District Announcements

  • The 2017-18 Proposed Budget was presented at the April 18th BOE meeting and is available to the public.

    Please see the attached presentation made by Dr. Montesano to the Board of Education. 

    Our annual Budget Newsletter, Straight Talk, will be mailed out to all District residents on Friday, May 5th.  It will include a message from our Superintendent and BOE President, Karen Hughes, along with Points of Pride, the Budget Notice, a listing of the BOE Trustee candidates on the ballot, and a Q&A section.

    The Budget/Trustee Vote is on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017.  Please remember to vote.

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  • The attached letter from Dr. Montesano was sent to District families and all staff on 3/24/17 RE: undocumented & immigrant students rights.

    This letter also contains a link to a statement from the New York State Attorney General Schneiderman and Education Commissioner Elia advising schools on protecting immigrant students, "In Light of Recent Federal Immigration-Related Actions, Guidance Reminds Districts of Their Duty to Uphold the Rights of Immigrant Students and Safeguard Student Data".

    Nyack Public Schools is steadfast in its commitment to protecting the rights of all students. 

    The letter is attached in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole.  Thank you for your attention to this.

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  • Thursday, March 30th is our 3rd Community Forum and "Innovation Now" Showcase, 7:00-8:30 pm at Nyack Center

    Are We Future-Ready?  Nyack Public Schools are preparing students NOW.  Come and See How on Thursday, March 30th at our Community Forum and Innovation Now Showcase featuring an EdTalk with Dr. Montesano, Superintendent of Schools.  The Innovation Now Showcase will feature a room full of demos, displays and dialogue with teachers, administrators and staff.  Join us for this exciting community event at Nyack Center. 

    Doors open at 6:30pm.  EdTalk starts at 7pm. This event is free and open to the public. We hope you join us!

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  • Please see the 2/27/17 letter from Dr. Montesano RE: Transgender Student Rights which was sent District-wide to families and staff

    The statement contains a link to the 2/23/17 Press Release from Attorney General Schneiderman and State Education Commissioner Elia issuing a reminder that New York State protects transgender students.  A second link contains a July 2015 "Guidance to School Districts for Creating a Safe and Supportive School Environment for Transgender and Nonconforming Students", issued by the NY State Education Department (NYSED).  A third link contains results  of a statewide school district survey designed to help determine whether public schools are meeting their obligations under the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA).

    Nyack Public Schools will continue to fully support the July 2015 guidance document issued by NYSED.

    A quote from Dr. Montesano's letter was featured in The Journal News 3-21-17 article, "Safe & Secure".

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  • The BOE approved the 2017-18 School Calendar at the Feb. 7th, 2017 meeting. The PDF is attached, below, for your convenience.

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  • Our online School Directories provide direct links to all teachers' email addresses

    Your school's online Directory provides a listing of all staff in each building.  If you would like to send an email to your child's teacher, simply click on their email address provided in the Directory. For quick and easy access, your school's Directory is located in the Navigation Bar under "About Us" at each school site. Other helpful links are located as a series of icons under "District Links":  Our Schools; Let's Talk; Peachjar; Parent Portal; and In the News.  

    We encourage you to stay connected and use these links often.

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  • Kindergarten Registration is now OPEN. Children who turn 5 years of age by December 1, 2017 are eligible to register.

    To find out how to register your incoming Kindergartner, please go to our District homepage at www.nyackschools.org; click on "Parent Resources" at the top of the page in the Navigation Bar; scroll down and click on "Registration".  Follow the directions for online registration.  Once you have registered online OR if you have any questions regarding the process, please contact the District's Registrar's Office at 353 - 7038 to make an appointment.  Thank you.

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  • Registration is ongoing for 2016-17 School Year

    Please click on the REGISTRATION Quick Link located on this homepage to begin the process and access online registration through Infinite Campus.

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  • REMINDER Regarding the District's NEW Media Release Opt-Out Form and Protocol

    Parents and Guardians: the District has a NEW Media Release/Opt Out protocol that will go into effect this month, October, 2016.  All parents/guardians should have received the attached letter in their summer mailing  that  included  a September 26th deadline for any "Opt Outs".   Parents/guardians who do not wish their child's photograph to be featured on our new websites must have checked the appropriate boxes on this form and have sent it back to their child's school.  Please call the District's Office of Public Relations at (845) 353-7013 with any questions regarding this new protocol.  The Media Opt Out Form is one that can be filled out at any time but must be kept at the school building level for easy access by staff and to ensure that the protocol  is effectively followed. The District looks forward to celebrating daily accomplishments and sharing them via posts to our new District sites.

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Welcome to the Science Department

The science program at Nyack Public Schools allows students to be engaged in investigations to develop a greater understanding of the physical, chemical, and biological world around us.  Our science courses provide students with the opportunity to increase their understanding of science in order to develop critical thinking, problem solving, and inquiry skills.  

Please click the link below to view our vision of STEM in the Nyack Public Schools for the 21st Century

Science Curriculum Reform Proposal.pptx 

Calendar

  • 4 & 8 Science Performance Tests

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  • 4 & 8 Science Performance Tests

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  • Science Research Symposium

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  • 4 & 8 Science Written Tests

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  • Living Environment Regents

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Announcements

Contact Info.

Lisa Knowles

Science Department Chair

Grades 6-12

Science Research

Project Lead the Way

High School Curriculum Map

  Science curriculum map (Click here for larger view)

 

 

 

 

 

Science Contests and Competitions

EngineerGirl Essay Contest for boys and girls ages 8-15 to solve problems dealing with engineering and its impact on our world. Cash prizes are offered (First-place $500, second-place $250, third-place $100).

Disney's Planet Challenge is a free nationwide, project based environmental competition that empowers students to make a difference in their schools. Open for students in grades 6-8.

Rubber Band Contest for Young Inventors Students are invited to demonstrate their creativity and ingenuity by creating an invention that incorporates the use of rubber bands.  For students in grades 5 - 8. The first place winner in each division will receive a $5,000 savings bond, while the runner-up in each division will receive a $2,500 savings bonds respectively. The top 8 semi-finalists who are not chosen as finalists will each receive a $50 gift card.

Toshiba Exploravision ExploraVision is a science competition that encourages K-12 students of all interest, skill and ability levels to create and explore a vision of future technology by combining their imaginations with the tools of science. All inventions and innovations result from creative thinking and problem solving. The first prize consists of a $10,000 US Savings Bond for each student on the winning team. The second prize consists of a $5,000 US Savings Bond for each student on the winning team.

Young scientists challenge  Discovery Education and 3M are looking for students in grades 5-8 to inspire us with their enthusiasm for science. The winner will receive $50,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds and much, much more! To enter, simply send us a video about the science of everyday life.

eCYBERMISSION,sponsored by NSTA and the U.S. Army
Designed to increase student’s experience in STEM-related fields this free competition encourages 6th-9th grade students to use the scientific method/inquiry or engineering design process to solve real-world challenges. Students can win on a state, regional, and national level, with students on national winning teams receiving $5,000 in U.S. EE Savings Bonds, valued at maturity.

Google Science Fair
This online science competition is open to students between the ages of 13 and 18 from anywhere in the world, working alone or in teams. Google is looking for extraordinary ideas, and they are eager to see what youth come up with. This is a great opportunity for teenagers to explore ideas they’re passionate about, learn about science, and maybe produce a world-changing idea.

NASA’s Missions: Imagine and Build
NASA and the LEGO Group are partnering to inspire the next generation of aerospace engineers through this design competition. Students of all ages will use the LEGO toy bricks in building models of future airplanes and spacecraft. To read the complete rules and guidelines for submitting the LEGO model and technical paper, visit: http://rebrick.lego.cgom/

Neuroscience Research Prize

To identify and reward high school students whose scientific skill and talent indicate potential for scientific contributions in the field of neuroscience Four winners will each receive a $1,000 prize. Three winners and their teachers will receive airfare, two nights hotel, $100 per day for expenses (up to two days), and the opportunity to present their work during a scientific poster session at the AAN 69th Annual Meeting in Boston, MA—the world’s largest gathering of neurologists. One winner and his/her teacher will receive airfare, three nights hotel, a daily per diem (up to three days), and the opportunity to present his/her work at the 2017 Child Neurology Society Annual Meeting.

FIRST Tech Challenge

In this competition, students and their coaches or mentors build robots based on sound engineering principles and design them to battle robots built by other competitors. A kit is provided for those who want to use one. Competitions are held around the country, and awards are given based on robot design, performance, community outreach, and other accomplishments. The winners of these competitions proceed to the competition's World Championship.

Verizon Innovative App Challenge

The Verizon Innovative App Challenge is a collaborative competition where teams of five to seven students develop an original concept for a mobile app that incorporates STEM principles and addresses a need or problem in their community. While designing their apps, students consider marketplace need, usefulness, audience, and viability and align their app concept with one of the three Verizon Foundation focus areas of education, healthcare, or sustainability. The Challenge offers $20,000 grants for winning middle schools and high schools and Samsung Galaxy Tabs for students on the winning teams.

Student Work

Student Work