Preparing Students for Success

Educators in the Spackenkill Union Free School District work to guarantee that every student receives high quality instruction. They are mapping curriculum to ensure appropriate pacing of instruction and utilizing benchmark assessments that gauge learning. 

computer instruction class at SHS


Process for Parents Review of Student Responses

  • For the ELA tests, parents/guardians can request to read the passages associated with the constructed-response questions. Requests must be made in person, in writing, on the district's form.
  • A parent may also request a copy of the student’s constructed-response test books. This request must also be made in person, in writing, on the district's form.
  • At the time the request is brought to the main office, clerical staff will check the identification of the person making the request, verify the legal guardianship of that person, and schedule an appointment for that person with the appropriate building administrator. An attempt will be made to schedule the appointment within seven working days of the submission of the request. The review will be conducted in the presence of the building administrator. If copies were requested, they will be made available at the scheduled appointment.

CLICK HERE to download the district’s request form.

Setting Benchmarks for Students

Classroom instructional models utilize the current best practices in teaching by meeting the following criteria:
Rigorous - Lessons are challenging for every student in the classroom.
Relevant - Activities are connected to real-life issues and applications.
Relationships - Students have a personal connection to several staff members in the school.
By working on these criteria in all grade levels, we are preparing our students with the skills and strategies they will need to work in our region or anywhere in the world.

New York State Next Generation Learning Standards

The Board of Regents adopted the English Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Standards on September 11, 2017. The new standards have been the result of over two years of collaborative work to ensure New York State has the best learning standards for our students. Over 130 educators and parents worked together to make recommendations and revise the standards, resulting in a new set of revised English Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Standards. Additional information about the timeline for implementation in schools is available from Standards and Assessment Implementation Timeline.


    Access the New York State Next Generation Learning Standards:

    The revised learning standards for English language arts and mathematics are available at the links below.

    If you have questions about the revised learning standards, please email [email protected]

    Additional Resources

    School Profiles

    Spackenkill High School (Grades 9-12)
    Spackenkill High School students are encouraged to connect with the academic support services offered. The high school continues to have strong visual arts and music programs and offers students expanded opportunities for advanced classroom experiences.

    Todd Middle School (Grades 6-8)
    The staff at Todd Middle School is focused on literacy strategies, specifically reading and writing in the content areas. The school staff continues to look at different ways to provide support and intervention for our student population and utilizes data throughout the evaluation process.

    Hagan Elementary School (Grades 3-5)
    We continue to develop staff and fine tune our curriculum and teaching methods.

    Nassau Elementary School (Grades K-2)
    We continue to develop staff and fine tune our curriculum and teaching methods.

    Visual Arts, Music, Physical Education and Athletics
    Spackenkill students may choose from a variety of classes and activities throughout their educational experience.

    Academic Contact Information

    For district-level questions about curriculum, instruction, special education and learning, please contact Dr. Lori MulfordAssistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Pupil Personnel Services (pictured right). 

     Dr. Lori Mulford