What's Right with Spackenkill June 2, 2017

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What's Right with Spackenkill!

June 2, 2017

A tradition of excellence with a vision for tomorrow

Dear Spackenkill Community,

I don't know where to start this week in our newsletter. There have been so many special events, celebrations, and activities throughout the last few weeks that we cannot include all of them in this week's newsletter. Not only am I impressed with the many student accomplishments featured herein, but also with the behind-the-scenes support and commitment of our dedicated teachers, support staff, and families that enables our students to aspire to become excellent musicians and vocalists, science researchers, mathematicians, artists, and scholars. Enjoy the fruits of your labors! Your achievements are well deserved.

Next week we will include many of the events that space does not allow this week, such as the Hagan/Nassau Spring Fling, Academic and Athletic Awards, and more. With all of the special activities, please do not lose sight of end-of-year responsibilities. We have a special Board of Education Meeting on June 12 at 7:30 in the Todd Middle School Dining Hall where we will Celebrate the Success of retiring and current staff, clubs, volunteers, and distinguished students. We will post the program a few days before the event and we welcome all of you to attend!


.Mark Villanti

Mark Villanti, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Spring Concerts Fill Schools with Music

Throughout the month of May, spring concerts were held in all the schools. Hagan Elementary band, chorus, and strings students held their own in-school concert and also visited Nassau to perform for the younger students. Nassau second graders sang as well. At the secondary level, the Todd Orchestra, Chorus, and Band each held a separate concert. The High School Mixed Choir, String Ensemble, and Jazz Band took the stage on May 22, while the Chamber Orchestra, Women's Chorus, and Concert Band performed on May 24. Congratulations to all the musicians and vocalists, as well as the music department teachers! A sampling of performance images follows:

Elementary Concerts

Nancy Ferrarone at Nassau in-school concert 2nd grade chorus
Principal Nancy Ferrarone at Nassau in-school concert 2nd Grade Chorus performs at Nassau in-school concert
3rd grade chorus 4th and 5th grade chorus
3rd Grade Chorus 4th and 5th Grade Chorus
concert band Hagan strings
Concert Band Gold Strings

Todd Concerts

7th and 8th grade band with Mr Catanzaro choral concert
7th and 8th Grade Band Choral Concert

High School Concerts

concert choir orchestra
Concert Choir Orchestra
string ensemble jazz band
String Ensemble Jazz Band

Karen CrichtonTeaching Teachers

Teacher Karen Crichton recently presented "Language and Literacy Instruction For All Students" to a large audience of fellow teachers at the Mid Hudson Reading Council Locust Grove. Ms. Crichton shared strategies for developing language and literacy for all students, with a focus on students in the English As a New Language (ENL) program. State mandates and practical strategies to use with students were also part of this most informative presentation.

Scholar-Athletes Honored at MHAL Breakfast

MHAL Scholar-AthletesOn May 24, the 19th Annual Mid-Hudson Athletic League Senior Scholar-Athlete Breakfast took place in Saugerties at Diamond Mills.  Spackenkill High School students Gabrielle Prichard and John Timm were honored at the event. Gabrielle is captain of the Varsity Soccer team, a member of the National Honor Society, vice president of the Class of 2017, and vice president of Student Government Organization. John plays Varsity Golf and Basketball and is captain of both teams. He is a member of the National Honor Society and a CYO volunteer. Both students plan to attend SUNY Binghamton. Pictured above left to right: Parents Mary and John Timm, student John Timm, and Gabrielle Prichard and her mom, Nancy Quinn.


NYS Scholarship Winners

The Spackenkill High School recipients of the 2017 Scholarships for Academic Excellence, given by New York State, have been selected. Kudos to Eileen Gao, Robert Waxman, Anubhav Shankar, Susan Gong, and Leah Mozeshtam. To learn more about the scholarships, please click on this link.

Math Team Celebrates Wins

Mathematics TeamOn May 21, members of the Mathematics Team and parents gathered at the Olive Garden to recognize our graduating seniors: Mahmoud Almady, Anirudh Bhimavarapu, Eileen Gao, Susan Gong, Yan Lok Ko, Vincent Li, Jacob Moore, Leah Mozeshtam, Anubhav Shankar, Anshuman Swain and Robert Waxman (pictured above with Ms. Pupko and event organizers Cynthia Ma and Rachel Li (also pictured separately).  Cynthia Ma and Rachel LiDr. Villanti briefly addressed the students, congratulating them on their numerous successes throughout the year.  This group of seniors has been instrumental in raising the profile of mathematics at Spackenkill High School.  Any five of them would have ranked at the top of most of the districts against whom we compete!  We were the only district that had four teams -- the maximum allowed by the DUSO league -- qualify for sectionals at Vassar College, and that includes districts with seven times as many students in a graduating class! Congratulations to students and Ms. Pupko for this impressive track record. Come join the fun -- new members are always welcome! Please see Ms. Pupko for more information.

Students Present Original Science Research

At the Science Research Class Symposium on Tuesday May 30th in the high school auditorium, seniors  
Daniel Busaba, Eileen Gao, Vincent Li, and Nathan Liang presented Power Points on their research projects.
Sophomores and juniors shared posters on journal articles in their areas of research.
Guest speaker was Dr. John Long, Biology and Robotics professor at Vassar College.
Kudos to the students, and a big thank you to science research teachers
Kris Chen, Jennifer Maloney, and
Amy Matts.

Nathan Liangscience exhbits

AboveStudents shared research projects in lobby.  Below, left to right: Eileen Gao, Vincent Li, Amy Matts,  Jennifer Maloney, Kris Chen, Nathan Liang, and Daniel Busaba. The students presented their teachers with bouquets of appreciation for their work and support.

science symposium participants and honorees

art show

Third Graders Learn Bicycle Safety

Third graders participated in Hagan's annual Bike Rodeo on May 24th. Students learned about Bicycle Training safety, including looking obike rodeout for cars, walking bikes when appropriate, using hand signals, and avoiding obstacles.  Some students used their scooters instead. Many thankbike rodeos to the Town of Poughkeepsie Police, Mrs. Dooley-Russo, Mr. Molon, Mr. Murin, and all those who volunteered to run the different stations.


Scouts Beautify Nassau

Cub ScoutsOn their day off from school last Friday, The Cub Scouts planted some beautiful perennials to complement the marigolds planted by Daisy Troop #10580 earlier this season.  Brayden Cookinham, Zachary Altieri, Alex Schaefer, Jack (John) Cohen, Luke Wishrad, and Tyler Cookinham did an outstanding job!

Thank you to Den Leader Nicole Altieri as well as to volunteers Brad Cookinham, Jeff Cohen, Colleen Cohen, Paul Wishrad, and Joanna Schaefer.

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Mission: Inspired by a tradition of excellence and a spirit of continuous improvement, the Spackenkill School District will provide all of our students with the academic and social skills necessary to pursue their goals and become responsible citizens in an interdependent global community.
Vision: All Spackenkill graduates will be lifelong learners who are inspired to pursue their dreams and contribute to the global society.

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