What's Right with Spackenkill! September 15, 2017


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What's Right with Spackenkill!

September 15, 2017

A tradition of excellence with a vision for tomorrow

Dear Spackenkill Community

We’ve officially completed the first week of school, and we’re off to a very positive start. Community partnerships remain an important contribution to our district’s success. Partnerships come in many different forms, such as our Cub Scouts, our Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department, organizations such as the Mid-Hudson School Study Council, and our facility consultants who advise us concerning capital projects. These are just a few examples that are cited in this week’s What’s Right with Spackenkill!

I want to thank many of you who have taken the time to mention how much you enjoy this newsletter. Frankly, I enjoy it as much as you do. And, finally a shout-out to Mary Forsell, our newsletter editor, whose energy and communications skills are a great asset to the school district.


Mark Villanti

Mark Villanti, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Cub Scouts Commemorate 9/11

September 11 is National Day of Service and Remembrance. To commemorate the 16th anniversary of 9/11, Spackenkill Cub Scout Pack 223 placed flags at the entryways to Hagan and Nassau schools.  On September 11, students Jack Cohen, Tyler Cookinham, and Luke Wishrad made a morning announcement at Nassau School explaining the significance of the flags. Thank you to cubmaster Jeff Cohen for making this possible. 
Hagan flag display

Nassau flag display

Cub Scouts make announcement

Flags marked the entrances to both elementary schools on September 11 (above). Principal Nancy Ferrarone with Cub Scouts reading their morning announcement (left).

Marco Lanzoni to Be Honored

Marco LanzoniCongratulations to Marco Lanzoni! The Spackenkill Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics will receive a Mid-Hudson School Study Council’s Administration Award for Excellence, along with other regional award winners, at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor on October 19. Nominated by Superintendent Villanti, High School Principal Steve Malkischer, and High School Principal's Secretary and former Varsity Field Hockey Coach Geri Vasely, he is most deserving of this recognition.


SRO Teaches Safety

SRO Chris HamelSchool Resource Officer (SRO) Chris Hamel  (left) spoke to students and staff in all school buildings this week about safety drills that the district will be conducting throughout the year. He gave everyone an easy way to remember the five types: SHELL (Shelter-in-place, Hold-in-place, Evacuation, Lockout, Lockdown). There will be a total of 12 drills this year, as required by New York State. The SRO also spoke at a middle school assembly (below right) about how middle school assemblyto stay safe online, as Todd students received new Chromebooks this week (below left). 

Chromebooks ready to go

Please Note Calendar Changes

changes in school calendar

At the September 11th Board of Education meeting the school calendar was changed, moving our Superintendent's Conference Day from November 7th to November 17th.

This change will allow for K – 5 parent conferences at Nassau and Hagan Elementary Schools. Nassau and Hagan will also host after school parent conferences on November 16th. This change is in response to the NYS Education Department’s interpretation of half days as not meeting attendance requirements. The June half days listed as 19th – 21 for K – 8 are dependent upon weather closings and meeting the minimum attendance requirements as prescribed by education law.

Todd Middle and Spackenkill High School will host staff development activities therefore no students will be in attendance on November 17th.

November 7th is Election Day and Spackenkill High School will serve as a voting location.


Capital Project Update

Capital Project proposed track and field improvementsAt Open Houses this week, parents and guardians received flyers on the Capital Project outlining the scope of the project and including frequently asked questions. At the September 25 Board of Education meeting, there will be a public hearing on the project that will be live-streamed on the Spackenkill website. The vote 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.

Please attend and bring questions.

Please CLICK HERE for a fact sheet on the project.

Please CLICK HERE for a Q&A on the project.

Dutchess County Offers Citizens
Preparedness Training

The recent events of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma highlight the importance of being prepared. In September, the Dutchess County Departments of Behavioral & Community Health and Emergency Response recognize National Preparedness Month, an effort to strengthen awareness and preparedness capabilities. Citizens Preparedness Training will be held on September 19th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the DBCH Training Room, located at 230 North Road in Poughkeepsie, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Another Citizens Preparedness Training session will be held on September 26th at 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 1949 in the Town of Dover. For more information, contact Mario Gonzales at (845) 486-3534 or email mgonzales@dutchessny.gov.



 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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