What's Right with Spackenkill! September 8, 2017




What's Right with Spackenkill!

September 8, 2017

A tradition of excellence with a vision for tomorrow

Dear Spackenkill Community:

Welcome back, everyone!

This is the second year of our newsletter, What’s Right with Spackenkill! I’m proud to report that the opening this year has gone relatively smoothly. There’s a positive energy in our schools. I want to thank you for your contributions in making this a great school year so far.

I would also like to give a shout-out to the sophomore class and their advisor, Jodi Girard, for spearheading United Way contributions to families in Houston. It’s really important that we look beyond our own community when others are in need, so thank you for doing that.

In closing, if there are any particular items you would like covered in our newsletter, please let us know. We have open houses in the next two weeks. I’m looking forward to attending those open houses, where Board members and our consultants will be talking and answering questions about the upcoming Capital Project. Thank you and have a great school year!


Mark Villanti, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


Nassau Welcomes Kindergartners and Returning Students

Nassau Principal Nancy Ferrarone and staff warmly greeted Spackenkill's youngest students on September 7 and 8. Some images are below.
kindergarten arrivals Principal Ferrarone greets student
staff greet students as they get off their buses staff in lobby with students

Superintendent's Conference Day Instills Pride

At Superintendent’s Conference Day / Opening Day on September 5, the Richard D. Woolley Auditorium at Spackenkill High School was filled with excitement, as returning staff and some new faces gathered to kick off the 2017-2018 school year.

Staff members received applause as administrators presented pins for years of service. Principals also introduced new staff.

On September 6, the second conference day, speaker Dr. Stephen Birchak, a professor of clinical psychology at the College of St. Rose and the author of five books, presented "The Five Active Reflections of Peaceful Happy Educators." He inspired staff with anecdotes taken from real life about educators and their ability to transform lives. Afterward, Dr. Birchak accepted donations for his books and raised $1,500 to donate to Hurricane Harvey relief.

30 years of service

Left to right: Rodney Pucino, Maureen Tremblay, Dave Murray, Chris Weisner, and Pat Sample were recognized for 30 years of service to the district.

Nancy Ferrarone with new teachers

Nassau Principal Nancy Ferrarone welcomed Daniele Wilcox, Robyn Davis, Emily Albers, and Kody Andreas.

Principal Doherty with new teachers

Todd Principal Dan Doherty with new teachers Randy Calderone, Alyssa Ketcham, and Alexander Houtman.

United Way donated backpacks

The United Way presented Nancy Ferrarone with backpacks for students in need.

Dr. Stephen Birchak

Dr. Stephen Birchak inspired teachers.

Dr. Villanti presents strategic plan

Dr. Villanti updated staff on the Strategic Plan, with a focus on student achievement, community building, and building the capacity of staff.  

sophomores collect for hurricane victimsSophomores Collect for Hurricane Harvey

Members of the sophomore class collected supplies and food items, as well as monetary donations, to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. They dropped off the donations at the United Way's Poughkeepsie office.  

Getting Ready to Retire!

future retirees

High school teacher Kim Sottile snapped this photo of soon-to-retire staff on their last first day of school. Top row left to right: Joann Klein, Kris Chen. Bottom row left to right: Marianne Vitale, Elaine Moss, and Peggy Pisano. 


Spackenkill Ranks High on Niche

The district ranks among the top 100 in New York State, according to the education website Niche.

Read the full story by clicking on this link.

Chromebooks Are Coming!

Chromebook rollout at ToddLast year's Chromebook roll-out at Todd Middle School was a great success, above. This year, the Chromebooks return to Todd on September 14. They are also coming to the high school on September 19 and 20.


Important Phone Numbers

Calls about our nine large bus routes: Total Transportation,

Calls about small bus (minivans): District Office, 845-463-7800

School Lunch Director: 845-463-7836

Athletics: 845-463-7824

Spackenkill High School: 845-463-7810

Todd Middle School: 845-463-7830

Hagan Elementary School: 845-463-7840

Nassau Elementary School: 845-463-7843


Back-to-School Open House Dates

Nassau Curriculum Night, September 12,  6 pm

Hagan Curriculum Night: September 19, 6 pm

Todd Open House, September 13, 7 pm

SHS Open House, September 14, 6:30 pm

Board members, Superintendent Villanti, and representatives from the architectural firm Clark Patterson Lee and construction manager The Palombo Group will be on hand at all the Open Houses to answer questions about the Capital Project.

Upcoming Board Meetings

September 11: Executive Session 6 pm; meeting to follow

September 25: Public hearing on Capital Project. The 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.



 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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