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SHS Senior to Present Study at National Conference

Spackenkill High School senior James Hannon has researched a scientific study that will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) and has been accepted into the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology conference in Boston this September.  He is pictured here with his science teachers Amy Matts (on left) and Jennifer Maloney. Congratulations on this amazing accomplishment!


Titled “Establishing Normal Ejection Fraction Across Multiple Cardiac Imaging Modalities,” the study centers on the value Ejection Fraction (EF), which represents how much blood is left in the heart after a complete contraction and expansion.   The study’s goal was to determine how large the differences are between various imaging modalities’ EF average and to see whether or not a universal range for all should continue to be used or individual ranges should be created for each type of imaging.

Mentored by Dr. Steven R. Bergmann at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City and working over a time period of two summers, James gathered data from eight different imaging modalities: 2D & 3D Echocardiography, Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT), gated blood pool SPECT, Computed Tomography (CT), Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging (CMRI), Multi Detector Computed Tomography (MDCT), Multi gated Acquisition (MUGA), and catheterization.   He entered data into a spreadsheet and then constructed tables to show side-by-side comparisons of all eight modalities.  Although small, there were noticeable changes between the values of certain modalities that could affect patient prognosis if not considered.

“ I have always found cardiology fascinating and also my grandfather passed away from a heart attack. This gave me a desire to find out more about the functions of the heart,” says James. “My uncle is an interventional cardiologist in Massachusetts and he has also aided in me choosing this topic.”  He will be attending SUNY Oswego this fall and intends to major in biology  with a minor in history.


Senior Awards

Surrounded by family, faculty and staff, seventy nine students were recognized for their achievements in academics, community service and athletics at the Senior Awards Ceremony last night.  Congratulations to everyone!

SHS Chemistry Students Visit Todd

John Latino's AP Chemistry students have been visiting Elyse Joy's 7th Grade Earth Science class.  The students are conducting a series of cool scientific demos. "The high school students learn quite a bit from the experience of working with these young people," says Mr. Latino. Check out the movies below:

CLICK HERE to view a movie from May 30.

CLICK HERE to  view a movie from June 5.

CLICK HERE to view a movie from June 20.

ACSL Championship Competition

Congratulations to Andrew Mwakibinga, Eric Song, Matthew Wu, and advisor Maureen Black,  who placed 9th in the nation and 12th internationally at the American Computer Science League Championship held in Denver, Colorado, on May 24th.  Matthew Wu and Eric Song also received awards as individual high scorers. 

Support the Music Boosters

When you visit Table Talk Diner on Route 9 in Poughkeepsie on Spackenkill spring concert evenings and show them the attached flyer, the restaurant will donate 15 percent of its proceeds to the Music Boosters of Spackenkill. Come have dinner or a post-concert dessert and coffee celebration on May 14, 15, 19, 21, and 29.

CLICK HERE for the printable flyer.

8th Annual Science Symposium

On Tuesday, May 27,  join us for the Science Research Symposium, which will take place at 6:30 pm at the high school. Guest speaker Ian Matts, an MIT Energy Fellow and Spackenkill graduate, will make a presentation on his battery research. Senior students will present Powerpoints on their original research. CLICK HERE for all the details.

Eleanor Pupko Achieves Master Teacher Status

Spackenkill High School math teacher Eleanor Pupko (pictured above with principal Steve Malkischer) has been named a New York State Master Teacher. Governor Cuomo recently announced the selection of 215 educators from all ten regions of the state. These educators join the 104 Master Teachers announced in October 2013, bringing the total number of Master Teachers in New York to 319.The New York State Master Teacher Program seeks to identify, reward, and support  professional mentors and content experts. By engaging directly with those teaching math and science in grades 6–12 today, New York State can ensure that students will be college and career ready for the jobs of tomorrow.

On August 15, 2014, all Master Teachers are invited to attend the first annual Master Teacher Program professional development conference, “New York State Master Teachers: Inspiring the Next Generation of STEM Leaders.” This dynamic event will allow for these outstanding educators to design, lead, and participate in enriching professional development workshops. Congratulations to Ms. Pupko!

For more information about the Master Teacher Program, visit


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