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New Nutrition Standards for 2014-2015 School Year
Spackenkill's Food Service Department continues to strengthen its efforts to provide the best possible nutrition for kids. CLICK HERE to read about new standards for the 2014-2015 school year.
SUFSD Applies for Baldrige Award
The Spackenkill School District has applied for the state-level Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award, which recognizes organizations for achieving performance excellence. A site visit from a team of Baldrige examiners will take place in the fall. Please stay tuned for details. CLICK HERE to read the application.
NYSED Memo on APPR Assessments
Following, please find a memo we received from the New York State Department of Education (NYSED ) regarding what it deems “unnecessary APPR assessments.” In regard to Task 1, several of the middle school and high school subjects that are identified as administering pre-assessments do not do so. Some subjects/courses that did administer pre-assessments last year have eliminated them for next year.
In regard to Tasks 2 and 3, the APPR requirements are very complicated at the secondary level. Many of the assessments listed in the following memo exist in the event that they are needed, but many of them may never actually be administered. Additionally, the local Student Learning Objective (SLO) and the assessment used for it need to be negotiated with each individual teacher; many teachers are, rightfully so, concerned about using the same exam for both the 20% state score and the 20% local score of their evaluations. For one test to comprise 40% of a person’s evaluation is not reasonable. For similar reasons, teachers are reluctant to be assigned scores based on tests administered in subject areas they do not teach (such as a health teacher being evaluated based on an English assessment).
An updated list of APPR pre- and post-assessments for the 2014-2015 school-year will be posted here before school begins.
CLICK HERE to read the NYSED memo.
Parents' Bill of Rights
The purpose of the Parents’ Bill of Rights is to inform parents of the legal requirements regarding privacy, security and use of student data . CLICK HERE to read the document.
Property Tax Freeze Credit
The Property Tax Freeze Credit is a two-year tax relief program that reimburses qualifying New York State homeowners for increases in local property taxes on their primary residences. SUFSD is in compliance for year 1. Taxpayers will be entitled to a refund from the state in the fall of 2014. CLICK HERE for more information.
Change in Immunization Requirements
The New York State Department of Health has adjusted the requirements for immunizations effective July 1, 2014. CLICK HERE to read about the new requirements.
State of the District
On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Dr. Powell presented the State of the District Report.
CLICK HERE to read the document..
Parent Feedback Welcome
Parents recently received a letter in the mail dated May 16, 2014, asking for feedback about the district. The letter and the feedback form are posted below.
New Service of Dutchess County HELPLINE
The Dutchess County Department of Mental Hygiene has expanded its 24-hour HELPLINE service to include texting. Dutchess TEXTS is designed as an alternate way to access mental health assistance since many people, particularly young adults and teenagers, often prefer to text rather than talk on the phone. Young people can access support services by texting “DMH” to 741 741. READ MORE...
SUFSD Board of Education Approves Resolution
At the April 22 Board of Education meeting, the Testing, Common Core, and Privacy Resolution was approved.
CLiCK HERE to read the resolution.
Consequences of Objections to Standardized Testing
Read an article by the New York State Association of School Attorneys regarding standardized testing and the consequences for school districts when students refuse to take state assessments.
CLICK HERE to read the article.
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.
Spackenkill Rates High for Financial Stability
The state Office of Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released a report on the financial stability of school districts in New York. Spackenkill ranked 643 out of 674 districts, in the top 5% statewide. SUFSD also has the best financial stability among school districts in Dutchess County. VIEW A CHART OF COMPARSIONS.
Additional information can be found at the NYS Comptroller's website.
New York state schools' financial ratings: Look up, compare school districts (1/16/14, The Post-Standard)
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.
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
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 email@example.com.
CLICK HERE for the School Lunch web section
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
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.
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)
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
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