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Guidance Department Announcements

  • Common App has announced that the 2020-2021 essay prompts will remain the same as the 2019–2020 essay prompts.

    1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, please share your story.

    2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

    3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?

    4. Describe a problem you’ve solved or a problem you’d like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma — anything of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

    5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.

    6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?

    7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design​.

  • Omega Phi Psi Fraternity Announces their 2020 Scholarship Essay Contest for Graduating Seniors

    This scholarship essay contest is open to all college bound minority male high school seniors that reside or attend high school in Rockland County, NY.

    Essay Topic:    How will the COVID-19 Pandemic and Social Distancing Impact Your College Experience?

    Deadline:  July 10, 2020

    Please see below to download application.

  • As Students Put Off College, Anxious Universities Tap Wait Lists


    Securing Working Papers While Away From School Due to COVID 19

    • Please download the working papers , located under FORMS, from the guidance office webpage.
    • ​Fill out Part 1 only and have your parent or guardian sign the form.
    • Email form to
    • You will receive a scanned copy of your card, sign it and it is ready to use.
    • The actual card will be given to you when school resumes.​​
  • 2020 Poster Design Contest Sponsored by the Jimmy Hauburger Memorial Foundation

    Sponsored by the Jimmy Hauburger Memorial Foundation, Nyack High School students are invited to create a poster promoting prevention of harassment, intimidation and bullying, commitment to practicing acts of kindness, and showing compassion to others and helping those in need.  Gold, Silver and Bronze awards will be given in the amounts of $500, $300, and $150 respectively.  Deadline for poster submission has been extended to June 1, 2020.  Guidlines and applications are available in the guidance office.  

  • List of Scholarship Deadlines That Have Been Extended in Response to School Closure Due to COVID (19)

    Please be patient with us as we try and provide you with update information as we receive it, about available scholarships.  Please continue to look at the comprehensive Scholarship Bulletin.

    For all questions about scholarships, please email Jean Lauturner at

    The following scholarships are due on Monday, March 16

    - Alpha Kappa Alpha, Senator John Marchi Memorial Athletic Scholarship, Assemblyman James Conte Memorial Academic Scholarship (these 3 can be sent directly to donor organization)

    The following scholarships are due on Friday, March 27th

    -RC Police Hispanic Society for those of Hispanic descent pursuing a career in Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice.

    The following scholarships are due on Tuesday, March 31st

    -New City-Orangetown Lodge #854 Knights of Pythias Scholarship  go to

    -Rockland County Music Educators Association log into google account and enter

    The following scholarships are due on Friday, April 10th

    Clarkstown PBA G. Robert Schnackenberg Scholarship


    The following scholarships have been extended to April 15th at 5pm

    -Rockland Business Women’s Scholarship-Application can be retrieved from the Rockland Community Foundation website or below.  They will also be more flexible about receiving the scholarship application components in multiple emails rather than in one pdf. Just please clearly indicate the name of the applicant on all materials submitted. Email submissions to

    All Rockland Community Foundation Scholarship applications can be accessed through Submit online except for the Peggy O’ Gorman Scholarship.   The Peggy O' Gorman scholarship deadline date has expired.

    The following scholarships have been extended to Friday, April 24th

    -David M. Seigriest Memorial Scholarship-This scholarship is for college bound students who have played sports in high school - see PDF application below

    The following scholarships have been extended to April 30th-

    National Association of Water Companies Scholarship email to:      Instructions and  Application are available for download (see below). They have asked that you send as many of the required  documents as you can. NAWC is cognizant that you might not be able to include all documents. Please reach out to your guidance counselor for a transcript.-

    Joseph Goncalves, Paul Jensen, and Cristin Ann Bambino Scholarships mail to address on scholarship form. Applications and instructions on how to return application can be found at

    Vincent Linguanti - 

    Pop Warner Football or Cheer Scholarship

    The following scholarships have been extended to Friday, May 1st 

    -American Legion Nyack Post 310 Alex Umrichin Memorial Scholarship-

    Nyack High School PTSA  - see PDF application below

    Charlotte Eubanks Stokes Memorial Scholarship- for students studying education - see PDF application below

    Nyack Rotary - see PDF application below

    Lower Hudson Council Of School Personnel Administrators - see attached information below

    The following scholarships have been extended to Friday, May 8th

    Promise/Cindy DePalma Scholarship

    Dorothy Albertson Memorial Scholarship (for Nursing)

    NEW SCHOLARSHIP- Jane Schiowitz Scholarship- for students who are senior Varsity athletes as well as studying art or photography in high School

     The following scholarships have been extended to Friday, May 15th

    Nyack Teachers Association

    NTA-SRP (for students with IEPs and 504s)  - see PDF application below 

    O'Grady Brown Memorial Scholarship - see PDF application below

    Tony Schembri 


    The following scholarships have been extended to Monday, June 1st

    Nyack Library Local history scholarship: Students actually have to do the research on-site. for any questions about how to complete the research , please  contact the Nyack Library directly. Application submissions will be accepted until June 1.  Application online.   

    CSEA Local 1000 Irving Flaumenbaum Memorial Scholarship Thomas McDonough

    Rockland County Fire Chief 's Association-Edwin Murdock Memorial Scholarship

     Please see PDF copies of scholarship you can download from home, more information and downloads can be found in the scholarship bulletin.

  • Colleges are redesigning the college admissions process:

  • Some Colleges are waiving SAT and ACT requirement for the Class of 2021

  • CollegeBoard cancels the May and June SAT

    In response to the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19), the College Board is canceling the May 2, 2020, and June 2020 SAT administration. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled March 28) are also canceled. Registered students will receive refunds.

    The College Board will provide future additional SAT testing opportunities for students as soon as feasible in place of canceled administrations. We’ll be as flexible as possible to give students the best chance to show their skills and stay on the path to college. Additional test dates will be available in the fall, starting in August.  We will continue to update you , when we receive additional information from CollegeBoard.

    To help students keep their college readiness skills sharp when many schools are closed, the College Board and Khan Academy will continue to provide free resources online, including full-length practice tests and personalized learning tools at [Opens in New Window]

  • While we are closed:

    The health and well being of our students continues to be a top priority.  Your school guidance counselors will  continue to be available via email while the district is closed in response to COVID 19. Should you have any questions or concerns please reach out to a member of the department.  We will be posting resources and up to date information on this web page, please visit it frequently.


    Attention Juniors :

    You can find your PSAT scores on college board, or in Naviance.   Please stop by the guidance office  to pick up your PSAT exam booklet.  For more information about how to interpret your PSAT score:

    For more information please see attached powerpoint: 

  • Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) is Offering Volunteer Firefighters Help with College Tuition

    Please see the attachment for more information.

  • 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.


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Senior Awards Night

Resources for parents in response to the COVID 19 closure:

Being out of school and hearing about the coronavirus may make you feel scared or anxious. If you need someone to talk to, be sure to reach out to your guidance counselor through email.

The Governor has opened a Emotional Support Hotline: 1-844-863-9314, more information can be found at:

Community  Resource Guide:  Resource Guide.pdf  

Bereavement Group info: COVID Bereavement Group Flyer -- Calvary.pdf 

Anxiety Workbook for families:  Coronavirus-Anxiety-Workbook.pdf 

Child Mind Institute: Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus -

National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource-

Tips on how to stay mindful:


A message about Mindfulness

A message about reaching out

Mr. Pena shares a message

Mrs. Wright shares some ideas to do at home

While we are closed, please see the following suggestions from the Guidance Department:

While we are closed it might be a good time to complete some tasks in Naviance, please see the following suggestions from the Guidance Department:

  • All freshmen: Please log into Naviance and complete the “Do What You Are “ interest inventory. This can be found under “About Me” tab. Please select My Assessments under the “About Me”.  See "How To" video.
  • All Sophomores: This is a great time to create a resume or update your existing resume. Please log into Naviance. Resume Builder can be found under the “About Me” Please select My Stuff under the “About Me” tab.
  • All Juniors: This is a great time to complete an Advance College Search in Naviance. This can be found under the “Colleges” tab.   Under the “Colleges” tab, select Find Your Fit, then go to Advanced College Search.  The goals of the activity is to identify schools from your list and add them to “ Colleges I am thinking About.” See "How To" Video.  This is also a good time to practice for any upcoming standardized exams such as the SAT and ACT. Lastly, since college campuses are closed, take a virtual tour
  • All Seniors: This is a great time to continue to search for available scholarships. Please review the scholarship bulletin, on the Guidance webpage. The Guidance and School Counseling Office webpage can be found under Departments on the Nyack High School page.

Mr. Cavanagh shares ways to use Naviance while we are closed:

Mr. Cavanagh describes how to complete a college search:

"How To" - Naviance Tutorial

How to use Road Trip Nation

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:
  • 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

This year we will be hosting our sophomore parent night on April 29th, 2020.  During this evening , you will have a chance to meet with your guidance counselor, who will be demonstrating the many aspects of the Naviance program.  


  • 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 a test modeled after the ACT, a college entrance exam. To understand your child's results, view: 
  • Start developing a resume on  Naviance.
  • Explore career options by completing a career inventory in Naviance.  Go to:
  • 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.
  • Attend Sophomore Parent Night in the Spring.

Junior College Planning Tips

 This year's junior parent night is scheduled for January 29th at 7pm.  Michael DiBartolomeo, Vice President of Enrollment Management for St. Thomas Aquinas College  will present information on the application process. to view tonight's program:  College Planning Meeting PowerPoint2019-20.pdf 

 Learn more about possible careers by exploring careers at:

Common Application announcements:

Valuable information about college planning can be found on our   Junior Post High School Planning Guide 2019-2020

  • 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.
  • Attend Junior parent night on January 29, 2020
  • 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 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. 
  • Juniors can apply to become a BEZOS Scholar at
  • Continue to research college and career options in Naviance, go to:

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 23, 2019, we hosted our senior parent night.  During the event you will have an opportunity to meet with your guidance counselor to learn about the college application process. 

Oct 3, 2019, we hosted our annual financial aid evening.  Joe Weglarz, Executive Director of Student Financial Services at Marist College will share information about the financial aid process. Here are some additional websites:

For important information about college planning, please read :   Senior Planning Guide 2019-2020

  • 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. If you cant visit a college campus, take a virtual tour
  • 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:
  • Make sure you communicate with your counselor by submitting a Transcript Request Form
  • Complete the optional parent comment and observation form and return it to your guidance counselor:  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 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:
  •  Rockland Adult and Community Education - learn about continued education options at





Information for college admissions representatives


COLLEGE ADMISSIONS has been updated for the 2019-2020 school year.  Please schedule your visits now.  Looking forward to seeing you this Fall.  Below is a listing of college visits to Nyack High School, scheduled to date.  You can also view the most up to date listings in the guidance office.

College Visits 2019-2020




Whats Happening in 2019 - 2020!