on stage during ceremonySeniors Honored for Artistic Achievement

Thirty-five Chatham seniors lettered in fine art and/or music in 2012.The Fine Arts Booster Club presented these students with their letters and pins during the Senior Fine Arts Recognition Ceremony held the evening of May 10th, as part of the CHS Spring Concert.
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Residents Approve 2012-2013 Budget - Thank You to Voters

On May 15, voters approved the 2012-2013 Budget 421-209 and passed Proposition #1, (Bus Purchases) 406-213. Voters also elected Michael Clark (480), David O’Connor (468), and Jennifer Lindberg (463) to serve three-year terms on the Board of Education.

CMS Students Promote Positive Change With Food Bank Fundraiser

donationStudent leaders promoted positive change at CMS while increasing supplies for a local food bank. Leadership Club students asked their peers to buy a scoop of ice cream (generously donated by Byrne Dairy) and write down an idea about how they could prevent bullying and promote tolerance. The ideas for positive change were displayed in the hallway for all to see and the leadership club donated all the proceeds from the ice cream to the Ghent Food Pantry. More than 100 students participated! Shown here, leadership club students donate the $120.90 they raised to Sharon Perry from the Ghent Food Pantry.

Dolls for Haiti

For a global service project, the CMS leadership club chose to make stuffed dolls to be sent to Haiti for disadvantaged children. Jaina Wollowitz’s mom Melissa Sarris and FACS teacher, Mrs. Zema guided the students in measuring and cutting fabric, and sewing the dolls !! It was a learning experience for all and everyone was very proud of their creations.

giftsRonald McDonald House Collection

CMS Leadership Club students were eager to continue to help the families at the Ronald McDonald House in Albany after the can top campaign. Leader Taylor Hanson called the Ronald McDonald House to ask what the school could do. The Ronald McDonald House recommended donating small toys for their younger residents to enjoy. Leadership Club students collected 25 shoe boxes, wrapped them and filled them with toys, books, art supplies and more. These boxes of joy were delivered in April.

Peer Buddies

leadership club peer buddiesleadership club peer buddiesSchool Counselors started a peer Buddy program in order to connect older students at CMS with younger students. These “natural helpers” were trained regarding communication and tutoring techniques. The pairs meet once a week during the fifth graders’ lunch period.  They talk, play board games, share flashcards and math fact games. We thank the following students for donating their study hall time to help younger students.  Building relationships within our school builds character, academic skills and resiliency. Cody Acosta. Trevor Fox, Kaitlyn Shook, Ani Adamski, McKenna Jackson, Ryan Vanbrunt, Shante Cambell and Raven Brooks.

Staff Appreciation

In appreciation for all the staff at CMS, the Leadership Club baked special treats and made hand written cards for every staff member, which were handed out to staff on February 14th, just in time for Valentine’s Day.


Mr. Levesque with StudentsGolf Pro Lends Expertise to Physical Education Program

In May, students at MED enjoyed golf tips from Columbia Golf and Country Club PGA pro Marc Levesque. Mr. Levesque was the guest of MED P.E. teachers Mrs. Colwell and Mr. Roloson, who together introduced students in each grade to fundamental golfing skills like proper club grip, basic swinging, chipping and putting. Mr. Levesque also raised funds to purchase indoor golf equipment for the school's physical education program, and guest instructed at CHS as well. Read more...

It’s “Parents As Reading Partners” time again!

Darth Vader ReadingThe Parents As Reading Partners (PARP) program is designed to instill a lifelong love of reading in children through fun and positive reading activities bringing parent (or any loved one) and child together. PARP is a PTA sponsored event that runs April 30 through May 11, this year's theme is "Open A Book....It's Your Ticket To The World!!!" Mystery readers - like Darth Vader (MED parent and BOE member Jim Marks) reading to students about another famous man in space, Buzz Aldrin - will be stopping by for surprise classroom readings.

staff eatingPTSA Honors Staff with Appreciation Day

The Chatham Middle School Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) hosted a school-wide staff appreciation
day at CMS. The PTSA treated all CMS staff members to a
free buffet lunch, which they served up in the faculty room on
May 1st.


Tempasis with Mrs. HerronCMS 7th Grader Spots Weather for CBS6

Since December, 7th grader Kristian Tampasis has been working with News Channel 6 chief meteorologist Steve Lapointe as a weather spotter. As part of the seventh grade career exploration program, Kristian expressed interest in a career in weather. Science teacher Jason Kahn and school counselor Cynthia Herron helped connect him with the CBS6 weather spotting program, where volunteers supply local weather observations to the station. Kristian is one of the youngest weather spotters and recently received a letter of appreciation and baseball cap from Channel 6 for his consistent and accurate participation.

Rebecca McBrideAssembly "Plays the Film Forward" on World War II Events

A special social studies assembly at CHS gave students the opportunity to hear from two important guest speakers on the topic of World War Two. Rebecca McBride, author of Traveling Between The Lines: Europe in 1938, a book all sophomores have read, and Holocaust survivor Lily Harvitt visited CHS to share an eyes-forward view of what Europe was like as events surrounding the Second World War began to unfold. Read more....

Dylan TotenoToteno Named Chatham Business Student of the Year

Congratulations to Dylan Toteno for being selected as Chatham High School’s Senior Business Student of the Year.  Dylan received a plaque and attended an awards dinner in Albany provided by the Business Teacher Association of New York State. He was one of only 32 regional recipients honored at the May 3 event. While at Chatham, Dylan has taken Sports and Entertainment Marketing, E-Commerce, Marketing and Management, Financial Literacy, and Accounting. Next year, Dylan will be attending East Stroudsburg University, majoring in Business Management with a concentration in Accounting. 

skitStudents Lead Suicide Prevention Training

Chatham High School’s Yellow Ribbon Team led a school-wide suicide prevention training program on April 27th and 30th. The Yellow Ribbon Program is a national initiative to give potential suicide victims a voice by teaching them how to ask for help. Chatham High’s Yellow Ribbon Team, which consists of trained sophmore, junior and senior student leaders, presented their peers with the facts, warning signs, and risk factors of suicide, along with a wallet-sized card anyone can use to ask for help. Here, Chelsea Palladino and Haven Hutchinson perform a skit using screenshots from a Facebook conversation.



CMS 3rd Quarter Honor Roll

CMS has released its list of students who earned high honors and honors for the third quarter of the 2011-2012 school year. See who made the list...

classroom skypingStudents "Visit" Classmate in Japanese School

Mrs. Gotham’s third grade class “visited” other students half a world away, using Skype to video chat with a third grade classroom in Japan. One of their Chatham classmates, Jonah Gray, was visiting Japan with his mom. When Mrs. Gotham’s class and Jonah’s Japanese class connected on May 1st, Jonah had spent two days in the Japanese school and had already experienced much of the culture. The Skype session allowed him to share those experiences with his MED peers.  

students and CC the Dog with pet donationsStudents Collect Donations for Homeless Animals

As a May character education initiative, students at MED collected donations for Columbia County's homeless pets. Our Character Education Committee asked students to bring in bagged or canned dog and cat  food, and other pet items, which MED donated to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, as well as Animalkind in Hudson, a cat shelter which was displaced by a fire in early May. Along with lots of food, students and their families donated toys and even a few pet outfits for the soon-to-be-adopted animals to wear. Here, students and CC the MED Therapy Dog pose with some of the donations.

Thomas Davis and Mr. lombardiThomas Davis Accepted into Air Force Academy

Senior Thomas Davis has been accepted into the United States Air Force Academy. His acceptance into the Academy is a major accomplishment and follows a long and arduous application process designed to weed out all but the most qualified and dedicated applicants. The process included physical examinations, multiple interviews and Thomas securing a nomination from U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson. With only a small fraction of candidates ever offered a spot at the Academy, Thomas’ acceptance is a true marker of his character and ability. Read more...


CHS Students of the 3rd Quarter

Chatham High School's Students of the Quarter for the third quarter were selected by the CHS faculty based on their fine work and contributions to their classes. See who made the list...

Baseball team after big winBaseball Team Tops Patroon Conference

Chatham High School's varsity baseball team clinched the Patroon Conference championship title with a 6-0 win over Cairo-Durham Friday, May 11. The Panthers finished up their regular season with an impressive 11-3 record.


oz starsMED Spring Musical "OZ!"

The fourth grade “Canaries” at the Mary E Dardess Elementary School will be performing their spring musical “OZ!” Thursday, May 17th and Friday, May 18th at 7:00 pm in the Chatham High School auditorium. Admission
is free. Seen here rehearsing are Emily Pulcher as Dorothy, Heather
Damia as the Scarecrow, Chiara Perni as the Tin Man, and Addie Potter as the Lion


softball team celebratesPanthers Softball Patroon
Conference Champs


The Panther’s varsity softball team clinched the Patroon Conference title for the second year in a row. The girls beat Cairo-Durham 14-2 and 16-0 in a double header May 10, wrapping up an undefeated regular season within the conference.

Chatham, New Lebanon will Explore Shared Services

After two joint board meetings and much research into the issue, Chatham CSD and New Lebanon CSD have decided not to pursue a merger study at this time. However, both districts agreed that there was a need to consider shared resources and services as a way to achieve savings and provide increased program opportunities for students. The next meeting between the two districts will be held May 9th, 7 p.m. at the Walter B. Howard Elementary School, 1478 Rt. 20, New Lebanon (PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE). Read more...

Five Chatham Teams Earn Scholar Athlete Recognition

All five of Chatham High School’s spring athletic teams were named “Scholar Athlete Teams” by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA). The honor is reserved for teams whose athletes realize a high degree of academic success while balancing the rigors of an often full extracurricular schedule. The Panther's softball, baseball, girls’ track, boys’ track and tennis teams all received scholar athlete recognition for the 2012 spring season. Read more...

careers classParents Talk Careers with Fifth Graders

As part of the guidance department's fifth grade unit on careers, parents are invited to visit the classroom and share their work experience with students. So far this year, more than a dozen parents have visited to share their careers with the 5th grade. Pictured here is Mr. Gregory Mountain, who discussed his career as an Environmental Lawyer.

students sample foodCelebrating Traditions

Throughout the year, third grade students had been studying different world cultures and traditions. In April, the children had a chance to share their own traditions with the class. Each student gave a brief oral presentation about a favorite family tradition, and traditional family dishes were brought in from home, which everyone had a chance to sample.  


2nd Quarter CHS Honor Roll

CHS has released our Honor Roll for the 2rd Quarter of the 2011-2012 school year. See who made the list for Honors and High Honors...

April students of the monthCMS Announces April Students of the Month

Chatham Middle School would like to recognize Alyssa Rippel (5th grade), Kenneth Schermerhorn (6th grade), Mason Turner (7th grade), Shelby Layton (8th grade) and Liam Morgenstern (encore) as its April Students of the Month. This recognition highlights the positive character traits that each of these students has demonstrated while at school.
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bowling team photoBowling Team Patroon Conference Champs

The Panther's 2011-2012 bowling season culminated with a perfect match record of 14-0 and an overall point score of 67-3, which was more than enough to win the Patroon Conference Championship. The team also had a very successful run during sectionals, placing 5th out of 25 teams, narrowly missing a place in the top 3 by just 44 pins. Read more...


battle of the belts Battle of the Belts

Chatham High School held its seventh annual Battle of the Belts competition on April 17th. Fifteen teams of four competed, including two faculty teams, to see which could buckle into and out of the seats of an automobile in the fastest time. The CHS chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) hosted the event, which encourages students to buckle up and raises awareness about safe driving habits among teens.

Freshmen Transition Days

Transition Day ExerciseChatham High School held its fifth freshmen transition day of the year on April 20th. Mary K Minahan, a community educator, presented an interactive lesson centered around students managing their emotions. Research shows that managing emotions effectively can be very difficult for some people, often resulting in ineffective, destructive or self-destructive behavior that may lead to drug use or violence. By learning to manage their feelings, even during difficult times, students are pointed in the direction of a safe, healthy and drug free lifestyle.
Freshmen transition days are designed to help students become well rounded young adults and ease their transition into high school. Other transition topics this year have included grading policy and transcripts, communication, high school expectations, tips for success, and bully prevention.

students buckle inBattle of the Belts

On April 5th, the CMS chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) hosted the annual Battle of the Belts on the school’s front lawn. Teams of four competed against each other in the timed event, to see who could buckle into and out of car seats in the fastest time possible. The competition was officiated by local law enforcement officers.

artist with nimiture student worksStudents Study Sculpture with Artists in Residence

CMS students learned about sculpture and public art displays when artist Beth Thielen and Omi International Arts Center Education Director Sasha Sicurella visited their art class for two days in March. The two were on hand to teach the students about sculpting, discuss what it is like to design and display large works of art, and help students design their own sculptures in miniature.

NYS School Report Card

On April 5th, the State Education Department released its 2010-2011 report card for all schools and districts throughout New York. You can view Chatham's NYS School Report Card information here...

Nick Bal with Ms. PtaszekPublished Poet

Junior Nick Ball’s poem “Regrets” was selected for publication in the 2012 Young American Poetry Digest. Ms. Ptaszek encouraged Nick to submit his poem to the National Schools Project, which publishes the annual poetry book highlighting the work of talented student poets. For earning a spot in the book, Nick's school library will receive a free copy of the publication.

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March Students of the Month

March students of the monthChatham Middle School would like to recognize Carlin Keegan (5th grade), Jensen Howard (6th grade), Josh Gianfrancesco (7th grade), BreeAnna Laguesse(8th grade) and Tyrene Campbell (encore) as its March Students of the Month. This recognition highlights the positive character traits that each of these students has demonstrated in the classroom.


Projection Study Predicts Slow Decline in Enrollment

Because the number of students attending Chatham CSD in the future will have an impact on how our schools are configured, the District recently conducted an enrollment projection study. According to the study's projections, Chatham can expect to see a gradual decrease in enrollment over the next decade. View 2012-2021 Enrollment Projection Report...

CMS Students Study Sculpture with Artists in Residence

CMS sixth graders learned about sculpture and public art displays when artist Beth Thielen and Omi International Arts Center education director Sasha Sicurella visited their art class for two days in March. The two were on hand to teach the students about sculpting, discuss what it is like to design and display large works of art, and help students design their own sculptures in miniature. Read more...

senior exhibitionSenior Exhibitions

On March 29, classes at Chatham CSD dismissed early to allow for Senior Exhibitions. Before a panel of staff from every school building, each senior made a 15-20 minute oral presentation on a topic of their choosing. Seniors had to develop a thesis, perform research, document their process and develop a conclusion - all of which had to be demonstrated during the presentation. Senior Exhibitions equal one-third of the Senior Program, the completion of which is a requirement for a CHS diploma. The Senior Program is a portfolio of written, presented and displayed skills designed to give seniors a sense of progression into adulthood and foster ownership of their education.

Little China Celebration

student with gongThe third grade commemorated their learning journey through China with a grand celebration at the Spencertown Academy Arts Center on March 29th. The event showcased the Chinese art, music and poetry the students had created as part of their studies over the past eight weeks.The centerpiece of the trip were instrumental student performances of Chinese songs. Under the direction MED music teacher Abigail Brownell, each class had composed their own song to play using Chinese rhythms and notation.

Students Leaders Facilitate Coalition Building

CMS student leaders facilitated bully prevention workshops in each fifth grade classroom. The student leaders used their National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) training to lead positive relationship building activities to recognize and celebrate every student’s differences and similarities. The workshops were aimed at helping the younger students to better understand and appreciate their peers, and in the process, ultimately reduce prejudices, bullying and conflict.

Leadership Club Pull Tab Drive for Ronald McDonald House

pull tabsRonald McDonald House is a home away from home for families for seriously ill children.  The Leadership Club spread the word about helping change a child’s life by supporting the PULL TAB program, called ”Pulling for Ronald McDonald House.” Students were asked to collect and save the pull tabs off aluminum cans (soda cans, soup cans, juice cans, cat food).One Hundred percent of the dollars raised from the redeemed pull tabs will be given to the Ronald McDonald House. People helped fill a buckets with pull tabs to help support the Ronald McDonald house!! Pictured here is Ronald McDonald House representative Diane Schrader and her children with 6th grade Leadership Club member Destiny Hull, Mrs. Hoffman and Mrs. Herron.

Make-A-Wish Adopt An Angel Campaign

students selling angels selling angelsLeadership Club student members and their advisors, together with Middle School Teachers Association members, supported the CCSTA Make-A-Wish Fund campaign by selling 170 angels and donating $196.00 to the children's charity.Our student leaders volunteered their time to sell angels during lunch periods and at school concerts.The money raised from selling the angels will go to grant the wishes of terminally ill children in our area. The angels are on display in the hallway across from the CMS main office for all to enjoy during the holiday season and to remind us how important it is to help others.

photoMix-It-Up at Lunch

students mix it upStudents in leadership Club organized a school-wide mix-it-up day on November 17. During lunch, all CMS students were given assigned seating that placed them at tables with other students they usually did not socialize with. To stimulate teamwork and conversation, each table was tasked with developing, as a group, lyrics for a song that would be sung by Ms. Barkman during morning announcements. The activity was designed to challenge social boundaries and foster communication between different student groups. 

playingChatham Orchestra Students "Take a Seat" with the Pros

For a day in March, a professional string quartet took up residence at Chatham High School. The Intimate Voices Quartet were there to share their considerable experience and expertise with Chatham string students from the High School and Middle School. Their visit was part of Columbia Festival Orchestra’s “Take A Seat” mentoring program, which provides music students with the opportunity to learn from and perform with professional musicians. Read more...

Clifford with studentsMarch Book Fair

Clifford the Big Red Dog (a PTA volunteer) was at MED the morning of March 12 to promote the school’s March Book Fair, which was held for a week in the MED library. This PTA sponsored event promoted literacy by bringing hundreds of exciting books to the school for students and parents to purchase, and raised funds to support programs at the school.

6th Graders Read Their Hearts Out

students reading and enjoying cocoahearts6th grade students celebrated reading with a “Read Your Hearts Out” read-as-much-as-you-can-in-February program. For each 20 minutes a student read at home in February, a heart was put on the walls of the sixth grade classrooms and hallway. Students hit the books and by the end of the month, a chain of hearts connected one end of the hall to the other. To celebrate this achievement, students enjoyed a special reading period in March complete with hot chocolate and cookies.

Students Pledge to End Bullying

Hinkel with wristbandStudents took a stand against bullying and harassment by participating in an anti-bullying pledge campaign. During lunchtime at CHS and CMS, students were encouraged to sign the pledge and wear a blue wristband to show support for a bully-free environment. The hundreds of students who signed the pledge agreed to abstain from harassing behavior at school and online, report bullying or cyber-bullying to an adult, and provide support for victims of bullying. The campaign was the initiative of the student-led CHS anti-bullying committee.Read more...

February Students of the MonthFebruary Students of the Month

Chatham Middle School is proud to recognize Brendan Ooms (5th grade), Holden Leavenworth (6th grade), Jessica Adee (7th grade), Mark Haywood (8th grade), and Tara Shetsky (encore) as recipients of the Student of the Month award for February. The award highlights the positive character traits and good behavior that these five students have demonstrated in the classroom.

Wear Your PJ’s to School Day Celebrates Character Achievements

MED students wore PJ’s to school on March 23 to celebrate their filling the school bucket with good character. As a character education initiative at MED, every time a student displays good character traits, a pompom is deposited into a bucket. Each time the school bucket is filled with good character deeds, the entire school is rewarded with a special celebration. Every month, MED focuses on a different positive character trait - for March it was compassion and for April it is responsibility.

Fifth Grade Moving to M.E.D.

At its January 31st meeting, the Board of Education voted to relocate the fifth grade to the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School, beginning with the 2012-2013 school year. The decision to relocate the fifth grade followed extensive research into both the middle school and elementary school models to determine which model would most benefit the fifth grade instructional program. At the January 10th BOE meeting, superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo outlined this process in a powerpoint presentation to the board. View powerpoint presentation….

Phil CurranStudent's Photos Selected for Juried Art Show

Senior Phil Curran has had two pieces selected for a national juried high school photography show. Phil’s digital images of summer on Cape Cod were selected for the “2012 Exposure” exhibition presented by the Art Institute of Mill Street Loft in Poughkeepsie, NY. Being a selected artist, Phil has a shot at a number of cash awards and other prizes to be presented by the jury. The show’s opening reception and awards are this Saturday, March 31st from 5 to 7pm. The show runs through May 5th.

track team with garbage

Track & Field Teams do Some Spring Cleaning

Chatham Girls and Boys Outdoor Track & Field Teams continued their "garbage-running" ways from the Indoor season and picked up another 70 lbs. of litter in and around town on March 22 during that's community service!

lewis in classProse with a Pro

Third graders enjoyed learning poetry techniques from a pro when acclaimed poet, artist and educator Richard Lewis visited March 14. With the third grade presently studying China, Mr. Lewis demonstrated Chinese poetry styles and modeled how Chinese poets use their senses to perceive nature and inspire verse. He focused on the roles that imagination and visualization play when creating this kind of poetry. Later, the students had a chance to find a quiet place in the classroom to sit and write down their thoughts using some of the Chinese techniques. Read more...

CHS Presents “Anything Goes”

cast photoSet sail with the Chatham High School Drama Club as they perform the classic Cole Porter musical “Anything Goes.” Set aboard a luxury liner en route to London from New York, Chatham's production of "Anything Goes" features Geena Eglin as Mrs. Harcourt, Cody Baffuto as Sir Evelyn Oakley, Diana Jones as Hope Harcourt, Eddie Knight as Moonface Martin, Cathy Fowler as Reno Sweeney, and Zachary Pearson as Billy Crocker. Directed by Richard Lapo with music direction by Lee Dixon. Performances held in the CHS auditorium on Friday, March 23rd and Saturday, March 24th at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 25th at 2:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00.

student with experimentCMS Science and Technology Fair

Chatham Middle School held its 17th annual Science/Technology Fair the evening of March 14th. Hundreds of onlookers packed the school gym to check out the student exhibits on public display. In all, the fair showcased ninety-five projects submitted by one-hundred-forty students. These budding scientists and engineers were on hand to explain their research and demonstrate their experiments to visitors. Winners from 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grades were announced at the end of the event.
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students look at map of ChinaLearning About China


In the weeks ahead, third graders will study China and its people. During this unit, students will examine objects from everyday life, use spoken and written language, and learn about the art, literature, and music of China. This unit is part of the Common Core Curriculum for Social Studies in third grade, which focuses on communities around the world. Here, students explore a map of China with guest educator Tom Lee from the Spencertown Academy.

essay award winners at ceremonyThree CMS Students Win CCLC Essay Writing Contest

Jack McEachern, Megan Malanowski and Esra Yener took the top spots in the Columbia County Land Conservancy’s nature essay contest. For their writings about their relationships with nature, the three seventh graders each won a hand-held GPS device. Tom Crowell from the CCLC presented Jack, Esra and Megan with their awards during the seventh grade gratitude assembly held February 16 at CMS.

black history assemblyCelebrating Black History Month

CHS recognized the important contributions African-Americans have made to the world with a school-wide educational assembly held February 16. The student-organized event explained the origins of Black History Month and featured the accomplishments of many famous African-Americans. The highlight of the assembly came when CHS faculty took the stage and assumed the personas of African-American icons from history and the present.


student with awardAcademic Celebrations

On February 16, CMS held Gratitude Assemblies for each grade. Parents and family members were invited to attend the daytime award ceremonies and join in celebrating students earning high honors, honors, PASS awards, student of the month, and special grade-level awards.
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Three Teams Recognized as Scholar Athlete Teams

Three Chatham Panthers teams were named scholar athlete teams by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA). For the 2011-12 winter season, Chatham’s girls' varsity basketball, boys' varsity basketball and girls' indoor track teams all received scholar athlete recognition. The honor is reserved for teams whose members balance their extracurricular athletics with a high degree of academic success. Read more...

Students of the 2nd Quarter

Chatham High School's Students of the Quarter for second quarter were selected by the CHS faculty based on their fine work and contributions to their classes. See who made the list..

team leaders with PTSA presidentPTSA Raises Funds to Support CMS Field Trips

The Chatham Middle School Parent Teacher Student Association donated over one-thousand dollars to CMS to support field trips at the school. PTSA president Karen Kellogg presented the funds to grade team leaders during the Middle School’s second quarter grade level academic awards ceremonies. Grades five, six, seven and eight each received $265.14 to help offset the total cost of their upcoming field trips.

students with foodMED Collects Mountain of Food for Area Pantries

As a character education initiative, MED students were asked to bring in non-perishable food items for the Chatham and Ghent food pantries.The students responded by collecting 2,658 food items in January! Kindergarten and third grade tied for the grade that brought in the most food, earning both grades a popcorn movie party. The donated food was given to the food pantries in early February.

CHS Students Earn Financial Literacy Certification  

students with certificatesStudents studying financial literacy at Chatham High School gain an understanding of income and taxes, budgeting, banking, saving, investing, credit, insurance, retirement planning, and managing money for economic self-sufficiency. This winter, 20 CHS students received financial literacy certificates after passing the NY Financial Literacy Coalition financial literacy certification test. They are: Ryan Davis, Hanna Stark, Jessica Patzwahl, Adam Knights, Travis Overby, Dylan Toteno, Brigit Hargis, Valerie Kerner, Samantha Barnes, Jordan Thomas, and Samantha Van Alstyne (pictured) as well as Zachary Collins, Ethan Engel, Erica French, Dawn Lensink, Tara Mastrosimone, Samantha Schmidt, James Stinson, Elisabeth Tucksmith, and Steven Whiteman.

John KellyExpert Shares Cyber Safety Tips with CMS Students

Mr. John Kelly from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) spent the morning of January 30 talking with Chatham Middle School students about online safety. A former detective and school resource officer for the City of Saratoga Springs, Kelly was in Chatham to share his first-hand knowledge of the dangers that can await young people in the information age. He spoke about cyber bullying, online predators, and the need for students to tell a trusted adult if they ever feel threatened online.

students with plaqueChatham Delegation Finishes Strong at 72nd Model Congress

Students stepped into the shoes of senators and representatives at the 72nd Model Congress, a three-day academic competition simulating the activities of the United States’ Legislative Branch. Chatham’s delegation had a good showing, passing legislation and bringing home special recognition for teamwork and good sportsmanship.The January event attracted schools from throughout New York and New England and was hosted by the American International College in Springfield, MA.
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Chatham CSD is Now on Facebook!

For the convenience of our online community, Chatham Central School District has launched an official District Facebook page. The District strongly believes in the importance of including all segments of the community in dialogue surrounding important school issues, and supports the responsible use of social media to achieve this goal. Anyone can view our Facebook page by visiting Facebook fans may also get District news and updates fed directly to their accounts by clicking the “Like” icon provided on our Facebook page.

team photoBoys Indoor Track Team Conference Champs

The boy’s indoor track team won the 2011-2012 Independent Conference Championships, held January 29th at UAlbany. CHS is the only small school competing in that league, and the boy's 134-124 win over conference powerhouse Scotia-Glenville is a major accomplishment. This has been a record breaking season for Chatham, with thirteen new school records set so far.

the grand canal model surrounded by students Passport to Venice

From the “banks” of the Grand Canal of Venice, third graders wrote home about the sights and sounds around them. The students were not actually in Italy but on a class trip to the Spencertown Academy, where a large-scale model of the Grand Canal was laid out for them to explore, draw and write about. The trip was the culmination of the third grade's interdisciplinary study of Venetian culture, part of the ArtsVoyage partnership with the Spencertown Academy.

CHS Students Bring Home Accolades from Regional Juried Show

Justin, Dylan and Mitchel sketch in classSeniors Dylan Soares-Kern (C) and Mitchell Linton (R) won First Prize in the 2012 Juried Art Show at Columbia-Greene Community College for their collaboration on a surreal, three-panel mixed-media installation entitled “Three Little Ladies.” Also taking home acclaim was senior Justin Simmons-Tamez (L), whose pencil drawing “Benevolence” earned him Honorable Mention.

Erin Clark Wins CMS Spelling Bee

image of Erin Clark at Spelling BeeTop spellers from grades five through eight competed in the eighth annual CMS spelling bee, held the afternoon of January 10th. After twelve rounds of letter-by-letter action, Eighth grader Erin Clark came out on top, successfully spelling “waiver” to dislodge fellow eighth graders Sadie Kratt, Ana Verma, and seventh grader Tara Shetsky, all of whom tied for second place. As the CMS spelling bee champ, Erin went on to compete in the Capital Region Spelling Bee held at Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady on February 7th.


students play for foodPops Concert Benefits Chatham Food Pantry

This year’s CHS Pops Concert was more than just a lively night of music. The February 7th event featuring the musical stylings of band, chorus, orchestra and jazz band doubled as a fundraiser for the Chatham Food Pantry, with patrons being asked to bring in non-perishable food items for donation at the door. Along with a pile of food, the concert raised $300 in cash for the pantry, making the show both an artistic and charitable success. Thank you everyone for your continued support!

Mr. Lee presents venitian architectureVenice Returns to MED

During the months of December and January, third graders are learning about Venice, Italy in a variety of ways. Guest educator Tom Lee from the Spencertown Academy has led presentations using maps of Venice, held a discussion about the architecture and elements of the different buildings found in the unique city, and will present a visual thinking lesson that features a painting by famed artist Canaletto. Through these and numerous other workshops and lessons held through January 23rd, students at MED will experience the richness of Venetian culture and social history.

Patroon Conference Captain’s Council

students group photoChatham's student-athlete team leaders attended the 1st Annual Patroon Conference Captain’s Council, held January 9th at Columbia Greene Community College. Chatham’s athletes joined high school students from eight other Patroon Conference schools to learn more about team building, the dangers of social media, nutrition, and how to be a successful college athlete.


workshop in classStudents Leaders Facilitate Coalition Building

CMS student leaders facilitated bully prevention workshops in each fifth grade classroom. The student leaders used their National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) training to lead positive relationship building activities to recognize and celebrate every student’s differences and similarities. The workshops were aimed at helping the younger students to better understand and appreciate their peers, and in the process ultimately reduce prejudices and conflict.

CHS Honor Roll

CHS has released our Honor Roll for the 1st Quarter of the 2011-2012 school year. See who made the list for Honors and High Honors...

student gets help detailing houseCandy Houses

Just prior to holiday recess, thirds graders designed and constructed three-dimensional candy houses. Family members were also invited to stop in and help with the building. Using cardboard frames, students first stuccoed the outside of their houses with a sugar-based paste, then added architectural details using gumdrops, marshmallows, licorice and other assorted candies.

pinningStudents Commit to a Safe Holiday Season

Prior to holiday recess, the CHS chapter of SADD handed out "commitment pins" to encourage their fellow students to keep the season happy by using the power of caring and good judgment during holiday celebrations. By accepting and wearing the pins, students promised not to endanger their lives during the holiday season by drinking or doing drugs, or by riding with anyone who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

david rubelAuthor Discusses New Book at MED

Local author David Rubel visited MED on December 22 to talk about his recently published holiday-themed children’s book “The Carpenter’s Gift.” As part of the assembly, school staff took turns reading the story while the book’s illustrations were projected onto a screen for the students to see. Later, Mr. Rubel discussed how his experiences volunteering for Habitat for Humanity inspired his book, which tells the tale an impoverished, Depression-era family from upstate New York who travel to NYC to sell trees for the holidays and wind up with a new house.


Helping Save Lives, One Seatbelt at a Time

seat belt being checkedIn recognition of December being National Drunk & Drugged Driving Prevention Month, CHS SADD members conducted a random seatbelt check in the school parking lot prior to the start of classes on December 14th. SADD members made note of who was wearing a seatbelt and who wasn’t, giving drivers and passengers who were wearing seatbelts a certificate good for a free snack in the school cafeteria. The few students found not wearing seatbelts were reminded that buckling up can be a life saver.


Students at summitCharacter Education Youth Summit

Young leaders from Chatham High School participated in the 10th Annual Northeast U.S. Character Education Youth Leadership Summit, held December 1st at Russell Sage College in Troy. Students participated in workshops that revolved around the summit’s theme of “Dignity for All Students”, with topics ranging from student leadership to diversity and anti-bullying practices. Many area school districts also participated, allowing CHS students to interact and discuss pertinent school issues with other young leaders from around the capital district.

Students Celebrate Each Other with "Five Minutes of Fame"

show and tell photoshow and tell photoSixth graders focused on each other’s interests and hobbies with classroom show-and-tell sessions held in December. Students brought in items from home and discussed their favorite activities - from riding motorcross to collecting rocks, from baking cakes to studying wild animals - one student even presented a slide-show about her trip to Africa. The five-minute presentations helped students get to know and better respect one another.

career speakerCareer Exploration

Sixth graders have begun their journey into exploring the world of work. The CMS career education program brings community members from different working backgrounds into the classroom to talk about their careers. As part of the program, students also examine their own goals, creating personal computerized career portfolios where they keep an inventory of their interests and match careers to those interests. Here, guest speaker Lynn Cross talks with students about the work she does at the Little Brook Farm. 

Indoor Track & Field Team Holds Winterfest Benefit for Morris Memorial

team at bake saleDuring this year’s Winterfest in the Village of Chatham, Chatham High School Indoor Track & Field athletes held a bake sale to benefit the Morris Memorial. The team set up a table on Main Street and raised $365 for the local community center. The money was presented to Morris Memorial executive director Michele Kraham, in appreciation of the support the Morris has shown the team over the years. 

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NJHS Hosts Senior Luncheon

senior luncheon This December, Chatham Middle School's National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) hosted a Holiday Senior Citizen Luncheon in the school cafeteria.  This yearly holiday gathering provides seniors with food, entertainment, and a way to connect with the young people in their community. NJHS membership is for students in grades six through eight who have an average of 90 or better in all core subjects and demonstrate outstanding qualities in character, service, leadership, and citizenship.

Students of the 1st Quarter

Chatham High School's Students of the Quarter for first quarter were selected by the CHS faculty based on their fine work and contributions to their classes. See who made the list...

CHS Chorus Performs in Holiday TV Special

The members of the CHS chorus recently traveled to WMHT studios to record this year's "Music for the Holidays" television special. This special included vocal talents of chorus's from throughout the capital region and included performances of "Estrelle Brillante", "Gesu Bambino" and "O Come, O Come Emmanuel." It aired on WMHT-TV Thursday, December 22 at 8 p.m., Friday, December 23 at 5 p.m., and Sunday, December 25 at 4 p.m. “Music for the Holidays” was also heard on Classical WMHT-FM 89.1 & 88.7 on Sunday, December 25 at 6 p.m. This was the CHS choir's second year being chosen to participate in this program. Learn More...

students shoppingA Math Lesson for the Holidays

A lesson in arithmetic added up to a large donation of food for local families in need. This December, fourth graders at M.E.D. put their math and money skills to the test- by doing some holiday grocery shopping for the Ghent Food Pantry. Using nearly $200 the classes had collected, students budgeted their trip to the grocery store, kept track of their spending, and with a little help from their chaperones, brought their goods to the checkout lane for purchase. The two classes purchased enough groceries to fill a large shopping cart to overflowing.Read more...

Meeting with Parents Focuses on Location of 5th Grade

The evening of December 1st, Superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo held a meeting for M.E.D. parents to discuss the possibility of the District relocating the 5th grade to M.E.D. You can view Mrs. Nuciforo's powerpoint presentation from that evening here...

BOE Appoints Amy Potter as CHS Assistant Principal

Amy PotterAt its December 13 meeting, the Board of Education appointed Amy Potter as Assistant Principal at Chatham High School. Mrs. Potter will fill the position for the remainder of the 2011-2012 school year, following the resignation of HS/MS Assistant Principal Karen Bechdol, who left Chatham to pursue a career opportunity with Albany City Schools. Mrs. Potter has worked at Chatham for 18 years, as a special education teacher and recently as Dean of Students at CHS. Please welcome her to her new position.
At the Middle School, John Rivers will step into a full-time Dean of Students position for the remainder of 2011-2012. Prior to Mrs. Bechdol's resignation, Rivers' position as dean was part-time, splitting administrative duties with teaching physical education.

Character Education Youth Summit

youth summitYoung leaders from the High School and Middle School attended the 10th Annual Northeast U.S. Character Education Youth Leadership Summit, held December 1st at Russell Sage College in Troy. Students participated in workshops that revolved around the theme of “Dignity for All Students”, with topics ranging from student leadership to diversity and anti-bullying practices. Chatham students were also able to interact and discuss pertinent school issues with other young leaders from around the capital district. Skills and ideas from the summit will be used by Chatham’s youth leadership teams to implement character based improvements at CHS and CMS.

quartetquartetString Quartet Out and About this Holiday Season

The CHS string quartet lent a little culture and ambiance to the Hudson Opera House and the J. Damiani Gallery during Hudson’s Winter Walk, held the evening of December 3rd. The quartet also played Friday, December 9 at the Columbia County Historical Society's Vanderpoel House, as part of the Village of Kinderhook’s annual Candlelight Night.      

District Implements Food Service Point Of Sale System

Chatham is implementing a computerized Point of Sale (POS) system in all our cafeterias. The new system, NUTRIKIDS® POS, will increase our level of service and provide accurate school meal accounts. Both lunch and breakfast services will be included and processed on this system. Students will be required to memorize and use a personal 5-digit code when making purchases. This will begin on 12/6/11 at the Middle School, 12/7/11 at MED and 12/8/11 at the High School. Read letter to parents concerning NUTRIKIDS® POS...

Three CHS Vocalists Selected to Perform in “Melodies of Christmas”

Eglin, Knight, Jones2011 marks seniors Geena Eglin (alto) and Diana Jones (soprano) third season performing at the prestigious and highly selective "Melodies of Christmas" musical event, and joining them this year is junior Eddie Knight (tenor). The three will perform with the Empire State Youth Chorale at Proctor's Theatre on December 15th, 16th and 17th at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 18th at 3:00 p.m. The students will also appear on the Melodies of Christmas tin sold each season at Price Chopper. Through more than 30 years of support, Melodies of Christmas has raised over $6 million dedicated to the treatment of childhood cancer and blood disease, with proceeds going to benefit the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center.   

bake saleFifth Grade Bags Big Bucks for UNICEF

Fifth graders participated in “Trick-or-treat for UNICEF,” a Halloween event where students collected donations for the United Nations Children's Fund as they trick-or-treated through their neighborhoods. Sophia Martino, Jenna Skype and Lauren Wrigley expanded the effort by holding a bake sale on Halloween to raise money for UNICEF. Altogether, the fifth grade collected a total of $615, a check for which was mailed to UNICEF on November 30th. The money will go to help children in need throughout the world. 

Six CHS Teams Recognized as Scholar Athlete Teams

Six Chatham Panthers fall athletic teams were named scholar athlete teams by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA). The honor is reserved for athletic teams who realize a high degree of academic success while balancing an often full extracurricular schedule. For the fall, 2011 sports season, Chatham’s football, girls’ varsity volleyball, girls’ tennis, boys’ soccer, girls’  soccer and girls’ cross country teams all received scholar athlete recognition. Read more...

readers theatre

PTA Celebrates Literacy with "Readers' Theatre"

Second graders Nate Kidd and Katie Everett read from a favorite book in M.E.D.’s newly renovated library.The PTA sponsored a Readers' Theatre in the library to coincide with M.E.D.'s November book fair. During the evening event, students read poems, books, plays and jokes on the library's new amphitheater stage, which was specially decorated for the occasion. 

I'm Grateful For...

In November, CMS focused on the positive character trait of being grateful. As part of their English Language Arts studies, sixth grade students were asked to write essays on what they were most grateful for. Impressed with what the students had to say, interim principal Ms. Annemarie Barkman shared some of their essays with the entire student body during morning announcements. Read what students wrote about being grateful...

Community Service Club Hosts Dance to Help Local Families

studentsChatham High School’s community service club hosted a dance on Friday, November 18th to help raise money to supply Thanksgiving dinners to local families. After a plea by school social worker Tracy Kelly to help families enjoy their holiday, the students brainstormed ways to raise money and decided that hosting a dance was the best option. Students Cole Gleason, Geena Eglin, Junha Shin, Regina Behn, Phil Curran, Kyle Otto and Chris Otto organized the event. Through this fundraiser, students were able to assist four families with their holiday festivities.

Mix-It-Up at Lunch

students mix it upStudents in the CMS Leadership Club organized a school-wide mix-it-up event on November 17. During lunch, all CMS students were given assigned seating that placed them at tables with other students they usually did not socialize with. To stimulate teamwork and conversation, each table was tasked with developing, as a group, lyrics for a song that would be sung by Ms. Barkman during morning announcements. The activity was designed to challenge social boundaries and foster communication between different student groups. 

Indoor Track & Field Team "Cleans Up"

students with bags of trashDuring practice on November 16, the Indoor Track & Field team went on a “clean up” run in the Village of Chatham. While on their thirty minute, three-to-four mile workout, the athletes stuffed litter into plastic bags each carried with them. Together, the forty students collected seventy-eight pounds of litter. The clean up run was organized by team coaches Katharine Sager and Suzanne Wightman. Price Chopper supported the effort by providing the team with bags, as well as a $25 gift certificate that the team will donate to the Morris Memorial in Chatham, in appreciation of the Morris allowing Chatham athletes to work out on its small track in times of inclement weather.

Second Grade Artwork Featured at Downtown Gallery
art gallery reception

Second grade students enjoyed playing the starring role as the featured artists at Artview Gallery, a professional display space located at 14 Main St. in Chatham. Under the direction of M.E.D. art teacher Susan Grybas, the young artists each created two self- portraits for their show- one life-like, the other abstract. The two self-images were than juxtaposed on a single piece of paper for display. The installation, titled "Portraits of an Artist," kicked off November 18 with an artist’s reception for the students, their families, and other fans of the arts. Artview Gallery donated their entire space for this installation, which included artwork from eighty-three M.E.D. second graders. Their show ran through December 3rd. View artwork...

CHS Students Address Bullying With Art

students tapes down "victim" imageSeniors recently created and hung an installation of art carrying their anti-bullying message to their peers. Graffiti-style posters implore fellow students to “Stand Together,” “Speak Up,” and “Be Respectful.” On the floor beneath the posters lie four human forms, all symbolic victims of the harm bullying can cause.
The students created their anti-bullying messages as part of their Fine Arts Workshop class.The class’s teacher, Mrs. Harrigan, presented a lesson in public art and spoke about the responsibility artists have to respond to social concerns with serious messages. The seniors then each prepared their own message about a social issue contemporary to them, bullying amongst young people.

vets with flagsMiddle School Students Honor Veterans

Chatham Middle School honored local veterans with a Veterans Day assembly, held November 10 in the CMS auditorium. Each year, CMS invites veterans from the community to attend the ceremony, and those veterans in attendance were asked to stand and be honored. For well over a minute, applause rang through the house as the entire school showed their appreciation for the veteran’s service and sacrifice.

Fall Festival of Shakespeare at CHS

play MacbethThe 2011 CHS production of Macbeth involved over fifty students in all aspects of theatre production; from acting and directing to lighting, sound, costumes, and set design.The production is run through Shakespeare & Company of Lenox, Mass, who’s directors, technicians, costumers, and actors worked with Chatham students every day since the last week in September through to the public performances held November 11th and 12th at CH, with a final performance held at the Fall Festival of Shakespeare at Founders’ Theatre in Lenox on November 17.

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CMS and MED Students Build Literacy Skills Together

students reading togetherSixth graders took a class trip to MED to share their reading and storytelling skills with some of Chatham's youngest learners. This service-learning project paired each sixth grader with a first grade reading buddy. Together, they talked about books and took turns reading to one another. Reading together not only benefited the elementary students, it helped the middle schoolers as well, putting them in a leadership role and giving them an opportunity to gain confidence in their own literacy. The sixth graders also got to show off their oral storytelling talents by relating tales they had developed with storyteller Barry Marshall, who recently held a week-long residency at CMS with the sixth and seventh grades.

Zaik Hands out booksThird Graders Receive Free Dictionaries from Rotary

Children were all smiles on November 3rd, when the Northern Columbia County Rotary donated dictionaries to every third grade student at Mary E. Dardess Elementary School. Rotarian Ed Zaik, himself an MED parent, visited each third grade classroom to personally deliver the books into the hands of our young readers. The dictionaries were a gift for the students to use throughout the school year and to take home.


student gives book presentationBook Talk

In fifth grade, students were busy preparing for their “book talks.” To help strengthen reading comprehension and listening skills, each student was tasked with presenting their class with a 3-5 minute presentation on a book they had recently read. Presenters discussed their book’s author and gave a summary of the story, highlighting the main characters, setting, plot and theme. Each student also selected and read excerpts from his or her book and talked about what they liked or disliked about the story. Throughout each student’s book talk, their peers took notes and rated the presentation.

award winnersFall Sports Awards

The Chatham Athletic Booster Club sponsored an awards banquet for athletes who participated in our fall sports program. The event took place at CHS the evening of Wednesday, November 16th. See list of winners and their awards here ...


CMS Recognized at National Character Ed Forum

receiving the award recognitionDuring the 2011 National Forum on Character Education in San Francisco, Chatham Middle School was recognized as one of only three middle schools nationally to receive the distinction of "National School of Character." CMS received the honor in 2011 following numerous other character education awards. CMS guidance counselors Jackie Hoffman and Cyndi Herron, with technology teacher Sara Murray, attended the forum and accepted the award on behalf of CMS. They also presented a workshop on "Creating Character through Serving Others" and participated in many professional development events. Read more...

Herbs from the School Garden

students harvest gardenEven with winter just around the corner, the M.E.D. garden still had plenty of tasty plants to offer. In late October, teaching assistant Mrs. Patty Goodwin took some 3rd and 4th graders out to the school garden to harvest some herbs before the cold weather and snow came. The students used the garden produce to create a stir fry with a mixture of vegetables and herbs. The children enjoyed tasting the “fruits of their labor.” Shown here, students cut basil and parsley for drying and preserving. The garden was "seeded" with an initial grant from the Columbia County Health Department, and has been supported by donations from Hudson River Bank and Trust and The Rhinestrom Hill Community Foundation.

students paintingMentoring Program Harvest Festival

Students involved in the CMS mentoring program and their adult mentors hosted a Harvest Festival for local preschool children on October 26th. The event was held in the CMS gym, where middle school students paired up with their preschool buddies for a morning of fun and games, face painting, arts and crafts, and more.
The Harvest Fest is an annual event at CMS, and hosting it gives students the opportunity to build leadership skills, connect with their community in a meaningful way, and have a lot of fun in the process.


students decorates pumpkinStaff Look-A-Like Pumpkin Decorating Contest

The sixth grade held a fun and creative pumpkin decorating contest this October, where students crafted pumpkins to look like Middle School staff. Students painted, drew, pinned and glued their pumpkins into round orange versions of their favorite staff members. On October 24, a winner from each homeroom, as well an overall Grand Champion, was selected from the many worthy entries. Learn who won and compare winning pumpkins to their respective staff here...

Halloween paradeHalloween Parade

A little wet snow on the ground did not dampen the spirit of our Halloween parade. The afternoon of October 31st, our ghouls, goblins, pirates and princesses paraded around the building to show off their costumes to the large crowd of parents who gathered to watch. The annual parade is a longstanding tradition at M.E.D.


class photoFinancial Literacy

Heather Flanagan, High School Coordinator of Bryant and Stratton College (center), visited Chatham High School's Financial Literacy class in September. She presented fun facts about cover letters and resumes. Students are preparing their own resumes and job searching materials as part of the class.


firefighter with studentsFire Safety Day

Volunteer firefighters visited CMS to talk with fifth and sixth grade students about how local fire companies help keep our communities safe from the dangers of fire. The firefighters showed off special firefighting equipment such as a heat imaging camera, and talked with the students about fire safety practices everyone should observe. Fire safety day is an annual October event at CMS.


book fairCMS PTSA Book Fair

To promote literacy and raise funds for the many initiatives it provides CMS students, the Parent Teacher Student Association held an October book fair at CMS. The PTSA offered an exciting selection of age-appropriate reading material and accessories. Students could purchase items during school hours in the hallway outside the cafeteria.


rolling doughDutch Apple Pies

In honor of National Food Day (October 24th) and to enhance their social studies unit about the early Dutch settlers in New York, students in Mrs. Rossi’s and Mrs. Beaudoin’s fourth grade class made homemade Dutch apple pies. Students learned about the history of the pie and how early settlers had to grind their own spices, grow their own fruit, and go through much more in order to make an apple pie!


Jeri and Barry at CMSStorytelling Residency at CMS

To kick off a week long residency at Chatham Middle School, the Storycrafters (Jeri Burns, PHD and Barry Marshall) held an assembly for sixth and seventh graders. Integrating songs and musical instruments, their stories honored world cultures by telling stories in traditional ways, and also through modern renditions of older stories. Throughout the week, Mr. Marshall brought his craft into the classroom, working with each sixth and seventh grade class to hone storytelling skills.

students sein for fishClubs take Environmental "Snapshot" of Hudson River

Chatham High School’s Ecology Club and Environmental Science Club took a field trip to the Henry Hudson Riverfront Park in Hudson to participate in the DEC’s 9th annual “Day in the Life of the Hudson River Estuary.” Students used hands-on field techniques to examine water chemistry, collect plant and animal specimens, and note temperature, turbidity and tide levels.

Inside Van Allen HouseBringing History to Life

As part of their study of local history, fourth grade students from Chatham’s Mary E. Dardess Elementary School visited the Luykas Van Allen House and Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse this October. Located in Kinderhook, the buildings stand nearby one another and are operated as a museum by the Columbia County Historical Society. Historical society museum educators were on hand to give the students a guided tour of the culturally important structures and the history and design behind them.

chloe powers drawing river scenePainting the Hudson River

Students in Mrs. Tomaso’s Drawing and Painting Class have been studying classic and contemporary Hudson River painters. On October 6th, the class took a field trip to the Henry Hudson Riverfront Park in Hudson to draw the breathtaking views of the Hudson River. Their drawings and photographs from that trip will be used as inspiration and prep work to enable the art students to create an oil painting in class.

students study treeCultivating Knowledge

Third grade students started the 2011-2012 school year learning about plants and seeds. The students learned about the rewards and benefits of cultivating a garden and planting trees. To augment the section on plants, as well as the third grade’s upcoming exploration of Venetian culture (including Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons), third grade teacher Sandy Myers orchestrated the donation of a flowering crabapple tree for the students to plant and study.

CMS Addressing Needs of Students with Disabilities

The NYS Education Department has identified Chatham Middle School as a “school in need of improvement” based on state assessment results in English Language Arts for students with disabilities. Test scores for students at the middle school level indicated that the “students with disabilities” subgroup did not meet improvement benchmarks set by the state. Schools that do not show adequate yearly progress for two years in a row in the same subject, grade or subgroup are considered in need of improvement.

It should be noted that, in all other areas of assessment, students met state standards and Chatham CSD remains a “district in good standing” according to the State Education Department.

Chatham CSD utilizes such state assessments, as well as other data to identify and address areas of our educational program that need improvement. As a result, CMS has already put in place measures to improve the progress all our students make, including those with disabilities. Read more...

Staff Race for the Cure

race for cure team at corning plazaA team from Chatham CSD participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, held October 1st in Albany. Staff from M.E.D., Chatham Middle School and Chatham High School ran the 5 kilometer race or helped raise funds for breast cancer research. M.E.D. principal Kristen Reno organized Chatham’s Team, which raised over $1,000.
The Albany race is one of many Susan G. Komen for the Cure events held nationwide. The charity is a grassroots organization and a major source of non-profit funds dedicated to curing breast cancer.

JDRF WalkStudents Join Fight Against Juvenile Diabetes

Chatham students formed a team for the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation Walk for the Cure, held September 25 in Albany.CHS freshmen Danny Kneller, along with CMS students Lauren Wrigley Casey Wheeler formed the “Pathetic Pancreas” team to raise money for type one diabetes research. The three recruited classmates, teachers, coaches and community members who together raised over $5,000 for diabetes research. Pictured here, teammates (in green) head out on the five kilometer walk through Corporate Woods.

students with donationsHelping Greene County Students Get Back to School

Students at M.E.D. participated in a District-wide effort to collect school supplies for Windham, NY schools. Students brought in pens, pencils, notepads and more to support fellow students in Greene County following the flooding there.

Together with students at CHS and CMS, they helped collect several cases of school supplies, which were delivered to hard hit schools in Windham on September 23rd.

collectionsChatham Collects Supplies for Greene County Schools
in Need

To help out Greene County schools damaged by flooding caused by Hurricane Irene, Chatham Central School District held a District-wide collection of school supplies. Throughout September, students and staff at Chatham’s High school, Middle School and Mary E. Dardess Elementary School collected donations of pens, pencils, notepads, crayons, glue, and other everyday school and office supplies to replace those washed away by flood waters.

Tall Tales PerformanceTall Tales and Heroes

M.E.D. students met some larger-than-life characters from American folklore when the Columbia County Youth Theatre stopped by to perform their musical review “Tall Tales and Heroes.” Through song, story and dance, the young performers introduced students to well-known characters like Davey Crockett, Johnny Appleseed and Paul Bunion, as well as lesser known heroes like Molly Pitcher, Alfred Bulltop Stormalong, and Calamity Jane. This special assembly was held September 15th.

Join One of Our Committees - Help Shape the Future of Chatham CSD

To coincide with District goals set by the Board of Education, Chatham Central School District is asking for parent, student and community member participation in a number of our committees and work groups. Volunteers will play an important role in setting goals and making improvements to our educational program. Learn more by visiting one of the links below.

Committee/Work Group Opportunities for Parents and Community Members

Committee/Work Group Opportunities for Students

football game under new lightsSeason Kicks Off Under the New Lights

The Chatham varsity football team took to the field the evening of Friday, September 9th to play their first game under the District's new lights. The panthers prevailed with a 42-6 win over Voorheesville in the Class C South Division competition. The new lights are brighter and set on taller poles, providing players and fans alike with a better view of the action on the field. The lighting project was approved by voters in 2010 and completed this summer.

fair boothDistrict Hosts Booth at County Fair

Chatham Central School District hosted an informational booth at the 2011 Columbia County Fair, giving fairgoers the opportunity to learn more about how public education is being delivered here in Chatham.  Board of Education members, along with District staff and student leaders, were on hand to provide insight into our school’s many programs, initiatives, accomplishments and challenges. This was the first year the District provided such a booth at the fair, which was held August 31-September 5.

Columbia County Reports Printing Error Regarding Acreage on Tax Bills

The Columbia County Real Property Tax Service Agency (CCRPTSA) has reported a printing error on the 2011-2012 School Tax Bills. When the bills were printed, each parcel’s acreage was erroneously rounded up or down, so the bills may display acreage that is different from the actual size of the parcel. This is a printing error only and this error does not affect the amount you owe.

The dollar amount shown on your tax bill is the correct amount of taxes owed. Your tax bill was not calculated from the acreage shown on the bill; it was calculated using the School District’s Tax Rolls, which display the correct acreage for each parcel.
For more information, please refer to the CCRPTA release issued 9/1/2011 regarding the acreage printing error.

New Hires Learn the Ropes at Teacher Orientation

orientation Chatham welcomed its newest teachers with two days of orientation on August 24th and 25th. The new teachers were familiarized on the ins-and-outs of our buildings, educational program and academic culture. The new hires include kindergarten teacher Kimberly Cowles, special education teachers Kalyn Fleck and Kelly Lynch, science teacher Megan Perry, grade five teacher Jennifer Ment, and mathematics teacher Jessica Decker.  Please welcome them to the District.

playSuccessful Tale for Language Concepts program, thanks to CEF

Students from Mr. Botsford’s Language Concepts summer program became actors in a play of their creation. Their performance of “The Six Little Pigs and One Very Bad Wolf” was held in the Chatham Middle School auditorium on August 10 before an applauding audience. With their pig and wolf hats on, the students gave a performance they should be very proud of. The Chatham Education Foundation supported this program. Read more...

Three Chatham Students Sing with Statewide Middle School Honor Choir

studentsThis year's New York American Choral Directors Association’s Middle School Honor Choir, a chorus composed of select middle school students from throughout the state, included three students from Chatham (left to right) Cassie Pearson, Maddie Morrell and Sadie Kratt. These talented young singers gave a free performance with director Craig Denison on August 21st in the Crowne Plaza hotel in Albany. The concert included selections such as “Bonse Aba”, “Revise Your Plan”, “My Funny Valentine”, “The Dove and the Olive Leaf”, and “Take Me to the Water.”

Chatham CSD Receives Gift of Driver Education Vehicle

instructor with carThis summer, the Chatham Central School District received the donation of a 2000 Plymouth Breeze for use in our newly expanded driver education program. The vehicle was the gift of Mackay’s Driving School in East Greenbush, whose owner, Peter Mackay, has been involved with our program for many years. The car will be operated by Chatham driver education students under the supervision of a certified driving instructor. It includes special features such as an additional passenger-side brake pedal for the instructor and markings alerting other drivers that the car is operated by a student driver. Read more...

Meet the New Leadership Team at CMS

Please welcome Interim Principal Annemarie Barkman and Assistant Principal Karen Bechdol to Chatham Middle School. As the Middle School's new leadership team, the two have been hard at work this summer preparing for when students return in September.

BarkmanAs Interim Principal, Annemarie Barkman brings to Chatham years of administrative experience in public education, most recently working as Interim Superintendent of Schools for the Coxsackie-Athens Central School District. Barkman takes the reins at CMS following former principal Gordon Fitting ‘s retirement at the end of the 2010-2011 school year.

Also new to CMS, but not to Chatham, is Assistant Principal Karen Bechdol. Bechdol is the current assistant principal at Chatham High School and will now split her time between the Middle School and High School in her new role as HS/MS assistant principal. Mrs. Bechdol replaces Assistant Principal Larry Burud, who also retired at the end of the school year.

students in studioLanguage Concepts Students Create with Clay at Local Studio

On July 28, Language Concepts students visited the home and art studio of one of M.E.D.’s students, Sam Bartlett. Sam’s father and mother are both visual artists and gave the students a tour of their home and studio. The Bartletts also showed the students various techniques for working with clay and the students had the opportunity to create their own works of art. Read more...

BarkmanChatham Welcomes Interim Principal at CMS

Please welcome Ms. Annemarie Barkman, who was appointed Interim Principal of Chatham Middle School by the Board of Education in June. Ms. Barkman officially took the reins CMS in July, following the retirement of Gordon Fitting at the end of the 2010-2011 school year.
“I am very happy to be here in Chatham,” Ms. Barkman said. “This is a bountiful area and a beautiful school.”

2011-12 Calendar of Events Now Available Online

The Chatham CSD calendar of events for the 2011-2012 school year is now available on the School Calendar weblink. The print version of this calendar will be mailed to District parents/guardians in late August.


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