What's Right with Spackenkill! September 1, 2017


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What's Right with Spackenkill!

September 1, 2017

A tradition of excellence with a vision for tomorrow

Welcome Back Students and Families:

The 2017 – 2018 school year begins on Thursday, September 7 for students,  so I wanted to update you on a few items of interest. All staffing positions have been filled and we welcome the following new faculty to the district:

Randy Calderone, English, Spackenkill High School
Alyssa Ketcham, Art, Spackenkill High School (part-time)
Diana Babington, Guidance, Todd Middle School (temporary)
Alexander Houtman, Technology, Todd Middle School
Emily Albers, ENL, Nassau Elementary School
Kody Andreas, Music, Nassau and Hagan Elementary Schools
Robyn Davis, Kindergarten, Nassau Elementary School
Daniele Wilcox, Grade 2, Nassau Elementary School (returning)

Below are a few updates that I would like to highlight:

Capital Project

The Board has continued to meet to finalize the scope of the project. We update all of the information that has been provided on the following link: http://www.spackenkillschools.org/capitalproject 

There will be a public hearing on September 25th and a vote on the project is tentatively set for Tuesday, December 5th at the high school from 7 AM to 9 PM.

The scope includes new roofs (all roofs are leaking, have been repaired, and will no longer qualify for warranties) at each school; ADA compliance requirements, especially at the school entrances; mechanical needs such as HVAC / ventilation (current units are original school equipment); and finally upgrades to our high school field and track. This list of needs has been pared down as much as possible. We will mail out a brochure with detailed descriptions after the Board finalizes the scope after September 25th.

School board members, district staff, and myself will be attending all back-to-school nights to answer questions and provide information. 

Parent Drop-off/High School

We are having our high school buses drop off students in front of the auditorium for safety reasons. This will extend the available space for cars and hopefully segregate cars from buses. All of our schools were designed during an age when more students used school buses or walked and were less reliant on parent transportation. We ask you to consider using our school buses to reduce the back-up on Spackenkill Road.

Science Curriculum Updates in the Elementary Schools

We have added a new program, Science 21, to the elementary science curriculum to conform to the new science standards and add a greater hands-on component to the science curriculum.

Tax Bills

Tax bills are being mailed shortly (you may have received them). On average, a house valued at $198,000 will receive a tax increase of approximately $52. If you have any questions on your bill please call the Town of Poughkeepsie Tax Assessor’s Office at 845-485-3600, extension 2740.

School Calendar

The Commissioner of Education announced that half-day parent conferences do not qualify for days of school attendance. This new regulation enforcement will likely require us to shift the full day Superintendent Conference scheduled currently on November 7th to later in the month to allow for parent conferences and the availability of report cards. I anticipate announcing a Board-approved calendar change after the September 25th board meeting.

As I enter my second year with the Spackenkill Union Free School District, I would like to express my appreciation for your support. I have greatly enjoyed my time at Spackenkill and look forward to the upcoming school year.


Mark Villanti

Mark Villanti, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Menus for School Lunch

Nassau Elementary Lunch

Hagan Elementary Lunch

Todd Middle School Lunch

SHS Lunch

School Bus Routes

Below please find links to the bus routes for the 2017-2018 school year. Information about the routes and stops, including approximate pick-up and drop-off times, is listed. Please have your child at the assigned bus stop 10 minutes before the scheduled pick-up time and allow up to 10 minutes beyond the scheduled time for the bus to arrive.  During the first few weeks of school, delays may be possible as students adjust to their schedules. We ask for your patience during this time. 

Parents concerned about bus schedules during the first few days of school for any of our nine large bus routes may call this number for Total Transportation: 845-204-9660

Parents concerned about the schedules of the smaller buses (vans), please call District Office at 845-463-7800. Staff is available after 6:30 am.

Elementary AM Routes  Nassau PM Routes
Hagan PM Routes Todd  Middle School Routes
Spackenkill High School Routes


Parents Can Link to Athletics Schedules

Please visit the following scheduling website to access direct links to our sports schedules and to sign up for change notices that will automatically alert you to date, time, facility changes as well as cancellations.  

What They Did on Their Summer Vacation

Throughout the summer, Spackenkill teachers returned to the classroom. On the weeks of July 10th and 17th, Spackenkill partnered with the Dover School District for professional development in the area of technology integration. Twenty-four teachers from Spackenkill participated in technology think tanks and used new programs to improve the classroom experience.

Some 20 teachers met over the week of July 24th for the Writers Workshop and Literacy Summit at Hagan. They learned techniques for inspiring authentic writing.   

On August 28th, new teachers (mentioned in Dr. Villanti's welcome letter) attended a day-long orientation. They took a district tour and worked with mentors to plan for opening day and the year ahead.
teachers at writers program Spackenkill teachers with Dover teachers at technology think tank
Board President Tom Keith welcomes new teachers new teachers meet with mentor teachers

Clockwise from top left: Spackenkill teachers learn alternative ways to teach writing; collaborating with Dover teachers at the Technology Fellowship; led by Mentor Coordinator Karen Crichton, mentors meet with mentees at New Teacher Orientation; Board president Tom Keith welcomes new teachers to the district along with SRO Chris Hamel and Superintendent Mark Villanti.



Classrooms Are Ready for Students!

classroom ready for students


 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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