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Dr. Cheryl Nuciforo, Superintendent


2012-13 News

Board Votes in Favor of Consolidation

At its regular meeting June 25, the Board of Education voted 8-1 in favor of consolidating the Chatham Central School District. Effective at the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year, Chatham Middle School will be closed as the instructional location for grades 6-8. The grade configuration at the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School will become K-6, and the grade configuration at the current High School will become 7-12. The Chatham Middle School building will be repurposed to house the District’s business offices, and the Board is exploring other uses for the building as well. In the late fall, the Board plans to put a capital project before voters that would support the consolidation as well as make necessary upgrades at MED and CHS. Read more...

CMS 4th Quarter Honor Roll

CMS has released its honor roll for the fourth quarter of the 2012-2013 school year. See who made the list...

CHS 4th Quarter Honor Roll

CHS has released the honor roll for the fourth quarter of the 2012-2013 school year. See who made the list...

students receives medalCongratulations to the Class of 2013!

102 worthy graduates received their diplomas on June 21st. Commencement was held on the football field before hundreds of parents, friends and family. The CHS Class of 2013 boasted thirty-five seniors who graduated with four-year honors. Fourteen Regents Diplomas with Advanced Designation with Honors, twenty-one Regents Diplomas with Advanced Designation, and three regents diplomas with honors were awarded. Eighty percent of Chatham's 2013 graduates plan to pursue higher education. See photos.

buses leave MED on the last day of schoolEnjoy the Summer Break!

June 21st marked the last day of classes for the 2012-2013 school year. As the busses pulled away from the school for the last time this year, the staff at the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School were all out to partake the traditional waving goodbye to the students and wishing them a happy summer vacation. Enjoy the summer and we will see you September 4th!

Chatham Recognized Nationally as a "Best Community" for Music

The NAMM Foundation has recognized Chatham CSD for its outstanding commitment to music education with a 2013 Best Communities for Music Education designation. Out of over 2,000 school districts across the country in the running, Chatham joins 307 in receiving the prestigious distinction this year. The Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) highlights school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining a strong and vibrant music education curriculum. Read more...

Chatham Educators Take First-Hand Look at New Educational Models

Chatham and other area educators traveled to Ohio this spring to get a first-hand look at schools using creative educational models as part of efforts to further improve how they teach students. In Cleveland, they visited New Tech @ East Tech High School, a school utilizing project based learning, technology and a cooperative learning environment to engage students. They also visited Canton Early College High School, a program that provides high school students the opportunity to earn both a high school diploma and associate’s degree. Read more...

CMS Hay Award Winners

Congratulations to the following students, who were selected by the faculty to receive the Hay Award for the 2012-13 school year.
Grade 6: Margot Marie Schassler
Grade 7: Alexandra Carrizales
Grade 8: Katharine Schassler
The Hay Awards recognize students’ interest and accomplishments in the study of English and penmanship, and are made possible through the “Tom and Nancy Hay Scholarship Fund."

Class of 2013 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Cailtin GilliaganCaitlin Gilligan, daughter of Mr. Allen and Mrs. Karen Gilligan of East Chatham has been named Chatham High School’s class of 2013 Valedictorian. Caitlin is a member of the National Honor Society, CHS Band, Varsity Basketball, Varsity Soccer, and Varsity Softball. She was a part of the State Championship winning softball team in 2012. She was also a delegate for Model Congress. She has received numerous recognitions such as: Student of the Quarter, Highest Average,  Scholar Athlete, and Fine Arts award. Caitlin was awarded the NYS Physical Education Leadership award, and was named Chatham’s 2013 Girls Basketball Scholar Athlete. She is a committee member for Sean’s Run, and also a team captain for Relay for Life. She has won numerous awards for her work in 4H and has coached Little League Softball. She has recently been awarded The Alice and Murray Giddings Foundation Scholarship, and was a finalist for the Wendy’s Heisman award. Caitlin plans to Elizabeth Paolucciattend  Colgate University in the fall majoring in Political Science.

Elizabeth Paolucci, daughter of Carl and Martha Paolucci of Canaan, has been named Chatham High School’s Class of 2013 Salutatorian. Elizabeth is Secretary of National Honor Society, President of National Art Honor Society, and Co-Captain of Varsity Golf. She is also a member of Model Congress, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), and Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Club. Throughout high school, Elizabeth has received Highest Average Awards, Most Effort Awards, and Student of the Quarter Awards. Among other recognitions, she has been selected as the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) “Good Citizen” of Chatham High School. This fall, Elizabeth will be attending Elmira College.

math carnivalNumbers Add Up to Fun at CMS Math Carnival

7th graders hosted a “Math Carnival” in the CMS gym on June 20th. Prior to the event, the 7th graders worked in groups to develop carnival style games of chance or skill. They determined the theoretical probability of winning their game. The students played their games 200 times to come up with an experimental probability, which they compared to their theoretical probability. The day of the carnival, both the 5th and 6th grades visited to play the games and win tickets that could be redeemed for prizes. Read more...

Hay award winnersMED Hay Award Winners

Congratulations to Ella Boshart (grade 4), Gabrielle Fisher (grade 3), and Heather Damia (grade 5) who were selected by school faculty to receive the Hay Award for the 2012-13 school year. The Hay Awards recognize students’ interest and accomplishments in the study of English and penmanship, and include a monetary award made possible through the “Tom and Nancy Hay Scholarship."

Bookmark contest winnersMED Bookmark Contest Winners

MED students designed their own bookmarks in the school's 3rd Annual Bookmark Contest. First place winners received a $15 dollar gift certificate from the Chatham Bookstore and had their bookmarks professionally printed and distributed to their fellow classmates. Second and third place winners each received reading lights. Their winning bookmarks were on display at the Chatham Bookstore in July.
Read more and see contest winners...

NJHS Project Receives National Award

students and advisors with awardThe CMS National Junior Honor Society's (NJHS) annual Holiday Senior Luncheon was selected as one of 2013's Outstanding Service Projects by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and National Junior Honor Society. The OSP award recognizes NHS and NJHS chapters that have made significant service contributions to their communities. At Chatham, NJHS students plan and host an annual holiday celebration for seniors filled with food, music, games, crafts, and most importantly, intergenerational discussions. The event is always well attended and well enjoyed by area seniors. Read more...

District Earns Safety Excellence Award

Chatham CSD has received the “2013 School Safety Excellence Award” from the Utica National Insurance Group. The award includes three levels in which schools can earn a meritorious distinction by meeting specific safety criteria, and Chatham was awarded the highest with a Titanium level distinction. Chatham received a certificate commemorating the District’s safety efforts and a $500 award for use in furthering school safety efforts. Utica National insures more than 300 schools in NY and presented the award at its 33rd annual school safety seminar in March. Read more...

Key communicatorsCMS Recognizes Key Communicator Group

CMS honored its Key Communicator Group students with a special luncheon and awards on June 14. Interim principal Annemarie Barkman presented each student with a certificate recognizing the service they provided to their school over the past year. They acted as an important communication link between students and school administrators by spreading the word about school events and new rules and procedures, and helped dispel rumors. Read more...

students pose with assemblyman McLaughlinFourth Graders Visit NYS Capitol

In June, MED's fourth grade class visited the State Capitol for a first hand look into New York State government. The fourth graders and their teachers were were welcomed by Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin and were treated to a fun and educational day at the Capitol which included a tour, an opportunity to view a live Assembly session in progress and a special visit from 12 year-old actress Fátima Ptacek, the voice of the television show “Dora the Explorer.”

student receives certificate from superintendentCareer Exploration Internship Program

This school year, through a partnership with Questar III BOCES, CHS offered a Career Exploration Internship Program for seniors. The program placed students in work sites that matched their career interests and paired students with an employer mentor with whom they developed work schedules and job training plans. Students completed fifty-four internship hours, and upon successful completion of the program this June, received a Certificate of Employability recognized in 11 area counties.

Arbor Day celebrationArbor Day Honors Kathy White

MED honored Kathy White of the Ghent Food Pantry during our annual Arbor Day celebration held June 7th. Fourth grade students performed the traditional Maypole dance and put on a play highlighting Mrs. White's life and her many accomplishments. Principal Kirsten Reno presented her with a plaque, and in accepting it, White spoke about the importance of helping others and encouraged students to find their own ways to serve their community.

NJHS pledgeCMS Inducts 54 into National Junior Honor Society

Chatham Middle School proudly initiated fifty-four students into National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) during an induction ceremony held in the school's auditorium the evening of June 4th. NJHS membership is open to students in grades six through eight who demonstrate outstanding qualities in scholarship, character, service, leadership, and citizenship.
See who joined NJHS...

Moody with track teamFreihofer's Runner Visits Panthers Track & Field

World Class runner Tera Moody (center, standing) spoke to members of Chatham's Track & Field teams bright and early the morning of May 31. Moody, a long-distance runner from Boulder, Colorado, was in the Capital Region to compete in the 35th Freihofer's Run for Women on June 1st. Her visit to CHS was part of the Freihofer's Run for Women school visitation program, where elite athletes share their experiences with student athletes, and was organized by Chatham track coach Suzanne Wightman.

light bulbMED Students Get Charged Up at Electricity, Science Fairs

The fourth grade wing was alight with scientific activity on May 31st. Mr. Stead’s fourth grade class hosted an electricity fair while Ms. Collins' and Ms. Feller's fourth graders held science fairs in their classrooms. Each student designed and built their own working display dealing with either an electrical aspect or scientific theory, while students from other classes visited to view the projects and learn from the fourth graders. Read more...

Twenty-Six Join National Honor Society at CHS

Chatham High School inducted twenty-six juniors into National Honor Society during a ceremony held at the school May 29. To be eligible for this honor, these students must not only excel in their scholastic studies, they also must display outstanding character and leadership qualities, and actively serve their school and community. Read more...

Boys Track & Field Section 2 – Group 3 Champs

boys trackChatham's Boys Track & Field were Section 2 – Group 3 Champions on Friday, May 24.The meet was held at Knox Field in Johnstown, NY and rain and cold temperatures aside; all events were contested and Chatham Boys came out on top! Chatham had many top three finishes where athletes receive a prestigious “sectional” patch. The boys received an impressive 25 patches! The boys took the Patroon title May 17.
Learn more...

Jackie Rogers“Self-Portraits” - Second Grade Artist in Residence Program

Illustrator Jackie Rogers visited art classes at MED as part of a second grade artist in residence program this April and May. Students interviewed Rogers about her profession and she showed them examples of her work, talked about her career, and described her typical work day. Rogers then broke out paper and pastel to create a self-portrait and demonstrate some of her drawing and shading techniques for the students. Later, she helped students create their own self portraits.

Battle of the Books at CMS

The first ever CMS Battle of the Books was held in the CMS Library on May 29. The event was sponsored by the CMS Book Club and was organized by students with advisors Michele Debye-Saxinger, ELA 7 teacher, and school librarian Donna Eager. Battle of the Books is a team reading competition. Fifteen students in grade 6-8 read the five titles which were selected by the book club members: The Giver, The Thief Lord, The Uglies, Out of the Dust and Witch & Wizard. The teams then competed to see who knew the most about the books. The winners of the competition, who received writing journals, were: 7th graders: Laura Coe, Teya Fuhlbrigg-Moss, Jasmin Kaur, Riley Kidd, and Madison Newton; and 6th grader Charley Kidd. Following the event, all participants enjoyed make-your-own sundaes donated by Stewart’s.

Ian Schillenger-BrokawIan Schillenger-Brokaw wins 3rd Place in Scholarship Essay Contest

Big Mind Learning, an educational firm serving students in the Capital Region and beyond, announced the winners of its third annual Big Mind Learning Scholarship Essay Contest. Chatham High School senior Ian Schillinger-Brokaw won this year’s $50 third place scholarship award for his essay entitled “Leaving Public School Behind." The contest was available to high school juniors and seniors in six counties and only six total winners were announced.

minotaur"Theseus and the Minotaur"

The MED 4th & 5th Grade Drama Club performed "Theseus and the Minotaur" on May 17 and 18 in the Chatham High School auditorium. Their musical performance was based on the ancient Greek myth about a young hero who must defeat a man-eating mythical beast that lives in a labyrinth. Students adapted the story into a script, wrote their own scenes, and painted many of the sets themselves. The play was directed by Emilia Teasdale, with assistant director Kristen Clark and choreography by Brianne Collins.

Nancy Castaldo PARP Brings Author to MED

In conclusion to the Parents As Reading Partners (PARP) program at MED, the PTA had Nancy Castaldo in for an assembly. Castaldo is a former environmental educator and the author of many notable nature books for children including Deserts, Oceans, Rainforests, Rainy Day Play, River Wild, Sunny Days and Starry Nights and Winter Day Play. She is a member of the Chatham community and was happy to come and give her presentation to the same elementary school that her daughter attended.

Twenty-Six Join National Honor Society

Chatham High School inducted twenty-six juniors into National Honor Society during a ceremony held at the school May 29. To be eligible for this honor, these students must not only excel in their scholastic studies, they also must display outstanding character and leadership qualities, and actively serve their school and community. Read more...

Arbor Day Honors Assembly

As part of Arbor Day on May 23, CHS held an Honors Assembly to award student achievement in the 2012-2013 school year. See list of awards and recipients...

WMHT Session in the MED LibraryWMHT Family Literacy Night

MED hosted a WMHT Family Literacy Night in the school library this April. WMHT outreach educators led a program designed to help children develop a love of reading and provide parents with tools to promote literacy at home. Families watched a video based on the book "Bear Snores On" and read stories aloud. Later, they made bear stick puppets and mouse bag puppets to act out stories with and each family received a take-home literacy packet that included a copy of “Bear Snores On.”  This program are made possible through the Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation.

CMS, MED Student Leaders Attend Conference

girls at alpha nu conferenceFive 5th grade girls and five 6th grade girls joined school counselors Mrs. Hoffman and Mrs. Herron at a “Women Helping Girls” conference held at Columbia Green Community College May 31.  The event was hosted by the Delta Kappa Gamma Alpha Nu Local Chapter and was a wonderful learning opportunity for our future female leaders. The girls participated in workshops and were able to interact with women leaders in our community. Shown here at the conference are: (front row) Jackie Hoffman, Alexandria Mickle, Jessica McMann, Katelyne George, Emily Westover, Chloe Holsapple; (back row) Cynthia Herron, Jessica Pilkington, Maria Castellanos, Alicia Dick, Madeline Powers, McKenzie Pritchett.

Class of 2013 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 2013. 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 Winding Brook Country Club on Thursday, May 23, 2013. See Honor Students of the Class of 2013...

pre prom expoPre Prom Expo

The CHS chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) hosted a pre-prom expo in the cafeteria on May 10. There were multiple agencies there to highlight the importance of making positive choices, including representatives from Columbia County STOP DWI, The REACH Center, and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department.This event was strategically planned to be right before the prom in hopes of raising awareness about safety and the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

students program robotMED STEM Club Gets Technical

STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and math, and at MED this spring, students who joined their school's STEM Club enjoyed problem solving activities that incorporated these areas of learning. One area the STEM club explored was robotics. Students worked in teams to build LEGO robots, then used a computer to program them to do simple tasks. STEM Club is an after school program for select students in grades 3-5 and is advised by 4th grade teacher Michael Stead. Purchase of the robots was made possible by through a grant from the Chatham Education Foundation.

Cox_richardVisiting Artist Shares Vision with Fine Arts Students

As part of a supplementary learning experience organized by the Millay Colony and the arts program at Chatham High School, the Senior Fine Arts class was fortunate enough to hear from sculptor Lily Cox-Richard, who is currently an artist in residence at the Milay Colony for the Arts in Austerlitz. Cox-Richard was generous enough to share her knowledge and talent with the class as well as share examples of her artwork. CHS senior and fine arts student Grace Rugen contributed an article about Cox-Richard's visit. Read more...

Track qualifier meetChatham Track Athletes Qualify for States

The Chatham Boys Track & Field team qualified ten individual athletes in seven events for the New York State Track & Field Championship (which will be held June 7th and 8th at Middletown High School in Middletown, NY) at Knox Field, in Johnstown, NY on May 30th and 31st. See who headed to states, as well as full results from the qualifier meet here...

Kathy WhiteMED to Honor Food Pantry Director Kathy White at Arbor Day Celebration

Ghent Food Pantry director Kathy White will be the honored guest at MED's 2013 Arbor Day Celebration, held Friday, June 7th. The school encourages members of the public to attend this special community event, held on the M.E.D. lawn (MED gymnasium if raining) at 9:30 a.m. The event will include a student play honoring White’s achievements, a brief history of Arbor Day, the traditional Maypole dance performed by the fourth grade, and a tree planting ceremony. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP by calling the MED office at 392-1530 no later than June 3. Learn more..

Students return from natures classroomNature's Classroom

In June, the 5th grade attended Nature's Classroom, a week-long residential learning program in Becket, MA. During the trip, students were involved in not only nature study, but also special interest projects like building bridges, learning the physics of hot air balloons, team problem solving activities, and other positive group interactions that help students develop greater respect for one another. The trip is an annual 5th grade event. Shown here, students return to a welcoming crowd of parents at MED.

Ross Wightman and Kayla DotyWightman, Doty Honored at 'Player of the Week' Banquet

Seniors Ross Wightman and Kayla Doty were honored at the WNYT Dunkin' Donuts Player of the Week Banquet, held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Clifton Park May 19. Ross and Kayla were part of the banquet because both were featured in separate WNYT High School Sports Player of the Week segments this school year, which recognized them for being stars both on and off-the-field.
You can view their on-air segments here...

Grim Reaper Brings Important Reminder to CHS

Grim Reaper and VictimCHS SADD hosted Grim Reaper Day at their school May 14. The event raised awareness of the potentially deadly consequences of drinking and driving, a timely reminder for prom and graduation season. Every 33 minutes, a SADD member sounded a gong over the school loud speaker, symbolizing the one person who dies nearly every half-hour in an alcohol related crash. With each gong, a SADD member dressed as the Grim Reaper appeared and plucked a student out of class, painted a tear drop on the student’s face, placed a death certificate around his or her neck, and gave the student a T-shirt with a message such as “I am just a memory.” Read more...

Gilligan and BordellCaitlin Gilligan, Mr. Bordell Honored at Scholar's Recognition Dinner

Senior Caitlin Gilligan (right) and English teacher Terry Bordell were honored at the 2013 Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) Scholars Recognition Dinner, held at the Desmond Hotel in Colonie on May 8th. The annual event celebrates academic excellence and is reserved for Capital Region seniors who have demonstrated exceptional scholarship and service to their community. As part of her recognition, Caitlin was asked to nominate the teacher who had the greatest influence on her high school career, and she chose Mr. Bordell to be honored alongside her.

kids learn about ice cream Hard at Work, Hard at Fun

MED students are hard at fun these days after school. The MED PTA is sponsoring a new After-school Enrichment Program this spring and Chatham elementary students are ready for hands-on fun and learning. Students are taking part in art, yoga, acting and improvisation, hands on nature projects, ceramics, cartooning, puppet making and ice-cream making. Next year MED will have an even greater selection of classes for students to choose from, when After-school Enrichment will take place in the fall and late winter.

Panthers Baseball, Softball Teams Patroon Conference Champs

baseball teamChatham’s varsity baseball and softball teams took the Patroon Conference title in separate wins over Taconic Hills May 15. This marks the third straight year that both teams have won the conference title.
Baseball Team Members: Front row - Kody Skype, Brayden Steltz; Middle Row – bat boy Hunter Scheriff, Devyn Lockenwitz, Caleb Gregg, Steve Munson, Joe Williams, Gunnar Himmel, Flynn O’Connell and Scorekeeper Mackenzy Morgan; Back Row – assistant coach Kevin Skype, team manager softball teamTim Wheeler,Cody Hall, Brandon Tessitore, Cody Coons, Garrett Jornov, Nick Shaw, Kevin LeClair, Dylan Cox, Aaron Jackson, head coach
Scott Steltz, Cooper Steltz.
Softball Team Members: Front row - Michaela Smith, Lindsey Skype, Allison Mesick, Kaitlin Pearson, team manager Jenna Skype; back row - assistant coach Dan Gregg, Caitlin Gilligan, Leah Layton, Karey Jornov, Kayla Doty, Erica French, Samantha Zucco, Karlee Shields, Hannah Gregg, and head coach John Brantley.

Internet Awareness and Cyber Safety Night at MED June 3

MED is hosting an Internet Awareness and Cyber Safety Night for parents of elementary aged children. Investigator Anthony Brahm of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, who is a member of the FBI’s Capital Region Cyber Predator Task Force, will give parents tips  on how to keep their children safe online and provide ways for parents to effectively monitor their child’s social networking and other internet usage. This free program is for adults only, so please make childcare arrangements and join us in the MED cafeteria at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 3rd.

CMS Marching Panthers Step Out in Community Events

The CMS Marching Panthers made their debut performance this year in both the Chatham and Ghent Memorial Day Parades. Under the direction of Mr. Michael Graves, the 64 student platoon marched to the classic “When Johnny Comes Marching Home,” and the 1982 hit “Eye of the Tiger.” Thanks to the support of Teri Conte and the Fine Arts Booster Club, the Marching Panthers were able to be outfitted with their black polo shirts seen below. The Memorial Day Parade is a long time Chatham tradition which the CMS Marching Panthers were extremely proud to be a part of.

marching panthers

Cody HallCody Hall, Panthers Baseball Team
'Player' and 'Team of the Week'

On May 21, Chatham Panthers baseball pitcher Cody Hall was named Class B ‘Player of the Week” by the Times Union, while the entire varsity team was named ‘Team of the Week’. See Times Union write up...

Voting Results - May 21, 2013

2013-2014 Budget - Passed: 331 Yes - 151 No

Proposition #1 Student Representative - Passed: 421 Yes - 60 No

Candidates Elected to the Board of Education:
Muriel Faxon - 394
Craig Simmons - 355
Gail Behrens-Day - 314
Melony Spock - 330

Muriel Faxon, Craig Simmons and Melony Spock will serve 3-year terms through June 30, 2016, and Gail Behrens-Day will serve for one year until June 30, 2014, filling the unexpired term created by the resignation of Francis Iaconetti. Muriel Faxon and Craig Simmons will be sworn in immediately for the remainder of the 2012-13 school year.

Boys' Track & Field Takes Patroon Conference Title

boys track teamChatham Boys' Track & Field won the Patroon Conference Championship title May 17. They went undefeated this season with an 11-0 record. They also won the Conference in 2012 and tied Hudson and Maple Hill for the title in 2011. Team roster: Sean Alderdice, Evan Allen, Ian Allen, Colin Bingham, Ian Brokaw, Austin Burnell, Jamie Chaitman, Justin Custer, Dylan DeVito, Adrian Drake, Bryan Dwyer, Ethan Engel, Gabriel Franck, Bruce Hamm, Grant Horn, Matt Howes, Peter Howes, Haven Hutchinson, Rephael Joseph, Ben Kerner, Daniel Kneller, Max Lagonia, Kesean Leonard, Jon Mackerer, Ryan Mackerer, Jan Madsen, Ellis Okawa-Scannell, Bradley Oram, Travis Overby, Cassidy Palladino, Troy Peirce, Tyler Rivera, Evan Rugen, Matt Schaefer, Gawain Semlear, Kenny Sperl, Jake Tremper, Grant Verenazi, Tim Waddell, Casey Wheeler, Ross Wightman, Brody Witaszek. Results can be found at

Tales of the Underground Railroad

underground railroad playCMS invited Albany’s Capital Repertory Theatre to the school so students could experience an in-house performance of A Friend of a Friend: Tales of the Underground Railroad from the Capital Region. The show is an original docu-play developed at Capital Rep using New York State archival documents to highlight how the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 affected people in our region. Capital Rep's visit was part the the school's character education program and was made possible by a grant from the Chatham Education Foundation.

Important Message Concerning Internet Safety

Some of our elementary students have reported that they were contacted through an online messaging application known as “Kik Messenger” by someone presenting himself as a thirteen-year-old boy from Canada. This individual used inappropriate messages that were vulgar, intimidating, and potentially predatory. He also asked students for personal information, including addresses and photographs. This individual is using the name "Rafael Maizo," with a username of Kill22 or Kill23. The Columbia County Sherriff’s Department has investigated, and while the comments are concerning, none of them rose to the level of being criminal. To our knowledge, no child has been harmed. However, given the nature of the issue, we strongly encourage you to review your child’s online activity and talk to him or her about safe Internet practices. If you find anything that you consider a threat to your child, contact law enforcement. Read entire letter from Superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo...

CMS Arbor Day

Tree plantingCMS held its Arbor Day on May 23. The day's events focused around the theme of kindness and included games in the gym, an ice cream social on the lawn, and a variety show featuring the talents of the students. The school presented the Rescue Mission with 12 large boxes filled with toiletries and other necessities that students had collected for the homeless people the Mission serves. And of course, there was the annual tree planting, this year in honor of Mr. Gould, who is retiring after more than 40 years at Chatham. The tree was donated by Teri and Michael Conte.

MED, CMS Student Leaders Attend Conference

girls at alpha nu conferenceFive 5th grade girls and five 6th grade girls joined school counselors Mrs. Hoffman and Mrs. Herron at a “Women Helping Girls” conference held at Columbia Green Community College May 31.  The event was hosted by the Delta Kappa Gamma Alpha Nu Local Chapter and was a wonderful learning opportunity for our future female leaders. The girls participated in workshops and were able to interact with women leaders in our community. Shown here at the conference are: (front row) Jackie Hoffman, Alexandria Mickle, Jessica McMann, Katelyne George, Emily Westover, Chloe Holsapple; (back row) Cynthia Herron, Jessica Pilkington, Maria Castellanos, Alicia Dick, Madeline Powers, McKenzie Pritchett.

Wightman signs letter of intentWightman Headed to Iona

On May 10th, Chatham Cross Country and Track & Field standout Ross Wightman signed his National Letter of Intent to attend Iona College. Wightman made his commitment to the school and its cross country team official at a letter signing ceremony held in the Chatham High School lobby. The event was attended by Ross's family, friends, coaches, school staff and the media, and included a reception with refreshments.

softball team poses with wall of hopeChatham Softball Takes On Cancer

On May 6, Chatham Softball hosted a Coaches vs. Cancer game against Hudson. During the game, cancer survivors Anita Lossow and Kris Pearson threw out a dual first pitch, and the team wore pink wristbands to honor those battling cancer as well as cancer survivors, and won 13-0 to remain undefeated. Weeks prior, JV and varsity players sold Coaches vs. Cancer donation cards that they pinned up on a “Wall of Hope” at CHS, raising $330 for the American Cancer Society, as well as for the family of a Hudson teen who may be battling cancer for the 3rd time.

NYS Releases School Report Cards

The New York State Department of Education has released report card data on local schools for the 2011-12 school year. The report cards include information on district and individual school profile data, schools' standardized test scores and graduation rates, and more. See Chatham CSD's NYS School Report Card...

Thielen demonstratezs printing to studentsVisiting Artist

Sixth graders learned the art of monoprinting by creating Japanese style books with visiting artist Beth Thielen. Students drew images from nature and wrote haiku poems relating to their drawings. Then, using the monoprinting method, they created prints of their drawings that were bound in a book along with their poems. Creating the books with a professional artist like Thielen gave the students a valuable real-life application and connection to the art of illustration and poetry.

Schassler receives awardSchassler Earns NYS Comptroller's Award

8th grader Katharine Schassler is the CMS recipient of the New York State Comptroller's Student Achievement Award. The award honors students for academic excellence and commitment to public service. Katharine was chosen by CMS faculty because she is a high honor student, a member of National Junior Honor Society, and has participated in important causes like St. Baldrick’s to help those with childhood cancer. Shown here, Katharine is handed her award by CMS counselor Jackie Hoffman while flanked by proud parents Karyn and Steven Schassler.

Board Adopts 2013-2014 Budget

The Chatham Board of Education adopted the proposed budget for the 2013-2014 school year on April 16th. The budget totals $29,175,016 and carries a tax levy increase of 3.6%, which is less than the District’s NYS property tax cap threshold of 4.34%. Because the tax levy increase is below the state cap, a simple majority (50% + 1) of voter support will be needed for the budget to pass when residents go to the polls on May 21st. Board members also approved a proposition that, if passed, would allow a student representative to sit on the Board as a nonvoting member. Read more...

McBrideHarvittPersonal Perspectives on World War II

A special social studies assembly brought Rebecca McBride, author of Traveling Between The Lines: Europe in 1938, and Holocaust survivor Lily Harvitt to CHS to share perspectives contemporary to the unfolding of World War Two. Social studies teacher Mark Pearson set the stage for the special assembly with an account of the events in 1938 that would ultimately prove to be the start of the Second World War and the Holocaust.
Learn more...

School Supplies for Haiti

Schermerhorn talks to students about HaitiAt a school-wide character education assembly held April 12, MED welcomed UN Peacekeeper Officer Kenneth Schermerhorn. Mr. Schermerhorn is stationed in Haiti and explained to the students how the country has been affected by a terrible earthquake that left thousands of people without homes, schools, or jobs. Schermerhorn and his fellow peacekeepers are helping out by building schools, and MED presented him with several boxes of school supplies that students collected for just that purpose. Schermerhorn is a Chatham parent and visited MED while home on leave. His son, Triston, is a student at CMS and organized a similar collection in his 6th grade class. In all, Schermerhorn brought about 80 pounds of school supplies with him when he returned to Haiti.

3rd Quarter Honor Roll

CHS has released the honor roll for the third quarter of the 2012-2013 school year. See who made the list...

student receives certificateMay Grattitude Assemblies Highlight Academic Achievement

On May 8th and 9th, parents and family members were invited to the CMS auditorium to join in a celebration of academic achievement for the third quarter of the school year. Students earning Honors and High Honors were called to the stage to receive a certificate of recognition suitable for framin and a coupon good for a free ice cream in the school cafeteria, paid for by the PTSA. Students showing improvement through the PASS program were also honored. See photos...

Excellence in Effort Award

The Excellence in Effort award recognizes students who demonstrate diligence, reliability, and motivation in their studies. See who made the list for third quarter...

quartet working with studentsString Quartet in Resident at CHS

The Amphion String Quartet took up residence for a day with the Chatham High School orchestra. This young professional ensemble consists of world class violinists Katie Hyun and David Southorn, violist Wei-Yang Andy Lin, and cellist Mihai Marica. Together, the four held a performance and discussion session for Chatham string students, and sat in with the orchestra to work with them on their ensemble playing. Read more...

Mrs. KonowThird Graders Sample Italian Language

Mrs. Josephine Konow (Mrs. Rossi's aunt) visited all third grade classes to give them a little taste of the Italian language. Mrs. Konow taught elementary and middle school students for over 32 years, and in her last several years taught both Spanish and Italian. During that time she took groups to Italy as part of an exchange program where she taught classes and where her students were immersed in Italian culture. She continues to teach Italian out of her home in Claverack. Mrs. Konow's visit to MED coincided with the third grade's study of Venice.

Students of the 3rd Quarter

Chatham High School has named its Students of the Quarter for the 3rd Quarter of the 2012-2013 school year. These students were selected by the CHS faculty based on their fine work and contributions to the class. See who made the list...

3rd Quarter Honor Roll

Chatham Middle School has released the names of students earning Honors and High Honors for the third quarter of the 2012-2013 school year. See who made the list...

CMS Fields Winners at "World Championship" Battle of the Belts

Chatham Middle School fielded three winning teams in the Sean's Run 2013 World Championship Battle of the Belts, Middle School Division, held at CHS on April 28th. Congratulations to the "Bucklin’ Bunnies" who turned in the Fastest Time, "Clickin’ It With My Peeps" who won Best Team Name, and the "Buck Wild Bucklers" who won Best Team Tee-Shirts. See more...

Triston and his dadSchool Supplies for Haiti

Sixth grader Triston Schermerhorn organized a collection of school supplies for children in Haiti. Triston’s dad, Kenneth, is a U.N. Peacekeeper stationed in Haiti and is helping build schools for children affected by the 2010 earthquake. Triston’s classmates brought in pencils, pencil cases, erasers and rulers for the new school, which Mr. Schermerhorn took with him on his return to Haiti in April. Shown here, Triston and Mr. Schermerhorn pose with their collection box.

Artist talks with studentsArtist Pays Visit to Fine Arts Students

In April, acclaimed visual artist Carl Ferraro visited the senior Fine Arts Workshop class to introduce himself and his widely recognized artwork. He currently lives in and works in New York City, yet teaches art classes at the Boston School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Ferraro expressed that throughout college and his career, people have not always been interested in the style and message of his art; however, he stayed true to himself and garnered great success through a plethora of mediums, ranging from watercolor to graphite to oil on linen. Read more...

Verma and SperlVerma, Sperl Nominated for Leadership Award

Eighth graders Geetika Verma and Kenny Sperl are Chatham Middle School’s nominees for the Louis A. Pierro Youth Leadership Award. Geetika and Kenny joined other student leaders at the Columbia County Leadership Award Dinner in Hudson on April 4. Both students have demonstrated a desire to make their world a better place and were recognized that evening for the many ways they have provided positive leadership amongst their peers and within their communities.

Students compete in the battle of the belts at CMSCMS Battle of the Belts

On April 19th, CMS hosted the Battle of the Belts. Teams of four competed against each other in the timed event, to see who could buckle in and out of car seats in the fastest time.The annual competition brings awareness to the fact that buckling up takes only seconds and saves lives. Teams in grades six, seven and eight participated, and the fastest team from each grade was eligible to compete in the World Championship Battle of the Belts, held at Sean’s Run on April 28. See who won...

battle of the beltsBattle of the Belts

Chatham High School held its eighth annual Battle of the Belts competition on April 16th. Teams competed to see which could buckle in and out of all the seats of an automobile in the fastest time. The CHS chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) hosted the event, which encourages teens to play it safe while on the road, especially buckling up when driving or riding in a car. Team "BA Bucklers" won and will go on to compete at Seans Run April 28.

baseball teams at Joe Bruno StadiumRivals Team Up to Help Fellow Athlete Fight Cancer

The CHS Baseball team played archrival Ichabod Crane April 19th at Joe Bruno Stadium in Troy. The proceeds from the game went to support a softball player from Hudson CSD who is fighting cancer for the 3rd time in her life. Congressman Chris Gibson gave the Panthers and Riders a pre-game talk and threw out the first pitch. The Panthers won the nonleague game 6 -1, and together, the two teams raised over $600. See WNYT video...

Kayla Doty Featured as WNYT's Player of the Week

CHS Senior and Lady Panthers pitcher Kayla Doty was featured on WNYT as News Channel 13's "High School Player of the Week." Watch Kayla's video...

K-Rob riding bikeX Games Bike Legend Speaks at CMS

BMX star Kevin “K-Rob” Robinson visited CMS March 28 to speak to the students about bullying and cyberbullying, treating others with respect, and living positive lifestyles. Robinson often called upon students to help him share his real-life lessons learned from 20 years of professional competition, and incorporated flatland BMX tricks into his presentation to help demonstrate themes like overcoming fear, the payoff of hard work, and the power of perseverance.

senior expoSenior Exhibitions

On March 28, classes at Chatham CSD dismissed early for Senior Exhibitions Day. Each senior made a 15-20 minute presentation before a panel of faculty from every Chatham school. They had to develop a thesis, perform research, document their process and form a conclusion - all of which had to be demonstrated during their presentation. Senior Exhibitions are one-third of the Senior Program, a portfolio of written, presented and displayed skills designed to give seniors a sense of progression into adulthood and ownership of their education. The Senior Program is a graduation requirement of CHS.

Town Hall Meeting Focuses on Capital Project, 7-12 Program

On March 28 & Aptil 11, the Board of Education held its fifth and sixth Facilities Study Town Hall Meeting to share details of a proposed capital project that would support consolidation should the Board decide to close CMS. The design concept includes reconfigured and additional space at MED and CHS, safety upgrades, and improved traffic and parking patterns, while still allowing the District to realize significant savings through consolidation. The Board also provided details on capital improvements that would be proposed should the District not consolidate. View capital projects presentation...
Also at these meetings, a team of teaching staff presented their recommendations for a grade 7-12 program. This team was tasked with exploring how other schools in our area have implemented similar 7-12 programs, to determine what was best for students and make recommendations on how a grade 7-12 building would best be implemented in Chatham, should the Board decide to consolidate.
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Education Commissioner Tours Chatham CSD

King speaking with studentOn March 22, NYS Department of Education Commissioner, Dr. John King, visited Chatham to tour our schools and see first-hand how the District has implemented the Regents Reform Agenda. He spent much of his time talking with students and teachers to learn about their educational experiences, and at the end of his visit, he made positive note of the collaborative culture, unified instructional vision, high quality professional development, and Common Core based instruction he observed while in Chatham.

Students at capitol Washington DC Trip

More than forty juniors and seniors at CHS took a field to Washington DC from March 22nd to March 24th. Among other places, this annual social studies trip to our nation’s capital brought students to such landmarks as the White House, Capitol Building (pictured), and George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate in Virginia.

yellow ribbon team membersYellow Ribbon Students Take On Suicide

The CHS Yellow Ribbon Team led a school-wide suicide prevention training program March 25th and 26th. This team of trained student leaders presented their peers with the facts, warning signs, and risk factors of suicide, as well as ways to react to someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts. The Yellow Ribbon Program is a national initiative designed to empower students to get help if they ever feel like they no longer want to live. Joan Spencer of "Jeffery's Journey" was guest speaker at the training this year.

Koletas in classStudents Get a Taste of Greek Culture

Guest speaker Aliz Koletas dropped by Global & Gourmet Foods class to share her Greek heritage, customs, cuisine and culture with the students. Aliz is a former Fox23 News employee and is 100% Greek (her family is from Nafpaktos, Greece). The class, made up of 10-12th graders, asked her questions about her favorite Greek foods, the Mediterranean diet, Greek cooking and baking, and the role food plays in holidays, celebrations, and gatherings. Aliz brought in Kalamata Olives, Feta Cheese, and Pita Chips for the class to sample.

AHA, Assemblyman McLaughlin and St. Peter's Team Up with CHS for New CPR Program

McLaughlin, St. Peters, Students and Staff wit cpr equipmentCHS received a generous donation of CPR training equipment from the American Heart Association. On March 20, the school put this new equipment into action, along with additional equipment provided by St. Peter’s Hospital, to train the entire student body in chest-only CPR during physical education class. The training was led by Chatham’s athletic trainer, Rachael Shatney, who was joined by Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin, an active proponent of teaching CPR in schools, and Bryan Rohrer, a registered cardiovascular invasive specialist from St. Peter's Hospital.

beekeepers in classBees In Agriculture

Second graders learned about the important role bees play in agriculture when Linda Fix from Fix Brothers Fruit Farm and Maria Zincio from Blue Hill Apiary visited MED. Fix read “The Beeman,” which tells the story of a boy and his beekeeper grandfather, while Zincio brought in a beehive (with the bees removed) so students could see how bees live and how people harvest honey. Following her reading, Fix donated a copy of “The Beeman” to the MED library, on behalf of Fix Brothers Fruit Farm.

award winnersWinter Sports Awards

The Varsity and JV sports awards night was held in the CHS auditorium on March 20.
See list of award recipients...

students out in natureWeb Weavers

Throughout February and March, select students at MED took an afterschool learning adventure in nature. The “Web Weavers” program was hosted by the Flying Deer Nature Center, which brought students out into the field to learn about things like animals and their tracks, birds and their secret language, and wilderness survival skills. This program is in its second year at MED and is supported by a grant from the Chatham Education Foundation.

2013 Tax Levy Cap Information

On March 5th, school business administrator Michael Chudy presented the District's 2013-14 tax levy limit to the Board of Education. Under the NY property tax cap law, a state formula must be used each year to determine the limit the tax levy may increase by without triggering the need for a super majority of voter approval. Chudy explained that, according to the state formula, the tax levy may increase by as much as 4.34% and remain within the limits set by the cap. See how Chatham's tax levy limit was calculated... The 2013-14 budget is still being developed, and the Board has not finalized what will go before voters on May 21. If the proposed budget calls for a tax levy increase at or below 4.34%, a simple majority (50% + 1) of voter approval is needed to pass the budget. If the budget carries a tax levy increase above 4.34%, a super majority (60%) of voter approval is needed. To learn more visit our budget information webpage...

Little China

little China performanceThird graders participated in a six-week exploration of Chinese culture through MED's artsVOYAGE partnership with Spencertown Academy. Students explored Chinese language in both written and spoken form, studied the art and practice of calligraphy, and looked carefully at masterworks of Chinese painting. Each student created an original poem in Chinese style that revealed a thoughtful reflection on nature and expressed a strong sense of personal connection with the world. In music class, students learned about Chinese notation and rhythms, and composed original works of their own. A culminating performance showcased their talent for family and friends on March 22.

Bald students at MEDBald Heads at MED Shine Light on Childhood Cancer

Students from MED joined faculty, staff, and students from CMS and CHS  to stand in solidarity with children impacted by cancer by shaving their heads to raise money and awareness. Over $11,000 was raised for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which funds childhood cancer research.The CHS Community Service Club hosted the 3rd Annual St. Baldrick’s head shaving event on March 17th.
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students with shaved headsBald Heads at CMS Shine Light on Childhood Cancer

Students from CMS joined faculty, staff, and students from MED and CHS  to stand in solidarity with children impacted by cancer by shaving their heads to raise money and awareness. Over $11,000 was raised for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which funds childhood cancer research.The CHS Community Service Club hosted the 3rd Annual St. Baldrick’s head shaving event on March 17th.
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bald heads at CHSBald Heads Shine Light on Childhood Cancer

The CHS Community Service Club hosted the 3rd Annual St. Baldrick’s head shaving event. Faculty, staff, and students from MED, CMS, and CHS joined together on March 17th to stand in solidarity with children impacted by cancer and volunteered their time to make this event a success. Over $11,000 was raised for St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which funds childhood cancer research.
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yellow ribbon team membersYellow Ribbon Students Take On Suicide

The CHS Yellow Ribbon Team led a school-wide suicide prevention training program March 25th and 26th. This team of trained student leaders presented their peers with the facts, warning signs, and risk factors of suicide, as well as ways to react to someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts. The Yellow Ribbon Program is a national initiative designed to empower students to get help if they ever feel like they no longer want to live. Joan Spencer of "Jeffery's Journey" was guest speaker at the training this year. Read more...

science fairCMS Science & Technology Fair

CMS held its annual Science & Technology Fair the evening of March 14th. Hundreds of onlookers packed the school gym to check out the students' exhibits. The Middle School's young scientists and engineers were on hand to explain their research and demonstrate their experiments to the visitors. The judged event showcased nearly 60 projects submitted by individual students or teams of two. Winners from 6th, 7th and 8th grades were announced at the end of the evening.
Learn more and see who won...

students pose with Mrs. WhiteCharitable Drive at MED Nets Truck Load of Food for Pantry

On the last day of February, a truck loaded with food rolled out of the MED parking lot on its way to the Ghent Food Pantry. In January and February, students in grades K-5 collected nearly 800 nonperishable food items as part of their school's "Putting Character Into Action" initiative. Students in the fifth grade leadership program promoted their school's food drive by creating posters and displays, kept tally as food streamed in, and helped load up the truck when it arrived.

Transition assembly8th Graders Look Towards HS

For the Class of 2017, the transition from 8th to 9th grade is already underway! On March 12, CMS held an assembly for all eight graders that featured high school guidance counselor Jim Lombardi and Chatham senior Elizabeth Paolucci. The two led a presentation on the high school program and shared insight on things like graduation requirements, electives, regents exams, transcripts and planning for college. “Your next four years will be what you make of it,” explained Paolucci.

Assembly lead by community service clubCommunity Service Club Puts “Character Into Action” at MED

The CHS Community Service Club visited MED to promote a St. Baldrick’s event the club is hosting. The assembly was part of the 4th and 5th grade's “Putting Character Into Action” program and was led by sophomores Jen Elbert and Sam Engel (pictured), along with juniors Peter Palleschi and Hannah Gregg, who gave some background on the event and encouraged the MED students to help conquer childhood cancer by shaving their heads to raise funds for cancer research. The St. Baldrick’s event is Sunday, March 17, from 12–2 p.m. at Lagonia’s Pizza & Café.

Students check out booksMarch Book Fair

Book fairs are a great way to get children excited about reading. Shown here, students browse the shelves at the MED Book Fair, which was sponsored by the MED PTA. In addition to the benefit of getting books into the hands of children, this fundraiser provided part of the funds needed for the PTA to bring other beneficial programs to our school.

Incident command trainingDistrict Hosts Safety Training

During the winter break, Chatham CSD hosted safety training designed to help school staff effectively respond to and manage all types of emergency situations. The training was based on Federal emergency management guidelines and was led by Health & Safety Officers from Questar III BOCES. Along with all of Chatham’s administrative staff, administrators from Hoosick Falls CSD, Catskill CSD, and the Catskill Police Department attended the training. This week, Chatham school office staff attended safety and security based training at Quester III.

check presentationCMS Donates to Red Cross as Part of "Responsibility & Giving Back" Themed Events

The Friday before winter recess was a day of school-wide activities that focused on the themes of personal responsibility and giving back. Among the day's many events included presentations from the Red Cross on being prepared for emergencies and a visit from magician Jeff Blum, who used his mastery of magic and “mentalism” to deliver a powerful anti-bulling message. The school also presented the Red Cross with $120 that students had raised to support the many services the Red Cross provides. Read more...

Face timing studentsFirst Graders "Face Time"

First graders had some "face time" with their teacher, even with her home on parental leave. Ms. Franks, who is teaching Ms. Mullens' class while she is out, wanted to bring technology and current events, like Ms. Mullens’ having a baby boy, into the class' Social Studies and writing lessons. Using an iPad with FaceTime technology, Ms. Franks set up a virtual meeting with Ms. Mullens, and each student got to interview her about her new son, Jackson. Parent volunteers were on hand to record the facts gleaned from the student’s questions, which the class later used to create a non-fiction book about Jackson.

Cast Photo“Grease” at CHS March 15-17

Take a trip back to 1959 at Rydell High, a time of gum-chewing, hub-cap-stealing, hotrod-loving boys in leather jackets and their wisecracking girlfriends in bobby socks and pedal pushers. The Chatham High School Drama Club presents the musical “Grease” on Friday, March 15 and Saturday, March 16 at 7 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. March 17. All performances are held in the CHS auditorium, tickets are $5 at the door.

Chatham Indoor Track & Field Athletes Head to States

Based on their performances at the Indoor Track & Field’s State Qualifier Meet on Sunday, February 24, Chatham's Rephael Joseph, Ross Wightman and Erin Clark qualified to compete in the NYS Indoor Track & Field Championships, held March 2 at Cornell University. Read more...

team photoBoys' Indoor Track Takes Sectional Title

Chatham won its first ever Section II, Division IV Boys' Indoor Track and Field title February 17 at the University at Albany, edging out Fonda-Fultonville 114-107.33. The team is: Sean Alderdice, Evan Allen, Ian Allen, Austin Burnell, Thomas Caron, Justin Custer, Peter Howes, Rephael Joseph, Max Lagonia, Jon Mackerer, Ryan Mackerer, Jan Madsen, Travis Overby, Cassidy Palladino, David Parlman, Tyler Rivera, Matt Schaefer, Gawain Semlear, Adam Taylor, Ross Wightman, Brody Witaszek. Read more...

CHS 3rd Quarter Honor Roll

CHS has released the honor roll for the second quarter of the 2012-2013 school year. See who made the list...

February 26 Facilities Study Town Hall Meeting to Focus on Grade 7-12 Building

The Chatham Board of Education encourages residents to participate in a Town Hall Meeting Tuesday, February 26th, 6:30 p.m. in the Chatham High School auditorium. The Board has scheduled this meeting because residents have expressed a desire to know more about grades 7-12 being housed together in one building, should the Board decide to close Chatham Middle School. District educational staff are currently visiting area schools that have 7-12 school buildings to learn about those programs, and residents are encouraged to attend Tuesday’s meeting to learn more about their study, ask questions and provide feedback. For more information about the February 26th Town Hall Meeting, please contact the office of superintendent at 392-1501.

Stew and JakeSpeakers on Addiction "Make it Real" for Students

Recovering addicts Stew and Jake visited CHS to talk to the entire student body about drugs and opiate addiction. Their message connected well with the students because both young men spoke frankly and honestly about how drugs have affected their lives.

“I was the guy who said I would never be addicted to drugs,” said Stew. “If you think you can manage using drugs, I’m here to tell you, you can’t.” Read more....

Students of the Quarter

CHS has named the Students of the Quarter for the 2nd Quarter. These students were selected by the CHS faculty based on their fine work and contributions to the class. See who made the list...

District Stakeholders Advocate for Education Support

Chatham CSD board members, administrators, teachers and parents joined representatives from 47 area school districts, as well as almost a dozen lawmakers at a forum entitled, “Your Public Schools in Fiscal Peril – Running Out of Time & Options.” The January 31 event drew over 1, 000 people to Columbia High School in East Greenbush to learn about a looming financial crisis facing all schools, and advocate for action to be taken by the New York State legislature in terms of state aid and mandate relief. Learn more...

Chatham Board, parent and student representatives also joined hundreds of other concerned parents and students on Feb. 11 at Niskayuna High School to learn how to advocate for their schools. Residents learned that it is critical for state legislators to hear from them now, as they prepare the state budget. Learn how you can advocate for your school...

2nd Quarter Honor Roll

Chatham Middle School has released its list of students earning Honors and High Honors for the second quarter of the 2012-2013 school year. See who made the list...

Erin sits atop feed bags Student Scores Hefty Donation from Blue Seal Feeds

It never hurts to ask! 6th grader Erin Wheeler asked Blue Seal Feeds in Chatham if the store would be interested in donating pet supplies to our charitable drive for the Columbia Greene Humane Society. “They said ‘OK’ and that they could give me their broken bags,” Erin said. To Erin’s surprise, the business gave her a pallet’s worth of dog and cat food, along with high quality pet treats and even pine shavings for bedding. Read more...

Bowling team photoBowling Team Takes Patroon Conference

The CHS varsity bowling team took first place in the Patroon Conference. Top scorers Chad Sutliff (200 avg, 250 HG, 670 triple) Kevin LeClair (192 avg, 257 HG, 671 triple) and Ryan Davis (184 avg, 245 HG, 671 triple) lead the team to an overall record of 11-1. Chatham's bowling team is: Courtney Haner, Kailynn Akin, Kevin LeClair, Michael Kullman(coach), Ryan Davis, Chad Sutliff, Milap Patel, Daryon DeGroff (team manager), Collin Anderson, Ricky DeGroff and Justen Ordway.

Students Recognized for Excellence in Effort

New this year at CHS, the Excellence in Effort award recognizes those students who demonstrate diligence, reliability, and motivation in their studies. See who made the list for the first semester...

tornado in a bottleThird Graders Study Weather

The MED conference room was a “whirlwind” of activity when meteorologist Kenneth LaPente of the Scotia-Glenville Traveling Museum visited the third grade to enhance their study of weather concepts. Mr. Lapenta brought along some of his tools of the trade and demonstrated how things like temperature, wind, condensation and air pressure all play a role in creating the weather we see here in NY. The students had a chance to get their hands on the instruments and conduct experiments like creating clouds and forming tornadoes in a bottle.
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John WapnerBoard Appoints Wapner to Fill Empty Seat

On January 22, the Board of Education appointed John Wapner to temporarily fill the seat vacated by Jim Cartin, who resigned from the Board in November prior to his moving from the area. Mr. Wapner has extensive experience on Chatham’s Board of Education, serving from 2004 to 2012, seven years of which he spent as Board president. Wapner will serve a term that runs between now and May 21, 2013, at which time the seat will be filled by general election.

Georgie receives awardRicher Takes Second Place at AIC Model Congress

Chatham High School’s Model Congress Club enjoyed legislative success at the 73rd Model Congress, held January 10-12 at American International College (AIC) in Springfield, MA.  
Senior Georgie Richer (right) took second place overall in the competitive, judged event where students stepped into the shoes of senators and representatives to debate and pass legislation using parliamentary procedure. Chatham’s delegation also passed a Baseball/Softball Protection Act through the competition’s Senate committee. Read more..

Students at STOP ConferenceStudents Work to S.T.O.P. Intolerance and Discrimination

Chatham High School students attended the S.T.O.P. (Students Together Opposing Prejudice) Conference sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League and Siena College as part of The Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King Lecture Series on Race and Non-violent Social Change. The January 18th event empowered students to lead the fight against bigotry, intolerance and all forms of hatred in their school and communities.
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Justin BrantleySiena's Justin Brantley Talks College Athletics at CMS

Siena College baseball player Justin Brantley visited Chatham Middle School physical education classes to talk about what it takes to perform at the college level, both athletically and academically. He also talked about the importance of earning a high GPA and developing a good transcript while in high school, how to pursue sports scholarships, and balancing the dream of being a professional athlete with the importance of earning a college education.

Patroon Conference Captain's Council

Student-athlete leaders from Chatham attended the 2nd annual Patroon Conference Captain's Council, held on January 14 at Columbia Greene Community College. Flynn O’Connell, Caleb Gregg, Kody Skype, Steve Munson, Tyler Van Brunt, Katie Pearson, Sam Engel, Haven Hutchinson, Maddy Minahan, Tyler Rivera, Joe Williams, Carly Shields, Hannah Gregg, Lyndsey Skype, Ally Mesick, Adrian Drake, Danny Kneller, and Max Lagonia represented the Panthers at the event. Learn more…

Flanagan, Davis, Rippel CHS Announces HOBY Ambassadors

Cassidy Flanagan, Jacob Davis, and Carly Rippel have been selected as Chatham High School’s ambassadors to the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Program (HOBY) leadership seminar at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. During the weekend-long event held this spring, the three sophomores will join other young leaders from around the capital region for a weekend of motivation-building training and workshops designed to inspire and develop youth leadership, service and innovation.

Chatham CSD Mourns Loss of Nancy Knabbe

The Chatham Central School District community is saddened by the loss of Edna “Nancy” Knabbe, who passed away on January 8. Knabbe was a tremendous supporter of education in Chatham and a tireless community advocate.

Nancy KnabbeRight up through the end of her life, Knabbe was part of the fabric of our schools. She was Chatham CSD’s current representative on the Questar III Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), a position she held since 1996. She served on Chatham’s Board of Education from 1975 to 2000, including seven years as Board president and three years as vice president. She was instrumental in the formation of the Chatham Alumni Association in 2005, an organization dedicated to providing support for educational and artistic opportunities in our schools, and she also played a large role in the formation of the Chatham Hall of Fame, which recognizes outstanding athletes, coaches and longtime contributors to Chatham’s Athletic Program.

Even in failing health, she remained a fixture at student performances and athletic events, continued to work one-on-one with students as a tutor, and actively involved herself in solving the challenges our District faces. Her contributions to our students, our schools, and our community will be felt for many years to come.

In lieu of flowers and at the family’s request donations can be made to the Nancy Knabbe Scholarship Fund c/o Chatham Central School District. This fund was set up on the occasion of her 80th birthday several years ago and is given to a deserving Chatham High Graduate.

Facilities Study Town Hall Meeting January 3rd

The Chatham Central School District encourages residents to attend a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, January 3rd, at 6:30 p.m. in the High School auditorium to discuss the reasons why the District is considering closing its middle school building. This public forum will focus on the economic pressures the District is facing, and how those pressures may negatively impact school programs in the future if not addressed. Information about student enrollment projections will also be shared. For more information about the January 3rd Town Hall Meeting, please contact the office of superintendent at 392-1501.

Kathy White Putting Character into Action and Service

As a character education initiative, MED is collecting food items for people in need. To gain a deeper understanding of the program, 4th and 5th graders attended an assembly featuring Ghent Food Pantry representative Kathy White. White gave an educational overview about hunger in our area, the role the pantry plays in helping local families, and the importance of donations like the food now being collected by the students. The MED drive runs through February, with collected food items on display in the school lobby window.

Student Leadership Hosts Holiday Senior Luncheon

Santa and his elves hand out giftsCMS student leaders hosted a holiday senior citizen luncheon the Friday before the holiday break. Students in National Junior Honor Society, Key Communicator Leaders, and Service Club members greeted the seniors as they arrived and escorted them to the auditorium, where together they took in a holiday concert featuring the CMS Band, Orchestra, and Chorus. They then headed the gymnasium for a turkey feast prepared by the cafeteria staff and served up by the students. Afterward, the students and seniors joined in a game of bingo and Santa made a visit, handing out gifts to all the guests.

bridge buildingBuilding Bridges


5th graders built bridges as part Chatham's K-12 character education/violence prevention program called “Too Good For Violence.” Piecing the structures together required synergy and symbolized the importance of building bridges between people
when solving conflicts. In this lesson, the students learned how to cooperate, communicate and respect differences while working as a team.

Mentor holiday partyMentor Holiday Gathering

The CMS Mentor Program held a holiday season gathering on December 18. Mentors and students celebrated together with an activity day filled games, crafts and food. It was wonderful, relaxing opportunity for all during this busy season. The mentor program connects students with adult community volunteers, and several times during the year, mentors and school counselors coordinate to provide group events where students and mentors gather to share, learn, and have fun.
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Children with sun toysRetired Teacher Spreads Sunshine at MED

Retired Chatham teacher Sandra Asmussen brought a little sunshine to MED. Asmussen donated hundreds of Sunny Sun stuffed toys to the school, with the idea of spreading some warmth and cheer to students at a time when school children throughout the U.S. could use some.The smiley little suns are Asmussen’s own design, a toy she had created and put into production. She donated enough so that every child at MED could get one. School staff handed out the suns in each grade prior to the holiday break.

Miss NYMiss NY Highlights CMS Activities Day

At CMS, the Friday before the Holiday Recess was a day of school-wide activities that focused around the positive character traits of kindness and compassion. One of the day's big events was an assembly featuring Kaitlin Monte, Miss New York 2011, who spoke to the students about kindness vs. bullying, and finding the courage to be your own person. Other activities included a visit from the humane society and a holiday concert put on by the CMS orchestra, chorus and band.

FowlesCollege and Career Experts Speak to Seniors

Seniors heard from Jim Matthews, a professor at Siena College, and Matthew Fowles, a Senior Analyst for National Grid's US Human Resources Operations, about real world expectations at college and in the workplace. The two professionals spoke about ways to stay ahead at the university level and how to find and keep a job. The presentations were part of a new semester-long English course for seniors called College and Career Readiness.
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students in PJsPJ Day Celebrates Acts of Kindness

To celebrate MED students reaching a school-wide benchmark for acts of kindness, December fourteenth was designated as PJ Day and students were encouraged to wear their pajamas to class. Children and teaching staff alike took advantage of this fun way to recognize good character, and overall participation was high throughout the school. Shown here, kindergartners enjoy classroom lessons in PJ comfort.

Eddie KnightEddie Knight Performs in "Melodies of Christmas"

CHS choral student Eddie Knight will once again sang in Melodies of Christmas, held December 20th through 23rd at Proctor’s Theater in Schenectady. Eddie was chosen from hundreds of capital district students to perform with the Empire State Youth Chorale. As a senior, this is Eddie's second and final year being part of the ensemble, which began preparing in October for this upcoming holiday performance. Tickets are $25 through the Proctor's Theatre box office. All proceeds benefit the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer & Blood Disorders at the Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center.

students walkingA Healthy Dose of Giving, Math

Fourth graders in Ms. Collin’s and Ms. Feller’s classes took a hike to the local grocery store to do some holiday shopping for the Ghent Food Pantry. Along with the spirit of giving, the field trip combined healthy habits like exercise and good nutrition with math and money skills. The students collected funds, put together tightly budgeted shopping lists, and purchased healthy, nonperishable food items so that families in need could make wholesome meals.

cms musicalCMS Musical "Once Upon a Mattress"

The CMS Drama Club put on a terrific show when they presented "Once Upon a Mattress” to the community this December. As a musical version of "The Princess and the Pea", the show featured lots of comedy, side stories, and great musical numbers. The students put a lot of hard work into their performance and delighted those who came out to see the play, which was held in the CMS auditorium on December 7th 8th, and 9th.
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Shawn HerronOhio State Player Leads Volleyball Clinic at CHS

Shawn Herron, a middle blocker for the Ohio State University men’s volleyball team, stopped by Chatham High School on December 18th to give a fundamentals clinic to Chatham’s boys’ varsity and junior varsity volleyball teams. Standing at 6’9” tall, the Division I player cut an impressive figure on the court as he explained and demonstrated serving, blocking, hitting and passing techniques.

State Approves Chatham APPR Plan

The NYS Education Department approved Chatham CSD’s Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) plan on Oct. 16th, 2012. The APPR is an evaluation system for all District teachers and principals, and seeks to improve student performance by assuring every classroom has an effective teacher and each of our school buildings has an effective leader. View Chatham CSD's APPR plan & approval letter...

students with pjsGreat Bedtime Story PJ Drive

The third grade at MED collected new PJs for the Scholastic Books Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive. This annual charitable drive is in partnership with The Pajama Program, a nonprofit organization that provides pajamas and books to children living in shelters, foster care, group homes and orphanages. For every pair of pajamas that MED families donated, Scholastic donated a brand new book. All together, the third grade gathered 21 pairs of new PJs to go to children in need this December.

co2 carsTechnology in Action

In technology class, eighth graders experimented with car design by crafting C02 powered dragsters. Similar to pinewood derby (but much, much faster), the students built and raced solid wood-bodied cars propelled by 12 ounces of compressed carbon dioxide. After racing, the students compared data to determine the most effective car designs. Lighter cars fared best, with the fastest covering the 30 foot drag strip in just over half a second.

Chatham Alum to Compete in All-American Bowl

University at Albany kicker Sean Kenny has been selected to compete in the 17th Annual All American Bowl, Saturday, Dec. 22nd at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sean is a Chatham graduate and played football, baseball, and soccer while at CHS. Learn more...

Students enjoy ice creamIce Cream Social Highlights Academic Achievement

CHS honored students achieving a high degree of academic success with an Ice Cream Social in the school cafeteria on December 20th. Students who earned a cumulative grade average of 90 or better in their core courses for the first quarter were invited to attend and enjoy free ice cream sundaes served up by staff members.
See who received an invitation...


student receives certificateGratitude Assemblies Celebrate Academic Achievement

Eighty-four percent of Chatham Middle School students earned either Honors or High Honors for the first quarter of the 2012-2013 school year. On December 13th and 14th, CMS families were invited to the auditorium to join in assemblies celebrating each grade's academic achievement. Students who earned Honors and High Honors were each given a certificate of recognition suitable for framing, as well as a coupon good for a free ice cream in the school cafeteria, paid for by the PTSA. Read more...

student quartetString Quartet at Winter Walk

The Chatham High School string quartet lent a little holiday ambiance to some shops on Warren Street during the the City of Hudson’s annual Winter Walk, held this year on the evening of December 1st. Pictured here are the four performing at the J. Damiani Gallery. They also played a set for the crowd at the Verdigris Tea Shop.

students with hatsThanksgiving Cheer

The Wednesday before the Thanksgiving break, third grade students paid a visit to the Mary E. Dardess main office to spread a little holiday cheer. Pictured here, the students sing holiday songs to Mrs. Dodge while showing off the turkey-themed hats that they had created out of construction paper earlier in class.

students with gameStudents Beta Test Internet Security Game

Christian Bogausch, Alex Durler-Erdesz and Cydney Rippel helped out a local software company by testing a video game it was developing. Over the summer, the internet security software company Cyber Griffin had contacted CHS hoping to find students willing to beta test a video game the company was preparing for release. Beta testing is the piloting of software prior to its being put into commercial production. The game, Hax Attacks, was recently released for use with Apple hand-held devices. Read more...

students with MaggieListening Ears Reading Program

A four-legged friend is helping CMS students strengthen their reading skills. In November, Mrs. Thorsen and Mrs. Eager introduced the grade six-through-eight class to their new reading partner, Maggie the English Mastiff. A new program called “Listening Ears,” will bring Maggie, a therapy dog, into the school library once a month, where the students will have a chance to sit and read to her one-on-one.
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Fall Varsity Teams All “Scholar Athlete Teams”

All eight of Chatham Central School District’s fall season varsity teams were named scholar athlete teams by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA). NYSPHSAA reserves this honor for varsity teams whose athletes successfully balance the rigors of a full extracurricular schedule with a high degree of academic success. For the fall, 2012 athletic season, the Panther’s  girls’ cross country, boys’ cross country, golf, football, girls’ soccer, boys’ soccer, girls’ tennis, and girls’ volleyball teams all received scholar athlete status. Read more...

Honor Roll

CHS has released the honor roll for the first quarter of the 2012-2013 school year. See who made the list.

grattitude assemblyGratitude Activities Day

The day before Thanksgiving was filled with meaningful activities that focused around empathy, giving, and gratitude. At the start of the day, every homeroom filled holiday baskets with food for area families. Later, Joe Trionfero of Show of Love Assemblies led a presentation that focused on empathy and communication. At lunch, kitchen staff served turkey and students shared remarks on what they were most grateful for. Afterward, Cathy White from the Ghent Food Pantry talked with each gade about the important role the pantry plays in our area.

Kayla Doty signingKayla Doty Signs On for UConn

Chatham senior Kayla Doty signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball for the University of Connecticut. Doty, her family, friends, teammates, coaches and school officials were present at a letter signing ceremony held in her honor in the Chatham High School lobby. Doty first caught UConn’s attention while attending a showcase softball clinic in early 2012. Kayla was offered a full scholarship on a yearly basis, and by signing her National Letter of Intent on Nov, 21st, she made her commitment to the UConn official. Read more...

Front row: Naveah Daigle, Julia Rose; Middle row:Derek Roberts, Andrew Sperl, Ryan Thorsen, Thomas Van Tassel, Ally Hogencamp, Caroline Paolucci; Back Row: Abygayle Leavenworth, Ariana Bauer.Fifth Graders Collect for UNICEF

Mrs. Teresa Barensfeld, a Chatham community member, visited the fifth grade on Halloween to explain how UNICEF helps children all over the world, and how the students could help. The fifth graders then collected donations while trick-or-treating as well as from friends, family, and teachers. Trick-or-treating for UNICEF is a fifth grade tradition, and students have participated in this charitable program for over 20 years. This year, the students collected a total of $364.49, all of which went to UNICEF.

board meeting Board Recognition Week

Last week was School Board Recognition Week in Chatham. At the November 13 Board Meeting, Superintendent Nuciforo presented Board members with framed “Fall Still Life Drawings” in oil pastel, made by the grade 6 Project Based Art class. The students were very excited about creating the drawings and put much thought and effort into making them. Board members also each received a certificate thanking them for their dedicated service to Chatham's schools and a pass for free admission to a District sponsored event.

brovertones on stageA Cappella at CHS

On Friday, November 30th students enjoyed a workshop and performance with The Dartmouth Brovertones. The Brovertones, an all-male a cappella group from Dartmouth College, include a 2009 Chatham graduate, Ryan Nightingale. Prior to their stellar performance for the entire CHS population, the Brovertones gave an informative workshop with the newly formed Chatham A Cappella group. In this workshop students had a chance to perform with and for the Brovertones.
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CMS First Quarter Honor Roll

CMS Honor Roll for the First Quarter of the 2012-2013 school year. See who made the list...

letter writingLetter Writing No Lost Art at MED


In the third grade, students are writing friendly letters to fellow third grade students at the Ichabod Crane Primary School in Valatie. All MED third graders will be corresponding with their ICC pen pals throughout the school year, then in June, they will get to meet their pen pals in person.

RehearsalFall Festival of Shakespeare

Chatham High School’s Shakespeare Company staged As You Like It the evenings of November 9th and 10th in the CHS auditorium. The performances were part of the Fall Festival of Shakespeare run through Shakespeare & Company of Lenox, and involved over fifty students in all aspects of stage production - from acting to lighting, sound, costume, and set design. The program is sponsored by the Chatham Education Foundation.
The students put on a final performance of As You Like It on November 18 in the Tina Packer Playhouse at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Massachusetts. Learn more...

Fall Sports Awards 2012

CHS held its annual Fall Sports Awards the evening of November 14, 2012. The event was held in the school's auditorium and honored student athlete achievement. See awards & recipients...

CMS Honors Veterans with Veterans Day Celebration

Flag presentationLocal veterans were the honored guests at Chatham Middle School’s annual Veterans Day Celebration, held November 9th in the school’s auditorium. The school invited all veterans and their families to attend, and the students and staff worked hard to put forward a meaningful event to honor them with. The ceremony included a history of Veterans Day, the singing of the Star Spangled Banner by the 6th grade chorus, a rendition of America the Beautiful by the 7th & 8th Grade Band, the Ghent Post 5933 VFW Color Guard and guest speaker Capt. Michele Kelly, herself an Iraq veteran, as well as a world-class athlete and Chatham graduate. Read more...

students votingStudents Explore Democracy with Mock Election

Second graders lined up on November 5th to cast their “vote” in the 2012 presidential election between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Each second grade class visited a mock polling station set up in an MED classroom, complete with a sign-in table, ballots, and a curtained voting booth providing privacy. 
“We wanted to give the students as authentic a voting experience as possible,” said second grade teacher Maria Hogencamp, whose class hosted the polling station.

choral festivalHigh School Choral Festival at SCCC

The CHS Chorus took part in the High School Choral Festival at Schenectady County Community College on November 2nd. The festival was a great opportunity for students to perform, listen to choirs from other area schools, and gain direction from an expert
in the choral field. The students worked on choral technique with
guest clinician Dr. Bradley Wells, director of the Williams College choral program.

harvest festMentoring Program Harvest Festival

Students in the CMS mentoring program, along with their adult mentors, hosted a Harvest Festival for preschool children on October 29th. The event was held in the CMS gym, where each middle school student paired up with a preschooler for a morning of fun and games, face painting, arts and crafts, and more. Hosting this annual event 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. The mentor program is supported by a Chatham Education Foundation grant.

Caitlin GilliganChatham Senior Named Wendy's Heisman State Finalist

CHS senior Caitlin Gilligan was named a Wendy’s High School Heisman State Finalist for NY. The honor recognizes Caitlin as a student athlete who embodies the Heisman spirit, demonstrating hard work and dedication through her outstanding achievements in athletics, academics, and leadership. She plays on Chatham's soccer, basketball, and softball teams and has balanced a three-season athletic schedule with a GPA that is at the top of her class. She was one of 20 NY finalists that were chosen from over 1,200 applicants across the state. Read more...

field house practiceWind and Rain Doesn't Stop the Panthers

The recent bad weather did not stop Chatham Football from preparing for their game this coming Friday. The team was able to practice indoors on Tuesday, October 30th at the new Field House in Canaan. The Chatham Athletic Department would like to thank Pete Lopez and the Field House at Canaan for their generosity and help in making this happen. The Panthers take on Hoosick Falls in the Class C Super Bowl at Stillwater this Friday, November 2nd.


Students at CMS celebrated Halloween by wearing costumes to school on October 31st. Also, the grade 7&8 band made its way over to MED to lend some music to the elementary students' Halloween Parade.

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ribbons for saleStudents Sell Ribbons to Raise Cancer Awareness

Eighth graders Nicole Decker and Esra Yener had the idea to make pink ribbons and sell them for Breast Cancer awareness. The pair shared the idea at their monthly key communicator meeting, and the other key communicator students thought it would make a great service project. This week in the CMS cafeteria, key communicators students from every grade participated by selling the ribbons for 25 cents apiece, the proceeds of which will go to support cancer research.  

Staff Breakfast Raises Funds to Fight Cancer

breakfast photoThe CMS Sunshine Committee held a staff breakfast before school on October 5. The theme supported Lee National Denim Day, a fundraiser created by Lee Jeans to support the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer programs. Staff donated $5 or more to wear jeans and/or pink to work and help the American Cancer Society. Approximately 40 CMS staff participated, raising $175 to support lifesaving screenings in communities nationwide, hope and care to those traveling for cancer treatment, and investments in cancer research. The Sunshine Committee is a teacher-based group dedicated to school morale, teacher recognition and bringing out the best of the school community.

Portrait Painting

If you attended MED's Fall Festival, you could have your likeness captured by our talented young artists. Fourth and fifth grade students had easels, brushes and paint ready for anyone wanting to sit and have their portrait painted.

boys painting portraitsPaintingsGirls Painting Potraits

State Identifies CMS as a "School In Good Standing”

In September, The New York State Education Department (NYSED) identified Chatham Middle School as a “School in Good Standing,” effectively removing CMS from its “School In Need of Improvement” list. CMS was first identified as a “School in Need of Improvement” in 2011, based on state assessment results in English Language Arts for students with disabilities. 

With students showing improvement on test scores, the school meeting requirements set forth by the state, and with changes made to the way the state identifies schools as needing improvement, CMS is no longer considered “in need of improvement.”

Additionally, the Chatham Central School District, Chatham High School and the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School all continue to be identified as “Schools In Good Standing.” Read more...

New Federal Mandates Bring Healthy Changes to School Meals

You may have noticed meals in our cafeterias look a little different this year. School cafeterias across the country are now required to meet new federal nutrition standards that aim to promote a healthy lifestyle and address the rising rate of childhood obesity and increased health complications in our population. The new guidelines set strict regulations for portion size yet offer a wide variety of milk, fruits, vegetables, proteins and grains. Learn more...

MED Halloween Parade

Students in grades k-5 donned their Halloween best and paraded out and around the school grounds on October 31st. Parents and family members were there to watch the show.


CMS Dance and Activity Night a Big Success

danceMore than 170 students joined in the fun the evening of Friday, September 28. The event raised approximately $850 dollars, which will go to offset the costs of each grades spring field trip. As a service opportunity, students brought with them nonperishable food items for the local food pantry - enough to fill several bags.
The event could not have been successful without the hard work of the CMS Key Communicator parents, who helped organize the event, solicited donations, served  refreshments, acted as chaperones, and much more. As well, our student key communicators did a great job of getting the word out to the student body about this positive, grade six through eight event.

Student Promotes Inaugural "Day of the Girl"

Emma Roberts hands out flyersSenior Emma Roberts brought awareness to the problems facing girls throughout the world. October 11th was the first International Day of the Girl, a UN sponsored event recognizing girls' rights and the unique challenges they face around the world - such as forced marriages, violence, body image issues, and a lack of women role models. Emma wanted people in her community to know about the new day of awareness and the problems facing girls in developing nations as well as here in the US. She published informational pamphlets and handed them out during lunch, and as the District’s student representative to the Board of Education, she also brought her message to the Board during its October 16th meeting.

All Chatham Central Schools Identified as "Schools In Good Standing”

In September, The New York State Education Department (NYSED) identified Chatham Middle School as a “School in Good Standing,” effectively removing CMS from its “School In Need of Improvement” list. CMS was first identified as a “School in Need of Improvement” in 2011, based on state assessment results in English Language Arts for students with disabilities. 

With students showing improvement on test scores, the school meeting requirements set forth by the state, and with changes made to the way the state identifies schools as needing improvement, CMS is no longer considered “in need of improvement.”

Additionally, the Chatham Central School District, Chatham High School and the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School all continue to be identified as “Schools In Good Standing.” Read more...

key communicators meetingStudents Take On New Role as Communication Leaders for CMS

As part of a new leadership opportunity at CMS, a group of sixth, seventh and eight grade students were invited to be "Key Communicators." These students will serve as an important communication link between their peers and school administrators, helping to spread the word about school events and new or different rules and procedures. They will also lead homeroom discussions, gather and bring forward student questions and suggestions, shed light on student concerns, and work to dispel or confirm rumors. Learn more...

students make pieFood & Learning Combine on National Food Day


October 24th was National Food Day, and students at MED enjoyed a variety of projects that stimulated their taste buds and their imagination. Shown here, teaching assistant Mrs. Goodwin works with fourth graders to make Dutch Apple pies. The lesson was designed to combine the Food Day message of healthy and sustainable food with the fourth grade’s study of the colonial Dutch heritage of our area.

firefighter high fives studentFire Safety Day at MED

Local firefighters visited MED on October 19th to show the students what they do to keep our communities safe and what equipment they use to fight fires. The firefighters brought their big trucks and donned protective gear so the children could see what a firefighter on the job looks like. Later, the school held a fire drill and firefighters visited classrooms to lead group discussions about fire safety.They stayed around to eat lunch with the students in the cafeteria. Fire companies from Chatham, East Chatham, Ghent, Red Rock and Spencertown participated.

King and Queen2012 Homecoming King and Queen

Peter Howes and Leah Layton were crowned Chatham High School's 2012 Homecoming King and Queen. The coronation took place during half-time at the homecoming football game against Taconic Hills on October 13th. The homecoming court included Grace Rugen, Leah Layton, Kayla Doty, Caitlin Gilligan, Erica French, Hanna Stark, Pelle Waldron, Ethan Engel, Nick Shaw, Peter Howes, Jon Mackerer, and Glenn Verenazi.

Artist demonstrates printingVisiting Artist Demonstrates Printmaking

Visual artist Beth Thielen visited Chatham High School’s senior fine arts workshop class to demonstrate etching and printing technique. Over the coming weeks, Thielen will be working with the students as they etch, print and bind a class book of self-portraits.Thielen is a professional visual artist who works in a variety of media, including printmaking and book design. She was the guest of CHS art teacher Jude Harrigan, and her working with the class is part of a visiting artist enrichment series funded by the Chatham Education Foundation.

kids draw seeds in gardenLearning About Plants and Seeds

Third grade students at MED started their school year learning about plants and seeds. The students spent time comparing the structure and the physical characteristics of different types of seeds. They also learned about the rewards and benefits of planting a garden, including taking a guided tour of the school's learning garden with fourth grade teacher assistant Mrs. Patty Goodwin, who tends to the garden regularly.

trainingMentor Program

In September, CMS held a training session for community volunteers who participate in the school’s mentoring program. Debra Lans, from Mentor USA, was the guest speaker and discussed the positive development young people make when they have an adult mentor. The CMS program pairs adult volunteers from the community with middle school students who could benefit from the support, inspiration and friendship having a mentor offers. This program is supported by a grant from the Chatham Education foundation.

trayNew Red Trays Help Lunch Lines Go Green

In Chatham High School’s cafeteria, lunch trays no longer end up in the trash as they had in the past, but are instead heading back to the kitchen. That is because, new this school year, the CHS cafeteria has replaced the disposable polystyrene trays it had been using with new washable plastic trays. “Using reusable trays will provide a cost savings overtime, because we no longer need to continually purchase disposable trays for the High School,” said food service supervisor Barbara Murray. “And, of course, there is the green benefit of the cafeteria producing less waste, which is something our students had been asking for.” Read more...

District Newsletter Receives Statewide Recognition

The Chatham Central School District has again been recognized for outstanding achievement in educational communications. This September, the New York School Public Relations Association (NYSPRA) recognized the District’s community newsletter “Chatham Connections” with an Award of Honor at its 33rd-Annual Communications Awards.

Each year, NYSPRA sponsors statewide communications awards to recognize and celebrate excellence in school communications. Of the more than 300 entries submitted for judging this year, only about one third received recognition. Chatham’s Award of Honor is the second highest level of award given out at the competition.

In July, “Chatham Connections” won two Awards of Merit from the National School Public Relations Association - one recognizing it as an outstanding community newsletter, the second as an outstanding budget newsletter.

DASA, APPR Focus of Staff Development

staff devlopmentStudents aren't the only ones learning at Chatham CSD this week. Staff development plays an important role here, and two half-days of school Sept. 5th and 6th allowed staff to undergo training in two new and important regulations concerning education. All staff received training on the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), a new state law designed to provide students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, harassment and bullying. In separate sessions, teaching staff learned the details of Chatham’s Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR), which is also new for 2012-2013 and will serve to gage and strengthen teacher and principal effectiveness.  

Board Sets Goals for 2012-2013

At its August 28 meeting, the Board of Education adopted District goals for the 2012-2013 school year. View 2012-2013 District goals...

MED Photo Permission Form Discontinued

This year, MED will not require parents to submit a student photo permission form. As in past years, students will likely have opportunities to be photographed or videotaped during school events by the classroom teacher and/or local media. Parents who DO NOT want their children to be photographed or videotaped for school related events should notify the principal’s office at the start of the school year. Information about a parent's right to request that photographs and other student information not be publicly released by the District is provided in the Chatham CSD Print Calendar under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) title.

Chatham Grad Sean Kenny Honored by NEC

UAlbany senior place kicker Sean Kenny (CHS, Class of 2008) was named the Northeast Conference 'Special Teams Player of the Week' on September 24 following a three field goal performance in UAlbany's September 22 upset over Maine. As a Chatham Panther, Sean played football, soccer and baseball. View CBS 6 report...

Welcome Back!

assembly photoTo kick off the first day of school, students attended an opening day assembly where they were welcomed to the new school year by principal Ms. Annemarie Barkman and dean of students Mr. John Rivers. The day's message focused on kindness, acceptance and respect, with time devoted to the new Dignity For All Students Act. Students new to CMS had the chance to be introduced to their peers, and everyone watched an inspirational video made by NY students about creating a positive school experience. You can view that video through Youtube here...

New Meal Prices for 2012-2013 School Year

Effective September 1st, 2012. Breakfast at CMS will cost $1.35 and lunch $2.35. Milk and snack prices remain unchanged, as do free and reduced meals. The ten cent price increase is due to a new federal mandate (the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act) which requires schools to bring what they charge for regular-priced meals in line with what the United States Department of Agriculture reimburses districts for meals provided to students receiving free and reduced meals.

Thorpe-OdomMeet Chatham’s Director of Special Education

Meet Tamara Thorpe-Odom, Chatham Central School District’s new director of special education. Thorpe-Odom is also currently director of special education for the New Lebanon Central School District, and her heading up special education in Chatham is part of a shared services agreement between the two schools.

Thorpe-Odom has been New Lebanon’s director of special education for the past four years. Prior to that, she worked for fifteen years as a special education teacher for the Albany City School District. She has a master’s degree in Education Administration from the College of Saint Rose, as well as dual certification in special education and elementary education.

Facilities Study Report

The facilities study team presented the results of their Facilities Utilization Study to the Board of Education on June 26. The study's purpose was to determine if the District is using its facilities in the most efficient way possible; and to determine if the current instructional program could be delivered in two of the District’s current three school buildings. The report states that consolidating would be practical and that CMS would be the best choice for closure, given its age and condition. The study also indicates what potential cost savings could be realized through consolidation, and that certain construction/modification to the HS/MED campus would be necessary in order to fully integrate the additional students and program into those two buildings.

View the full report here…

Chatham Grad's Sculpture at Art Omi

2012 CHS graduate Dylan Soares-Kern's sculpture "Helping Hands" is on display this summer at Art Omi in Ghent. As a sophomore at CHS, Dylan entered and won a contest organized by William Thompson of the Thompson Giroux Gallery in Chatham, which set the stage for Dylan taking on a two-year project to create a large-scale sculpture for display at Art Omi's fields. His finished exhibit was unveiled this July. Read Register Star article...

Fifth Grade Team Teaching at MED this Year

Last year's 4th grade students will be staying on at MED this year as fifth graders. The 2012-2013 5th grade teaching team is comprised of Mr. Jeffrey Kole, Ms. Laura Grill, Ms. Sara Murray, Mr. Joshua Noble and Ms. Nikki Wrigley. The 5th grade will use a team-teaching approach. Two teachers will be paired together to teach all subjects to both classes. One teacher will be responsible for teaching all language arts and social studies, while the other teacher in the pairing will be responsible for instructing math and science. 5th grade classrooms will be in the same hallway as the 4th grade.

Chatham CSD at the Columbia County Fair

The District will be hosting an informational booth at this year’s Columbia County Fair, August 29th to September 3rd. Board of Education members, along with District staff and student leaders, will be on hand to provide insight into our school’s many programs, initiatives, accomplishments and challenges. The District hopes residents find it a convenient way to get information about our school and engage in a healthy dialog with the Board. The booth will be located in the Fair House (near the Church St. entrance to the Fairgrounds) and will be staffed during regular fair hours.

Hanna Bachrach Chatham Public Library has a New Director

The Chatham Public Library welcomed the arrival of its new director, Hanna Bachrach, who took the reins at the library this August. Bachrach is a Chatham resident and an experienced librarian with a background in both academic and municipal library systems. Her appointment was made official on August 14th, with Chatham’s Board of Education approving her for the job after a month’s long search and interview process that included candidates meeting with library committees, staff and patrons. In her first few days on the job, she has been busy familiarizing herself with the multitude of references and resources the library provides, and getting to know the staff and patrons. Read more...

"The Very Hungry Caterpillar"

playStudents in MED’s Language Concepts summer program put on a play titled “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” Based on the book by Eric Carle, the play told the story of a young caterpillar who eats perhaps a little too much on his way to becoming a beautiful butterfly. Over the summer, the class read many stories by Eric Carle and other children’s authors. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” was one of the students’ favorites, so they were excited to show off their hard work to the family members and school staff who gathered on August 9th to watch them perform. Read more...

Sean's Run Supports Driver Ed Program

Board accepts check from Beth HoverSean’s Run generously donated $1,221 to the Chatham CSD driver education program. The money will be used to help provide the program with a reliable training vehicle. Sean's Run is an annual spring event that raises funds and awareness to combat underage drinking and driving and encourage safe driving habits among young people. The event included a Zumbathon, the proceeds from which were presented to the Board of Education at its July 3rd meeting. Shown here, Board president Melony Spock accepts a check from Zumbathon organizer Beth Hover.

Michael ChuddyChatham Welcomes New Business Administrator

Please welcome Michael Chudy as the new business administrator for the Chatham Central School District. Chudy was chosen from several qualified candidates following a search and interview process, and was appointed to the position by the Board of Education in late spring. He comes to Chatham highly qualified for the job, with six years experience as business official and treasurer for the West Valley Central School District in western NY. Chudy officially began work at Chatham on July 2nd and succeeds interim business administrator Chuck Snyder. Read more...

MED Book Mark Contest Winners

Students showed their love for reading and books by participating in the school's second annual M.E.D. Bookmark Contest, sponsored by the school's Parent Teacher Association. Students designed their own bookmarks with personal drawings and words to show their love for books. Winners were chosen from each grade, see who won...

Muriel FaxonMuriel Faxon Appointed to Board of Education

The Board of Education appointed Muriel Faxon to an 11-month term on the Board. Faxon was sworn in during the Board’s July 3rd organizational meeting and will fill the unexpired term of Francis Iaconetti, who resigned in April. The appointment runs from July 3, 20l2 to May 21, 2013, at which time the remainder of the term will be filled by general election. Faxon has been an active member of the Chatham community all her life, and until recently, owned and operated the Chatham Bookstore on Main St. In the past, Faxon served three five-year terms on the Board of Education.

Summer Reading at Chatham Public Library

Readers of all ages and abilities are invited to explore the night this summer as the Chatham Public Library presents its summer reading program “Dream Big Read!" Activities include programs on stargazing and moon lore, dreams and wishes, nocturnal animals and evening pajama story times..
Studies show that any free, voluntary reading that young people do, especially over the summer, has great impact on their literacy levels and their lifelong love of reading. If they read over the summer, they return to school in the fall ready to move on without any remediation. Learn more at

Barkman Re-appointed as CMS Interim Principal

BarkmanAnnemarie Barkman will again serve as Chatham Middle School's Interim Principal for the 2012-2013 school year, having been appointed to a second one-year position by the Board of Education. Ms. Barkman has played an important role in the District's efforts to provide a first-class public education to our community. She will continue to provide interim principal services from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 at a rate of $550 per day, and as a retiree, has the right to continue to receive a pension while employed by the District, in accordance with Retirement and Social Security Law.

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