BOE Meeting August 25

The Board of Education will hold a Regular Meeting on Monday, August 25 @ 7:30 pm in the Todd Middle School Dining Hall. SHS Assistant Principal Lauren DuBeau will present the Summer School Report. Dr. Lori Mulford, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Curriculum, and PPS, will discuss School Meter.

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.

Update for Parents and Students

Transportation information is being mailed to homes beginning on Monday, August 25. School will open on Wednesday, September 3. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

SHS Honored by State Education Department

Congratulations to Spackenkill High School staff and students for being named a Reward School by Commissioner John King and the Board of Regents. The school has received a certificate  recognizing it for being among New York State Schools that have the highest performance with no significant gaps in student achievement.

CLICK HERE to read a letter from Assistant Commissioner Ira Schwartz and view certificate.

Volunteers Needed for School Avoidance Committee

The School Avoidance Committee will address the increasing problem of school avoidance, which results in poor attendance and failing grades. The charge of the School Avoidance Committee is to draft a proposal of suggestions on how schools, parents, and clinicians can work together to reduce factors that lead to school avoidance as well as develop effective strategies to reintegrate a student back into the school environment.

Participation in the committee is voluntary.  Interested parties should contact Heidi Huczel at Heidi.huczel@spackenkillschools.org or 463-7810.

CLICK HERE to read more about the committee.

2014 Celebration of Successes

On June 18, the 2014 Celebration of Successes event took place at the Board of Education meeting. The event honored students and staff who excelled over the 2013-2014 school year. Congratulations to all who participated! View galleries of the evening's events:

CL:ICK HERE for photos of Nassau Elementary School successes.

CL:ICK HERE for photos of Hagan Elementary School successes.

CL:ICK HERE for photos of Todd Middle School successes.

CLICK HERE for photos of Spackenkill High School successes.

CLICK HERE for photos of Atheltics successes.

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SUFSD Applies for Baldrige Award

The Spackenkill School District has applied for the state-level Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award, which recognizes organizations for achieving performance excellence. A site visit from a team of Baldrige examiners will take place in the fall. Please stay tuned for details. CLICK HERE to read the application.


NYSED Memo on APPR Assessments

Following, please find a memo we received from the New York State Department of Education (NYSED ) regarding what it deems “unnecessary APPR assessments.” In regard to Task 1, several of the middle school and high school subjects that are identified as administering pre-assessments do not do so.  Some subjects/courses that did administer pre-assessments last year have eliminated them for next year.

In regard to Tasks 2 and 3, the APPR requirements are very complicated at the secondary level.  Many of the assessments listed in the following memo exist in the event that they are needed, but many of them may never actually be administered.   Additionally, the local Student Learning Objective (SLO) and the assessment used for it need to be negotiated with each individual teacher; many teachers are, rightfully so, concerned about using the same exam for both the 20% state score and the 20% local score of their evaluations.   For one test to comprise 40% of a person’s evaluation is not reasonable.  For similar reasons, teachers are reluctant to be assigned scores based on tests administered in subject areas they do not teach (such as a health teacher being evaluated  based on an English assessment). 

An updated list of APPR pre- and post-assessments for the 2014-2015 school-year will be posted here before school begins.
CLICK HERE to read the NYSED memo.


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 document.


Property Tax Freeze Credit

The Property Tax Freeze Credit is a two-year tax relief program that reimburses qualifying New York State homeowners for increases in local property taxes on their primary residences. SUFSD is in compliance for year 1. Taxpayers will be entitled to a refund from the state in the fall of 2014. CLICK HERE for more information.


Change in Immunization Requirements

The New York State Department of Health has adjusted the requirements for immunizations effective July 1, 2014. CLICK HERE to read about the new requirements.


YMCA Summer Enrichment Program Canceled

The YMCA of  Dutchess & Eastern Orange regrets that the Spackenkill Summer Enrichment Program for summer 2014 has been canceled because of lack of registrations.  If you have any questions about other YMCA programs, plesae contact Dorothy Mitchell at 845-266-4329 or e-mail her at dmitchell@ymcadeo.org.


State of the District

On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Dr. Powell presented the State of the District Report.

CLICK HERE to read the document..


Parent Feedback Welcome

Parents recently received a letter in the mail dated May 16, 2014, asking for feedback about the district. The letter and the feedback form are posted below.

CLICK HERE for feedback letter.
CLICK HERE for feedback form.


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...


SUFSD Board of Education Approves Resolution

At the April 22 Board of Education meeting, the Testing, Common Core, and Privacy Resolution was approved.

                                                         CLiCK HERE to read the resolution.


Consequences of Objections to Standardized Testing

Read an article by the New York State Association of School Attorneys regarding standardized testing and the consequences for school districts when students refuse to take state assessments.

                                                          CLICK HERE to read the article.


Curriculum Update

The Spackenkill Union Free School District will begin the process of developing and revising grade-level and subject-area curriculum maps.

CLICK HERE to read a letter from the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, and PPS.


Spackenkill Rates High for Financial Stability

The state Office of Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released a report on the financial stability of school districts in New York. Spackenkill ranked 643 out of 674 districts, in the top 5% statewide. SUFSD also has the best financial stability among school districts in Dutchess County. VIEW A CHART OF COMPARSIONS.  

Additional information can be found at the NYS Comptroller's website.

READ A MESSAGE FROM NYS COMPTROLLER (1/21/14)

New York state schools' financial ratings: Look up, compare school districts (1/16/14, The Post-Standard)


NYS 2014-2015 Legislative Changes Regarding Common Core and Student Privacy

The New York State Legislature recently passed its 2014-2015 budget, which contains provisions impacting our district and students. The new legislation features a number of changes with regard to the implementation of the Common Core and student data privacy. We have outlined the key provisions, which are effective as of April 1, 2014 (unless otherwise noted), as follows. READ MORE.


 

BOE Approves Veterans' Exemption

 

At the February 25 Board meeting, a partial exemption from school taxes for veterans was 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


                                             

Food Service Account Allows Parents to Manage Food Choices

If your child has a dietary restriction or allergy that you would like listed on their NutriKids/MySchoolBucks account or if you wish to limit or block the purchase of a specific food item, please contact the Spackenkill Food Service Department at 463-7836 or lisa.french@spackenkillschools.org.
CLICK HERE for the School Lunch web section


BOE Welcomes Feedback on Policies: 9000 Series

The Spackenkill Board of Education is currently reviewing the 9000 policy series. This series includes the arrangements for meeting procedures, duties of officers, quorum, terms of office of members, and the like. Feedback is welcome. Policies on BoardDocs


UPDATE: EngageNY Portal Parent Fact Sheet

The EngageNY Portal provides educators, parents, and students with access to educational data, curriculum and instructional resources. The updated document includes responses to additional questions raised over the past few weeks in addition to a short summary of the data security and privacy protections in place for the EngageNY Portal. Additional information about the Portal can be found at www.engageny.org/portal.

READ the Parent Fact Sheet (PDF) | EngageNY Portal Data Dictionary (PDF)


NYSED Commissioner John King Vies for Fewer Standardized Tests

READ the press release at http://usny.nysed.gov/docs/teaching-is-the-core.pdf

New York State Seeks to Scale Back Student Testing (10/25/13 - NY Times)


Fair Funding Rally Advocacy Event Focused on Fiscal Crisis in Education

About 500 community members from more than 25 school districts in the Hudson Valley came together on October 2 to learn about the fiscal crisis facing their schools and to find out what they can do about it. VIEW the VIDEO


New Shared Decision-Making Council Created

As a way for all stakeholders of the Spackenkill School District to have a voice about issues, a new council was created. The District Council will meet quarterly throughout the school year. MORE

 

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