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Matthew Wu National Merit Scholarship Finalist

The National Merit Scholarship is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, PSAT/NMSQT, a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year.  Congratulations Matthew on being named a finalist in the competition!

Congratulations, Vincent Li!

When Vincent Li looked at the solution key after the January DUSO (Dutchess-Ulster-Sullivan-Orange County mathematics league) meet, he was puzzled by the explanation to one of the questions.  The question involved determining the number of different ways that a set of circles connected by line segments could be colored so that no two connected circles were of the same color.  The answer was given to be 48 but he could only generate 30 different ways.  A check with his teammates reinforced his conviction.  Vincent proceeded to write out a counter-solution as well as to point out the fallacies in the solution key.  His appeal was validated, DUSO officials praised the quality of his work, and the contests will be rescored.  Vincent’s vigilance not only garnered him an additional point in his quest to lead the league, but it also benefited eight of his teammates, each of whom will also gain a point.  

“This is a very unusual occurrence,” his advisor noted.  “The questions are very challenging and it is not unheard of for a team of five students to score a total of 4 out of 30 possible points.  It takes a lot of guts and self-confidence to challenge the gurus who write these questions!”

Yearbook Sale Ending

Sales for the 2014-2015 Spackenkill High School yearbook will end Friday, February 6, 2015.  No extra yearbooks will be available.  If you wish to order, please contact Mrs. Stong or Mrs. Pisano or online at

Final Exam and Regents Schedule for 1/28 and 1/29

Updated exam schedule:

New York state has allowed schools to make up Regents exams canceled due to inclement weather.  See schedule below.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
               12:00 P.M.

Applied Financial Math Final
Intermediate Algebra Final
AP Physics midterm
Only students scheduled for exams should report.

Thursday, January 29, 2015
             8:00 A.M.

Integrated Algebra Regents
Global History Regents
Algebra2/Trig Regents
Only students scheduled for exams should report.

          12:00 P.M.
English Regents
Participation in Government Final
Economics Final
Only students scheduled for exams should report.

Friday, January 30, 2015
Regular school day.  All students report.

First marking period has been extended through and including Monday, February 2, 2015.


Physical Education Make-up Dates

Students will have the opportunity to make-up physical education class in the High School fitness center from 2pm - 2:45pm on January 28th, January 29th, and January 30th.  Transportation is not provided for students to get to the High School but a 4pm late bus will be available to take students home.  If school is not in sesssion on any of those dates, the after school make-up session will be canceled.

Important Message

This is a reminder that this Monday and Tuesday, January 26 and 27, the high school will be administering Regents and final exams.  Only students scheduled to take exams on those days should report to school.  Regular classes will resume on Wednesday, January 29.  You can find the exam and transportation schedule on this page of the high school web site. If there is a 2-hour delay on either exam day, morning exams will begin at 9:30 am and afternoon exams will begin at 12:00 pm.

If there is a school closing on either testing day, Regents exams will be canceled and final exams will be rescheduled for Wednesday, January 29.  In this case, only students scheduled for exams should report to school and regular classes would then resume on Thursday, January 29.


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