What's Right with Spackenkill! November 21, 2018


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Leo Club's Adopt a Family Returns

Northern Dutchess Symphony Holiday Concert

Midnight Madness Basketball

Coat Drive by Youth Group

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What's Right with Spackenkill!

November 21, 2018

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Dear Spackenkill Community,

On the district calendar you may have noticed the date of December 4th for approving the sale of Martha Lawrence (it will continue as a daycare center). Negotiations are taking longer than expected and we will likely put off a vote until the budget vote in May. Please do not confuse our formerly scheduled vote with the Dutchess BOCES Capital Project Vote on December 11th, which will be held in the lobby of the high school from 12 to 8 pm.

BOCES is not able to move ahead with renovations and new capital project construction without voters in our county approving the project. More information from Dutchess BOCES is listed on our web page at the following link: 


Happy Thanksgiving to all! Our children started arriving last night and there is no better feeling than spending time with our families. Although Oscar Wilde does have a point in having said,  “After a good dinner, one can forgive anybody, even one's own relations.” I hope that my sister-in-law does not read this...

My best,

Mark Villanti

Mark Villanti, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


Drama Production Remembers 9/11

Kudos to the cast and crew of “With Their Eyes,” which Spack Onstage presented this past weekend. It was a powerful performance, dedicated to the victims of 9/11 and their families. A playbill is attached with all the details.

 With Their Eyes

 Performers Shine at Area All State 

Spackenkill was well represented at New York State School Music Association’s Area All-State Festival at FDR High School in Hyde Park this past weekend. Despite lost rehearsal time due to a snow day on Friday and only having Saturday to practice, the musicians and singers performed beautifully. The Treble Choir, conducted by Janet Galvan, was followed by Mixed Choir, conducted by Dr. Mihoko Tsutsumi. Juan LaManna conducted orchestra and band students. Congratulations on this achievement to orchestra teacher Mega Swamy, band teacher Victor Catanzaro,  chorus teacher Holden Maiorana, and, of course, all the students. The program for the event is attached.

treble choir and mixed chorus
Above: Treble Choir and Mixed Chorus performed. Spackenkill's Nitya Upadhyayula, Baylee Kramer, and Emilio Herrera were selected for these groups.
Area All-State Musicians
Band and orchestra students are shown above just before the performance. Pictured standing from left to right are Natalia Murphy, Rachel Li, Emily Cohen, orchestra teacher Megha Swamy, Shinrea Su, Sneha Kamada, and Andrew Chun. Seated left to right are Cece Kim, Johnny Mulcahy, and Robert DeLaurentis.

Todd Library Inspires Creativity

It was a lively lunchtime scene in the Todd Library this past Tuesday. Library media specialist Eileen Cunningham invited students to come play games, work on puzzles, and do crafts like origami and mandala coloring. Students also took time to write down things they are thankful for on paper leaves. They are displayed at the library desk.  
Todd library activities

Crafty Cornucopias

Mrs. Wilson's fifth graders prepared cornucopias as Thanksgiving centerpiece gifts last Monday. The students supplied all of the dough to create the horns of plenty and sweet treats like clementines and candies for stuffing their cornucopias. Since they were meant to be presents, the students hand-wrote note of gratitude to the recipients. Students are shown below working on and showing off their creations.

class shows off cornucopias
working on cornucopias

Nassau Gives Thanks

Kindergarten students enjoyed Thanksgiving-themed abundance on Tuesday. Ms. Drummond's classroom featured craft and game tables, and students had fun making lists of things they are thankful for in their lives. Several classes also enjoyed feasts. Thank you to the parent volunteers who helped make these events possible.

kindergartners enjoy crafts and feat


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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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