Upcoming Board of Education Meeting

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The Board of Education will hold a Regular Meeting on  Monday, January 22 at 7 pm in the Todd Middle School Library.  Mentoring Report, Elementary Administration Update, and Elementary Academic Audit 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.

STEM Scholars Are Among Nation's Best

Regeneron winnersCongratulations to future STEM leaders Jessica Cohen (far left) and Jeana Chun, who have been named as top 300 Scholars in the 77th Regeneron Science Talent Search—the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and mathematics competition for high school seniors. They will each receive $2,000. Spackenkill HS will also receive $2,000 per scholar to use toward STEM-related activities. The students could also be named as one of 40 Finalists who each receive $25,000 and are invited to Washington, DC, for the final competition in March. The top prize for the most well-rounded emerging STEM leader in the United States is $250,000. More than 1,800 students entered the competition this year.

Community Invited to Heartsaver CPR/AED Course

CPR AED Course

The Heartsaver course will be offered to all community members on March 1, 2018 from 3:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. in the high school auditorium.  It is a classroom, video-based, instructor-led course that teaches adult and child CPR and AED use, as well as how to relieve choking on an adult. This course teaches skills with American Heart Association’s research-proven Practice-While-Watching (PWW) technique, which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback. and guide the students’ learning of skills. Course is limited to the first 30 who register and there will be a $5 processing fee. To register please contact Marco Lanzoni at 845-463-7824.    

CLICK HERE FOR THE REGISTRATION FORM FOR THE CPR/AED COURSE

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Norovirus Alert

Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health is reporting clusters of norovirus cases around the county. Norovirus is very contagious and spreads through contact with people, food, water, or surfaces.  Symptoms of the virus include any or all of the following: stomach pain; nausea; watery, nonbloody diarrhea; vomiting.

Symptoms can start within 12-48 hours of exposure and usually last between 1-3 days. The very young, the elderly, and those with chronic health conditions may be affected more severely. Those who have the virus are at risk of dehydration and are urged to drink plenty of fluids.

Anyone who is symptomatic should avoid contact with others for at least 72 hours after the symptoms have subsided. Others can be infected from the start of symptoms until three days after  recovery. Those who have the virus should not prepare food for others. It is important for everyone to be vigilant about handwashing.  Norovirus can remain on surfaces for weeks. To clean and disinfect surface areas use a chlorine bleach solution of five tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water or other EPA registered disinfectant.

Click here for key facts about norvirus.


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.


 

Notice to Parents/Guardians

Our vendor for school lunch will be raising its online payment fees for MySchoolBucks from $1.95 to $2.49 per transaction as of December 11, 2017. Please note that parents can still make payments directly to the School Lunch Program at no cost. Please make check payable to SUFSD School Lunch Fund.

For more details about online payment, please click here.


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.


District Green Initiative

Every year, the Spackenkill District follows the ED-1 Records Retention and Disposition Schedule issued by the New York State Archives to facilitate the systematic disposal of unneeded records.This year, the district began a new initiative with Legal Shred for environmentally friendly records destruction, filling 31 bins with an average capacity of 175-200 pounds each, It is estimated that the total weight for the service was 5,500 pounds, about 2.75 tons. After shredding, the company recycles the paper for security purposes and to benefit the environment. Recycling that amount saved about 40 trees and over 7 cubic yards of landfill. The district will continue to find ways to lessen the ecological impact of school operations. 


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  Monday, January 22 at 7 pm in the Todd Middle School Library.  Mentoring Report, Elementary Administration Update, and Elementary Academic Audit 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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