Welcome to the Guidance Department

Welcome to the Nyack Guidance Department

 School Counselor Week      


Counselors: Diana Wright, Sean Cavanagh, Maggie Gershonovitz, Tara Heinemann, Russell Stevens  


  • Spring Recess

  • Spring Recess

  • Spring Recess

  • Spring Recess

  • Spring Recess

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  • Excelsior Scholarship Application Available 3/26/18

    The New York State Higher Education Services Corporation  has just announced that the Excelsior Scholarship application will be available on 3/26/18 and will close on July 23, 2018 at 11:59 pm.

    Eligibility Requirements be NYS resident, attend a SUNY or CUNY college or university in pursuit of a two-year or four year degree, have a family federal adjusted gross income of $110,000 or less, and be on track to graduate on time with an Associate's Degree in two consecutive years or a Bachelor's Degree in four consecutive years.  For more information to to:  hesc.ny.gov/excelsior

  • Red Bandanna U at Dominican College

    Red Bandanna U is a week long residential program for rising Juniors and Seniors that will be held Sunday, July 8 through Friday July 13 at Dominican College.  Its purpose is character development and leadership training and will include field trips to  the September 11th memorial and museum, Empire Hook & Ladder Co, and a Broadway show entitled Come From Away in addition to team and leadership building activities. Cost for the week long program is $1500.  If interested, please see your guidance counselor.

  • Two Additional Instant Decision/Free Application Days Added

    Rockland Community College will be in the guidance office conference room on February 27, 2018 from 9:00-12:00 and again on April 13, 2018 from 11:00-2:00 for instant decision/free application days.  Sign up sheets are in the guidance office.  Sign up well in advance to secure yourself a time slot.

  • National College Fairs presented by National Association for College Admission Counseling

    NationalCollege Fairs presented by National Association for College Admission Counseling

    There will be hundreds of colleges and universities in one location.  Fairs will be held in New York on April 22, 2018 at the Jacob Javitz Center and in New Jersey on April 25, 2018 at Meadowlands Exposition Center at Harmon Meadows.  Both Fairs are FREE to the public.  See attached flyers.

  • Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference

    Attention current Sophomores!  The Nyack Rotary is sponsoring students to attend their Youth Leadership Conference  on June 24, 2018 through June 28, 2018.  This conference will be held at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY.  The conference is designed to introduce participants to thoughts and ideas, which if utilized, will strengthen and develop their leadership skills. Some of the skills the program includes are goal setting, time management,communication and listening, setting priorities, compromising, and interpersonal relationships.  The deadline for applying to this conference is March 28, 2018.  Applications are available in the Guidance Office.


    Juniors took the PSAT on October 11, 2017. Students in NY State will be able to access their scores through college board starting December 12.


    Understanding your child's PSAT scores


  • Helpful resources for parents on the dangers on E - Cigarette use among youth

    How to talk to kids about e-cigarettes/vaping - https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/SGR_ECig_ParentTipSheet_508.pdf

    CDC Fact Sheet - https://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov/documents/2016_SGR_Fact_Sheet_508.pdf

  • Sophomores take the ACT Aspire

    All sophomores took the ACT Aspire on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Aspire is a test that  measures your child's readiness for college and is also a practice test for the ACT, which is a college entrance exam.  

  • 2018-2019 Excelsior Scholarship Eligibility Requirements and Award Amounts

    See the attached Excelsior Scholarship information and link to the Excelsior Scholarship application.

  • NYS STEM Incentive Program for high school graduates in the top 10% of their class

    The NYS STEM Incentive Program provides a full SUNY tuition scholarship to the top 10 percent of students in each NYS high school if they pursue a STEM degree in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program and agree to live in NYS and work in a STEM field in NYS for five years after graduation.


    An applicant must:

    ·         be a NYS resident and have resided in NYS for 12 continuous months prior to the beginning of the fall college term;

    ·         be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;

    ·         be a high school senior/recent high school graduate who will be enrolled full time at a SUNY or CUNY college, including community colleges and the statutory colleges at Cornell University and Alfred University, beginning in the fall term following his or her high school graduation;

    ·         be ranked in the top 10 percent of his/her high school graduating class at a NYS high school;

    ·         be matriculated in an approved undergraduate program leading to a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics at a SUNY or CUNY college;

    ·         earn a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher each term after the first semester;

    ·         execute a Service Contract agreeing to reside and work in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics in NYS for five years.  View the terms and conditions of the service contract.

    Students matriculated in these programs of study may be eligible for a STEM Incentive Program award. The program of study must result in an approved occupation.



  • Changes to FAFSA( Free Application for Federal Student Aid):

    Parents can submit a FAFSA as early as October 1, 2016: for more information: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/about/announcements/fafsa-changes


Whats Happening in 2017 - 18!


Dual enrollment classes provide students an opportunity to take college level courses while enrolled in Nyack High School. The Nyack School District is committed to having students prepared for college level coursework.  In partnership with SUNY, students have the opportunity to enroll in college level courses in art, english, history, math, music, science, and world language. In addition, students who are enrolled in Project Lead the Way, have an opportunity to receive credits from Rochester Institute of Technology, Missouri University of Science and Technology, University of Iowa and University of New Haven. Students will take classes at Nyack High School and will be  taught by an approved Nyack High School teacher who is following the course syllabus of the college the course is affiliated with.  Students must register with the college and successfully complete the course in order to receive the college credits, which may be transferable to other colleges and universities.

The following are college level courses offered at Nyack High School for the 2018-19 school year:

RCC Pre-Calculus - 4 credits  SUNY Albany Advanced Science Research-12 credits University of New Haven Engineering Design & Development -2 credits  RCC Music Theory I-NEW (Pending BOE Approval)-3 credits RCC Spanish 201-3 credits
RCC Calculus - 4 credits RCC General Biology I-NEW (Pending BOE Approval)-4 credits University of Iowa            Aerospace Engineering-3 credits RCC Digital Photography-NEW (Pending BOE Approval)-3 credits RCC French 102-3 credits
RCC Statistics-NEW (Pending BOE Approval)-4 credits 

RCC Environmental Science-NEW (Pending BOE Approval)-4 credits 

MS&T Principal of Biomedical Sciences-3 credits RCC American History I & II-NEW (Pending BOE Approval)-6 credits RCC French 201-3 credits
RCC College Algebra-NEW (Pending  BOE Approval)-4 credits RIT Introduction to Engineering-3 credits  MS&T Human Body-3 credits RCC Criminal Law-NEW (Pending BOE Approval)-3 credits SUNY Albany Basic Spanish for Heritage Speakers - NEW (Pending BOE Approval)-3 credits 
RCC College Writing I & II-NEW (Pending BOE Approval)-6 credits RIT Principles of Engineering-3 credits MS&T Medical Intervention-3 credits  RCC Spanish 102-3 credits SUNY Albany Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Speakers-NEW (Pending BOE Approval)-3 credits 

NHS Guidance Department

Guidance Department Office: telephone (845) 353-7120 fax (845) 353-7119

Lorraine Longing -  Director of Guidance K-12,  llonging@nyackschools.com

Guidance Counselors:

Maggie Gershonovitz, mgershonovitz@nyackschools.org

Tara Heinemann, theinemann@nyackschools.org

 Sean Cavanagh, scavanagh@nyackschools.org

 Russell Stevens, rstevens@nyackschools.org

 Diana Wright,  dwright@nyackschools.org

School Psychologist:

Dr. Renee Eschmann

School Social Worker:

Mimi Madan

Student Support Services and Prevention Counselor:

Dornzella Milligan

Guidance Support Staff

JeanMarie Maldonado - Records Secretary (845) 353 7121 jmaldonado@nyackschools.org
Jean Lauturner - Secretary (845) 353-7120  jlauturner@nyackschools.org

 2017 - 18 School Year :

Counselor  9th grade  10 grade  11 grade  12 grade 
Mrs. Gershonovitz A - B A - Can A - Bre A - Ca
Ms. Heinemann C - Fi Car - Gr Bro - Fe Car - Ha
Mr. Cavanagh  Fo - Maz Gro _ Maz Fer - L Ham - Mc
Mr. Stevens  Mc - R Mc - Sa M - Ro Me - Sanc
Mrs. Wright  S - Z Santi - Z S - Z Sand -Z



Lunch and Learn

Our Lunch and Learn  - career explorations program offers our students  the opportunity to hear from local corporations,  small businesses and medical offices during lunch periods. Our Lunch and Learn program is open to all high school students.  Sign up in the guidance office.  Presentations will take place in room 202 during student's lunch period.   Remember to bring a bagged lunch!  Check back for announcements of upcoming Lunch & Learn presentations during the 2017 - 18 school year.

 Lunch and Learn Program #4-February15, 2018.  Kia Mack from Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising spoke to students today.  Her topic was The Future is Now:  Social, Digital, and New Media Marketing.


-Lunch and Learn Program # 3- November 15, 2017.  Presenters discussed various programs including Nursing, Criminal Justice, Automotive Technology and the Honors Program.  


 -Lunch and Learn #2-A representative from  Edward Hopper House and some of their volunteers spoke about their teen leadership program the Nighthawks on October 26, 2017 at 10:30 in room 202.

 Edward Hoppe House 


  -Lunch and Learn Program#1-October 25, 2017-former Nyack H.S. graduate Udit Thakur talks about what goes on behind the scenes in politics.

 Lunch & Learn Politics 








Scholarship Bulletins for 2018

Welcome to the site for scholarship opportunities for our 2018 graduates.  In place of issuing multiple bulletins throughout  the school year, we are providing one  comprehensive list which outlines the many opportunities for your child to apply for scholarships.  This will give you and your child time to determine which scholarships are the best match.  We will also list these scholarships by category.  

The categories will include National scholarships, NYS scholarships, Rockland County Scholarships and scholarships awarded solely to Nyack High School students.  

Many scholarships are designed to be submitted online and you will see the website address included on the list.  Each organization posts their scholarships at different times of the year; you may not see a deadline date for 2018 yet.  Keep checking back with the organization.

Many scholarships require a resume, so this is a good time to start yours.  If you do not have paid work experience, you can list volunteer positions and sport teams that you are involved in.  There is a template in Naviance which you can use to guide you in constructing the resume.  You will almost always be requested to include a transcript and a recommendation. Please see your guidance counselor for these items and they will direct you accordingly.

The Guidance Department at Nyack High School hosts a scholarship awards night each year in June to recognize and award scholarships to all winners.  If you apply to a scholarship that is not listed here and you are notified that you have won, please let Mrs. Lauturner, guidance secretary, know so that we may include you in our recognition night.

Deadlines for submission of applications are firm and late submissions will not be accepted by the guidance department or the donor organizations.  Good Luck!

Click the link below to view all scholarships.






Freshmen college planning tips

  • Be sure to take challenging yet realistic courses and take an elective course that interests you.
  • Work hard in your courses to get the best grades possible; all your grades are important and your grades make up your transcript.
  • Work on developing good study habits. Do your homework every night. Study for tests and quizzes. 
  • Get involved! Join and fully participate in a few school clubs.
  • During the fall, visit mini college fairs on Mondays during lunch and begin to gather information about what you might like in a college. 
  • Take a career survey in the Naviance program.  Go to: https://connection.naviance.com/family-connection/auth/login/?hsid=nyack
  • Begin to explore colleges and careers using Naviance.
  • Draft a resume in Naviance and start recording all  your extra curricular activities, part time jobs, and community service hours.
  • Continue to volunteer! 
  • Get scholarships from colleges for your achievements in high school through RaiseMe.

Sophomore college planning tips

Sophomore Information Letter 2017-2018

Sophomore Information Letter 2017-18 Spanish

  • Continue to take challenging courses and develop a competitive transcript.
  • Consider taking a leadership role in an activity that you are involved in.
  • In the fall you will take the ASPIRE which is standardized test modeled after the ACT, a college entrance exam.
  • Start developing a resume on  Naviance.
  • Explore career options by completing a career inventory in Naviance.  Go to: https://connection.naviance.com/family-connection/auth/login/?hsid=nyack
  • Participate in leadership conferences such as HOBY. For more information go to www.hoby.org
  • Research summer leadership programs offered by the Nyack Rotary.
  • BOCES Programs begin Junior year. Talk to your counselor if you are interested in pursuing a vocational career to learn a trade.
  • Start researching colleges by completing a college search on Naviance. 
  • Counselors will present information about SAT 2 Subject tests to you.  Please continue to consult with your teachers and counselors on the advisability of taking these tests.

Junior College Planning Tips

Letter to Parents/Guardians of Junior Students

 Junior Letter 2017-2018

 Junior Letter 2017-2018 Spanish

 This year's junior parent night was rescheduled for February 1st.   Mr. Mitchell Lipton,  Vice President of Enrollment Services at Cooper Union presented information on the application process. To view PowerPoint from the junior parent night: Nyack High School -Junior College Search and Application Presentation.

 learn more about possible careers by exploring careers at: http://careercornerstone.org

Common Application announces 2017 - 18 ESSAY Prompts http://www.commonapp.org/whats-appening/application-updates/common-application-announces-2017-2018-essay-prompts


Valuable information about college planning can be found on our   Junior Post High School Planning Guide 2017-2018

  • Continue to develop a competitive transcript, by enrolling in AP and College Level courses given at the high school.
  • In October you will take the PSAT.  The PSAT is a " trial run" for the SAT which is a college entrance exam. Use your PSAT results to prepare for your SAT in the spring.
  • During January, you will plan your senior year courses with your counselor.  Continue to challenge yourself with rigorous courses.
  • During second semester, you will be invited to a junior planning conference.  This meeting will help you to refine your college search and help you to prepare for the application procedures during senior year.
  • Attend college fairs and local college campuses. 
  • Sign up to take the SAT or ACT in the spring of your junior year. Create an account at collegeboard.org and ACT.org to register for exams. 
  • Visit college campuses.  During spring break , students and their families are encouraged to visit colleges that are of interest to you.  You should also attend Open Houses from those colleges.
  • Check the guidance bulletin board regularly for updates and information. 
  • Begin to think about which teachers will be writing your college recommendation letters.  You might want to ask them to write this letter before school ends in June. This will allow your teachers to plan accordingly. 
  • Continue to research college and career options in Naviance, go to: https://connection.naviance.com/family-connection/auth/login/?hsid=nyack

Summer between Junior and Senior Year

  • Fine tune your college choices with your parents and share them with your school counselor.
  • Begin to draft your college essay.
  • Organize your college application deadlines, establish a professional email address, and register for any SAT / ACT exams you still need to take. Create a Common Application account and begin the input information in it.

Senior college planning tips


September 18th, we hosted our senior parent night.  During the event we heard about the college application process. To view the power point:  Senior Parent Night17 - 18


Oct 4th, we hosted our annual financial aid evening.  Joe Weglarz, Executive Director of Student Financial Services at Marist College was here sharing information about the financial aid process. Here are some additional websites:




For important information about college planning, please read :  Senior Planning Guide 2017-2018

  • Continue to take challenging courses and give your best academic effort.
  • Attend college fairs on Mondays and individual college meetings during school.
  • Attend college open houses, tours, and consider an overnight visit to a school that you are applying to.
  • Carefully review your senior transcript that is mailed home to you and your parents in August.
  • Make an appointment to see your counselor in September to finalize your college list. Your counselor will need to submit your school report section on your application. This includes your transcript, Nyack High  School profile, counselor recommendation letter and form.
  • Continue to update  your Naviance account. Keep your counselors and teachers updated on  your admissions status.  Go to: https://connection.naviance.com/family-connection/auth/login/?hsid=nyack
  • Make sure you communicate with your counselor by submitting a Transcript Request Form
  • Optional Parental Comments and Observations
  • Attend the senior college planning evening and the financial aid event. These evenings are designed to assist you and your parents with the college application process.
  • Submit your ACT and / or ACT scores to colleges that you are applying to.  This is done online on the College Board and ACT websites at www.collegboard.org and www.act.org
  • If you are applying to play sports at college: go to NCAA ( National Collegiate Athletic Association) to learn more: www.ncaa.org
  • Read the scholarship bulletins and apply for as many scholarships as you can.
  • Continue to work hard. Colleges require mid year grades and final transcripts.
  • For more information about financial aid:  https://fafsa.ed.gov/
  •  Rockland Adult and Community Education - learn about continued education options at https://www.rocklandboces.org/


Information for college admissions representatives

College Admissions Representatives: To sign up to visit Nyack High School in the fall, go to : repvisits.com

To view scheduled college admission representatives visits to Nyack click on the link below: