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Dr. Cheryl Nuciforo, Superintendent


2014-15 News

CHS 4th Quarter Honor Roll

Congratulations to our students who earned High Honors and Honors for the fourth quarter of the 2014-15 school year. View CHS Fourth Quarter Honor Roll...

Journalism from Chatham High School - Veritas

The 2015 edition of Veritas, the newspaper produced, written, and edited by Chatham High School students, is now available online! You can read Veritas here...

Congratulations to Our 2015 Graduates!

students throw hatsCommencement for the Class of 2015 was held on the football field, under clear skies and before hundreds of family, friends, and faculty. One-hundred-six worthy graduates received their diplomas that evening. The class of 2015 boasts thirty-eight students who graduated with four-year honors. Fifteen Regents Diplomas with advanced Designation with Honors, twenty-eight Regents Diplomas with Advanced Designation, and five Regents Diplomas with Honors were awarded that evening. Learn more and see photos...

Five Students Complete Internships Through CEIP

Five Chatham seniors completed a learning experience this spring through our Career Exploration Internship Program (CEIP). Sierra Curtsinger interned at Columbia Memorial Hospital while Adrian Drake interned at Rich Kraham Design and The Chatham Press. Megan Persons and Danielle Purdue both interned at the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School. Skyler Niles' internship involved creating her own business and job shadowing a human resources manager. They participated in a non-paid internship for 54 hours and complete 27 hours of classroom instruction time. Work-based learning coordinator and high school business teacher, Michael Loomis, who directs the internship program, said, “It was a very positive experience for all five students. It’s been amazing to hear about their time spent at the internships and with their mentors, seeing what it is like to do the job they are considering for their career.” Learn more...

Chatham Central School District Recognized for Safety Excellence

The Chatham Central School District has earned Utica National Insurance Group’s highest award for safety excellence. Utica National presented Chatham with its “Titanium” level “School Safety Excellence Award” for 2015 during its 35th annual school safety seminar held in Saratoga Springs this April. As part of this recognition, Chatham Central Schools received a certificate commemorating the District’s ongoing safety efforts and a $500 award for use in furthering those efforts. Learn more...

District's Music Education Program Receives National Recognition

The NAMM Foundation has recognized Chatham Central School District for its outstanding commitment to music education with a “2015 Best Communities for Music Education” designation. The Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) title affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining a strong music curriculum with excellent opportunists for students. This is CCSD's second year being honored as such. Learn more...

teachers wave to students as they leave school on the last dayLast Day of School!

As the buses left campus with their horns blowing, on their way to carry our students home for the last time this year, all the faculty at Mary E. Dardess Elementary School were out to partake the Chatham tradition of waving goodbye and wishing the students a happy summer vacation. June 25th marked the last day of classes at Chatham for the 2014-2015 school year. Enjoy the summer and we will see you September 9th!

student meet new teacher Moving Up Day

Every year on the last day of classes, MED students "move up" the hallway to what will be their new classrooms for the coming school year. They get to meet their new teachers and talk about all the great things they will be learning when they return to MED in September. Shown here, Mrs. Robichaud introduces herself to visiting first grade students who will be her second grade class this September.

Important Notice for Student-Athletes Entering Grades 7 & 8

NYS has implemented a new process for 7th and 8th grade students who wish to “play up” at the high school level in a sport. The state’s new Athletic Placement Process (APP) for Interschool Athletic Programs replaces the current Selection Classification process we use to determine an athletes’ eligibility to play up. Parents and athletes should be aware that the new process is more stringent and the APP Physical Fitness Test demands much more of a prospective athlete. Also, Fall athletes looking to play up should have had most of the APP requirements completed prior to leaving school for the summer. Read letter from Athletic Director Scott Steltz...

Class of 2015 Valedictorian & Salutatorian

Valerie KernerValedictorian
Valerie Kerner, daughter of Michael and Wendy Kerner of Ghent, has been named Chatham High School's Class of 2015 Valedictorian. Valerie has participated in Scottish Highland Dancing for more than ten years and represented Scotland in the Capital District's Festival of Nations. She has played the cello with the Chatham High School Orchestra, Cross County Orchestra, and has been playing classical piano for more than ten years. Also, Valerie is a member of the National Honor Society, was recognized as a CASDA Honors Scholar, and was a scholar athlete as a singles player on the tennis team for two years. Additionally, she is the recipient of numerous Student of the Quarter, Excellence in Effort, Highest Average, and Most Effort Awards. Valerie plans on attending Vassar College where she will major in International Studies. 

Megan AveniaSalutatorian
Megan Avenia, daughter of Kathleen Avenia of Chatham and Tony Avenia of Valatie, has been named Chatham High School's Class of 2015 Salutatorian. Megan is a member of the Varsity Tennis team, Drama Club, CHS Choir, National Honor Society, and Tri-M Music Honor Society. She has received numerous recognitions such as Student of the Quarter, Certificates of Excellence, and the New York State Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Megan plans to attend the State University of New York at Geneseo and major in Biology.

Columbia County K9 Units Show Students What It Takes To Be A Police Dog

Deputy Benanski and police dog ApolloThe dog days of summer came early for third graders when some four-footed heroes visited MED on the last week of school. From the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, K9 Deputy and head trainer Heath Benansky and his partner, Apollo, along with K9 Deputy Travis VanAlstyne and his partner, Kira, gave a demonstration for Mrs. Mullica’s, Mrs. Myers’, and Mrs. Lynch’s classes about the work police dogs do right here in our communities. Both Apollo and Kira are German Shepherds, a highly intelligent breed that make excellent working dogs, and the two work closely with Deputies Benansky and VanAlstyne to sniff out trouble, apprehend criminals, and find lost or missing people. Learn more...

Fourth Quarter Honor Roll

Congratulations to the Chatham Middle School students who earned high honors or honors for the fourth quarter of the 2014-15 school year. See who made the grade...

Math Carnival

Math CarnivalThe 7th grade hosted a “Math Carnival” for the 5th and 6th grades. The event was an exercise in theoretical probability, creativity, and fun! Prior to the carnival, the 7th graders worked in groups to develop carnival style games of chance or skill. They played their games 200 times to determine the probability of winning their game. On June 24, they set up all their games in the CMS gym for the final test, the Math Carnival itself! Learn more...

Sticks and Stones the Musical

Lyle Cogen performs Sticks and Stones the Musical Lyle Cogen, an award-winning performing artist and anti-bullying activist, brought her one-woman show “Sticks & Stones the Musical” to CMS.  During an assembly for all sixth, seventh, and eighth graders June 23, Cogen used her high energy storytelling, signing, and poetry to reach students about bullying behavior,  and to teach them how to defuse and prevent it. The many characters she embodied and the situations she acted out helped students to think about examine their own behavior. Learn more...

Students receive certificatesFifth Grade Moving Up

To honor the 2014-2015 fifth grade class on their completion of elementary school, MED held a Moving Up Ceremony in the school's gym the morning of June 23. Principal Kristen Reno congratulated the class of 2022 on their moving on to middle school, and, in front of a crowd of friends and family, every student was called to the front to receive their Moving Up certificates and class portraits.
Learn more...

MED's Hay Award RecipientsMED Announces Hay Award Winners

Congratulations to Katie Everett (grade 5), Emma Braley (grade 4), and Lucia Bigelow (grade 3), who were selected by the MED faculty as this year's Hay Award winners. The Hay Award recognizes students’ interest and accomplishments in the study of English and penmanship, and includes a monetary award to the student made possible through the Tom and Nancy Hay Scholarship.

Rippel Receives President Martin Van Buren Award

Carly Ripple receieves Martin Van Buren Award from Friends of Lindenwald presidetn Peter BujanowThis June, Chatham senior Carly Rippel received the President Martin Van Buren Award for Outstanding History Student from the Friends of Lindenwald. The organization presented Carly with a $100 scholarship, a copy of the book Martin Van Buren by Ted Wilder, and a one year membership in the Friends of Lindenwald. Carly was nominated for the award by CHS faculty because of her high level of academic achievement and interest in American history, as well as for her demonstrated commitment to citizenship and student leadership. Learn more...

8th Grade Moving Up

8th grade mving up ceremonyOur annual Moving Up Ceremony for eighth grade students moving on to high school was held the evening of June 19th. The ceremony took place in the Chatham High School auditorium, where the students of the class of 2019 paraded onstage before an audience of family and friends to symbolically move onward to their high school careers. The event also included the presentation of student awards and a performance by 8th grade choral students. Congratulations!

Kindergarten Celebration

students were sunglassesThe future was looking bright for our soon- to-be first graders during MED’s Kindergarten Celebration. The youngsters marked the completion of their kindergarten year with a performance for family and friends in the MED cafetorium. With each classroom wearing a different color of the rainbow, the students marched onstage to dance and sing songs together as a grade and as classes. The event wrapped up with a slideshow highlighting classroom activities from throughout their first year at school.

Student Programmers Video Chat with Game App Entrepreneur

Okome on distance learning monitorThe Computer Programming 2 class met and talked with successful video game developer and entrepreneur Muoyo Okome. Via distance learning equipment, Okome shared with the class how he has been successful in this highly competitive market and spoke about the path he took to get where he is today. He talked shop about programming languages and software, and gave the students advice on how to set themselves up for success in the video game industry.
Learn more...

Mentor Club Visits Berkshire Museum

students role playing ancient civilization The CMS Mentor Program took a trip to the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA. The students and their mentors enjoyed classes about ancient Egypt, Egyptian art, and mummification. The group also took part in an exercise where they role played people from early civilizations. After the museum, the group enjoyed a picnic at the Canaan town park. The CMS Mentor Program pairs students with adult mentors from the community and is supported by a grant from the Chatham Education Foundation of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.  

NJHS inducteesCMS Students Join National Junior Honor Society

CMS initiated eighteen students into National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) during an induction ceremony held in the school auditorium the evening of June 15th. NJHS membership is open to students in grades six through eight who demonstrate not only a high degree of scholarship, but also outstanding qualities in character, service, leadership, and citizenship. Learn more...

students build wind turbine bladesEnvironmental Awareness Day

MED's first ever Environmental Awareness Day brought issues concerning our environment to the forefront of students minds with themed projects in each grade and special presenters from the community. During this day-long, school-wide event on June 12, students learned about recycling, green architecture, environmental stewardship, and more. They also conducted experiments around solar power, wind energy, and ecosystems. Learn more...

Letter To Parents Concerning Online Bullying

6/11/15 - Dear CCSD Parent/Guardian,

In recent weeks, we have had to deal with several occurrences of students using the Internet to harass or otherwise make hurtful comments to other students. While much of this behavior has taken place after hours and away from school, it has unfortunately caused disruptions to our school day and interfered with the learning experiences of a number of our students.

In accordance with the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), Chatham Central School District strictly prohibits bullying and other forms of harassment on District property, in our school buildings, on the bus, and at school sponsored events. We also prohibit bullying behavior, including Internet bullying or “cyberbullying,” that takes place outside of school if it interferes with our ability to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for our students here at Chatham. When we become aware of a possible violation of these rules, we thoroughly investigate and take disciplinary action as appropriate.

While we monitor student behavior at school and during school events, it is difficult for us to be aware of our students’ online interactions or their behavior away from school. Online issues have impacted students in all three of our buildings to some degree, and children of all ages need supervision and support in making positive decisions about the use of technology. We are asking parents to help us in this regard by speaking with your children about their online activity and closely monitoring it. Read full letter...

Creative Writing Class Pens Children's Books

Jacob Davis reads his children's book to MED third gradersCreative Writing students put their work to the test this June when students from MED visited their class. As a final project for the course, students wrote their own children’s books. Class teacher Barbara Roosevelt collaborated with teachers at MED to bring students from pre-kindergarten, second and third grades over to the high school to hear her students read their works. The elementary students got to enjoy some wonderful stories while the high schoolers gained some valuable feedback. Learn more....

Spring Sports Awards

Our Spring Sports Awards Night was held the evening of June 11th in the CHS auditorium. The event recognized the accomplishments of Chatham's standout spring season athletes and was sponsored by the Athletic Booster Club. See list of awardees...

Third Grade Publishes Books

students with booksThird graders at MED got to see their ideas put into print when each classroom published its very own book! The books were part of a grade level writing assignment where each student penned their own short story around a theme their classroom chose, and drew an illustration to go with it. The books arrived hot off the press this June, with every third grader getting their own copy to take home as a keepsake and each teacher receiving a copy for their classrooms. Learn more...

Environmental Awareness Day

studnets experiment with wind power MED's first ever Environmental Awareness Day brought issues concerning our environment to the forefront of students minds with themed projects in each grade and special presenters from the community. During this day-long, school-wide event on June 12, students learned about recycling, green architecture, environmental stewardship, and more. They also conducted experiments around solar power, wind energy, and ecosystems. Learn more...

Students Explore Science and Engineering Careers at GE Wind Energy

students standing next to wind turbine propThe seventh grade’s Family and Consumer Science Class and students in the Panther Academic Learning Program took a career trip to the General Electric wind turbine manufacturing plant in Schenectady. During the visit students learned about alternative energy sources and why this is an important industry. They toured the plant and heard career talks from a variety of employees, and built and tested their own mock wind turbines. Learn more...

Students Explore Rich Local History

students at Van Alen house in KinderhookFourth graders took a trip back in time this June when they explored some important historical sites in Kinderhook. As part of their study of local history, students visited the Luykas Van Alen House, a colonial Dutch farmhouse built around 1737, and the Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse, built in the 1850's. Both are now museums operated by the Columbia County Historical Society. They also toured Lindenwald, the estate of 8th president of the United States, Martin Van Buren. Learn more...

Kody SkypeSkype Honored as All-Region Player

Congratulations to Chatham senior Kody Skype, who was named a Region 1 ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Team member by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) this June. Kody was a catcher and first baseman for the Chatham Panthers varsity baseball team, this season's Patroon Conference Champions, and was the conference MVP. Kody will be headed to the College of St. Rose in the fall to play for the Golden Knights. You can read the ABCA's All-Region Team announcement here...

Mrs. Reno present plaque to Mrs. MatthewsMED Arbor Day Celebration Honors Judi Matthews

MED honored longtime Chatham math teacher Judi Matthews at its annual Arbor Day Celebration June 5th. The event was held on the school lawn and included students, staff, and scores of community members. Fourth graders put on a play highlighting Mrs. Matthews’ life and Mrs. Reno presented Mrs. Matthews with a plaque commemorating her contributions to our school and community. The event also included songs about the environment, the fourth grade Maypole dance, and a tree planting. Learn more...

CMS Arbor Day

Mrs. Nichol and studnents planting treeChatham Middle School celebrated our Arbor Day on June 5th. In the morning, the school held an assembly that included the History of Arbor Day presented by eighth graders Lauren Wrigley and Sophie Shea, an awards presentation, and a variety show and slide show. After the assembly, the weather was splendid and the whole school headed outside for the annual Tree Planting Ceremony. This year, the school planted a Red Maple behind the soccer field in honor of retired technology teacher Kate Nichol. Learn more...

Five CHS Track Athletes Compete at States

At the Section 2 state qualifier meet held June 4-5, five Chatham athletes qualified to compete in the NYS Track & Field Championships! For the boys, senior Ian Allen won the 800 meter with a time of 1:55:14, and the 4x400 relay team, consisting of Ian and fellow seniors Colin Bingham, Jamieson Chaitman, and Timothy Waddell, won their race with a time of 3:26:04. For the girls, junior Erin Clark won the 800 meter race with a time of 2:14:99. The wins earned the five a trip to compete in the NYS Championship Meet held at the University of Albany June 12th and 13th.

Chatham's exceptional senir baseball playersExceptional Seniors Baseball Game

Five Chatham Panthers were tapped to represent the Patroon Conference in the Exceptional Senior Baseball Game held June 5th at Ichabod Crane High School. Playing in the game were (left to right) Ahron Young, Will Kelly, Kody Skype, Mercury Mason, and Joe Williams. The Patroon Conference beat the exceptional senior team from the Colonial Council by a score of 10-7.

Reception Honors Student Literary & Art Magazine

peloris receptionThe CHS Art & Literary Club produces an annual magazine, “Peloris,” highlighting the works of CHS students. On June 2nd, a reception in honor of the magazine was held at the Chatham Public Library. Students and the community were invited to attend the event, where the magazine’s contributors read their literary pieces and talked about their artwork featured in the publication. A dessert reception followed. This event was sponsored by The Friends of the Chatham Public Library and the Chatham Central School’s Fine Arts Booster Club, with the cooperation of the Chatham Public Library Advisory Committee, and with thanks to the Chatham Public Library director and staff.

2015 Patroon Conference Girls Track All-Stars

Congratulations to the following members of the Panthers girls varsity track team for being named 2015 Patroon Conference All-Stars:

Erin Clark - First Team
Daniell Wallace - First Team
Emma Gregg - Second Team
Catherine Cruz - Second Team

2015 Patroon Conference Boys Track All-Stars

Congratulations to the following members of the Panthers boys varsity track team for being named 2015 Patroon Conference All-Stars:
Ian Allen - First Team
Jamie Chaitman - First Team
Colin Bingham - First Team
Kesean Leonard - Second Team
Wyatt Coe - Second Team

2015 Patroon Conference Baseball All-Stars

Congratulations to the following Panthers varsity baseball players for being named 2015 Patroon Conference All-Stars:
Kody Skype - MVP
Joe Williams - First Team
Will Kelly - First Team
Ahron Young - Second Team

2015 Patroon Conference Softball All-Stars

Congratulations to Panthers varsity softball players Baylee Cox and Jenna Skype, who were named 2015 Patroon Conference All-Stars.
Baylee Cox - First Team
Jenna Skype - Second Team

2015 Patroon Conference Boys Tennis All Stars

Congratulations to Panthers varsity tennis players Keon Armstrong and James Stinson, who were named 2015 Patroon Conference All-Stars.
Keon Armstrong- First Team
James Stinson- Second Team

students with artStudent Art On Display at Ralph's Cafe

The Chatham Central School District Art Department is having a K-12 art show at Ralph's Café on Main Street in Chatham! Stop in any time Ralph's is open to see the show, which features the artwork of twenty-nine students, representing each grade at CCSD. Shown here are CHS artists Jake Stockman, Alyssa Sirani, and Ana Verma. The student art show runs now through June 15th, don't miss it!
See list of students participating...

Learn About New Athletic Placement Process at June 9th Meeting

Athletic Director Scott Steltz will present information on the new Athletic Placement Process (APP) for Interschool Athletic Programs at the next Board of Education meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, June 9th at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library. The APP is NY State’s new process for middle school students who wish to “play up” at the high school level in a sport. It replaces the current Selection Classification process we use to determine an athletes’ eligibility to play up. Parents and athletes should be aware that the new regulations are more stringent than before and because if this we expect fewer of our athletes will be eligible to play up in future seasons. However, per state regulations, we are required to use the APP to determine if a middle school athlete may play on one of our high school teams.

The Board encourages anyone wanting to learn more about the APP’s new requirements to attend this meeting. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions. Information about NYS APP guidelines, including an FAQ, is also posted on our Athletics Page...

MED to Honor Judi Matthews at Annual Arbor Day Celebration

Judi Matthews teaching classMary E. Dardess Elementary School will honor Chatham teacher leader coach Judi Matthews at our 2015 Arbor Day Celebration on Friday, June 5th. We invite the public to attend this special community event, held on our school's lawn (gym if raining) at 9:30 a.m. Students will highlight Mrs. Matthew’s achievements and contributions to our school as a teacher and parent volunteer with a play about her life. The event also includes the traditional Maypole dance performed by fourth graders and a tree planting ceremony. Anyone wanting to attend is asked to RSVP no later than June 2nd by calling the MED office at 392-1530. Learn more...

Simple Machines

students use leverStudents learned about simple machines when the Scotia-Glenville Traveling Museum visited the third grade June 2nd and 3rd. Museum teacher Rosemary Renaud discussed the properties and uses of levers, pulleys, inclined planes, wedges, screws, springs,and the wheel and axle before giving students a chance to experiment with these tools at different stations she set up around the room. They also built catapults out of spoons, popsicle sticks and rubber bands, then used the device's leverage and spring action to toss cotton balls into a can target. 

MED Students Preview Senior Expos

Senior expoMrs. Mulica’s third grade class and Mrs. Lynch’s second grade class visited Chatham High School the afternoon of June 3 to check out the Senior Expo set up in the school’s gym. The Senior Team invited the elementary students to preview the event, which is a celebration of each senior’s learning and accomplishments. Each student creates a tri-fold poster board display highlighting his or her academic, athletic, artistic, and personal accomplishments prior to graduation. Learn more...

student search for wormsStudents Explore How Worms are Earth Friendly

Mrs. Hogencamp’s students got their hands dirty exploring the world of earthworms. In second grade, students are learning about life cycles, and the worms were part of a related project that the class is undertaking for MED’s upcoming Environmental Fair. The students learned how worms help improve soil and set up a worm farm to observe how they break down decaying plant matter. Learn more...

NYSPHSAA Recognizes Four Chatham Scholar Athlete Teams

girls track teamFour CHS teams were named Scholar Athlete Teams by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA). This honor is bestowed upon teams whose varsity athletes balance their athletic pursuits with a high degree of academic achievement. Congratulations to our girls varsity track, boys varsity track, boys varsity tennis, and varsity softball teams all received this recognition this spring. Each team receives a certificate for their school as well as for each athlete who contributed to the team GPA. Learn more..

CMS Film Club to Premier Short at Crandell Theatre May 30

film clip from Special WorldThe Afterschool Film Club turned the hallways and classrooms of CMS into a movie set over March and April. During a six-week film course with director Patrick Toole, the club filmed their very own short titled The Special World a thriller involving the Internet. The club brainstormed the story, chose their roles on screen or behind the scenes, and shot and edited their short film on video. The culmination of their efforts will be a premiere screening of The Special World at the Crandell Theatre on May 30th. Learn more...

Arbor Day

Tree plantingCHS celebrated Arbor Day under gorgeous skies May 29. The day-long event included the traditional tree planting ceremony, where we planted a Flowering Crab Apple at the Geologic Park in honor of former math teacher, Mark Dwyer. At the ceremony, the senior class handed down the school time capsule to the freshman class and the sophomore class officially revealed their class colors of dark silver and white, with an accent of mint. Learn more...

Announcing the Class of 2015 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 2015. The Honor Students were announced at the annual Arbor Day Banquet hosted by the Junior Class in honor of the Senior Class. The banquet was held at Winding Brook Country Club the evening of Thursday, May 28, 2015. The Valedictorian is Valerie Kerner, and the Salutatorian is Megan Avenia. View full list of 2015 honor students...

Future 9th Graders Tour CHS

8th Graders touring CHSAs part of the Freshman Transition program developed by high school counselors Amanda Carroll and Jim Lombardi, and middle school counselor Jackie Hoffman, two of the four current 8th grade homerooms came to CHS for student-led tours and question and answer sessions. The future 9th graders began their day at the high school May 28, where they convened in the auditorium. There, they met the high school student volunteers who would be showing them around to their new school. Learn more...

MED Students, School Nurse Honored for Helping Teacher During Medical Emergency

Mrs. Ogulnick, the students, and Mrs. Fabiano being honoredDuring its May 26 meeting, the Board honored fifth graders Gabrielle Fisher, Gabrielle Morse, Giovanna Allen, and Kassidy Clanton along with school nurse Mary-Noelle Fabiano for their quick action when orchestra teacher Cynthia Ogulnick suffered a medical emergency during school in February. Board president Melony Spock and superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo presented each with a certificate commemorating their actions, and, most importantly, Mrs. Ogulnick was there to give them her thanks. Learn more...

NYSPHSAA Recognizes Four Chatham Scholar Athlete Teams

girls track teamFour CHS teams were named Scholar Athlete Teams by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA). This honor is bestowed upon teams whose varsity athletes balance their athletic pursuits with a high degree of academic achievement. Congratulations to our girls varsity track, boys varsity track, boys varsity tennis, and varsity softball teams all received this recognition this spring. Each team receives a certificate for their school as well as for each athlete who contributed to their team's overall GPA. Learn more...

students washing windows at humane societyService Club Helps Homeless Animals

The Chatham Middle School Service Club took a trip to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society in Hudson to volunteer on May 21. The students brushed the cats, cut fabric, and cleaned windows. They also learned a lot about the services the Humane Society provides homeless pets in our area, as well as about the animals themselves. Service club provides a different service within their community every month during the school year.

CHS Students Join NHS

National Honor Society InducteesThe Chatham High School chapter of National Honor Society proudly inducted thirty-seven new members during a ceremony held May 20th in the school auditorium. Membership in National Honor Society recognizes and encourages academic achievement and citizenship among young people. To be eligible for this honor, students must excel in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. Learn more...

Students Begin Building Native American Longhouse

longhouse4th graders studying Native American history and culture enjoyed building an Iroquois (also known as Haudenosaunee) inspired longhouse at MED. The project is part of a multi-year collaboration between the fourth grade and the Flying Deer Nature Center. Under the guidance of Flying Deer educators, and with help from parent volunteers, students completed the first phase of the Longhouse project this May. This unique opportunity is sponsored by the Chatham Ed. Foundation and the PTA. Learn more...

BMX Team Brings Positive Character Message (and Cool Tricks) to MED

BMX rider pulling a no-footerThere was some high-flying action at MED when the Dialed Action Sports Team brought their BMX stunt riders and anti-bullying message to school May 18. The team set up a five-foot launch ramp and a nine-foot vertical quarter pipe on which riders Kyle Biller, Ian Bradley, and Zane Bradley pulled massive airs high over the crowd of cheering students. They even had students pick some teacher “volunteers” for Zane to bunny hop his bike over. This exciting event was sponsored by the PTA. Learn more...

Global & Gourmet Foods Join "Food Revolution"

students cutting vegetablesOn May 15th, Mrs. Hayes’ Global & Gourmet Foods class tuned in and took part in an cooking lesson hosted by Jamie Oliver to celebrate Food Revolution Day. Food Revolution Day is Oliver's global day of action to fight for food education and get children excited about cooking healthy. Students made Jamie’s Squash-It sandwich consisting of radishes, cucumber, carrot, cauliflower, red pepper, apples, podded peas, sunflower seeds, balsamic vinegar, cream cheese and fresh herbs. Learn more...

players reading to studentsBaseball Players Mystery Read at MED

Four Chatham Panthers from the varsity baseball team took time out of their busy schedule to go up to MED and read to Mrs. Robichaud's first grade class. The players, seniors Kody Skype, Mercury Mason, Ahron Young, and Joe Williams, were participating in the school's ongoing "Mystery Readers" program where surprise readers from the community visit classrooms at MED to promote literacy.

Deputy with DogThird Grade Class Meets Kira the Police Dog

K9 Deputy Sheriff Travis VanAlstyne and his partner Kira paid a visit to Mrs. Rosi’s and Mrs Fleck’s third grade class in May. The students had just finished reading a non-fiction book about police dogs, and Chatham’s School Resource Deputy, Todd Hyson, made arrangements for the class to meet the real deal. Deputy VanAlstyne explained that Kira is specially trained to sniff out explosives, aid police in finding missing people, and apprehend criminals. Learn more...

Voting Results - May 19

The 2015-2016 Budget PASSED: 563 Yes - 219 No
Proposition #1 -Creation of Capital Reserve Fund not to exceed $2 million PASSED: 529 Yes - 237 No
Proposition #2 -Student Representative on the Board of Ed PASSED: 674 Yes - 84 No      

Voters also elected Denise Barry, Beth Hover, and David O'Connor to three-year terms on the Board of Education that run July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018. Denise Barry received the most votes overall and will therefore also serve the remainder of the unexpired term caused by the resignation of James Marks. That term runs now through June 30, 2015. Full voting results are available on our Budget Information page...

Keyes First Ever Chatham Grad to Sign with NFL

Congratulations to the class of 2011's Josh Keyes, who becomes Chatham's first ever athlete to sign with the NFL. After four years playing for Boston College, Keyes signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this May. Read Register Star article...

MED Musical "Tales Around the Tower May" 15 & 16Little Red Riding Hood (Kate Everett), Granny (Abby Taylor) and the Wolf (Amanda Roberts)

The MED Drama Club presents “Tales Around the Tower” written and performed by the 4th and 5th graders in the club, Friday, May 15 & Saturday, May 16 at 7 p.m. in the CMS Auditorium. On her sixteenth birthday, Rapunzel’s mother lets her leave her tower to explore the fairytale land around it. Rapunzel and her trusty maid wonder into several well-known (and much loved) fairytales –“Little Red Riding Hood,” “Hansel and Gretel,” “The Three Little Pigs,” and “Jack and Beanstalk,” – which include songs with original lyrics by the students. FREE and open to the public. Learn more...

Lezama_mezaLezama-Meza Earns Award from NCCC

Alumni News: William Lezama-Meza, 2014 Chatham graduate and former Panthers varsity soccer player, earned the Athletic Mentoring Program Award from North Country Community College. He was one of only two student athletes that received the award on May 15. He played soccer for NCCC in the fall and his effort and hard work on and off the soccer field, while overcoming adversity, earned him the award.

Board Of Education Candidates Forum May 14th

Chatham CSD voters are encouraged to attend a “Meet The Candidates” forum Thursday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m. in the CHS auditorium. Six candidates are running for three open seats on the Board of Education. The candidates - Sebastian Trienens, Beth Hover, Steve Gilger, Denise Barry, David O’Connor, Wayne Coe - have all been invited to participate in this 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.

Valerie Kerner, Judi Matthews Honored at Scholar Recognition Dinner

Valery Kerner and Judi Matthews at Schoar Recognition DinnerChatham High School senior Valerie Kerner and math teacher Judi Matthews were honored at the 2015 Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA) Scholar Recognition Dinner. The event, held May 13 at the Albany Marriott, recognized high achieving high school seniors, and their teachers, from schools across the Greater Capital Region. Valerie was chosen for this honor because is an exemplary student and an inspiring individual in the community. She chose Mrs. Matthews to be honored alongside her as the teacher who most impacted her education. Learn More...

Living History at CMS

Students reenacting the Civil WarSeventh graders got a taste of 1862 America by reenacting the Civil War at CMS. They pitched tents, donned Union uniforms, and conducted drills under the tutelage of Joe Ryan from the Living History Education Foundation. The event was part of the 7th grade's Living History Day on May 13, which included not only reenactments, but also classroom activities in English, science and math that focused on the Civil War theme. This event was made possible by a grant from the Chatham Education Foundation.
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Immigration Simulation

student giving presentationFifth graders undertook an “immigration simulation” as part of their study of United States immigration history. Working in groups, they researched and planned out their route to America, taking into account what modes of transportation were available at the time, how many miles they would need to cover, how much transportation and other immigration expenses would cost them, and how long their journey would take. They also planned what they would need to bring with them, such as food, useful items, passports, and reminders of home. Learn more...

Baseball team after winning Patroon ConferenceChatham Baseball Patroon Conference Champs

The CHS varsity baseball team clinched the Patroon Conference title May 11th with an eleven inning win over Coxsackie-Athens by a score of 2-1. "It was a total team effort all year and I am proud to coach this group of future leaders," said varsity baseball head coach Scott Steltz. The Panther's league record is 12-2 and the team is 14-5 overall. This is the seventh league title for our varsity baseball team in the last nine years.

Jenna SkypeSkype Earns NYS Comptroller's Award

Eighth grader Jenna Skype is Chatham Middle School’s recipient of the New York State Comptroller's Student Achievement Award. The award is issued from the Office of the State Comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli to honor outstanding students who demonstrate leadership potential and a commitment to public service. Jenna was chosen for this honor by CMS faculty because she is a role model for her peers and is always so cheerful and encouraging of others.
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Lauren Wrigley and Brendan OomsWrigley, Ooms Nominated for Youth Leadership Award

Chatham Middle School is pleased to announce Lauren Wrigley and Brendan Ooms as our nominees for the Louis A. Pierro Youth Leadership Award. This award recognizes the positive accomplishments of students in our area and is administered by the Columbia County Youth Advisory Board & Bureau. Lauren and Brendan will be recognized alongside student nominees from other schools at the Columbia County Youth Leadership Award Dinner held in Hudson May 7. Learn more...

Fun Day at the Farm for Mr. Botsford's Class

Student riding horseOn a beautiful day in May, Mr. Botsford’s class visited Little Brook Farm in Old Chatham. The owner, Lynn Cross, and her friendly staff treated the children to a day of hands-on fun at the farm, which does equine rescue and rehabilitation, as well as educational and therapeutic programs. The students took a tour, rode and groomed the rescued horses, and learned how to mix feed for a variety of horses using a chart. To top things off, the children used hay bales to make a long, twisty, dark tunnel, then found their way out.

Kneller Named Outstanding Chatham Business Student

Dan Kneller and Michael Loomis with awardCongratulations to Daniel Kneller, who was recognized as the 2014-15 Outstanding Chatham Business Education Student. Each year, local school districts’ business departments recognize a student who has taken numerous business classes and has exhibited outstanding academic achievement, citizenship, and a positive attitude. Daniel was honored by the Business and Marketing Educators’ Association of the Capital District at an awards dinner held May 7th at the Holiday Inn in Albany. Learn more...

8th Grade Unit on WWII Brings D-Day, Battle of the Bulge Veteran to CMS

Jack Mesick talking to studentsJack Mesick visited CMS May 7th dressed in the uniform jacket he wore more than 70 years ago. Now ninety years old, the WWII veteran from Chatham shared his experiences in the Army during the war, which included the D-Day invasion at Omaha Beach, winning the Croix de Guerre by liberating French village, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge with general George S. Patton, and helping liberate the Birkanau concentration camp. The assembly was the culmination of of a combined 8th grade social studies and ELA unit on WWII, and included select student presentations on the holocaust. Read Chatham Courier article...

students at Norman Rockwell's StudioTrip to the Norman Rockwell Museum

Students learning English as a new language at CCSD visited the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge with ENL teacher Kathleen Saso. The younger children learned about museums and observed and discussed Norman Rockwell's art. The older students learned about United States' history, specifically the Civil Rights Movement. They studied Rockwell's painting "The Problem We All Live With." Earlier, they had read several books about Ruby Bridges, who is featured in that painting, and are now in the process of writing letters to her. The students, from MED, CMS and CHS, are pictured here in front of Rockwell's studio. Their May 1st trip was supported by a grant from the Chatham Education Foundation of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

Mrs. Hoffan with award and Hoffman Named "Counselor of the Year"

School counselor Jacqueline Hoffman has received the Capital District Counseling Association’s Counselor of the Year Award. Mrs. Hoffman was honored at the Capital Area School Development Association's (CASDA) Annual Awards Dinner held April 29. “I have absolutely loved my role as school counselor at Chatham Middle School for the last twenty years," said Mrs. Hoffman. “This is an incredible honor for doing what I love to do.” Learn more...

China Celebration

Students play song during china celebration at MEDThe third grade wrapped up their learning journey through China by hosting a “China Celebration” performance for parents and family visitors. The April 27 and 28 events showcased the art, music and poetry students had created during their studies of Chinese culture. The third grade’s study of China is part of the artsVOYAGE educational partnership with the Spencertown Academy, through which students experience world cultures and social history in a rich, multifaceted way. Learn more...

HS Baseball Players Mystery Read at MED

players reading to studentsFour Chatham Panthers varsity baseball players took time out of their busy school day to go up to MED and read to Mrs. Robichaud's first grade class. The players, Chatham High School seniors Kody Skype, Mercury Mason, Ahron Young, and Joe Williams, were participating in the school's ongoing "Mystery Readers" program where surprise readers from the community visit classrooms at MED to promote literacy.

Virtual Field Trip to NASA Space Center and Beyond

Students viewing neptune on monitorSecond grade teachers took their students on a virtual field trip to the NASA Space Center in Houston, TX. A space center staffer took the students on a journey through our Solar System, exploring the planets, the asteroid belt, and Pluto, which is now considered a dwarf planet. Through the eyes of NASA’s space probes, the classes learned about the similarities and differences of each planet and discovered how gravity plays an important role in forming and holding together celestial bodies.

Sweet Reward Wraps Up MED's "Read for Ronald" Program

Addison Andrews throws pie at Mrs. RenoIt’s not every day you get to chuck a pie at your school principal, but at MED, the PTA made the old pie in the face gag a reward for students who did the most during their school's “Read for Ronald McDonald House” program. Kindergartner Jackson Carl, second grader Addison Andrews, third graders Nole and Owen Zaik, and fifth grader Anna Carrol all earned the chance to toss a pie at a staff member on April 20 after either raising the most money for charity or reading for the most minutes. Learn more...

Washington D.C. Trip

students at CapitolThe Washington trip was a tremendous success as our for juniors and seniors had the opportunity to experience a weekend in one of the most significant cities in the world. The group visited Mount Vernon, the National Zoo, the White House, the Smithsonian, and the monuments and memorials that have made the D.C. skyline so famous. Sunday morning was spent at Arlington National Cemetery where they viewed the Kennedy graves and changing of the guard at the “Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.” The afternoon was spent at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Learn more...

Students of the Quarter

CHS has released the names of the Students of the Quarter for the third quarter of the 2014-15 school year. These students were selected by CHS faculty based on their fine work and contribution to the class. See who made the list...

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 the awardees for third quarter...

CHS Battle of the Belts

Battle of the belts winners competing SADD hosted our 10th annual preliminary Battle of the Belts on April 17th to encourage students to make positive decisions and buckle up. The team with the fastest time was the “Buckle Busters” (Chanel Cruz, Skyler Niles, Callie Buchan, and Ashley Haslun) with a time of 35.03. This group has been participating together for the past five years! They will go on to compete at the World Championship Battle of the Belts Competition at Sean’s Run on Sunday, April 26th. Learn more...

Sixth Grade Advocacy Day

Didi Barrett Speaks to StudentsThe sixth grades' Advocacy Day brought NYS Assemblymember Didi Barrett, Nick Zachos of the Hudson Sloop Club, and Lynn Cross from Little Brook Farm to CMS to discuss the types of advocacy they are involved in and promote advocacy among young people. Students were working on a writing project focusing teen advocacy, and the day’s speakers gave them a chance to hear from people who advocate for positive change in our area, take notes, and maybe gain a little inspiration to become advocates themselves. Learn more...

CHS 3rd Quarter Honor Roll

Congratulations to our students who earned High Honors and Honors for the third quarter of the 2014-15 school year. View CHS Third Quarter Honor Roll...

CMS Third Quarter Honor Roll

Congratulations to the Chatham Middle School students who earned high honors or honors for the third quarter of the 2014-15 school year. See who made the grade...

Please Be Aware of Change to AM Bus Drop Off at CHS/MED

In an effort to minimize the impact of the busses on the morning traffic on Woodbridge Ave., we will be making some changes to the morning transportation procedures.

Students will continue to exit the busses as they have in the past. Beginning May 4, ALL BUSSES WILL REMAIN PARKED AT THE HIGH SCHOOL UNTIL 7:55. At that time, the busses will leave the campus together. Traffic on Woodbridge Ave. will be held to allow all of the busses at once to cross Woodbridge to Bordick Boulevard (the access road across from the campus entrance) and proceed back to the garage.

Please be aware that cars still on campus at 7:55 will need to wait for the busses to exit ahead of them.

This traffic pattern is similar to that used at dismissal in the afternoon. Although we recognize that the busses are not the only factor impacting morning traffic, we hope this change will be helpful. We are also working with the Village to continue to explore other options.This information was sent home to parents in a letter from Superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo...

Addiction speaker Therese McHale at CHS Students Hear Sobering Tale of Addiction

Students at Chatham High School got an all-too-real look into the world of addiction during a school-wide assembly April 30. Dr. William Murphy from the Chatham Family Care Center and Therese McHale and Lynde Noel, who are both in recovery from opioid dependency, spoke with the students about the life altering consequences of drug abuse.
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Kody SkypeKody Skype Named 104.5 Player of the Week

Chatham senior Kody Skype was named Player of the Week by ESPN Radio 104.5 FM "The Team." The announcement was made on the "Armen and Levack" show on April 24th at 5:15 p.m. and was also posted on the Radio 104.5 website that same day. Kody is a catcher and first baseman for the Chatham Panthers varsity baseball team.
Congratulations Kody!

All-County music studentsMED Students Perform in All County Music Showcase

Students from MED's 5th Grade Chorus participated in the All County Music Festival held at Chatham April 16-17. They joined together with other select music students from CMS and CHS, as well as all six Columbia County school districts to work on music and present a wonderful concert on April 17 in the Chatham High School auditorium.
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CMS Students Perform in All County Music Showcase

all-county7-8bandall-county6thChorusStudents from our 6th Grade Chorus and Grade 7/8 Band participated in the All County Music Festival held at Chatham April 16-17. They joined other select music students from MED and CHS, as well as all six Columbia County school districts to work together on music and present a wonderful concert on April 17 at CHS. Learn more...

All County Choral studentsAll-County Festival Concert Held at CHS

Fifteen students from the Chatham High School Chorus participated in the All County Music Festival held here in Chatham April 16-17. They joined other select music students from all six Columbia County school districts as well as Chatham's middle and elementary schools to work on music and present a wonderful concert on Friday, April 17 at Chatham High School.
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yellow ribbon trainingStudents Lead Suicide Prevention Program

Chatham High School’s Yellow Ribbon Team is leading suicide prevention training for all students during physical education classes on April 16 & 17th. This team of specially trained students present the facts, warning signs, and risk factors of suicide, as well as ways students can help someone who is experiencing suicidal thoughts.
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Students Learn About 3-D Printing

3-d printer being demonstrated4th graders headed over to CHS to learn about three-dimensional electronic modeling and check out the school’s 3-D printer. MED's school media specialist, Mr. Selby, arranged to have Mr. Caldwell, the High School’s technology teacher, show the students how objects can be drafted electronically using computers and then replicated into actual three-dimensional items using the special printer. Mr. Caldwell demonstrated how the 3-D printer, which in reality is a small production robot, can “print” objects by laying down successive layers of molten plastic to gradually build them. 5th grade library classes will also be going to CHS to see the printer in action.

MED Students Showcase Artwork on Artsonia

Move over Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Picasso, Mary E. Dardess Elementary School artists are taking over the spotlight! Nancy Barth, our school's art teacher, has teamed up with Artsonia - the world's largest online children's art museum - to display the students' artwork. MED students join thousands of students from over 130 countries whose artwork is showcased on Artsonia. Visitors can browse the artwork in the school gallery by grade level, or by specific exhibits. Learn more...

Letter to Parents Concerning NYS Testing

April 2, 2015 - Dear parent or guardian,
A number of you have approached teachers and principals recently asking about “opting out” or refusing to have your children take the upcoming NYS assessments in English Language Arts and math. The recent publicity and debate have produced confusing and conflicting information for parents who want to make the best decisions for their children and schools. I am writing to explain Chatham’s approach to the tests and hopefully give you the information you need. Read full letter from Superintendent Nuciforo...

Celebrating Local Heroes

Rocky pane speaking to studentsApril is Celebrating Local Heroes Month at CMS, where students will be writing thank you letters to local heroes. To kick it off on April 2, CMS held a heroes inspired day of character events that included the school’s battle of the belts and guest speakers for each grade. 8th graders heard from a local holocaust survivor, 7th graders were visited by some of Chatham's volunteer firefighters, and 6th graders were inspired to "reach for fresh air" by Hudson High guidance counselor Rocky Payne. Learn more...

student buckle out of carBattle of the Belts at CMS

CMS held a Battle of the Belts for each grade the morning of April 2nd. This annual event raises awareness about seatbelts by making buckling up a competition. Teams of consisting of four students each compete against one another to see who can buckle into and out of the seats of a vehicle in the fastest time. The team with the fastest time from each grade earned a spot at the “World Championship Battle of the Belts” held at Sean’s Run on April 26th. Learn more...

Announcing 2015 Board of Education Candidates

There are six candidates running for three open seats on the Board of Education. The 2015 candidates are: Sebastian Trienens, Beth Hover, Steve Gilger, Denise Barry, David O’Connor, Wayne Coe. The Board election will be held as part of the annual school budget vote on May 19, 2015. Learn more...

Senior Exhibitions

Student giving speech Chatham High School's annual Senior Exhibition Day took place April 2nd. It was a big day for seniors as each gave a 15 minute, in-depth presentation on a topic of his or her choosing that was evaluated by a panel of faculty representing all three of Chatham's schools. Exhibitions equal one-third of Chatham's Senior Program, an individual student portfolio comprised of written, presented, and displayed skills. The Senior Program is a CCSD graduation requirement designed to give each senior a sense of progression into adulthood and personal ownership of their education.

Mentors and menteesMentor Program Spring Get Together

The CMS mentor program hosted its Spring Get Together April 1st after school in the CMS library. The event gave students and their mentors an opportunity to enjoy refreshments and play games together as a group. The mentor program matches students with adult volunteers from the community who provide them with one-on-one mentoring throughout the school year. The program is supported by a grant from the Chatham Education Foundation.  

students on tripMusic Students Enjoy Broadway Musical

On Wednesday, April 1st students from the middle and high school band, chorus, and orchestra departments traveled to NYC to see the Gershwin classic, "An American in Paris" at the Palace Theatre. Students were able to enjoy the historic sites of New York before meeting at the theatre where they watched the amazing dancing and live Broadway performance. A great time was had by all!

Evelyn Russo talks to studentsColumbia Memorial Hospital Dental Program at MED

Dental hygienist Evelyn Russo visited 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms on March 31 to talk about healthy teeth and gums and the importance of brushing and flossing daily. Following Russo’s visit, a licensed dentist and hygienist will be coming to MED to provide dental exams, cleanings, and other preventative dentistry for third grade students. These visits come at no cost to families or our school, and are made possible through Columbia Memorial Hospital’s school-based mobile dental services.

Service Club Visits Payn Home

students palying instruments at payn homeStudents making pillow with resident The CMS Service Club conducts monthly service projects benefiting our community. On March 31st, they visited the Payn Home, a retirement residence in Chatham, to spend some quality time with the residents there. Students brought along their artwork to share with the seniors and gave instrumental performances. They also made pillows and played bingo together.

Geogina and Dundee the SkinkDistance Learning Connects First Graders to Florida Zoo

Despite it being quite wintry in Chatham on March 26, students in first grade were able to come face to face with tropical animals thanks to a virtual field trip to the Palm Beach Zoo in Florida. The first grade has been studying animal habitats in class and this distance learning trip gave the students an opportunity to meet reptiles, mammals, and birds from diverse climates, all very different from our own. Learn more...

ABCs of Women’s Self Defense

student kicks The Modern Self Defense Academy and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office teamed up to present a self-defense seminar for mothers and daughters here at Chatham March 24. Forty-six women and girls took advantage of this opportunity, offered through CCSD’s Adult Education Program, to learn how to avoid dangerous encounters, react to unexpected threats, and fight off attackers using the ABCs of self-defense - awareness, boundaries, and contact. Through an intense yet enjoyable atmosphere, participants learned how to get out of unwanted physical encounters ranging from wrist grabs to being pinned to the ground, and put their new skills to the test by beating back and escaping an instructor posing as an attacker. Our Adult Ed. Program plans to offer the seminar again in the fall.

Southpaw "Reads for Ronald" with Students at MED

Southpaw and Michelle read to studentsTri-City ValleyCats’ mascot Southpaw stopped by MED to share his enthusiasm for reading. Because cats don’t talk, he brought along Michelle Skinner from the ValleyCats' community relations team to read to the students some of his favorite books about baseball. The March 24 visit brought fun and excitement to the Read for Ronald MacDonald House Program, which MED is participating in to encourage reading and benefit the families of critically ill children. Learn more....

2015 CHS Winter Sports Awards

The 2015 Winter Sports Award Night was held the evening of March 23 at Chatham High School. The evening included pizza for the athletes followed by the awards ceremony. Special thanks to the Chatham Athletic Booster Club, who sponsors this event. See awardees...

Ben with tablet computer CMS Student Takes Third in Regional Science Expo

Eighth grader Benjamin Rippel's tablet computer project took third place overall at the Twin County Science Expo, held March 21st at Columbia-Greene Community College. Ben built and programed the touchscreen device himself for about a quarter of the cost of buying one. The expo showcased outstanding projects from student scientists throughout Columbia and Greene counties, with top place finishes being awarded by a panel of expert judges. Learn more...

St. Baldrick's 2015

student having head shavedThe CHS Community Service Club organized and hosted Chatham's 5th annual head shaving event to befit the St. Baldrick's Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity committed to finding cures for childhood cancers. This year’s event was a huge success with shavees, volunteers, and donors from our community and all three Chatham schools participating. All together, more than 75 students, staff and community members “went bald” to raise over $16,000 for childhood cancer research. Learn more...

St. Baldrick's 2015

Students and teacher with shaved headsCMS students and staff were among those who participated in Chatham’s St. Baldrick’s head shaving event to fight cancer and show support for children living with this disease. This annual event is organized by the CHS Community Service Club and was held March 22 in the CHS gym. More than 75 students, staff and community members “went bald” and together raised over $16,000 for childhood cancer research. Learn more...

St. Baldrick's 2015

MED students with shaved headsMED volunteers from as young as first grade all the way up through grade five were among those who braved the shave to fight cancer and show support for children living with the disease. Chatham's annual St. Baldrick’s head shaving is organized by the CHS Community Service Club and was held this year on March 22 in the CHS gym. All together, more than 75 students, staff and community members “went bald” to raise over $16,000 for childhood cancer research. Learn more...

Panthers' Kody Skype Named WNYT's Player of the Week

Chatham senior Kody Skype was featured on News Chanel 13 the evening of March 17th as WNYT's "High School Sports Athlete of the Week." You can watch Kody's video feature here...

Engel Named Capital Region Basketball Scholar Athlete

Coach Deleon, Sam Engel, Coach BrantleyChatham senior and varsity basketball player Samuel Engel is the recipient of the NewsChannel 13 Capital Region Basketball Scholar-Athlete Award. Sam was named the Patroon League winner of this award for his outstanding achievement in the classroom, in his community, and on the court. He was honored during the NYS Public High School Athletic Association’s Section 2 Awards Ceremony, held at the Troy Hilton Garden Inn on March 15th. Sam is shown here at the event with Chatham basketball coaches Raul Deleon and John Brantley.

Celebrating Cultural Diversity Through Art

James and his paintingCongratulations to James Spitzenberger for painting the winning submission for Chatham High School’s Cultural Diversity Art Contest, sponsored by the Student Government. “The multiple colors in the countries represent how everyone is different from each other, but how the colors all flow equally through the continents shows we can all be together and we are all the same when it comes down to it,” the junior said about his work. James’ inspirational painting is now on display in the school lobby.

Students Create Sweet Treat for Educators' Society Meeting

CookiesStudents in Mrs. Hayes’ Global & Gourmet Foods class shared their skills and talents by making a dessert tray for the Alpha Nu chapter Delta Kappa Gamma meeting held on March 19th here at CCSD. Students selected four recipes and worked for two class periods to create an elegant platter of desserts for the meeting attendees. Desserts included Strawberry Cheesecake Bars, White Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Cookies, Peanut Butter Cup Cookie Bites and Homemade Thin Mints. Learn more...

DeGroff Named All Star Bowler

Congratulations to CHS senior Ricardo DeGroff, who was named a Patroon Conference 1st Team Bowling All Star. Ricky also bowled the highest triple and second highest game in the Conference for the 2014-15 season.   

Frederick Named Volleyball All Star

Congratulations to CHS junior Kevin Frederick, who was named a Patroon Conference 2nd Team Volleyball All Star for the 2014-15 season.

8th Graders Look Toward High School and Beyond

Dale Taylor speaking to students about college expectationsThe Class of 2019’s transition from 8th grade to 9th grade is already underway, and when planning for high school, it's never to early to be thinking about college. During a March 18 assembly at CMS, eighth graders heard from Dale Taylor of Siena College’s admissions department, who shared what colleges are looking for in prospective applicants. High School guidance counselor Jim Lombardi spoke about the high school program and junior Jack McKeon shared experiences as a CHS student. Learn more...

50 Years of the Voting Rights Act

Wesley BrownIn celebration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, eleventh and twelfth grade students attended a special assembly at CHS on March 17. They heard from a guest speaker Wesley Brown, a professor and writer, who in 1965 traveled to the deep south to register African Americans to vote. The students also watched a film about the events surrounding what became known as “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Alabama, a key turning point for the Civil Rights Movement in 1965. Learn more...

Joe Williams Signs On with St. Joseph

Joe Williams signingOn March 12, Chatham senior Joe Williams signed his National Letter of Intent to play baseball for the College of St. Joseph. The Chatham Panthers' starting pitcher made his official commitment to the Rutland, Vermont school in front of his family, friends, coaches, and local media during a letter signing ceremony held at CHS. Joe was offered St. Joseph's Provider Scholarship for baseball and will be pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice.
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MED Reads for Ronald

Damato reads from Story WarsThroughout March, MED is participating in the Read for Ronald McDonald House Program. This service learning project raises funds to support the Albany Ronald McDonald House while promoting the value of both reading and community service. To kick off the event, MED held a school wide assembly featuring Nancy Damato from the Ronald McDonald House. Damato shared with the students how the program supports families of seriously ill children and challenged students to take on the "Story Wars" reading competition. Learn more...

band studentsCHS Band Students Perform in All County March 6th

Twenty music students from the Chatham High School Band performed in the All County Music Festival held at Taconic Hills Central School District. These select musicians joined other talented students from all six Columbia County schools to perform in concert Friday, March 6th in the Taconic Hills Jr/Sr High School auditorium.
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6th grade band all county studentsCMS Students Perform in All County

Students from the Grade 7/8 Chorus and the 6th Grade Band performed in the All County Music Festival held at Taconic Hills Central School District. These select students joined other talented musicians from all six Columbia County schools to perform in concert Friday, March 6 in the Taconic Hills Jr/Sr High School auditorium.
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David O'ConnorBoard Appoints David O'Connor to Fill Empty Seat

At its February 24th meeting, the Chatham Central School District Board of Education appointed David O’Connor to fill the unexpired term of Jim Marks, who resigned from the Board in January. Mr. O’Connor’s appointment to serve on the Board is effective February 24, 2015 until May 19, 2015, at which time the seat will be filled by the general district election. O'Connor previously served on the Chatham Board of Education from 2007 to 2013.

Egg Crash Challenge

Student testing carStudents in 6th grade Project Based Technology took on the Egg Crash Challenge. The goal of this project was to design and build a gravity powered vehicle that could carry an egg “passenger” down a ramp, impact with a wall, and survive with the egg intact - sort of like a pinewood demolition derby with Humpty Dumpty as a crash test dummy. The cars and their eggs would attempt to endure not one crash, but a series of them, at successively higher speeds.
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Board Votes Not to Adopt Veterans Exemption

At it's February 24th meeting, the Board of Education voted 6-1 in favor of the following resolution concerning the Alternative Veterans Tax Exemption. The majority of the Board indicated they did not want to shift a portion of the tax burden from one group of taxpayers to the rest, which implementing the exemption would do.

R. 107 BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education recognizes the importance of
assisting the community’s military veterans who deserve our utmost respect and admiration
for their service to our country, and that the Board of Education also remains aware of the
financial burden school taxes may place on all taxpayers of the district,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that it is the decision of the Chatham Central School
Board of Education to NOT adopt a Veterans Tax Exemption, thereby shifting the tax
burden from our military veterans to other taxpayers.

Melony Spock, Jennifer Lindberg, Teri Conte, Edward Knight, David O'Connor, and Craig Simmons voted in favor of the resolution, Chris Kelly voted against it. Michael Clark and Muriel Faxon were not present.

District Plans Emergency Access Road Project

School officials are developing a plan for an emergency access road to Chatham Central School District’s main campus. The new emergency-use-only road would provide a secondary way for emergency vehicles to access the campus in the event that the main drive was blocked. The project, which is still in the developmental phase, would consist of a gated, twenty-foot wide gravel road running from the district office parking lot on the easternmost side of MED out through an adjacent parcel of land owned by the Village of Chatham, where it would connect with Shore Road. It is estimated at a cost of approximately $700,000. Learn more...

student with fluteMED Student Selected for Elementary All-County Band

Congratulations to 5th grade flute player Benjamin Halpin for being selected to be a part of the Columbia County Music Educators Association’s All-County Elementary Band. This was a very special honor for Benjamin, as he "played up" with Chatham's most talented 6th graders. Benjamin rehearsed with the 6th graders at Chatham Middle School prior to performing alongside them and other talented musicians from Columbia County in the All-County concert, held March 6 at Taconic Hills Jr/Sr High School.


CCSD Students Perform in All County

Over fifty music students from the Chatham High School Band, the Grade 7/8 Chorus, and the Grade 6 Band performed in the All County Music Festival held at Taconic Hills Central School District. These select students joined other talented musicians from all six Columbia County schools to perform in concert Friday, March 6 at Taconic Hills Jr/Sr High School. More information can be found on the CHS CMS, MED homepages.

Miranda Whipple Nominated for Siena Courage Award

Eighth grader Miranda Whipple has been nominated for the Siena College Student Courage Award. This prestigious honor recognizes young people from the Capital Region who act as leaders and spokespersons for tolerance, who embody the courage to be bridge builders and peacemakers, and who stand up to intolerance. CMS faculty nominated Miranda for the award. She joins courageous students from other middle and high schools in the area who have been nominated for this honor. A committee of Capital Region leaders in social justice issues will review the nominations and from them select three recipients. Winners will be announced in April. Learn more....

Snow/Inclement Weather Closings and Delays FAQ

With wintry weather upon us, CCSD wanted to provide parents with answers to frequently asked questions in regards to snow and other weather related closings and delays. View Closings and Delays FAQ...

CHS Drama Club Presents The Wiz Feb. 27 - March 1

The Wiz CastJoin us as we “Ease On Down the Road” in the Chatham High School Auditorium at 7:00 pm on Friday, February 27th and Saturday, February 28th, and at the 2:00 pm matinee on Sunday, March 1st. Tickets are just $5 at the door. The Wiz is a contemporary version of the beloved classic The Wizard of Oz.The characters are familiar, the dialogue modernized and the songs upbeat, a wonderful modern twist to a familiar story…so join us as we watch Dorothy try and make her way back home while helping her new friends' wishes come true.

2nd Quarter Honor Roll

Congratulations to our students who earned High Honors and Honors during the second quarter of the 2014-15 school year. View CHS Second Quarter Honor Roll...

Engineering Students Take on E Week Challenge

bridge contestChatham High School's Principles of Engineering class enjoyed a trip to the 2015 Model Bridge Competition, part of the Capital Region Engineers’ Week event held February 26 at the Albany Marriott Hotel in Colonie. There, they got to put their bridge models to the stress test, meet real engineers, explore vendor exhibits, and attend seminars concerning engineering issues. Sophomore Katharine Schassler even won the E Week logo competition!
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CHS Students of the Quarter

CHS has released the names of the Students of the Quarter for the second quarter of the 2014-15 school year. These students were selected by CHS faculty based on their fine work and contribution to the class. See who made the list...

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 who earned the Excellence in Effort Award for second quarter...

2015 Science/Technology Fair

students with science fair exhibitThe CMS Science and Technology Fair celebrated it's 20th year February 25th. Approximately eighty of our 6th, 7th and 8th graders, working individually or in pairs, submitted over fifty projects this year. Fair criteria required students to gather data supporting or disproving a hypothesis, or provide a solution to a technological problem. Projects submitted ranged from testing the effectiveness of household products, to pyrotechnics, to building a tablet computer. Learn more and see who won...

Choptstick China

students using chopsticksThird graders learned how to use chopsticks during a distance learning workshop with the Discovery Center in Missouri.. A museum educator showed them how to hold and work the chopsticks, and shared proper Chinese etiquette for their use at the table. He also taught the students about important Chinese Holidays, like New Year, a week long holiday that began in February this year, or Ghost Day, on which it is believed ghosts and spirits come out from the lower realm. Students also learned how the Chinese calendar is based on the cycles of the moon, with months named after symbols from the Chinese Zodiac, such as the Dragon and Goat.

Veterans’ Tax Exemption

The Board of Education has been considering the adoption of a property tax exemption that would benefit certain military veterans living in the Chatham Central School District. The Board held a public hearing on the Alternative Veterans’ Tax Exemption January 13. The Board will be voting on a resolution concerning the exemption Feb. 24, 2015. While the Board considers the issue, it encourages all District residents to make your opinions known to the Board. Learn more about exemption...

Panthers' Scholar Athlete Teams

girls basketball team photoFour CHS athletic teams were named Scholar Athlete Teams by the NYSPHSAA, an honor bestowed upon teams that carry a combined GPA of 90 or better. The girls and boys varsity basketball, girls indoor track, and boys varsity volleyball teams all received this recognition for the 2014-15 winter season. Each team receives a certificate for the school as well as for each member who contributed to the team average. Learn more...

Boys & Girls Indoor Track 2015 Independent League Champions

indoor track team photoCongratulations to the both the boys and girls indoor track teams for winning the Independent League Small School Championships held February 14 at the University at Albany. The girls took home the win with 145 points overall while the boys won with a total of 119 points. Combined, Chatham's girls and boys had 1st place finishes in fifteen events.
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Fourth Graders Take S.T.E.M. Learning to Heart

Students building stem catapultsStudents in Mrs. Lineberry, Mrs. Willimott and Ms. Feller's 4th grade class participated in a S.T.E.M. project February 13. STEM education couples rigorous interdisciplinary academic concepts with real-world lessons applying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Students worked in groups of 3-4 through research, planning, trial and error, and final design of a catapult simple machine that could toss a heart candy. While researching using laptops and iPads, students learned about what would make their catapult throw their heart the furthest. The project ended in a friendly competition, with students cheering on their classmates.

CMS Second Quarter Honor Roll

Congratulations to the Chatham Middle School students who earned high honors or honors for the second quarter of the 2014-15 school year. See who made the grade...

Corey Talks with StudentsCorey Jones Talks Basketball, Character at CMS

College basketball star turned motivational speaker Corey Jones led an inspirational school assembly at CMS February 13. Corey used his experiences with basketball to reach students about issues like bullying, being a positive role model, teamwork, and not letting adversity stand in their way of success. For more than an hour, he performed basketball tricks, sunk half-court shots, and challenged the students with games that required patience, persistence, and cooperation to win. Learn more...

Wolf Visits CHS Biology Classes

wolf and studentsThe Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) of South Salem, NY paid a visit to CHS on February 12. WCC educator Alex Spitzer spoke to the audience of biology, AP Bio, and Ecology Club students about wolves, wolf ecology, and the important role wolves play in the larger ecosystem. Accompanying Spitzer was Atka, a genuine Arctic gray wolf who students got to see up-close and personal. This event was made possible through a grant from the Chatham Education Foundation. Learn more...

TV Weatherman Bob Kovachick Talks Weather with Third Grade

Bob Kovachick at MEDWNYT Chief Meteorologist Bob Kovachick visited MED February 11 to talk with the third grade about the different kinds of weather that affect our area and how meteorologists predict it. The third grade teaching staff invited Mr. Kovachick to visit because their students have been studying weather in class. Prior to his comming ot MED, the classes prepared many questions for their special guest, who graciously answered them all. He also shared what goes on behind the scenes when putting on a TV weather forecast.

Students Check Out the Sun with MHAA Astronomers

student looking through telescopeFebruary 10th had great weather for a little daytime astronomy.  Mrs. Hasbrook’s class joined amateur astronomers Willy Yee and Joe Macagne from the Mid-Hudson Astronomical Association outside MED to view the sun through special telescopes. They saw sun spots, filaments and prominences. The class also discussed the Moon, got to handle some real meteorites, and took home special sun glasses for at-home solar viewing.
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Kody Skype Headed to St. Rose

Kody signing letter of intentChatham High School senior Kody Skype signed his National Letter of Intent to play baseball for the College of St. Rose. Flanked by his parents, sister, and coach Steltz, Kody made his commitment to St. Rose official at a letter signing ceremony held in the Chatham High School lobby February 6th. A catcher and first baseman for the Panthers, Kody has balanced being a standout athlete with being a standout student. Along with his family, the event was attended by friends, teammates, CHS faculty, and local media. Learn more...

Queen of Hearts Dance Royal Courts

CMS held our annual Queen of Hearts Dance the evening of February 6th. Sam Fairall and Emma Gregg were crowned the Eighth Grade King and Queen, while Jonathan Madsen and Bella Waldorf were crowned the Seventh Grade King and Queen. See 7th & 8th Grade Courts...

Marks Resigns from Board of Ed.

The Chatham Board of Education accepted the resignation of Board member James Marks at its January 28 meeting. Marks stated his decision to resign was the result of his no longer being available to attend Board meetings due to a change in his work schedule. The remainder of his term, which expires June 30, 2015, will be filled by an appointment.

fourth graders skiingWinter Means Snowy Adventures in P.E.

While some folks may think the weather outside is frightful, for MED physical education classes, it’s been delightful. On the warmer days, all that fluffy snow has made conditions perfect for snowshoeing and skiing around the school grounds. Shown here are fourth graders learning to cross country ski during class on February 12th.

John Stiles as Mark TwainFourth Grade Biographies

A biography assignment brought Mark Twain and other famous individuals to life in Mrs. Maddalla’s fourth grade English language arts class. Students could pick one of their favorite people to read about and then were tasked with preparing a biography presentation about that person for the class. Fourth grader John Miles really got into his and came to class January 22 dressed for the part; complete with wig, mustache and bow tie.

Letter from Principal Potter Concerning Student Bringing Knife to School Dance

2/10/15 - Dear Chatham families,

The evening of February 6th, I dealt with an incident in which a student brought a pocket knife to our school’s Queen of Hearts Dance. There was no disturbance or threat of violence, however a student was in possession of a knife. The situation was resolved without incident and handled in accordance with our school’s Code of Conduct.

I wanted everyone to be aware of the situation and to understand that under no circumstances are students allowed to bring weapons to school or to our events. I am asking parents to help us deliver this message to our students so that together we can ensure our school remains a safe and productive learning environment.

I appreciate your assistance with this matter and, as always, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact either myself or Dean of Students Cynthia Herron.

Amy Potter, Principal
Chatham Middle School

Letter to Editor from Supt. Nuciforo Concerning Gov. Cuomo's Educational Reform Proposal

1/28/2015 - I have spent a good part of the past several days pondering Governor Cuomo's State of the State and budget proposal. While I share his goal of high quality education for the children of New York, I am dismayed and outraged by some of his more inflammatory remarks. He criticized
teachers in a proposed educational reform package that relies on bribing and punishing them to
improve student achievement. This is frankly insulting to the dedicated professionals who are
doing their best for our children.

I do not know the teachers that Governor Cuomo was talking about, but they are certainly not the
teachers in Chatham. Read full letter..

Distance Learning Connects Students with West Coast Immigration History

Ranger Casey talks with students using distance learning equipmentThe fifth grade took a virtual field trip to Angel Island in California on January 23 using their school's distance learning equipment. Located 2,500 miles away in San Francisco Bay, Angel Island served as a major immigration station from 1910 to 1940 and is now a state park and museum. “We are kind of the Ellis Island of the West Coast,” explained park ranger Casey Dexter-Lee, who greeted the students from inside a dormitory were immigrants lived while being processed through the station. Learn more...

CCSD Adds Option of Three Hour Delay

Chatham Central Schools has added a three hour delay to our options for emergency closings/delays. Having the option to call either a two or three hour delay gives our school greater flexibility when it comes to keeping students safe and minimizing disruptions to their learning during our often cold and snowy winter months. Learn more...

Birds of Prey and Reptiles Visit MED

Robinson shows off turkey vultureStudents in Ms. Hasbrook’s, Mr. Botsford’s and Mrs. Maraglio’s classes got up close and personal with some fascinating animals January 16th. The students have been studying reptiles and birds of prey in science, so Ms. Hasbrook invited Bill Robinson of Wildlife Lectures to visit and share his vast knowledge of these creatures. He brought along a red tailed hawk, turkey vulture, great horned owl, falcon, king snake, even an alligator, and shared each animal's adaptations for survival and role in the ecosystem.

Alumni Share Realities of College and Workplace

Alumni panel talking at CHS A panel of CCSD alumni visited CHS January 16 to discuss their real-world college and career experiences with the senior class. Members of the panel included students currently attending college, an engineer working in the field of submarines, and a local entrepreneur. The event was coordinated by the school guidance department in conjunction with the English 12 Career & College Readiness class, which all seniors at CHS take. Special thanks to Chatham alumni Lucie Castaldo, Aimee Palleschi, Sarah Patzwahl, Alejandro del Peral, Annabelle Hinkle, Caleb Gregg, and Caitlin Gilligan for participating.  

Model Congress Club Returns Award to CHS

Model Congress team at AICThe CHS Model Congress Club had tremendous success at the 75th Model Congress event at American International College in Springfield, MA January 8-10. The event is a three-day academic competition simulating the US Legislative Branch and attracts teams from schools throughout New England and NY. Chatham students presented three bills, passed two, and took home the team spirit award for the second year in a row! Learn more...

District Launches "Parent Portal"

Parents of CCSD students can now track their child's progress at school online using our new Parent Portal, an Internet based program accessible through our District's website. The Parent Portal allows our parents to electronically access certain educational records about their student, including schedules, grades, attendance, and discipline. In order to access the portal, parents will need to sign up for an individualized account through their child's school using the form provided below. For more information, please read the following letter and FAQ sent home to parents September 10th.

Letter to Parents Introducing Parent Portal
Parent Portal Access Form

Students Tapped for All County Jazz Ensemble Concert Feb. 6

CHS All County Jazz studentsCongratulations to CHS music students Jack McKeon, Gabriel Horn, Joshua Gianfrancesco, Kaitlyn Menegio-Stahl, Dylan Devito, and Gianni Polhemus, who have all been selected to perform in the All County Jazz Ensemble. Students selected for All County are among the top high school jazz musicians in the county and are chosen based on recommendations from their instrumental teachers. They will be performing at New Lebanon Junior-Senior High School on February 6th at 7:30 p.m.

Ceramic Artist Shares Work with NAHS

Mary Anne Davis speaks to NAHS students at CHSMary Anne Davis visited the CHS National Art Honor Society meeting January 20 to talk about her work and making a living from art. Davis is a nationally recognized ceramic artist and the founder of davistudio in Spencertown. She is also a Ph. D candidate at the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts, her research has focused on the role of artists in the community and the economic potential of ceramics. Learn more...

Chatham CSD Now on Twitter

twitter logoFor the convenience of our social media users, Chatham Central School District is now on Twitter. You can follow our tweets about school news and updates by visiting Superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo is also now on Twitter, you can follow her feed at
A link to both Twitter feeds can also be found here on our website, just look for the blue birdie. 

Passing of James Costigan, Former Superintendent

James CostiganThe Chatham Chatham Central School District community is saddened by the loss of James Costigan, who passed away January 13, 2015 at the age of 87. Mr. Costigan came to Chatham in 1958 to work as the Elementary Principal. Over the course of his 25 year career here, he was appointed as Assistant Supervising Principal along with Mary E. Dardess and went on to become the Superintendent of Schools until his retirement in 1983. The contributions he made to our school and community continue to be felt today. Mr. Costigan was inducted into the Chatham High School Athletic Hall of Fame for his instrumental work in developing our sports programs and athletic facilities. He encouraged the formation of the Athletic Booster Club and PTA to help parents have a voice in school activities, and continued throughout his life to be an avid sports supporter. He was also an advocate for improving school policy and practices, and served on the NYS Council of School District Administrators, Legislative Committee. In addition to his school duties, Mr. Costigan served on many committees to support and improve our community. Both his wife, Karen, and daughter, Kim, were teachers at Chatham for many years. 

Letter from Principal Potter Concerning Fire Alarm at CMS

January 8, 2015 - Dear Middle School Families:

Today at approximately 11:00 a.m. the fire alarm went off at CMS. We evacuated the building and because of the cold weather students were put on buses and moved to the high school auditorium while the fire department investigated the cause for the alarm.

The Fire Department quickly determined it to be an alarm malfunction and gave the “all clear” for students to return the building. Students were bused back to the middle school and returned to classes by approximately 11:45 a.m.

I am extremely proud of our students and staff. Their behavior throughout the entire incident allowed for a safe and orderly evacuation and return to the school with the least amount of disruption possible.


Amy A. Potter, Principal

Follow Up Letter to Parents Concerning Student Bringing Knife to School

Dear Parents and Guardians,

1/8/15- Before the holiday break we informed you of an incident that involved a student bringing a knife to school. We have fully looked into the matter with the assistance of our School Resource Deputy, Todd Hyson, and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. The situation is now being handled in accordance with our school’s code of conduct. We have treated the matter very seriously and have undertaken a close review of our procedures to ensure our school remains a safe and healthy learning environment for everyone. 

Again, please help us remind our students that weapons are not allowed in school at any time. Also, please use this as an opportunity to help your children understand that telling an adult about a dangerous situation is not tattling. Please reinforce that if they see or hear something that makes them feel unsafe, the right thing to do is to immediately tell an adult.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have, however, please understand I cannot discuss the discipline of any particular student.


Kristen Reno
MED Principal

Letter To Parents Concerning Student Bringing Knife to School

Dear MED Families,

12/23/14 - Today one of our kindergarten students brought a knife to school from home.  During dismissal, the student took the knife from their backpack, showed it to a number of students, and poked at two of them. No students were hurt, and school staff intervened immediately. We are still investigating, and we are treating this situation very seriously. 

The safety of our students is our priority at MED. Please take this opportunity to remind your children that weapons are not allowed in school, and that if they see anything at school that makes them feel unsafe they should tell an adult immediately.   
Kristen Reno
MED Principal

Chatham Senior Performs in Melodies of Christmas

Meghan MercierChatham High School’s Meghan Mercier performed in Melodies of Christmas with the Empire State Youth Orchestra December 18-21 at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady. The show benefited the Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Albany Medical Center. The concert also aired on CBS6 December 24 and December 25. The Empire State Youth Orchestra is comprised of the best instrumentalists in the Capital District and qualifying for it is a very prestigious accomplishment.
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Architect Cues Third Graders in on Venetian Design

Stuart Narofky talks with studentsArchitect and MED parent Stuart Narofsky visited Mrs. Mulica’s third grade class to talk about the art and science behind Venetian building design. The third grade has been studying Venice, Italy over the past few weeks, and Mr. Narofsky shared quite a bit about why the city came to look the way it does. He discussed how the city’ architects looked to Gothic, Moorish, and Byzantine styles for inspiration, and explained why Venetian buildings have so many arches. Learn more....

students sing to residents at Payne homeThird Grade Makes Holiday Visit to Senior Home

Students from Mrs. Rossi’s, Mrs. Fleck’s, Mrs. Myers’, Mrs. Lynch’s, and Mrs. Mulica’s third grade classes walked from MED to the Payn Home to some holiday caroling. The Payn Home is a retirement residence in the Village of Chatham. The December 22 trip was a good time for all as everyone sang familiar tunes together. The children also created cards, drawings, and paintings to give to the seniors. 

boys soccer teamSoccer Team Earns Sportsmanship Award

At the annual Section II boys soccer banquet held in Saratoga this December, Chatham's varsity boys soccer team was awarded the sectional Sportsmanship Award for Class B.

Congratulations boys!

NJHS Hosts Holiday Luncheon for Seniors

student talks with guestsChatham Middle School's National Junior Honor Society members hosted a holiday luncheon for area senior citizens on Friday, December 19th. The students greeted the seniors as they arrived at CMS and escorted them to the auditorium, where together they took in a lively holiday concert featuring the school's orchestra, band, and chorus. After the concert, the seniors headed to the gymnasium, where their young hosts served them up a turkey feast and some holiday cheer. Learn more...

Margot Marie SchasslerGift is Giving for "Inspired" CMS Student

The old adage “It is better to give then to receive” rings true for eighth grader MargotMarie Schassler, who decided that, instead of receiving gifts for her birthday this year, she wanted to give to others. Her family organized a surprise party for her that doubled as a fundraiser. In lieu of gifts, her friends brought donations for a charitable cause and together they decided to use the money to support a MED student undergoing a medical challenge, and conduct Random Acts of Kindness in Chatham. “I have always been inspired by my school and the things that we do here that focus on service and giving,” MargotMarie explained. Learn more....

students talk to Mr. Trionfero during assemblyResponsibility Key Theme of Assembly

Joe Trionfero from Show of Love Assemblies led fast-paced, high-energy character education assembly on December 22. Students competed against teachers in a game show style listening challenge to name songs, television shows, and movies from seconds-long sound clips. Students with the correct answers were asked to come forward and give their own examples of how to be responsible and do the right thing by others. Learn more..

student codingHour of Code

This December, students in Chatham Central Schools participated in the Hour of Code - an international effort designed to increase awareness of computer programming. Fourth and fifth grade students at MED, technology students at CMS, and computer science students at CHS all logged on to to learn about the ever increasing importance of code in our daily lives and try a little computer programming themselves. Learn more...

CHS Fields Scholar Athlete Teams

Seven of our fall athletic teams were named Scholar Athlete Teams by the NYSPHSAA, an honor only bestowed upon teams that have a combined grade point average of 90 or better. Chatham’s boys varsity soccer, girls varsity soccer, boys cross country, girls cross country, girls volleyball, golf, and tennis teams all recently received this recognition for the fall, 2014 season. Each team will receive a certificate for the school as well as for each student-athlete who contributed to their team's overall GPA. Learn more...

Community Service Club's 'Have a Bite' Fundraiser a Huge Success

Community service clubThe CHS Community Service Club raised approximately $1,500 with their ‘Have A Bite, Help A Family’ fundraiser held November 30th. The club organized a mouth-watering array of appetizers, desserts, and main courses from twenty of our area’s finest restaurants and caterers for the community to sample. The proceeds they raised will go to help local families this holiday season! Read Register Star feature article...

Sam EngleEngel Earns DAR's Good Citizen Award

Samuel Engel was chosen as Chatham High School’s Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen for this year. This award recognizes Sam as a student who embodies the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. The student body selected Sam from a number of qualified students nominated by the faculty. On Dec. 7th, Sam joined 5 other seniors representing the public schools in our county to be honored at the Hendrick Hudson Chapter of the DAR in Hudson. For this event, Sam was asked to write an essay about good citizenship and make a brief presentation about his accomplishments. Out of the six, the DAR selected Sam to go on to their national Good Citizen competition. Read more...

Board Votes to Postpone Consolidation and Develop New Plan

At its December 2nd, 2014 meeting, the Board of Education voted unanimously to approve a resolution to develop a new consolidation proposal, based on the District’s long-term plan, during the 2015-16 school year. This resolution officially cancels the Board’s June 25, 2013 decision to consolidate Chatham Central School District into two school buildings and repurpose Chatham Middle School by September, 2015. The Board elected not to set a deadline for development of the new consolidation plan. The District plans to engage the community in developing its long term plan in spring, 2015.

Architect Cues Third Graders in on Venetian Design

Stuart Narofky talks with studentsArchitect and MED parent Stuart Narofsky visited Mrs. Mulica’s third grade class to talk about the art and science behind Venetian building design. The third grade has been studying Venice, Italy over the past few weeks, and Mr. Narofsky shared quite a bit about why the city came to look the way it does. He discussed how the city’ architects looked to Gothic, Moorish, and Byzantine styles for inspiration, and explained why Venetian buildings have so many arches.
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First Quarter Honor Roll

Congratulations to our students who earned Honors or High Honors for the first quarter of the 2014-15 school year. View CHS First Quarter Honor Roll...

Students of the Quarter

CHS has released the names of the Students of the Quarter for the first quarter of the 2014-15 school year. These students were selected by CHS faculty based on their fine work and contribution to the class. See who made the list...

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 1st quarter...

Safety Alert Update

12/12/14 - Last week we informed parents that a student was approached by a stranger in the center of Spencertown. The matter remains an open investigation. Police have not identified the vehicle or the driver involved, however, the report of a similar vehicle being spotted in the area of Stever Hill Road has been determined not to be related to this incident.
Our School Resource Deputy Todd Hyson has been working closely with us on this matter to help ensure the safety of our students. As police continue to investigate this matter, we encourage our students and their families to remain alert to their safety and surroundings. We will inform you if there are any more reports involving a student being directly approached by a stranger. If you observe suspicious activity, please contact police.

Student Approached by Stranger in Spencertown

12/4/14 - It was reported to us that a student walking on Route 203 near the center of Spencertown was approached yesterday afternoon by a man in a gray car, who asked if the student needed a ride. The man was a stranger, so the child did not speak to him and instead went inside an area business. Police are now investigating the incident. It has also been reported that a vehicle matching this description was seen in the area of Stever Hill Road earlier this week. While we cannot be sure what this man’s intentions were, we want to assure you we are working closely with our staff, school resource deputy, and the Sheriff’s Office to make sure our students remain safe. Learn more...

Schools Conduct Lock-Down Drills

Chatham CSD conducted a lock-down drill in each of our school buildings December 3rd. They were done in coordination with local law enforcement and Questar III health & safety personnel. These unannounced safety drills reinforce our emergency lockdown procedures with all students and staff, and allow us to evaluate our schools’ preparedness to respond to emergency police before drillsituations. Drills like these also help us identify ways our lockdown procedures can be strengthened. They went smoothly in all buildings and we are pleased with the results. We would like to thank all our students and staff for their attentiveness to these important activities. Special thanks to the Village of Chatham Police, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, and the NY State Police for participating in this drill.

Eggs Fly at S.T.E.M. Club

students dropping eggThe CMS S.T.E.M. Club's first project was planning, devising and constructing egg crash containers. Their eggs would need to survive a long fall onto hard ground, so the students collected cotton balls, egg cartons, bubble wrap, balloons, and other types of materials to use. On December 2nd, they put the final touches on their containers and took them up to the third floor science lab to let them drop. There were only three casualties.
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face paintingService Club Puts On Holiday Party for Kids Club

Thirty members of Chatham Middle School’s Service Club stayed after school December 2nd to put on a holiday party for the children at Chatham Kids Club. They organized series of game, races, and crafts for the younger children to enjoy. The event took place at MED, where the Kids Club program is held. The Service Club consists of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders who want to benefit our community. They take on a different service project each month.

CEF Awards Over $15,000 in Grants for 2014-15 Programs

At its annual grant-making meeting, Board members of the Chatham Education Foundation (CEF) awarded 14 applicants a total of $15,070 for a wide variety of projects to be carried out in the Chatham School District during the 2014-15 school year. On December 1st, several board members met in the high school library with recipients of the grants to congratulate them. Program topics include the Fall Festival of Shakespeare, hands-on building of an Iroquois Longhouse, character education, the Civil War, the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the Second World War, the works of Henry James & Edith Wharton, wolf biology, art enrichment, and more. Learn more...

Community Service Club's 'Have a Bite' Fundraiser a Huge Success

Community service clubThe CHS Community Service Club raised approximately $1,500 with their ‘Have A Bite, Help A Family’ fundraiser held November 30th. The club organized a mouth-watering array of appetizers, desserts, and main courses from twenty of our area’s finest restaurants and caterers for the community to sample. The proceeds they raised will go to help local families this holiday season! Read Register Star feature article...

CCSD Mourns Loss of Therese VanAlstyne Brown

Ms. Brown 12/1/14 - It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of MED teacher aide Therese VanAlstyne Brown, who passed away unexpectedly November 26 after a short illness. She will be greatly missed in the MED community and beyond. Ms. Brown worked in the MED library, on the playground, and in special education classrooms over the past two years. She was also a parent of one of our students at MED and two students at Chatham High School. As the kind, caring person she was, Ms. Brown worked directly with a large number of our students. Today, our school counselors visited each MED classroom to tell students about her loss and answer questions the children might have. Our counselors are available to provide support to any student who may be experiencing grief. Read letter to parents...

The Little Mermaid Jr. at CMS

Cast of Little MermaidThe CMS Drama Club proudly presents The Little Mermaid Jr. This musical is based on Disney’s classic movie with all the characters you know and love. With favorite songs like “Under the Sea” or added numbers like “She’s in Love,” this show is sure to delight. Performances are Friday and Saturday, November 21st and 22nd at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, November 23rd at 2:00 p.m. in the CMS auditorium. Admission is $5 for everyone. Learn more...

Mrs. Rossi's and Mrs. Fleck's Classes Connect with Kentucky E-mail Pals

MED-Kentucky skyping sessionThird grade co-teachers, Mrs. Rossi and Mrs. Fleck, took it upon themselves to travel to Burna, Kentucky to visit their e-mail pals. Their classes have been e-mailing a third grade class at North Livingston Elementary School since the beginning of the school year. While visiting, the two used our school's distance learning equipment to connect their classes here at MED with the students in Kentucky. The session including introductions of the students, teachers, and even the principals. Learn more..

Board Adopts 2014-15 Goals

On November 18th, the Board of Education adopted the District's goals for the current school year. View 2014-15 CCSD goals here...

Mock Interviews Prepare Future Job Seekers

Brett Mann interviews Conner Case 8th graders honed their job hunting skills November 6th by participating in mock interviews with Brett Mann, Branch Officer from Berkshire Bank, who volunteered his time to visit the school and give some interview and resume hints. Mr. Mann acted as an 'employer' interviewing potential hires, and 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. This was part of the CMS Career Cruising program, a collaboration between the Family & Consumer Sciences and Guidance depts.

Fall Sports Awards

Our Fall Sports Awards Night was held the evening of November 17th the CHS auditorium. The event recognized the accomplishments of Chatham High School's athletes and was sponsored by the Athletic Booster Club. Prior to the event, the Booster Club hosted a dinner for the athlete's in the cafeteria. See list of awardees...

2014 Patroon Conference/Section 2 Soccer All Stars

Chatham’s soccer teams fielded five Patroon Conference All Stars and five Section 2 All Stars in 2014. Congratulation to go out to the following players:

Patroon Conference
Erin Persons - First Team
Shannon VanTassel - First Team
Emma McEachern - Second Team
Section 2
Erin Persons - First Team
Shannon VanTassel - First Team
Emma McEachern - Second Team
Samantha Wheeler - Second Team
Megan Sweet - Second Team

Patroon Conference
Casey Wheeler - Second Team
Casey Jones - Second Team

Chatham Cross Country Earns Nods for All Stars, Coach of the Year

Chatham's Cross Country teams produced several Patroon Conference All Stars as well as the conference's Coach of the Year. Congratulations to the following:

Paul Vachiraprapun - Coach of the Year
Erin Clark - First Team
Hallie Allen - First Team
Althea Brennan - First Team
Liliana Simon - Second Team
Emma Gregg - Second Team

Ian Allen- Second Team

Chatham Football Players Named Class C All Stars

Eight Chatham players were named 2014's Class C South Division Football All Stars. Congratulations to the following:

First Team
Mercury Mason – Specialist
Carl Aladin – Running Back
Jacob Davis – Tackle
Ryan Fair – Line Backer
Noah Summers – Defensive Back

Second Team
Sal Roblez – Line Backer
Kevin Frederick – Wide Receiver
Tucker Skype - Tackle

Boucher Named 2014 Volleyball All Star

Congratulations to Chatham varsity girls volleyball player Emma Boucher for her being named a 2014 first team Patroon Conference All Star.

Neven, Rippel Named 2014 Tennis All Stars

Girls varsity tennis players Gaby Neven and Carly Rippel were both named 2014 first team All Stars for the Patroon Conference.

Music Students Perform at Area All-State

CHS All state participantsCongratulations to five CHS students who performed at Area All-State on November 22 T Roy C. Ketchum High School. Megan Avenia (mixed chorus), Meghan Mercier (orchestra), Cassie Pearson (women’s chorus), Taylor Hanson (women’s chorus), and Sadie Kratt (women’s chorus) were selected for this honor after scoring high marks at the NYSSMA Solo & Small Ensemble Festival this spring. Area All-State showcases accomplished music students from Columbia, Dutchess, and Putnam counties.

First Quarter Honor Roll

Congratulations to all Chatham Middle School students who earned high honors or honors for the first quarter of the 2014-15 school year. See who made the grade...

CHS Performs Hamlet at Fall Festival of Shakespeare

HamletShakespeare’s words were brought to life at Chatham High School! Students performed The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark on November 14 and 15 in the High School Auditorium. This high quality production was part of the Fall Festival of Shakespeare sponsored by Shakespeare & Company, and CHS also performed Hamlet at Shakespeare & Company's Tina Packer Playhouse in Lenox, MA on Nov. 20.

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Ladd and ThorsenCMS Teachers Freezin' for a Reason

Chatham Middle School's very own Mrs. Ladd and Mrs. Thorsen recently undetook a new Charitable adventure - taking the Polar Plunge to show their support for the Special Olympics. Their reason for freezin' was to raise funds for the athletes of Special Olympics New York. On November 15, 2014 the duo took a chilly dip in not-so-tropical Lake George, New York. They say the cold was temporary, but the positive impact they will have on the lives of thousands of citizens with intellectual disabilities will last a lifetime.

Teachers, Distance Learning Equipment Connect Third Graders with Kentucky E-mail Pals

MED-Kentucky skyping sessionThird grade co-teachers, Mrs. Rossi and Mrs. Fleck, took it upon themselves to travel to Burna, Kentucky to visit their e-mail pals. Their classes have been e-mailing a third grade class at North Livingston Elementary School since the beginning of the school year. While visiting, the two used our school's distance learning equipment to connect their classes here at MED with the students in Kentucky. The session including introductions of the students, teachers, and even the principals. Learn more...

CMS Honors Veterans

Color Guard and ChorusLocal veterans and their families were the honored guests at Chatham Middle School’s Veterans Day Celebration, held the morning of November 6th in the school’s auditorium. Each year, the school invites area veterans and their families to attend this ceremony put on by students and staff in honor of all veterans of the Armed Forces. Veterans representing our local V.F.W. and American Legion posts, along with keynote speaker Sergeant 1st Class Christopher Kelly, helped make this event a meaningful success. Learn more...

WNYT Interview with Chatham Grad Josh Keyes

WYNT sports went out to Boston College this November to do an interview with Chatham alum Josh Keyes, who is in his senior year playing football for Boston College. You can watch that interview by following the link below.

Girls Cross Country Qualifies Two for State Meet

state cross country qualifiers, calss cChatham sent junior Erin Clark and freshman Hallie Allen to the New York Cross Country State Championships, held at SUNY Canton on Saturday, November 8 after they placed 2nd (18:39.08) and 3rd (18:43.82), respectively, in the Class C sectional race held October 31st. The varsity girls cross country team placed second overall in Section II, Class C and the boys team placed 5th. Shown here, Clark (front row, center) and Allen (front row, right) pose with the other state qualifiers from Section II. Read Register Star article...

students present check to PardeCMS Service Club Raises Cash for Community Cancer Fund

The Chatham Middle School Service Club donated $180 to the Columbia County Community Cancer Fund. On November 6th, the club presented a check to Claire Parde, Executive Director for the Columbia County Community Healthcare Consortium, Inc., the not-for profit organization which oversees the fund. Parde visited the club to explain how the money they raised will go to people in Columbia County who need financial help while battling cancer. Learn more...

seeing eye dog kellyCharacter Day Focuses on Helping Others, Health, & Careers

Before the holiday break, Chatham Middle School held a school-wide character event day on November 24th, which was a half-day. The school was chock full of positive relationship building programs, college and career presentations from members of the community, demonstrations about good health, and a little holiday giving too.
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Buletin boardAre you a Sweetheart or Hero?

A new bulletin board celebrates CMS students who stand up for others. It's our school's continuation of the Sweethearts & Heroes anti-bullying theme. Students can be nominated for this honor by students or staff and will be given the title of either hero or sweetheart on the board for the week. Photos are swapped out for each new winner, but names stay up to show how many students demonstrate the idea of stepping up for others. Learn more..

Outing Club

student walking on logThe CMS Outing Club has been meeting every two weeks after school to explore the great outdoors. They do things like biking, hiking, sledding, fishing, and eating snacks. Their many adventures bring them to places like the Beebe Hill and Harvey Mountain state forests; the Borden’s Pond, Oom’s, and Siegel-Kline Kill conservation areas; and the Powell Wildlife Sanctuary. The club is open to students in grades 6-8 and is advised by 8th grade science teacher Mr. Kahn. See more photos...

Students Dig In To Pumpkin Science

Students delve into pumpkinsIt was pumpkin guts galore at the fourth grade's Pumpkin Science Investigation on October 31st. In the cafeteria, they weighed their pumpkins, measured the circumference of each, and tested the pumpkins' density by floating them in water. Then, with help from their teachers, the pumpkins were halved and students dug into to take note of what they saw, felt and smelled in the squishy guts. They counted and measured the seeds and later compared their data to see what similarities and differences existed between all the pumpkins they dissected.

Día de Los Muertos

bobbing for applescutting paperOn October 30, students learning English as a Second Language with Mrs. Saso stayed after school to celebrate Día de Los Muertos, a significant holiday in Latin America. The students made papel picado (cut paper), pan de muertos (bread of the dead), bobbed for apples, and decorated pumpkins. It was a fun event to celebrate an important holiday honoring loved ones who have passed away. The holiday is traditionally celebrated on November 1 and 2, and is derived from the combination of an Aztec celebration and celebrations of All Saints Day and All Souls’ Day.

Students Hear Alternate History of Pop Music at Postmodern Jukebox

Students at concertMusic students went to see Scott Bradlee & Postmodern Jukebox at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Saturday, October 25. Postmodern Jukebox is a band that takes popular songs from today and yesterday and changes the style they are set in. For example, they arranged rapper Iggy Azeala’s 2014 hit “Fancy” into a 1920’s ragtime feel. The trip was open to all CHS music students and twenty-one students from band, jazz, chorus, and orchestra attended. Learn more...


(October 27, 2014) The Department of Health has informed Chatham CSD that we do not have a confirmed case of Enterovirus D68 and asked us to provide the following clarification. Earlier, it was reported to us that one of our students had tested positive for EV-D68, however, the Department of Health informed us today that the child was diagnosed with having an enterovirus but was not tested specifically for EV-D68. Therefore, the diagnosis did not confirm nor rule out EV-D68.

Enteroviruses in general are very common. Our schools will continue to follow the same precautions we have in effect, such as disinfecting commonly touched surfaces and stressing the importance of hand washing, in order to help prevent the spread of illnesses. If your child develops symptoms, please contact your family physician.

If you have further questions, please contact you school nurse.

Precautionary EV-D68 Information for Parents/Guardians

The New York State Department of Health is advising parents and health care providers to be aware of the signs and symptoms of enterovirus EV-D68, a serious respiratory illness which has been confirmed in children in New York State. The Health Department has recommended that schools advise parents about the signs of enterovirus EV-D68 as a precaution. Learn more...

Mrs. RiddickMED Teacher Named WTEN's Teacher of the Week

Congratulations to first grade teacher Erika Riddick, who was just named News 10 ABC’s Teacher of the Week! Mrs. Riddick received the most nominations of any teacher in the Capital Region the week of October 21 and was recognized on the News 10 (WTEN) 5:30 evening news on October 28. Mrs. Riddick has been teaching at the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School since 2006.

View WTEN Teacher of the Week webpage...

BrantleyPro Baseball Player Shares Life Lesson with CHS PE Classes

Justin Brantley, a former Patroon Conference baseball player from Hudson who now plays minor league baseball for the Cleveland Indians organization, took time off from training to talk to students on October 21 about the importance of working hard and staying committed to your goals, and about how doing just enough to get by isn't always enough.

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CMS Staff Costume Contest Winners

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1st place – Mrs. Metrando (Dr. Nefario from Despicable Me)

2nd place – Mrs. Nichol (Gorton’s Fisherman)

3rd place – Mrs. Lanphear (Witch)

SADD Hosts Teen Driver Safety Week at CHS

The week of October 20-24th, the Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.) club organized a Teen Driver Safety week. On Monday and Friday, two random seat belt checks for senior drivers were conducted. In lunch periods on Tuesday, a driver's goggle activity was organized which allowed students to understand how difficult and unsafe it is to drink and drive. On Wednesday, the school participated in National Unity Day against bullying by wearing orange. And on Thursday, students took a quiz on teen driver safety education, during lunch periods. Along with that, there were daily morning announcement organized to inform the students about the facts regarding teen drivers safety. This week was designed to inform high school students about the necessity of being safe drivers, for the welfare of themselves and others. (Write-up by S.A.D.D. member Geetika Verma)

students mis it up at lunchMix It Up at Lunch

CMS hosted a school-wide mix-it-up event on October 28th. During lunch, all students were assigned seating that placed them with other students they usually don't sit with. The activity was designed to challenge social boundaries and foster communication between different student groups. To break the ice. student leaders led fun activities at each table, and afterward encouraged every student to take an anti-bullying pledge by signing a banner.

Environmental Science Students & Ecology Club Connect with Hudson River Estuary

Students fish with nets As part of the DEC's “Day in the Life of the Hudson River" October 16th, Chatham High School’s Environmental Science class and the Ecology Club became “scientists for a day,” collecting and analyzing real field data during hands-on exploration of the Hudson River Estuary. CHS students focused on river conditions at Henry Hudson Riverfront Park in Hudson, where they caught fish in seine nets, tracked tides and currents, and examined water chemistry and quality. Learn more...

Fall Harvest Fest

Fall harvest festFall harvest festStudents in the CMS mentoring program and their mentors hosted a Fall Harvest Festival for preschool children on October 29. The students paired up with a preschool buddy for a morning of fun, games, face painting, arts and crafts, and more in the CMS gym. This annual event gives students the opportunity to be a leader and role model to the younger children and connect with their community in a meaningful, fun way. The CMS Mentor Program pairs students with adult mentors from the community who volunteer their time. This program is organized by the guidance office and is supported by a grant from the Chatham Education Foundation.

Sweethearts & Heroes Take On Bullying

sweethearts and heroes assembly at CMSStudents at CHS and CMS experienced a fun, intense, and thought provoking anti-bullying message when the Sweethearts and Heroes program visited both schools on October 23. The presenter was Tom Murphy, a Mixed Martial Arts fighter with the UFC. His presentation challenged students to stop being bystanders who watch bullying take place but do nothing, and empowered them to become ‘sweethearts’ and ‘heroes’ with tnonviolent tools make it stop. Learn more...

"Pink Panthers" Complete Undefeated Season

girls modified soccer teamThe Chatham Girls Modified Soccer Team went undefeated in 2014. Boasting an overall record of 13-0-1, with 13 victories in the Patroon Conference and an out-of-league tie at Canajoharie; the Lady Panthers showed amazing stamina, skill, sportsmanship, and teamwork. They also took it upon themselves to wear pink tie-dyed socks and pink eye block throughout October, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which earned them the nickname “Pink Panthers.” Learn more...

students and staff in orangeStudents Unite Against Bullying

Wednesday, October 22 was National Unity Day. At Chatham Central Schools, students and staff were encouraged to wear the color orange to school to show their support for a bully-free environment. Shown here, CMS students and staff proudly show off their many shades of orange, just a small sampling of those at MED, CMS and CHS who united against bullying. October is National Bully Prevention Month.


Walmart Gives MED Teachers $1000 for School Supplies

Walmart in Hudson has selected the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School as the local recipient of the Walmart/Sam’s Club Teacher Rewards Program. Walmart provided our school with twenty $50.00 reward cards for our teachers to purchase school supplies with, a total of $1,000, and we distributed the cards to teachers across all our grade levels. Nationally, Walmart and Sam’s Club locations are awarding more than 100,000 educators with $50.00 rewards cards, infusing schools across America with $5 million. Thanks for supporting Chatham’s teachers Walmart!

Girls Cross Country are Patroon Conference Champs

Girls team running patroon conference championship meetCongratulations to the girls varsity cross country team on their undefeated season and for taking 1st place in the Patroon Conference Championship Meet October 21st. The meet ran seven girls for each team and Chatham placed four girls in the top ten (Erin Clark in 2nd, Hallie Allen in 3rd, Althea Brennan in 8th, and Liliana Simon in 10th) and all seven runners in the top 20. The boys team finished up 6th overall. View full meet results…(Photo courtesy of Suzanne Wightman). More info on Athletics page...

Jacob Davis with President's Service AwardCHS Student Earns President’s Volunteer Service Award

Chatham senior Jacob Davis has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award in recognition of the many hours he has spent making his school and community a better place. Davis actively volunteers through the CHS community service club, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapter, and our athletic department, as well as the Austerlitz Historical Society, his church, Congressman Chris Gibson’s office, and STRIDE. “My hobby is to help out people and to help out the community,” he says. “The thing that to me is the most rewarding is working with kids with disabilities. Just the joy that you get on their faces helping them out, it’s really rewarding.” Learn more...

Students Learn Bully Prevention and Internet Safety Tips from NCMEC

Kohn Kelly talks with eighth gradersJohn Kelly from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) spent the morning of October 10th at CMS talking with students about bully prevention and online safety. October is National Bully Prevention Month, and CMS invited Mr. Kelly to speak with its students about how to stand up to bullies in non-confrontational ways, and avoid cyber-bullys and online predators while surfing the net. Mr. Kelly is a former police detective and school resource officer. Learn more...

fire fighters talk with studentsFire Safety Day

October 17th was fire safety day at MED, a student favorite. Volunteer firefighters from communities all over our school district brought their trucks, ladders, hoses and other firefighting equipment to the school to show the students. These men and women volunteers talked about what firefighters do, how students can stay safe during a fire, and even dressed up Mrs. Morris, our our assistant principal, in their gear. Learn more...

Office Music

Trio playing in MED officeFifth graders Gabriel Rippel (cello) and Julian San Diego (viola) joined MED orchestra teacher Cynthia Ogulnick for an impromptu concert in the school's main office. The trio delighted the office staff with their rendition of "Lightly Row." This and other pop-up performances planned around MED give the students a chance to show off the skills they have developed since picking up instruments only a short time ago. Fifth graders like Gabe and Julian began playing the strings in December as fourth graders.

CHS Students Inducted Into National Music and Art Honor Societies

Chatham High School held an induction ceremony on October 8th for twenty initiates into Tri-M National Music Honor Society and fourteen 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 the fine arts. The event was sponsored by the Fine Arts Booster Club. Learn more...

Students Leaders Facilitate Coalition Building at CMS

NCBI student lead programSeventh and eighth grade student leaders used their National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) training to lead positive relationship building activities in each sixth grade classroom. The October 6th workshops aimed at reducing prejudice, conflict, and bullying by helping students better understand and appreciate their peers. School counselors helped plan and oversee the activities, which focused on recognizing and celebrating student’s similarities and differences.

Students at the clarkCHS Students Explore Art, Architecture at the Clark

Senior Fine Arts Workshop students took a class trip to the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts on September 30th, where they enjoyed a personal tour and presentation from the museum's head curator, analyzed a collection of important abstract paintings on loan from the National Gallery of Art, and explored the recent redesign and renovation of the museum itself.
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MED Morning Announcement Team

Morning announcement teamMeet the new voice of MED’s morning announcements! Fifth graders Katherine Marotta, Amanda Roberts, Tobias Jeralds, Lauren Bruck, Giovanna Allen, Anna Carroll, Skylar Rowe, Fiona Phelps, Katie Everett, Abigail Taylor, and Gabrielle Fisher will be reading our morning announcements and leading our school in the Pledge of Allegiance. Their program also includes weather, birthday announcements, what the cafeteria is serving up, and entertainment they develop themselves. Learn more...

District Launches "Parent Portal"

Parents of CCSD students can now track their child's progress at school online using our new Parent Portal, an Internet based program accessible through our District's website. The Parent Portal allows our parents to electronically access certain educational records about their student, including schedules, grades, attendance, and discipline. In order to access the portal, parents will need to sign up for an individualized account through their child's school using the form provided below. To learn more, please read the following information sent home September 10th.

Letter to Parents Introducing Parent Portal
Parent Portal Access Form

Chatham CSD Newsletter Earns State & National Awards

This September, the CCSD community newsletter “Chatham Connections” was recognized as an outstanding school communication when it earned an Award of Merit at the New York School Public Relations Association's (NYSPRA) 35th annual Communications Contest.

In June, the newsletter also received national recognition when it received two Awards of Merit from the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA), one as an outstanding general newsletter, and a second in the Finance Publication Presentation category for our special budget edition published each May. Learn more...

MED Welcomes New Assistant Principal

Lindsay MorrisThe Board of Education has appointed Lindsay Morris as Mary E. Dardess Elementary School’s new assistant principal. Mrs. Morris comes to Chatham from Mayfield Elementary School, where she previously worked as a teacher, curriculum coordinator for English Language Arts in grades K-6, and building leader for the school’s summer school program. “Being in an elementary school is both my passion and my privilege, and I’m very happy to be a part of the Chatham program,” said Morris. “I’m all about bringing excitement into the classroom and getting students excited about learning, because all children can learn and it’s our job as teachers and administrators to help them find their vehicle for success.”
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Meet Chatham’s SRD

School Resource Officer Todd HysonColumbia County Sheriff’s Deputy Todd Hyson is our new School Resource Deputy (SRD) who will be working in Chatham Central Schools starting this September. Along with helping to maintain a safe learning environment in our buildings, Deputy Hyson will be active in the classroom as well, providing our students with resources on topics like Internet safety, bullying, and drug and alcohol awareness. “I am really looking forward to this opportunity to serve and give back to the community by contributing to the school and interacting with our youth in a positive way,” he said. Read more...

CHS Student Completes Summer Internship at Saturn Industries

Ian Allen at Saturn Industries Senior Ian Allen did more this summer than just kick back and relax for his vacation. Instead, Ian made plans ahead of time to seek out an internship to help him explore and gain experience in his likely career field: engineering. Through our Career Exploration Internship Program, Ian completed a 54-hour internship at Saturn Industries, Inc. in Hudson, where he worked under the mentorship of the company's owners and worked closely with several of Saturn’s experienced employees. Learn more...

2014 First Day Photos

The first day of school is a special time for many, especially us here at CCSD. Thanks to all our parents who sent in photos of their students on the first day of school for us to share. To see the photos, visit our Facebook page or our First Day Photos 2014 web album...

red carpet at high schoolWelcome Back!

Students at Chatham High School received the red carpet treatment on the first day of school, literally. The High School rolled out the carpet September 4th to welcome the students into the 2014-2015 school year. CHS principal John Thorsen and CHS assistant principal Terry Bordell, along with Chatham's new School Resource Deputy, Todd Hyson, were out to greet students as they arrived for their first day of classes.

CMS Welcomes Students Back

first day assembly at CMSCMS welcomed students into the 2014-2015 school year on September 4th with first day assemblies for grades six, seven, and eight. Principal Amy Potter gave the students a cheery greeting and introduced the teaching staff for each grade. Along with dean Cynthia Herron, she discussed the importance of the student planner, changes to the student handbook, and their expectations for every student at the Middle School. They also introduced the students to SRD Todd Hyson, who took time to speak with them about his new position at our school.

student opening locker6th Grade Big Locker Opening

Chatham Middle School hosted a locker opening day for all our incoming 6th graders on August 27th. The morning event gave students the chance to come in, find their lockers and learn how to use the combination locks prior to the fist day of school. Along with the sixth grade teaching team, 7th and 8th grade student volunteers were on hand to help the incoming middle schoolers get the hang of those often tricky combos and show new students and their families around.

Chatham Welcomes New Teachers

new teachers at orientationChatham CSD held an orientation program for our new teaching staff on August 26 and 27. Along with staff who began over the course of  the past year, the District welcomed new hires Karin Baldauf (Gr. 6), Sara Baskiewicz (Kindergarten), Elizabeth Conley (HS Spanish long-term sub), Erica Febus-Akers (MS Nurse), Sarah Hasbrook (MED Spec. Ed.), Suzanne Maraglio (MED Spec. Ed.), Rebecca Milano (Gr. 1) Melissa Paratore (MED Reading), Brenda Robichaud (Gr. 1), and Jill Venezia (HS Math long-term sub) to our educational team.

The wolf visits the pigs in the straw houseThe True Story of the Three Little Pigs Told at MED

Student's in MED's Language Concepts program put on play that set the record straight on what really happened when the wolf came to visit the three little pigs. Their performance of "The True Story of the Three Little Pigs" delighted their audience of friends, family and school staff who gathered in the school's library on August 15th to watch. The play was the culmination of this summer’s program, where students explored fairy tales and poetry using the alphabet. Learn more...

Brian SimonSimon Appointed Director of Special Ed.

The Board of Education has appointed Brian Simon as Director of Special Education for the Chatham Central School District. Simon, who officially began his new duties July 1st, has twenty years of experience in special education. He has been with the Chatham Central School District for the past thirteen years, as school psychologist for the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School since 2001, and also as the school’s Dean of Students for the 2013-14 school year. Learn more...

New Meal Prices for 2014-15

Beginning in September, the cost of breakfast and lunch at MED will increase by 15 cents per meal, and the cost of lunch at the Middle School and High School will increase by 5 cents per meal. Free and reduced meal prices remain unchanged. Learn more...

2014-15 Calendar Available Now Online

The 2014-15 School Calendar is available on our School Calendar link. It provides important information about the upcoming school year. View 2014-15 School Calendar...
The print version of the calendar will be mailed out in mid-August to all families with children enrolled in Chatham Central Schools.

Board Approves SRO for Chatham Schools

At its July 22 meeting, the Board of Education approved bringing a School Resource Officer (SRO) into Chatham Central Schools. The SRO will be a uniformed sheriff’s deputy who will work in all three of our school buildings a total of 20 hours a week, starting this September. The Board’s decision was in response to an offer from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office to provide all public schools in the county with increased access to law enforcement resources. The Sheriff’s Office is providing the SRO, who will serve at the discretion of Chatham school officials as both an educational and safety resource, at no cost to our school. This officer will also work for New Lebanon CSD 20 hours a week.

Board Elects Leadership, Sets 2014-15 Meeting Schedule

At its organizational meeting July 8th, the Board of Education reelected Melony Spock as Board President and elected Jennifer Lindberg as Vice President. The Board also approved its 2014-15 meeting schedule and swore in newly elected members Chris Kelly and Teri Conte, and new student representative Carly Rippel.

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