District Announcements

  • Nyack Schools Launch a NEW early childhood literacy program to help babies learn and thrive in the first 3 years of life.

    The NYACK BASICS launched on January 8th, 2018.  Over 150 school community leaders, early childhood educators and county service providers joined together in Hilltop Auditorium to kick off this new initiative lead by Superintendent James Montesano and Assistant Superintendent Winsome Gregory. 

    The District welcomed Chancellor Betty Rosa, Regent Judy Johnson and Regent Luis Reyes from the NY State Department of Ed for a tour of the schools.  Founder of The Boston Basics and Harvard Economist Ron Ferguson lead the the day as keynote speaker. The District plans to implement The Nyack Basics and support a community-lead campaign to help ensure that all children read by the third grade.

  • A letter from the Superintendent was emailed to all District families and staff today, Jan. 4 RE: a situation at the high school

    Please see the attached letter from Dr. James Montesano, Superintendent of Schools.

  • Please take note of the FERPA form that was sent out to all District families in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole

  • 2017 PRIDE Survey Results were presented to the Board of Ed. and Community on Tuesday, Nov. 28th. The Power Point is attached, here...

    OCADA (Our Community Against Drug Abuse) Coalition will present outcomes and insights from our most recent PRIDE Survey results. 

    The PRIDE Survey was given county-wide to 8th and 11th grade students in the Spring of 2017.  Results and analysis provide important information to the school community regarding substance use, availability, perception of risk and trends among our youth.  To find out more about OCADA, please visit www.ocadacoalition.org



Edward Hopper House Collaboration Provides Museum Partnership Program for Nyack Middle School

Local business, Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty, and Edward Hopper House recently announced the creation of Museum School Partnership Programs for five local Hudson Valley public schools with monies raised during a fundraiser held last year.  Nyack Middle School 8th graders were among the lucky recipients of this exciting opportunity that also provides a community focus on world-famous artist, Edward Hopper, who was born and raised in Nyack.  The mission of the Edward Hopper House is to celebrate Edward Hopper’s legacy by preserving his birthplace, family home and archive while serving as a resource for scholars and artists and nurturing community engagement with the arts. 

 “Each lesson was derived from Edward Hopper, his home, his collection and the many aspects of his work that relate to the various subjects and units of study across the Kindergarten through Grade12 curriculum,” said Richard Ellis, owner of Ellis Sotheby’s International Realty. “We are so happy to foster arts education in the Hudson Valley, which has long been a haven for artists.” 

The program curriculum for NMS 8th graders included a pre-visit in the classroom, a trip to the Edward Hopper House with hands on workshops at Rockland Center for the Arts, a post-visit back in the classroom and instruction from a selected artist in residence, Mr. Marcus John.  Students from Jenna Klossner's and Mary Burke's class created Storyboards and participated in Mr. John's hands-on lessons while being encouraged to use their artwork as their inspiration.  The partnership has been bolstered by ArtWorks parents' generous decision to fund another week in the classroom.