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.

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  • 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.

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

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  • 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

     

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District Vision: Equity, Innovation, Optimism

We ENVISION:

A community, proud of its traditions, that uses the richness of its diversity to meet the needs of all students and prepare them for a rapidly changing world. In a spirit of collaboration, we provide an environment that fosters scholastic excellence, cultural appreciation, and ethical behavior.  

Nyack is a community of lifelong learners, encouraging new ideas to shape a positive future.

Guided by our values and vision, we will STRIVE to:

  • Nurture a love of learning
  • Yield positive outcomes
  • Appreciate diversity
  • Care for each other
  • Keep on the path to excellence

 2017-18 District Goals

Rockland County Times article:  "Nyack School District Superintendent is 'Building Bridges' for Today's Students to Cross into Tomorrow's World"

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Contact Us

James J. Montesano, Ed.D. 
Superintendent of Schools
Jmontesano@nyackschools.org

Linda A. DeCicco
Secretary to the Superintendent
LDecicco@nyackschools.org

(845) 353-7015

Linda A. DeCicco, District Clerk

Contact Us via Let's Talk!  

Welcome to the Office of the Superintendent

Welcome to Nyack Public Schools.  The world in which our students live is vastly different from the one in which we grew up.  Fifty years ago, our schools were largely focused on the routine. Memorization and ‘following instructions’ were the order of the day.  The most successful students were those that learned to follow directions exactly and learned to never ‘draw outside the lines’. This approach to student learning fit nicely into jobs that were routine manufacturing jobs in hierarchical organizations.  In today’s highly competitive global world our students will need to demonstrate the ability to think critically, communicate effectively, analyze data and demonstrate the ability to be adaptable, innovative and creative - and yes, to take a risk now and then - and venture ‘outside of the lines’.  I look forward to working with you as we integrate these skills throughout our curriculum as they are essential for our students to succeed in college, career and citizenship in the 21st Century. 

         

Dr. James Montesano