What's Right with Spackenkill! June 23, 2017

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What's Right with Spackenkill!

June 23, 2017

A tradition of excellence with a vision for tomorrow

Dear Spackenkill Community,

It’s always enjoyable to end the school year on a positive note. On June 12th we held a special celebration meeting, aka What’s Right with Spackenkill! There are so many hard-working students, staff, and community members that the evening is only a short sampler of the good work in our district. There was standing-room-only in the dining hall at Todd and the evening ended on a standing ovation to our retiring teachers!  What a great memory for all of us!

This newsletter is dedicated to the Celebration event and the district's moving up and graduation ceremonies.


Mark Villanti

Mark Villanti, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Celebration of Successes Packs
Todd Dining Hall

At the Board of Education’s Annual Celebration of Successes on June 12, students and staff were honored for their accomplishments and contributions to the district. Please click here to view images from the evening!


SHS Students Prepare to Graduate

The Class of 2017 will graduate on Saturday, July 24th at 5:30 pm at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie. Images of the rehearsal on Friday at the high school are below. Students practiced receiving their diplomas, picked up their tassels, and enjoyed refreshments in the lobby afterward. 

Please click here for a list of potential candidates for graduation. Best wishes to all!

Please click here for a list of colleges, universities, and military institutions for the class of 2017.

students review their lines rehearsal
receiving tassels refreshments in lobby



Senior Presents HS Library with Interactive Art

library muralGraduating senior Isabel Long (pictured above with librarian Kris Chen and art teacher Roberto Romani)  has created and donated an interactive mural to the Spackenkill High School Library.  She assembled a set of small doors mounted on a large door that open to painted scenes inspired by some of her favorite books.  Each door contains a unique piece of artwork along with book excerpts and the title of the book that inspired the painting.  The door will be installed permanently in the library.  Thank you, Isabel, for this beautiful addition to the high school library!  Special thanks also to Karen Baker for the collage art above and for the many photos and inspirational stories she has contributed to this newsletter throughout the school year!


National Junior Honor Society Inducts New Students


At the 14th annual induction ceremony of the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) on June 19th, 34 students were inducted into the organization, making for a total of 452 inductees from Spackenkill to date. Membership in NJHS is an honor earned by a student for outstanding scholarship, leadership, service, character, and citizenship.

Please click here to read the program and the list of inductees.

Todd Middle School Students Move Up

On June 22, 8th graders at Todd Middle School officially moved up to the High School.  Highlights of the ceremony included presentation of student awards by Middle School staff, student speeches, and High School Principal Mr. Malkischer symbolically leading the students out of the gymnasium and on to their next academic challenge.    

Please click here to read the program.

Dan Doherty speaking students applaud parents
students applaud parents student speaker
student speaker student speaker
conferring of certificates conferring of certificates
conferring of certificates Mr Malkischer leads procession

Hagan Students Ready for TMS

On Friday, June 16, Hagan fifth grade classes participated in a moving up ceremony that began with greetings in foreign languages, followed by an awards presentation. Special guests in attendance included retired administrators Eileen Sicina and Jim Barnett. After the ceremony, the students enjoyed refreshments outdoors. Enjoy some images of the event below, as well as a photo of one of our therapy dog friends who came to congratulate the 5th graders on completing elementary school and moving up to Todd!

 Please click here to read a program from the Hagan Moving Up!

Mr Farrell handing out awards Mrs Valentine and strings students
students awaiting certificates students awaiting certificates
therapy dog salutes graduates congratulations cake

Hagan Runners Make News...Again!

In the June 9th issue of this newsletter, we wrote about the Hagan runners who participated in a 5K event for charity. The story was also reported on in the June 21 edition of the Poughkeepsie Journal

Please click here to read the newspaper story on Hagan runners-for-a-cause.




 15 Croft Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603; 845.463.7800 
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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