What's Right with Spackenkill! January 26, 2018

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Spring Writing Workshop

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What's Right with Spackenkill!

February 2, 2018

A tradition of excellence with a vision for tomorrow

Dear Spackenkill Community, 



Mark Villanti

Mark Villanti, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


SHS Students Nominated for
Prestigious Program

Kudos to high school seniors Jessica Cohen and Cory Mazzarelli, who were selected as candidates for the US Presidential Scholars Program.  They are among the only 600 semifinalists invited to apply nationwide, based on outstanding performance on their ACT/SAT exams. 

Jessica Cohen Cory Mazzarelli
Jessica Cohen Cory Mazzarelli


Olympic Medalist Offers Real-Life Advice



On Monday, JMeghan Musnicki speaks to Todd studentsanuary 29th, two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Meghan Musnicki spoke to Todd students about her rowing career, which began when she was in college and wanted to try something other than her usual sports, basketball and soccer. QUOTE Ms. Musnicki showed a video of a 2014 race in France i in which the American team looked as though it were going to lose, but pulled ahead in the final stretch. She talked about the role of teamwork in the winning of the race, as well as the importance of pushing negative thoughts out of your head and thinking positively.  Students then asked plenty of questions, asking her about her most favorite and least favorite aspects of rowing (“they’re the same thing: all the work and training”), had she ever met Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps (several times), and why she started rowing in college (“to try something new”).  She encouraged students to follow their dreams and remain open to new possibilities. Thank you to the Spackenkill Rowing Team for bringing this inspirational speaker to Todd and to Dr. Richard Whalen for financially underwriting the assembly.I encourage all of you to have a lot of dreams, because if you don't have a lot of dreams, you don't have a lot to choose from."

To learn more about the Spackenkill Rowing Team visit:


Todd Drama Production Is This Weekend

Todd Drama Club Presents A Kidsummer Night's DreamDon't miss A Kidsummer Night's Dream tonight and tomorrow (2/2 and 2/3) at Todd Middle School at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $8 at the door; $6 seniors. 


Monitor Position Open at Nassau
Job entails playground dutyThere is currently a part-time monitor position available at Nassau Elementary School. The hours are 11 AM to 4 PM (5 hours), which includes lunch, recess, and additional duties. If interested please contact Deirdre Caamano at the District Office at 845-463-7800.


Flu Update: Changes Parents Need to Know

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed an executive order to combat the flu epidemic in New York. The executive order allows pharmacists to administer flu vaccines to children ages 2 to 18,  increasing access and convenience for New Yorkers seeking the flu vaccination as the number of reported cases across the state continues to rise. "With flu cases reaching epidemic proportions in New York, we must do everything in our power to fight this virus and keep New Yorkers safe," Governor Cuomo said. "Once again, I urge all New Yorkers to help us combat this quick-spreading strain of flu and make sure they and their loved ones are vaccinated."

The Executive Order suspends the section of state education law that limits the authority of pharmacists to administer immunizing agents to anyone under age 18 to allow vaccines to be administered to anyone age 2 and up. Parents and guardians are encouraged to call pharmacies ahead of their visit, to ensure they are ready to receive patients in this age group. Parents and guardians with children between the ages of 6 months and 24 months (2 years)  are still encouraged to see their primary care provider for the flu  vaccination.

To receive a flu shot, contact your local healthcare provider or pharmacy, or find information about vaccination clinics by contacting the Department of Behavioral and Community Health at 486-3535. Flu shots may also be found through the HealthMap Vaccine Finder at www.vaccinefinder.org.



CTI Honor Roll


Sports News

Kyiev Bennermon scores 1,000th career point




Online Sports Registration Available

register for sports onlineThe 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. 

Spring Sports registration opens February 5, 2018 for all high school sports (JV and Varsity) and February 12, 2018 for all middle school (modified) sports. 

Click on the link below to register:


DCMEA Festival Features
District Musicians

On SatDCMEA Programurday, January 27, students from Todd Middle School and Spackenkill High School participated in the Dutchess County Music Educators Association 2018 Junior High All-County Festival, held this year at FDR High School in Hyde Park. 
Congratulations to the following students and their teachers!
Andrew Chun, Emily Cohen, Sydney Fitzgerald, Julia Gill,
Emily Jea, Amanda Johnson, Soumya Kamada, Emily Ma, Amanda Moore, Amanda Moore, Natalia Murphy,  Xavier Nohara, Udaya Rattan, Jeet Shahani, Abigail Straus,  Shinrea Su,
Edison Sung, Eric Sung, Anoushka Swain, Nordelis Vega,
Amalia Work, and Alexander Zhu.

Emily Cohen and Andrew Chun were orchestra soloists.
Above: Emily Cohen and Andrew Chun were featured soloists in the orchestra performance. They are pictured with conductor Amie Vredenburg.


Science Teachers Unpack New Standards

Last Friday, Spackenkill and Pawling middle school science teachers attended professional development at Hagan Elementary. Dr. Helen Pashley helped the teachers unpack and learn more about the recently adopted New York State science standards. The teachers participated in hands-on experiments.
Teachers discuss an experiment.
Spackenkill and Pawling MS teachers


Painters Explore Freedoms

The Hagan Art Club is working on large paintings for an upcoming show at the FDR estate.  The work is response to the famous Four Freedoms speech by FDR and inspired by the work of Norman Rockwell. The students meet weekly on Wednesdays before school with art educator Sharon Ciccone.
Students paint large flags
Mrs. Ciccone provides direction  
Collaborating on a painting  
Art club painters  
Working together on a painting  





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(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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