2022-2023 Year in Review

The seniors in Participation in Government visited the Franklin County Courthouse today. They were able to see several sentencing hearings as well as the execution of an Extreme Risk Protection Order. The students had the opportunity to ask Judge Carriero and Judge Champagne questions about the legal procedures they witnessed and about their legal background. The seniors also saw some very familiar faces, including District Attorney Elizabeth Crawford and newly appointed Commissioner of Jurors Darby Monette. Both spoke about their positions at the courthouse and their career experience. The students got to sit in the jury box and had a picture taken with Judge Champagne.

From Miss Roach:

The little bulldog primary program is learning about spring and new life! 

After learning about the lunar cycle, 8th graders modeled each of the moon phases using Oreo cookies. It was a nice way to review and a good excuse to eat some Oreos!  

From Miss Summers: 

The first graders have been working hard on writing and illustrating a nonfiction book. We have been learning about the Sun, moon, and stars during science. The first graders wanted to read their books to our Kindergarten friends. They did amazing reading and showing illustrations that they worked so hard on. The Kindergarten friends were great listeners and asked the best questions after!

From Miss Swinton:

Today in Math, Kindergarten practiced our addition and subtraction skills during centers! Learning fun was had by all!

From Mrs. Beach and Miss Swinton:

Kindergarten was invited to visit the Teddy Bear Clinic today! We had the best time and all our Teddy's were mended. ❤️

This past weekend Chateaugay  Youth Bowling had a team participate at the 54th Annual USBC Youth State Championship Team tournament at AMF Strike and Spare in  Syracuse, NY, representing region 5. John Decosse. Brayden Villnave, Makayla Sweet and Ellianna Davis placed 3rd in the C division. Congratulations and job well done!

Thank you Mr. White and goodbye!

2023 Prom Court Take 1

2023 Prom Court Take 2

Check out these amazing projects. These 10th grade students designed and built these items during their class with Mr. LaPlante and Mrs. Ashline. Amazing work. Nice job!

From Mrs. Jones-King

Kindergartners recently learned about teamwork in their SEL class with Ms. Jones-King. We played musical yoga mats and discovered that it IS possible to fit an entire class of Kindergartners on one yoga mat if we all work as a team!

Mrs. Blair-Wilcox’s and Mrs. McComb’s kiddos got together on Friday to complete a STEM Catapult project.  The 4th graders were tasked with creating a catapult using popsicle sticks, rubber bands, plastic spoon, a plastic cup and some tape.  They could use any or all of their supplies.  The PreK kiddos were engineer apprentices helping to build the catapult.  After building the kids tested their project by launching a plastic egg across the room.  All catapults successfully launched their eggs forward.  The kids worked together extremely well and had a fun time together. 

In the fall of 2022 the Adirondack Center for Writing in Saranac Lake, announced that submissions were open for Wild Words, the first Adirondack Teen Writing Anthology. This brand new, yearly print publication was designed to be a place for teens living in the North Country to publish their creative writing, including poetry, short stories, memoirs, personal essays, sci-fi, and fantasy.  Any teen (age 13-19) living in the North Country was eligible to submit writing for consideration in the anthology. 70 teens had their submissions chosen for publication. Chateaugay Centrals Luke Dalton & Maddie Decosse were chosen to be published. On Saturday April 22nd in Saranac Lake was their book launch. They were invited to read an excerpt from their story and sign copies of the book. It is now available to order online at https://adirondackcenterforwriting.org

From Ms. Rieger:

Congratulations to the Science Olympiad team for their outstanding effort this past weekend at the State competition in Syracuse NY.  A special shout out to Ainsley Crawford and Lexi Sutton for winning a state medal. This is an incredible feat. Also,  Drew Crawford, Matthias Green, Cooper Clark and Adam Perkins for respectively placing in the top 15 in some of their events. WE ARE SO PROUD OF YOU ALL!!!  Thank you to Mr. and Mrs Crawford for chaperoning. We couldn't have done it without you. And, a huge thank you to Mr. LaPlante and Mrs. Brooks for all your hard work and support of the team.

Press Release Village of Chateaugay, NY – April 6, 2023

The Village of Chateaugay is pleased to announce the 7th annual "Mayor For A Day" winner, 8th grade Chateaugay Central student Torie Butchino. Torie's essay was one of 41 submitted to the Village Board of Trustees as part of the annual contest.

Students were posed the question “What would you do as mayor to make our village the best place to live?” Torie’s essay focused on the creation of “Welcome to the Village of Chateaugay” signs on each end of the village and well as “Thanks for Visiting” signs as you leave. Her suggestion is being considered by the Village Board with the intent to be implemented in future planning.

Torie's essay was unanimously chosen by the Village Board and she has been invited by Village Mayor Matthew Clarke to visit the office as “Mayor for the Day”. Torie will be able to see firsthand what the job entails including preparing the budget for upcoming fiscal year expenditures; monthly bills; and daily operations of the highway garage as well as our Water and Wastewater facilities.

The Chateaugay Village Board strongly encourages involvement in the community and as such focuses on our youth. Our vision is that of a village where all youth are active participants in shaping a vibrant community. The board believes that young people who experience involvement at an early age carry that civic sense of responsibility into adulthood and are challenged to do more and be included in all aspects of community life. The entire board would like to give special thanks to the administration, teachers, and staff at Chateaugay Central School who allow us to do this project every year in conjunction with their 8th grade Social Studies and English classes. A special thank you to CCS teachers Ms. Alexandra McKellar Jones, Mr. Jon Paul Johnson, and Mrs. Mackenzie Jarvis, who partnered with us for the contest. The Village Board plans to continue this annual event.

Today we held our 3rd quarter PBIS assembly- focusing on the trait of being respectful. 

Congratulations to all students recognized. 

Kelsey Riley and Jaedyn Yelle were also announced but not pictured due to all county musical festival 😊

Ice Cream "Field Trip"

All County Musicians

8th grader Callie Mailloux had submitted several poems to the 2023 Great Adirondack Young People's Poetry Contest. Her poem, "Conclusion," was chosen to be published in the Lake Placid Institute's Words from the Woods Poetry Booklet. Callie, along with the rest of the young poets, will be honored and given a chance to read her poem in public for the first time. Copies of the poetry booklet will be available in print and at www.lakeplacidinstitute.org by the end of April. Congratulations, Callie!

From Miss Swinton:

Today in Kindergarten, Mr. Wood came to visit us to teach us all about the Maple syrup process. We tasted some amazing syrup and maple candies! We are so grateful that Mr. Wood made a special trip to us because the weather wasn't cooperating for us to visit him. BIG THANK YOUS!!❤️

From Mrs. Sandvig and Mrs. Beach:

Due to weather our kindergarteners couldn't go to the sugar bush, so Mr. Wood was so kind and brought the Sugar bush to us! We all enjoyed syrup and maple candy. It was a great day, thank you again Mr. Wood.

From Miss Summers and Mrs. O'Neill: Today, the first graders celebrated all their hard work so far this year by walking to Stewarts to get ice-cream. Each first grader colored the coloring page provided by Stewarts in class and then redeemed their work for a free ice-cream! Thanks to Stewarts for providing the ice-cream and being so patient with the kids!

Two days this week students in grades Kindergarten through six enjoyed Yoga with Miss Swinton. Miss Swinton prepared a fun Wizard of Oz yoga story, complete with flying monkeys, tornados and witches!

Celebrities vs. Paparazzi - Spirit Week Day 2

Spirit Week for grades 7-12: Day 1 - Students dressed as teachers and teachers dressed as students. 

Mr. Smith's class took a walk to Stewart's for Ice Cream. It was delicious!

This past Saturday the CCS LEAD Team hosted a Little Spring Formal. Some of our youngest Bulldogs invited some special people to gather at the elementary gym for a dance. Check out these ADORABLE pictures. 

Congratulations to James Carlock for being this year's Rock, Paper, Scissors Champion. Nice job. Thank you to Mrs. Dwyer for organizing the event. It was a fun way to end a Monday afternoon.  Check the school's FB page for a video from the elite 8 courtesy of Miss Bruyere. 

Agri-Mark, Clean Uniforms & More, and Val Dalton with The Inspector, LLC recently teamed up to donate 30 logoed lab coats for the Chateaugay Science Olympiad Team. The team will be able to use the lab coats for their State Competition in April as well as future competitions both regionally and states. 

Pictured: Corey Desranleau (Agri- Mark), Valerie Dalton (The Inspector, LLC), Coach Brooks,  Adam Perkins, Lexis Sutton, Ainsley Crawford, Matthias Green, Liam Green, Cooper Clark, Coach Rieger, Sarah Mills (Agri-Mark), Maddie McDonald, Mattaya Carosella, Lily Stephen, Drew Crawford and Alison DuMont.  

One of the benchmarks in first grade is to be able to count and understand numbers to 120. Today we celebrated the 120th day of first grade! Our students are 120 days brighter! What better way to celebrate then to have a glow day! Pictures are a little dark due to the black lights but it was a day to remember! We are so proud of all the first graders so far this year!

From Miss Swinton: 

Miss Swinton's class learned the power of team work today during their time with Mrs. Jones-King. They turned cream into butter! It was awesome seeing all their excitement and encouraging words towards each other. They definitely enjoyed the fruits of their efforts and they made the most delicious butter.

From Miss Swinton:

Kindergarten started their Plant unit today! We learned what plants needed to grow and then planted our very own bean seeds. We can't wait to watch them grow!

We talked about what plants need to survive this morning. Then all of our kindergarten friends planted their own seeds. Now, we will be patient and wait for them to grow. 

Mrs. Beach and Mrs. Sandvig

From Miss Decillis: 

Brain breaks are a regular thing in 5th grade! Students get time to relax their brain and get out some energy before sitting down for some math, reading, writing or science and social studies! Today's brain break was pool noodle drumming! :) 

From Mrs. O'Neill

What a fun day for Mrs. O'Neill's 1st graders! We started out with a STEM activity making leprechaun traps. Given a cup, some playdough and pipe cleaners students had to make their own trap. They had to use their materials to hang the cup so it would fall and catch the leprechaun. Wow, did they have some great ideas and so much fun with it! Thank you Ms. Summers for the fun idea. Then, Mrs. Calnon came in to do the Inspire Activity "What do you do with a chance?” by Yobi Kamada. Mrs. Calnon read the book and then the kiddos played charades to act out what they took a chance on and their friends had to guess. We had roller skates, bike riders, tractor drivers and more. Good job 1st graders! Thank you Mrs. Calnon!

From Miss Swinton:

Kindergarten planned and made the best Leprechaun trap! We are definitely going to catch him this time! Look at all this team work!

From Mrs. McComb:
Pre-K worked hard to make a Leprechaun trap! They can’t wait for Monday to see what we catch ☘️

From Miss Summers:

The first graders had a blast with the challenge of building bridges or leprechaun traps for St. Patrick's Day. They were given playdough, pipe cleaners, and a cup. They had to figure out ways to suspend the cup in the air with no help from adults. They worked really hard and persisted through the challenge. We are so proud of them! 

I think many of us are sick of the snow, but here's proof the kids aren't. That smile! 😊

Mrs. McDonald's third grade class had a "sweet" opportunity to learn about the maple syrup process and enjoy some sweet maple treats. A huge thank you to Jonah McDonald and Anna Bleakley for coming in and showing the kids how to make sugar on snow! 

This young lady did an excellent job reading to one of our kindergarten little bulldogs! Mrs. Patnode is so proud of you!

This morning the CCS bowling team received a nice send off from their fellow students. They are headed to states. We wish them all the best. Photo credit to Mrs. Gardiner. 

Fifth graders have been learning about the Mayans. They each researched a Mayan God and created a mask that was influenced by him/her. They also needed to share what the purpose of the mask would be. They learned that the Mayans used masks for many purposes, including for ceremonies/festivals, death, birth, weddings, intimidation and as a connection to the spiritual world.  - Mrs. Beaudin

Thank you, Mr. Gugliotta, for these pictures from the junior trip to SUNY Canton. The experience is part of Delaney Staples' senior project. They will also be going to NCCC this week.

All families are welcome to apply. These funds are designed to provide financial assistance to eligible community members with children in the school district who are experiencing economic hardship due to certain emergency situations, especially for families that may fall just short of eligibility for other programs such as heap. Funding could be used to supplement clothing, food, fuel oil, gas cards, cell phone minutes, food insecurities, medication Co Pay, transportation, rent, security deposits, etc. 

Friend time and fresh air. Thanks Mrs. Warriner. 

Some t-shirt word fun with our kindergarten kids this morning- we are so proud of how well they are reading and putting words together!  From: Mrs. Beach and Mrs. Sandvig 

From Mrs. Sweatt:

Our class recently finished reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. To celebrate we had a movie day. Students dressed like wizards/ wore pajamas and enjoyed some “wizard” snacks .  

Dr. Seuss - First Grade

First grade had so much fun today celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday! We read lots of different books written and illustrated by the magnificent author. After we read each book, we did a fun activity to celebrate the book. Our activities ranged from writing about what we want to be when we grow up (Oh the Places You Will Go, graphing goldfish (One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish), and of course trying green eggs and ham! -Miss Summers (with Mrs. O'Neill)

From Miss Swinton:

In Kindergarten we started our "How to" writing unit! The kiddos were so excited to follow the directions to make a Party mix. They enjoyed their creation and then made directions for the party mix to share with their families. 

Congratulations  - East Division Co-Champions

CCS Student Council surprised Mrs. Rounds with a card of thanks for her dedication to our students. Congratulations on your retirement. Enjoy! 

From Mrs. Brooks: 

For Valentine's Day, our middle school scientists conducted an experiment to see if they could correctly identify candy conversation heart flavors based solely on the taste!  As you can see from the pictures, some definitely enjoyed the flavors more than others, but fun was had by all.  A handful of students were "super tasters" and guessed all 6 flavors correctly! 


Thank you, Mrs. Stewart, for sharing these pictures from last week's tubing day with grades 9 and 10. 

Fourth graders had fun with some stem activities today. First, they had to see who could make the tallest tower out of candy hearts. For the next challenge they tried to build a boat that would hold the most candy hearts without sinking . 

From Mrs. Swanston: We finished our unit on Artic Animals, and this student took on the challenge of creating an Artic Fox diorama. He did such a great job and is so proud of his work. 

Little bulldog hour enjoying the nice spring weather.

From Miss Swinton: Happy Valentine's Day from Kindergarten!

Thank you, Mrs. Phillips, for these bowling pictures. These gentlemen know how to strike a pose, although one of them seems to be saying, "Spare Me". 

From Mrs. Warriner: First Graders spent their playtime having fun sledding and soaking up the sun.

Beach Day at the recent game. 

From Mrs. Brooks:

To conclude our lessons on potential and kinetic energy, the 8th graders were tasked with building a "car" out of a soda can, rubber bands, and other basic supplies.  After lots of brainstorming and  some trial and error, they battled head to head in a tournament to see which car would travel the greatest distance. First place winners were: Period 1: Alison DuMont, Period 2: Brooklynn Johnston and Period 3: Callie Mailloux.  

Senior Project - Emma Locklin

From Mrs. Locklin: Here is a video of the girls who participated in Cheer camp this past summer. They attended the varsity game on Friday night with the varsity cheer team. The did side line chants and took the floor at halftime. This was Emma’s senior project. She coordinated, organized, promoted and ran the camp. The varsity cheerleaders helped in running the camp, both this past summer and at our recent practices. They were awesome!! Emma did an excellent job. Many thanks to all who helped and participated in the camp! 

Video credit- Theresa Jarvis

One Word Project - From Mrs. Beaudin

The 5th graders set one word intentions for the new year! Each student chose a word that they wanted to focus on in 2023. The students listened to the book, "One Word for Kids: A Great Way to Have Your Best Year Ever," by Jon Gordon and Dan Britton. They thought deeply about words that they wanted to celebrate or words that would bring something into their lives that they needed more of. They defined the word and explained why it was important to them, found a picture that exemplified the word and a quote that inspired them. 

If you could choose only one word to help you have your best year yet, what would it be? Excitement? Family? Believe? Strength? It's prob­ably different for everyone. How you find your word is just as important as the word itself. And once you know your word, what do you do with it? Students were able to create a piece of wearable art to celebrate their word. Positive intentions invite positive actions!  Happy New Year from the CCS 5th graders!  

Special thank you to Janet Madrid-Shuett and Susie Jones-King!

The CCS Science Olympiad teams competed this weekend in regional competition at Plattsburgh High School. Both teams did an excellent job and we are very proud of them. The Division B team placed 1st overall and will be headed to state competition in Syracuse.  Congratulations to both teams. A huge thank you to Mrs. Brooks, Mr. LaPlante, Mrs Breault, Mrs Harrigan, Mrs Nemier-Green and our chaperones Mr. and Mrs Crawford.

It's always hard saying goodbye to our seniors, Kate Bleakley, Bekah Miller, and Kara Dumas, who have been competing for 7 years. You have been amazing role models and exemplary for sportsmanship. We wish you continued success. 

Participation in Government

From Mrs. McArdle:

The seniors spent nearly 6 weeks preparing our mock trial in Participation in Government. After a field trip to the Franklin County court house, they learned important trial vocabulary, the steps in a trial and all of the individuals involved and their roles. They then volunteered for different roles in our trial. Everyone had a part whether they were a witness or an attorney. After 2 weeks of familiarizing themselves with their trial materials, the prosecution and defense teams worked hard to build the best cases they could. The defense team successfully earned a not guilty verdict on both charges facing their client. We would like to offer a special thank you to Mr. Jon-Paul Johnson for serving as our judge and his economics class for serving as our jury. I am so proud of these students!

Congratulations to Walker Martin for scoring his 1000th point. Thank you to Mr. Simonsen for the pictures. 

From Mrs. Sampica-Manor: The PBIS Perk Event today was so much fun! A little Hot Chocolate Social to warm up to at the end of the day. 

Some festive fun in Miss Swinton's class. 

The town hall hosted the 7-12th grade for a Christmas movie today!  It was a great afternoon. Thank you to Mrs. Locklin and Mr. Bilow for hosting us!

Pre Sing Along Cuteness

We have had the pleasure working with Mr. Walrath in Kindergarten. His time with us is coming to and end but we want to express our gratitude for him. We will miss him so much! 

Thank you for the music seniors. 

From Mrs. Sandvig:

It's been a lot of fun in kindergarten, here are some of Pickle's adventures! The kids enjoyed his shenanigans- Now it's time for him to say goodbye!! Mrs. Beach and Mrs. Sandvig.

Mrs. Beach and Miss Swinton's classes came together to celebrate a Polar Express PJ Party! What a fun and magical time! The kiddos arrived with their tickets to board the train, they had treats galore with popcorn, hot chocolate, and candy canes! Memories were made today. :)

We also want to shout out our amazing helpers Mrs. Warriner, Mrs. Sandvig, Mr. Walwrath, and Mrs. Davey. Without them the magic couldn't happen. 

From Mrs. Brooks

It was a game of Survival of the Fittest in Science 7!  To conclude our lessons on organism adaptations and natural selection, 7th graders were tasked with designing a perfectly camouflaged butterfly that could go undetected by it's only known predator, the 8th graders! With the experience of completing the same activity last year, the 8th graders felt VERY confident that no butterflies would make it out alive... but despite their best efforts, 4 butterflies went undetected!    

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JV Girls - thank you
Mrs. Villnave

Check out this video from Mrs. McComb. It is from the Pre-K field trip to the Farrar Home. 

The early childhood class started off their new unit on elementary arts and the senses by making Christmas cars. It definitely brought out the child in them.

Snow Angels

Fall Sports Recap from Mrs. Reynolds. 

Fall Sports 2022 Highlights.pdf

From Mrs. McArdle:

Students in my Participation in Government class went to Malone for a field trip to work with Judge Champagne. They had a very informative and eye-opening experience. Various government employees discussed with them their jobs and duties at the courthouse, the requirements and qualifications and salary. David Hayes, chief clerk to Judge Carriero described his days as prosecutor and public defender. The students also witnessed sentencing hearings and discussed those decisions with Judge Champagne. Lastly, Tammy Gordon spoke to them about her work with children in Franklin County and Christine Fisher described her job with drug court.

On Monday Nov. 21st the elementary, grades 4-6, had the opportunity to participate in a Climate Learning and Research Fair.  This was Rebekah Miller's senior capstone project.

From Ms. Swinton: 

Today we invited 3rd grade back to Kindergarten for some Christmas craft fun!! We made a Christmas tree countdown and 3rd helped us color and count! After, we sat and read Christmas stories together. It was such a great time with fun and endless smiles. We definitely made a core memory today. ❤️

The 2nd annual Turkey Trot was a success!! 🦃

Drew Crawford took first place and won his very own Turkey!! Thank you to all who came out and braved the cold!! 🤎🧡💛

Congratulations to these CCS student musicians. They were part of the annual Area All-State concert held this past weekend in Moriah. It was an amazing concert. Mrs. Trombley and Mrs. Hodges are very proud of their hard work. 

5th grade celebrated their final personal narratives café style today! 🥳 Students read each others narratives and left feedback! 😊 

On November 17th, the 9th grade class visited Bilow's Dairy Farm in Malone.  Mr. Bilow, his son, Andrew and his daughter, Jessica, along with a former CCS student, Cody Wilder graciously gave us some of their valuable time and gave us a tour of the farm operation. The students enjoyed walking through the 2000 cow barn. They were able to see what the cows eat and how they are milked at this expanding operation. Students watched as cows entered the milking parlor, how they were milked and how they exited the parlor.  The students enjoyed petting the cows and the baby calves.  Mr. Bilow explained the feed mixture that the animals eat. He showed the students the feed bunks and told us how long the large supply of hay and corn would last. Students learned valuable information about a dairy farm and the importance of herd health.  We look forward to another visit next year when the new barns and the 100 cow rotary milking parlor is in operation.  

If only everyone could be as happy as our kindergarten kids enjoying the first snow fall! 

Some turkey fun in Mr. Smith's class. Thank you, Mrs. Patnode, for sharing these pictures.

Mrs. Sweatt's class and Mrs. Blair-Wilcox's class enjoying the snow today.

More wonderful pictures from Mr. Simonsen. These are from the last volleyball playoff game. He would like to thank all the parents for their kind words all season long. He also would like to thank Mrs. Reynolds for the complimentary ticket to the game. He captured many wonderful moments throughout the fall season. 

Today was the Middle School PBIS Perk Event. Board game challenge. So Much fun! 

1st quarter MS PBIS assembly to honor our students who embody the trait of being a learner. Congratulations to these students for doing such great work this quarter. 

Veterans Day

In Senior Seminar this week Mr. Gugliotta discussed Veterans Day with the students. He asked Jeff Johnston for his opinions about what he wished students knew about the day. They watched videos about the difference between Veterans Day and Memorial day along with a video about the difference between active duty and reserves. Finally, the students wrote cards of thanks for local veterans and/or their families. 

Nice job Ainsley. We are proud of you and your achievements with the swim team. 

From Mrs. Dumas

Sixth graders used their critical thinking skills to create a wind powered “Puff Mobile” yesterday. They were given limited materials, and were challenged to use them to create a vehicle that is powered by one breath of air. Some groups used a special tool to measure the power of their breath to find the group member who could make the vehicle travel the farthest. The activity ended with a competition to see which machine traveled the farthest on one breath of air. Many thanks go out to our expert guests, Walter Brockway (engineer), Dave Brockway (statistician), and Anna Dumas (math major). They introduced the challenge after giving a talk about the importance of math and science and STEM career possibilities. The sixth graders really showed some innovation and creativity

STEM Panel - Senior Project - Kara Dumas

Hi everyone! I wanted to give everyone a little information on my STEM Panel that happened on November 3rd for grades 9-12 from 9-10 AM. This was my senior project! I had four panelists come in to talk about their experience in the field. My panelists are Walter Brockway Jr. (Electrical Engineering), David Brockway (Math), Brooke Dickey (Chemical Engineering), and Anna Dumas (Math). The first 20ish minutes included introductions and the panelists told the audience about themselves. The next 20 minutes was reserved for me to ask the panelists questions that I thought would be most beneficial for students to hear. Then for about 15 minutes the floor was open for students to ask questions

Thank you the panelists for their time. It was an informative morning. Nice job Kara.  

Today in Kindergarten we celebrated Pumpkin Day! We participated in a Pumpkin Investigation! We explored to see if our pumpkin would sink or float? We found that pumpkins float!! We drew pictures of the inside & outside of our pumpkin. We measured to see how many cubes tall our pumpkin was. We, of course, then cut our pumpkin open to count the seeds and play with the goop! So much fun!

Thank you, Mrs. Lacombe, for this story and compiling all of these pictures from many people. 

Today our second grade CCS students visited Carsada Dairy in Malone, NY.  Students learned about farming, harvesting corn, milking cows, toured the milk parlor and learned Carsada Dairy's milk goes to the Chateaugay Cheese Plant.  Students enjoyed caring for calves, a wagon ride, participated in a relay race, and snacked on delicious ice cream and cheese.  Thank you to all who made this experience possible! 

Congratulations to freshman swimmer Ainsley Crawford for earning a spot in the sectionals for swimming. She will be swimming the individual 100m butterfly and the 200m team relay, her leg being the 50m butterfly. 

Entrepreneur Week at CCS

Logan McArdle presented to our economics class today for entrepreneur week, featuring Logan's Barkery. 

Mr. Johnson has invited different local business owners to come and present to our class on how to start up a small business and  to answer any questions our students have regarding starting and running a business. 

Thanks for being our first presenter, Logan! 

Mental health habits being developed at CCS. 

Esports lab at CCS. 

Mindfulness activities at CCS

Students in the Early Childhood program started the school year taking care of egg babies for two weeks. Students were enthusiastic at the beginning of the project but quickly learned taking care of a baby (even an egg one) is not all it is cracked up to be. There were a few bumps along the way but overall students did a great job!

Kindergarten students had a wonderful day at Banker Orchards! We were lucky to have warm weather and lots of fun! All of the students were able to pick a pumpkin, pick apples, enjoy some cider and a donut, and ride a wagon around the orchard. Thank you to everyone who helped out today! ~ Mrs. Beach

From Miss Summers:

First Graders have had quite an exciting couple of weeks. Last Friday we got to visit Rulf's Orchard to go apple picking and pick pumpkins from the pumpkin patch. We enjoyed some cider and donuts and then played in the rain on the playground! 

Today (Wednesday) we got to visit the Chateaugay Fire Station to learn all about fire safety. We got to explore trucks, meet the firemen and firewomen, and explore an ambulance! 

From Mrs. Jones-King: This week Mrs. Calnon, Mrs. Matthews and Ms. Jones-King shared a wonderful activity with our students in grades Kindergarten-2. Unfortunately I was enjoying the activity so much I forgot to take pictures of most of the groups! I did get a few shots of our 1st graders. The children all enjoyed the activity which involved the book "Stick and Stone" and focused on friendship. The children all left with some items to remind them about being a good friend.

Faculty, staff and some students wore pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. Members of the CTA and CSEA also donated $5.00 to wear jeans and that money will be donated to the cause. Our elementary Bulldogs wore their new t-shirts today. 

FA Members Attend NYS Officer Tour in Schaghticoke

Chateaugay FFA members traveled to Liberty Ridge Farm to meet with over 250 other FFA members from across the eastern part of the state. The state officer's speech was inspiring. Students participated in a growth mindset workshop and set goals for themselves and the Chapter. They looked at areas such as personal & physical health, school, family, etc. to identify areas of strength and weakness. They then brainstormed with other members on what they could do to improve. 

Prior to the speech and workshop, they enjoyed many of the farm's activities including a corn maze, giant jumping pillows, pig races, duck races, barnyard sports, and giant gerbil wheels... It was a great opportunity to see old friends, make new friendships, and network with other chapters across the state. We're grateful to our school for the ability to participate in these events. 

Miss Swinton's little bulldogs with their new t-shirts. Thanks for the pictures Mrs. Warriner.

From Miss Swinton:

For the last day of the month in September Kindergarten is celebrating Apple Day!! We are doing fun filled apple themed activities, are wearing apple colors, and are making homemade applesauce that we prepared and will eat at the end of the day! What an exciting day!!

Apples and applesauce with Mrs. Beach and Mrs. Sandvig. 

Thank you, Mr. Gugliotta, for these pictures. Students in grade 9 read the book Hey Warrior and students in grade 10 took a walk outside and engaged in a meditation session. 

Many students, faculty and staff members dressed in purple, teal or yellow in recognition of National Suicide Awareness Month. Mental health matters at CCS and we are fortunate to have an amazing team of counselors and other service providers taking care of our students.

This past late winter and spring the CDOS and Agricultural Foods and Natural Resources class began growing seeds/plants. The classes took care of them until they were ready to be planted. Mr. LaPlante's Pre-CTE class built the three raised beds in the spring. Once the raised beds were filled with soil/compost and the threat of a frost was gone the plants and seeds were planted. The three beds were harvested this morning with Diane Ashline and Miss Decillis' fifth grade class. Mrs. O'Connor assisted with two of her CDOS students. The students harvested potatoes, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, carrots, cabbage, cucumbers, summer squash along with some marigold seeds that will be used to plant more marigolds next year which help deter wildlife from bothering the plants. The plants that were left were pulled to be placed into the compost bins. These plants will break down into soil. Mrs. Ashline and Mrs. O'Connor are hoping to have at least three more raised beds in the spring to grow more. The summer school students will help water and care for the plants in the summer of 2023 thanks to Mrs. Brunette.

From Mrs. McArdle:

Here are some pictures of students building neurons in psychology, Because as psychologist like to say: everything psychological is biological!

Thank you to the representatives from area colleges who were at CCS today as part of the SUNY Roadshow. Thank you to Mr. G. for the pictures. 

From Mrs. Beaudin:

The 5th graders had a wonderful time

this week creating Affirm Your Awesomeness posters!

From Mrs. Thomas - My 2nd grade class was getting a little upset about all of the rain and not being able to go outside for recess, so we decided to learn all about it. We learned about the water cycle and precipitation. Then we used shaving cream (clouds) and blue water to show the process of a cloud getting too heavy with water and having to release it. They had a great time! 

A week's worth of activities in Miss Swinton's room. Thank you, Mrs. Warriner, for the pictures. 

Pre-K friends enjoyed making Lions out of pancakes to end our Letter L week! They really loved eating the finished product!

From Mrs. Harrigan:
Student Entrepreneurs Work with the Cafeteria

The school's new salad bar is about to get some really fresh greens. Thank you Olive for helping to harvest lettuce from our grow cart this morning. This partnership between the students and cafeteria has been helped through a Health and Wellness grant :) Olive is excited to use this SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) in her AFNR (Ag Food and Natural Resources) class with Mrs. Ashline. 

STEM and Fresh Salsa from the CCS Garden

Miss Decillis’s 5th grade class was able to create another recipe from the raised bed gardens at C.C.S.  Tomatoes, sweet and hot peppers, and onions were harvested.  The gardens are helping the students realize how some of their food is grown and prepared.  The students were able to participate in reading the recipe and tasting the salsa. Many thanks to Mrs. Ashline, Mrs. O’Connor and her students for their help in the preparation of this treat. 

The class of 2026 would like to thank all the community members who came and supported our Back to School Bulldog Breakfast fundraiser today.  We had a fantastic turn out and are so very grateful for everyone who enjoyed a yummy breakfast this morning.

From Mrs. Sweatt: My students enjoyed the first week with some team building stem activities and an escape box.  

STEM & refrigerator pickles from the student garden

Mrs. Ashline and the 5th graders made refrigerator pickles from cucumbers they harvested from raised bed gardens planted last Spring. Students practiced reading a recipe, following directions and using their measuring skills. They can hardly wait to enjoy the pickles Monday. Students are also learning about the characteristics of plants. When they were all finished they enjoyed delicious zucchini cookies Mrs. Ashline made from the garden’s zucchini. 

Science and S’mores

We didn’t have a campfire, but we did enjoy some s’mores :) After discussing the importance of accuracy and measurement in daily life (medicine, engineering, cooking, etc.) students measured and calculated the density of a whole and half a graham cracker and chocolate bar. They then compared their results concluding size doesn’t affect the density of an object. 

One more adventure was added to the “Little Bulldog” experience. We enjoyed a beautiful walk to the falls at High Falls Park. After the walk we had a picnic lunch with ice cream for dessert. The kids had loads of fun on the playground to close out the day. We even managed to avoid the rain! Lasting memories were made.

Summer Visit to the Library

The “Little Bulldog”Summer Program sends out a huge thank you to our local librarian, Melissa Erhardt for giving us such a warm welcome. The students received their own library card, toured the library, and left with a bag of goodies and a book to keep. We hope our families will go back to the library and check out some books. It is a beautiful facility right in our little village.

From Mrs. Dumas:

The “Little Bulldog” Summer Program sends out a huge thank you to our local librarian, Melissa Erhardt for giving us such a warm welcome. The students received their own library card, toured the library, and left with a bag of goodies and a book to keep. We hope our families will go back to the library and check out some books. It is a beautiful facility right in our little village.

School may be out but students' project is still "producing"

In a joint project between the C-DOS, Carpentry and Ag classes students built raised beds and transferred their seedlings from the Grow carts this spring. When Mrs. Ashline was weeding she shared some of the cucumbers with grateful fourth graders. This project was partially made possible through Franklin County Soil & Water, an Ag Ed Incentive grant and Health & Wellness grant. When students return in the fall they will be learning about food  preservation, making salsa, pizza sauce, etc. They enjoyed many salads and refrigerator pickles at the end of the year. Even picky eaters love trying food they've grown themselves :) They're hoping to supply the cafeteria with fresh greens throughout the year. Please also note the beautiful apple tree in the Memorial Garden. Can you smell apple pie and sauce in the future?