Calendar of Guidance Department Events

  • Virtual Summer School

  • Last Day ofVirtual Summer School

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Guidance Department Announcements

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

  • Leadership Rockland-Teen Leadership Program


    An opportunity for Rockland County high school sophomores to develop leadership skills and connect with peers and community leadership through interactive seminars.  This program takes place during the school year, but interviews for the program will take place virtually over the summer.  See attached flyer for more information.

  • 2020 Poster Design Contest Sponsored by the Jimmy Hauburger Memorial Foundation WINNERS ANNOUNCED!

    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.  

  • 2020 VIRTUAL REGIONAL ACADEMIC SUMMER SCHOOL Rockland BOCES Registration Begins June 18, 2020

    Virtual Summer School will begin on Wednesday July 8, 2020 and continue until Wednesday August 12, 2020.

    Registration will begin on June 18, 2020 and continue until June 26, 2020. Please email your child's guidance counselor to inquire about registration.

    Beginning June 29th through Tuesday July 7th students may register by calling the Summer School office at 845-627-4780 / 8:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m or filling out the Google Registration form.  See below.  The office will be closed on Friday, July 3rd.  REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7th.



  • 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​.

  • 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.​​
  • 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]


    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: 

  • 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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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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Have a great summer everyone!

additional scholarships

Senior Awards Night


Virtual Summer School will begin on Wednesday July 8, 2020 and continue until Wednesday August 12, 2020.

Registration will begin on June 18, 2020 and continue until June 26, 2020. Please email your child's guidance counselor to inquire about registration.

Beginning June 29th through Tuesday July 7th students may register by calling the Summer School office at 845-627-4780 / 8:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m or filling out the Google Registration form.  See below.  The Virtual Summer School office will be closed on Friday, July 3rd.  REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7th.

Please see attached Virtual Summer School Letter and Brochure. 

 Virtual Summer School 2020

 Virtual Summer School 2020 Span

2020 VIRTUAL Regional Summer School Brochure

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  

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:


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

  • 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.

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

For more important information:




Information for college admissions representatives

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS REPRESENTATIVES: Currently we are anticipating  scheduling only  virtual visits for the remainder of the 2020 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.  After scheduling your visit please reach out to the guidance office with your meeting information.  Appointment scheduling is now available. Please feel free to call if you would like to speak about anything else.  845-353-7120.