What's Right with Spackenkill! June 9, 2017

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What's Right with Spackenkill!

June 9, 2017

A tradition of excellence with a vision for tomorrow


Dear Spackenkill Community,

Activities at Spackenkill have not slowed down this week. As you will read, there have been a multitude of celebrations and programs as the year is winding down. I sat in amazement at the High School awards ceremony listening to the accolades of a number of our soon-to-be graduates. I remained awestruck by the energy of our teachers, support staff, administration, and families who have helped at so many field day activities. I managed to lose a race to Principal Malkischer, although I’ve asked for a rematch for next year. I want to give another shout-out to Spack Onstage and their efforts at this time of the year to relive some of the personal letters between President Adams and his wife, Abigail. Again I remind all of our students that as important as all these activities are, please remain focused in the classroom. We have some hot weather coming up, and I hope that everyone finishes up the year in a strong fashion. 


Mark Villanti

Mark Villanti, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

celebration of successes

The Board of Education's Celebration of Successes will take place on Monday, June 12. Please click here for the evening's program.


Awards Recognize Deserving Seniors

The High School auditorium recently hosted two awards events for our graduating class of 2017. Congratulations to all!

Academic Awards

Please click on this link to read the Recognition and Awards Program. Enjoy some highlights of the evening below.




Athletic Awards

At the Athletic Awards, the Tony Kutch Memorial Scholarship, established by the Spackenkill Football Association, went to first-time recipients  Brooke Scianna and Ryan Devenny. As you may recall from a previous newsletter issue, Mr. Kutch served in various capacities in the district for 45 years, including coach, physical education teacher, and game announcer ("Voice of Spackenkill"). 

Please help support Mr. Kutch's memory while helping Spackenkill seniors advance their education. The link to the donation page is below.


Please click here for the full program of Athletic Awards and take a look at the photos below, which represent just a small portion of the event. 


Senior Field Day Fun

High school seniors got outside on June 7 to enjoy a day of games and friendly competition. Volleyball, inflatables (like hamster runs), Ultimate Frisbee, sack races, and other fun field games were on the schedule. At mid-morning, the seniors enjoyed a barbecue lunch (with Principal Steve Malkischer at the grill) and other foods provided by Lola’s of Poughkeepsie. At the end of the day when the points were tallied, yellow team won and pink team was the runner up.Thank you to all the parents who brought food! A special thank you to Mr. Kowalski, who donated delicious fare from Lola's in Poughkeepsie; the Delmar family, who contributed all the hamburgers and hot dogs; and the Lee family for providing all the bagels. Many thanks to the PE department and senior class advisors Peggy Pisano and Kathleen DeFreest!  

Also on Field Day, a flock of flamingos appeared overnight, grazing on the lawn of Spackenkill High School, courtesy of the class of 2017!


Golf Champ Headed for State Tournament

Golf champErik Stauderman, a high school junior, participated in the 2017 NYS Boys Golf Championship this past weekend.  It was played at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Cornell University.  Erik finished tied for 17th out of 99 golfers.  This was the 4th consecutive year Erik has qualified for the state tournament.  

Congratulations to Erik and Coach Humphrey!

Spack Onstage Dramatizes History

On May 31 at Spackenkill High School’s Black Box Theater, Spack Onstage presented “My Dearest Friend: Letters of John and Abigail Adams,” a period dramatization of selected correspondence. The students did a wonderful job and learned a lot about American social and political history as well.

LEO Club Goes to Camp

On the weekend of June 3 and 4, about 20 LEO Club students took an overnight trip to Camp Wa Wa Seqowea in Southfield, Massachusetts.  Club members assisted the nonprofit camp with preparations for the summer season while working on team building and leadership skills. This service learning trip was both educational and fun!

Volunteers Serve Community

Spackenkill community members recently participated in A Day of Giving at the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie. Pictured above are volunteers Joe Arcuri, alumnus Patrick Murray, Madison Setzer, Olivia Garbarino, and Avery Rossman. Thank you to district parent Christopher Setzer for organizing the event.


Hagan Students Run for Fun and Charity

In the May 26 issue of this newsletter, we ran a story about Hagan students preparing for a 5K by meeting after school and running and walking around their school. On June 4, the students experienced the real thing at The Mommy Dash, an event for Sparrow's Nest held on the Dutchess County Rail Trail.

“What a great day we had! The weather was beautiful, the kids were excited, and the parents and teachers were proud to see all these kids out for the run,” says teacher Brian Alnwick. About 50 students, 15 staff, and numerous district family members ran and/or helped keep the runners on track.

Best of all, everyone finished! Some memorable moments are below.



Elementary Families Gather at Spring Fling

Hagan hosted its annual Spring Fling for all elementary families on the evening of June 1st. There were tons of activities for kids to choose from, including volleyball, music, face painting, games and a bake sale.  There was also a DJ. School nurse Sue Ymbras, who has been out on leave, also paid a visit. 

“It was a wonderful community event bringing kids and families together from both schools,” said Hagan Principal John Farrell. “The weather was perfect.  It's intended to be simple, nothing fancy. People seemed to have a really good time.” Three teachers  took the lead on this event for planning, set-up, and organization: Kim Scoralick, Fran Perch, and Kate Stout.  Cindy Battistoli, Deb Ravas, Joanne Shaffer, Marianne Turner, Geraldine LaGasse, and Jen Wilson were also a huge help!. The event raised about $300 for the Elementary PTA. Thank you to all who helped and participated!

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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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