SHS Named 2018 Blue Ribbon School

SHS Named 2018 National Blue Ribbon School
Posted on 11/30/2018
Blue Ribbon Schools AnnouncementSpackenkill High School in the Spackenkill Union Free School District has been recognized as an Exemplary High Performing National Blue Ribbon School for 2018 by U. S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program award recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. Nationally, 349 schools received this honor in 2018.  Of that number 62 are high schools. Spackenkill High School is one of only 13 2018 National Blue Ribbon High Schools in New York State and the fourth school in Dutchess County history to receive this honor in the 36 years of the program’s existence.

Since 1982, the U. S. Department of Education has sought out and celebrated great American schools. The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content.
High School Principal Steve Malkischer and math teacher Eleanor Pupko, along with district Superintendent Dr. Mark Villanti,  will attend a recognition ceremony in Washington, DC, on November 7 and 8. The school will be presented with a National Blue Ribbon School plaque and flag as symbols of its achievements. 
To read Spackenkill  High School’s profile on the National Blue ribbon site, go to

 School profiles of all 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools can be found at
Watch a video of the announcement below: