Calendar of Guidance Department Events

  • Nyack High School auditorium

    Sophomore Parent Night

    Sophomore Parent Night

  • Nyack High School Auditorium

    Senior Awards Night

    Senior Awards Night

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Guidance Department Announcements

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    Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Conference Announces Dates for its 2019 Conference

    This five day conference is free of charge to current Sophomores entering Junior year in the Fall.  The conference is for sophomores who have shown leadership potential in their home, school and community and is designed to develop these leadership skills.  Some of the skills included in the program are goal setting, delegating, time management, problem solving,  and setting priorities.  The conference runs from Saturday June 29, 2019 through Wednesday July 3, 2019 and is held at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York.  If you think this would be a good opportunity for you, please visit the guidance office for an application.  Deadline for submission is April 1, 2019


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    Rockland Community College Honors Program Info Session

    Rockland Community College will be holding an information session about their Honor's Program on Wednesday March 27, 2019 from 6:30-8:30 in the Technology Center, Ellipse  on the 1st Floor.  See attached flyer for more details.

  • Engaging Young Women In Government Event To Be Held on March 21, 2019 at Rockland Community College Ellipse, Suffern, NY

    Assemblywoman Jaffee is partnering with numerous  organizations to inspire and engage young women in civic and public policy.  For more information, see the attached flyer

  • Introducing Red Bandana U'19: A week long, summer residential program for leadership, character development, and service.

    Red Bandana U is held at Dominican College of Blauvelt in Orangeburg, NY and runs from July 7th through mid-day July 12, 2019 for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  The application is available at  Deadline for application submission is April 1, 2019.

  • Scholarship Opportunities for the Class of 2019 are posted on the Guidance Website

    Check  under scholarships, for a listing of scholarships available to the Class of 2019.  Check back often as we add or update this scholarship information.  Scholarship deadlines range from October through June 2019.  If you have any questions, please ask us.

  • The Jimmy Hauburger Memorial Poster Design Contest

    The Jimmy Hauberger Memorial Foundation is sponsoring a poster contest.  You may choose one of three themes-prevention of harassment, intimidation, and  bullying of others; commitment to practicing acts of kindness; or showing compassion to others and helping those in need. Awards for high school students range from $150-$500.  Please see the attached flyer, rules, and entry form for more details.

  • Rockland Community College Presents...Girls in STEM 2019

    On March 29, 2019 RCC will host an all-day workshop presenting exciting STEM learning opportunities and hands-on- activities.  Meet RCC facultly who will be available to answer your questions. Registration is limited to two girls per school.  If interested, please see Mrs. Lauturner in the guidance office.  A flyer is attached with additional details.

  • 16th Annual Lower Hudson Valley Engineering EXPO to be held on March 31, 2019 from 11:00 AM to 3:30 PM at White Plains High School

    Over 100 engineering exhibitors as well as representatives from over 50 of the region's leading learning institutions such as Rutgers, Cornell, Villanova, and Manhattan College will be in attendance.  All fields of engineering will be represented.  Middle school students as well as high school students are encouraged to attend.  See attached flyer for more details.


    Attention Juniors :

    You can find your PSAT scores on college board, or in Naviance.  We have also mailed home your score report.  Please stop by the guidance office  to pick up your PSAT exam booklet.

    for more information please see attached powerpoint: 

  • Spring 2019 Internships are available with Senator David Carlucci's Office

    NYS Senator David Carlucci is accepting applications for a Spring 2019 Internship at his office.  Applications are available in the guidance office.

  • 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.



Whats Happening in 2018 - 2019!

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,

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

 2018 - 19 School Year :

Counselor  9th grade  10 grade  11 grade  12 grade 
Mrs. Gershonovitz A - Cr A - B A - Can  A - Bre 
Ms. Heinemann Cu - H C - Fi Car - Gr Bro - Fe 
Mr. Cavanagh  J - K Fo - Maz Gro _ Maz Fer - L 
Mr. Stevens  L - P Mc - R Mc - Sa M - Ro 
Mrs. Wright  Q -Z S - Z Santi - Z  S - Z




Dual enrollment classes allow students to take college level courses, helping to prepare them for college and earn credit at a reduced rate while enrolled at Nyack HS. NHS offers college level courses in Art, Business, English, History, Math, Music, Science and World Languages. In addition, students who are enrolled in Project Lead the Way, have an opportunity to earn college credits from PLTW Affiliations. Students will take classes at Nyack HS and will be taught by a college approved Nyack HS teacher who follows the college course syllabus. These courses fulfill both high school and college credit requirements. Students must register with the appropriate college and successfully complete the course in order to receive the college credit, which may be transferable to other colleges and universities.
The following are college level courses offered at Nyack High School:


  • Digital Photo


  • Principles of Accounting l
  • Business Law
  • Personal Financial Management


  • College Writing l
  • College Writing II


  • Pre-Calculus
  • Calculus
  • Statistics
  • College Algebra


  • Music Theory


Project Lead the Way (PLW)

  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Principles of Engineering
  • Engineering Design & Development
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Principles of Biomedical Science
  • Human Body Systems
  • Medical Interventions
  • Biomedical Innovation



  • Intermediate Science Research
  • Advanced Science Research
  • General Biology
  • Environmental Science

Social Studies

  • United States History I
  • United States History II
  • Criminal Law

World Language

  • Basic Spanish for Heritage Speakers
  • Intermediate Spanish for Heritage Speakers
  • Elementary Spanish
  • Intermediate Spanish l
  • Elementary French
  • Intermediate French I


Naviance Student

High School Students and Parents/Guardians- click here for Naviance

Click to access :   Instructions for Naviance Student for Parents.pdf 



Lunch and Learn

NEW EVENT SCHEDULED  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! 

  Westchester School for Dental and Medical Assistants will be at Nyack High School on April 8, 2019 at 10:30 in Room 202 to discuss their

  Medical Assistant and Dental Assistant Programs.  See attached flyer for more details.

 lunch and learn medical and dental.pdf 

















Scholarship Bulletins for Class of 2019

 Welcome to the site for scholarship opportunities for the class of 2019.  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.

Scholarships are listed 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 bulk of the scholarship deadlines fall in March and April, but do not neglect to look for deadlines as early as October through February 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.  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 our donors.

Click on the link below to view scholarships:





Standardized test information

 ACT Test Dates 2018-2019  ACT Registration test center # for Nyack High School: 161270

  SAT Test Dates 2018-2019 SAT Registration test center # for Nyack High School: 33-720

 SAT Test Security effective October 2012  

 CEEB CODE: 334255



Important Forms

Please see copies of forms used in the guidance office: 


Need a transcript? -   If you have graduated from Nyack high school, please go to to request a transcript.  To request a transcript, click on the link and create a New Learner Account.  Class of 2018, your official transcript has been mailed to the college you are attending in the fall.  Any questions, please contact your guidance counselor. Current students can obtain a transcript by contacting their guidance counselor.

 Working Papers

Withdrawal Form  

Community Service Form







The Prevention Corner  is newly developed to keep you aware of trends, encourage you to stay connected, and to understand where to get help.

School  Prevention newsletter written by Dornzella Milligan, Student Support Services Prevention Coordinator:    JAN 2019 Newsletter.pdf  , Anxiety info Handout.pdf 

 Nov 2018 Newsletter.pdf 

 Summer 2018 newletter 002.pdf 

Additional information about vaping:  Whats-In-The-Mist-OCADA compressed.pdf 

Helpful resources for parents on the dangers on E - Cigarette use among youth:


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

Sophomore Information Letter 2018-19

 Sophomore Information Letter 2018 2019 Spanish

 View Sophomore parent night power point:  Sophomore Parent Night

  • 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

Letter to Parents/Guardians of Junior Students

 Junior Letter 2018-2019

 Spanish Junior Letter 2018-2019

This year's junior parent night was January 31.  Michael DiBartolomeo, Vice President of Enrollment Management for St. Thomas Aquinas College  presented information on the application process. In addition, here is the powerpoint presented by Lorraine Longing, Director of Guidance: Junior parent night jan 31.pdf 

 Learn more about possible careers by exploring careers at:

Common Application announces 2019 - 20 ESSAY Prompts:

Valuable information about college planning can be found on our   Junior Post High School Planning Guide 2018-2019

  • 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 in January. 
  • 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

Senior Parent Letter 2019

Carta para los padres de estudiantes en el cuarto ano 

September 17th, we are hosting our senior parent night in conjunction with the PTSA.  During the event you will have an opportunity to meet with your guidance counselor to learn about the college application process. Please see senior timeline: Senior Parent Night18-19.pptx 

Oct 3th, we  will host 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 2018-2019

  • 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 REPRESENTATIVES: To sign up to visit Nyack High School in the Fall, go to :

College visits have been completed for Fall 2018 .