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2013-14 News

CHS Fourth Quarter Honor Roll

Congratulations to our High School students earning Honors or High Honors for the fourth quarter of the 2013-14 school year. See who made the list...


CMS 4th Quarter Honor Roll

Congratulations to our Middle School students who earned high honors and honors for the fourth quarter of the 2013-14 school year. See who made the grade...


Congratulations to the Class of 2014

graduation114 worthy graduates received their diplomas on June 27th, representing 100% of Chatham High School’s senior class. The Commencement ceremony was held on the football field before hundreds of parents, friends and family. The Class of 2014 boasted thirty-four seniors who graduated with four-year honors. Six Regents Diplomas with Advanced Designation with Honors, twenty-seven Regents Diplomas with Advanced Designation, and one Regents Diploma with Honors were awarded. Seventy-eight percent of Chatham's 2014 graduates plan to pursue higher education. See photos...


teachers wave to bussesLast Day of School!

June 26th marked the last day of classes at Chatham for the 2013-2014 school year. As the buses left the parking lot to bring students home for the last time this year, the staff at the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School were all out to partake the tradition of waving goodbye to the students and wishing them a happy summer vacation. Enjoy the summer and we will see you when classes begin again September 4th!


Chatham Public Library Welcomes DeLisle as New Director

Julie DeLisleThe Chatham Public Library welcomes Julie DeLisle as its new director. DeLisle took the reins at the end of June and has since been busy familiarizing herself with all the resources and programs the library has to offer, and getting to know the patrons and staff who make the library the vibrant center of the community that it is. DeLisle comes to Chatham from the Brunswick Community Library in Rensselaer County, where she was library director for the past nine years. The Board of Education officially appointed DeLisle in late May, following an extensive search and interview process and on the recommendation of the Chatham Pubic Library Advisory Committee. Learn more...


Volunteers at recognition partyCMS Honors Volunteers

Chatham Middle School hosted a volunteer appreciation thank you party honoring the community members who volunteer in our school and make programs like our Mentor Program, which could not exist without them, the success they are. Volunteers were invited to enjoy snacks and lemonade in the middle school library on June 25th.


Staff with awardChatham Library Voted Best in County

Chatham Public Library was voted best library in the Best of Columbia County awards, sponsored by the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, The Register-Star and Chatham Courier. Newspaper readers and Chamber members voted for their favorite local businesses, organizations, and events. The winners were announced June 19th during an event at the Chamber of Commerce in Hudson. Fern Pelletieri, librarian, and Karen Malina, co-chair of the Chatham Public Library Advisory Committee, attended the event to accept the award on behalf of the library. The Library is part of our school district.


Class of 2014 Valedictorian & Salutatorian

Abigail RubelValedictorian
Abigail Rubel, daughter of David and Julia Rubel of Chatham, has been named Chatham High School’s Class of 2014 Valedictorian. She has participated in the Fall Festival of Shakespeare throughout her entire high school career. She has also been a member of the Gay-Straight Alliance. Additionally, Abigail was a member of the Chatham Envirothon team that finished in first place in this year’s regional round and competed at the state level. She was also a state finalist in the National History Day competition. As a member of the varsity Track and Field team, Abigail competed primarily in the 3000 meters. Having been offered a joint internship with the American Museum of Natural History and Barnard College, she has decided to take a gap year and defer until 2015 her matriculation atColumbia University, where she has already been accepted. (Photo: Deirdre Malfatto)

Ellis Okawa-ScannellSalutatorian
Ellis Okawa-Scannell, son of Gregory Scannell and Chisako Okawa-Scannell of Chatham, has been named Chatham High School’s Class of 2014 Salutatorian. Ellis is a member of National Honor Society, and took part in his school’s Model Congress, Ecology Club, Track & Field team, and Soccer team. He is the recipient of the Rensselaer Medal, Student of the Quarter Awards, Highest Average Awards, and Most Effort Awards. Ellis plans on attending the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy where he will major in Computer Science.

 


Chatham's Patroon Conference All Stars - Spring 2014

Chatham's athletic teams produced two MVPs, two Coaches of the Year, and over twenty All Star athletes in the Patroon Conference this season. See who made the All Star teams...


students on stageKindergarten Celebration

Chatham’s youngest learners marked the completion of their first year at MED with a Kindergarten Celebration held June 20th. Friends and family packed the school cafetorium to see their little ones march on stage, each class in a different color of the rainbow, and sing songs together. The event wrapped up with a slideshow highlighting some of their classroom activities throughout the year. Now on to first grade!

 


Students moving up8th Grade Moving Up

Chatham Middle School held its annual Moving Up Ceremony for eighth grade students now moving on to high school. The 2014 ceremony too place the evening of June 20th before friends and family in the Chatham High School auditorium, where the students of the class of 2018 symbolically moved forward into their high school careers. Congratulations!


students receive certificateFifth Grade Moving Up

MED held a special ceremony honoring our fifth grader’s completion of their time at MED and their moving on to middle school. Dean Brian Simon congratulated the class of 2021 and, in front of of their friends and family, every student was called to the front to receive their certificate and class portraits. Mr. Kole read from Dr. Seuss's "Oh the Places You'll Go!" followed by remarks from student Ryan Graziano and slide shows from Natures Classroom week. A family brunch wrapped up the event.


“Veritas,” the High School Newspaper

“Veritas,” the newspaper produced, written, and edited by Chatham High School students, can now be viewed online!  Read Veritas...


CsabaStudent Expands Design Skills Through Community Service

Community service is part of being a student at Chatham. In fact, students are required to complete at least six hours of service prior to graduation. For junior Csaba Sperry, that meant putting his interest in art, design, and photography to good use. He volunteered to create a newsletter for Camphill Ghent residents highlighting the assisted living facility’s Spring Festival. More than just producing an informational guide of events, Csaba’s put thought into every aspect of his program. “I did a layout to match what was happening that week, picked a font that would go with Camphill, and organic colors to go with the pictures that matched the season and blended with the events.” Staff and residents were thrilled with the result, and Csaba got the pleasure of not only helping others in his community, but also of being recognized for a job well done.


students at firemen's homeMentor Club Trip to Firemen's Home, Hudson River

The CMS Mentor Club (community member mentors and the students they mentor) took a June service trip to the Firemen’s Home in Hudson where they provided a morning of fun for the retired firefighters with bingo games and crafts. It was a great intergenerational experience.

students on cruise
In the afternoon, students and their mentors sailed on the Spirit of the Hudson for a fun and educational river cruise.  Funding for the student’s cruise was provided through a grant from the Chatham Education Foundation of the Berkshire Taconic Foundation.


Scholar athletesPearson, O'Connell, Frederick Honored as Scholar Athletes

Three CHS student athletes were recognized as Scholar Athletes by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association during the Albany Dutchmen baseball game at Bob Belizzi Field June 18th. Kaitlin Pearson (senior, softball), Flynn O'Connell (senior, baseball), and Kevin Frederick (sophomore, Volleyball) were honored alongside other Scholar Athletes from across Section 2. They each received a certificate from Robert Zayas, executive director of the NYSPHSAA, recognizing them for superior achievement in the classroom and in their sport.


NCBI trainingStudents Take On Positive Leadership Role Through NCBI

Twenty-four Chatham Middle School students undertook National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) training at school June 17 & 18. Chatham’s NCBI trained student leaders, under the direction of the school’s guidance department staff, will play an active role in addressing prejudice, stereotyping and bullying next school year. They will present coalition building workshops at the classroom level and promote diversity, esteem building, and acceptance and understanding of others. Learn more...


Lauren wrigley with Annette Dennis and Annabelle Hinkel Lauren Wrigley Awarded Summer Arts Scholarship

Seventh grader Lauren Wrigley will be exploring her creative side at Machaydn's Childrens' Workshop this summer thanks to her earning a $250.00 Summer Arts Grant from COARC. COARC awarded her the scholarship during their annual membership meeting on June 16th. Shown here is Lauren with Annette Dennis (COARC President) and Annabelle Hinkel, a CHS 12th grader who COARC awarded the Kathelyn Caswell Memorial Scholarship. 


NJHS inducteesFourteen Join NJHS

Chatham Middle School proudly initiated fourteen students into National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) during an induction ceremony held in the school's auditorium the evening of June 16th. 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 this prestigious organization...


flag day ceremonyAssemblyman Celebrates Flag Day with MED

NYS Assemblyman Steven F. McLaughlin joined MED students for a school-wide Flag Day celebration. The state lawmaker was the key speaker of the assembly held in the school's gym Friday, June 13th. He spoke with students about the history behind the first United States flag, how the flag developed into what it is today, and the ideals and freedoms it represents. Flag Day is celebrated nationally every June 14 to commemorate the official adoption of the Flag of the United States on that day in 1777.


students and teacher team building6th Grade Orientation

The morning of June 12, fifth grade students from the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School visited Chatham Middle School to familiarize themselves with their new school as soon-to-be sixth graders. They were greeted by principal Amy Potter and given a brief orientation of the building before heading to the sixth grade wing where they got to know the teaching staff and paired up with current sixth graders for some fun team building challenges.


Student riding horseHorsepower

Miss Normandin’s Grade 3-5 Language Concepts class took a full-day field trip to the High & Mighty Therapeutic Riding & Driving Center on June 12. The riding center is located on fifty acres in Ghent and offers riding, driving and other equine assisted activities to children, teens and adults. The twelve students on the trip met six horses, learned about their background and how horses behave, and learned the responsibility and rules that come with riding such an animal. The students got to walk and ride the horses, groom and feed them, and also learned about horseshoes while decorating one to bring home. 


E-Commerce Class Wins Head-to-Head Marketing Competition Vs Taconic Hills

The CHS E-Commerce class WON the marketing challenge vs. Taconic Hills and came in second overall in the NYS High School Real World Marketing Challenge. The head-to-head competition was won by the e-commerce class by promoting the Coaches vs. Cancer Varsity Softball Game against Taconic Hills at Chatham on May 6th and getting more people to attend that game than attended another game played at Taconic Hills. For their efforts, our E-Commerce class also came in 2nd place overall of all the schools competing throughout the state. Learn more...


2014 Spring Sports Awards

The Spring Sports Awards Night was held the evening of June 12 in the CHS auditorium. The event recognized the accomplishments of Chatham's athletes and was sponsored by the Athletic Booster Club. See award winners...


Mrs. Reno presents Mr. Gitto with a plaqueMED Arbor Day Honors Stephen Gitto

MED honored former Chatham music teacher Stephen A. Gitto, Sr. at its annual Arbor Day Celebration June 6th. The event was held on the school lawn and included an audience of students, staff, over seventy community members, as well as the Ghent Band, which set the mood with a few of its tunes. The event included a play honoring Mr. Gitto's life and a traditional Maypole Dance by the fouth grade, and a tree planting certemony in honor of Mr. Gitto and retiring teachers Kimberly Costigan, Susan Grybas, and Jeffrey Kole.
Read more...


Mr. SteadMr. Stead WTEN's Teacher of the Week

Fourth grade teacher Michael Stead has been chosen as News 10 ABC’s Teacher of the Week! Mr. Stead received the most nominations of any teacher in the Capital Region during the first week of June and he was recognized on the News 10 (WTEN) evening news June 10th during their 5:30 show. Mr. Stead has been teaching fourth grade students at MED for the past ten years. Congratulations Mr. Stead!
View WTEN Teacher of the Week webpage...


State AthetesFive Panthers Compete in State Track & Field Championships

Congratulations to the five members of the varsity boys track & field team who competed in the NYS Meet. Facing the top athletes from around the state, our boys showed that they belong amongst the best of the best. Ian Allen took 5th for both pole vault and the 800 meter for small schools. Ian also anchored our 4x800m relay team with Jamie Chaitman, Brad Oram and Brody Witaszek, which took 4th place amongst small schools. Max Lagonia placed 9th in high jump for small schools. Learn more...


Rescue Squad in class Home & Careers Students Learn About Paramedics and EMTs

Students in Mrs. Hayes’ Home & Careers 8 class, along with Mrs. Carras from guidance, welcomed the Chatham Rescue Squad as their guest speakers June 10th. Students have been studying various aspects of career preparedness and career exploration. The Chatham Rescue Squad members provided an insight into their field of work and the qualities one needs to work in their field. They brought with them a stretcher, pulse oximeter, impervious backboard, med kits, cardiac monitors, and more! Read more...


tree planting ceremonyArbor Day

CMS held its Arbor Day June 6th. The day of festivities began in the auditorium with a presentation on the History of Arbor Day, awards ceremony, variety show, and slide show. Students and staff then headed out to the back of the soccer field for the tree planting ceremony in honor of retiring faculty members Jaimee Boehme, Jeffrey Kole, Paula Ptsazek, and Deborah Roth. Students enjoyed a picnic style lunch and activities like relay races, basketball, kickball, and more. Learn more...


students explains displayElectricity Fair

Mr. Stead’s 4th grade class held their Electricity Fair June 5th in the MED conference room. Classes from all over MED, as well as parents, visited the fair to view the fourth grader's displays and learn from them about electricity - from how current is generated, stored or transported, to how it is used everyday to power our busy lives. The student’s demonstrated electrical aspects like NY State's power grid, wind energy, batteries, organically produced electricity, light bulbs, motors, and more. See more pictures...


Grim Reaper with VictimDark Message from SADD Sheds Light on Dangers of DWI

June 5th was Grim Reaper Day at Chatham High School. The event was organized by Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) to raise awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving.
Every 33 minutes, a SADD member sounded a gong over the school’s loud speaker, eerily symbolizing the one person who dies nearly every half-hour in an alcohol related crash. With each gong, the Grim Reaper appeared in a classroom and chose a student to be a silent “victim” for the rest of the day. Read more...


Softball Team Fields Conference MVP, Coach of the Year, All Stars

The Lady Panthers' roster filled out the ranks of this year's Patroon Conference All Stars. Congratulations to: Karlee Shields - MVP; J.B. Brantley - Coach of the Year; Kaitlin Pearson- 1st Team; Lindsey Skype - 1st Team; Allison Mesick - 1st Team; Baylee Cox - 1st Team; Sam Zucco - 2nd Team.


Boys Track & Field Team Produces MVP, Coach of the Year, All Star Honors

The boys track & field team picked up MVP, Coach of the Year, and All Star honors for the Patroon Conference this spring. Congratulations to Chatham's: Ian Allen - MVP; Paul Vachiraprapun - Coach of the Year; Tyler Rivera 1st Team; Max Lagonia 1st Team; Jamie Chaitman 1st Team; Cassidy Palladino - 2nd Team; Brody Witaszek - 2nd Team; Troy Peirce- 2nd Team.


Patroon Conference Baseball All Stars

Chatham’s Baseball team fielded four Patroon Conference All Stars this spring. Congratulations to the following players: Kody Skype - 1st Team; Caleb Gregg - 1st Team; Steve Munson - 2nd Team; Joe Williams - 2nd Team.


Girls Track & Field Conference All Stars

The girls track & field team produced four Patroon Conference all stars this season. Congratulations to the following: Erin Clark - 1st Team; Annabelle Hinkel - 2nd Team; Hallie Allen - 2nd Team; Destynie Summers - 2nd Team.


Patroon Conference Tennis All Stars

Two Chatham Panthers were recognized as Patroon Conference boys tennis All Stars this spring. Please congratulate: Keon Armstrong - 1st Team, and James Stinson - 2nd Team.


students release troutFrom the Classroom to the Stream

Fourth grade classes released trout into the Kinderhook Creek on May 19 & May 29. The release of the fingerling size brown trout was the culmination of their “Trout in the Classroom” project, where the classes studied their development by raising them from eggs in climate controlled tanks. After releasing their fish into the wild (using all proper permits), the classes traveled to the Cohotate Preserve near Athens where they explored the birds, fish, and habitat of the Hudson River’s freshwater tidal estuary.


Sarah OttoOtto is "Above the Influence" Contest Winner

Sarah Otto is the winner of the CHS “Above the Influence” contest, which earned her an iPad Mini. The contest, sponsored by SADD and Columbia County Stop DWI, asked students to creatively express how they personally stay above the influence of drugs and alcohol. Sarah entered the contest because she liked the idea of it (she is active in SADD) and chose a poem to share how she stays above the influence because, as she said, “In a poem you can use one or two words to replace a sentence, which makes your message more direct." Sarah’s poem, Listen To Them, was selected as the winner by a panel of faculty members. You can read Listen To Them here...


Class of 2014 Honor Students

Mr. John Thorsen, Principal, and Mr. Terry Bordell, Assistant Principal of Chatham High School are pleased to release the names of the Honor Students for the graduating Class of 2014. The Honor Students were announced at the annual Arbor Day Banquet hosted May 29 by the Junior Class in honor of the Senior Class. The Valedictorian is Abigail Rubel and the Salutatorian is Ellis Okawa-Scannell. View full list of Class of 2014 honor students...


Joel Penton kids students about being a fan of Michigan StateOhio State Football's Joel Penton Shares Message of Character and Perseverance at CMS

Former Ohio State University football star and recipient of the Wuerffel Trophy, Joel Penton, visited Chatham Middle School on May 22 to talk to students about setting goals, making the right choices, and having the courage to stick to them. During a forty-five minute assembly held in the Middle School auditorium, Penton shared his personal story of how he achieved his goals by staying committed to what was most important to him, even when the going got tough. Read more...


Heather with CertificateHeather Damia Recognized for Academic Ability by Johns Hopkins University

CMS 6th grader Heather Damia has received an award for High Honors in Mathematics & Verbal Ability from the Johns Hopkins Center For Talented Youth (CTY). Due to her performance on NYS assessments, CMS encouraged her to enroll in the CTY’s 2013-14 Talent Search, an above-grade-level testing program designed to identify students having the highest levels of academic ability. As one of CTY's the highest scoring participants, Heather not only earned herself the award, but also an invitation to several CTY summer camps at colleges for advanced students. Congratulations Heather!


CHS Arbor Day

tree planting ceremonyCHS held its Arbor Day on May 30. This year’s annual tree planting ceremony took place in the Geologic Park, where a Crimson Maple was planted in honor of the Class of 2013’s Brian O’Connor. The day of events also included an honors assembly, traditions like the senior class giving the time capsule to the freshman class for safekeeping, the unveiling of the sophomore class colors (red & gold), as well as a talent show, horseshoes, Frisbee, delivery of yearbooks, and the senior class picnic.  


students at Art OmiFirst Grade Visits Art Omi

The first grade took a field trip to the Omi International Arts Center in Ghent on May 21st. They walked through The Fields Sculpture Park looking at and touching the large contemporary works of art, and in the "green" Visitor's Center, students were involved in two workshops. They created their own poems based on a painting in the gallery and they created their own paper sculptures.


students roleplaying NCBI strategiesNCBI Students Help Build Supportive School Culture

Seventh and eighth grade NCBI student leaders hosted workshops for their sixth grade peers on tolerance, acceptance, and being an ally to others. Through roleplaying exercises, they shared ways to peacefully intervene and diffuse situations that involve bullying or other demeaning behavior. NCBI stands for National Coalition Building Institute and is part of our character education program to build a school culture free from bullying and prejudice.


highschoolers demonstrate simple machines to third gradersCHS Students Talk Simple Machines with Third Graders

To kick off their section on simple machines, the 3rd grade headed over to the high school, where technology teacher Mr. Shawn Caldwell and six engineering students had set up learning stations in the gym. The high schoolers demonstrated concepts like wedges, wheels, levers, pulleys and more using working models, many of which they built themselves. This inter-building collaboration gave the elementary students a fun, hands-on introduction to machines from older students they naturally look up to, and the high schoolers an opportunity to cement their knowledge by sharing it with the youngsters.


National Honor Society inductees on stage during ceremonyCHS Inducts Thirty-Three Into NHS

Thirty-three CHS juniors joined National Honor Society (NHS) this May. They were officially inducted into the prestigious society during a ceremony held the evening of May 21st in the CHS auditorium. To be eligible for NHS, students must excel in academics, display outstanding character and leadership qualities, and be actively involved in service at school and in their community. Learn more...


Voting Results - May 20, 2014

The 2014-2015 Budget Passed: 626 Yes - 257 No
View exit survey responses...
Voters also elected Edward Knight, Chris Kelly, and Teri Conte to three-year terms on the Board of Education that run July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017. James Marks received the fourth most votes, and will serve the remainder of an unexpired term caused by the resignation of David O’Connor. That term runs now through June 30, 2015. More information about the 2014-15 budget can be found on our budget news page...


students tour buildingClass of 2018 Tours CHS

As part of their transition from Middle School to High School, eighth grade classes visited CHS on May 9th and 16th to familiarize themselves with the school. High school students led the eighth graders on a tour of the building, explained the in-and-outs of high school, and answered any questions the soon-to-be ninth graders had.

 


Principal's Writing Contest Winners

Winners with Mrs. RenoMrs. Reno has announced the winners of the MED Principal's Writing Contest! Congratulations to Paxton Brownell (K), Addison Andrews (1st Gr.), Leonard Sitzer (2nd Gr.), Jake Dwileski (3rd Gr.), Jayson McKay (4th Gr.), Maria Geel (4th Gr.), Grayson Van Wie (5th Gr.). Along with having their names announced over the school loudspeaker and their stories showcased on the District website, all seven winners were invited out to lunch with Mrs. Reno on May 16th. In total, seventy-five students submitted writing pieces for this school-wide contest. Read the winning stories on the Principal's Corner page...


Boys Track Takes Sectional Title, Girls Third

The boys varsity track team won the Group 4, Section II title by a landslide and the girls took third on May 23 (see full results). On May 30, five Chatham athletes qualified for the NYS Championship meet taking place June 6 and 7 in Syracuse at North Cicero High School. Headed to states are: Ian Allen – 800m, 4x800m relay and pole vault; Jamie Chaitman – 4x800m relay; Brad Oram – 4x800m relay; Brody Witaszek – 4x800m relay; and Max Lagonia – high jump. Photos courtesy of Suzanne Wightman

4x800 team photoIan Allen pole vaultingMax Lagonia high jumping


Boys Track Team Patroon Conference Champs, Girls Third

Congratulations to the boys and girls track teams on their performances at the Patroon Conference Championship meet held May 15 at Taconic Hills. The boys are the 2014 Patroon Conference Champions, while the girls finished 3rd in the conference overall. The following link has the full results of the championship meet (individual events then overall places/points at the bottom):  https://www.firecracker4.com/RaceManagement/download.php?type=Results&id=37
Boys track teamGirls track team


student with senior at Payn homeNJHS Visits Payn Home

Eighth grade National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) students conducted their group service at the Payn Home, a retirement residence located in the Village of Chatham. The students played cards, played bingo, planted flowers, and created door hangings with the senior citizens on May 15th. Community service is a national requirement of students who belong to the prestigious NJHS organization.


workforce challengeCCSD Staff Team Up for Workforce Challenge

Faculty from the High School, Middle School, and the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School teamed up to participate in the 2014 CDPHP Workforce Challenge, a 3.5 mile race held in Albany on May 15th. Running this year were team captain Jason Kahn and team members Ashley Keegan, Lauren Kral, Kristen Reno, Kayln Fleck, Jaimee Bohme, Meghan Connelly, Jodi Sullivan, Will Richard, Jim Lombardi, Jodi Gray, and Michele Debye-Saxinger.


Community Service Helps Homeless Animals

students at humane societySeventh grade National Junior Honor Society students conducted community service at the Columbia-Greene Humane Society on May 13th. Also, students from Mrs. Debye-Saxinger's first period class, Miranda Whipple, Rachael Bogausch, Abby Hoag, and Jacob Mesick took it upon themselves to raise funds to help the homeless animals by conducting two fundraisers, one at the CMS Science Fair and another at the CMS Lip Sync Contest. They joined the NJHS students on the trip and presented the CGHS with a check for $167.


students with blue bird boxesEnrichment After School

MED students enjoyed learning about bluebirds and making their own bluebird boxes with the help of Bruce Robertson of the Columbia Land Conservancy in MED's spring After-school Enrichment program, sponsored by the PTA. Other after-school workshops included learning about trees with the Cornell Cooperative Extension, cartooning, jewelry making, drumming, arts and crafts, Photoshop, and more.


Softball teamSoftball Team Takes Patroon Conference Title

Congratulations to the Chatham High School Varsity Softball Team, who won the Patroon Conference Championship for the 4th straight year with a win over Hudson on May 14th. The Lady Panthers were the #1 seed in the Class B Softball Sectional Playoffs. Shown here the team throws up a four sign following their title win.


Emily FabianoEmily Fabiano Earns NYS Comptroller's Award

Eighth grader Emily Fabiano is Chatham Middle School’s recipient of the New York State Comptroller's Student Achievement Award. The award honors students for academic excellence and commitment to public service. Emily was chosen for this honor by the CMS faculty because she is a hardworking and high achieving student, and because of her positive, caring attitude toward others. As a member of National Junior Honor Society, she actively volunteers in her community and she has taken on a leadership role in ending prejudice through her school's National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) program.


Boys Track Team Patroon Conference Champs, Girls Third

Congratulations to the boys and girls track teams on their performances at the Patroon Conference Championship meet held May 15 at Taconic Hills. The boys are the 2014 Patroon Conference Champions, while the girls finished 3rd in the conference overall. The following link has the full results of the championship meet (individual events then overall places/points at the bottom): https://www.firecracker4.com/RaceManagement/download.php?type=Results&id=37


Envirothon TeamCHS Envirothon Team Takes First in County, Third Overall in Regional Competition

The CHS Ecology Club’s Envirothon Team took the sectional championship and placed 3rd overall in the Hudson Valley Regional Envirothon. This academic competition tested their knowledge in five areas; Soils, Aquatics, Forestry, Wildlife, and Current Issues like sustainable agriculture. The team - Faith Avens, Abby Rubel, Ellis Okawa-Scannell, Carly Rippel, and Tom Caron, with advisors Mark Pearson (pictured) and Sandy Fischer - advanced to the NYS championships at SUNY Morrisville May 21-22. Learn more...


Letter to Parents Concerning Social Media App "Yik Yak"

On May 9th, 2014 Superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo and CHS Principal John Thorsen drafted a letter to parents concerning a new social media app being used by young people called Yik Yak. The application allows posts to be made anonymously, and a large number of students reported to us that they have experienced inappropriate, hurtful, or harassing comments through the site. Read letter...


Emily BartonEmily Barden Named Outstanding Business Education Student

Congratulations to senior Emily Barden, who was recognized as the 2013-2014 Outstanding Chatham Business Education Student. Each year, local school districts’ business departments recognize one student each who has exhibited outstanding academic achievement, citizenship, and a positive attitude. Emily, her parents, and CHS business teacher, Michael Loomis, attended an awards dinner at the Holiday Inn in Albany where she, along with the students from other area schools, was honored. This event was sponsored by the Business and Marketing Educators’ Association of the Capital District.
Learn More...


students practice stage fightingGrade 4 & 5 Musical "Thor and the Great Gods"

The MED Drama Club presented “Thor and the Great Gods” Friday, May 16 and Saturday, May 17 at 7 p.m. in the Chatham High School auditorium. The club based their play on Norse Myths. The students wrote five scenes, picked songs and helped choreograph dances throughout the play. With a lot of humor and adventure, the MED Drama Club students have created a one of a kind production. These performances were free and open to the public. Learn more...


Meet The Candidates Forum May 15th

Chatham Central School District voters are encouraged to attend a “Meet The Candidates” forum held Thursday, May 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Chatham High School auditorium. The eight candidates running for the Board of Education have all been invited to participate in this community forum. They will each have an opportunity to provide a statement and answer questions submitted by the audience. David Colby, president of the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce, will be the moderator for the event, with assistance from the Chatham Central Schools Teachers’ Association.


Senior Fine Arts Recognition

Each spring, the Fine Arts Booster Club recognizes senior students who have participated in our art or music programs for at least three of their high school years. A letter and/or pin is presented to qualifying seniors at the CHS Spring Concert. For 2014, thirty-one students received letters and pins at the Spring Concert and Annual Senior Art Exhibition on May 6th. See recipients...


Students of the Quarter

CHS has released the names of the Students of the Quarter for the third quarter of the 2013-14 school year. These students were selected by CHS faculty based on their fine work and contribution to their class. See who made the list for 3rd quarter...


Excellence in Effort Award

Every quarter, CHS teachers nominate students to receive the Excellence in Effort Award, which recognizes individuals for their diligence, reliability, and motivation in class. See award recipients for 3rd quarter...


CHS Third Quarter Honor Roll

Congratulations tothe CHS students earning Honors or High Honors for the third quarter of the 2013-14 school year. View third quarter honor roll...


CMS Film Club Premiers Short at Crandell

students woking on film with TooleThe CMS Film Club has experienced the art of moviemaking with local filmmaker Patrick Toole, working hands-on in front of camera and behind the scenes to produce, direct, and edit an original short film titled Stereotypes Anonymous. The film premiered at a free screening at the Crandell Theatre on May 4th. This Afterschool Filmmaking Workshop was made possible by the Columbia Arts & Humanities Project Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation and the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation, in partnership with the Chatham Film Club. Learn more...


CMS 3rd Quarter Honor Roll

Congratulations to the CMS students who earned High Honors and Honors for the third quarter of the 2013-14 school year. See who made the grade...


Chatham CSD Schedules Budget Presentations in Ghent, Canaan, & Austerlitz

In an effort to bring accurate and up-to-date school budget information to community members throughout the Chatham Central School District, the District has scheduled community budget presentations at the following times in the following towns:

April 29 - Ghent Town Hall, 2306 Route 66, 6:30 p.m.
May 5 - Canaan Town Hall, 1647 County Route 5, 6:30 p.m.
May 7 - Austerlitz Town Hall, 812 Route 203 (Spencertown) 6:30 p.m.


At each of these meetings, Superintendent of Schools Cheryl Nuciforo and representatives of the Board of Education will present the details of the proposed 2014-2015 school budget. Residents are encouraged to attend, ask questions and learn the facts about this budget. The annual budget vote will take place May 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the MED gym. For more information about the Town Hall Meetings, please contact the Office of the Superintendent at 392-1501.


Madison Newton with awardCMS Student Places Third in Patriot's Pen Writing Contest

CMS eighth grader Madison Newton’s essay, “What Patriotism Means To Me,” earned her Third Place in the Patriot’s Pen Contest, a youth essay writing contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars' Rip Van Winkle Counties Council. On Sunday, April 27th, Madison was honored at the VFW Post in Ghent, where she read her essay aloud to the veterans there. Along with this honor, placing third earned Madison a certificate of recognition and a $125 cash award.
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SRO Survey Results

When considering whether or not to bring a School Resource Officer (SRO) into Chatham Central Schools, the The Board of Education conducted a public survey on the SRO issue. The survey ran April 2-11, 2014. View survey results...


students with butterfly diagramsBeautiful Butterflies and Moths

Students learned about insects when the Scotia Glenville Traveling Museum visited the first grade on April 24th. The classes headed down to the MED conference room, where they explored moths and butterflies with museum educator Connie Wysin. The classes discussed what makes moths and butterflies insects, viewed real life specimens, and crafted 3-D diagrams of a butterfly’s life cycle. The first grade teaching staff planned this in-house field to coincide with their class’ study of life cycles in nature. It was made possible with support from the MED PTA.


2014 Board of Education Candidates

Eight candidates are running for four open seats on the Board of Education. A random drawing of names determined the order in which the candidates' names will appear on the ballot. They are Wayne Coe, Edward Knight, James Marks, Steve Gilger, Chris Kelly, Gail Behrens Day, Teri Conte, Ted Miner. The election takes place as part of the annual budget vote May 20, 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. in the MED gym.

Three of the seats are for three-year terms that run July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2017. The candidate who receives the fourth most votes will fill the remainder of an unexpired term caused by the resignation of David O’Connor. That term will run from May 21, 2014 through June 30, 2015.


student giving presentationSenior Exhibitions

Classes dismissed early April 11 to accommodate Chatham High School's annual Senior Exhibitions Day. Each senior gave a 15-20 minute, in-depth presentation on a topic of his or her choosing, evaluated by a panel of educational staff representing each school building. The exhibitions equal one-third of the Senior Program, an individual student portfolio of written, presented, and displayed skills designed to give each senior a sense of progression into adulthood and ownership of their education. The Senior Program is a graduation requirement of CHS.


Board of Ed Adopts 2014-15 Budget

At its April 8th meeting, the Board of Education adopted the proposed budget for the 2014-2015 school year. The budget totals $29,468,429, a 1% increase over this year’s budget, and carries a tax levy increase of .66%, which is within the District’s tax cap set by the state. The annual budget vote will take place May 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the MED gymnasium. Learn more...


Student playing gongLittle China Celebration

To wrap up their exploration of Chinese culture, third grade classes held “Little China” performances for family and friends. Guest educator Tom Lee, who has been working with students as part of MED’s artsVOYAGE partnership with Spencertown Academy, discussed 8th century Chinese poetry and each student read an original Jue Ju poem they created to express a thoughtful connection with nature. Next, Mrs. Brownell, MED music teacher, led the students through a performance of songs they composed using Chinese notation and rhythms. The China celebrations were held in the MED conference room on April 7th and 8th.


Chris LastovicaGuest Composer Leads Master Classes at CHS

The Music Theory class at CHS hosted guest lecturer and local composer Chris Lastovicka on April 3rd. She offered master classes and coaching on each student’s composition project and answered questions about her career as a musician. The class has been immersed in a musical composition unit where they have been studying melodic and harmonic construction, digital notation, voice leading and form. Learn more...


students beta testing gameComputer Classes Conduct Real World Software Testing

CHS students beta tested computer software for the company Cyber Griffin, a designer of Internet security games located in East Greenbush. The students tested two games designed to arm players with tools to defend themsleves from hackers and data thieves. Beta testing is the external pilot-testing of software prior to its being put into commercial production. Mr. Flanagan's Computer Programming 1, Computer Programming 2, and AP Computer Science classes all participted. Learn more...


students conduct yellow ribbon exerciseStudents Lead Suicide Prevention Training at CHS

Chatham High School’s Yellow Ribbon Team led a suicide prevention training program on April 1st and 2nd. This team of specially trained students 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 suicidal. Learn more..


CHS Competes in Programming Contest

Congratulations to Trevor Fox, Ellis Okawa-Scannell, Sanket Sharma, and Jacob Tremper who   represented Chatham High School at the 27th Annual High School Programming Contest held at Siena College. Competing against more than 120 students from across the area in a contest that tested their computer programming skills and problem solving abilities, Chatham ranked 5th out of 30 teams. 


Prescription Drug Awareness Week

The Chatham Central School District participated in Catholic Charities of Columbia and Greene Counties' Prescription Drug Awareness Week April 7-11, 2014. In conjunction with this event, we would like to provide our parents and caregivers with information on how you can help prevent prescription drug abuse. Learn more...


Students at MuseumMiSci Trip

The second grade enjoyed a day at the Museum of Innovation and Science (miSci) in Schenectady. Among the museums many hands-on learning activities, the classes peered inside the human body at a special MRI exhibit, met six-legged friends in the butterfly house, and took in a 45-minute planetarium show about the night sky. The April 2nd field trip was part of the second grade's study of space, cycles in nature, and the human body.


Intrieri and HullJoseph Intrieri, Destiny Hull Nominated for Youth Leadership Award

8th graders Joseph Intrieri and Destiny Hull are Chatham Middle School’s nominees for the Louis A. Pierro Youth Leadership Award. Both students have demonstrated a strong desire to make their world a better place through their volunteer and leadership efforts. As nominees, Joseph and Destiny, along with their families, were invited to the Columbia County Leadership Award Dinner in Hudson on May 1. They joined other nominees from area schools who were recognized for the many ways they have provided positive leadership amongst their peers and within their communities.


Students "Bag It" for Seriously Ill Childrenstudents pack bags

In February and March, key communicator students spearheaded a school-wide service project to provide care packages for the Ronald McDonald House. The school collected food items, toys, books, DVDs, and personal care items like soaps and shampoos. Every student also wrote heartfelt notes of encouragement and decorated bags for the care packages. On March 14, the key communicators gathered during lunch time to pack the goods into “welcome bags” that will be delivered to the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Albany, which provides support for seriously ill children and their families.


battle of the belts teams competeCHS 2014 Battle of the Belts

CHS held our 9th annual Battle of the Belts on April 4th. The team competition raises awareness about safe driving habits and encourages students to wear their seatbelts. Fourteen teams competed this year, including two faculty teams, to see who could buckle into and out the four seats of a vehicle the fastest. The event was organized by the CHS SADD chapter and sponsored by the Sean Patrick French Memorial Walk/Run and Columbia County Stop DWI. Read more and see who won...


An SRO in Chatham CSD? Information Meeting April 1

The Board of Education is considering placing a school resource officer (SRO) in the Chatham Central School District and would like to hear from parents on this important issue. The District has scheduled an informational meeting for parents with Columbia County Sheriff David Bartlett on Tuesday, April 1st at 6:30 p.m. in the Chatham High School library. Sheriff Bartlett will discuss the SRO position and answer any questions parents may have. Parents will also have the opportunity to weigh in on how they feel about having an SRO as part of Chatham’s educational program. Learn more...


Chatham CSD Earns 2014 Safety Excellence Award

Chatham has earned Utica National Insurance Group’s highest award for safety excellence. Utica National presented Chatham with its “Titanium” level “School Safety Excellence Award” during its 34th annual school safety seminar held March 24th in Saratoga Springs. As part of this recognition, our school district received a certificate commemorating our efforts to keep our students, staff, and visitors safe, along with a $500 award for use in furthering those safety efforts. Learn more...


Mackenzie CampbellEighth Grader Nominated for Youth Courage Award

Eighth grader Mackenzie Campbell is Chatham Middle School’s nominee for the Siena College Youth Courage Award. The award honors young people who actively promote the ideal of a just and inclusive society that values diversity and the uniqueness of all individuals. CMS faculty members nominated Mackenzie based on her work at school and in her community to promote diversity awareness and acceptance of others. Mackenzie joins other nominees from schools all over the Capital Region, from whom Siena will select three award winners, announced in April. Read more...


students at Lee Mansion2014 Washington D.C. Trip

Chatham High School's annual social studies field trip to Washington D.C. took place the weekend of March 28-30. The forty-three juniors and seniors who took the trip toured such notable places as Mount Vernon, Capitol Hill, Ford's Theatre, the Smithsonian museums, the National Zoo, and the memorials for presidents Lincoln, Jefferson, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, as well as the WWII, Vietnam War, Korean War, and Iwa Jima memorials. Pictured here are the students in front of the Robert E. Lee Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery.


Undeclassmen teamChatham Teams Take 2nd & 6th Place in Regional Robotics Competition

Two student teams from Chatham High School were among the 14 teams who participated in a robotics competition sponsored by General Dynamics on March 27th in Pittsfield, MA. Each team had to create a robot, for $50 or less, that could complete a variety of complex tasks. Congratulations to our senior team, who finished the competition 2nd overall; and our underclassmen team, who finished in 6th place. The teams were advised by CHS technology teacher Shawn Caldwell. Learn more...


2013-14 Winter Sports Awards

The Winter Sports Awards Night was held in the CHS auditorium the evening of March 26th. The event recognized the accomplishments of Chatham's athletes and was sponsored by the Athletic Booster Club. See award winners...


Letter to Parents and Guardians of High School Students

3/21/14 - Letter to Parents and Guardians from principal John Thorsen and assistant principal Terry Bordell concerning prescription medications...


Science fairCMS Science/Technology Fair

CMS held its 19th annual Science/Technology Fair on March 19th. Hundreds of parents, family members, and others packed the school gym that evening to check out the students’ exhibits and have these young scientists and engineers demonstrate their experiments. Over 110 students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades, working either individually or in pairs, submitted seventy-two projects this year. They had to provide either a solution to a technological problem or gather data to test a hypothesis. Learn more & see winners...


Buckling Up Has Its Rewards!

sadd students on seatbelt patrolOn March 17, CHS SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) braved the chilly temperatures to make sure their fellow classmates were using safe driving habits. They checked each student driver who pulled into the school parking lot to make sure that he/she and their passengers were buckled up. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, shamrock shaped certificates good for a free snack in the school cafeteria were given out to those who were buckled. We are proud to announce that, once again, 100% of our student drivers and passengers were wearing their seatbelts! SADD students perform these unannounced checks randomly throughout the school year to promote a safe and healthy lifestyle.   


The cast of the sound of musicThe Sound of Music

The Chatham High School Drama Club presented "The Sound of Music" March 21st through March 23rd. Based on a true story, the show starred Kaitlin Pearson as Maria and Max Lagonia as Captain von Trapp, All performances occurred in the Chatham High School auditorium, thanks to the many people who came out to enjoy this production of this beloved musical classic.
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Letter to Parents: Safety First When Dropping Off, Picking Up Students

(3/12/14) The Chatham Police Department has brought to the forefront unsafe driving behaviors and traffic practices taking place on Woodbridge Avenue in front of Chatham Middle School during drop off and dismissal times. The safety of our children is of extreme importance and we would like to remind all our parents and caregivers to please put safety first when dropping off or picking up students. Please read this letter from superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo...


BOE Drafts Letter to State Ed. Concerning Regents Reform Agenda/State Testing

On March 13, the Chatham Board of Education sent a letter to New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King concerning the State's implementation of the Regents Reform Agenda, which includes such measures as the Common Core Standards, in-Bloom, and State assessments. Read letter to Commissioner King from Board President Melony Spock...


Shakespeare & Co Brings Shakespeare's Relevance to CHS Students

On March 12, the professional actors of Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA performed Romeo and Juliet at CHS for the entire student body. Romeo and Juliet is a required text in tenth grade, and because allusions to it appear regularly not only in our society, but throughout the world, the opportunity to see the play performed in its entirety by talented professionals gave the students a real opportunity to experience why William Shakespeare is still so relevant to contemporary society. CHS English teacher Barbara Roosevelt coordinated this special opportunity, which was supported by a grant from the Columbia Arts and Humanities Project Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.


stickerSticker Shock Campaign

The CHS SADD Chapter has teamed up with Catholic Charities of Columbia and Greene Counties Prevention Program to sponsor the Sticker Shock Campaign. On Tuesday, March 18th, SADD members, along with their advisors Tracy Kelly and Amanda Carroll, went into the Chatham Getty and Sunoco convenience stores and put stickers on cases of alcohol. The purpose of this initiative is to remind adults of their responsibility to prevent the tragedies that too often occur when young people drink. Learn more...

 


Students Browse BooksBook Fair!

Book fairs are a great way to get children excited about reading and great books could be found at the MED Book Fair. Students could purchase books and other reading items during school hours March 10-14. This popular event was held in the school library and sponsored by the PTA. In addition to the benefit of getting books into the hands of children, the book fair raised funds that the PTA will use to support other beneficial programs at our school.


photo of Edward KnightSchool Board Appoints Edward Knight to Fill Vacancy

Edward Knight has been appointed to the Board of Education to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of David O’Connor. Mr. Knight was sworn in as a Board member at the February 11 Board meeting and will serve a term that will run through May 20th, 2014, at which time the seat will be filled by general election. Mr. Knight was one of eight applicants the Board interviewed for the position.
He is a resident of Chatham.


student being handed awardIce Cream and Honors

Following the release of the Honor Roll each quarter, CMS invites students earning honors or high honors to attend an Ice Cream Social to celebrate their academic success and enjoy hot fudge sundaes scooped by staff and parent volunteers. The ice cream social for second quarter took place immediately after school on February 27th in the school cafeteria. During the event, each student also received a certificate recognizing them as an honor roll student.


Chatham Schools Conduct Lockdown Drills

On February 27, Chatham Central School District conducted a lockdown drill in each of our school buildings. The drills went smoothly in all buildings and we are pleased with the results. These unannounced safety drills were done to reinforce our emergency lockdown procedures with all students and staff, and allowed District officials to evaluate our schools’ preparedness to respond to a lockdown situation. The drills also served to identify ways our lockdown procedures can be strengthened. We would like to thank all our students and staff for their attentiveness to the importance of these activities. 


CHS Students of the Quarter

CHS has released the names of the Students of the Quarter for the second quarter of the 2013-14 school year. These students were selected by CHS faculty based on their fine work and contribution to the class. See who made the list for second quarter...


CHS Excellence in Effort Award

Every quarter, CHS teachers nominate students to receive the Excellence in Effort Award, which recognizes individuals for their diligence, reliability, and motivation in class. See award recipients for the second quarter of the 2013-2014 school year...


battle of the beltsBattle of the Belts

Chatham Middle School held its Battle of the Belts on April 11th. This event raised awareness about safe driving habits and encouraged students to wear their seatbelts by making bucking up a competition - teams of four competed against one another to see who can buckle into and out of the four seats of a vehicle in the fastest time. One winning team each from grades six, seven and eight will go on to compete at the World Championship Battle of the Belts at Sean's Run on April 27th. See who won...


Planning for College Starts Now

Katie Lesko talks with studentsThe CMS guidance department hosted an assembly for all 8th graders on March 20th featuring Siena College admissions counselor Katie Lesko. Lesko explained the college admission process and shared tips on how to start planning for college now by focusing on strong class selection and extra-curricular opportunities. This assembly kicked off the 8th grader's transition to 9th grade, and students and parents are now meeting with school counselors to design their high school schedules.


Measures for Measuring

Parent volunteer helps student with scaleMulligan demonstrates volume to studentStudents learned about a variety of metric and customary (English) units of measurement when the Scotia-Glenville Traveling Museum brought its “Measures for Measuring” program to the 3rd grade on February 26 and 28. With help from Museum presenter Brian Mulligan, their teachers, and parent volunteers, students experimented with over forty different measuring devices to learn about length, mass/weight, volume, time, temperature, money, area and perimeter. MED’s 3rd grade teachers set up this in-house field trip to kick off their section on measurement.


Students Learn About Healthy Teeth and Gums

Russo demonstrates brushingDental hygienist Evelyn Russo paid a visit to 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms on February 25 to talk about how sugary foods can damage teeth, and stress the importance of brushing and flossing. “You want to take good care of your permanent teeth so when you get older you still have them,” she said, demonstrating proper techniques on a kangaroo friend. Following Russo’s visit, a licensed dentist and hygienist returned to MED in early March to provide dental exams, cleanings, and other preventative dentistry for students. The visits were made possible through Columbia Memorial Hospital’s school-based mobile dental services.


CMS 2nd Quarter Honor Roll

CMS congratulates our students earning honors and high honors for the second quarter of the 2013-14 school year. See who made the grade...


Harriet Tubman Tells It Like It Is at CMS

Harriet Tubman play at CMS

To coincide with African-American History Month, CMS brought Capital Repertory Theater’s “Harriet Tells It Like It Is” to the school stage on February 26th. The play told the story of Harriet Tubman (played by Lauren E. Banks), who escaped life as a slave in the south and later became one of the most famous conductors of the Underground Railroad, leading hundreds of people to freedom. Harriet's account was set to the beat of traditional percussion instruments played by Zorkie Nelson. Following the play, Banks and stage manager Charlie Owens answered questions from the students about Harriet’s life and the Underground Railroad. Their visit to CMS was made possible by a grant from the Chatham Education Foundation. 


Mulligan demonstrates volume to studentParent volunteer helps student with scaleMeasures for Measuring

Students learned about a variety of metric and customary (English) units of measurement when the Scotia-Glenville Traveling Museum brought its “Measures for Measuring” program to the 3rd grade on February 26 and 28. With help from presenter Brian Mulligan, their teachers, and parent volunteers, students experimented with over forty different measuring devices to learn about length, mass/weight, volume, time, temperature, money, area and perimeter. MED’s 3rd grade teachers set up this in-house field trip to kick off their section on measurement.  


CHS 2nd Quarter Honor Roll

Congratulations to all our students earning Honors or High Honors for the second quarter of the 2013-14 school year. View CHS honor roll...


Division One Player Leads Volleyball Clinic at CHS

Shaun HerronShawn Herron, a middle hitter on the Ohio State men’s volleyball team, held a clinic for the Chatham volleyball program. Shawn led the varsity and JV teams through a series of drills concentrating on the fundamentals of serving, passing, blocking, and hitting. “This is Shawn’s second visit to Chatham. It’s not often a high school program has a NCAA Division One volleyball player available for the student/athletes,” said varsity coach Matt Torrey.“ On January 9th Shawn will be playing in the Outrigger Tournament in Honolulu, HI with other top college teams. We wish him well in the tournament and the rest of the season.” Shawn is the son of CMS dean of students Cyndi Herron.


District Looks at State Aid Numbers in Governor's Jan. 21 Executive Budget Proposal

School business administrator Michael Chudy shared state aid projections in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget proposal with the Board of Education at its Jan. 28 meeting. Mr. Chudy explained that adjustments to the Governor’s numbers were needed in order to provide an accurate picture of what Chatham CSD’s state aid would look like for next year (if the state legislature makes no changes to the executive budget). He said Chatham CSD will see a total state aid increase of about 1%, only $65,563 more than what the District is receiving in aid this year. Chudy explained that Gov. Cuomo continued the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) cuts to school aid funding for a sixth straight year. For Chatham CSD the GEA cut to funding totals $640,387 for next school year, meaning state aid for the District will continue to be well below the level of aid the District received in 2008, the last year before the state began the GEA cuts. The final state budget is due April 1st. See Jan. 28 presentation slide...


Prosecution questions witnessBusiness Law Students Test Legal Waters with Mock Trial

Students became lawyers, witnesses, members of the jury, and more when the CHS business law classroom transformed into the courtroom. The mock trial focused around a fictional case against Chris Archer, the president of a college fraternity, who was accused of murder and criminal hazing following the death of one of his fraternity’s pledges during an initiation event. The trial gave the class the chance to use case law, criminal code, and rules of evidence in a real world scenario. Read more...


Model Congress Team at competitionChatham Brings Home Team Award from 2014 Model Congress

Chatham High School’s Model Congress Team enjoyed tremendous success at the 74th Model Congress, held at American International College in Springfield, MA this January. During this annual three-day competition simulating the activities of the legislative branch, Chatham’s delegates passed bills into legislation and brought home the coveted Team Spirit Award - given to the school which demonstrates the most motivation, enthusiasm, cooperation, and collegiality. Read more...


District Looks at State Aid Numbers in Governor's Jan. 21 Executive Budget Proposal

School business administrator Michael Chudy shared the state aid projections in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget proposal with the Board of Education at its Jan. 28 meeting. Mr. Chudy explained that adjustments to the Governor’s numbers were needed in order to provide an accurate picture of what Chatham CSD’s state aid would look like for next year. He said Chatham CSD will see a total state aid increase of about 1%, only $65,563 more than what the District is receiving in aid this year. Chudy explained that Gov. Cuomo continued the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) cuts to school aid funding for a sixth straight year. For Chatham CSD the GEA cut to funding totals $640,387 for next school year, meaning state aid for the District will continue to be well below the level of aid the District received in 2008, the last year before the GEA cuts began. See Jan. 28 presentation slide...


TrialSeventh Graders Put American Revolution on Trial

Mr. Richard’s seventh grade social studies classes explored the causes of the American Revolution with a mock trial. With their classroom transformed into a court of law, complete with a judge's bench and the "Honorable Mr. Rich" presiding, the students stepped into the shoes of 18th Century lawyers, witnesses, and jury members to put the American colonists on trial and determine if they had the right to revolt against English rule. Read more...


holiday sing-alongMED Holiday Sing-Along

The holiday spirit was strong on Friday, December 20th, the day before the winter holiday break, when MED held our traditional sing-along in the school cafeteria. Led by MED music teacher Mrs. Brownell, students and staff joined together to sing some of their favorite holiday classics and enjoy the school-wide festive atmosphere before heading home for the two week vacation.


Mrs. Mulica's class with PJ's the third grade collectedThird Grade Collects PJs for Children in Need

The third grade collected PJs for The Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive, sponsored by Scholastic Books. Altogether, students brought in 22 pairs of new PJs that will go to children in need this December. 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 matched it by donating a brand new book.


students with unicef boxesFifth Graders Raise Funds for UNICEF

For more than a quarter of a century, Chatham fifth graders have participated in the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program. Students collected funds for the world children's charity from Halloween through November. Prior to this activity, students learned background information about UNICEF and the United Nations as part of a class lesson on human rights. This year, over forty students participated and $850 was raised to help children in need all over the world. 


Guest Speakers Share College and Career Tips with Seniors

On December 17th, two guest speakers shared college and workplace expectations with seniors at CHS. Scott Lundy, Area Manufacturing Manager at Sonoco plastics, gave students tips on how to land (and keep) a job while Jennifer Phelan Ninh, Director of Admissions at SUNY IT, shared ways to best manage the demands of a full-time college workload. Lundy’s and Ninh’s presentations were part of Chatham High School's College and Career Readiness course, a semester-long English course all Chatham seniors take. Learn more...


Third Grader's Essay Featured on CBS6 Evening News

Ednel is interviewed by JerryCBS6 anchor and reporter Jerry Gretzinger visited Mrs. Mulica’s third grade class to film one of Jerry's "Take A Break" segments about student Ednel Knapp and an essay he wrote as part of a class assignment. Mrs. Mulica had asked her students to write about what they liked best about their home. When Mrs. Mulica read what Ednel, who once lived in an Haitian orphanage, had to say she knew it was something special. She shared Ednel’s essay with Gretzinger, who agreed and paid the class a visit to interview Ednel, Mrs. Mulica, and Ednel’s adoptive parents, Daniel and Anne Knapp of Ghent. Read Ednel's essay & view video clip...


Pearson, McKeon, AccianiCHS Announces HOBY Leadership Seminar Reps

Cassie Pearson, Jack McKeon, and Alice Acciani will represent CHS at the 2014 Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Program (HOBY) leadership seminar at RPI. This spring, they will join other young leaders from around the Capital Region for a weekend of training and workshops designed to develop and inspire and empower youth leadership and service. The three sophomores were selected from a talented pool of student leaders nominated for this honor by CHS faculty.
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Santa with guestsStudents Serve Up Holiday Fun for Area Seniors

The CMS National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) hosted a holiday luncheon for area senior citizens on Friday, December 20th. Students greeted the seniors as they arrived and escorted them to the auditorium, where together they took in a festive holiday concert put on by the school’s band, orchestra, and chorus. Later, the students served the seniors a turkey feast in the gymnasium. Afterward, they played bingo and Santa made his yearly visit, handing out gifts to all the guests. Learn more...


Class Project Combines Math, Nutrition, and Exercise with Holiday Giving

students walkingSome third and fourth grade classes took a hike to the grocery store to do some shopping for local families in need. Along with the holiday spirit of giving, the field trip combined healthy habits like exercise and proper nutrition with math and money skills. The students collected a total of $250, developed nutritious shopping lists, and purchased nonperishable food items while staying within budget. The groceries were then divided up and delivered to the Chatham Food Pantry and the Ghent Food Pantry. Miss Feller’s and Miss Gotham’s fourth grade classes (co-taught with Miss Emma), and Mrs. Rossi and Mrs. Fleck’s co-taught third grade class participated.


Adriana Tampasis with awardCHS Student Wins National Writing Contest

Congratulations to junior Adriana Tampasis, who took first place in a nationwide writing competition. Her short story Hollow Cradle took top honors in the 16-18 Age Category of the 2013 GP Creeper Short Story Contest, sponsored by Grammar Punk. For her win, Adriana received a $50 monetary award and a certificate recognizing her accomplishment. She learned about the contest from Chatham English teacher Barbara Roosevelt, who, knowing Adriana’s passion for creative writing, encouraged her to enter it. Read more...


Patroon Conference Captain's Council

CHS captains Student-athlete leaders attended the Patroon Conference Captain’s Council January 8 at CGCC. The event promoted excellence in education, athletics, and leadership. CHS reps were: Madeline Minahan, Ahron Young, Kody Skype, Joseph Williams, Jessica Patzwahl, Skyler Niles, Megan Persons, Paige Martin, Daniel Kneller, Mercury Mason, Jacob Davis, Samuel Engel, Timothy Waddell. Read Register Star article on event...


Character Day Events Include Anti-Violence Musical, Holocaust Survivor

The day before Thanksgiving break was a character day at CMS. The school-wide event featured activities that ranged from an anti-bullying assembly featuring Keep The Peace, The Anti-Violence Musical, to a presentation form the Regional Food Bank, to a moving assembly for eight graders featuring holocaust survivor Murray Jaros. Read more...


Ice Cream and Honors

ice cream socialstudent receives certificateBack by popular demand is the CMS Honor Roll Ice Cream Social. Students earning honors and high honors for first quarter were invited to a casual gathering to celebrate their academic success and enjoy ice cream sundaes scooped by staff and parent volunteers. During the event, each student also received a certificate recognizing their achievement. The ice cream social took place after school December 3rd in the school's cafeteria.


Panther's Rivera, Palleschi, Van Brunt Named All-State Players

Palleschi, Van Brunt, PalleschiCongratulations to three CHS athletes who The New York State Sportswriters Association hasnamed to its annual all-state football teams for Section II, Class C.
Tyler Rivera (#2)– Named 1st Team wide receiver. Stats: 21 catches for 689 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaged 33 yards per catch.
Peter Palleschi (#35)– Named 2nd Team linebacker. Stats: 88 assisted tackles, 19 solo tackles, and 5 sacks
Tyler Van Brunt (#4)– Named 3rd Team defensiveback. Stats: 21 assisted tackles, 8 solo tackles, 1 sack, 3 interceptions with 1 returned for a touchdown.


Mentor dinnerCMS Hosts Mentor Holiday Dinner

The CMS Mentor Program celebrated the holidays with a dinner on December 11th. Along with turkey and all the fixings, students and their mentors enjoyed a festive atmosphere and friendly conversation in the cafeteria after school. The mentor program connects students with adult community members who meet regularly with the students and serve as role models. The program is supported by a grant from the Chatham Education Foundation.


Jenna Skype Featured as CBS 6 Personal Best Athlete

Congratulations to modified girls soccer team captain Jenna Skype, who was selected as a CBS 6 Evening News "Personal Best" athlete. The program highlights student athletes who "give it their all." A news segment featuring the 7th grader aired the evening of November 25th. You can watch Jenna's segment by following the link below (Her segment is toward the middle of the "Videos" scroll on the right side of the CBS Personal Best page). Watch video...


soundwalkStudents Map Campus Soundscape with Guest Poet from Millay Colony

Art and English students shared a unique opportunity to explore “soundscapes” with guest poet Jonathan Skinner. Skinner, a writer, editor, and college professor, discussed the relationships between sound, people, and poetry prior to taking the students on a “sound walk” behind the school. The day's exercise was to take time to listen to and truly experience all the sounds of a particular place and moment, and capture them using notation. Later the students used this data to create sound maps with poetry or drawing. Read more.


Honor Roll

Congratulations to all our students earning Honors or High Honors for the first quarter of the 2013-14 school year. View CHS honor roll...


Character Day at CMS Brings Important Messages to Students

The day before Thanksgiving break was a Character Day at CMS. The school-wide event featured activities that ranged from an anti-bullying assembly featuring Keep The Peace, The Anti-Violence Musical, to a presentation from the Regional Food Bank, to a moving assembly for eight graders featuring holocaust survivor Murray Jaros. Read more...


Third Graders Celebrate Venice

Venice celebrationDuring the month of October and November, third graders had the opportunity to experience the richness of Venetian culture and social history through various workshops lead by Mr. Tom Lee, educator from the Spencertown Academy. Mr. Lee led presentations using maps of Venice, as well as discussions about the architecture and elements of the different buildings of Venice. The students viewed paintings by Tiepolo during visual thinking lessons, and with his storytelling skills, Mr. Lee exposed the children to the Italian language. Ms. Grybas, MED art teacher, had each child create their own Venetian masks. Mrs. Brownell, MED Music teacher, exposed the students to the music of Vivaldi and The Four Seasons. Mr. Selby, the school librarian, read many Venetian stories to the third grade students. The program wrapped up with a special Venetian celebration held the day before Thanksgiving break.The program is part the artsVOYAGE enrichment partnership between MED and the Spencertown Academy.


Students of the Quarter

CHS has released the names of its Students of the Quarter for the first quarter of the 2013-14 school year. Students were selected by the CHS faculty based on their fine work and contribution to the class. See who made the list for first quarter...


Excellence in Effort Award

Each quarter, CHS teachers nominate students to receive the Excellence in Effort Award, which recognizes individuals for their diligence, reliability, and motivation in class. See award recipients for the first quarter of the 2013-2014 school year...


ruth, frederick and the pirate kingCMS Musical Pirates of Penzance, Jr.

The CMS Drama Club put on a fantastic show November 22-24 with their performances of Pirates of Penzance, Jr. in the CMS auditorium.This family friendly musical was full of song and dance and told the story of Frederick, an unlucky young pirate born on February 29th of a leap year. His quest to free himself from his pirate family and find a beautiful young maiden to marry was interrupted by a lively cast of pirates and policemen. The production was directed by Nellie Rustick with music directed by Lucas Christensen. See cast...
Shown here, Frederick (Eliza Klingler) gets a boost from Ruth (Jenna Skype) and the Pirate King (Lauren Wrigley).


CEF Awards $5889 to Four Recipients for the 2014-15 School Year

This November. the Board of Directors of the Chatham Education Foundation (CEF) selected four proposals from Chatham teachers to receive grants. The Foundation, established in 2002, provides support for enrichment projects not funded by the regular school budget. Learn more.....


Service Club Raises Funds for Community Cancer Fund

service club donates check to Darcy ConnorThe CMS Service Club raised $140 for the Columbia County Community Cancer Fund by selling ice cream and pink ribbons during lunch period. The club, which is comprised of students in grades six, seven, and eight, presented a check to Darcy Connor, program director for the Cancer Services Program of Columbia and Greene Counties, on November 22. The Community Cancer Fund provides assistance for people and families affected by cancer who are experiencing financial hardship. Connor explained that the money the students raised will stay local and go to help people in Columbia County with expenses related to cancer testing, diagnosis, treatment, and certain living expenses.


Students Hear About Deadly Consequences of Distracted Driving

At a school assembly, Chatham High School students learned about the very real dangers of distracted driving from two guest speakers, personal injury attorney Kelly Mikullitz from the Albany firm O'Connell and Aronowitz, and Kate McGuire, a young driver who, in a few moments of distraction, became a killer. Read more...


student nets fishStudents Sample Ecology of Hudson River

The CHS Environmental Science Class and the Ecology Club took a field trip to the Henry Hudson Riverfront Park in Hudson to participate in the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) annual “Day in the Life of the Hudson River Estuary.” It was an all-day event and students had the chance to get out in the field and see what it is like to collect raw data such as water chemistry samples and plant and animal specimens.
Read more...


CCSD Fall Sports Newsletter

The Athletic Booster now puts out a newsletter at the end of each sports season. View 2013 Fall Sports Newsletter...


student presentingFourth Graders Honor Vets with Class Presentations

In honor of Veterans Day, Ms. Gotham’s and Ms. Feller’s fourth grade classes each prepared a special presentation recognizing our vets. Each student selected a veteran (with the help a family member) to interview about their experiences in the armed forces.  In class they typed up the interviews and added pictures or other images to make a PowerPoint presentation. On November 12th, the classes invited their family members and veterans to attend class, listen to the student’s presentations, and enjoy some refreshments.


students in greenhouseStudents Learn About Plants

Miss Normandin’s Grade 3-5 Language Concepts class took a field trip to The Berry Farm to learn about greenhouses and composting. The class took the trip on October 23rd to coincide with their science unit on plants. The Berry Farm is a farm and store in Chatham that specializes in natural, organic, and local produce and uses greenhouses to grow vegetables throughout
the year. See more photos...


Chatham Football Nets Player of the Year, All Star Honors

The Panthers' roster filled out the ranks of this year's Class C South Division Football All Stars. Congratulations to the following Chatham players:

Player of the Year: Tyler Van Brunt
Offensive Player of the Year: Tyler Rivera
Defensive Player of the Year: Pete Palleschi

First Team:
Troy Pierce - RB
Daniel Kneller - Guard
Matt Schaefer – Defensive Tackle
Stephen Munson – Defensive End
Alkareen Kelly - Linebacker
Caleb Gregg - Defensive Back

Second Team:
George Fielder - Center
Jacob Davis – Offensive Tackle
Austin Knapp - LB
Kody Skype – Defensive Back


2013 Patroon Conference Soccer All Stars

Chatham’s soccer teams fielded five Patroon Conference All Stars this fall. Congratulation to go out to the following:
Girls:
Caitlin Doyle                1st team
Jessica Patzwahl         1st team
Shannon VanTassel     2nd team
Boys:
William Lezama-Meza  1st team
Brody Witaszek           1st team


2013 Patroon Conference Cross Country All Stars

All Star honors also went out to runners on our Girls and Boys Cross Country teams. Congratulations to the following Patroon Conference All Stars from Chatham CSD:
Girls:
Erin Clark            MVP
Faith Avens         2nd team
Boys:
Ian Allen              1st team
Brody Witaszek   2nd team


Lagonia Named 2013 Golf All Star

For Chatham’s Golf Team, Max Lagonia was named a 1st Team Patroon Conference All Star.


Persons Named 2013 Girls Volleyball All Star

From our Girls Volleyball Team, Megan Persons was named a 1st Team Patroon Conference All Star.     


Girls Tennis 2013 Patroon Conference All Stars

Congratulations go out to three Chatham players who made All Star standing in the Patroon Conference this season:
Molley Knight (9th grade) MVP
Gaby Neven (8th Grade) 1st Team
Carly Rippel (11th grade)1st Team


girls tennis teamGirls Tennis Takes Conference Title

Chatham's girls varsity tennis team are the 2013 Patroon Conference champions. The Lady Panthers clinched the title with a 4-0 victory over Coxsackie-Athens on October 8th, ending the regular season with an 11-1 conference record. The team is comprised of: juniors Autum Adee, Megan Avenia, Kate Martino, and Carly Rippel; freshmen Maddie Baccaro, Amara Engel, Molley Knight, Maisie Rugen, and Geetika Verma; and eighth grader Gabriela Neven. They are coached by Tim Davis.


John KrahamChatham Football Honors Class of '77's John Kraham

Chatham's football program honored one of its all-time greats, John Kraham, with a special ceremony held during the Panthers' home game against Fonda-Fultonville October 4th. Just prior to the 7 p.m. kick-off, the Panthers presented Kraham with a plaque honoring his recent induction into the Capital Region Football Hall of Fame. A member of Chatham’s class of 1977, Kraham was a four-year starter and star quarterback who set a host of school records that went unbroken for decades. His #16 jersey was officially retired in 1977. Kraham went on to play for the University of Massachusetts and coached Chatham High School’s football team for 19 years. He was inducted intov Chatham's Hall of Fame in 2009. Read more...


Challenger football gameChatham Hosts Challenger Football Game

Chatham football took to the field September 14th to help others enjoy the great game of football. The Panthers’ home field played host to a Challenger football game organized by Northern Columbia County Pop Warner, which gave athletes with special needs an opportunity to play football they might not otherwise have. Chatham players were part of the action, with sixteen panthers helping the challenger athletes have a fun, successful, and memorable afternoon.
Read more...


vets ceremonyCMS Honors Servicemen & Women with Vets Day Ceremony

U.S. congressman Chris Gibson was the keynote speaker at the CMS Veterans Day Celebration, held November 6th in the school auditorium. The special community event honored all servicemen and women and local veterans and their families were invited to attend. The event included a VFW color guard, musical performances by students, and a slide show highlighting the many family members of students and staff who have served in the armed forces. Read more...


Students Sample Ecology of Hudson River

The CHS Environmental Science Class and the Ecology Club took a field trip to the Henry Hudson Riverfront Park in Hudson to participate in the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) annual “Day in the Life of the Hudson River Estuary.” It was an all-day event and students had the chance to get out in the field and see what it is like to collect raw data such as water chemistry samples and plant and animal specimens.
Read more...


Parents, Community Members Sought for District Committees/Work Groups

Chatham CSD has a number of initiatives and plans for the coming school year, and as a result of these efforts, the District is forming several work groups and committees. We are seeking parent and community participation in our Strategic Planning Committee, Anti-Bullying Task Force, and District Safety Committee. As we move forward in implementing consolidation, there will be other opportunities to participate in project-specific work groups. Interested? Read memorandum from superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo...


1st Quarter Honor Roll

CMS congratulates our students earning honors and high honors for the first quarter of the 2013-14 school year. See who made the list...


Board president Melony Spock presents CHS principal John THorsen with awardState Names CHS a "Reward School"

The NYS Education Department has designated Chatham High School as a Reward School. The award recognizes CHS as a school leading the state toward the accomplishment of educational excellence through an increase in student achievement and by closing the gap in student achievement. CHS is receiving this honor because NYS deemed it a “High Progress” school, meaning CHS is in the top ten percent of all state high schools in terms of student academic growth over the past two school years. Read more...


Ruth, Frederick and the Pirate KingCMS Musical Pirates of Penzance, Jr. November 22-24

 

Pirates of Penzance, Jr. will be performed by the CMS Drama Club on November 22nd at 7 pm, November 23rd at 7 pm, and November 24th at 2 pm. All performances are in the CMS auditorium and tickets are just $5. This family friendly musical is full of song and dance and tells the story of Frederick, an unlucky young pirate born on February 29th of a leap year. His quest to free himself from his pirate family and find a beautiful young maiden to marry is interrupted by a lively cast of pirates and policemen. The production is directed by Nellie Rustick with music directed by Lucas Christensen. Shown here, Frederick (Eliza Klingler) gets a boost from Ruth (Jenna Skype) and the Pirate King (Lauren


Fall Festival of Shakespeare Presents Romeo and Juliet at CHS

rehearsalsShakespeare's classic tale of romance and tragedy comes to life in Chatham High School’s production of Romeo and Juliet. Nearly seventy CHS students are involved in this production; from acting to lighting, sound, and set design. The show is produced in partnership with Shakespeare & Company of Lenox, Mass, who’s staff have worked with our students for weeks to create a high quality show that is sure to please. A final performance will be held at the Tina Packer Playhouse in Lenox on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 1:30 p.m. as part of Shakespeare & Company’s Fall Festival of Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet is directed by Brittany Morgan and Raphael Massie of Shakespeare & Company and is supported in part by gifts from the City Child Fund, the T. Backer Fund, anonymous donors, and the Chatham Education Foundation. View promo video made by CHS senior Max Lagonia...


2013 Fall Sports Awards

The 2013 Fall Sports Awards Night was held in the CHS auditorium the evening of November 20th. The event recognized the accomplishments of Chatham's player and coaches. Read Register Star article...


area-all-state performersStudents Perform at Area All-State

Congratulations to five CHS students who performed at Area All-State on November 23. Nichole Favre (Mixed Chorus,) Meghan Mercier (Orchestra), Megan Avenia (Women's Chorus), Kaitlin Pearson (Women's Chorus), and Cassandra Pearson (Women's Chorus) were selected for this honor after scoring high marks at the NYSSAMA Solo and Small Ensemble Festival this spring. Area All-State showcases accomplished music students from Columbia, Dutchess, and Putnam counties and was held this year at Taconic Hills CSD.


vets ceremonyCMS Honors Servicemen & Women with Vets Day Ceremony

U.S. congressman Chris Gibson was the keynote speaker at the CMS Veterans Day Celebration, held November 6th in the school auditorium. The special community event honored all servicemen and women and local veterans and their families were invited to attend. The event included a VFW color guard, musical performances by students, and a slide show highlighting the many family members of students and staff who have served in the armed forces. Read more...


bully busters showThe Bully Busters

Students joined the "The Bully Busters" as they tackled "Bully Monsters" on the bus, cafeteria and playground during an hour-long show at MED October 22. The fun puppet characters showed children ways to deal with bullies without resorting to violence. The high energy performance used songs and live action skits to demonstrate character building, anger management and crisis intervention strategies, and showed students the important role they can play in keeping their school bully-free. Bully Busters is a Puppet People production and was sponsored by the MED PTA.


Back-to-back "Player of the Week" Nods for Chatham Football

Tyler Van BruntIn the past two games the varsity football team has produced two impressive individual accomplishments.The team had a great game against Fonda-Fultonville on October 4th, with senior Tyler Van Brunt rushing for 203 yards and scoring 4 touchdowns. The Times Union recognized Tyler's outstanding performance by Tyler Riveranaming him their Player of the Week.
On October 11th against Watervliet, senior Tyler Rivera had 162 yards rushing, 195 yards receiving, and 4 touchdowns. For his efforts he was also selected as the Times Union Player of the Week. News 10 also selected Tyler as their Player of the Week and featured him on their October 18th Friday night high school football highlight show.


John Kelly shares Tips with CMS StudentsOnline Safety Expert Shares Tips with CMS Students

A representative from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) visited Chatham Middle School to talk with students about online safety. John Kelly, who is a former police detective and school resource officer and now a community educator for the NCMEC, was invited to the Middle School October 9 to discuss smart online practices and ways to avoid potential threats that await young people on the Internet, such as cyberbullying and online predators.
Read more...


rotary donating supplies Rotary’s Elder Aid Club Donates School Supplies to MED

MED would like to thank the Kinderhook Tri-Village Rotary Club and their affiliate Elder Aid Club, who delivered two big boxes of school supplies to MED. The supplies were collected by Elder Aid Club members, who are all senior residents of the Barnwell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Valatie. MED will distribute the pens, notepads and other items to students who would most benefit from free school supplies. Shown here, the Rotary's David Palmquist presents principal Kristen Reno with a box of supplies.


Mock Interviews Prepare Job Seekers of the Future

student being interviewedAs part of Career Cruising at CMS, 8th graders honed their job hunting know-how by putting their interview skills to the test. On November 19th, students participated in mock interviews with Kathy Stumph from the Chatham Area Business Alliance, who volunteered her time to visit the school and act as an “employer” interviewing potential hires. Students were assessed on their poise, communication, ability to engage the employer, ability to express their strengths, and the ability to elaborate on their resumes. The CMS Career Cruising program spans grades 6-8 and is a collaboration between the Family & Consumer Sciences program and guidance department.



inducteesStudents Join Music & Art Honor Societies

On October 2nd, the Fine Arts Booster Club (FAB) sponsored the third annual induction ceremony for twenty-four initiates into Tri-M National Music Honor Society and thirteen initiates into National Art Honor Society. Membership into these societies provides students with opportunities of service to the school and greater community, as well as recognition of their talents and dedication to Fine Arts. FAB provides financing for membership, as well as providing pins, membership certificates and the reception. See CHS inductees...


Halloween 2013

The Halloween spirit is always strong at CMS. Below are just of few of the clever get-ups students and staff wore to school on October 31st.

student as draculaoffice staff as Wizard of Ozstudent as old man


paradeMED Halloween Parade

Wet weather did not dampen the spirits of one of MED's most popular events, the Halloween parade, which was held inside this year on account of rain. Students paraded the halls and gym to show off their costumes to the crowd of parents and family who numbered in the hundreds.
See more photos...


Fire Safety Day

fireman with studentsStudents met some real-life community heroes on Fire Safety Day October 18th. Firefighters from Chatham, East Chatham, Ghent, Red Rock, and Spencertown were out front to talk about fire prevention and show off the equipment they use to fight fires and keep our communities safe. Later, the school held a fire drill and firefighters visited classrooms to answer questions from students. Pictured here, Ghent assistant chief Wally Engel shows students that under all that gear is someone who is there to help.


students with ipadsiPads Make Learning Fun

Chatham's youngest students are learning their ABC’s with a little help from popular technology. Kindergarten teachers have integrated iPads into literacy lessons as a way to capture their student’s interest and make learning more fun. Using interactive learning software like shape tracing apps, the devices allow the kindergartners to practice letter writing and word formation in ways that seem more like games and less like drills. iPads were introduced last year in MED's older grades, and are now a being integrated into lessons in all grade levels. Read more...


District Addresses Misinformation About Consolidation and the Capital Project

There is a lot of misinformation about Chatham CSD’s consolidation and capital project currently being circulated in the community, and the District has received many questions from voters concerning erroneous facts they have heard from individuals not directly involved with the project. The District has provided the following Q&A to directly answer those questions and help voters get accurate information. Go to Q&A...


Community Groups Can Request a Capital Project Presentation

School officials are available to visit local organizations, clubs, and social groups to present information on the proposed capital building project and answer any questions your membership may have. The District is also offering “community coffee” style presentations for informal groups of friends and neighbors. Community coffees are open to groups of twelve or more residents interested in having school officials give a presentation on the project in the more casual atmosphere of one of your homes. Presentations are being scheduled between now and November 19th, so organizations and informal groups are encouraged to call the superintendent’s office at 392-1501 and schedule a presentation today.


students design posterStudents Mix It Up at Lunch

CMS hosted a school-wide mix-it-up event during lunch on October 29. Students were assigned seating that placed them with students who they usually do not socialize with. To stimulate teamwork and conversation, each table was tasked with developing an anti-bullying themed poster. The activity challenged social boundaries and fostered communication between different student groups, and coincided with October being National Bullying Prevention Month.


Mentor Program Hosts Harvest Fest

Students in the CMS mentoring program, along with their adult mentors, hosted a Harvest Festival for preschool children on October 28th. The event was held in the CMS gym, where middle school students paired up with a preschool buddy for a morning of fun, games, face painting, arts and crafts, and more. Hosting this annual event gives students the opportunity to be a leader to the younger students, connect with their community in a meaningful way, and have a lot of fun in the process. The Mentor Program is organized by the school's guidance office and is supported by a grant from the Chatham Education Foundation.

students working on projectstudents playingstudents making crafts


girls tennis teamGirls Tennis Takes Conference Title

Chatham's varsity girls tennis team are the 2013 Patroon Conference champions. The Lady Panthers clinched the title with a 4-0 victory over Coxsackie-Athens on October 8th, wrapping up the regular season with an 11-1 conference record. The team is comprised of: juniors Autum Adee, Megan Avenia, Kate Martino, and Carly Rippel; freshmen Maddie Baccaro, Amara Engel, Molley Knight, Maisie Rugen, and Geetika Verma; and eighth grader Gabriela Neven. They are coached by Tim Davis.


students sign bannerStudents Pledge to End Bullying

In honor of National Unity Day on Oct. 9th, MED students and staff took a pledge against bullying by signing a banner. Those who participated received an orange ribbon they could wear to show their support for ending bullying. The banner was quickly filled with signatures and will be on display during October, which is National Bullying Prevention Month.


cms studentrs wear orangeChatham Goes Orange to End Bullying

On October 9th, students and staff in all Chatham Central schools wore orange to unite against bullying and show their support to those who have been affected by bullying. October 9th was Unity Day, an event sponsored by the National Bullying Prevention Center that encourages everyone to unite by wearing orange. October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and our schools have bully awareness and character education events planned throughout the month.


Hopkins shares story with studentsChildren's Author Visits MED

Jeanette Hopkins, an award winning children’s author and retired educator, visited kindergarten, first, and second grade classrooms to talk about reading. She shared her book The Lady Bug Waltz and spoke about how it was inspired by her granddaughter Chloe, a young heart patient. She also read another of her books The Juggler and brought along some of the original artwork featured in the story. This PTA organized event was a huge success with our children.
Read more...


Computer Literacy

student typingHaving a solid understanding of computers provides a big leg up in today's world. At CMS, Computer Literacy classes are providing sixth graders with the skills they need to be computer savvy individuals. From basic hardware and software applications, to proper keyboarding technique, to online tools like apps, blogs, and cloud computing, students are learning a wide base of skills and knowledge that will enable them to navigate today’s computer operating systems with confidence. Sixth Grade Computer Literacy classes are part of our technology curriculum and are taught by technology teacher Kate Nichol.


Gianni racingIn the Spotlight: Gianni Polhemus

CHS sophomore Gianni Polhemus has been creating a name for himself in competitive cycling. With several NYS championship titles under his belt and numerous other wins in his age group, Gianni is now taking on adult races as well...and winning. He competes in road, track, time trial, and criterium events, and at 15 years old, he has already accumulated enough points to move into category three competition, an important benchmark he hit this year.
Learn more...


Chatham Football Honors John Kraham at Football Game Oct. 4th

Chatham football honored one of its all-time greats, John Kraham, with a ceremony held before the Panthers' home game against Fonda-Fultonville, 7 p.m. October 4th. The Panthers presented Kraham with a plaque honoring his recent induction into the Capital Region Football Hall of Fame. Kraham was a star quarterback who set a host of school records that went unbroken for decades. Read more...


cc with studentsMED's Caring Canine

This September, new students at MED met CC, their school's very own canine helper. CC is a certified therapy dog who spends every day helping MED students of all ages feel comfortable in school. She works with school counselor Renee Morgan and can be seen greeting students in the morning, out on the playground, or in the hallways. CC is also a good listener for students to share their feelings with or practice reading to.
Learn more about CC by visiting her webpage...


Sanket SharmaChatham Senior Earns Multicultural Achievers Award

Senior Sanket Sharma has been awarded the Multicultural High School Achievers Award from the University at Albany. The award recognizes outstanding academic, school, and community leadership among Capital Region students of diverse backgrounds. Sanket was nominated for the award because he is a role model student who is outstanding in all areas of his rigorous high school studies. He is a frequent flier on the Honor/High Honor Roll and has been named a Student of the Quarter for multiple subjects. Sanket is also a leader in the classroom, where he is a positive contributor who is quick to help others with their studies. Read more...


Challenger football gameChatham Hosts Challenger Football Game

Chatham football took to the field September 14th to help others enjoy the great game of football. The Panthers’ home field played host to a Challenger football game organized by Northern Columbia County Pop Warner, which gave athletes with special needs an opportunity to play football they might not otherwise have. Chatham players were part of the action, with sixteen panthers helping the challenger athletes have a fun, successful, and memorable afternoon.
Read more...


Curriculum Writing Strengthens Program

teachers writing curriculumMaintaining a strong educational program that prepares students for success in the 21st century takes continuous planning and collaboration. While students were away on summer break, over seventy CCSD teachers were hard at work on curriculum revisions and other development projects, incorporating the most current, research based instructional and assessment strategies to strengthen student performance and bring District instructional practices in line with the new common core state standards. Read more...


hs auditoriumOpening Conference Day

While students enjoyed one last day of summer vacation, Superintendent of Schools Cheryl Nuciforo welcomed back District staff during Chatham CSD’s Opening Conference Day September 3rd. Along with opening day remarks and the introduction of new staff members, returning staff members were recognized for their years of service, support staff underwent safety training, and teaching staff met to discuss educational goals for the 2013-14 school year.


New teachersDistrict Welcomes New Teachers

On August 26, Chatham CSD held a day-long orientation program for new teachers. Jeffery Artist (HS English), Stephanie Ayotte (CMS reading), Jennifer Dilorio (HS Math), Michelle Emma (grade 4 AST), Meredith Klein (MED reading), William Richard (grade 7 social studies), and Kathleen Saso (English as a second language) attended information sessions with the District's many departments before heading to their respective schools to meet their building principals and begin moving into their new classrooms. 


Colleen DodgeCHS Welcomes New Secretary in Main Office

Please welcome Colleen Dodge to Chatham High School. She is the new secretary to the principal and as such plays a big role in the daily ins and outs of our school. While a new face here at CHS, Mrs. Dodge is likely familiar to most of our students and parents, as she was the secretary at MED for the past eleven years and has worked for the District for over sixteen years. Dodge is happy to now be a part of our CHS team and steps into the shoes of secretary Naureen Perkins, who retired in June.


New Lunch Prices for 2013-2014 School Year

Starting this September, lunch at CHS will cost $2.45. Breakfast, milk and snack prices remain unchanged, as do free and reduced meals. The ten-cent price increase is due to a 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 US Department of Agriculture reimburses schools for meals provided to students receiving free and reduced meals.


Terry BordellBoard Appoints Bordell as Interim Assistant Principal at CHS

The Board of Education appointed Terry Bordell as interim assistant principal at Chatham High School. Mr. Bordell has eighteen years experience as an educator and has worked at Chatham High School for the past thirteen years, serving as an English teacher and as the instructional study team leader of the school’s English department. Bordell will serve as interim assistant principal while CHS assistant principal, Amy Potter, takes a leave of absence to serve as interim principal of CMS. Read more...


Language Concepts Summer Program Wraps Up with "Mr. Brown" Performance

playStudents in the Language Concepts summer program performed a play based on their favorite Dr. Seuss Story, "Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?" Over the summer, the class read many Dr. Seuss books and created tasty projects to go along with the stories - treats like Cat in the Hat cupcakes, Moose Juice, and Sneetch Jello Stars. Other activities included pottery making and a trip to the theatre to see "The Emperor's New Clothes," made possible by a grant from the Chatham Education Foundation.
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Cynthia HerronHerron Appointed Dean of Students at CMS

The Board of Education has appointed Cynthia Herron as Dean of students at CMS. Herron has worked as a school counselor at the middle school for the past ten years and has twenty-one years experience as a counselor. She will be working closely with CMS students, their families and teachers to address school discipline and give students every opportunity for success between now and when the middle grades transition to their new setting. Herron succeeds former CMS dean of students John Rivers, who accepted an assistant principal position with another school district.


Layton A New Face in the MED Office

Please welcome Kimberly Layton to MED. Mrs. Layton is our new school secretary, so students, staff and parents can expect to see a lot of her when school resumes in September. She is no stranger to Chatham Central Schools, having worked as a school bus driver for the past ten years. All three of her children have attended Chatham schools, with one a graduate and the other two currently attending classes at CHS, and Layton is a Chatham graduate herself.
Read more...


county school leaders meetCounty Schools Working Together to Address Common Challenges  

As schools throughout the Hudson Valley struggle with limited financial resources and declining student populations, school leaders in Columbia County are coming together to find ways to preserve and improve their educational programs and stretch taxpayer dollars. Area superintendents, along with business administrators, principals and transportation supervisors, have been meeting as a group to share ideas and identify common areas where their schools can support one another by sharing resources and services. Read more...


Brian SimonSimon Appointed Dean of Students at MED

The Board of Education has appointed Brian Simon as dean of students at MED. Mr. Simon has been our school psychologist for the past twelve years and is looking forward to working with our students, staff and parents in a broader way. The new position handles student discipline and is part-time (.4), so Simon will serve as dean while continuing in his role as school psychologist. The position was created in response to the larger number of grades being housed at MED. Simon completed an administrative internship at MED in 2012-13 and recently earned his certifications as a School Building Leader and a School District Leader.


State Releases Test Results

The NYS Education Department released results of its 2013 Math and ELA tests for grades 3-8 on August 7, the first to measure the new mandated Common Core Learning Standards. Because of the more rigorous nature of the tests, NY schools experienced a drop in scores across the board. In a statement accompanying the release, Education Commissioner Dr. John King noted the drop in scores was expected. “I want to make it very clear that the change in test scores does not mean that students are learning less or that teachers and schools are performing worse than last year,” Dr. King said. “This is a new beginning and starting point that will provide better, clearer information to parents, teachers, and principals about what our children know and are able to do."

"The new tests are far more challenging and reflect the state’s drive to better prepare students for college and career,” said Chatham superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo. "Better preparing students for the future is one of our goals as well and over the past three years the District has dedicated a lot of time and effort toward improving student performance. While these test results can't be compared to previous assessments, I am encouraged to see that Chatham’s scores compare favorably to those of similar school districts.” See NYS test results release...


Terry BordellBoard Appoints Bordell as Interim Assistant Principal at CHS

The Board of Education appointed Terry Bordell as interim assistant principal at Chatham High School. Mr. Bordell has eighteen years experience as an educator and has worked at Chatham High School for the past thirteen years, serving as an English teacher and as the instructional study team leader of the school’s English department. Bordell will serve as interim assistant principal while CHS assistant principal, Amy Potter, takes a leave of absence to serve as interim principal of CMS. Read more...


Amy PotterAmy Potter Appointed as New Interim Principal at CMS

Please welcome Amy Potter as the new interim principal of Chatham Middle School. Potter is excited to be taking the reins at CMS and is no stranger to Chatham Central Schools - she has been assistant principal of Chatham High School since 2011 and also served as dean of students there. Prior to that, Potter taught special education for eighteen years. Potter was appointed to the position by the Board of Education in the spring and will serve until the middle grades transition to their new settings under consolidation.
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DRIVER EDUCATION PROGRAM – REGISTER YOUR CHILD NOW FOR FALL PROGRAM!

To register, please CALL THE DRIVER ED OFFICE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE at 392-1501. The course fee of $365 must be received by the end of August. Students must be 16 by September 7, even if they do not have their permit. To learn more, call us or visit our driver’s ed page...

This course will afford the student senior license privilege of nighttime driving at age 17. It reduces the cost of auto insurance premiums as much as 20% for two years, depending on the policies of the insurance company (check with your agent). Your child will learn to drive from a licensed driving instructor.

1st Semester Fall/Winter 2013-14 Class:
Starts:  September 3, 2013 and runs through January 28, 2014
Classroom Times: Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7 pm
Driving: Tuesdays 3:30-5 pm (for 4 students) or Saturdays in 1½-hour timeslots: 8:00-9:30 a.m.,
9:30-11:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 12:30-2:00 p.m.


Athletic Summer Camps a Hit with Area Children

softball camp Chatham athletics hosted a number of sport camps this summer giving children the chance to work with players and coaches from the Panthers' baseball, softball, basketball, and football teams. For example, during softball summer camp June 24-28, approximately forty children took advantage of the opportunity to learn from Chatham’s top-rated Lady Panthers. Chatham coaches and players gave children ages 7-12 individualized instruction in hitting, pitching, base-running, bunting, basketball campstrategy, sportsmanship, and more. Shown left player Maddy Minahan runs a drill at second base. In July, forty-seven children took part in the Basketball Camp for both boys and girls in grades 3-8. "It was great to see a good number turn out for the camp especially since it's the first time in 12 years for basketball camp. We will continue do to the camp next year following the end of school year," said coach J.B. Brantley, who along with coach John Rolonson, headed up the camp. Shown right, CHS principal John Thorsen gives a lecture about improving in the offseason.


Chatham Public Library Offers Summer Reading Program for Children

Experience the joy of reading with Chatham Public Library’s “Dig Into Reading!” 2013 Summer Reading Program. This summer, the Library invites children from preschool to high school to take advantage of its generous selection of books, audio books and other media. Everyone who registers will receive a reading log to help them track of the books they read and will also be eligible to receive reading incentives from the Library. The Library is also offering a whole host of programs where children can explore all things underground. An array of hands-on activities will give children rich experiences in art, nature, music, science, gardening, and crafts.The Library will also host live performers, games days, movie matinees, and preschool story hours. Learn more...


John Gould Mr. Gould Retires After 41 Years at Chatham

The Middle School's John Gould retired at the end of 2012-13 school year after forty-one years spent teaching social studies to Chatham's seventh and eighth graders. Prior to his official retirement on June 30, Gould was recognized by the Board of Education as the longest serving teacher in the history of Chatham schools.
“I really have enjoyed it here,” remarked Gould. “The staff and the kids have just been outstanding. If they weren’t, I would have retired sooner.”
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Ladd and Thorsen Teachers Take On Breast Cancer with Three-Day Hike

Sixth grade teacher Kachie Ladd and special education teacher Meg Thorsen took on the Susan G. Komen 3-Day™ this summer, an incredible challenge to raise funds to fight breast cancer. On July 26-28 the two walked sixty miles over the course of three days and camped out at night with thousands of other people taking the journey with them.


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