Where the funds are being spent this year 2016-2017

At the High School

Study of the works of Edith Wharton and Henry James for HS Advanced Placement English with professor James Kraft of Old Chatham took place in Late 2016

“Chris Herron – Unguarded” The former professional basketball player will talk about his addictions to opiodes and heroin and how he overcame them. An assembly for the students will be held in the auditorium during school on Tuesday, April 11 at noon, an evening program at 7 p.m. will be in the auditorium for the community. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Teacher Patricia Songayllo with funding from CEF has erected bird feeders and students will participate in a Cornell Bird Feeder Watch.  This program is ongoing and began in April.

Clearwater Sloop High School Biology teacher Sandra Fischer will take fifty students to sail the Hudson River on the Clearwater to study how such ships were sailed and the science of the Hudson River. A date is to be set in late Spring.

Work began in March with students participating in a new nationally developed FIRST Robotics program.

At the Middle School

The ongoing “Character Education” program this year included the students seeing the film “Hidden Figures” film at the Crandell Theater during the week of February 10-16

The American Revolution: Living History Day
The American Revolution: Living History Day – Seventh Grade, 2016 – Photo: Adam Charbonneau

The American Revolution Comes Alive. For the third year Social Studies teacher Will Richard makes History come alive for our Seventh Grade students with hands-on learning on May 19th

During March and April, Middle School students and the Chatham Film Club are once again writing and producing an original film to be shown in school and at The Crandell. They will be guided by film-maker Susan Lutz and teachers Cecelia Hetterich and Michele Debye-Saxinger.

At the Mary E Dardess Elementary School

Jamal Jackson, West African Dancer and Educator will teach fifth Grade students, drumming and traditional dances from Mali, on April 10 /11. co-sponsored by PS21

With funding from CEF, a number of Ukuleles were purchased, through the Fine Arts Booster Club, to encourage all Fifth Graders to learn an instrument in an afterschool program which will begin in May with music teacher Abby Brownell.

Fourth Grade students working on The Longhouse project Phase II
The Longhouse project Phase II – Fourth Grade, 2016 – Photo: Adam Charbonneau

This year the Fourth grade will put the final touches to The Longhouse Project that has been led by Flying Deer Nature Center for the past three Springs

Kathryn Kosto and The Art School of Columbia County, partnering with the MED librarian, will teach an after school pop-up Art in the Library program to students from kindergarten through fifth Grade during the Spring Months.

WHERE’S THE SHAKESPEARE??

After more than ten years of helping to fund the Fall Festival of Shakespeare, we have great news: pending the passage of the School Budget in May, this fabulous Shakespeare program, which has involved so many students over the years, is to be included in annual curriculum expenses. Thanks go out to Judi Mathews and her crew for so faithfully ensuring that the program happened every year; to Shakespeare & Company for their sterling work; and to the students, past and present, who love this program and give 110% every year. Chatham Education Foundation is proud to been one of the underwriters from the start.