What's Right with Spackenkill! September 22, 2017



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What's Right with Spackenkill!

September 22, 2017

A tradition of excellence with a vision for tomorrow

Dear Spackenkill Community,

Much has happened in only one week: Chromebook distribution at Todd and the High School, another honor for our high school student-athletes, the makerspace rollout at Todd, Spack Onstage networking with regional high schools (and auditions for Les Mis shortly), and I could go on and on. Thank you for the warm reception at our four school open houses as Board members and administrators answered questions about the capital project.

Please consider attending the Karl Volk art auction described herein to raise money for high school art students. 
Please educate yourself to the proposed capital project. We will live-stream the Board meeting next Monday the 25th, and we hope that many of you are watching. Warm wishes to those of you who observed Rosh Hashanah. 


Mark Villanti

Mark Villanti, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

capital project public hearing Sept 25 at 7 pm TMS Dining Hall

Capital Project Public Hearing This Monday

The Capital Project Public Hearing will take place on Monday, September 25 @ 7 pm in the Todd Middle School Dining Hall. The event will also be live-streamed on the Spackenkill district website.

On Monday, please click this link to view the live-streamed event.

Please click here for a fact sheet on the Capital Project.

Please click here for a Q&A on the project.

Please click here to learn about the mechanical work scope for Nassau and Hagan Elementary Schools.

Please click here for Proposed Capital Project Financing Options 


Congratulations to Our Teams!

sports award

At the last Section IX Athletic Directors meeting, Marco Lanzoni  (Spackenkill's Director of  Health, Physical Education, and Athletics) was presented with the Scholar-Athlete Team School of Excellence plaque from The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA). Schools are awarded this distinction when at least 75% of their varsity programs qualified for and received the NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete Team Award. Spackenkill was one of three schools in Section IX to be awarded.  There are 45 schools in our section. 
More Athletics News: This Saturday, there will be a Varsity Football home game under the lights at 7 pm at the Spackenkill High School Field. Also, mark your calendars for homecoming: There will be a game on Friday, October 6 at 7 pm with a halftime show.
See the entire fall athletic lineup by clicking on this link.

Former Teacher to Donate Scholarship Funds

Karl Volk art exampleThe Karl J. Volk Art Scholarship Auction will take place tomorrow, September 23, at the Barrett Art Center (55 Noxon Street, Poughkeepsie) beginning at 4:30 pm. The local artist and former Nassau art teacher has donated 30 works of art to benefit college-bound art students in the Spackenkill and Poughkeepsie school districts. Please click here for the auction flyer.

Chromebooks Arrive at SHS

chromebook rolloutThis week, the long-awaited Chromebook rollout took place at the High School. Pictured at left, Principal Steve Malkischer reviews the dos and don'ts of Chromebook ownership.




Todd Principal Checks Out School Lunch

Principal Dan Doherty in the dining hall with students

Todd Middle School Principal Dan Doherty enjoyed a lunch in the dining hall with students this week (left). He gave a thumbs up to School Lunch Director Lisa French's initiative to provide tasty, healthy fare to students and adults alike!



Makerspace Grant Takes Off

makerspace students at work

Todd Middle School's Ms. Cunningham and Mrs. Joy received a School Library Media Specialists of Southeastern NY (SLMSSENY) Bea Griggs Memorial Incentive Grant of $500 toward creation of a Middle School Makerspace. The grant was designed to encourage young people to use libraries.  They also received a $1,500 Verizon STEM Grant for the project. Students are shown working with Rubik's cubes, part of a problem-solving table that includes mazes and puzzles.  Themes will rotate every few weeks.

Theater Day Inspires Drama Students

Spack OnstageOn September 16, Spackenkill High School's Spack Onstage drama club co-hosted Theater Day, along with drama club students from Beacon High School and Mamaroneck High School. The event was held at Beacon High School under the direction of Anthony Scarrone, recipient of the Volunteer of Distinction Award at last June's What's Right with Spackenkill! Celebration of Successes. The event was free and drew more than 200 students from all over the Hudson Valley, with 38 from Spackenkill High School and eight from Todd Middle School. A big thank you to Spack Onstage advisor Kristin Oakley and the Parent Advisory Committee, who helped make the day possible by gathering food donations and planning the event. They are Stephanie Mulcahy, Lisa Whalen, Nadine Ryan, and Maria Mazzarelli. Mrs. Mazzarelli also led a workshop in hair styles for the stage! 

Thank you to local donors: Cosimo's, Del Forno's Market Place and Catering, Giacomo's Express, Umberto's of Mamma Marisa, Gino's Pizza and Restaurant, Rudy's Bagels, Sugar & Spice, The Pastry Garden, Panera Bread, Stop & Shop Rt. 9,  Price Chopper, and TD Bank.

The day included workshops on all aspects of theater, including improvisation, vocals, auditions, playwriting, sound, lighting, makeup, and dance. Everyone had a fabulous time! 

in the auditoriumListening to Mr. Scarrone speak in the auditorium

Group photo of participants

In the lobby

audition workshopAudition workshop

promoting Les Miserables

Promoting the spring show, Les Miserables

in the lobby

Between workshops

hairstyles for Grease

Mrs. Mazzarelli demonstrating hairstyles used for Grease, last year's spring production

vocal lessonVocal workshop

Les Miserables workshop

Gathering on the stage to practice songs from Les Mis.


Stacking Up Confidence

Last week, students at Nassau Elementary School had fun in PE class exploring the sport of stacking. A representative from the World Sport Stacking Association demonstrated how to stack cups quickly following the official rules. The sport promotes fitness, agility, and concentration. After practicing with their own sets of cups, students collaborated in relay teams, stacking larger cups under the direction of their teacher, Ms. Spiegel.  Students high-fived each other as they completed each round.


stacking at individual stationsEach student worked with a set of stacking cups

.learning to speed stack

Stacking demo



learning speed stacking rules

Students learned speed stacking rules

high five

Students high-fived each other during stacking relays



Do You Have a Card?

Carrie Spiegel with library cardParent volunteer Yvonne Laube snapped this photo of Nassau teacher Carrie Spiegel with an oversize library card to mark National Library Card Sign-up Month at the Poughkeepsie Public Library District. If you’d like to  sign up for a card, visit poklib.org.


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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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