What's Right with Spackenkill September 21, 2018


Please see the following flyer(s) that might be of interest:

Cheer Clinic

HV Parent Event

Manufacturing Career Day

Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra


What's Right with Spackenkill!

September 21, 2018


A tradition of excellence with a vision for tomorrow

Dear Spackenkill Community,

We made the decision a year ago to move to digital distribution of flyers. There are several reasons for this shifttime and resources to distribute, efficiency, and a desire to reduce the amount of wasted paper.  Each day I receive quite a bit of spam in my email so it’s easy to ignore our newsletter. I hope that you review the title of each attachment to determine its usefulness to your family.

This has been a busy week for me and as a result I did not have the opportunity to visit the mobile art demonstrations at the high school as described below. But I want to add a shout-out to Mr. Romani for setting this up. If not for his persistence, this experience would not have been afforded to our students. Thank you.

My best,
Mark Villanti

Mark Villanti, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools



Take the Parent Satisfaction Survey

Parents and guardians can take the Parent Satisfaction Survey by clicking here. The survey will be live until September 30 and can also be found on the district home page,  www.spackenkillschools.org.


Kudos to National Merit Semi-Finalists

..national merit semfinalists

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of 16,000 high school seniors who qualified as semi-finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by their outstanding performance on the PSAT/NMSQT.  We are proud to announce that Mia Eng-Kohn, Sneha Kamada, Rachel Li and Zoe Whalen (shown left to right with Principal Steve Malkischer) have all been named semi-finalists.  These young women will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for approximately 7,500 Merit Scholarship awards to be offered next spring. Congratulations on a job well done!



Students Beautify Todd

High school freshman Nicole Spero wanted to help students at Todd Middle School start the year on an upbeat note, so for her Girl Scouts Silver Award Project, “The Art of Positivity,” she got together with friends Nadine Deeb, Sophia Maslyn, Emilee Miller, and Alexianne Pittman to paint motivational messages on the school’s restroom stalls.  Thank you to Michaels and Home Depot for their donations.


Creative Professionals at Work


High school students learned about what goes on behind in the scenes in the world of entertainment, media, arts, and technology last Tuesday when they hopped aboard Full Sail University’s Mobile Real World Educational Experience, a fully equipped semi-truck featuring interactive music, video, gaming, and animation tools. Working independently and in groups, the students experimented with an interactive 3D design station equipped with  iPad Pros and played games through a retro arcade console setup. They also adjusted concert footage to develop a look for TV using live content production technology and tried their hands at mixing music using a touch-screen console and  professional recording software. Art teachers Roberto Romani and Janet Stong were on hand to guide the students through the stations. "Everything you love and think is useful had some creative people behind it," said Mr. Romani.


Five Graduate from Youth Police Academy 

summer youth academy graduates

This past summer, Spackenkill students participated in the Poughkeepsie Police Department's Youth Academy. This hands-on interactive program introduces students to criminal investigations, traffic enforcement,  crime scene processing, and other topics.  Congratulations to academy graduates (above, from left to right) Joe Burger, Matt Sanzo,  Monica Rivera, Sara Adler, and Alanna Walker-Ricks.


Flu Clinic at SHS

The Spackenkill School District in conjunction with Rite Aid Pharmacy will be offering a flu vaccine clinic for adults and for children ages 5 and up.

Thursday,  October 18     
5:00pm to 7:00pm
WHERE: High School Health Office

To schedule an appointment so that we have enough vaccines, please contact:

Elizabeth Giancaspro RN
Spackenkill High School School Nurse
[email protected]

Most insurances are accepted.


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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