What's Right with Spackenkill! October 12, 2018


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What's Right with Spackenkill!

October 12, 2018


Blue Ribbon

blue ribbon

Dear Spackenkill Community,

School district traditions are greatly appreciated. For example, the Washington, DC, trip has taken place for over 25 years. One of the great benefits of smaller school districts is that we tend to embrace and hold on to traditions. Years from now the students pictured in the DC photos will recount their seventh grade trip possibly with their children. I am thankful that Principal Doherty and our teaching and support staff continue to commit to this great cultural and educational experience.

I need to make a “shout out” to Cub Scout Troop 223. They are extremely active with the school district and we are so grateful for their ongoing support of the children at Spackenkill.

Congrats to Taylor, Ian, and Ariella!

You may notice that as you enter the high school lobby that we have added a Music Display Showcase. Some time ago we were asked by our Music Boosters if we could display their students' well-deserved music awards from various competitions. Since the Richard Woolley Auditorium is the music department’s main classroom, it made sense to demonstrate our pride in their great talent by showcasing their awards. Thank you, music department!

My best,

Mark Villanti

Mark Villanti, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools



Seventh Graders Explore DC 


DC trip

Seventh grade students visited Washington, DC, this week. The trip has been a tradition at Orville A. Todd Middle School for over 25 years! Students explored US History and American culture while having a wonderful time. The pictures above are just a sampling of the many tweets sent from the trip, available on the district Twitter feed by clicking here.

BOCES Student of Distinction Honored

Taylor Ostlie
Congratulations to Spackenkill senior Taylor Ostlie, who was honored at the October 9th Board of Education meeting as a Dutchess BOCES Student of Distinction. BOCES CTI Principal Mitchell Shron presented Taylor to the Board. Taylor is pictured above (third from right) with her family,  as well as SHS Principal Steve Malkischer (second from right) and Principal Shron (far right).

Hagan Students Play It Safe 

fire safety house

The Arlington Fire District visited Hagan third graders this week to talk about fire safety. The students had a full interactive experience, learning about equipment on the fire truck (including a computer that displays a map with hydrant locations) and practicing stop, drop, and roll to snuff out a clothing fire. They also learned not be frightened by a firefighter's Darth Vader-like appearance when wearing a breathing mask and other special gear. As a final lesson, the students watched a video on fire safety and participated in a simulated home evacuation, remembering to keep low to not breathe in smoke (the firefighters used very real-looking fake smoke).  Many thanks to the Arlington firefighters for taking the time to explain fire safety so thoroughly.


Register for Winter Sports

Family IDThe Spackenkill Athletics Department is now offering the convenience of online registration through FamilyID https://www.familyid.com/organizations/spackenkill-ufsd-athletics(www.familyid.com).

FamilyID is a secure registration platform that provides you with an easy, user-friendly way to register for sports, and helps us to be more administratively efficient and environmentally responsible. When you register through FamilyID, the system keeps track of your information in your FamilyID profile and you only have to enter your information once. You can upload sports physicals and check your profile to see if your son/daughter is cleared for participation. 

Winter Sports registration opens October 6, 2018 for all high school sports (JV and Varsity) and October 13, 2018 for all middle school (modified) sports. 

Click on the link below to register:


Students Excel on National Test

commended students

National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced the names of some 34,000 commended students in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.  We are proud to congratulate Ian Horvath and Ariella Hyman-Fessler for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance.  Commended students place among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2019 competition by taking the 2017 PSAT/NMSQT.  


Helping Hands

cub scouts planting flowers 

Thank you to Cub Scout Troop 223 for beautifying Nassau's main entrance garden beds: Not only did they plant beautiful mums, but they also put in a welcome sign and daffodil bulbs that will bloom this spring. Another big thank you to the PTA for providing the flowers that the Scouts planted.

We are grateful to Hayley Colden, Serena Mazzuto, Aurora Schaefer, Jack Schaefer, Marc Daudier, Emma Daudier, and Teaghan Quinn, as well as Scout Leader Danielle Daudier and Scout Assistants Lee Daudier and Randall Colden.

Remembering the Fallen of 9/11

drama club visits 9/11 Memorial

Spack Onstage drama club took a trip last Friday to the 9/11  Memorial Museum. As the drama club prepares for the fall production of With Their Eyes, a play focusing on the events of 9/11 written by the students of Stuyvesant High School, they decided to make a connection to the tragic event as a means to develop their characters. The play will take place on November 16, 17, and 18th. 

Freshmen Celebrate Health & Wellness

Ninth grade students recently attended the Third Annual Youth Rally at Dutchess Stadium. The students visited tables with local health and wellness vendors, listened to a live band and DJ, and participated in activities with a positive message.

CAPE Rally

Health News

Please read a notice from the Department of Health regarding measles.

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.



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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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