Spotlight on Our District
From the Superintendent
“We have a highly moral and very serious responsibility to prepare our young people for life after their school years in Nyack. If we accept that the world is rapidly changing: what type of education do our students need?"
In keeping with our District mission and incorporating the results from our Community Priorities Survey, we have established "Core Elements of Education" that we believe are necessary competencies that all students should embody to become global citizens with true success: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, Compassion, Core Mastery, Cultural Awareness.
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Mid-Winter RecessNyack Public Schools
Superintendent's Conference DayNyack Public Schools
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Good FridayNyack Public Schools
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District Initiatives Showcase
STEM Update (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
NEW K-12 Social Studies Curriculum
Bilingual Classrooms Pilot, K-2
Guidance Program Review and NEW Director
Let's Talk! Engaging in Authentic Communication
District Communication Plan 2016-17
InspireNyack The Foundation to Inspire Excellence in Nyack Schools www.inspirenyack.org
Nyack Center More than a community building; a place for building community www.nyackcenter.org
Nyack Library www.nyacklibrary.org
Valley Cottage Library www.vclib.org\I
Village of Nyack nyack-ny.gov
Village of South Nyack southnyack.ny.gov
Village of Upper Nyack uppernyack-ny.us
INFOROCK services, events, organizations in Rockland County informationrockland.com
Rockland 21C ensuring the optimal development of every child
Rockland BOCES, Rooted in the Community www.rocklandboces.org
Nyack Heart & Soul on the Hudson www.VisitNyack.org
Nyack Public Schools is "Going Green", Saving Paper and Using Peachjar... Here's How YOU Can Help:
The District is interested in saving time, money and trees. We are also interested in continuing to improve our school - to - home connections so that all families are informed and engaged in their child's education.
In February, a District-wide initiative has begun in preparation for "going green". We understand that our families will need support and step-by-step communication if we are to be successful. The goal is to ensure that more families can have easy, online access to importance information generated from our schools and Central Administration Office. The first step is to make certain we have correct contact information for every household in our District. This means, we need your help to update our database with each household's current email address(es), phone numbers and additional emergency contacts (2).
Elementary students were sent the attached flyer home in back packs during the week of February 6th. Middle & High School parent/guardians will receive it in the mail with 2nd quarter report cards.
IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO, KINDLY FILL OUT THE FORM AND SEND IT BACK WITH YOUR CHILD TO THE MAIN OFFICE OF YOUR CHILD'S SCHOOLS ASAP.
The next step will be to focus on activating Parent Portal accounts for all elementary level parents or for MS/HS parents who do not yet have one established.
We NEED your help and appreciate you taking a few minutes of your time to fill out this form.District News and Headlines
Nyack High School's literary magazine, “Dimensions,” was presented with a National Award of Excellence for Student Literary Magazines
The National Council of Teachers of English has recognized Dimensions, the high school’s literary magazine, for “National Excellence in Student Literacy Magazines.” In our District English Department, there is a shared commitment in fostering a love of writing among our students who participate in such extra-curricular programs. This good news acknowledges that collective effort. It certainly contributes directly to our departmental goal of generating a “Culture of Literacy” that everyone in the English Department has set out to build.
More specifically, as shared by Mr. John Joyce as English Department Chair, we want to recognize and acknowledge the time, effort and guidance of Mr. David Sheehan and Ms. Simona Moldovan, the advisors of Dimensions, as well as the many student writers and editors who contributed to its making. We are all proud of this achievement!
Congratulations to Mr. Sheehan, Ms. Maldovan and our Dimensions students upon receiving this prestigious award.District News and Headlines
Children at Valley Cottage Elementary School vote to support a project that re-builds schools in our neighboring country, Haiti
Principal Gina Cappiello is proud of her students as they sing from their hearts each morning program and begin their school day together. This week, she is extra proud of the entire VCE community, under the leadership of the PTA and staff, for the very impressive demonstration of kindness, compassion and commitment they have all shown for the world outside of their own.
In December, the VCE PTA sponsored a fun-filled, sold-out event that raised over $1,000 for a local non profit organization of the students' choice. VCE students were given a list of several well-deserving, local organizations from which to choose. Upon learning about the children in Haiti, it was decided in a school-wide vote, that the check for $1000 would go to Rockland County Haiti Relief to help provide opportunity and space for children there to learn. On January 12th's morning program, the check was presented to Executive Director Renold Julien and Program Coordinator Sandra Oates. Amidst smiles, listening ears and alert faces of our VCE students, a presentation to students featured stories of how the children of Haiti are determined to continue going to school even when there is no building to house their daily education.
Thank you "Miss Julie", (VCE Family Resource Center), and Ms. Leibel (VCE teacher) for organizing efforts and to the fabulous VCE PTA and Staff for participating in the Lip Sync and for helping to instill compassion in our children by the work you do each day. Photos of the event can also be viewed in our District's "Spotlight" at the top of our home page.District News and Headlines
Nyack Public Schools and OCADA join forces to address an issue that is taking our communities by storm: Why is it "A Perfect Storm" ?
Most Americans know someone with a substance use disorder, and many know someone who has lost or nearly lost a family member as a consequence of substance misuse. Yet, at the same time, few other medical conditions are surrounded by as much shame and misunderstanding as substance use disorders.
According to a recent report from the U.S. Surgeon General (http://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/), alcohol misuse is a “pervasive and increasing problem” in U.S. and youth and young adults are especially at risk. “Although substance misuse problems and use disorders may occur at any age, adolescence and young adulthood are particularly critical at-risk periods,” said U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy. People who use alcohol before the age of 15 are four times more likely to develop an alcohol use disorder later in life compared to those who have their first drink at age 20 or older. Consequences of alcohol misuse include compromised physical and mental health, including heart and liver diseases, various forms of cancer, suicide attempts and fatalities, and overdose deaths.
The educational evening on January 19, which is a must for parents of teens, will be held at Nyack Seaport and will feature speakers Dr. Parinda Parikh and Dr. Ayodele Adeigbola from Second Arc Psychiatric Associates of White Plains. Drs. Parikh and Adeigbola will also take part in a panel discussion along with Dornzella Milligan, MA, CPP, Student Support Services Prevention Coordinator at Nyack High School; Rockland County Undersheriff Robert Van Cura, OCADA’s Board President; India Perez-Urbano, NHS Alumnus and founder of Rockland Connects; and “John,” a young adult in recovery. The panel will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience.
Refreshments will be served. The evening is a first in a planned series of Town Hall style forums that are FREE AND OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY.
Please join us on January 19th as we come together to learn more about prevention, treatment and how to weather this perfect storm.District News and Headlines
District Administrators, Staff and Members of our BOE Attend "Undoing Racism Workshop" Together
A group of thirteen from Nyack Public Schools participated in a weekend-long Undoing Racism Workshop on October 28th -30th. The program is based out of a New Orleans organization called The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond. The organization and its trainers provide a focus on understanding what racism is; where it comes from; how it functions; why it persists; and how it can be undone. The Undoing Racism Workshop has been brought to Rockland County each year for 37 years by VCS of Rockland; it took place at Rockland Community College.
Thank you to the members of our Nyack Board of Education, who made it possible for NPS representatives to attend this year. A take-away quote was shared by BOE President, Karen Hughes: "When you are dead, you do not know you are dead. All of the pain is felt by others. The same happens when you are ignorant". All attendees agreed that it was impossible to leave unchanged by what was learned. The Nyack Public School's community looks forward to continued learning as we examine what needs to be "undone" and how to foster positive systemic change. We believe that all students deserve to learn and grow with equity and efficacy.District News and Headlines
Celebrating Daily Victories
Every day brings stories of success that unfold in those teachable moments within the walls of each of our five schools. Whether the accomplishment is manifested through a smile, a presentation, an idea or a solution, we want to acknowledge the growth mindset and innovation that is happening in our classrooms. Our teachers, staff and students will be sharing stories during the school year that you will be able to read about right here. Each vignette will feature themes we call our Core Elements of Education: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, Compassion, Content Mastery, Cultural Awareness. Our hope is to connect our community to our schools by celebrating daily victories together.District News and Headlines
Fifteen Years After 9/11, Our School Community Remembers & Students Continue to Be Inspired by Two of Our Alumni
Under the leadership of Athletic Director Joe Sigillo and our coaching staff, students and staff alike know the names of Stacey Sennas-McGowan and Welles Crowther. Their legacies hold a lasting impression in the hearts and minds of us all. Their accomplishments, exemplary character and outstanding athletic abilities are celebrated throughout the year.
On Friday, September 8th, NHS will have a special pep rally during which Welle's parents will address the student body; and our athletic teams will be hosting their annual "Red Bandanna Game". As Dr. Montesano encourages in a letter to all staff: "learn about Stacey and Welles as they represent the attributes that we strive to instill in all of our students".District News and Headlines
Our Superintendent of Schools, Dr. James Montesano, was featured in the news!
Just in time for Back to School, the Rockland Times Thursday, September 1st, 2016 edition features our very own Dr. Montesano "Building Bridges for Today's Student's to Cross into Tomorrow's World". Check it out. This article provides a snapshot of the District's new motto, some of our new initiatives for the 2016-17 school year and our renewed vision, all shared at an all-staff Superintendent's Conference Day today. We are excited to kick off a new school year and bolster a culture of learning together. How do we meet the needs of ALL students? How do we prepare our students for an ever changing and increasingly complex world of tomorrow? These two questions will challenge and inform us each day as we encourage these core competencies: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, Compassion, Content Mastery and Cultural Awareness. We invite you to partner with us as we begin an exciting new school year!District News and Headlines
Community Forum & "EdTalk"
This past May at Nyack Center, Dr. Montesano gave a compelling presentation on the Core Elements of Education, the importance of happiness (see Featured Video on District home page) and how it relates to success. Community members, parents, local leaders and District staff gathered for an exciting evening that showcased how Nyack Schools are finding innovative solutions to inspire a love of learning in our students. This was the first in a series of upcoming forums and "EdTalks" that will offer demos, displays and dialogue with administrators and teachers to engage our community. We look forward to seeing you at our next Community Forum in Fall 2016. Date TBD.District News and Headlines
Nyack Public Schools proudly promotes the achievements and accomplishments of our students from all aspects of education. Take a look at some of the highlights from this past school year in the attached "With Pride: 2015-16 School Year at a Glance".District News and Headlines