What's Right with Spackenkill! March 29, 2019

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What's Right with Spackenkill!

March 29, 2019

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Dear Spackenkill Community,

One of the activities highlighted in the newsletter that makes so much sense is after-school yoga. Why, you may ask? With the proliferation of technology, students are less physically active than ever.  Programs like after-school yoga help students not only physically, but also emotionally. Teenage stress in our culture appears to be increasing. While there are many causes, physical inactivity and the obsession with social media are big factors.

Congratulations, Todd Middle School students, on your success with the Science Olympiad competition! Congrats to the music department as well for your success in being recognized again by the NAMM Foundation. Finally, congrats to everyone in the district and especially Michele Moloney, who chairs our District Safety Committee, for being named again by Utica National Insurance Group with highest safety award, Titanium with Honors!

My best,

Mark Villanti

Mark Villanti, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


Music Brings Nassau Together

music in our schools
At a Music in Our Schools assembly at Nassau Elementary School this week, teacher Kody Andreas led students and staff in a concert of African, folk, and contemporary songs. The students enjoyed moving with the music and using their own voices as instruments. Every grade sang a special song, and the teachers, along with Principal Ferrarone, also played the drums. The students especially enjoyed a video that Mr. Andreas put together highlighting moments in music throughout the school year. 


Pippin Is Next Weekend!

Pippin preview



Todd Team Excels at Science Olympiad

Congratulations to the Todd Science Olympiad team and coaches Mrs. and Mr. Pink for finishing in second place at the recent regional tournament!

Todd Science Olympiad winners

Staff Unites for a Cause

Todd Staff participated in Sparrow's Nest Dress-Down Day last week to raise money for the organization, which supports local families affected by cancer. They gathered for a group portrait.

.Todd Staff in Sparrow's Nest gear

Something's Brewing at Hagan

There's a new service at Hagan: the classes of Ashley Murin and Rachel Darling are serving coffee to staff members on Fridays. Staff members fill out order slips during the week, and the beverages of their choice are delivered to their doors.  The students do it all: making the coffee, processing the orders, and calculating change. It is now in week two and is a big success! Students even wrote thank you notes to their customers.

.Hagan Coffee Shop


Spackenkill Rowing Club (aka Crew) held an Erg-a-thon to raise money this past weekend.  Visit their website, www.spackenkillrowingclub.org, to check out their calendar of upcoming events and see them in action on the river!


Meet Me In the Library

The Todd library is the place to be after school. On Tuesdays, students come for yoga class, taught by Elyse Joy, while Wednesdays offer role-playing tabletop games.  Library Media Specialist Ms. Cunningham ensures that all goes smoothly.  
shhh! yoga in progress

District Awarded Two Distinctions

Spackenkill was oncDistrict Safety Awarde again named one of the Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation. This is the seventh year that the District has received this distinction. Congratulations to the music department and their students! Thank you to Kim Valentine for submitting Spackenkill's award application each year.

The District has also been recognized for the Best Communities for Music Educationseventh year running with the Utica National Insurance Group's School Safety Excellence Award for 2019 at the Titanium with Honors level, the highest distinction. The honor represents safety efforts to help keep students, staff, and visitors safe. The District has accepted a certificate to commemorate our safety efforts and a $500 award for use in furthering those efforts.


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Board Seat Petitions:

A seat is available on the Board of Education beginning July 1, 2019 for a five-year term ending June 30, 2024. Petitions for the Board of Education are available in the District Office at 15 Croft Road, Poughkeepsie. Election of School Board Members is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21st. Petitions must be received by the District Clerk by 5 pm on April 22, 2019. For more information, please contact District Clerk Sandra Barbieri in the District Office.  Call 845-463-7800 or e-mail [email protected].

state assessments
Every spring, the Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Tests are administered to students across New York State. These annual ELA and math tests for students in grades 3-8 are required by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015. The tests are designed to measure how well students are mastering the learning standards that guide classroom instruction and help to ensure that students are on track to graduate from high school with the critical thinking, problem solving, and reasoning skills needed for success in college and the modern workplace. The tests also show how schools and districts are progressing with the learning standards and can support professional development for teachers. Click here for the Parent Toolkit for the 2019 tests.

Transportation Requests

school bus
Parents and guardians must have requests for private providers for the 2019-20  school year to the Spackenkill UFSD Transportation Department by April 1, 2019. Requests must be filed every year. For more information, please call Doreen Wright, Director of Transportation: 463-7800.

Print a Request for Private/Parochial School Transportation

Print a Request for Daycare Transportation


Upcoming PTSA Meetings

April 8th High School
May 13th Todd
June No meeting

All meetings at 7 PM in middle or high school library

15 Croft Road, Poughkeepsie,  NY

(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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