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National Math Competition Open to Elementary Students


The Spackenkill District is fortunate that the AMC 8 (MAA American Mathematics Competitions 8) will be offered again this year at Todd Middle School on Tuesday, November 18 after school. This is a national mathematics competition for Grades 8 and under, and 30 slots are available.  We receive results that reflect the student's standing in the pool of participating students all across the United States.  

This year there will be 4 practice sessions offered prior to the test.  They will be held at Todd Middle School  in Room 13 from 2:30 to 3 pm on Thurs., Oct. 9; Thurs., Oct. 16; Thurs., Oct. 30;  and Thurs., Nov. 13.  

Parents/guardians of elementary students who wish to participate should contact Todd mathematics teacher Cindy Nguyen at

Lego Contest Winner

Congratulations to Jacob Brandenburg!  We are so proud of Jacob for winning first place in the 4 to 6 age category at the Poughkeepsie Plaza's 21st Annual Lego Contest this past Sunday.

Keep Kids Safe from Enterovirus & Seasonal Flu

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has issued an advisory related to enterovirus EV-D68; a serious respiratory illness that has been confirmed in over a dozen children in New York State.  This virus can cause severe respiratory illness in children, especially those with asthma and other chronic respiratory conditions, sometimes resulting in hospitalization. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), school-age children are most likely to get infected with such enteroviruses and become ill because they do not yet have immunity (protection) from previous exposures to these viruses. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) would therefore like to provide the following guidance.

According to the NYSDOH, the EV-D68 virus is transmitted through close contact with a person who is already infected, and/or by touching objects or surfaces contaminated with the virus and then touching one’s mouth, nose, or eyes. There is no specific treatment or anti-viral medications available, but aligned with the NYSDOH’s guidance, NYSED is requesting all school employees to enact and follow the prevention efforts noted below, which are essential in minimizing spread of the virus as well as preventing the spread of influenza (seasonal flu):

Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
Avoid touching of eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.

Symptoms of illness may include any of the following:  fever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and body aches.  If you or your child is experiencing these symptoms, follow up with your health care provider.  As always, if you or your child is symptomatic, stay home. CLICK HERE to visit the CDC website.

CLICK HERE to read about precautions for preventing the spread of seasonal flu.

Summer Reading Program

Congratulations to Ryan Wendoloski for completing the Summer Reading Program at the Grinnell Library this summer.  Ryan not only read library books, but also participated in story times, Crazy 8’s Math Club, Game Nights, and Family Fun Nights.

Summer Reading Challenge

Congratulations to Kai and Keegan LaManna for completing the Summer Reading Challenge at the LaGrange Association Library this summer.  Both students were recognized by their library and community.

Senator Gipson Honors Nassau Students

State Senator Terry Gipson honored Nassau students Eva and Mischa Parsons, grades K and 1, respectively, at an assembly on June 23rd. The sisters won the 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest sponsored by the New York State Senate for the 41st Senatorial District. Students from schools all over Dutchess and Putnam counties from K to high school submitted entries. The sisters created their winning design using composted kitchen scraps and newsprint. The poster spells out the message “I Love Earth" using a heart symbol.  Pictured above with Senator Gipson (center) are Eva and Mischa (holding poster) with their younger sisters and parents, Simona Cohen and Bill Parsons.

At the assembly, the senator answered questions posed by the classes of teachers Colleen Drummond and Mary McGurl. The students sang two patriotic songs for their visitor. When Senator Gipson asked the students why it’s important to celebrate our Earth, one replied, “So it won’t be all messy and full of trash everywhere.” Another said, “When someone throws something down, just clean it up.”


Mint Mobiles

Mrs. Zanca's second grade class did an engineering project called "Mint Mobiles". The students worked in groups to design, build and test the vehicles to see how far it would travel down a ramp. Groups then discussed the vehicles performance and redesigned and tested each car.






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