April 22 BOE Meeting

BOE meeting

The Board of Education will hold a Long Range Planning Meeting on Tuesday, April 22 @ 7:30 p.m. in the Todd Middle School Dining Hall. The BOCES vote and discussions of building usage options, extra state aid, and the proposed Testing, Common Core, and Privacy Resolution are on the agenda.

The community is welcome and always encouraged to attend. For information about any BOE meeting presentations, please visit the BoardDocs section of this website, which is located under the Board of Education drop-down menu or CLICK HERE.

Survey Results Are In

 

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The results of recent parent and school climate surveys are in. Thank you to all who participated. View the reports and see how Spackenkill compares with the national responses:

CLICK HERE to read the results of the Parent Engagement & Satisfaction Survey by school building.

CLICK HERE to read the results of the School Climate & Culture Survey by district building.

Taconic PTA Announces Reflections Honorees

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The Taconic PTA has announced the winners of its 2013-2014 Reflections program. The theme for this year's  program is "Believe, Dream, Inspire." Students submitted works of art in four areas: literature, musical composition, photography, and the visual arts. Congratulations to the following students:

  • Co’ree Moore – 1st grade, Nassau – Dance Choreography
  • Jeana Chun – 8th grade, Todd – Literature
  • Annika Hill – 8th grade, Todd – Music Composition (Entry will move on to the National PTA competition.)
  • Lavinia Liang – 12th grade, SHS – Literature & Music Composition

The following students received Honorable Mention:

  • Iman Ali – 1st grade, Nassau – Visual Arts
  • Jack Mulcahy – 4th grade, Hagan – Photography
  • Shinrea Su – 4th grade, Hagan – Literature
  • Anoushka Swain – 4th grade, Hagan – Music Composition
  • Taha Abdalla Ali – 5th Grade, Hagan – Visual Arts
  • Abigail Straus – 5th grade, Hagan – Literature
  • Samuel Chen – 8th Grade, Todd - Literature
  • Lavinia Liang – 12th Grade, SHS - Photography & Visual Arts
  • Alice Chen – 12th Grade, SHS – Literature
  • Michelle Devlin – 12th Grade, SHS – Visual Arts

 

Community Invited to Spring Donor Event

 

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On Thursday, April 10, Spackenkill High School will host its second annual Health and Wellness Fair. The fair is open to all high school students and staff from 10 am to 3 pm. There will be mini-classes throughout the day and various vendors will be on hand, including yoga and self-defense specialists, Bikeway, CrossFit Mid-Hudson, and Gold’s Gym.

In the evening, we will be hosting Spackenkill Cares, an event highlighting organizations providing services within our community. Be The Match will do a bone marrow registry drive and Donate Life America will have an organ donation registration. Gently used prom dresses and accessories will be collected for the Junior League of Poughkeepsie's Cinderella’s Closet.

We invite the community to attend Spackenkill Cares from 5-8 pm at the high school.

 

 

District Honored for Music Education

 

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The NAMM Foundation has recognized SUFSD for its outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education designation.  This year, more than 2,000 schools and districts across the country applied, and Spackenkill was one of 376 to achieve the distinction. Congratulations to all members of the music department and our community members who support them! The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization with the mission of advancing active participation in music.

 

CLICK HERE to read the full press release.

CLICK HERE to visit the NAMM website.

More Headline News

Curriculum Update

The Spackenkill Union Free School District will begin the process of developing and revising grade-level and subject-area curriculum maps.

CLICK HERE to read a letter from the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and PPS.

NYS 2014-2015 Legislative Changes Regarding Common Core and Student Privacy

The New York State Legislature recently passed its 2014-2015 budget, which contains provisions impacting our district and students. The new legislation features a number of changes with regard to the implementation of the Common Core and student data privacy. We have outlined the key provisions, which are effective as of April 1, 2014 (unless otherwise noted), as follows. READ MORE.

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SUFSD and District PTA Present Bullying Speaker

SUFSD and the District PTA have recruited Mr. John Halligan to conduct a parent presentation on bullying, cyber-bullying, and youth depression. It will take place on Thursday, April 24 at 7 pm in the Spackenkill High School auditorium and is free and open to all parents in the district as well as staff. On April 25, there will also be presentations on bullying for middle and high school students during school hours. Additional information will be posted on school websites.

 CLICK HERE to read more about the presentation.

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BOE Approves Veterans' Exemption

At the February 25 Board meeting, a partial exemption from school taxes for veterans was approved by the Spackenkill Board of Education.   Military veterans may receive an exemption based upon their type and time of service.  The default exemptions were approved for Spackenkill veterans. READ MORE

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Important Transportation Information

Parents and guardians must have transportation requests to private and parochial schools or daycare providers for the 2014-15 school year to the Spackenkill UFSD Transportation Office by April 1, 2014. For more information, please contact Doreen Wright, Director of Transportation: 463-7800.

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Food Service Account Allows Parents to Manage Food Choices

If your child has a dietary restriction or allergy that you would like listed on their NutriKids/MySchoolBucks account or if you wish to limit or block the purchase of a specific food item, please contact the Spackenkill Food Service Department at 463-7836 or lisa.french@spackenkillschools.org.
CLICK HERE for the School Lunch web section

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BOE Welcomes Feedback on Policies: 9000 Series

The Spackenkill Board of Education is currently reviewing the 9000 policy series. This series includes the arrangements for meeting procedures, duties of officers, quorum, terms of office of members, and the like. Feedback is welcome. Policies on BoardDocs

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UPDATE: EngageNY Portal Parent Fact Sheet

The EngageNY Portal provides educators, parents, and students with access to educational data, curriculum and instructional resources. The updated document includes responses to additional questions raised over the past few weeks in addition to a short summary of the data security and privacy protections in place for the EngageNY Portal. Additional information about the Portal can be found at www.engageny.org/portal.

READ the Parent Fact Sheet (PDF) | EngageNY Portal Data Dictionary (PDF)

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NYSED Commissioner John King Vies for Fewer Standardized Tests

READ the press release at http://usny.nysed.gov/docs/teaching-is-the-core.pdf

New York State Seeks to Scale Back Student Testing (10/25/13 - NY Times)

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Fair Funding Rally Advocacy Event Focused on Fiscal Crisis in Education

About 500 community members from more than 25 school districts in the Hudson Valley came together on October 2 to learn about the fiscal crisis facing their schools and to find out what they can do about it. VIEW the VIDEO

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New Shared Decision-Making Council Created

As a way for all stakeholders of the Spackenkill School District to have a voice about issues, a new council was created. The District Council will meet quarterly throughout the school year. MORE

 

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