We recently mailed a brochure promoting the September 24th vote to sell Martha Lawrence to Westchester Medical Center. We’ve received some questions about this. To clarify: If the voters pass the proposition, the building will remain a preschool operated by Westchester Medical Center, both now and after the vote.

Vote on Martha Lawrence Sale


About Us

Known for its long tradition of excellence and high standards, the Spackenkill Union Free School District is a K–12 public school district located in the western part of Dutchess County, New York. It was established in 1866 and has grown from a one-room schoolhouse to four schools serving some 1,500 students. The district prides itself on being a small community, where families know each other, enhancing the spirit of a shared vision.

Spackenkill is one of the 14 best places to live in Dutchess County according to Hudson Valley Magazine.

 In recent Niche ratings, the district was rated #13 of all upstate districts, with a grade of A+. SHS was rated #1 out of 13 high schools in Dutchess County. Todd was #1 out of 15 county middle schools. Nassau was rated #1 elementary school in Dutchess County, followed by Hagan at #2 in a list of over 40 elementary schools.

Spackenkill  was also ranked #3 out of 450 upstate districts as the best place to teach.

Seven-year winner of Best Communities for Music Education Award from the NAMM Foundation.

For the 2018-2019 school year, Spackenkill's STEM program was rated #31 in the nation by US News. The District was also in US News top 1000 nationally.

Spackenkill High School  SAT scores are #3 out of 450 districts in upstate New York, according to CollegeBoard data. 

Spackenkill High School is the recipient of the US Department of Education 2018 National Blue Ribbon Award. SHS is the first high school in Dutchess County to receive the award since its inception in 1982. Among 130,000 schools nationwide, only 349 received this coveted honor in 2018. Of that number, 62 are high schools.

Spackenkill students advance to state and national levels in such competitions as Odyssey of the Mind, Science Olympiad, American Computer Science League, American Mathematics Competition, Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and Mathcounts.  Our students have also placed in the top levels of the Siemens Competition, Regeneron, and ISEF Awards.

Mission Statement:
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.



District Office
Phone: 1-845-463-7800
Fax: 1-845-463-7804

Spackenkill High School
Phone: 1-845-463-7810
Fax: 1-845-463-7826

Todd Middle  School
Phone: 1-845-463-7830
Fax: 1-845-463-7832

Hagan Elementary School
Phone: 1-845-463-7840
Fax: 1-845-463-7881

Nassau Elementary School
Phone: 1-845-463-7843
Fax: 1-845-463-7842

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Additional Info


District-wide School Safety Plan
Education Law § 2801-a and its accompanying regulations require that the District obtain input from specific stakeholders regarding its proposed Intermunicipal Agreement with the Town of Poughkeepsie for the provision of school resource officers. Should there be any comments regarding this proposed Agreement, please send them by October 7, 2019 to Mark Villanti, Superintendent of Schools,  District Office, 15 Croft Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 or via email to mark.villanti@sufsdny.org.

There will be a public hearing at the Board of Education meeting on October 8, 2019.

Immunization Records

All required New York State immunizations records are due in the health office by September 18, 2019. Failure to comply with New York State requirements can lead to your child being excluded from school as of September 19, 2019.  Any questions in regard to this can be directed to your child's school nurse.

Nora Bergstraser, MSN, RN (Nassau): 463-6390

Sharon Dooley-Russo, RN (Hagan): 463-8398

Alyssa Karcz, RN (Todd): 463-6527

Elizabeth Giancaspro, BSN, RN (SHS): 463-2043

Click here for Notification of Exclusion Based on Immunization Status

Rod Of Asclepius.pngNon-medical Exemptions for School Vaccine Requirements FAQ   

 Declaración sobre la legislación que elimina la exención no médicade los requisitos de vacunación escolar

Smart Schools Investment Plan

E-Cigarettes and Vaping: What Parents Need to Know

STAR Exemption Update

If you currently receive your STAR benefit as a reduction on your school tax bill (the STAR exemption), you may receive a greater benefit if you switch to the STAR rebate check.  Click on this government link to learn more. If you have questions, please call the Town of Poughkeepsie Tax Collector’s Office: (845) 485-3611.


Medical Kit.pngRead a letter from the school nurses about when to keep a child home from school.

New York State now requires all physicians and schools to use a uniform physical form. Click Here to download Health Exam Form.

Please click on this link to read information in English and Spanish about head lice.

Dr. Mark Villanti, Superintendent of Schools

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