What's Right with Spackenkill! October 13, 2017


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What's Right with Spackenkill!

October 13, 2017

A tradition of excellence with a vision for tomorrow



Dear Spackenkill Community,

Featured in this issue of What's Right with Spackenkill! are references to alumni. Congrats Olivia Arcuri! I am amazed at how poised and natural you were on camera. Thank you past graduates for attending Homecoming. It was a special thrill for me meeting former Spartans and as a long-time Giants fan meeting Mr Gettleman.

Hats off to Erik Stauderman and his 3-peat!

If you are interested in joining the Alumni Association (no cost) please click on this link


Mark Villanti

Mark Villanti, Ed.D. 
Superintendent of Schools

Senior Takes MHAL Title

Erik Stauderman

Senior Erik Stauderman won the Mid-Hudson Athletic League Championship on October 12, shooting a par 71 at Apple Greens Golf Course.  This is the 3rd time Erik has won the championship. He is pictured above at center with Coach Keith Humphrey (right) and Marco Lanzoni, Director of Health, Physical Education, and Athletics.

Congrats to all!



Winter Sports Online Registration Now Open  

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 opened October 10, 2017 for all high school sports (JV and Varsity) and will open October 16, 2017 for all middle school (modified) sports.

Click on the link below to register:


Spartan spirit

This has been a great regular season for our fall teams.  We look forward to the upcoming post season!

Girls Soccer: Division III Champions, MHAL Playoff Schedule below.

Boys Soccer: Ranked 9th among Class B schools, Division III Champions, MHAL Playoff Schedule below.

Boys Golf: Perfect record of 10 - 0, Division III Champions, MHAL Team Champions. 

Girls Tennis: Finished the season with a 10 - 1 record.  They are competing in the Section Qualifier at Bard College today.

Football:  Can clinch their division and a first round bye in the playoffs with a win today at O'Neill.

Volleyball: Division III Champions, MHAL Playoff Schedule below.

Cross Country: Last home meet is October 19th at Vassar Farms in Poughkeepsie; MHAL Championship is Oct. 27th at Mills Mansion.


For daily game schedules:


For daily game results:




October 16th ​

​5 pm ​ ​ ​ ​ ​NATIONAL​ ​CONFERENCE:​ ​ ​ ​RHINEBECK​ ​VS.​ ​SPACKENKILL​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

7 pm​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​AMERICAN​ ​CONFERENCE:​ ​ ​RED​ ​HOOK​ ​VS.​ ​WALLKILL ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​


October 16th ​

​5 pm ​ ​ ​ ​ ​NATIONAL​ ​CONFERENCE:​ ​ ​ ​RHINEBECK​ ​VS.​ ​SPACKENKILL​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

7 pm​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​AMERICAN​ ​CONFERENCE:​ ​ ​RED​ ​HOOK​ ​VS.​ ​WALLKILL ​ ​ ​ ​

October 19th - MHAL Championship Game (Conference Champions)

5pm Boys Soccer Final

7pm Girls Soccer Final 



October 25th - MHAL Championship

 5pm - Semi-Finals (Spackenkill, Red Hook/Rondout, Millbrook, Wallkill)

 7pm - Finals



Super Bowl Ring at Homecoming!

superbowl ringFormer Spackenkill Head Football Coach Dave Gettleman attended last Friday's reception for varsity football players and coaches from the last 40 years. After leaving Spackenkill, he had a long NFL career with the Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, New York Giants, and Carolina Panthers. During his time with the New York Giants, the team won two Super Bowls. At the reception, Mr. Gettleman allowed a Spackenkill high school staff member to try on his Super Bowl ring (shown here). After the reception, Mr. Gettleman  attended the Varsity Football Homecoming Game against Highland, which the home team won 49-7.



Alumni Update: Olivia Arcuri

Olivia Arcuri
Spackenkill graduate Olivia Arcuri (Class of 2013) recently appeared on  “The $100,000 Pyramid” on the ABC Television network and was a big winner! The episode was aired on September 24th. It is still available on abc.com by clicking here. It is the season finale with Jenna Fischer and Taye Diggs. Olivia is a recent graduate of Marymount Manhattan College and is a photographer. Way to go! Photo: ABC/Lou Rocco

Therapy Dogs Return

Hagan students were delighted to have another visit from Paws for a Cause, a therapy dog organization affiliated with the American Red Cross that visits schools, libraries, nursing homes, and even West Point, where the dogs help de-stress the Cadets. The dogs dressed their Halloween best. Hagan students were particularly enthralled by the story of George, a chihauhau-cocker spaniel-terrier mix who came to the school for the first time. Discovered on a roadside after having lived outdoors for months, he was nursed back to health and trained as a therapy dog.  School Social Worker Mrs. Shaffer pointed out that George's story has a lot to teach about the importance of perseverance and not giving up. The dogs will return in December. In the meantime, they'll be marching in the Veterans Day Parade in New York City.

dogs in halloween costumes

Dogs in Halloween best, left to right: George, Jake, and Zoe.

Jake with students

Jake with students. 

All eyes are on George.



Garden Club Beautifies Hagan

The Hagan Garden Club was busy this week planting mums in the raised bed in front of the school. Advisor Anne Riehl taught the students how to dig to the proper depth and space the plants for maximum visual impact. Great job!

garden club



 Book Fair Encourages Love of Reading

This week the students of Nassau Elementary School paid visits to the PTA Book Fair. The students excitedly browsed the different genres, and some couldn't even wait to get the books home to start reading them! There will also be an ice cream social this evening at Nassau beginning at 6 pm.




Kindergartners Learn About Professions

Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Brenner of the Air National Guard paid a visit to Ms. Drummond’s kindergarten class on Tuesday. The Air National Guard is a unique military branch dedicated to serving the nation and assisting citizens in times of need. The students learned about his recent mission dropping equipment and supplies in the Caribbean just hours ahead of Hurricane Maria. The visit ties in with the students’ lessons about the importance of community workers.

Air National Guard visit

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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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