Upcoming Board of Education Meeting

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The Board of Education will hold a Regular Meeting on Tuesday, April 24 at 7 pm in the Todd Middle School Library. The BOCES Vote, Science 21 Update, and Elementary Administration Update are on the agenda.

The community is welcome and always encouraged to attend. For information about any BOE meeting presentations, please visit the BoardDocs section of this website, which is located under the Board of Education drop-down menu, or CLICK HERE.

Meet the Board Seat Candidate

Mary Sawyer

Mary Sawyer is running for the one board seat vacancy. This is a five-year seat beginning July 1, 2018, and ending June 30, 2023.  An Associate Professor at SUNY New Paltz in the Department of Teaching and Learning with a focus on teacher education in English Language Arts, grades 7 through 12, Dr. Sawyer has lived in the Spackenkill District for 19 years with her husband, Anthony Yu, and two grown children, Christopher Yu and Martin Yu. Both attended Spackenkill Schools and participated in student government, music, and athletics.

“I want to give back and support the continued excellence embodied by the district,” said Dr. Sawyer. “The Spackenkill community supported our family for many years.  Our two boys received an outstanding, well-rounded education and made life-long friends.  As the years pass, I’ve longed for a way to stay more connected to the district.”

Among Dr. Sawyer’s community activities are her service as a site level building team member in past years at both Hagan Elementary and Spackenkill High School. Currently at SUNY New Paltz, she is Chair of the Curriculum Committee, a member of the Library Advisory Council, and Coordinator of the Education and Theatre Series. Additionally, she is Co-Director of the Hudson Valley Writing Project (HVWP), a teacher-leadership network affiliated with the National Writing Project.   For the past several years she has co-taught in the HVWP Teen Writer’s Institute, a summer writing camp.  Volunteer credits include working with the Appalachian Service Project in Youth Leadership, serving as a Spelling Bee Judge for the Wappingers Central School District, and participating in Newburgh Enlarged Central School District’s Read Across America program.

 “I am a strong supporter of leadership and professional development opportunities for teachers.  I also am knowledgeable about literacy teaching and learning, including the importance of community literacy events, well-stocked libraries, and opportunities for our students to engage in interest-driven pursuits and real-world writing,” said Dr. Sawyer. “Spackenkill has a strong legacy of excellence in education.  Our challenge is to maintain and build on this legacy as we address current social and economic realities.  Through smart decisions, we can fulfill our district’s stated mission to ‘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.’”  

District Recognized for Outstanding Music Education

For the 6th year in a row, Spackenkill has been recognized by NAMM Foundation for its commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education designation.  Spackenkill was one of 583 districts to achieve the distinction nationwide. Congratulations to all members of the music department and our community members who support them! The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit organization with the mission of advancing active participation in music. 

CLICK HERE to visit the NAMM website.

Message About School Safety

February 28, 2018

Dear Spackenkill Community,

It was reported today in the Poughkeepsie Journal that the Poughkeepsie City School District is closed today as a result of a perceived threat. A week ago, the Dover Schools closed as a result of a threat that was made and later determined as not credible. I am personally aware of the threat made at Poughkeepsie City School District, as information was shared with me last night. The Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department and the City of Poughkeepsie Police Department shared information. This threat was specific to their district.

In the coming days you will likely hear more rumors and reports. Please be aware that the district and our School Resource Officer investigate any level of threat. If we deem a threat to be credible we will inform you. You did not hear from me on this Poughkeepsie City School District incident because I discussed it last night with our SRO and we agreed that it did not apply to us. However, since some parents called, I felt it was necessary to send you this update.

Our school district is committed to the following pledge, “Never here, not at Spack.” We are following 5 principles of school safety and meeting with our district safety team, which includes two police officers, a security expert, and a first responder. We need to “harden” some of our protocols and other safety measures. Meanwhile, we continue to ask for the help of all students, families, and staff to implement the following 5-point principles of school safety:

 

1.     Be an upstander, not a bystander.

2.     See something, say something.

3.     Use social media responsibly.

4.     Engage families to seek counseling and mental health services, where appropriate.

5.     Work with the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department and our SRO, as needed.

 

Please call your building principal if you have any concerns about your child or any problem that you observe.

Sincerely,

Mark Villanti
Dr. Mark Villanti
Superintendent of Schools

 

 
 

Spackenkill Union Free School District, 15 Croft Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603; 845-463-7800

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Summer Worker Applications Available

summer worker applications available

The Spackenkill District is accepting applications until May 15 for student summer workers. A driver's license is required. Applicants must be Spackenkill students or graduates. Pick up applications at the Spackenkill District Office, 15 Croft Road. Please call (845) 463-7800 with any questions.

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Benefits of Hand-Washing

Spackenkill High School Nurse Joan Dwyer shared this link about the benefits of hand-washing. Please click here to access the story.


Revisions to School Health Services Regulations:

Effective 7/1/18

  • Health examinations will be required for new entrants and in grades PreK or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11.
  • Vision screening for color perception, distance, and near vision acuity will be required for new entrants within 6 months of admission to school. Distance and near vision acuity will be required in grades Pre K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11.
  • Hearing screening utilizing pure tone testing will be required for new entrants within 6 months of admission to school and in grades Pre K or K, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 11.
  • Scoliosis screening will be required in grades 5 and 7 for girls and grade 9 for boys.
  • Changes for screening grades are not effective until 7/1/18 and will not be implemented until the 2018-2019 school year.

     

Update Your Contact Preferences

On Friday, January 5th, Spackenkill Schools were closed. We hope you received communication regarding the closure via phone, email, and/or text.  

If you did not receive any communication, please verify your contact information either on the Parent Portal, or by checking with your child's school. 

If you would like to further customize your contact information so you are only contacted on a particular phone or email address, please sign up for a SchoolMessenger account.  

Click here for more information on SchoolMessenger.


 

Join the Spackenkill Alumni Association

Join the Spackenkill Alumni Association on its Facebook page! The organization is open to graduates and friends of Spackenkill.
Click on this link to the Alumni Association to join: https://www.facebook.com/spack-alumni/


District Adopts Non-Resident Tuition Policy

At the July 5, 2017 Board of Education meeting, the District adoped a tuition policy for non-residents.  You may access the Non-Resident Tuition Policy by clicking on this link .


Water Testing Results

New York State schools are now required to test for lead in drinking water. Please read a letter below that was emailed to elementary school families. We will continue to update the website to make this information known to our schools and families.

Please CLiCK HERE to read a letter to Spackenkill Elementary families regarding water testing for lead.

Please CLICK HERE to read a letter to Todd families regarding water testing for lead.

Please CLICK HERE to read a letter to Spackenkill High School families regarding water testing for lead.

Please CLICK HERE to read a Q&A on lead testing from New York State.


Child Abuse Hotline Telephone Number

The New York State Office of Children and Family Services  ​http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/cps/ maintains a child abuse hotline.

The Statewide Toll Free Telephone Number is 1-800-342-3720
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, call TDD/TTY at 1-800-638-5163 
or have your Video Relay System provider call 1-800-342-3720
If you believe that a child is in immediate danger,  call 911 or your local police department.

Número de Teléfono de la Línea Directa de Abuso Infantil

La Oficina Estatal de Servicios para Niños y Familias del Estado de Nueva York http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/cps/ mantiene una línea directa de abuso infantil.

El número de teléfono gratuito de Statewide es 1-800-342-3720 
Si usted es sordo o tiene problemas auditivos , llame a TDD / TTY al 1-800-638-5163 
O haga que su proveedor de Video Relay System llame al 1-800-342-3720 
Si usted cree que un niño está en peligro inmediato, llame al 911 o al departamento de policía local.

Strategic Plan 2015-2020

CLICK HERE TO READ THE BOARD-APPROVED SUFSD STRATEGIC PLAN FOR 2015-2020


School Breakfast Program Open to All

We encourage your child(ren) to take advantage of our breakfast program, which can be enjoyed upon arrival at school. If you should have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact Food and Nutrition Services @ 463-7836 or email lisa.french@sufsdny.org


 

Parents' Bill of Rights

The purpose of the Parents’ Bill of Rights is to inform parents of the legal requirements regarding privacy, security and use of student data . CLICK HERE TO READ THE PARENTS' BILL OF RIGHTS.


Dutchess County HELPLINE

The Dutchess County Department of Mental Hygiene has expanded its 24-hour HELPLINE service to include texting.   Dutchess TEXTS is designed as an alternate way to access mental health assistance since many people, particularly young adults and teenagers, often prefer to text rather than talk on the phone.    Young people can access support services by texting “DMH” to 741 741 READ MORE ABOUT THE DUTCHESS COUNTY HELPLINE..



 

Upcoming Board of Education Meeting

Spackenkill logo

 

The Board of Education will hold a Regular Meeting on Tuesday, April 24 at 7 pm in the Todd Middle School Library. The BOCES Vote, Science 21 Update, and Elementary Administration Update are on the agenda.

The community is welcome and always encouraged to attend. For information about any BOE meeting presentations, please visit the BoardDocs section of this website, which is located under the Board of Education drop-down menu, or CLICK HERE.

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