District Announcements

  • NOTE TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS RE: SHIFT IN 2017-18 SCHOOL TAX RATES BETWEEN ORANGETOWN & CLARKSTOWN...

    Please read the August 2017 Letter from Superintendent Montesano to make you aware of a shift in 2017-18 school tax rates between the two towns that comprise the Nyack School District, Orangetown and Clarkstown.  

    This letter contains direct links that provide additional information from New York State regarding equalization rates and real property tax services.

    The accompanying Q&A to Nyack School District 2017-18 Tax Rates was created to assist in understanding guidelines that the District must adhere to when setting annual tax rates.  

    Thank you for your attention to this matter.

    Communications
  • The NEW 2017-18 District Calendar is now available on our website !

    The calendar is attached to this announcement for your convenience and can be found on the District's homepage under "About Us" in the navigation bar. 

    Please note that in the mailed version the following important documents will be included as inserts:

    -  Free & Reduced Lunch Application and packet (for eligible families)

    - Health Certificate Form and Medication Order Form (for submission to school nurses)

    - Media Release Form (for parents/guardians who DO NOT give permission for their child's photo to be posted for District use)

    - Household Contact Verification Form - NEW (for households who have not already updated their contact info for  the District database)

    A Welcome Letter from our Superintendent, "Communication Matters", and 2017-18 District Calendar Year-at-a-Glance are also included as inserts.

    All District families will be receiving a copy of this calendar in the mail in the week of August 14th.  Please call the Public Relations Office at 353-7013 if you have not received one by August 18th.

    Communications
  • District Summer Programs, and Camp Nyack, are located in Liberty Elementary School this summer at the following list of dates and times:

    Summer STARS Reading Program - July 5-July 27 (Monday through Thursday), 9:00 am–11:00 am

    Summer ENL Program - July 7-July 31 (Monday through Thursday), 9:00 am–2:00 pm  

    Kindergarten Readiness - July 10-August 3 (Monday through Thursday), 9:00 am-1:15 pm,

    Special Education Extended School Year - July 3-August 11 (Monday through Friday), 8:45 am-1:15 pm

    Efficacy Academy - July 5-July 27 (Monday through Thursday), 9:00 am-11:00 am

    CONTACT: District Summer Principal, John Joyce, 353-7253

     

    Camp Nyack (run by Nyack Center) - June 26-August 11 (Monday through Friday), 8:00 am-3:30 pm 

    CONTACT:  Camp Director, Nicole Hines, 358-2600

     

    Communications
  • Congratulations Class of 2017! May you persevere in your life's endeavors with equity, innovation and optimism!

    Communications
  • FRIENDLY REMINDER: Nyack Schools are Going Green with increased electronic mailings and communications this summer...

    If you have not already done so, please fill out the attached form and return it to your school's main office by June 20th.  Thank you for your assistance in helping our district Go Green!

    The attached form is in English and Spanish.  It was also emailed to all families via Peachjar and will be back-packed from elementary schools one last time.

    Communications
  • It's mosquito & tick season! Please see the attached public service announcements on disease prevention, provided by Rockland Health Dept.

    Communications
  • The 2017-18 School Calendar has been REVISED, as approved at the May 2, 2017 BOE Meeting

    The revisions include a one-day earlier  Start Date to school on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017; and different dates for Spring Recess beginning Friday, March 30 thru Friday, April 6, 2018.

    The revised version has been attached, below, and emailed to staff and families District-wide via Peachjar and Parent Portal accounts.  

    Thank you for your attention to this change.

    Communications
  • 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.

    Communications
  • 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.

    Communications

NYACK MIDDLE SCHOOL - ENGLISH IN GRADES 6, 7, AND 8

During the middle years, students begin to develop the "Four C's" of 21st century competencies - Critical thinking, Communication, Creativity, and Collaboration - competencies that are critical to success in an increasingly interdependent world.  The English curriculum provides a scope and sequence that allows students to develop these competencies within each unit of instruction. The curriculum is common across each grade level and is aligned to the four strands of the Common Core State Standards in ELA and Literacy: Reading, Writing, Language Use, and Speaking and Listening.  Students incorporate the use of various forms of technology in a learner-active, technology-infused classroom structure.  In this environment, students are provided with a great deal of choice in how they approach their learning, while teachers differentiate instruction in order to meet each student's learning needs and goals.  Students acquire and apply close-reading strategies as they develop a foundation of analytical skills required for success on the secondary level.  Each unit culminates in a project-based assessment that features the written modes of narration, exposition, or argument.  The New York State 3-8 ELA Exam is administered in April of each year.  Specific information pertaining to each English course can be found in the Nyack Middle School Program of Studies guide.

NYACK HIGH SCHOOL - ENGLISH IN GRADES 9 AND 10

The curricula in grades 9 and 10 provide students with opportunities to develop not only critical literacy skills outlined in the Common Core State Standards, but also proficiency in the "Four C's" of 21st century competencies: Critical thinking, Communication, Creativity, and Collaboration. Students in grade 9 will take either English 9R or English 9H; students in grade 10 will take either English 10R and 10H. The curriculum is uniform across the grade levels and aligned to the Common Core State Standards in ELA and Literacy for Grades 9-10, regardless of the course level. Differences in the degree of instructional scaffolding, pacing, and workload are what primarily distinguish an H-Level course from an R-Level course, but the thematic content and the CC literacy standards remain the same for all students.  

GRADE 9: English-9 courses (both R and H levels) focus on the themes of identity formation and coming of age.  Texts include, but are not limited to, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Odyssey, Romeo and Juliet, Speak, Candide, and The Catcher in the Rye.  Student-produced writing assignments fall into three categories: narration, exposition, and argument. Students also prepare an annotated bibliography as part of their investigation into an authentic research question, which culminates in the production of a formal research paper.

GRADE 10: English-10 courses (both R and H levels) focus on the theme of the individual within the society.  Texts include, but are not limited to, Into the Wild, Night, Lord of the Flies, Othello, Anthem, The Color of Water, and Persepolis. Students build upon the foundation of ninth grade, further developing their writing and language use skills in narrative, expository, and argumentative modes of expression, with greater independence and sophistication.  

There are no prerequisites for any English courses offered at Nyack High School.  However, we encourage students to have discussions with their parents, counselors, and English teachers, to consider their prior academic performance in English classes, and to assess the degree to which they actually enjoy the study of English Language Arts, prior to enrolling in advanced-level English classes.

There is no standardized New York State ELA exam in grades 9 or 10.  Students will take the New York State Common Core English Regents Exam at the end of grade 11.

NYACK HIGH SCHOOL - ENGLISH IN GRADE 11

THE ENGLISH COURSES LISTED BELOW ARE AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS IN GRADE 11. 

REGARDLESS OF COURSE, ALL 11th GRADE STUDENTS WILL TAKE THE NEW YORK STATE COMMON CORE ENGLISH REGENTS EXAM IN JUNE.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE EXAM CAN BE FOUND HERE

  • ENGLISH 11R or ENGLISH 11H - English 11R and 11H are full-year courses that differ only in the degree of instructional scaffolding, pacing of the courses, and the workload.  Both courses explore "The American Experience" as its central theme, and students must demonstrate proficiency in the Common Core State Standards in ELA and Literacy for grade 11 by the end of the year, which is assessed on the NYS Common Core English Regents exam.  
  • AP ENGLISH LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION - This is an advanced College Board® English course that is the equivalent of a college-level rhetoric and composition course.  Although Nyack High School has an open-enrollment policy, students should consider their prior performance in English - particularly on written assignments - the degree to which they actually enjoy the study of language, and their readiness to assume the level of commitment required to handle the pace and workload of the course.  For more information, visit the AP English Language & Composition Course Description.
  • AP ENGLISH LITERATURE & COMPOSITION - Just as the AP Language course is the equivalent of a college-level rhetoric course, the AP English Literature & Composition course is the equivalent of a college-level literature course.  When deciding whether or not to enroll in the course, students should carefully consider their prior performance in English, the degree to which they love and enjoy the study of literature and poetry, and their readiness to commit to the workload and pace of the course. For more information, visit the AP English Literature and Composition Course Description.
  • SAT PREP AND COLLEGE READINESS - The SAT prep course is an elective that a student would take in addition to, not in lieu of, a full-year English course.  This is a one-semester course in which students meet with an English teacher and a Math teacher on alternating days.  It is a "Pass/Fail" course that counts for 1/4 English credit and 1/4 Math credit, and is designed specifically for students who wish to improve their SAT scores and, to some extent, their ACT scores.  The course has been revised to prepare students for the redesigned SAT which launched in March, 2016.

NYACK HIGH SCHOOL - SENIOR YEAR ENGLISH ELECTIVES

In senior year, students choose from a variety of course electives to accommodate their interests and goals.  Students may opt to take one full-year elective OR two half-year (semester) electives.

Full-Year Senior Electives: Either the AP English Language & Composition Course or the AP English Literature & Composition Course.

One-Semester Senior Electives - Students must choose two electives if they do not take one of the AP courses.  For a complete listing of senior electives and course descriptions, please see pages 27-30 in the Nyack High School Program of Studies guide.