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Guidance Department Announcements

  • University of California Night in New York

    When?   November 4, 2020 from 7pm -8pm.  the following University of California Campuses will be represented:

    UC Riverside
    UC Davis
    UC Irvine
    UC Merced
    UC Santa Barbara
    UC San Diego
    UC Santa Cruz

    Go to: to register.

  • National Association for College Admission Counseling to Host Virtual College Fair

    More than 600 college and university representatives will be available.  Select which colleges you'd like to learn about and sign up to attend their live and interactive Zoom sessions.  The fair will be held on the Sunday , November 8, 2020 from 1-10pm.

    Go to to register.  Registering allows students to communicate with college reps on the day of the event.  Many colleges will also hold information sessions and allow students to set up and appointment or one-on-one conversations.

    See flyer for more information.


  • Manhattan College Offers Virtual Open House This Sunday October 25, 2020

    The Manhattan College Admissions Office will welcome more than 1000 guests to their virtual open house on Sunday, October 25t from 1pm to 3pm.  Registration for the Open House 2020.  Their virtual Fall open House programs will provide a wide array of sessions and opportunities  to engage with their faculty, staff and students.

    Click here to register.  Open House 2020

  • Colleges of the Fenway to Hold Virtual Information Session

    Colleges of the Fenway, which includes Emmanuel College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

    University, Simmons University, and Wentworth Institute of Technology will hold a virtual presentation and question and answer session on October 29, 2020 at 7pm.

    To register for this event click HERE


  • Date Set for Virtual 2020 College Fair Programs Sponsored by National Hispanic College Fairs

    You will have the opportunity to connect with colleges and universities through group, private, and video chats.

    You must register for this event and once students registered you will need to remember the link to enter again the day of the fair.

    Register at:

    Fair will be held on November 20, 2020 from 11:00-5:00.

    The fair will also be giving away 10 $25 gift cards for those students who visit the most colleges.

    See attached flyer for additional details.

  • 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




    Attached is the schedule of college visits which will be done virtually.  This schedule will be updated as we receive requests from the colleges and universities.  All visits will take place between 10:30 and 11:15 so be sure to tune in.

    Virtual College Visits 2020-2021


    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.

  • SAEDA Training Opportunity Coming in November 2020

    The Center for Safety and Change is sponsoring Student Activists Ending Dating Abuse (SAEDA) training.  The training will take place November, 2-6 & 9-13 (3PM-4:30PM on Zoom) plus  there is 1.5 hrs of daily independent activities required.

    Deadline to apply is October 15, 2020.  Participating students will receive 28 hours of community service and $50 at the end of training. 

    Click below to apply.  Applicants will be notified of their acceptance  by phone and email. Please note that spaces are limited.


  • Harcum School for Veterinary Nursing

    Harcum has provided a virtual tour of their facility for students interested in studying Veterinary Nursing.

    Take a virtual tour (Open in new window)

    Later this semester Harcum will be hosting virtual information sessions where you can learn more about specific programs, meet with program directors, and have all your questions answered.

  • 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-


    This award recognizes outstanding volunteer service.  Local, State, and National  awards are given.  Your application must be completed and submitted  to a school principal or the head of an officially designated local organization by NOVEMBER 10, 2020.   More information is available at or

  • 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.

  • 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​.

  • Colleges are redesigning the college admissions process:

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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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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

Resources for parents for the reopening of the 20 - 21 school year:

Being out of school since March and  preparing for the return remotely or in person, might increase stress and anxiety. If you need someone to talk to, be sure to reach out to your guidance counselor through email.

Information on how to help your child with increased anxiety about returning to school:

For information on teen depression in English: 

Para Información Sobre la Depresión Adolescente en Español:

Resources for Grief

Grief work may be helpful to provide support for students and families to process their grief over what was lost at the end of the school year. 

 Safety supports 

  • National Suicide Prevention and Crisis Line:  1(800)273-8255
  • Or text TALK to 741741
  • Behavioral Health Response Team - 845-517-0400

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  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.