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SHS Honored by State Education Department

Congratulations to Spackenkill High School staff and students for being named a Reward School by Commissioner John King and the Board of Regents. The school has received a certificate  recognizing it for being among New York State Schools that have the highest performance with no significant gaps in student achievement.

CLICK HERE to read a letter from Assistant Commissioner Ira Schwartz and view certificate.


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.



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