What's Right with Spackenklll December 7, 2018


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Locust Grove Scavenger Hunt

Leo Club's Adopt a Family

Northern Dutchess Symphony Holiday Concert

Coat Drive by Youth Group


What's Right with Spackenkill!

December 7, 2018


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Dear Spackenkill Community,

December is a busy and festive month at school and at home. Each year the Board of Education receives an educational audit report from our principals. This Tuesday, December 11th, our elementary principals will report on last year’s student testing performance results. If you are interested in reviewing the information, it is posted on BoardDocs. The secondary principals will report on January 8th.

One last reminder: The Dutchess BOCES Capital Project Vote will occur on Tuesday, December 11th, from 12 – 8 pm in the high school lobby. Parking is available adjacent to the auditorium / gym entrance. 

Last night was Todd’s 7th and 8th Grade Winter Concert, and music department performances were as always well done! Next week is the 6th Grade Concert. Hagan also will perform, and the rumor is that a special guest will be in attendance!

My best,

Mark Villanti

Mark Villanti, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools



DC BOCES Capital Project Vote


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NYSSSA Applications Are Open

Students in grades 8-12 throughout New York State are encouraged to apply to the 2019 New York State Summer School of the Arts (NYSSSA). NYSSSA is comprised of seven component schools: Theatre, Ballet, Modern Dance, Orchestral Studies, Choral Studies, Visual Arts and Media Arts. Auditions begin in January and will be held across the state. A schedule of audition sites and application materials are available at the NYSSSA website.

Please click here to learn more about NYSSSA.

Todd Student Gov't Serves Community

Todd Student Government hosted its annual Senior Citizen Breakfast this week. There was a very large turnout from the community, who enjoyed breakfast and entertainment by the Todd Jazz Band and individual performers, including comedians and a magic act. Thank you to all participants and advisor Norma Vazquez.
senior citizen breakfast

Midnight Madness

The Spackenkill Basketball Club held its 3rd annual Midnight Madness on November 29th. The fun-filled evening  (which began at 6:30 pm, not actually midnight!) kicked off the season with plenty of spirit. The community got to meet the teams, participate in contests, and win prizes. All proceeds supported the Boys and Girls Basketball Program.

Midnight Madness

Spotlight on Todd Students

Mariamma DaboWorking with the National Park Service, seventh grader Mariama Dabo, pictured at left with Principal Dan Doherty, has created her second Junior Ranger Program book, featuring the Vanderbilt National Historic Site. Her first book , pubilshed in 2016, was about the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site, including Val-Kill. Mariama and her classmates have been invited to the Vanderbilt site for a tour. We'll update readers in coming weeks. Congratulations on this accomplishment!


Technology in Action

Mrs. Strapec’s second grade class recently worked with technology integration teacher Mrs. Byrne to learn how to cut and paste while working in Google Classroom. For Thanksgiving, the students enjoyed assembling a turkey and then typing what they were thankful for.  Mrs. Strapec and her class hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving.
tukey tech

Positive Moves

Fifth grade students presented a high-energy dance performance at an assembly on Friday. It was the culmination of the New York Dance Residency program taught by Edwin Fion. The program focuses on teamwork and emphasizes the power of individual expression. "We can make our livers better by celebrating one another," said Mr. Fion. Thank you to the Elementary PTA for bring this program to Hagan!

 Hagan dance


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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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