Budget Vote and Election

Thank you to the Spackenkill community for supporting the Budget and Bus Proposition.

Congratulations to Mr Richard Horvath, who ran unopposed as Trustee to the Board of Education. 

Thank you to the Board of Elections and our election supervisors, District Clerk Nancy Melilli, School Business Manager Michele Moloney, and the Board of Education for all of their hard work. 

 

Voting results are as follows:

YES NO
BUDGET VOTE 488 122
BUS PROPOSITION 507 101


                  

SPRING CONCERT DATES & FUNDRAISER

music staff

All concerts are at the high school and start at 7:00 pm:

  • 05/10 WED Todd Orchestra
  • 05/15 MON Todd Chorus
  • 05/17 WED Todd Band
  • 05/18 THU Elementary #1 (Beginner Band, Beginner Strings, 3rd Grade Chorus)
  • 05/22 MON High School #1 (Mixed Choir, String Ensemble, Jazz Band)
  • 05/23 TUE Elementary #2 (Concert Band, 4/5 Choristers, Gold Strings, Silver Strings)
  • 05/24 WED High School #2 (Chamber Orchestra, Women's Chorus, Concert Band)
 

Music Boosters of Spackenkill will also be holding their Table Talk Diner concert night fundraiser these nights. Please click here for more information.

You're Invited to the Science Symposium

science research symposium

TUESDAY, MAY 30 at 6 pm: SHS Auditorium. Guest Speaker, Dr. John Long, Vassar College. Senior Presentations: Vincent Li, Eileen Gao, Nathan Liang and Daniel Busaba

Board Considers Capital Project

field photos
Above: Aerial view of the current condition of the athletic field, with worn dirt areas visible.
architect's rendering of SUFSD field
Above: Architect's rendering of turf field.

The Board has been discussing a Capital Project for the district. There has been quite a buzz within the district and the community about the High School facilities and track and field. Presentations have been made by School Business Manager Michele Moloney, Facilities Director Dave Downes, and architects from Clark Patterson Lee about the needs of each school. A few visuals from the architect's presentation are above and the entire presentation can be found online by clicking here. Additionally, a public hearing was held on May 23, attended by some 150 students, staff, and community members.

We invite you to attend a Community Advisory Group Meeting.  Contact Marco Lanzoni for info at marco.lanzoni@sufsdny.org.

Learn more by reading Board presentations, available by clicking here.

Some of the needs addressed in the presentations include:

 
entrances must be ADA Compliant potential track resurfacing
Above left: Building entrances must be ADA Compliant.  Above right: Track and field renovations are under consideration.
structural issues to be remedied potential sidewalk upgrades
Above left and right: Structural and sidewalk issues are being discussed.
roof remediation infrared roof scan
Above left: Roof issues at Nassau Elementary School. Above right: Infrared roof scan with light areas indicating heat loss and moisture.

 

 

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Transportation Requests

school bus

 

Parents and guardians must have requests for private providers for the 2017-18 school year to the Spackenkill UFSD Transportation Department by April 1, 2017. Requests must be filed every year.  For more information, please call Doreen Wright, Director of Transportation: 845-463-7800.

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.


 

New Draft Learning Standards

Click here to read a letter to teachers and parents from the NYS Commissioner of Education.


New Meningococcal Vaccine Requirement for 7th & 12th Grade Students​

Recent amendments to PHL 2164 and its accompanying regulations at 10 NYCRR Subpart 66-1 now require that children entering 7th and 12th grades or comparable age level grade equivalent receive an adequate dose or doses of the meningococcal vaccine for school attendance.  Although the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has been disseminating information about these new meningococcal requirements to parents and schools, NYSDOH understands that many parents or legal guardians may have, nevertheless, been unaware of the such requirements.  Specifically, it has come to NYSDOH’s attention that many parents or legal guardians were not able to schedule appointments for their child to receive the meningococcal vaccine until after the standard 14 day grace period for compliance with immunization requirements, as set forth in 10 NYCRR 66-1.4.   

As such, NYSDOH will exercise its enforcement discretion for up to 30 days after school entry for parents or legal guardians who can demonstrate to schools their good faith efforts to comply with the meningococcal immunization requirements.  For example, a good faith effort can be demonstrated by submitting a note on the health practitioner’s letterhead or copy of appointment card, providing the date of the child’s appointment to receive the meningococcal vaccine, which must be scheduled to be on or before 30 days after school entry. 

After 30 days after school entry, any child entering 7th or 12th grades or comparable age level grade equivalents must be excluded from school if their parents or legal guardians have not submitted a certificate of immunization from a health practitioner or from NYSIIS documenting that the child has received an adequate dose or doses of the meningococcal vaccine or a medical or religious exemption.  Students who are non-compliant will be excluded starting October 6, 2016.


Letter Regarding Evacuation Drills

CLICK HERE to read a letter regarding evacuation drills.


 

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.


New Service of 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..


BOE Approves Veterans' Exemption

A partial exemption from school taxes for veterans has been approved by the Spackenkill Board of Education.   Military veterans may receive an exemption based upon their type and time of service.  The default exemptions were approved for Spackenkill veterans. READ MORE ABOUT THE VETERANS' EXEMPTION

Budget Vote and Election

Thank you to the Spackenkill community for supporting the Budget and Bus Proposition.

Congratulations to Mr Richard Horvath, who ran unopposed as Trustee to the Board of Education. 

Thank you to the Board of Elections and our election supervisors, District Clerk Nancy Melilli, School Business Manager Michele Moloney, and the Board of Education for all of their hard work. 

 

Voting results are as follows:

YES NO
BUDGET VOTE 488 122
BUS PROPOSITION 507 101


                  

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