Upcoming Board of Education Meeting

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The Board of Education will hold a Regular Meeting on Monday, March 5 at 7 pm in the Todd Middle School Library.  High School Learning Center and Secondary 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.

Spack Onstage Presents Les Mis & Unprecedented 'First Look'

On March 2nd at 7:30 PM on the stage at Spackenkill High School in Poughkeepsie, an amazing, unprecedented event will occur. The Beacon Players and Spack Onstage will join forces to perform moments from their upcoming musicals “Les Misérables” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Both organizations are preparing a show filled with music, dance, and much more. In addition to moments from their shows, our members will be performing “Songs From Shows We Might Never Do?” Combining the talents of both schools will provide a beautiful and memorable evening for all. Our Youth Cast and Middle School Drama organizations will be lending their talents to the evening as well. Be a part of this great event, a reception will be held and tickets will be on sale. The event is free! Come and support Spack Onstage and The Beacon Players, your only admission is your interest in having a good time and your support of both organizations!

Spack Onstage presents Les Mis at the HS April 13, 14 at 7pm and April 15 at 2pm.

Get your tickets today at www.spackonstage.com or call our Box Office: (845) 453-4383

 

Online Sports Registration Available

register for sports onlineThe Spackenkill Athletics Department is now offering the convenience of online registration through FamilyID (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. 

Spring Sports registration opens February 5, 2018 for all high school sports (JV and Varsity) and February 12, 2018 for all middle school (modified) sports. 

Click on the link below to register:
 http://www.familyid.com/spackenkill-ufsd-athletics
 

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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


Flu Information for Parents

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed an executive order to combat the flu epidemic in New York. The executive order allows pharmacists to administer flu vaccines to children ages 2 to 18,  increasing access and convenience for New Yorkers seeking the flu vaccination as the number of reported cases across the state continues to rise. "With flu cases reaching epidemic proportions in New York, we must do everything in our power to fight this virus and keep New Yorkers safe," Governor Cuomo said. "Once again, I urge all New Yorkers to help us combat this quick-spreading strain of flu and make sure they and their loved ones are vaccinated."

The Executive Order suspends the section of state education law that limits the authority of pharmacists to administer immunizing agents to anyone under age 18 to allow vaccines to be administered to anyone age 2 and up. Parents and guardians are encouraged to call pharmacies ahead of their visit, to ensure they are ready to receive patients in this age group. Parents and guardians with children between the ages of 6 months and 24 months (2 years)  are still encouraged to see their primary care provider for the flu  vaccination.

To receive a flu shot, contact your local healthcare provider or pharmacy, or find information about vaccination clinics by contacting the Department of Behavioral and Community Health at 486-3535. Flu shots may also be found through the HealthMap Vaccine Finder at www.vaccinefinder.org.


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 norovirus.

Click here to learn the differences between a cold and the flu.


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, March 5 at 7 pm in the Todd Middle School Library.  High School Learning Center and Secondary 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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