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 BOE Meeting April 13

The Board of Education will hold a Regular Meeting on Monday, April 13 @ 7:30 pm in the Todd Middle School Dining Hall. On the agenda are a Budget Presentation by Michele Moloney and Dr. Lois Powell, Tenure Appointments,  Science Research Presentation by Jen Maloney, and presentations on the Science Olympiad, Math Team, and Computer Club by advisors and students.

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.


Spackenkill to Receive Excellence Award

On Thursday, March 26 at 7 pm, the Spackenkill community is invited to attend a ceremony in which the district will be awarded the 2014 Silver Excellence Award by Partners in Performance Excellence. The award recognizes Spackenkill for its leadership, management, and operational practices in the field of education. It will be the first time a New York State district has received this honor in more than 20 years. This special ceremony will take place in the high school auditorium and will showcase the best of Spackenkill, followed by a reception. Please join us to celebrate this achievement.


Transportation Request Deadline April 1

 

Parents and guardians must have requests for private providers for the 2015-16 school year to the Spackenkill USFD Transportation Department by April 1, 2015. If requests are not filed by April 1, there is no guarantee of transportation in September. Requests must be filed every year. For more information, please call Doreen Wright, Director of Transportation: 845-463-7800.

SHS Victorious at Science Olympiad

At the New York State Championship Science Olympiad, held March 13 and 14, the Spackenkill High School team scored 9th place, earning the title of Best Small School in New York State, Division C. Congratulations to the team!


District Recognized for Music Program

 

For the third consecutive year, the Spackenkill district has received a 2015 Best Communities for Music Education designation from the NAMM Foundation. The award reflects the district's commitment to music education and recognizes Spackenkill's program as among the best in the nation. LEARN MORE.


 

Noro Virus Alert

March 16, 2015:  Several children in our district are presenting with a stomach illness that resembles Noro-like virus. Symptoms of Noro virus can include any or all of the following: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, low-grade fever, dehydration and headache.  This illness usually lasts an average of 24–72 hours.  Noro virus is more commonly known as the 24-hour stomach bug. READ MORE.


Letters to Officials Regarding Proposed Education Reforms

CLICK HERE to read letters to Governo Andrew Cuomo, Senator Sue Serino and Assemblymember Didi Barrett regarding proposed education reformsl.


SUFSD Parent Survey Results

CLICK HERE to read the results of the Parent Engagement and Satisfaction Survey, fall 2014.


BOE Seeks Input on Policies

The Board of Education is reviewing the following policies and welcomes feedback:  9000 series, 5119, and 5132.


LHCSS Press Release on Proposed Education Reforms

CLICK HERE to read a press release from the Lower Hudson Council of School Superintendents regarding Governor Cuomo's proposed education reforrm.


Letter to Governor Cuomo from NYSAPE

CLICK HERE to read a cover letter and FOIL request from New York State Allies for Public Education regarding release of state aid projections.


Letter to NYSED Regarding Field Testing

CLICK HERE to read a letter to the New York State Education Department regarding a proposed amendment on field testing. A reolution passed by the SUFSD BOE in April 2014 is included.


Interscholastic Athletics and Health Exam Requirements

CLICK HERE to read about interscholastic athletics and health exam requirements.


Combat Heroin Campaign Launched

CLICK HERE to read a letter from the New York State Education Department regarding the alarming rise in heroin and opioid abuse. CLiCK HERE to visit NY state's Combat Heroin campaign website.


Design Changes for SAT

In March 2014, the College Board announced significant changes to the design of the SAT.  CLICK HERE to read a letter from NYSED about the focus of the changes.


New Nutrition Standards for 2014-2015 School Year

Spackenkill's Food Service Department continues to strengthen its efforts to provide the best possible nutrition for kids. CLICK HERE to read about new standards for the 2014-2015 school year.

 


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). 

CLICK HERE to read the NYSED memo.

CLICK HERE to read an updated list of APPR pre- and post-assessments for the 2014-2015 school-year.


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.


State of the District

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

CLICK HERE to read the document.


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.


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


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)


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