What's Right with Spackenkill! November 9, 2017

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What's Right with Spackenkill!

November 9, 2017

A tradition of excellence with a vision for tomorrow

Dear Spackenkill Community,

School is closed Friday in observance of Veterans Day. I had an opportunity to sit in on the  ceremony acknowledging the service of the many veterans in the Todd community. I was so impressed by the patriotic music performed by the Middle School Orchestra, by the introductory comments by Mr. Doherty and Student Government president Brian Breslow and vice president Adam Macklin, as well as the speech by one of our Marine veterans, which touched a chord with me. I was also truly proud of our students, who provided a warm reception. Later I attended the Social Studies Symposium, where many of our veterans talked about their experiences in the service. All in all, it was a wonderful morning and fitting tribute to those who serve our country.

Please brace for some cold weather this weekend, and looking forward to seeing you back on Monday.


Mark Villanti, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools




Todd Middle School Hosts and Honors Veterans 

On November 9, Todd Middle School welcomed the community for a Veterans Day Assembly. Student and guest speakers as well as music by the Todd Middle School Orchestra,  conducted by Mrs. Franca, were part of the program. The keynote speaker was Mr. Andrew Dye,  MHA Dutchess County Vet to Vet Peer Specialist Sgt. -- Marines.  He spoke to the students about how being in the Marines means being not only physically fit but also mentally prepared.  In addition to working as a peer specialist with other veterans, Mr. Dye also works with police departments. He told the students, "You need to find that thing you enjoy doing and do it." Student Government Association hosted a breakfast reception following the event, at which the orchestra also played patriotic tunes representing each branch of the armed forces. Throughout the day, speakers addressed students in a symposium in the library and told them about their experiences in the military.

Nassau Students Thank Veterans

Students at Nassau Elementary wrote letters to veterans to thank them for their service to our country. Enjoy the selection below.

HS Student Selected for Prestigious Choir

Sophomore Johnny Mulcahy has been selected to join the Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir.  Paper Mill Playhouse, located in Millburn, N.J., is one of the oldest regional theaters in the country.  The Paper Mill Playhouse Broadway Show Choir is a highly competitive, audition–based, free program consisting of 60 singers/dancers between the ages of 15 to 22.  Students selected to be a part of this talented group will not only have the opportunity to perform at multiple prominent venues, but also have a chance to fine-tune their craft with free intensive instruction that includes voice and dance training.  The show choir is led by a professional staff of artists and will also be joined by Broadway talent throughout the season to choreograph pieces and offer master class instruction. The choir has performed at such prestigious venues as MetLife Stadium, Lincoln Center, Sun Arena,  The Empire State Building, and Asbury Park Convention Center.  Congratulations to Johnny!



Volleyball Continues Winning Streak

Volleyball team defeated Port Jervis 3-0 to win the Section IX Championship on Sunday!

The teams plays the section 4 winner, Owego Free Academy, in the regional final at SUNY New Pal
tz on Sunday, November 12th at 2pm.  The winner will move on to states, which is held in Glens Falls the weekend of November 18th. We'll be routing for them!      


Peer Mediators Train at Todd

Mrs. Casucci and Mrs. Camburn recently trained 19 Todd Middle School students as peer mediators, bringing the total number of trained Todd peer mediators to 58!  Peer mediation has been an active club at Todd over the past seven years.  The mediation process has students learn how to help others resolve conflicts while being neutral.  The students learned the meaning of important concepts like “recusal” and “confidential,” with confidentiality being a core foundation needed to build the trust of students accessing mediation. All students can access mediation including those trained members should they need help themselves. The full day of training included students working on drawings that illustrated the skills of good mediators and participating in fun exercises that involved communicating without using words.  These types of activities helped students understand the principles of the mediation process.

Author's Day at Hagan Ties Into Curriculum

On November 2, author Joseph Bruchac visited Hagan Elementary School. Third and fourth grade students were reading his book The Warriors,  which complements their study of Native American history and culture. Students had a lot of questions

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