• Senior Class Fundraiser - Yankee Candle

    Help support the class of 2018 by purchasing items(s) from Yankee Candle!  Please visit  All orders must be placed by Wednesday, December 5th 2017.



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  • Thank You Community, for your participation in our Community Forum Series. We invite you to continue the dialogue via Let's Talk!

    In Nyack Schools, we are interested in continuing a community-wide, collaborative conversation of what it takes to ensure that all students succeed and how to measure that success in our ever-changing, complex world.

    With Let's Talk! , we respond promptly and directly to your concerns, questions, suggestions and comments when you provide us with your contact information and the dialogue is continued.   If you choose, submissions can also be anonymous.  Please see the attached flyer with specific instructions for how to use Let's Talk!

    Whether you are a student, parent, staff or community member, we are listening and hope to hear from you!

  • Nyack Apparel Sale

    The High School Senior Class will be hosting its 2nd Annual Nyack Apparel Sale.  The fundraiser will help raise money for our senior class events (prom, graduation, etc.).  The link below will direct you to the apparel store.  This year, the sale will be open until November 15th with expected delivery on or about the week of December 11th.

    Thank you for your continued support!  The Senior Class of 2018


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  • Yearbook Senior Quotes

    Dear Class of 2018, a google form is attached below to fill out your senior quote for the yearbook.   Please get them done as soon as possible. 

    Thanks, Yearbook Committee

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  • Alert for parents of SENIORS:

    Meningitis vaccine compliance is required by NY state & must be submitted to the Nurse's Office prior to September 5, 2017!!  See the Nurse's page for more information. 

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  • Infinite Campus App

    Parents can download an Infinite Campus App on their Smartphone.   The School ID is KBRPST.

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  • Some Interesting News

    Courses are now being offered at Nyack College.  Please see attached for Nyack College Saturday STEM Program Information.

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      Please See Important Meningitis Vaccine Information Below Under "Need To Know"

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  • Nyack High School Email Access

    Students, please log in to Google in order to access your Nyack High School email.  If you are not sure how to log in to Google, please see Mrs. Demarest in Room 302. 

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    Please see attached for the Parent Portal Request Form

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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  


  • Half Day A.M.

  • Thanksgiving-School Closed

  • Thanksgiving Recess-School Closed


  • Front Hall

    College Visit

    University of Hartford

View Monthly Calendar


  • Applications for the Club Z Annual Achievement Award are Now Available in the Guidance Office

    Applications for the Club Z annual achievement award are now available in the guidance office.  It is due back by November 17, 2017.  This scholarship along with many others are listed on the Nyack High School guidance office website under scholarship bulletins.

  • 2018-2019 Excelsior Scholarship Eligibility Requirements and Award Amounts

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

  • Instant Decision/Free Application Days at Nyack High School December 5-7, 2017

    Click on the link below for more information.



    Juniors took the PSAT on October 11, 2017. The testing period was  7:30 - 11:15 am. After the testing period was done, students went to lunch , from 11:18 - 12:14 and then followed a " C" day schedule with the remaining periods of the day, periods 9 and 6, in that order.  

  • Sophomores take the ACT Aspire

    All sophomores will take the ACT Aspire on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Aspire is a test that will measure your child's readiness for college and is also a practice test for the ACT, which is a college entrance exam.  Students should bring pencils and a calculator to the test. Students will take the exam from 7:30 - 11:15. 

  • Monroe College Offers Jumpstart Program to Nyack High School Students

    Earn college credit and Jumpstart your career at Monroe College. Monroe College's Jumpstart Program gives students a taste of Monroe and is an opportunity for high performing high school seniors to earn college credits while attending high school.  Classes meet on Saturdays from 8:45-1:00.  For more information see the attachments.  Deadline for registering for the Jumpstart program  is November 21, 2017.

  • Alumni - need a transcript?

    A new tool for Alumni to order your transcripts online through Parchment Exchange.

    Make a New Learner account and request your transcript.


  • 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:


Whats Happening in 2017 - 18!

Lunch and Learn - Career exploration program.

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 # 3- November 15, 2017. Programs at Rockland Community College. Click on the link below for more information.

 LUNCH AND LEARN Rockland Community College


-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 








NHS Guidance Department

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

Lorraine Longing -  Director of Guidance K-12,

Guidance Counselors:

Maggie Gershonovitz,

Tara Heinemann,

 Sean Cavanagh,

 Russell Stevens,

 Diana Wright,

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
Jean Lauturner - Secretary (845) 353-7120

 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



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, begin to gather information about what you might like in a college. 
  • Take a career survey in the Naviance program.
  • 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, 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.
  • Participate in leadership conferences such as HOBY. For more information go to
  • 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

To view PowerPoint from 2017 - 18 junior parent night:  College Planning Meeting PowerPoint.  This year's junior parent night is scheduled for January 17, 2018.  Come hear about the  college application process from Mr. Mitchell Lipton,  Vice President of Enrollment Services at Cooper Union.


Common Application announces 2017 - 18 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 and to register for exams. 
  • Visit college campuses.  During spring break , students and their families are encourages to visit colleges that are of interest to you.  You should also attend Open Houses that college.
  • 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. 

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.
  • Organized your college application deadlines, Establish a professional email address, 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

 Earn college credit and Jumpstart your career at Monroe College. Monroe College's Jumpstart Program gives students a taste of Monroe and is an opportunity for high performing high school seniors to earn college credits while attending high school.  Classes meet on Saturdays from 8:45-1:00.  For more information see the attachments.  Deadline for registering for the Jumpstart program  is November 21, 2017. Monroe College Jumpstart Program 2017.pdf 


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 Monday 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 finalized 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.
  • 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 SAT and / or ACT scores to colleges that you are applying to.  This is done online on the college board and ACT websites at and
  • If you are applying to play sports at college: go to NCAA ( National Collegiate Athletic Association) to learn more:
  • 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:
  • Make sure you communication with your counselor by submitting a Transcript Request Form
  • Optional Parental Comments and Observations


Information for college admissions representatives

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

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