What's Right with Spackenkill! January 5, 2018

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What's Right with Spackenkill!

January 5, 2018

A tradition of excellence with a vision for tomorrow

Dear Spackenkill Community,

This has been a tough week for several reasons. The loss of Greg Diamond and the impact on our school community came as a great shock to us as we tried to come to terms with his passing and the impact on his family. It’s during times like this that we realize what a tight-knit school community Spackenkill is. Already, teachers, students, staff, family, and community members are initiating efforts to create a scholarship fund for the Diamond children. Teacher and family friend Sheri Lynch is assisting in this effort.  More information is available from this link.  
The weather also played havoc with our school routine. I find it very difficult to close school for any reason, so losing two days of school this week was frustrating and I am sure a real hardship for many families. I hoped to keep school open today, but just felt that the “dangerous wind chill warnings” required that the safety of children and our staff was more important.


Mark Villanti

Mark Villanti, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


Condolences to the Diamond Family

Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Diamond Family on the loss of Greg Diamond, head boys JV Basketball Coach and husband to Cassi Diamond, a teaching assistant at Hagan and Varsity Volleyball Coach. Greg was a Spackenkill alumnus and a math teacher in the Wappingers District. He will be greatly missed.


Golf Athlete Recognized for Excellence

Erik StaudermanErik Stauderman was recently named to the 2017 Transamerica Scholastic Honor Roll by the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf.  The award recognizes outstanding academic achievement and golf performance. Congratulations to Erik!

Erik Stauderman's award


CLICK HERE to read more about the AJGA program.



Leo Club Thanks the Community 



Please Read a Letter to the Community from Adam Hammond, School Counselor and Leo Club Advisor

We live in challenging times, but we live in a miraculous place.
No matter what the ill, community is the cure and that was proven once again by Adopt-a-Family. 

Being strapped financially is hard for obvious reasons, but just as difficult is the feeling that no one cares.  What we did as a community goes beyond the things we provided.  We lifted what none of us could lift alone.

We thank our school nurses, social workers, and counselors for going above and beyond to guide and support our efforts.

Leos raised money and worked really hard organizing, sorting, and shopping for items that were not donated.  Just as impactful is how generous our community was in donating items.  Pictures don't do the over 1,000 items donated justice.  Thirty families and 69 children received coats, boots, hats, gloves, socks, shirts, pants, etc., if they needed them.  Every single child who asked also got a few special toys of their choosing.  After all our shopping, Leo Club had still raised enough money to buy $1,200 of gift cards at Target for groceries and other needed items.

All of the above would not be possible without the light our teachers, staff, and families provide, as well as the efforts of the Town of Poughkeepsie Police department for the boxes of food they gave many of our families. We also are grateful to the LaGrange Lions Club, who so generously sponsor our club and contribute to Adopt-a-Family. Thank you and all the best for the coming year!

  Leo Club officers with community members
  Above: Leo Club officers and members take a break from loading Adopt-a-Family boxes to pose with community partners.



SHS Ranks High in NYML

The High School Mathematics Team has achieved state ranking in the New York Mathematics League Contest with a 14th best score of 58. On the December contest, Jeana Chun, Anya Justin, Cynthia Ma, and Andrew Wu each scored 4, while Nadia Almady, Ian Horvath, Zachary Johnson, Emily Ma, and Jeremy Webster each scored 3.

 Congratulations to the team!

SHS math ranking



College Acceptances

As of January 2nd, the following college acceptances have rolled in. Stay tuned for updates!

Albany College of Pharmacy
Amherst College
Binghamton University
Cornell University (College of Engineering)
Elon University
Fairfield University
Florida Atlantic University
Florida Gulf Coast University
Fordham University
Fordham University (Fordham College at Rose Hill)
Hartwick College
Iona College
Ithaca College
Loyola University Maryland
Marist College
Mount Saint Mary College
New England College
Quinnipiac University
Roger Williams University
Salisbury University
Savannah College of Art and Design
Smith College
St. John Fisher College
State University of New York at Albany
Suffolk University
SUNY Alfred State College
SUNY College at Cortland
SUNY Delhi
SUNY Fredonia
SUNY Plattsburgh
Temple University
The College of Saint Rose
University at Buffalo The State University of New York
University of New Haven
Western New England University
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Yale University





15 Croft Road, Poughkeepsie,  NY

(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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