Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The course will consolidate computer applications and multimedia applications classes.
In the upcoming school year, Chatham High School will condense its courses in computer applications and multimedia applications into a single new course, Digital Literacy. Principal Darren Groh told the Board of Education Monday the new course will take a look at common technologies and how people use them. The school’s program of studies booklet says the course focuses on the “development of a positive web presence” and explores “ethical considerations of digital citizenship while better understanding the implications technology has on privacy.” Groh explained the computer applications course is about six years old at this point and that students coming into the high school already have a solid grasp on a lot of the programs taught, …
Honors credits will give incentive to keep taking world language courses, principal said.
Chatham High School will begin offering honors credits to the majority of its level-four world language courses starting in the 2013-14 school year to encourage students to continue learning their respective languages, principal Darren Groh said. Groh, who gave a presentation on the high’s schools program of studies during Monday’s Board of Education of the School District of the Chathams meeting, said attaching honors credits to classes will increase students’ grade point averages and provide incentive to take the advanced placement course in their senior year. Groh explained that many students take level-four classes as juniors, having taken a world language during middle school and beginning freshman year at level two. Superintendent …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Chatham High School Principal Darren Groh said the cougar's resting place won't be vacant for long.
Darren Groh, the principal at Chatham High School, said the Advanced Placement Art class will have a big project waiting for them when school starts on Thursday, Sept. 6. "Our AP art students will be working on a new cougar in the fall," Groh said, to replace the one which used to stand in front of the high school doors. The cougar, a mosaic tile art project completed by art students in previous years, was reported vandalized on Wednesday, June 20. Chatham Township Police Patrolman Kelly Sretenovic noticed the head of the cougar broken off from the main statue and laying in pieces on the ground while on patrol at about 2:30 a.m. June 20. According to the police report, Sretenovic also noticed "broken Corona beer bottles and spilt beer on …
Monday, August 20, 2012
Overflow parking will see some changes as the school year begins.
At the start of the 2011-12 school year, Chatham High School wore many of its changes on the outside of the building. A new parking lot wound its way to the south of the building, and part of the campus was closed off for the construction of new classrooms. As the 2012-13 school year comes closer, changes at Chatham High are just as significant but not as easily seen. "We have new staff coming in this year," Principal Darren Groh said. New staff members include a new assistant principal, Douglas Walker, who replaced George Alexis as of Aug. 16. "Bill Lebrera, our new athletic director, has been here since July 1," Groh said, "and he's jumped in with both feet." There is also a new Mandarin teacher, Yanfei Li, to replace Vicky Chu, and a …
Friday, June 22, 2012
Valedictorian Amy Lee also spoke.
Chatham High School Principal Darren Groh had some parting words for the graduates of the class of 2012 Thursday. For more videos of the graduation, click here. To see a photo gallery of the commencement ceremony, click here.
Friday, March 30, 2012
A footpath has been installed; a few finishing touches are still outstanding.
Four new classrooms were opened up for instruction at Chatham High School this month, putting an end to the construction project that has been ongoing since last summer. Principal Darren Groh opened the classrooms on March 9 for use. The rooms are part of the B wing and currently used by world language instructors. The classrooms have a maximum capacity of about 100 students, enough to contain the high school's student population until about 2015. Should enrollment continue to increase, the district can add a second floor onto the new addition with an additional six classrooms, according to Board of Education Member Al Burgunder. Contractors have also installed a walking path leading from Longwood Avenue to both Chatham High and Lafayette …
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Parents and kids went back to school Tuesday.
Chatham students returned to school Tuesday for the start of another year. Chatham High School had a moderator directing traffic. Though cars were backed up along Lafayette Avenue, traffic within the parking lot was limited to faculty and students with parking tags. Parents dropping off their kids were directed to the driveway at the school's entrance, which has two drop-off points at entries to the school. "We're hoping parents get used to the new system and follow the directions," said Principal Darren Groh. The expansion of the high school parking lot is still under construction. Interim Superintendent Dennis Fyffe previously said it should be completed within two weeks. Numerous fourth graders and their parents walked to Lafayette …
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Valedictorian Katie Hurt: '20 years from now, we'll all look back on our Chatham days and smile.'
Throughout the 23rd Commencement Exercises at Chatham High School on Friday night was an eye on the past, back to when the first class of Chatham seniors graduated in 1911. "There were six students in 1911, three boys and three girls," Principal Darren Groh said in his speech. "Today, the class has grown to 246 seniors, 123 boys and 123 girls." Groh also noted that the salutatorian from 1911 and Sabhyta Sabharwal, the salutatorian in 2011, both chose to attend Middlebury College. For video from Chatham's graduation ceremony, click here. Superintendent Jim O'Neill, in his last Chatham graduation before he retires on June 30, also had one eye on the past in his speech, joking that he wished the superintendent from 1911 had started the …
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Video of Chatham High Principal Darren Groh's presentation regarding the need for an expanded parking lot.
Chatham High Principal Darren Groh gave a public presentation before the joint Facilities/Finance Committee on May 23 regarding the proposed parking lot expansion at the high school. Groh outlined some of the decisions made in past years that have led to the current parking crunch at Chatham High School. Other issues caused by the overcrowding at Chatham High have been addressed, including open campus and rotating schedules, but the parking lot has remain unaltered for over 20 years. Groh also described the application process that juniors must go through in order to be approved for on-campus parking, and how the school would intend to monitor student parking in the future.
Students, parents, educators and environmentalists all had opinions on the parking.
Despite nearly an hour of public comments on the proposed expansion of the Chatham High School parking lot, no definitive consensus could be determined on whether the lot should be constructed. Students from Chatham High School said that they realize parking is a priviledge. However, they said that with all of the activities, sports and academics that they balance, having parking lot available on campus would be a real service to them. Parents and environmental advocates from within the Chathams said that students should walk from the Colony Pool lot, or that the school should look into operating a shuttle from the Cougar Field parking lot to the high school, rather than taking open green space away from the school. The parking lot at …