What's Right with Spackenkill! October 19, 2018


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What's Right with Spackenkill!

October 19, 2018

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Dear Spackenkill Community,

Why is community building a pillar of the District Strategic Plan? Great schools do not work in isolation from their communities. The community becomes a working partner with the school in promoting, enhancing, and supporting quality education. For example, there will be a Cabaret Night for the community tonight, and the scary Zombiefest for families of all ages on Saturday.

In this issue of the newsletter, we feature a gifted children’s performer, Red Grammer; a visit from the Arlington Fire District firefighters to Nassau, teaching fire safety; athletic playoffs that involve families and the community; participation of NHS in the Interfaith Crop Hunger Walk; PTA support for the book fairs; and our town SRO providing safety education. A great school embraces its community and a great community embraces its school! Spackenkill is part of both. 

My best,

Mark Villanti

Mark Villanti, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


Red Grammer Sings from the Heart

Singer/songwriter/entertainer Red Grammer paid a visit to Nassau Elementary this past Tuesday. He led the students through songs that send a positive message about being kind to others. Themes of caring, excellence, oneness, and diversity are interwoven through his music. Mr Grammer talked about how true happiness lies in filling the “buckets” of others through word and deeds of kindness and consideration. One of the highlights was when Prinicipal Nancy Ferrarone, Superintendent Mark Villanti, and all of the teachers present, as well as acting custodian Charlie Christolon, joined Mr. Grammer in a song that they acted out.  The students gave the adults a huge round of applause.

Red Grammer


Come to Cabaret Night at SHS! (Tonight!)

Spackenkill High School's Drama Club, Spack Onstage, is hosting a night of fun musical perfonces on Friday, October 19th at 7pm. Cabaret Night will be an exceptional showcase of the young talent that Spack Onstage supports. The event will take place at Spackenkill High School's Richard D. Woolley Auditorium. Tickets are $5, available at the door, and complimentary refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!


Don't Miss Zombiefest

Come out for the 8th Annual Zombiefest this Saturday from 6 to 8 pm. This Leo Club event promises plenty of spooky fun. Tickets are $5. Proceeds go toward worthy causes in the community that Leo Club supports.


Students Preview College

On Friday, October 12, Mrs. Oakley’s DCC Concurrent Engl 101 classes traveled to Dutchess Community College for an orientation. While there, students met with the Director of Admissions and Director of Library Research in addition to receiving their student Ids and parking permits. The trip culminated in an informative tour and pizza lunch provided by DCC. 

Student Government Elections 


Todd Student Government held its elections on Wednesday. Congratulations to all of the impressive candidates! The new officers (left to right) are Ella Hanaburgh (Vice President), Davis Barnes (Secretary), Adam Macklin (President), and Dylan Breslow (Committee Chief).



Firefighters Visit Nassau

Nassau fire safety

Nassau students learned all about fire awareness this past Thursday when the Arlington Fire District paid a visit with a fire truck and a fire safety house. The students took a tour of all the gear on a state-of-the-art fire truck and learned how firefighters dress to battle a blaze. They practiced stop, drop, and roll on a mat and did a great job evacuating the fire safety house. One of the photos above shows Mrs. Strapec's class preparing to watch a video on fire safety. We appreciate the visit!


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:


•    Girls Soccer play at Rondout on Saturday, October 20th at 1pm (site: Rondout HS)
•    Boys Soccer play at Liberty on Saturday, October 20th at 2pm  (site: Center Discovery Health Center, 606 Old Rte 17, Monticello, NY 12701)
•    Volleyball won their division and play in the League Championship Semi-Finals on Wednesday, October 24th, at Ulster CC at 5 PM (Championship game follows at 7 pm).
•    Cross Country team competes in the League Championship on Thursday, October 25th, at Ulster CC at 1 pm.
•    Homecoming Football Game is Friday, October 26th at 7 pm at Spackenkill HS.

Let's Go Spack!


NHS Walks for a Cause

NHS at Crop Walk

National Honor Society members participated in the Dutchess Interfaith Crop Hunger Walk in Poughkeepsie on October 14th. CROP Hunger Walks help to provide food and water, as well as resources that empower people to meet their own needs. From seeds and tools to wells and water systems, the key is people working together to identify their own development priorities, their strengths and their needs.

Discovering Books

Thank you to the Elementary PTA for holding another successful book fair at Nassau school. The students were excited to browse the titles. Photos below show kindergartners reading their new books.
Nassau Book Fair
Nassau Book Fair
Nassau book fair


SRO Speaks to Safety

School Resource Officer Corey Kilfoyle did a presentation during the middle school lunches on Monday regarding staying safe if approached by a stranger.



STA Members Hold Crafty Social

A big thank you to Kathy Prisco for hosting the fall Spackenkill Teachers Association PR Committee Crafting Event.  It was a ton of fun and resulted in some very cute and creative fall and winter signs. 

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craft night

Keep in Touch!

Todd Middle School and the District Office said a heartfelt thank you to Technology Department member Nick Dunstan today. Nick has worked at Spackenkill for over x years and will be moving out west for his next tech adventure. We wish him all the best!

Nick Dunstan

Nick Dunstan cutting a cake and enjoying his last day at Spackenkill.

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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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