Calendar of Guidance Department Events

  • PSAT for all Juniors

    Juniors will be scheduled to take the PSAT ( practice SAT) at Nyack High School during the school day.

  • Junior parent and student night at 7pm

    Junior parents and students are invited for a presentation on the college process.  Mr. Micheal DiBartolomeo , VP for Enrollment at STAC, will present information on how to get started with the college process.

  • RCC Free Application Day

    Zoom link

  • RCC Free Application Day

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  • RCC Free Application Day

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  • Sophomore parent and student night at 7pm

    Sophomore parents and students are invited to an evening on how to use Naviance to research colleges and careers. 

  • RCC Free Application Day

    Zoom Link

  • RCC Free Application Day for Undecided Students

    Zoom Link

  • Senior Awards/ Scholarship Night

    Seniors who are awarded scholarships will be celebrated during Senior Awards night.

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Guidance Department Announcements

  • Boston University Hosts Virtual Winter Visit Days


    We will be hosting special virtual Winter Visit Days for your sophomores and juniors and their families to learn more about Boston University. These events will include a student panel, a live guided tour, and in-depth information sessions, covering everything from student life to study abroad opportunities to what makes an application competitive for admission.

    To register for a Winter Visit Day, students may visit our website.

    Monday, February 15, 2021

    2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time

    Saturday, February 2, 2021

    12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time


  • Nyack Student to Grad Connection

    Attention Nyack Alumni:
    We need you! The Guidance Department is planning an Alumni Give Back Program. We are looking for Nyack Alumni from the past ten years to come and speak to our current juniors (Class of 2022) about your successes!
    Do you have an interesting post-graduation story? Maybe you participated in Division I sports in college, or started your college career at RCC in the honors program and transferred to a four-year program. Did you start working full-time after high school? What has your career become? What was it like to stay home for college or move across the country? Did you study abroad or start your own business? Maybe you went into the Military? Did you study engineering or have a double major? Did you get a full scholarship? Each story is unique and a valuable lesson to our future Nyack graduates!
    If you are interested in sharing your story about what you did after high school, fill out the form below. We'll connect you with our junior classes beginning in February. 

    Any questions, contact Lorraine Longing at

  • Collegeboard announces ending the SAT subject tests and optional essay:

  • 2021 First Virtual College Fair on Sunday, Jan. 31 from 1-7PM

    NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling)

    Virtual College Fairs Spring 2021 Season

    COVID-19 has shut down many opportunities students previously had for visiting, learning about, and connecting with colleges. NACAC aims to bridge that gap through these special one-day events.
    At each virtual fair, students attend college presentations, learn about their options, ask questions, and demonstrate interest... all without leaving home.

    Register for free at


  • Announcing 4 Free Application Days for Rockland Community College

    We have scheduled 4 free applications days with RCC.  They will be done via Zoom(links to follow later)  We will take care of printing your transcript, but you must email Mrs. Lauturner to sign up in advance.  These application days will be held on:

    February 9

    March 2

    April 13

    May 4 

    The dates and zoom links, when I receive them, will be on the guidance calendar in on the guidance department webpage.  Please check back often.

  • Rockland Negro Scholarship Fund, Rockland's Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc Chapter & NAACP To Sponsor A Scholarship Information Session

    This event will take place on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 7pm.  They will discuss how to complete the FAFSA form as well as how to apply for the Rockland Negro Scholarship Fund and the Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma theta Sorority scholarships.

    Join them on this zoom link 885 7277 4733.

  • PSAT:

    Attention Juniors :

    Juniors are schedule to take the PSAT on January 26. 

  • Scholarship Opportunities for the Class of 2021



    NEW THIS YEAR: You will be able to download scholarship applications directly from this page.  

    Welcome to the site for scholarship opportunities for the class of 2021.  Scholarships are arranged by category.  These categories will include scholarships awarded solely to Nyack High School students, Rockland County and neighboring county scholarships, New York State scholarships, and National scholarships. The National scholarships have the earliest deadlines, mostly in October and November. 

    The bulk of the scholarship deadlines are between February and May, but do not neglect to look for deadlines as early as October through January as we have a few sizable ones.   If you are planning on studying Engineering, Nursing, Education, Business, or are a Volunteer Firefighter, there are scholarships specifically for these areas of study.

    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 with.  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.  

    Deadlines for submission of applications are firm and late submissions will not be accepted by the guidance department or our donors.

    A final thought, scholarship submissions should be filled out in a professional manner.  DO NOT submit a scholarship application written in pencil or colored ink.  If you need a pen with blue ink, we have enough pens to supply you with one.  Don't be shy.  Good Luck!

    Click on the link below to view Scholarships.   We are posting the deadline dates to the corresponding scholarship on this list as soon as we are made aware.  Check back often so that you do not miss a good opportunity.

    Nyack High School Scholarship Bulletin Class of 2021

  • COVID 19- Emotional Support Resources

    There is Hope.  There is Help.  Help is a phone call away.  See attached flyers

  • Rockland County 4-H Youth for Climate Action

    Join the Rockland County 4-H Youth for Climate Action, where
    you can enhance your knowledge of the issues, develop leadership
    skills, and work with your peers to address climate change.

    Applications due by November 30,2020

    See attached flyer for more information

  • Be Sure to Check Our Senior Scholarship Bulletin Each Week

    We currently have over 115 scholarship opportunities posted in our scholarship bulletin.  You can click the link to the applications directly from the bulletin.  Due dates are posted as we receive them from the donor organizations.

    This bulletin appears on the guidance office website.  If you need any help or information, please contact Mrs. Lauturner at 845-353-7120.

  • Excelsior Scholarship for 2021

    The Excelsior Scholarship, in combination with other student financial aid programs, allows students to attend a SUNY or CUNY  college tuition-free.

    Please note that the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically reduced state revenues and the processing of new applications is pending on Federal assistance, which has been delayed since April.  Excelsior Scholarship awards may have to be reduced and/or prioritized for current recipients as provided for under the program.

    The federal adjusted gross income limits have changed to $125,000 or less.

    For more information go to the website below.

  • Tips for Managing Stress and Anxiety This Winter


    Nyack High School Guidance Department is  committed to supporting families and school communities with resources on mental health challenges, please see attachment on how to manage stress and anxiety during the winter. 

  • Rockland County 4-H Youth for Climate Action

    Are you a high school student concerned about climate change?
    Do you want to make a meaningful difference here in Rockland County?
    Join the Rockland County 4-H Youth for Climate Action, where
    you can enhance your knowledge of the issues, develop leadership
    skills, and work with your peers to address climate change.

    Youth for Climate Action webpage

    Apply online at




    Securing Working Papers While  Attending School Virtually due to COVID 19  or After Returning To School This Fall

    • Please download the working paper application located under IMPORTANT FORMS, from the guidance office webpage, OR pick up the application in the guidance office.
    • ​Fill out Part 1 only and have your parent or guardian sign the form.
    • Return your application to the guidance office or email form to
    • You can pick up the card when notified or it can be mailed to you.
  • Please see the attached brochure concerning Historically Black Colleges and Universities

    Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Pi Psi Omega Chapter of  Rockland County, explains what an HCBU is and the benefits of attending one as well as how to apply to an HCBU.  Alpha Kappa Alpha is also offers scholarship opportunities.  Remember to look for this sorority when you are applying for scholarships later this school year.

  • 5 Facts you need to know about this year's college admissions process:

  • Community Service Opportunity

    Meals on Wheels  need you!

    Seeking Volunteers for Telephone Reassurance Phone calls!

    This is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in volunteering from home!

    We started this program to help alleviate feelings of isolation among our seniors. Volunteers will be calling to check-in on the health and mental wellbeing of our seniors in the form of friendly conversation. Genuinely listening to someone is an act of kindness. Ask someone to share their story with you and the conversation will be a gift to you both.

    Looking for:

    • Volunteers who can commit to calling our seniors at least once a week.
    • Friendly, outgoing individuals who are great conversation starters.
    • Experience using google forms (not necessary we can show you)
    • Ability to take notes and record important information

    How it works:

    • A list of names and phone numbers will be provided to you
    • You will make calls from your own phone on your own time
    • Call each person at least once per week- this is critically important the list that we send you is truly your list for the duration of your time volunteering with Meals on Wheels.
    • Documentation of each call is also very important- this is done through our google response form.


    If you are interested or have any questions please email Catie Stone-

  • Class of 2021: What 315 College Admissions Deans are Looking for This Year

  • 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​.

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Members of the High School Guidance Department

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

Lorraine Longing -  Director of Guidance K-12,   845 353 7123 -

Guidance Counselors:

Maggie Gershonovitz    845-353-7130

Tara Heinemann             845-353-7133

 Sean Cavanagh              845-353-7125

 Alejandro Peña              845-353-7128 

 Diana Wright                   845-353-7126 -

School Psychologist:

Dr. Renee Eschmann, 845-353-7182

School Social Worker:

Mimi Madan, 845-353-7131

Student Support Services and Prevention Counselor:

Dornzella Milligan, 845-353-7134

Guidance Support Staff

JeanMarie Maldonado - Records Secretary (845) 353 7121
Jean Lauturner - Secretary (845) 353-7120

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8th Grade Parent Orientation

Scheduling through the Parent Portal tutorial

Scheduling through the Parent Portal tutorial in Spanish

How to Video - Naviance Tutorial

How to Build a Resume in Naviance - Video

Financial AID night presentation in English

Financial AID night presentation in Spanish

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

  • 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

  • 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. 
  • 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.

We have included the link to our Junior Planning Guide below which  includes some of the topics mentioned above, but in more detail.

 Junior Post High School Planning Guide 2020-2021


Senior college planning tips

  • 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

Attached below is our Senior Planning Guide which contains a wealth of information.

 Senior Planning Guide 2020-2021  

For more important information:




Information for college admissions representatives

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS REPRESENTATIVES: Currently we are anticipating  scheduling only  virtual visits for the  the 2020 -2021 school year.  To accomplish this we must limit these visits to 1 per day.  They will be held between 10:30 and 11:15 and they will be available every Monday through Friday that school is in session.  Please schedule these visits as you have in the past on Repvisits and include the information students will need to access your visit.  Appointment scheduling is now available. Please feel free to call if you would like to speak about anything else.  845-353-7120.