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Dr. Cheryl Nuciforo, Superintendent

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2015-16 News


Library Committee Seeks Members

Want to have a positive impact on your community library? The Chatham Public Library Advisory Committee(CPLAC) is seeking  volunteers to fill three upcoming vacancies on the committee. The vacancies are for three-year terms starting July 1st, 2016. CPLAC members meet once a month to provide oversight of library policy and procedures and make recommendations to the Board of Education, which oversees operations at the library. Chatham’s library is one of only two public libraries in the state that are part of a school district. Interested individuals are asked to submit a letter and resume by June 13, 2016 to Melony Spock, President, Chatham School Board, 50 Woodbridge Avenue, Chatham, NY 12037. For more information, please call 392-1501.


CHS 4th Quarter Honor Roll

Congratulations to our students who earned High Honors and Honors for the fourth quarter of the 2015-16 school year. See who made the grade...


CMS Fourth Quarter Honor Roll

Congratulations to the Chatham Middle School students who earned high honors or honors for the fourth quarter of the 2015-16 school year. See who made the grade...


Principal John Thorsen presents diploma to Dawson DeVitoGraduation 2016

Commencement for Chatham High School's Class of 2016 took place on the football field, under bright sunny skies and before a crowd of hundreds of family, friends, and faculty. That Friday evening, June 24th, ninety worthy graduates walked across the lawn to shake hands with superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo and principal John Thorsen and receive their diplomas. Chatham Central School District congratulates the Class of 2016! View more photos...


Class of 2016 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

Ana VermaCassie Pearson Ana Verma (left), daughter of Mohinder Pal and Shivali Devi of Chatham, has been named Chatham High School's Class of 2016 Valedictorian.

Cassandra B. Pearson (right), daughter of Mr. Mark and Kristen Pearson of East Chatham, has been named Chatham High School’s Class of 2016 Salutatorian.

Learn more about our Valedictorian and Salutatorian...


Destiny Hull (Hallenback) and Megan Gilligan CHS Students Take Part in Regional Youth Leadership Summit

Sophomores Destiny Hallenback and Megan Gilligan recently attended the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership (HOBY) conference at SUNY Oneonta. Both girls were selected based on essays they wrote and an interview selection with former HOBY ambassadors. The weekend-long event consisted of 250 sophomores from the eastern part of New York who attended leadership workshops with a focus on community service and team building. Learn more...


7th Grade Hosts Math Carnival

tudent palys math carnival gameAn annual end-of-school-year project for the seventh grade is hosting their “Math Carnival.” The 7th graders worked in groups to develop games of chance or skill, then came up with a theoretical probability of winning their games. They then played the games 200 times to determine an experimental probability, which they compared to their theoretical probability. The day of the carnival, June 22, both the 5th and 6th grades visited the gym to play the games and win tickets for prizes. Learn more...


student receives moving on certificate5th Graders "Moving On"

The 5th grade celebrated their moving up to the Middle School with a Moving On Ceremony for family and friends heal June 21 at MED. To start off the event, principal Kristen Reno congratulated the students on their completion of elementary school and the entire 5th grade sang “Count On Me” by Bruno Mars. One by one, each 5th grade class then called their soon-to-be 6th graders to the front of the gym to receive his or her “moving on” certificate. Learn more...


Update from Superintendent Nuciforo Concerning Lead and Copper Testing Results

June 17, 2016 - Dear Parent/Guardian,
I am writing with another update on the results of our water testing. We have now received all of our preliminary test results and they show several areas with lead levels at or above the EPA limit, which is 20 parts per billion, and a small number of areas that also showed levels of copper above the EPA limit, which is 1.3 parts per million for copper. Most of these areas are not typically used for consumption (such as bathroom or science laboratory sinks). Some of the areas showing elevated levels, however, are from drinking fountains or faucets that are used for drinking water or food preparation. Read full letter from superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo...


students at picnicLanguage Concepts End-of-the-Year Celebration

On Friday June 17th, the Language Concepts classes joined together for an end-of-the-year picnic celebration! The students in Mr. Botsford, Mrs. Maraglio and Miss Engel’s classes munched down cheese and gluten-free pizza, sliced watermelon, and homemade lemonade. They enjoyed the time together to socialize, discuss their awesome year, and get to know each other better!


Field Day 2016

Image of MED Field Day MED held our annual Field Day June 15th. Throughout the morning, students participated in everything from classics like the three-legged race, sack race, and potato race to the basketball shoot-out, capture the flag, and water brigade. To conclude the activities, everyone headed to the hill to watch their teachers duke it out in tug-of-war. Special thanks to the parents and other volunteers who helped make the event a big success. See more photos...    


6th Grade Environmental Awareness Field Trip

students look at plantsStudents in the sixth grade took a field trip to the Martin Van Buren Nature Trails in Kinderhook to participate in Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Environmental Awareness Day on June 14. The sixth graders split into six groups and rotated through six different educational stations located along the trails and staffed by Cooperative Extension educators. They learned about animals, plants, soil, and invasive species. Learn more...


Junior Achievement at MED

Teri Conte lead JA program in 4th gradeThanks to the MED PTA, students enjoyed learning about money and business with the Junior Achievement (JA) program. On June 13 & 14, fourth graders learned about entrepreneurship from guest educators, who were all volunteers from the community who came in and talk business with the students. The volunteers brought their experience to the classroom and shared their own thoughts on how they finished school and moved on to the profession they have today. Learn more...


seniors walk through MEDClass of 2016 Returns to MED!

Chatham Central School District started a new tradition this year. On June 13th, the Class of 2016 returned to their beginnings by parading through the halls of the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School in their caps and gowns. All the elementary students and faculty turned out to applaud, cheer the seniors on, and wave signs they made congratulating our soon to be graduates!


Students Gain Real World Work Experience Through CIEP

students and teacher of CIEP program Taylor Mulligan, Emily Ooms, Erin Persons, Jessica Madsen and Damien Costa completed exciting learning experiences this spring through our Career Exploration Internship Program. Taylor interned at Woodhill Veterinary Clinic while Emily interned at Lely, a robotic farm equipment company. Erin interned at Chathams Small Animal Hospital. Damien's internship was at congressman Chris Gibson’s office and Jessica interned at Columbia Memorial Hospital. Learn more...


3rd Grade Goes Farm to Table

student holding chickenOn June 8th, Miss Engel’s Language Concepts 2-3 Class joined the 3rd grade field trip to Katchkie Farm in Valatie NY. Students rotated around different stations of the farm, some including seed planting, crop harvesting, and food prep. Students and farm guides discussed what parts of the plants were edible, how to safety cut and cook the crops, and students were strongly encouraged to try different foods from the gardens. Students also got a chance to visit the farm animals. Learn more..


Students Explore Stock Market Through Virtual Simulation

Image of Mr. Loomis and Hunter WallaceStudents in the Financial Literacy class learned about the stock market, exploring everything from how to read stocks to when to buy and sell them. To help immerse students in the stock market, class teacher Michael Loomis enrolled each student in The Stock Market Game™, a virtual simulation of the stock market that mirrors the fluctuations of real stock prices to the exact cent. Students competed to see whose stocks performed the best, with Hunter Wallace coming in first. Learn more...


Garden Club Gets Growing

Garden club plating flowersWhen it’s the season for growing, the MED Garden Club gets going! This June, the students and club advisor Patty Goodwin planted flowers in the club’s garden plot located in the school’s courtyard. The flowers had been grown for them by Miss Engel’s language concepts class. Along with flowers, the club is growing edibles like strawberries. Their plot is also a registered monarch butterfly habitat because they maintain a crop of milkweed, the only plant that monarch caterpillars can eat.


carl aladin on podiumPanther's Aladin Places 3rd, Clark 12th at NYS Track Meet

Chatham track sent two athletes to the NYS championship track meet held at Cicero-North Syracuse High School on June 10: Carl Aladin (senior) in the long jump andErin Clark (senior) in the 800 meter.Carl took third place in the state for small schools and broke our school record from 1936 with a jump of 22’2”! This was Erin's 2nd year making it to the state meet in the 800m and she finished 12th in the state for small schools.


Thirty-one Join NJHS

NJHS studentsd at induction ceremonyCMS proudly initiated thirty-one students into National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) this year. On the evening of June 13th, our school held an induction ceremony honoring this year’s joining members. NJHS membership is reserved for students in grades six through eight who demonstrate a high degree of scholarship as well as outstanding qualities in character, service, leadership, and citizenship. Learn more...


All Spring Varsity Teams Earn Scholar Athlete Recognition

Girls 2016 track team Chatham High School is proud to announce that all of its spring season varsity teams were named Scholar Athlete Teams by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA). This honor is bestowed upon varsity teams whose student-athletes balance their athletic pursuits with a high degree of academic achievement. Congratulations to the girls track, boys track, boys tennis, baseball, and softball teams for having a team grade point average of 90 or higher. Learn more...


MED Students Check Out Senior Expo

students check out expoMrs. Mulica’s and Mrs. Lynch’s third grade classes and fifth graders spending the week with Mrs. Wrigley visited CHS to get a sneak preview of tonight’s Senior Expo. The event is Chatham's annual celebration of each senior’s educational career and personal accomplishments. The seniors were there to share their experiences and the young guests got to see what the soon-to-be-graduates valued most from their time here as students. Learn more...


Boys Tennis Team Earns MVP, Coach of the Year, 1st Team All Stars

Congratulations to the Chatham Panthers named 2016 Patroon Conference Tennis All-Stars. Freshman Keon Armstrong was named the league's Co-MVP (along with Greg Roe of Maple Hill) and junior Joe Hunter was named to the 1st Team. Panthers' tennis coach Tim Davis was named Coach of the Year.


first grade celebration First Grade Celebration

With the end of the school year in sight, it’s time to celebrate moving up to the next grade. At MED, the first grade kicked of the end-of-year festivities with their 1st Grade Celebration show for parents and family members, where they sang about heading on to second grade! The last weeks in June see an end-of-year celebration at in each grade level.

 


2016 Track & Field All-Stars

Congratulations to six Chatham Panthers Track & Field Athletes named 2016 Patroon Conference All-Stars. For the boys, seniors Carl Aladin and Kesean Leonard were named to the 1st Team, while junior Noah Summers was named to the 2nd Team. For the girls, senior Erin Clark and junior Danielle Wallace were named to the 1st Team, while sophomore Hallie Allen was named to the 2nd Team.


7th grade cruise on Boston Harbor7th Grade Trip to Boston

The 7th grade enjoyed a great day with sunshine during their class trip to the city of Boston on June 10. The students checked out the fish and penguins at the New England Aquarium, enjoyed a great view of the city’s skyline during a cruise around Boston Harbor, tossed bales of tea overboard at the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, and ate dinner at Quincy Market before heading back to Chatham. Learn more...


Arbor Day

BMX rider doing backflipCMS celebrated our Arbor Day on June 3rd. In the morning, the school held an assembly that included the history of Arbor Day, awards presentations, variety show, and a short film by the Afterschool Film Club. The school planted a Red Maple in honor of retiring faculty members Jean Waggoner and Winston Hagborg. Students also enjoyed outdoor games, a picnic lunch, a basketball tournament, relay races, and a special BMX stunt show by the Eastern Action Sports Team. Learn more...


Nature's Classroom

student getting on nusPictured here, the fifth grade gets on the bus the morning of June 6, on their way to Becket, Massachusetts where they spent the entire week at Nature's Classroom! This camp-style outdoor learning getaway is an annual June event for Chatham fifth graders. They learned about nature, teamwork, and much, much more! Students returned home to Chatham the afternoon of June 10 with lots of tales for their families.


5th Graders Who Stayed at MED Enjoyed Nature's Classroom Activities As Well

students at Chatham PoliceStudents who stayed at MED during Nature’s Classroom had lots of fun learning and going field trips with Mrs. Wrigley. During the week they visited the Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center where they studied animals and insects, enjoyed a visit to the Chatham Police Department with Deputy Hyson and Officer Lovitt, checked out the Senior Expo at the High School, and explored the trails around Smith Pond.


Announcing Chatham's Class of 2016 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 2016. 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 Jackson’s Old Chatham House on Thursday, June 2, 2016. Our Valedictorian is Ana Verma and our Salutatorian is Cassandra Pearson. See full list of honor students...


Nana with capeMED Honors Corinne Summers at Arbor Day Celebration

MED has selected lifelong Chatham resident Corinne Summers as our 2016 Arbor Day honoree. The school invited the public to attend this special community event, held Friday, June 3rd at 9:30 a.m. in the MED gym. Students honored Summers’ contributions to her community with a play about her life. The program also included the traditional Maypole dance performed by the fourth grade and a tree planting ceremony. Learn more..


boys tennis team Boys Tennis Team Conference Champs

Congratulations to the boys tennis team for their spectacular 2016 season. The Panthers went undefeated in their conference this spring to become the Patroon Conference Champions! The team’s 2016 record stands at twelve wins and no losses in the Patroon Conference and thirteen wins and one loss overall. Go Panthers!
Learn more....


Pre-K students, 5th Graders Share Friendship and Nature

Students on hike5th grade students from the Bully Free Group and Service Club shared some quality time with their Pre-K friends on June 3rd. The students enjoyed a picnic lunch together, then buddied up for a nature hike on the trails near school that weave through woods along Smith Pond (often called Old Pond). Several of the 5th graders have acted as mentors for the younger students throughout the year. The get-together was organized by Pre-K teacher Mrs. Alliger and counselors Mrs. Morgan & Mrs. Bradley.


MED Honors Corinne Summers at Arbor Day Celebration

Melony Spock, Corinne Summers, Kristen Reno MED has selected lifelong Chatham resident Corinne Summers as our 2016 Arbor Day honoree. The school invited the public to attend this special community event, held Friday, June 3rd at 9:30 a.m. in the MED gym. Students honored Summers’ contributions to her community with a play about her life. The program also included the traditional Maypole dance performed by the fourth grade and a tree planting ceremony. Learn more...


Arbor Day 2016

Tree Planting Ceremony at CHSCHS held our Arbor Day festivities on June 3 with the planting of a dogwood tree in memory of teacher aid Joanne Craft. Around the base of the tree were planted flowering bulbs honoring the school's four retiring faculty members; Ellen Ryan, Barbara Roosevelt, Jean Waggoner, and Winston Hagborg. The tree planting ceremony, held indoors due to weather, also involved the passing of the school’s time capsule to the freshman class and the unveiling of the Class of 2018’s colors. Learn more...


5th Grade Career Day

veternarian talks with studentsOn June 2nd, 5th grade students participated in a Career Day which incorporated professionals from the Chatham community who came in to teach the students about their various exciting jobs. The student’s heard from EMT's Epi Sanchez and Angi Sanchez of Chatham Rescue Squad, Dr. Delliere from the Woodhill Veterinary Clinic, Julie Cerny of Katchkie Farm, and Deputies Hyson, Stevens, and VanAlstyne with his K9 partner Kira from the Columbia County Sheriff's Office. Learn more...


Spring Sports Awards 2016

The Chatham High School 2015-16 Spring Sports Awards Night was held the evening of June 1st in the school’s auditorium. This event is sponsored by the Chatham Athletic Booster Club. See list of award winners...


5th Grade Service Club Helps Homeless Animals

Club with donations and Ms. QuinnThe MED 5th Grade Service Club collected donations for the Columbia-Greene Humane Society during the month of May.  Items that the students collected were clean blankets and towels, dog and cat food, treats, toys, paper towels, rubber gloves, and sponges. On May 31st the students presented the items they collected to Anne Quinn, Adoption Counselor for the Columbia-Greene Humane Society. Ms. Quinn’s talked with the club about the Humane Society's services. Learn more...


Community Celebrates CHS Art and Literary Magazine

Polaris students The Chatham Public Library hosted “A Celebration of Peloris,” the CHS Art and Literary Magazine. Jack McEachern, president of the CHS Literary Club, welcomed about eighty guests that were there to hear the students read from their magazine as well as present the art work contained in the publication. Learn more...


Visual Artist Elizabeth Riggle Visits CHS Class

student drawing vertebraeMrs. Harrigan arranged to have visual artist Elizabeth Riggle, who has a current body of work exploring the bone structure of the spine, visit her Drawing and Painting class over the course of two days. Riggle showed the students slides and gave a talk about her work. She brought in bones for the students to study and the class also examined the science department’s skeleton. On the second day of her visit, Riggle led the students through a drawing exercise directly related to her talk. Learn more...


2nd Grade Poetry Cafe

students reciting poetryFor several weeks, second graders were immersed in the study of poetry. They learned about the rhythm and structure of poetry as well as many poetic devices including visualization, repetition, similes & metaphors. Students also learned about some popular types of poems such as cinquain, haiku, color poem, and acrostic. As the culminating activity in their poetry unit of study, the second grade hosted a Poetry Café where students shared their favorite poems with parents and classmates. Learn more..


2016 Softball All-Stars

Congratulations to three CHS softball players for being named Patroon Conference All-Stars. Junior Baylee Cox and freshman Jenna Skype were named to the first team, and freshman Brooke-Lyn Doyle was named to the second team.


2016 Baseball All-Stars

Congratulations to Patroon Conference Baseball All-Stars Caleb Doyle and Matt Lossow. Caleb, a sophomore, was named to the 1st Team, while Matt, a senior, was named to the 2nd Team.


Day at the Farm for NJHS Service Trip

students preparing lunch Chatham Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society took a service trip to Katchkie Farm in Kinerhook. Katchkie Farm is an organic Community Supported Agriculture farm dedicated to building connections between communities and healthy, delicious local food. The farm prides itself on holistic stewardship of the land. On the May trip, students learned about organic farming, watered plants, did some weeding, and picked vegetables to make their own farm-to-table fresh lunch.


BOE Selects Consultant for Superintendent Search

At the May 24 meeting, the Chatham Central School District Board of Education selected Dr. Lucy Martin, of LPMartin Consulting, located in Manlius, New York, to assist with its search for a new superintendent of schools to replace Mrs. Cheryl Nuciforo, who is retiring at the end of the 2016-17 school year. 

Dr. Lucy Martin has seventeen years experience as a search consultant, is a former school superintendent and former President of the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System Board of Trustees. One of her most recent superintendent searches was working with the East Greenbush Board of Education. Dr. Martin has excellent references and the Board of Education is confident in her abilities. 

The Board met with Dr. Martin to plan the search, which will be designed to ensure ample opportunity for the public, staff, and other interested stakeholders to provide input into the development of the criteria to be sought in the new superintendent. Dr. Martin made a brief presentation about the search process at the beginning of the June 7, 2016 Board of Education meeting.The Board of Education encouraged all stakeholders to attend.


Living History Day

students drillingOn May 24, the 7th grade reenacted the American Revolution at CMS with the 2nd Regiment Albany County Militia reenactors group. Students conducted military drills and learned about the colonial class system and period clothing, They then headed over to the Columbia County Fairgrounds to see the reenactors demonstrate live canon and musket fire, and learn about politics in the colonies during the Revolution. To the fife and drum, students paraded back to CMS through the streets of Chatham. Learn more...


Author Shares the Power of Kindness with MED Students

Halstead talks to studentsAnn Marie Gardinier Halstead is an award-winning author as well as a professor and bullying-prevention speaker. On May 20, she made a special visit to MED to discuss her book The Bucket Filling Fairy and to talk about bullying too. During a school-wide assembly in the morning, Halstead shared how she wrote her book and worked with an editor and illustrator. She also led age-appropriate workshops for all our ages groups The Bucket Filling Fairy is about being kind to others (filling buckets). Learn more...


Yellow Ribbon Team Raises Suicide Prevention Awareness

Image of Yellow Ribbon Human Knot ActivityOn May 20th and 23rd, Chatham High School’s Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Team led informational sessions explaining the impact of suicide to their peers and how communication can prevent it. Team members revealed how to spot signs of suicide in others and how to contact someone if anybody ever needs help. As part of the sessions, the team led students through communication activities that demonstrated the significance of communication in helping prevent suicide. Learn more... 


students tie-dyingT-Shirts for the Trip

 

In preparation for their annual field trip to the Bronx Zoo, the 6th grade tie-dyed and stenciled paw prints on about 100 tee-shirts. All students and chaperones will be wearing the shirts to represent Chatham Middle School during their trip to the zoo May 19th. This Chatham pride project was led by middle school teachers Kachie Ladd and Meg Thorsen.


Ana Verma, Mrs. Harrigan Honored at Scholars’ Recognition Dinner

Mrs. Harrigan and Anna VermaChatham senior Ana Verma and CHS art teacher Jude Harrigan were honored guests at the 2016 Capital Area School Development Association's (CASDA) Scholars' Recognition Dinner. Invitation to this annual event is reserved for graduating seniors from Capital Region schools who have demonstrated an exceptional level of scholarship, leadership, and service to their community. As part of the recognition, Ana was asked to nominate a teacher who has significantly influenced her education, and she chose Mrs. Harrigan to join her in being honored at the May 18 event. Learn more...


Voting Results - May 17, 2016

Thank you to everyone who voted May 17. The 2016-2017 Budget PASSED: 473 Yes - 203 No.
Voters also reelected Craig Simmons, Muriel Faxon, and Melony Spock to three-year terms on the Board of Education that run July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019.

Voting results for Board of Education Election:
Craig Simmons 560*
Steve Gilger 196
Wayne Coe 204
Muriel Faxon 533*
Melony Spock 471*


4th Grade Longhouse Project

students work on longhouse As part of a multi-year collaboration between the fourth grade and the Flying Deer Nature Center, fourth grade students took a deeper exploration of Native American history by building an Iroquois (also known as Haudenosaunee) inspired longhouse at school on May 17 and 18. Working with program director Devin Franklin and instructor Josh Wood from Flying Deer, along with their teachers and parent volunteers, the students used large sheets of bark to sheath the longhouse’s roof and walls. Learn more...


CHS Students Study Nonfiction with Local Author

Image of author Nancy Castaldo Mrs. Roosevelt invited author Nancy Castaldo to visit her Creative Writing class once a week for a six-week duration. Castaldo, who has published over fifteen books and specializes in children’s nonfiction, explained how writing nonfiction works, the different types of nonfiction that exist, and how students can contact a book publisher if interested in having work published. The students wrote their own creative nonfiction book, which they discussed with Castaldo and the class. Learn More...


CCSD Earns Award for School Safety

Chatham Central School District has received the Utica National Insurance Group's "School Safety Excellence Award" for 2016 at its highest level, Titanium with Honors. The honor recognizes school districts' safety efforts as they work to help keep students, staff, and visitors safe. Learn more...


students write left-handedEmpathy and Awareness of People With Disabilities

Over the course of May 12th and 13th, the third, fourth, and fifth grades participated in the Berkshire Empathy Awareness Mentoring Workshop, led by guest educators Christine Singer, Bob Dean, and Ethan Dean. This interactive program was enhanced our students’ awareness of and sensitivity to people living with disabilities and give them an understanding of the physical, emotional, and cognitive challenges many people face. Learn more...


students at NY Fil workshopDrama Club Trip Puts Focus on Film

On Saturday, May 7th, the CHS Drama Club took a trip to Manhattan to participate in a film acting workshop at the New York Film Academy. The workshop was led by Drama Club advisor Eddie Allen’s friend and fellow actor, Rob Leo Roy. Before heading home, the club headed over to Queens to visit the Museum of the Moving Image. Altogether, the trip was a great experience for the students.


Students Cook Up "Thank You" Luncheon for Staff

luncheonMay 10 saw a fantastic Teacher Appreciation Luncheon at CHS, prepared entirely by students. Junior Tyler Stetz cooked up lunch for the faculty which included BBQ and oven roasted chicken, macaroni salad, and potato salad. Sophomore Destiny Hull took care of the blueberry and chocolate chip breakfast muffins and desserts which included chocolate covered strawberries, coffee cake, and mini cheese cakes, all in great abundance. Our Food Preparation class put together the salad bar. The event was funded by the CHS Student Government.


Woodbridge Avenue Crosswalk Relocation

The following letter was emailed to parents on May 9, 2016: We anticipate that tomorrow, May 10th, the crosswalk on Woodbridge Avenue near the entrance to the MED/CHS campus drive (School Road) will be moved to its new location approximately thirty feet north (closer to CMS) from where it is now. A NYS Department of Transportation study determined that the new crosswalk location will provide a safer crossing point than the current location. Relocating the crosswalk is part of the Village of Chatham’s Safe Pathways to School project that included the sidewalk improvements we saw last fall. Read full letter to parents from Dr. Nuciforo...


Ooms Named Outstanding Business Student

Mr. Loomis and Emily Oooms with awardCongratulations to Emily Ooms, who was recognized on May 5th as Chatham's 2015-2016 Outstanding Business Education Student. The award honors a senior who has taken numerous business classes and exhibited outstanding academic achievement, citizenship, and a positive attitude. Emily was recognized at an awards dinner at the Holiday Inn in Albany along with other outstanding students from area schools. This event was sponsored by the Business and Marketing Educators’ Association of the Capital District. Learn more...


Image of 2016 NHS inducteesChatham Honors 2016 NHS Inductees

On Thursday, May 5th, twenty-five students were welcomed into the Chatham High School chapter of National Honor Society during the annual induction ceremony held in the CHS auditorium. Members of National Honor Society have demonstrated proficiency in the areas of scholarship, service, character, and leadership. See the list of inductees...


Gender Equality Club Discusses Human Trafficking with Author of Sold

The CHS Gender Equality Club recently had the pleasure of skyping with Patricia McCormick, the author of Sold, a book which follows a young Nepalese girl who is sold into slavery by her step-father. Our High School librarian, Mrs. Eager, set up the Skype session with Ms. McCormick and the Gender Equality Club. The conversation was candid and informative, as Ms. McCormick offered her insights about researching this topic and how difficult it was to write the book. Learn more...


Washington, D.C. 2016

students in front of the Capitol BuildingChatham High School’s Washington trip was a tremendous success. Our early morning departure allowed us to spend the entire afternoon at Mount Vernon Saturday morning we visited the National Zoo. After a view of the White House we explored Washington City. Saturday afternoon students had access to the Smithsonian Institution on our National Mall. That evening we toured the city's monuments and memorials and Sunday visited Arlington National Cemetery and Balitmore. Learn more...


Letter from High School

May 5 - The letter below was sent to High School parents concerning an incident that occurred on Tuesday regarding prescription drugs. Click Here...


Seventh Graders Plant Seeds of Our Future at Camphill Ghent

students plant flowers with Camphill ResidentCMS and Camphill Ghent partnered in a service learning project, part of the seventh grade's “Planting the Seeds of Our Future” career and service venture. The project began with students planting seeds in the science classroom. Over a thousand plants were then brought to Camphill Ghent over the course of May 4th and 5th and transplanted all over the property for residents and staff to enjoy. Students performed dances, recited poetry, sang songs, and played musical instruments for the residents one afternoon and organized a sing-along with residents the next day. Learn more...


student and professor look at nantech equipmentPlanting the Seeds of Our Future at Albany NanoTech and GE

The career half of the seventh grade’s “Planting the Seeds of Our Future” career and service venture, held May 4th and 5th, involved students exploring careers available in the Capital Region’s Tech Valley. On the day that students were not participating in the service portion at Camphill Ghent, that half of the seventh grade took a class trip to SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s Albany NanoTech Complex and to General Electric in Schenectady. Learn more...


Students with trach they picked upEarth Day Cleanup

On Earth Day, students from MED’s Bully Free Friends group picked up litter along the wooded trails around the school campus. Earth Day 2016 was April 22. Left to right are Anna Miles, Cecelia Dohr, CC the MED therapy dog, Alex Chudy, Chris Sorokey, John Miles, Emily Mesick, Haylee Roemer, Mariah Kratt. The Bully Free Friends are advised by school counselor Renee Morgan.


Calculus The Musical

Students particiapte in Calculus the MusicalThe AP Calculus Class attended a performance of “Calculus the Musical” on April 22 at Germantown High. “Calculus the Musical” is a comic ‘review’ of the concepts and history of the mathematical study of change. Part sketch comedy, part musical theatre, and part classroom lecture, the show spun musical parodies, in styles ranging from hip hop to opera, that demystified concepts like limits, integration, and differentiation. Learn more...


April Character Day at CMS

Bradley and Hyson give talk on Internet SafetyApril was Staying Safe and Overcoming Adversity Month at CMS. On April 22 we held a Character Day that included guest speakers and activities based on April's theme. Former CMS student Samantha VanAlstyne, local WWII veteran Jack Mesick, and Chatham graduate Rocky Payne were among the day's guest speakers. School counselor Trisha Bradley and SRD Hyson gave a presentation on Internet safety, the Chatham Rescue Squad talked about first aid, and Dominic Merante gave presentations on bike safety. Learn more...


Math Olympiads Family Night

family doing math at eventCCSD’s Math Olympiads Family Night added up to a good time for all. On April 21, students from the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades who had participated in the Math Olympiad clubs during the school year were invited to attend a math problem solving evening with their families. The event ran from 7–8:30 p.m. and included a short math group activity led by Jim Matthews of Siena College. Mr. Matthews is a professor of Math and Computer Science and is on the Board of Directors of Math Olympiads. Learn more...


students making peanut butter and jelly sandwichesProviding Food for the Needy

The Chatham Middle School Service Club made one hundred sandwiches for the Capital City Rescue Mission in Albany, which provides assistance to homeless and needy people. The Service Club is made up of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders who together plan and carry out a different community service project for each month of the school year. Club advisor Jackie Hoffman delivered the sandwiches to the mission on April 21.


Battle of the Belts

students run the battle of the beltsOur preliminary Battle of the Belts was a huge success! In total, there were 24 teams of four that participated in our event April 21. Battle of the Belts encourages students to buckle up and raises awareness about safe driving habits among young people. The team with the fastest time from each grade qualified to compete in the “World Championship Battle of the Belts” at Sean’s Run on April 24th. Prizes were awarded to the fastest teams and to the teams with the best T-shirt designs and best team names from each grade. Learn more and see who won...


CHS Battle of the Belts 2016

Photo of Buckling BlondesChatham High School held its 11th annual Battle of the Belts competition on April 14th. This event is an opportunity to allow students to work together while raising awareness about safe driving habits and encouraging proper seatbelt safety. This year, a total of twelve teams of four competed, including two faculty teams, to determine who could buckle into and out of four seats of a vehicle in the shortest amount of time. The winning team was "The Buckling Blondes." Learn More...


District to Conduct Water Testing

April 13- At Chatham Central School District we are committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our students and staff. As part of that commitment, our District will conduct testing for lead and copper in our schools’ drinking water during our spring recess April 25-29. Read letter to parents from Superintendent Nuciforo...


Letter from Superintendent Nuciforo Regarding State Testing

Dear parent or guardian - We are once again approaching the time for New York State’s grade 3 through 8 assessments in English Language Arts (April 5–7) and Math (April 13–15). I understand and respect that some parents and guardians have had concerns about this testing in recent years, however, much about the state testing program has changed in recent months. I am writing to explain these changes, as well as Chatham’s approach to the state testing and how we use the results, so that you have accurate and current information to use in making educational decisions about your child. Read more...


Jessica Tremper with awards and letterTremper Earns President’s Volunteer Service Award

Congratulations to Chatham senior Jessica Tremper, who has received the President’s Volunteer Service Award. The award was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama and recognizes the many hours Jessica has spent volunteering in her community. In order to be considered for the award, a young person must complete one hundred or more hours of volunteer service in one year’s time. Learn more...


Planting the Seeds of Our Future

students planting seeds in trayApril showers may bring May flowers, but so does science class… On April 1st, seventh graders planted flowers and herbs which they will care for in class over the next month. The sowing was part of Team 7’s larger career and service learning project “Planting the Seeds of Our Future,” which will bring the seventh grade to Camphill Ghent on May 4 and 5th. Students will plant their seedlings in Camphill's gardens and give live musical performances for the residents. Learn more...


Stories Under the Big Top April 1 & 2 at CMS

students on stageThe Mary E. Dardess Elementary School Drama Club presents “Stories Under the Big Top,” by Lorraine Thompson from Pioneer Drama Service. Performances are Friday, April 1 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 2 at 2:00 p.m. in the Middle School auditorium. Both performances are free and open to the public. The play is made up of classic folk and fairytales told under the Story Time Big Top. The students met for several weeks to learn performing, singing and playwriting skills. Don't miss it! Learn more...


2016-17 School Budget Development Update

At the March 22 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo gave an overview presentation on development of the 2016-17 school budget. One of the budget development challenges facing the Chatham Central School District is a 2016 tax cap of 0.8856%. Despite the low tax cap, there are no planned cuts to programs or staffing levels, and Chatham school officials are in fact planning a budget that will strengthen our educational program and increase opportunities for students. Learn more...


CCSD Music Program Receives National Recognition

Chatham Central School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Chatham joins 476 districts across the country in receiving this prestigious award in 2016. The Best Communities Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. Learn more...


From Vocab to Living History

students make papyrus During a sixth grade social studies lesson on Ancient Egypt, vocabulary words like “cartouche” and “papyrus” conjured up students' interest in these ancient media. Wanting to explore them more, students asked their teacher, Mrs. Ladd, if the class could make their own papyrus and cartouches. Mrs. Ladd collaborated with enrichment teacher Mrs. Fahey and technology teacher Mr. Cowherd to put together a hands-on opportunity for the students to truly experience both. Learn more...


CCSD Community Shaves Heads, Fights Cancer with St. Baldrick’s Event

CHS students with shaved headsThe Chatham High School Community Service Club hosted Chatham's sixth annual St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event March 20 in the school gymnasium. Participants pledge to shave their heads in recognition of child cancer patients, raising funds to defeat this illness. There were over 100 participants this year, both shavees and volunteers, that included students from all three of our schools.. Together they raised over $17,000, and donations are still coming in. See more bald heads...


Stories Under the Big Top

students on stageThe MED Drama Club presented “Stories Under the Big Top,” by Lorraine Thompson from Pioneer Drama Service on April 1 & 2 in the Middle School auditorium. This is the fourth year of the afterschool program for 4th and 5th graders. The students met for several weeks to learn performing, singing and playwriting skills. This year, 70 students involved in the program worked with a script already written, making it their own. The students changed characters and lines, and added music and dance. Learn more...


Columbia Memorial Hospital Dental Program at MED

Evelyn Russo talks to students about keeping thier teeth healthy Dental hygienist Evelyn Russo visited students in 2nd and 3rd grade on March 30 to talk about keeping our teeth and gums healthy with daily brushing and flossing, and regular check ups at the dentist. Following Russo’s visit, a licensed dental hygienist will be coming to MED to provide dental exams and cleanings for second and third grade students who sign up. 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.


Students Explore Movement and Rhythm with Professional Dancer

Student learns dance move from Jamal JacksonThe Jamal Jackson Dance Company held an all-day residence at MED, giving our students an expanded opportunity to get involved in dance. During their regularly scheduled physical education time on March 29, students learned some African-inspired dance moves with dancer/choreographer Jamal Jackson, accompanied by live drumming from Frank Malloy, IV. This exciting artist-in-residence program was brought to MED by PS21 in Chatham and was sponsored by the MED PTA.


Looking Toward High School and Beyond

Mrs. Carroll, Hanson, Mr. LombardiThe Class of 2020’s transition from middle school to high school is already underway! Chatham High School guidance counselors Amanda Carroll and Jim Lombardi visited CMS March 23 to speak with the eighth grade class about their upcoming freshman year at CHS. As is the tradition at Chatham, they invited a junior from the High School, Taylor Hanson, to join them and share her experiences at the high school. Learn more...


Service Club Brings Spring Cheer to Nursing Home

students and residents at Whittier centerstudent and resident making craft For March, the Chatham Middle School Service Club planned a spring party for residents of the Whittier Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center. On March 23, the club visited the assisted living facility, located in Ghent, where they made Easter-themed crafts and played bingo with the residents. Service Club plans and carries out a different community service project each month.


Outing Club

outing club in tower Above average temperatures in March mean the CMS Outing Club has been getting out there! Pictured here, club members enjoy the warm weather and spectacular views from the fire tower atop Beebe Hill State Forest in Austerlitz March 16. Other outings this school year include bike rides around the village and trips to the Oom’s and Seigle-Klein Kill conservation areas. On March 30 they visted the William Powell Wildlife Sanctuary in Old Chatham. See more photos...


Important Changes to School Calendar

March 21, 2016 - Due to the lack of inclement weather this winter, we have not used any snow days this school year. As a result, we’ve made some changes to the school calendar. Please be aware that this information could change in the event of snow or emergency closings late in the school year. If that is the case, please stay tuned for updates.

Monday, March 28th is converted to a District Conference Day – No Classes

Friday, April 8th is converted to a full-day District Conference Day for Sr. Exhibitions – No Classes

Friday, May 27th - The District will be closed (“give-back” day for unused snow days) – No Classes


CHS Student Named NYS Dairy Princess

Congratulations to senior Emily Ooms, named the New York State Dairy Princess this February! Read Times Union article...


3rd Quarter Honor Roll

Congratulations to our students who earned High Honors and Honors for the third quarter of the 2015-16 school year. See who made the grade...


Third Quarter Honor Roll

Congratulations to the Chatham Middle School students who earned high honors or honors for the third quarter of the 2015-16 school year. See who made the grade...


Chatham Students Sing at Albany Devils Game

choir in the standsOn Sunday, March 13th, a group of select students from Chatham Central Schools' grade 4-12 choral program were invited to sing the United States and Canadian national anthems at the opening of the Albany Devil's game played at the TU Center in Albany. Students had a blast singing for the crowd and enjoying a close game that ended with the Devils scoring the winning goal with only one minute left on the clock. The Devils are a professional hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL). See larger photo...


Students of the Quarter

CHS congratulates our Students of the Quarter for the third quarter of the 2015-16 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

CHS congratulates our students who earned our Excellence in Effort Award for third quarter. Every quarter, CHS teachers nominate students to receive this award, which recognizes individuals for their diligence, reliability, and motivation in class. See who earned the award for third quarter...


Rubel Takes First at Capital Region NYS History Day

Quentin Rubel Congratulations to Chatham junior Quentin Rubel, who took first place in the Historical Paper category of the Capital Region NYS History Day Competition. Quentin’s twelve-page treatise on the implementation of airmobile warfare during the Vietnam War caught the judges’ attention, earning him the win regionally and a spot at the upcoming State History Day Competition this April. The Capital Region competition was held March 12 at the NYS Museum in Albany. Learn more...


Aladin, Sweet Exceptional On and Off the Court

Carl Aladin and Megan SweetCongratulations to Chatham High School varsity basketball players Carl Aladin and Megan Sweet, who were selected to play in the league’s Exceptional Senior All-Star Basketball games held March 8th at Rensselaer High School. Both were honored at events held off the court as well. Carl represented Chatham at the boys Capital District Scholar Athlete Banquet at the Troy Hilton and Megan was Chatham’s representative at the girls Scholar Athlete Banquet held at the Albany Marriott, both on March 6th. These events, which included brunch and awards, recognized Carl and Megan for their achievements in basketball and the community, and for excelling in their academic pursuits.


New Program Planning Guide for 2016-17

The 2016-17 CHS Program Planning Guide has more than just a new look! Our guidance department completed a top-to-bottom overhaul of the guide to give our students and families a comprehensive and convenient resource regarding all our course offerings, scheduling, grading, and graduation requirement information - everything a student needs to plan for success in high school and beyond. Perhaps the most significant change is a new career pathways section that includes sixteen “career clusters” highlighting related jobs or industries and the appropriate programs of study available to students wishing to pursue that particular career. The new guide is available online on our Guidance & Counseling page...


Homespun Dance Residency

circle dancing Musical, physical, social, and historical themes came alive for students K-5 when Homespun Dance held a two-day residency at MED. With live music and calling from “Peter, Paul, and George,” our students learned square, contra, and circle dances as well as a variety of other folk dances rooted in cultures around the world. The March 9th and 10th residency came about through the collaborative efforts of our music and physical education departments. Learn more...


MED Students Help Fight Cancer at St. Baldrick’s Event

med students with shaved heads\The Chatham High School Community Service Club hosted Chatham's sixth annual St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event March 20 in the school gymnasium. Participants pledge to shave their heads in recognition of child cancer patients and to raise funds to defeat this illness. Students from MED joined the over 100 participants this year, that included students from all three schools. Together they raised over $17,000, and donations are still coming in. See more bald heads...


CMS Students Help Fight Cancer at St. Baldrick’s Event

CMS students with shaved headsThe Chatham High School Community Service Club hosted Chatham's sixth annual St. Baldrick’s head-shaving event March 20 in the school gymnasium. Participants pledge to shave their heads in recognition of child cancer patients and to raise funds to defeat this illness. Students from CMS joined the over 100 participants this year, including teachers and students from all three schools. Together they raised over $17,000, and donations are still coming in. See more bald heads...


The Great Leprechaun Mystery (Solved)

student with green slimeOur Pre-K class performed a science experiment to see what happens when they combine various liquids. They made green, sparkly slime to try to attract a leprechaun. The “leprechaun” managed to find some of the green slime and replaced it with pencils. The students built a trap to catch the leprechaun if he returned for the rest of the slime, but he managed to get away with the rest it. St. Patrick's Day morning, the class found a piece of “gold” on each desk with clues to where the leprechaun had hidden his treasure. Learn more...


Patrice TomasoChatham's Patrice Tomaso Named WNYT Top Teacher

Congratulations to high school art teacher Patrice Tomaso, who was named a WNYT Top Teacher. In February, WNYT anchor and education reporter Elaine Huston visited CHS to film Mrs. Tomaso in action and interview her and her students. Her segment aired March 2 on the WNYT evening news on Chanel 13 and My4, and on the Chanel 13 morning news March 3. She will also be up on SEFCU billboards in Albany the week of March 3-9 and is currently featured on WNYT’s website. Learn more...


CTE Offers Enhanced Learning Options for CHS Students

Many opportunities exist in Chatham for students to expand their learning, whether it be from elective classes, clubs and student organizations, or extracurricular activities. One significant opportunity for students is the ability to learn specialized skills in a number of career areas. Through collaboration between CHS and Questar III BOCES, students are offered a wide variety of courses to take, most of which are available at Questar's Columbia-Greene Educational Center near Hudson. Every course, ranging from Aviation to Criminal Justice to Welding, provides students with training for in-demand jobs through Questar’s Career Technical Education (CTE). Senior Hunter Wallace shares his experiences at Questar...


Winter Sports Awards

The Chatham High School 2015-16 Winter Sports Awards Night was held the evening of March 3 in the school auditorium. This event is sponsored by the Chatham Athletic Booster Club.
See award winners...


Dental Hygienist Teaches Students about Healthy Teeth and Gums

Kaleigh shows how to brush teethOn March 1st, MED students learned how to take good care of their teeth from Kaleigh, a dental hygienist from Dr. Starkman’s office in Valatie. Mrs. Alliger, MED’s Pre-K teacher, invited Kaleigh to visit her class to share with her students and Mr. Botsford’s’ language concepts class what dentists do and show the students the proper way to brush and floss their teeth. She brought along some larger-than-life choppers for the student to practice on! Keeping teeth and gums healthy is just one subject Pre-K students have been learning about in school this year.


District Conducts Evacuation Drill

On February 29th, CCSD conducted a district-wide evacuation drill. This drill helped us refine our safety plans and ensure that our schools are prepared for the unlikely event where we would have to respond to an actual emergency requiring us to evacuate our buildings and relocate to another location. The drill was conducted by District staff and involved all students and employees leaving their current buildings and loading onto and off of buses parked at the school. The drill lasted about forty-five minutes, after which everyone returned to their respectful buildings to continue the school day. We are pleased with the drill’s results and would like to thank our students and staff for the attention they paid this important safety measure. Read letter to parents from Superintendent Nuciforo...


Singing, Dancing, and Storytelling Cap Off Cultural Awareness Month at CMS

Diata Diata performing at CMSStudents sang and danced along to the positive rhythms that the Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre brought with them to Chatham Middle School on February 26. While introducing the students to traditional African drumming, dances, and folktales, the Hudson-based performance group shared their underlying message of appreciating the values that come from a healthy community dynamic. The show was the culmination of the Middle School’s February character education theme of cultural awareness.
Learn more...


Jazz Pros Head Up Masterclass at CHS

Jazz trio performing at CHSThe CHS Jazz Ensemble enjoyed a visit from a trio of professional jazz musicians. With Dave Fisk on tenor saxophone, Phillip Allen on trombone, and Chatham resident Joe Finn on guitar, the musicians performed a brief set and then sat in with the students to play a few tunes with them and critique the ensemble's playing. These highly experienced musicians came to Chatham through the Albany Musicians Association, Local 14, which provided this exciting masterclass at no cost to our school. Learn more...


2016 Science and Technology Fair at CMS

science fair winnersChatham Middle School held its 21st annual Science and Technology Fair on February 25th. Working individually or in pairs, students gathered data to support or disprove a hypothesis or provide a solution to a technological problem. Judging took place during the day and winners were announced that evening when family members and others visited the school gym to see the experiments on display and learn about each from the young scientists and engineers who created them. Learn more...


Pre-K Students Meet Dog With Important Job

Deputy VanAlstyne watches students pet KiraOur pre-kindergarten class has been learning about dogs with jobs, so with a little help from School Resource Deputy Todd Hyson, their teacher, Mrs. Alliger, arranged to have K9 Deputies Heath Benansky and Travis VanAlstyne of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office visit and share what police dogs do to help keep our communities safe. Deputy VanAlstyne brought along his partner, Kira, a specially trained German Shepherd who the students got to meet and pet. Learn more...


Students Sweet Treats Pave Way to Culinary Competition

Tyler, Jessica and TyriffThe week before winter break, Tyler Stetz, Jessica Adee, and Tyriff Burch were busy baking and selling Valentine’s Day-themed desserts. The three juniors are studying Culinary Arts through Questar III's CTE program and the money they raised helped fund their trip to the NYS ProStart Competition, held February 26-27 at Schenectady County Community College. At this event, sponsored by the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation, they competed in both management and cooking challenges.


Board Adopts Veterans’ Tax Exemption

On February 23, the Board of Education voted 5-4 to adopt the Alternative Veterans’ Exemption at the basic level. The measure exempts certain military veterans living in the District from a portion of their property taxes. In order to be eligible, veterans must have served during specifically identified conflicts. The Board also adopted a Gold Star exemption, which exempts the parents of a service member killed in action from a portion of their property taxes.

At the Alternative Veterans’ Exemptions’ basic level, a qualifying veteran will see a tax savings ranging from $170-$921 (depending on his or her level of eligibility) per year on a home assessed at $200,000. The exemption will not affect the school budget, but will increase taxes for non-eligible property owners by 0.53%. For example, this will increase property taxes by $16.64 per year for a $200,000 home. To learn more about the Alternative Veterans' Exemption, please visit www.tax.ny.gov


History in Wax at MED

students as was exhibitsWe’ve done stories here about our students going to a museum, but never one about them becoming a museum. However, that’s exactly what happened here at MED when our fourth grade classes turned themselves into the Wax Museum of New World Explorers. After choosing an important explorer from history to study and depict, each student morphed into an animatronic mannequin of their adventurer. Students' families were invited to visit school and explore the museum. Learn more...


Mickle Named Basketball All-star

Congratulations to CHS junior Evan Mickle, who was named to the Patroon Conference All-star 2nd Team for the 2015-16 basketball season.


Audio Recordings of Board Meetings Now Available

Want to know what’s happening at Board of Education meetings but can’t always make it there? CCSD now provides recordings of Board meetings on our BoardDocs website, starting with the January 26 meeting. Go to www.boarddocs.com/ny/chathamcs/Board.nsf/Public (a link to BoardDocs is also available on our website's Board of Education page), click on the meeting date, then click the “View Minutes” tab. The link to the audio recording is available there.


Wintry Weather Closings & Delays FAQ

It's that time of year again, when temperatures drop and wintry weather often threatens to delay or close school. For your convenience, CCSD has put together a questions and answers fact sheet concerning our procedures for emergency closings and delays. View FAQ...


Evacuation Drill February 29th

The Chatham Central School District will be conducting a portion of an evacuation drill in all buildings on Monday, February 29th. This drill is to help us refine our safety plans and to ensure that we are prepared for an emergency situation that would require us to move the students from school property to another location. Also, this practice is invaluable to the faculty, staff, students, and administration in preparing for the unlikely event that they should ever have to respond to an actual emergency requiring us to evacuate our buildings and relocate.

The drill will be conducted by District staff, and is expected to take under half an hour. This type of drill involves students and teachers leaving their current buildings to load onto buses located nearby.  For the purpose of this drill the buses will not leave the campus. Read letter to parents from Superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo...


Schassler Wins E-Week Logo Competition

Schassler with her award winnign designChatham junior Katharine Schassler is the winner of the logo design competition for the Capital District Engineers Week, held in Albany February 25th and 26th. Katharine's and other designs were displayed during this year’s convention and attendees could vote for their favorite. Her winning creative design will become the official logo for the 2017 E-Week event. This is Katharine’s second year in a row winning this competition! Her winning logo from last year currently adorns the Capital District E-Week website. Congratulations Katharine!


Letter from Superintendent Nuciforo Regarding Emergency Closing at CMS

Dear CMS Parents/Guardians,
February 24 - This morning, we had an emergency closing at Chatham Middle School after a live wire came down behind the school on Library Place, blocking the road and cutting power to the building. When it was determined that the building would be without power for an extended period of time, I closed the Middle School for the day. Unfortunately, the timing of this unforeseen emergency meant our buses had already started their morning routes when the need to close the Middle School arose. As soon as it was possible, we notified parents about the emergency closing using our automated phone and email system. Information about the closing was also posted on our website and Facebook page and through my Twitter account. Read full letter...


Cinderlella and PrinceCHS Presents Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Join us this weekend for Chatham High School's magical spring musical. This year we'll be performing Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella Friday and Saturday, February 26th and 27th at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 28th at 2:00 p.m. All performances are in the Chatham High School Auditorium and admission is only $5 per person at the door. The classic fairy tale of a young lady forced to work for her mean stepmother and stepsisters. Left home in rags, Cinderella luckily gets to the ball with a little help from her Fairy Godmother. Learn more...


TrialClass Explores Case Law Through Mock Trial

The business law class was transformed into a courtroom in February as students stepped into the shoes of prosecutors, defense attorneys, witnesses, and more to try the fictional criminal case of Chris Archer Vs. the State of New Columbia. The mock trial gave the students the chance to work with case law, criminal codes, and rules of evidence as they would in a real-world scenario. Learn more...


Pre-K Students Meet Dog With Important Job

Deputy VanAlstyne watches students pet KiraOur pre-kindergarten class has been learning about dogs with jobs, so with a little help from School Resource Deputy Todd Hyson, their teacher, Mrs. Alliger, arranged to have K9 Deputies Heath Benansky and Travis VanAlstyne of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office visit and share what police dogs do to help keep our communities safe. Deputy VanAlstyne brought along his partner, Kira, a specially trained German Shepherd who the students got to meet and pet. Learn more...  


Mini Ecosystem Lab

Image of students observing aquariumEnvironmental Science students created their own miniature ecosystems as part of a class lab. Working in groups, students chose to build either a terrestrial biome focusing on soil and plants, or an aquatic biome with fish. Students chose qualitative quantitative measures with which to base their scientific observations on. The class will be collecting data on the health and growth of their biomes over a 21-day period. The project wraps up at the end of February. Learn more...


Students' Research on Animals Includes Virtual Trip to Zoo

students view lizard The students in Miss Engel’s Language Concepts 2-3 class wrapped up their animal report projects by “virtually” visiting the Buffalo Zoo. Previously, students were able to choose their own animal, complete research using library books and Internet sites, write and edit rough drafts, then publish their final reports complete with a title page. As a class, they walked down to the High School to connect with the Buffalo Zoo via webcam to learn more about different animals. Learn more...


Finding Balance Through Yoga

yoga classIn February, students at CHS are developing physical strength and inner harmony through the ancient discipline of yoga. As part of its mission to teach lifelong fitness skills, our physical education depart had guest instructor Chelsea Donovan in to lead classes through some fundamental yoga postures and concepts. Ms. Donovan teaches English at CHS, and having completed Level One Baptiste Yoga training and now working toward her 200-hour teacher certification through the Baptiste Institute, she was happy to kick off the program by sharing her expertise with our students. 


Four Panthers Named Volleyball All-Stars

Congratulations to our Chatham Panthers boys volleyball players named Patroon Conference All-Stars this winter. First Team: Kevin Frederick and Casey Wheeler. Second Team: Matt Howes and Charlie Fetzner.


Mickle Named Basketball All-star

Congratulations to CHS junior Evan Mickle, who was named to the Patroon Conference All-star 2nd Team for the 2015-16 basketball season.


Aladin, Sweet Exceptional On and Off the Court

Carl Aladin and Megan SweetCongratulations to Chatham High School basketball players Carl Aladin and Megan Sweet, who were selected to play in the league’s Exceptional Senior All-Star Basketball games held March 8th at Rensselaer High School. Both were honored at events held off the court as well. Carl represented Chatham at the boys Capital District Scholar Athlete Banquet at the Troy Hilton and Megan was Chatham’s representative at the girls Scholar Athlete Banquet held at the Albany Marriott, both on March 6th. These events, which included brunch and awards, recognized Carl and Megan for their achievements in basketball and the community, and for excelling in their academic pursuits.


Winter Sports Awards

The Chatham High School 2015-16 Winter Sports Awards Night was held the evening of March 3 in the school auditorium. This event is sponsored by the Chatham Athletic Booster Club. See award winners...


Clark Earns Spot at State Qualifier

Congratulations to Erin Clark, who competed in the state qualifiers for indoor track. Based on the senior’s performance during this season’s league meets, she qualified in the 600 Meter with a time of 1:45:73 and in the 1000 Meter with a time of 3:08:81. The Indoor Track State Qualifier was held Monday, February 15th at UAlbany.


Letter from Principal Potter Concerning Students Sharing Inappropriate Photos

February 11, 2016 - Dear CMS Parent/Guardian,
This week, we unfortunately had to deal with students sharing inappropriate photographs with other students electronically and asking those students to share inappropriate photos in return. We investigated the allegations thoroughly, and involved law enforcement where necessary. The students responsible have been identified, and we have taken appropriate action to address the situation.

While we found no indication that any of this activity occurred at school, some of it caused students to feel uncomfortable at school. In accordance with the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), Chatham Central School District prohibits harassing behavior that takes place outside of school, including online, if it negatively impacts students’ school experience. Read full letter...


Photo of Erin ClarkCHS Names Clark “Good Citizen,” DAR Agrees

Chatham Senior Erin Clark received word that she has been named the District III winner of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Good Citizen Award competition. Her win at this regional level follows her school selecting her for this honor and her winning at the county level. This award includes a scholarship from the DAR and recognizes Erin as a student who embodies the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. Learn more...


Kindergartners' Art Project Shows an Ocean of Creativity

students making sea scapesIn February, kindergarten students made mixed-media artwork inspired by the book I’m the Best Artist in the Ocean, by Kevin Sherry. During this project, students made connections between art, literature, and science. With their art teacher, Mrs. Barth, the children listened to and discussed the book as they gathered facts about fish and giant squid. Students learned and applied skill in printmaking, drawing, and watercolor painting to complete their creative ocean scenes. 


2nd Quarter Honor Roll

Congratulations to our students who earned High Honors and Honors for the second quarter of the 2015-16 school year. View Honor Roll...


CMS Second Quarter Honor Roll

Congratulations to the Chatham Middle School students who earned high honors or honors for the second quarter of the 2015-16 school year. See who made the grade...


Clark Earns Spot at State Qualifier

Congratulations to Erin Clark, who will be competing in the state qualifiers for indoor track. Based on the senior’s performance during this season’s league meets, she qualified in the 600 Meter with a time of 1:45:73 and in the 1000 Meter with a time of 3:08:81. The Indoor Track State Qualifier was held February 15th at UAlbany.


Big Kids' Skits Show the Power of Playing Nice

students put on skitThe MED Bully Free Group visited kindergarten classes on February 8 and 11 to put on skits that showed the youngsters ways to peacefully resolve conflicts, such as by talking things out, taking time to cool off, sharing and taking turns. The skits were part of our “Kelso’s Choice” program that teaches kindergartens how to use peaceful conflict management skills in school, in the community, and at home. The performers were 5th graders who want to make a positive difference. Learn more...


CMS Pillowcase Service Project a Community Affair

students sewing pillowcasesJanuary was Celebrating Service Month at CMS. During a special after-school project, students, staff, and community members banded together to make pillowcases for Ryan’s Case for Smiles, a charity that provides whimsical pillowcases to sick children to help them cope with the stress of their illnesses. Sixty middle schoolers participated in the project, making thirty bright and cheery pillowcases which will go to children being treated at Albany Medical Center. Learn more...


Lossow and Pearson Receive P.E. Award

Matthew Lossow and Cassandra PearsonsChatham High School seniors Matthew Lossow and Cassandra Pearson have been given the Physical Education Leadership award by the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYS APHERD). On January 31st, the two attended the Capital Zone awards banquet in Latham, where they received plaques recognizing their outstanding efforts in physical education class and for serving as role models to their classmates. Learn more...


CHS Students Take Part in Anti-bias Conference

Destiny Hull reports out on Chatham's ideas at STOP conferenceRepresentatives from CHS traveled to Siena College January 15th to attended the S.T.O.P. (Students Together Opposing Prejudice) Conference. Sponsored by the College’s Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King Lecture Series and organized by the Anti-Defamation League, the conference brought together student leaders from twenty Capital Region schools to participate in discussions and action planning around topics like prejudice, tolerance, and respect. Learn more...


Model Drag Races Test Student Designs

students setting up co2 car raceLearning isn't a race, except sometimes in technology class, where eighth graders experimented with car design by building and racing Co2 powered dragsters. Using computer design software, students first created three-dimensional draft of their cars. From these digital models, the students then built their actual race cars from a solid piece of wood before adding the axles, wheels, and a 12gram Co2 cartridge for propellant - sort of like pine wood derby, but much, much faster. Learn more...


CHS Students of the Quarter

CHS congratulates our Students of the Quarter for the second quarter of the 2015-16 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

CHS congratulates our students who earned our Excellence in Effort Award. Every quarter, CHS teachers nominate students to receive this award, which recognizes individuals for their diligence, reliability, and motivation in class. See who earned this award for second quarter...


Family Finances and Government Spending: A "Taxing" Experiment

Students work on tax projectChatham High School requires all seniors to take a half-year economics class as a graduation requirement. In this class, students learn about the various components of economic systems, including market types, business models, and the laws of supply and demand. During a recent class activity, students discovered the difficulties faced by government officials when tasked with writing tax codes. Students had to balance their nation's budget by taxing their citizens. Learn more...


Longhouse Models Impress

longhouse modelYou may have noticed the amazing miniature Iroquois longhouses around our school lately. They were all created by our fourth grade students as part of their social studies unit on historical Native American cultures. The impressive models, which provide an accurate representation of a traditional longhouse and the activities that once took place in and around them, are on display at MED and the District offices. If you can’t catch them there, a few can also be found at Chatham Public Library this January.


For Model Congress, Success Abounds at Regional Competition

Model Congress Team at the AIC Model CongressCongratulations to the Chatham High School Model Congress Team. At American International College's 76th Model Congress, held in Springfield, MA the weekend of January 7-9, our team turned in their most success-filled effort since we first taking part in this regional academic competition. They passed every one of their bills and brought home the Team Spirit Award as well as an individual Delegate Award. Learn more...


Gardella Nominated for Siena Courage Award

Rachel GardellaCMS has nominated eighth grader Rachel Gardella for Siena College's Student Courage Award, which recognizes young people who stand up to intolerance and take positive action against racism, prejudice, and bias-related issues. Whether personally intervening when others are bullied or tackling social issues through student leadership opportunities at her school, Rachel has shown she is not afraid to stand by her convictions and stand up for others. In being nominated for the Award, Rachel joins other courageous students representing schools from around the region. Learn more...


Character Ed Theme of Giving Brings 6th Graders to Kindergarten

6th grader reads to kindergartnerThe sixth grade headed over to MED the morning of December 18th to share the gift of literacy with kindergartners. Each sixth grader paired up with a kindergarten buddy to read a book together.  Afterward, they drew a picture and wrote about the story they had just experienced. This service-learning project was part of the December character education theme of giving and was a great way for students of different ages to get to know one another and share the joys that reading can bring.   


CHS Student Invites Congressman to Speak to Class

Chris Gibson talks to students at CHS U.S. Congressman Chris Gibson visited Chatham High School on December 23. He was the guest of student Emily Ooms, who invited Mr. Gibson to come and speak to her Management & Leadership class. Economics students also listened in as Gibson spoke about his role as the elected representative for the 19th District of New York, and how his position requires him to be both a listener and a leader in order to effectively represent his constituents’ concerns in Washington. Learn more...


student giving bloodStudent Organized Drive Benefits Regional Blood Bank

CHS hosted a Red Cross blood drive on December 18th. The event brought fifty-two donors, most of whom were students or staff and first-time givers to boot, and produced forty-nine units of blood for the regional blood bank. “The best part about having a blood drive at our school is that it gets people involved early and brings awareness to a cause that deserves attention,” said CHS senior Jaina Wollowitz, who organized the drive. Learn more...


Chatham High School should have its own flag! Don’t you agree?!?!

The CHS Student Government announces an open competition for all CHS students to design our school flag. The design should in some way represent Chatham and digital formats are preferred. The deadline for all entries has been extended until January 8th, and the artist of the winning design will be awarded a 2016 yearbook or prom tickets, if eligible. For more information, please contact student government at ChathamHSgov@gmail.com.


Winter Habits of Animals

Michelle Vedder-Drew talks to students about fisher and other animalsStudents in Miss Engel’s Language Concepts class enjoyed two guests from Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center; one being the program coordinator Michelle Vedder-Drew and the other being a real stuffed fisher! The students have been studying animal habits in the winter, including hibernation, migration, and adaptations. Michelle had them experiment with “animal fat,” ice water, and bear fur to see how animals keep warm during the cold months. Learn more...


Residents Can Benefit from Tech-Savvy Teenagers

A community service program, known as Tech Tutors, has student volunteers from Chatham High School helping the technologically inquisitive better understand their electronic devices, the operation of software, and how to navigate the Internet. Students are available once a month at the Chatham Public Library to demonstrate the workings of the electronic world and explain the ways in which citizens can troubleshoot problems they may encounter. Learn more...


Statement on the Passing of Teacher Aide Joanne Craft

We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of long time Chatham High School teacher aide Joanne Craft. Joanne was well known in the school community and was well respected and loved by students and staff alike. She made a tremendous impact on our students and our community and she will be greatly missed. Read more...


student explores iglooLanguage Concepts Holiday Party

Miss Engel’s Grade 2-3 Language Concepts class hosted a “Polar Express & PJ Party” on December 21st. Their special guests included the students from Mr. Botsford’s K-1 class and Mrs. Maraglio’s 4-5 class. The students had hot chocolate and snacks, enjoyed a holiday movie, and got to know each other better. They even took turns exploring Miss Engel’s class igloo made from recycled milk jugs. Learn more...


Santa brings holiday cheer to seniorsNJHS Students Provide Festive Experience for Seniors

The CMS National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) hosted their ever-popular holiday luncheon for area seniors on December 18th. Over fifty guests visited this year. NJHS students were responsible for planning and carrying out the entire event. Seniors enjoyed a holiday concert from the Grade 7 and 8 chorus, orchestra, and band, as well as a turkey dinner served by the students. Even Santa made a special appearance to bring holiday cheer. Learn more...


The Hour of Code

student codingChatham participated in the Hour of Code in December to encourage students to learn about computer programing. The Hour of Code is a global movement presented by Code.org that involves millions of students in over 180 countries. Students at MED, CMS, and CHS have been logging on to engaging online tutorials to learn about code and try a little programming themselves, from making a character navigate a simple maze using code “blocks,” to building their own games writing JavaScript. Learn more...


Students at youth summitYoung Leaders from Chatham Attend Youth Summit

Every year, students from Chatham Central School District attend The Sage Colleges’ Youth Leadership Summit, held at Russell Sage College in Troy. On December 3, seventh and eighth grade students from Chatham Middle School’s Key Communicator and National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) programs represented their school at this year’s event, along with student leaders from Chatham High School. Learn more...


Excellence in Effort Award

CHS congratulates our students who earned our school's Excellence in Effort Award. Every quarter, CHS teachers nominate students to receive this award, which recognizes individuals for their diligence, reliability, and motivation in class. See the awardees for first quarter...


Students of the Quarter

CHS congratulates our Students of the Quarter for the first quarter of the 2015-16 school year. These students were selected by CHS faculty based on their fine work and contribution to the class. See who made the list...


Board members & grant recipients at Decemebr 3 meetingCEF Awards Over $20K to 16 Projects     

At its annual grant-making meeting November 5th, the Chatham Education Foundation awarded over $20,000 in grants to support sixteen varied and worthwhile projects at CCSD for the 2015-16 school year. Recipients of the grants were congratulated by several members of the Foundation’s board in a meeting at the high school library on December 3rd. Learn more...


Young Leaders from Chatham Attend Youth Summit

Every year, students from Chatham Central School District attend The Sage Colleges’ Youth Leadership Summit, held at Russell Sage College in Troy. On December 3, seventh and eighth grade students from Chatham Middle School’s Key Communicator and National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) programs represented their school at this year’s event, along with student leaders from Chatham High School. Learn more...


Venice and The Four Seasons

Students perform Spring in The Four Season balletTo celebrate the conclusion of their study of Venice, the third grade held a special performance for parents in the MED Cafeteria. Guest educator Tom Lee, from the Spencertown Academy, gave parents an overview of the types of lessons students enjoyed over the past several weeks, where they learned about Venetian history, architecture, art, writing, music, and more. The students then put on a ballet performance of Vivaldi’s Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons). Learn more...


Girls Varsity Volleyball Team Chatham Fields Seven Fall Scholar Athlete Teams

Congratulations to the boys cross country, girls cross country, varsity football, boys varsity soccer, girls varsity soccer, girls tennis, and girls varsity volleyball teams for being named Scholar Athlete Teams by the NYSPHSAA. This honor is bestowed upon teams that have excelled in the classroom. Each team will receive a certificate for their school as well as for each student-athlete whose grades contributed to their team's overall GPA. Learn more...


Skype interviewStudents Learn About Developing Nations from Peace Corps

The 7th grade had an online visit from Peace Corps volunteer Josie Mahlie on November 24. Mahlie, who lives in Washington D.C., recently served as a community health educator in Cambodia. She Skyped in to Chatham to share information about Cambodia’s culture, customs, and political background. The seventh grade has been studying developing nations as a unit. Learn more...


CMS Thanksgiving Basket Program

student carry out basket CMS students celebrated the true meaning of Thanksgiving by giving more than just thanks. In each homeroom, students participated in the school’s tradition of decorating festive holiday baskets, which they filled with food and other essential items to help local families. Later, students heard from guest speaker Diana Murphy, volunteer coordinator for the Nassau Resource Center, an organization that provides food, clothing, and other services to people in need. Learn more...


"Kindness Matters!" at CMS

Chevelier performs song with studentsDuring an anti-bullying artist in residence program November 24, students wrote lyrics to create an original character education song for CMS with our musical guest, Brian Chevalier. The writing process engaged every student in deep, meaningful discussion about topics like self-esteem, bullying, and good character. Each grade level at CMS worked with Mr. Chevalier on the song, which they titled “Kindness Matters!” At the end of the day, Mr. Chevalier gave a boisterous character themed concert where he and all middle schoolers sang “Kindness Matters!” together. View lyrics & listen to song...


Career Day

Craig SimmonsKaitlin PearsonTwo Chatham graduates visited the 8th grade on November 24 to talk about their own high school journey. Kaitlin Pearson discussed her decision to attend Syracuse as a communication major with hopes of someday being an anchor. Craig Simmons talked about his love for race cars, farming, and his auto body repair business.


CHS' "The Winter's Tale" at Fall Festival of Shakespeare

Students rehearse for The Winter's Tale Directed by Lori Evans and Miles Harrison, students performed William Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” November 13 & 14 at the High School. On Sunday, November 22 at 3:30 p.m. Chatham closes out Shakespeare & Company’s Fall Festival of Shakespeare with a final performance at the Tina Packer Playhouse in Lenox, Massachusetts. Tickets there are $16 for adults or $10 for students, with a full festival pass available for $80 for adults and $35 for students. Learn more...


soccer all stars

2015 Boys Soccer All-Stars

Congratulations to Chatham Panthers Patrick Devine (Junior, left), Caleb Doyle (Sophomore, right), and Casey Wheeler (Senior, missing from photo) for being named Patroon Conference's soccer all-stars. Caleb was selected for the conference first team, while Casey and Pat were selected for the second team.


soccer all stars

Section 2 Soccer All Stars

Congratulations to the Chatham Panthers' Erin Persons (Senior, left), Shannon Van Tassel (Junior, center), and Megan Sweet (Senior, right) for being named to the Section 2 All-Star Soccer Team by the New York State High School Girls Soccer Coach Association.

 



2015 Football All-Stars

Congratulations to the following Chatham players named Section 2 Class C South Division All-Stars:
First Team: Carl Aladin – Running Back; Kevin Frederick – Wide Receiver; Tucker Skype – Defensive Line; Kesean Leonard – Line Backer. Second Team: Hayden Spock – Defensive Back; Ryan Fair – Line Backer; Noah Summers - Quarterback


Exceptional Senior Soccer Game

Sam, Casey, ErinSam Riva, Casey Wheeler, and Erin Persons played in the “Exceptional Senior Soccer Showcase” sponsored by CDYSL (Capital District Youth Soccer League) on November 11th at DiCaprio Park in Guilderland. This is a final high school game offered to senior players who have represented their schools through the seasons and years, where college coaches can come to watch and recruit. The student-athletes were chosen by their coaches and played to represent their conference (the Patroon Conference for Chatham) against seniors from other conferences.


2015-2016 Chatham High School Fall Sports Awards

The 2015 Fall Sports Award Night was held the evening of November 4 at Chatham High School. The event recognized the accomplishments of our standout fall season athletes and is sponsored by the Athletic Booster Club. See this season’s award winners...


Modified Football Team Goes Undefeated in 2015

Congratulations to the Panthers Modified Football Team, who went undefeated during the 2015 season,taking on Taconic Hills, Rensselaer, Coxsackie-Athens, and Ichabod Crane. Notable 8th graders: Casey Sitzer started Qb and Defensive back; Tom Van Tassel started rb and linebacker; Quentin Kastner was starting tail back and Defensive End (scored the most touch downs); Randy VanAlstyne started both defensive and offensive tackle; Sean King started both offensive and defensive tackle; Justin Geerholt started both offense guard and linebacker. Notable 7th graders: Brady Oles, offensive and defensive line; Will Marks, offensive split end and defensive back; Spencer Ford, defensive back; Kaleb Kastner, rb and safety.


2015 Cross Country All-Stars Include MVP, Coach of the Year

Congratulations to the following Patroon Conference Cross Country All-Stars from Chatham!
GIRLS - MVP: Hallie Allen. Coach of the Year: Paul Vachiraprapun. 1st Team: Erin Clark, Danielle Wallace, Emma Gregg. 2nd Team: Mackenzie Borsh
BOYS - 1st Team: Matt Lossow. 2nd Team: Bryan Dwyer


2015 Girls Soccer All-Stars

Congratulations to the Panthers' varsity soccer Patroon Conference All Stars Erin Persons and Shannon Van Tassle for being named the First Team, and Megan Sweet for being named to the Second Team.


2015 Tennis All-Stars

Congratulations to Panther's varsity tennis players Gaby Neven and Geetika Verma for being named Patroon Conference All-Stars! Gaby was named to the Patroon Conference's First Team and Getika was named to the Second Team.


Venice and The Four Seasons

Students perform Spring in The Four Season balletTo celebrate the conclusion of their study of Venice, the third grade held a special performance for parents in the MED Cafeteria. Guest educator Tom Lee, from the Spencertown Academy, gave parents an overview of the types of lessons students enjoyed over the past several weeks, where they learned about Venetian history, architecture, art, writing, music, and more. The students then put on a ballet performance of Vivaldi’s Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons). Learn more...


JA Helps Students Make “Cents” of Financial Literacy

JA Educator teaches class Over the course of five weeks, students explored the roles of local businesses, money and taxes, voting, and our government through a Junior Achievement program taught by PTA volunteers. In collaboration with the second grade teachers, the PTA made this program available to students so they could learn these important life skills from community volunteers in a fun, engaging way. The program took place during October and November, and concluded for second grade on November 20th. Learn More...


Modified Football Team Goes Undefeated in 2015

Congratulations to our Modified Football Team, who went undefeated during the 2015 season, taking on Taconic Hills, Rensselaer, Coxsackie-Athens, and Ichabod Crane. Notable 8th graders: Casey Sitzer started Qb and Defensive back; Tom Van Tassel started rb and linebacker; Quentin Kastner was starting tail back and Defensive End (scored the most touch downs); Randy VanAlstyne started both defensive and offensive tackle; Sean King started both offensive and defensive tackle; Justin Geerholt started both offense guard and linebacker. Notable 7th graders: Brady Oles, offensive and defensive line; Will Marks, offensive split end and defensive back; Spencer Ford, defensive back; Kaleb Kastner, rb and safety.


Parenting Class Learns About Infant Car Safety

Hyson showing students cars seatsStudents in Mrs. Hayes Parenting class took a field trip to the parking lot where School Resource Deputy Hyson spoke to the class about proper car seat installation, automobile safety (in regards to infants & children), and about the various types of child safety seats. He provided an infant car seat installation demonstration using an Evenflo Nurture Car Seat provided by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. Now, as the students embark on parenting simulations using robotic RealCare babies, they will be able to properly install their carriers. Learn more...


CHS Musicians Perform at Area All-State

The CHS Music Department is excited to announce this year's Area All-State participants: Cassie Pearson (flute), Nick Avenia, Lucas Rinaldi, Kenneth Fay (mixed chorus), Taylor Hanson and Mary Jones (women's chorus). These students were chosen to showcase their talents in the prestigious Area All-State concerts held November 21st at Dover High School. Learn more...


JA Helps Students Make “Cents” of Financial Literacy

JA Educator teaches class Over the course of five weeks, students explored the roles of local businesses, money and taxes, voting, and our government through a Junior Achievement program taught by PTA volunteers. In collaboration with the second grade teachers, the PTA made this program available to students so they could learn these important life skills from community volunteers in a fun, engaging way. The program took place during October and November, and concluded for second grade on November 20th. Learn More...


Sidewalk Construction Update

November 9, 2015 - Starting this week, the sidewalk on the Chatham Middle School side of Woodbridge Avenue from the corner of Kinderhook Street to the athletic field fence, will be closed for construction. Students walking to school from Kinderhook Street should walk down Library Place and take the alleyway that runs along the side of the Chatham Public Library out to the front of the school. The walking detour will be clearly marked and we will have staff placed along the path in the mornings and at dismissal time to guide students down the detour pathway.

The new sidewalk in front of the athletic fields will be open for parents to drop off and pick up students. For safety reasons, it is important that CMS parents only drop their children on the open section of sidewalk. Closed portions of the sidewalk will be clearly marked by orange barrels and/or safety fencing – please DO NOT drop your child off in a closed area.

We appreciate your patience and cooperation throughout this process. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact your child’s school office.   


Fourth Graders Record Oral History, Honor Vets

student speking at assemblyThe fourth grade hosted a Veterans Ceremony for students and area veterans or active-duty servicemen and women. Prior to the event, students in Mrs. Lineberry and Mrs. Rossi’s classes interviewed veterans about their experiences in the service. Each child then wrote an essay about their veteran based on the information they received from their interview. The veterans were invited to attend the ceremony, during which the students read their essays aloud to the audience. Learn More...


Chatham Middle Schoolers Honor Area Veterans

Vets display flag during ceremonyLocal veterans and their families were the honored guests at Chatham Middle School’s Veterans Day Celebration, held the morning of November 10th in the school’s auditorium. Each year, CMS 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, Patrick Wemitt, helped make this event a meaningful experience. Learn more...


Cross Country Girls Team Sectional Champs - Girls Team/Dwyer Compete at States

girls team after winning raceThe girls varsity cross country team and one runner from the boys team headed to the NYS Championship Meet after their performances in the Section 2 Championship Meet at SPAC on November 6th. The girls team won the Class C race, placing three girls in the top ten, with all five of our scorers in the top twenty-five. For the boys, Bryan Dwyer ran a personal record to place 7th in Class C and earn a spot at states. They all competed at the state meet Nov. 14 at Monroe-Woodbury Central. Learn more...


Cast of AnnieDon't Miss Annie Jr. at CMS Nov. 6-8

This year's musical at Chatham Middle School was "Annie Jr." - the story of an 11-year-old orphan, Annie, brought to live with a rich millionaire, Daddy Warbucks. With classics such as "Easy Street," "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile," and "Tomorrow," and with a guest appearance by MED's canine friend, CC the Therapy Dog, this was an event people didn't want to miss! The show was held November 6-8 in the CMS Auditorium. Learn more...


2015-2016 Chatham High School Fall Sports Awards

The 2015 Fall Sports Award Night was held the evening of November 4 at Chatham High School. The event recognized the accomplishments of our standout fall season athletes and is sponsored by the Athletic Booster Club. See this season’s award winners...


Halloween Parade Halloween Parade

Students and their families enjoyed great weather October 30th for one of MED's most popular events, our annual Halloween parade. Students and staff paraded through the halls and around the outside of the school to show off their costumes to the large crowd of parents and family members who gathered to cheer them on.
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Mentor Program Hosts Harvest Fest

students palying gamesStudents in the CMS mentoring program, along with their adult mentors, hosted a Harvest Festival for preschool children on October 29th. Held in the CMS gym, middle school students paired up with a preschool buddy for a morning of fun, games, face painting, arts & crafts, and more. Hosting this event gives students the opportunity to be a leader, connect with their community in a meaningful way, and have fun in the process. The Mentor Program is organized by the guidance office and is supported by the Chatham Education Foundation.


Girls Cross Country Runs Down Conference Championship

girls corss country teamThe girls cross country team wrapped up an undefeated Patroon Conference season with a team win in the Patroon Championship Meet on Oct. 27 at Schodack Island State Park. The girls are currently ranked 6th in the state on Milesplit.com and will be competing at sectionals on November 6 with a shot at making the state meet as a team. For the boys, Matt Lossow and Bryan Dwyer finished 8th and 9th, respectively. Learn more.


Sidewalk Construction/Traffic Update

October 26, 2015 - The Village of Chatham’s Safe Schools Sidewalk Project is now well underway. Starting this week, we anticipate an increase in traffic and delays on Woodbridge Avenue, due to our need to reroute our buses around construction that will block our normal bus access route (known as Bordick Blvd., which runs along the back and side of the softball field at CMS, from our bus garage to Woodbridge Avenue). All of our buses will instead need to travel from the bus garage, located on Library Place behind the Middle School, to Kinderhook Street and then down Woodbridge Avenue before they reach the entrance to MED/CHS.

In order to alleviate traffic congestion and reduce the number of vehicles driving in the vicinity of pathways our walkers must follow, we strongly recommend that parents who drive their children to school instead have their children ride on the bus. The fewer vehicles we can have traveling in the area of our schools during this construction period, the safer it will be for all our students. If for some reason you must drive your child to school, please plan on traffic delays. Read full letter to parents from superintendent Cheryl Nuciforo...


Environmental Science and Food & Nutrition Students Visit Tierra Farmstudents at tierra farm

Chatham High School's Environmental Science and Food & Nutrition classes took a field trip to Tierra Farm, a business in Valatie that specializes in Certified Organic, non-GMO, and locally sourced foods. They met the farm's barnyard animals, toured the fruit and nut processing plant, and visited the on-site retail store while learning about organic food production, sustainable farming practices, recycling, solar power, and more. Learn more...


CHS Students Join Music and Art Honor Societies

On the evening of October 20th, Chatham High School held an induction ceremony for thirteen students entering Tri-M Music Honor Society (Tri-M) and eighteen entering National Art Honor Society (NAHS). These societies provide many opportunities for members to offer service to their school and community, in addition to giving due attention to the students’ talent in music and fine arts. This event was sponsored by the Chatham Fine Arts Booster Club. Learn more...


Sidewalk Construction on Woodbridge Ave. Oct. - Nov.

Starting October 20th, the Village of Chatham’s Safe Schools sidewalk project will begin its second phase, which is the replacement of the sidewalk along the Chatham Middle School side of Woodbridge Avenue, from the train tracks to the corner of Kinderhook St. The construction is expected to last several weeks, during which sections of the sidewalk will be closed at different times. A safe pathway around closed portions of sidewalk will be provided and clearly marked.

Important: The sidewalk closings will impact our student drop-off and pick up area at CMS. We have been assured taht a portion of sidewalk will remain open at any given point in the project so that parents will have a safe place to drop off and pick up students. However, the dropp off area is smaller than it regularly is, so please exercise patience and caution when driving your child to school. For safety reasons, CMS parents should only drop their children on the open section of sidewalk - closed portions of sidewalk are marked by orange barrels and/or safety fencing – please DO NOT drop your child off in a closed area. Read full letter...  


Students sample produce from Berry Farm Food & Nutrition Students Get a Taste of Local Food Community

Chatham High School’s Food & Nutrition class has been connecting students with community members who are making a living in our area’s diverse and exciting food industry. This October, Family & Consumer Sciences teacher Maria Hayes invited Chef Josephine Proul, from Local 111 Restaurant in Philmont, and Joe Gilbert, of The Berry Farm in Chatham, in to share their experiences with her students. Learn more...


Setting Personal Academic Goals

bulitein boardStudents and staff together are using targets and goals to guide lessons and activities at CMS. Our school is engaging all our students in setting and meeting their own personal and academic goals, using the sports reference “Shooting Toward our Goals” as our theme. An important aspect of this is instilling in our students a growth mindset when it comes to how they view challenges.
Learn more...


Author & Illustrator Visits MED

Hudson TalbottChildren’s author and illustrator Hudson Talbott spent October 23 at MED reading from his books and sharing with our students how he writes and draws his stories. Mr. Talbott has a studio near Catskill and is the author of twenty-four books. He brought along examples of how his stories evolve from a basic storyboard, to a dummy book with text, to a printed proof, and finally to the bound and finished product you can find at bookstores today. Learn more...


Students Make It ORANGE to End Bullying

6th graders wearing orange at CMS On Unity Day, October 21, Chatham students showed their true colors by supporting a safe and supportive school environment. Unity Day is a national effort to send one large ORANGE message of kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Students wore orange to bring attention to bullying and end discrimination. They signed pledges to end bullying behavior and received a "Chatham Central School - Stand Up To Bullying" bracelet. Learn more...


Student's Take on Bullying with Enrichment Project

postersTo support Bully Prevention Month, 6th grade enrichment students Jorja Davis, Katie Everett, Benjamin Halpin, Ruby McDonald, Gabriel Rippel, & Amanda Roberts researched bullying & ways to stop it, then used Publisher to create newsletters, brochures, bookmarks, & posters which they hung up in the hallways and handed out to friends and family. Theys also created T-shirts to wear on Unity Day Oct. 21st. As a result of their efforts, CMS students were made aware of the signs & forms of bullying and learned how they can help stop it.


Students Help DEC Track Health of Hudson River

students sein fish As part of the DEC's “Day in the Life of the Hudson River" on October 20th, Chatham High School Environmental Science students took on the role of scientists for a day, collecting and analyzing real field data during a hands-on exploration of the Hudson River Estuary. They recorded river conditions at Henry Hudson Riverfront Park in Hudson, where they caught fish in seine nets, tracked tides and currents, and examined the water's chemistry and quality. Read Register Star Article...


Fire Prevention Day

sparky the fire dog visits medStudents learned fire safety tips from some real-life community heroes during MED’s Fire Prevention Day October 16th.Volunteer firefighters from the Chatham, East Chatham, and Ghent fire companies were assembled in front of the school to talk about preventing fires and how to prepare for an emergency, like developing and practicing a fire escape plan at home. They brought along some of their fire trucks and other exciting equipment they use to put out fires. Learn more...


Ribbon Cutting Opens New Swings at MED

ribbon cuttingAt the start of recess on October 15, MED held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the official opening of our new swing set. Presiding over the event were MED PTA Co-presidents April Mountain and Dawn Friedman, MED Principal Kristen Reno, and CCSD Business Administrator Michael Chudy. The swing set was purchased for the MED playground with funds raised by the PTA. It has swings for eight, including an adaptive swing seat for children with special needs. Learn more....


student government 2015-16 Student Government Officers

CHS students voted on Friday, October 9th for this year’s student government officers. Elected officers are Gianni Polhemus, President; Cole Witaszek, Vice President; Jack McEachern, Treasurer; and Kate Schassler, Secretary. Chatham Student Government is a student-led organization whose purpose is to communicate and coordinate the desires of the collective student body. Learn more...


"Nothing Wrong With Being Different" at Bully Prevention Assembly

assemblyJesse Saperstein, a motivational speaker, best-selling author, and autism advocate vised CMS on October 14th as part of Bully Prevention Month. Jesse has a form of autism called Asperger’s syndrome and he shared his personal story about his challenges with fitting in. His effective anti-bullying presentation gave insight into how we perceive others and placed value in the “weirdness” found in all of us. Students also heard from Jesse's guest, Amy Maiorano, who lives with a chromosomal disorder. Learn More...


Thinking Like A Scientist

students expiremnt in 6th grade science lab The 6th grade is enjoying their dedicated lab room at CMS, where Mrs. Ladd recently led her students through a experiment titled “Thinking Like Scientist.” While exploring and documenting the differing properties of water and oil, the students learned scientific process skills like how to make good observations and inferences, which will ultimately lead into their utilization of the Scientific Method (the process of question, research, hypothesis, experiment, and conclusion) in further investigations.


Village Sidewalk Project Phase I

In October, the Village of Chatham will begin work on its Safe Schools sidewalk project. The first phase of the project will be replacing the sidewalk along School Road (the drive leading to the MED & CHS campus) which should take about two weeks to complete. During construction the sidewalk will be closed. In order to accommodate pedestrian traffic to and from MED and CHS, we will provide a safe pathway around the construction, clearly marked out by snow fence. We will have staff placed along the path in the morning when students arrive and at time of dismissal to make sure students know where to walk. The second phase of the project, which will begin once the School Road sidewalk is completed, will replace the sidewalk along the CMS side of Woodbridge Avenue. Read full letter..


Homecoming courtHomecoming Court

Chatham High School’s Homecoming King Carl Aladin and Queen Shelby Layton (front row, left) were crowned and the 2015 Homecoming Court was recognized during half-time at the football game October 3. In the court were (front, left to right) Megan Sweet, Casey Wheeler, Cassie Pearson; (back ) Grant Verenazi, Kesean Leonard, Erin Clark, Tucker Skype, McKenna Jackson, Kevin Frederick, and Katie Kraham.


Students Reflect on Contemporary Artists at Mass MoCA

student on seat at Mass MoCASeniors taking Fine Arts Workshop enjoyed a class trip to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art on October 2nd. The class takes several field trips throughout the year, enabling the students to personally interact with images and take advantage of the rich cultural opportunities in our area. While at Mass MoCA, located in North Adams, the students saw works by Sol LeWitt, Francesco Clemente, Clifford Ross, and Jim Shaw, to mention a few. Learn more...


NCBI Training Supports Culture of Tolerance and Acceptance at CMS

NCBI TrainingAs a kick off to Bully Prevention Month, over twenty 7th and 8th grade students undertook National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI) leadership training at CMS September 30 and October 1. The training was led by guest NCBI trainers Ira Baumgarten and Tawana Davis and focused on students taking a leadership role in creating a more caring school environment that is free from prejudice and bullying. Learn more...


Board Votes to Rescind Consolidation Plan

At its September 29 meeting, the Board of Education voted unanimously to revoke its December 2, 2014 decision to develop a consolidation proposal for Chatham Central Schools during this school year. The Board will instead focus on engaging the community in the development of a long-term vision for Chatham’s overall educational program. This common vision will be used by the Board to guide its decision making as it explores all options to maintain and improve Chatham’s educational program, address the impact of our shrinking enrollment, and manage the District’s financial outlook. 


students enjoy apple partyAwesome Apple Party

Ms. Engel's grades 2-3 reading concepts class topped off their first full week of school with a big apple party on September 18. The students had been studying apples all week; the parts of an apple, its life cycle, and the story of Johnny Appleseed. On Friday, the class set out a display table showing off all the work they had been doing. They made applesauce in a crockpot and let it cook all day while they enjoyed cider, donuts, caramel apples, and ice cream. They also played apple bingo! The students had a great time!


Alumni Representing Police, Fire & Military Field 9/11 Remembrance

The CHS cheerleading squad organized a special remembrance of the September 11th attacks at Friday night's football game. Chatham alumni representing our police, fire, and military services joined the players on the field during the singing of our National Anthem prior to the start of the game. Learn More...


Parent Portal

Chatham Central Schools offers parents and guardians our Parent Portal, an internet based, individualized program that allows you to electronically access your child’s educational records, including schedules, grades, attendance, and discipline. If you have not signed up for it already, please consider doing so! Letter to Parents Introducing Parent Portal...


Chatham Mourns the Passing of Student Ahmir Spann

Chatham Central Schools mourns the loss of Ahmir Spann, who succumbed to the injuries he sustained in an automobile accident. We offer our deepest sympathies to his family. Ahmir attended kindergarten at Mary E. Dardess Elementary School and our entire school district is deeply saddened by his passing. At school, our counseling team remains available to provide support to any students or staff who may need assistance coping with this tragedy. Please keep Ahmir and his family in your thoughts.


Chatham Alum Josh Keyes Makes NFL Practice Squad

Congrats to the Class of 2011's Josh Keyes, who the Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially named to their practice squad in September! Josh is Chatham's first ever athlete to enter the NFL - after four years playing for Boston College, he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent in May. Read Tampa Bay Buccaneers announcement...


Mystery box awaits answeringMystery Boxes

MED parents, be sure ask your children about the surprise package that was delivered to their classroom on the first day of school! Each class was hand delivered a brightly wrapped mystery gift box, on the outside of which was posted a question relating to something the students will be learning in school this year. When the class can answer their question, their teacher will open the box to reveal the surprise gift inside!


first day photoFirst Day Photos

Thanks to all our families who shared their first day photos. Chatham CSD students returned to another exciting school year on September 9th, 2015. The photos submitted represent students heading back to school in all three of our school buildings - Mary E. Dardess Elementary School, Chatham Middle School, and Chatham High School! See photos...


More Kindergartners Ready for School Thanks to New Pre-K Program

MED began its Pre-Kindergarten program last fall, and as the program’s first class of students enters Kindergarten this September, the results of their kindergarten screenings couldn’t be more encouraging. “We are very proud of the progress the students made, they did amazing,” said pre-k teacher Jessica Alliger. “These were students who needed it the most and now they are going into kindergarten extremely well prepared.” Learn more...


NYS Education Department Welcome Back to School Video


Teacher of the Year Charles Giglio & NYSED Commissioner Elia: Welcome Back to School
 


CCSD Art Exhibitors Take Home Awards at County Fair

Anna Verma with artworkart at the fairCongratulations to the Chatham K-12 art students who recently participated in the art exhibit at the Columbia County Fair held September 2nd-7th. In the countywide art exhibit, Chatham took first place in the Pre-K through Grade 5 division and second place in the Grade 6 through 12 division. Additionally, one of our seniors, Ana Verma, received a special artist award for her Chuck Close inspired pen and ink drawing. Congratulations, Ana. The prize money awarded at the contest will be used toward a scholarship fund for seniors planning to pursue a career in art.


Chatham High School's Pearson Crowned Schoolgirl Queen

Congratulations to Chatham senior Cassie Pearson, who was voted Columbia County's 79th Schoolgirl Queen at the Columbia County Fair September 4th. Cassie was representing Chatham CSD in the competition as a student leader who is very active in Chatham High School's music, theater and athletic programs. Read Chatham Courier article...


New Swing Set Arrives at MED

swing set in process of being installedMED is getting back in the "swing" of things, thanks to the fundraising efforts of our PTA! This August, our maintenance crew is busy installing a new swing set the PTA purchased for our playground, which has not had swings for many years. It all began last October when, as part of her monthly writing challenge, principal Kristen Reno asked 2nd graders to write a persuasive argument for new activities, games or equipment they would like to see at recess. The student's responses were overwhelmingly “swings!” Learn more...


Chatham Welcomes New Teachers for 2015-16

new staff orientation CCSD welcomed new hires Trisha Bradley (Elementary/Middle School Counselor) Carolyn Barone (Grade 7 Math), Kristen Gorczynski (English as a New Language), Michael Griggs (High School Social Studies), Judson Hoffman (Elementary/Middle School Band), and Brooke Kneller (High School Science) to our educational team during a two-day orientation program held August 25 & 26. Shown here, the six learn about Chatham's technology resources from veteran teacher Sara Murray.


BOE Adopts 2015-16 Goals

At its August 25th meeting, the Board of Education adopted the Chatham Central School District's goals for the 2015-16 school year. The Board of Education formed these goals with guidance provided by a workgroup of parents, students, community members and staff in the spring. Last spring, this group met five times to provide their perspective on the full spectrum of District programs and operations. Their comments on Chatham’s strengths and possible areas of improvement were a critical part of the Board’s goal setting process. View CCSD goals here...


Free & Reduced Meals Available for Those Who Qualify - Apply Today

Families who may need assistance paying for school meals are encouraged to complete a Free and Reduced Meals Application. A new application must be submitted each school year for those who wish to receive free or reduced-price meals, the deadline is September 30. Learn more about free & reduced price meals...


Language Concepts Classes Put On End of Summer Celebration

student sings from yellow submarine cut outStudents in our Language Concepts program put on a performance for family and friends celebrating the ocean-themed literacy learning they had accomplished this summer. Students sang “Yellow Submarine” and “Down by the Bay,” followed by a slide show and reception highlighting their class activities. The event, held in the MED library on August 14, was the culmination of this summer's program, during which students explored the A-to-Zs of our world’s oceans through writing, crafts, and class trips. Learn more...


More eReaders at the CHS Library, Thanks to the Spencertown Fire Company

Spencertown Fire Company and Chatham teacher Jodi Sullivan at BBQ fundraiserChatham Central Schools would like to thank the Spencertown Fire Company for its donation of $1,000, to be used to purchase more eReaders for the Chatham High School library. During its annual Beef Bar-B-Q fundraiser on August 9th, the fire company presented a check to High School English Teacher and Grade 7-12 English Language Arts Teacher Leader, Jodi Sullivan, who was there to accept the donation on behalf of our school. The school library's eReader program makes them available to high school students for use in school or at home. Learn more...


Lunch Price Increase for 2015-2016 School Year

Starting this September, lunch at MED will cost $2.45 and lunch at CMS and CHS will cost $2.60. The ten-cent price increase is due to a federal mandate (the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act) which requires schools to bring what they charge for regular-priced meals in line with what the US Department of Agriculture reimburses schools for meals provided to students receiving free and reduced price meals. Our breakfast prices remain unchanged, as do reduced-priced meals.


CCSD Newsletter Earns National Recognition

The Chatham Central School District’s community newsletter “Chatham Connections” was recognized as an outstanding educational communication by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) when it was awarded an Honorable Mention at NSPRA’s 2015 Publications and Electronic Media Awards this summer. Learn more...


Distance Learning Connects Students to Aquatic World

students visit SAn Diego Zoo using distance learning equipmentStudents in Chatham’s Language Concepts summer program enjoyed a virtual field trip to an aquarium in San Diego, California on July 22. They met various sea creatures, learned about how they move and communicate, and identified colors and shapes that could be found in the vibrant animals. Our Language Concepts program consists of two classes this summer, taught by Kristine Mackowski and Kaylin Willimott, respectively, with teaching assistants Patti Lanphear, Ruth Anne Burnell, and Melissa Paladino. 


Board Elects Leadership, Sets 2015-16 Meeting Schedule

At its organizational meeting July 7th, the Board of Education reelected Melony Spock as Board President and elected Teri Conte as Vice President. The Board also approved its 2015-16 meeting schedule and swore in newly elected member Beth Hover, returning incumbent David O'Connor, and its new student representative, Jack McKeon.


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