• It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of our NEW Director of Technology & Innovation, Darleen Nicolosi...

    Please read the letter from our Superintendent, James Montesano, regarding this new position, created as part of the District's 5-Year Technology Plan and filled by Ms. Darleen Nicolosi.

    "Globalization and technology have changed the way we live and learn, and schools need to emphasize the knowledge and skills that are necessary for success in the 21st century."

  • Halloween Window Painting

    Halloween Window Painting in the Village of Nyack takes place on Thursday, October 19th.  Rain date is Friday, October 20th.  If you are a Village of Nyack business owner and wish to participate, please call 353-7178 not later than October 2nd. 

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  • Welcome Back to School!

    Join us in partnership as we kick off a new school year and prepare all students to be "Future-Ready".  With a shared vision developed with YOU - our community -  we are focused on seven core competencies representing our Profile of a Nyack Graduate: Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication, Compassion, Cultural Competence, Content Mastery.

    "In our schools, we are committed to the belief that all students possess great natural abilities. At the most fundamental level, the focus on education has to be on creating conditions in which students will want and be able to learn.  When children are encouraged to be curious and explore, the learning process opens up to new possibilities."    - James Montesano, Superintendent of Schools

    Together, we are building bridges for today's students to cross into tomorrow's world with equity, innovation and optimism.

  • Picture Day

    Picture Day at Nyack High School is Wednesday, Sept. 6th through Friday, Sept. 8th.  Please see the attached flyer from Lifetouch.

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  • ATHLETIC FIELD UPDATE: Please view the attached Q&A

    To keep our community informed regarding the status of our athletic fields, the District has put together an update with Q&A.  This  will also be posted via Peachjar for District families.

  • AP Environmental Science Summer Assignment 2017

    Please see below for the AP Environmental Science Summer Assignment.

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  • AP Biology Summer Work 2017-2018

    Please see below for the AP Biology Summer Work 2017-2018 and AP Biology Student Syllabus 2017-2018.


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  • National Honor Society

    If you have received a letter about applying for the National Honor Society, below is the application which must be submitted in Guidance by Friday, September 22, 2017.  Any questions, please email Ms. Gillan at

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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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  • The NEW 2017-18 District Calendar is now available on our website !

    The calendar is attached to this announcement for your convenience and can be found on the District's homepage under "About Us" in the navigation bar. 

    Please note that in the mailed version the following important documents will be included as inserts:

    -  Free & Reduced Lunch Application and packet (for eligible families)

    - Health Certificate Form and Medication Order Form (for submission to school nurses)

    - Media Release Form (for parents/guardians who DO NOT give permission for their child's photo to be posted for District use)

    - Household Contact Verification Form - NEW (for households who have not already updated their contact info for  the District database)

    A Welcome Letter from our Superintendent, "Communication Matters", and 2017-18 District Calendar Year-at-a-Glance are also included as inserts.

    All District families will be receiving a copy of this calendar in the mail in the week of August 14th.  Please call the Public Relations Office at 353-7013 if you have not received one by August 18th.


Welcome to the Guidance Department

Welcome to the Nyack Guidance Department



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


  • Front Hallway near Cafeteria

    College Tables

    SUNY- Potsdam

    St. Thomas Aquinas

    SUNY - Buffalo


    SUNY-New Paltz

    Sacred Heart

    Southern Vermont

    Albany College of Pharmacy

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    College Tables

    College of Mt. St. Vincent

    University of Rhode Island

    College of New Jersey

    Merrimack College

    College of New Rochelle

    SUNY- Binghamton


  • Front Hall

    College Tables

    Hunter College of the CUNY

    Western New England University

    Occidental College

  • Guidance Office

    College Visit

    University of Southern California

View Monthly Calendar



    Juniors will take the PSAT on October 11, 2017. The testing period will be 7:30 - 11:15 am. After the testing period is done, students will go to lunch , from 11:18 - 12:14 and then follow a " C" day schedule with the remaining periods of the day, periods 9 and 6, in that order.  Pre- registration is NOT required.  Students must bring calculators , pencils and school ID.


    Congresswoman Nita M. Lowery invites you to SERVICE ACADEMY INFORMATION NIGHT - Monday, September 18, 2017 from 7 - 9 pm.  Nanuet Senior High School auditorium. 103 Church Street, Nanuet, NY 10954 

  • Schedules Posted in Parent Portal

    Schedules are posted in Parent Portal. If a graduation requirement or an elective that you signed up for is missing or incorrect please email your guidance counselor.  Counselors will return at the end of August and will make adjustments to schedules based on summer school results.

  • 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.



    BOCES Summer school starts on July 10 and ends on August 15.  Summer school REGENTS are August 16 and 17.

  • Sign up for Guidance REMIND

    Get push notifications from the guidance counselors through - To join the 9th grade remind account - on your iphone go to the following link - and follow the directions.  To join the 10th grade remind account - on your iphone go to to the following link - and follow the directions. To join the 11 grade remind account - on your iphone go to and follow the directions. To join the 12 grade remind account - on your iphone go to the following link and follow the directions. 

  • 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.






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! 

Sophomore college planning tips

  • 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 of Junior students regarding Junior Planning Conferences

 Junior Parent Conference Letter 2017

To view powerpoint from our junior parent night scheduled on March 22, at 6:30:  College Planning Meeting PowerPoint


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

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: