What's Right with Spackenkill! September 29, 2017


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What's Right with Spackenkill!

September 29, 2017

A tradition of excellence with a vision for tomorrow

Dear Spackenkill Community,

On Monday night the Board of Education held its second public hearing on the Capital Project. There were a number of good questions asked of the consultants. The Board passed a resolution allowing for a public vote on December 5. This was a big step forward.

I’d like to add my congratulations to our four National Merit Semifinalists. For a small school we have a great representation. I’d also like to thank the Computer Club, parent volunteer Kara Green, and Mrs. Vitek for working on developing a student-led webpage that can provide their classmates and others with information relevant to the Capital Project.

Finally, you’ve heard me speak about professional development. It’s so important for everyone. I enjoyed my time between two presentations -- one at Nassau and one at Hagan -- on literacy.

Homecoming is around the corner next weekend. I look forward to all the events and activities.


Mark Villanti, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Kudos to Spackenkill Merit Scholar Semifinalists

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced the names of 16,000 high school seniors who qualified as semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by their outstanding performance on the PSAT/NMSQT.  We are proud to announce that Jeana Chun, Adele Long, Alex Ristic, and Andrew Wu were all named semifinalists.  These young men and women will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 7,500 Merit Scholarship awards to be offered next spring. Congratulations on a job well done!

national merit scholars

Pictured above from left to right with Principal Steve Malkischer are Andrew Wu, Alex Ristic, Adele Long and Jeana Chun.


Computer Club to Launch Capital Project Website

The High School Computer Club has taken on a new venture: to create a website that provides information about the proposed Capital Project. Suggested by Spackenkill alumnus and parent Kara Green, the project idea was enthusiastically received by club advisor Mrs. Vitek and students. Every week after school and whenever they have time to work on it, club members are designing Google site pages that provide a more in-depth focus to the project.  “The goal is to give people more information, and if they’re curious they can click on the links and find out more,” said Mrs. Vitek. Aside from being informative, the site will also have photos related to the project and possibly video interviews with coaches, students, and other key players in the proposed Capital Project. We’ll keep you updated with any news and let you know when a link is posted on the district website.

Mrs Vitek with computer club students

Above: Mrs. Vitek with computer students reading about the Capital Project online.


Spackenkill HS Named a Reward School

Spackenkill High School has been named as a Reward School for 2017-2018 by the New York State Education Department. Only 185 Reward Schools were chosen statewide out of more than four thousand public schools in New York State. Principal Steve Malkischer is pictured with a certificate commending the High School.

To be identified as a Reward School, a school must:

  • Be among the top 20 percent of schools in the state for English language arts (ELA) and math performance for both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years or be among the top 10 percent of schools in terms of gains in ELA and math performance in the 2015-16 school year;

  • Have made Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years for all groups of students on all measures for which the school is accountable, including the requirement that 95 percent of all groups participate in the English language arts and mathematics assessments; and

  • Not have unacceptably large gaps in student performance on accountability measures between students who are members of an accountability group (e.g., low-income students) and students who are not members of that group.

Congratulations on this achievement!



Golf Team Earns Division III Title 

senior golfers

While celebrating Senior Day at McCann Golf Course, members of the Spackenkill Golf Team  (pictured at left) competed in their final home golf match. Captain Erik Stauderman, Captain Ryan Ackert, Captain Collin Smith, Ryan Lo, Zachary Cioffi, and John Conti won the match with a season low score against Webutuck of 152-280 and left behind a streak of 47 straight wins at McCann.

The golf team also competed against Marlboro at Apple Greens, winning the match 153-193.

The team is now 11-0 overall. Kudos!



More Athletics News


New Online Sports Registration   

The Spackenkill Athletics Department is now offering the convenience of online registration through FamilyID (www.familyid.com). FamilyID is a secure registration platform that provides you with an easy, user-friendly way to register for sports, and helps us to be more administratively efficient and environmentally responsible. When you register through FamilyID, the system keeps track of your information in your FamilyID profile and you only have to enter your information once. You can upload sports physicals and check your profile to see if your son/daughter is cleared for participation.

Winter Sports registration opens October 10, 2017 for all high school sports (JV and Varsity) and October 16, 2017 for all middle school (modified) sports.

Click on the link below to register:



Congratulationssoccer practice to the Boys Varsity Soccer Team. As of September 24, they are ranked in the top 20 Class B teams in New York State!  
Click this link to see rankings.
The team's next home game is October 3 at 4:15 pm, vs. Pine Plains.



 Homecoming to Honor Past Athletes and Coaches

Our varsity football team plays Highland at 7 PM on October 6 for our homecoming game.  The football program is going to recognize players and coaches from the past 40 years during halftime.  The first graduating class in the football program was 1977.   All of the former varsity players and coaches are invited to attend this special event.  There will be a reception in the high school cafeteria at 5 PM prior to the start of the game..


Teachers Focus on Writing

teachers workshopThis week Nassau and Hagan teachers met with Anne Grayson to review Writers Workshop and Guided Reading practices.  Ms. Grayson also visited classrooms to model those strategies and provided an after-school professional development workshop. Third grade teachers are depicted here with Ms. Grayson. 

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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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