District Announcements

  • A letter from the Superintendent has been sent to all District families and staff regarding this morning's fallen tree incident

    Please see the attached 5/18/17 letter for more details.

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  • There will be a Community Forum to present and discuss the District's NEW Technology Vision

    This meeting is open to the public and will be held Tuesday, May 23rd at 7pm in the BOE Room, located in the Central Administration Building at 13A Dickinson Ave.

    Come find out more and participate in a discussion about a 5 year plan aimed at ensuring all students are future-ready with technology education, experience and opportunity.

    Flyer attached.

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  • 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.

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  • The annual budget newsletter for the proposed 2017-18 District Budget has been posted, here...

    "Straight Talk"  , the Spring 2017 edition, provides the community with  budget Fast Facts; "With Pride" section for District achievements; the Budget Notice (required by NYS law) and Budget Q&A.   The newsletter is attached, below, and will be mailed District-wide to community members May 9.  The Budget/Trustee Vote is Tuesday, May 16.

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  • An important letter to parents and guardians regarding the popular Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" has been sent by the Superintendent...

    The letter, dated April 24th, 2017, is accompanied by a document from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) that contains information for parents and guardians to read and take into consideration. Our District recognizes that schools have "an important role in preventing youth suicide, and being aware of potential risk factors in students' lives is vital to this responsibility."   Feel free to contact Dr. Montesano's office should you need more information or support.

    Thank you for your attention to this very important matter. The Dr. Montesano's letter and the NASP document are attached, below.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 English as a New Language (ENL) & Bilingual Education

Our District is a diverse community, where all unique cultures and languages are welcomed and embraced. Knowledge, respect and understanding of different cultures is a cornerstone of Nyack Public Schools. Our diversity provides a valuable educational resource and offers excellent opportunities to prepare our students to become engaged citizens of the world.


English as a New Language (ENL) Program Information

English as a New Language (ENL) K-12 Program

Nyack Union Free School District takes great pleasure in welcoming students from around the world.  We presently serve students that represent 14 language groups. The English as a New Language (ENL) program is designed to meet the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs) in grades K-12 whose native language is other than English.  The goal of our program is to ensure that all students attain English proficiency via two programs the district offers. Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) is offered in K-2 and English as a New Language program is offered for all grade levels.  The objectives of these programs are to (1) ensure that all English Language Learners develop both Basic Interpersonal Communicative Skills (BICS) and Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP); (2) prepare students for mainstream classes and (3) provide ongoing educational assistance. All of the outlined programs are aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

ENL Enrichment Programs

There are several enrichment opportunities available for Nyack English Language Learners. The enrichment programs offered provide additional assistance with homework, study skills, strategies for success in the classroom, academic and linguistic support. The enrichment program also promotes parental involvement using parent workshops. All programs offered are outlined below.

Before and After-school Programs

The purpose of the the Before and After-school Programs is to help assist English Language Learners with homework and address specific skill based assistance as needed. 

Saturday and Summer STEM Program

Research indicates that English Language Learners (ELLs) require 5-7 years to acquire language.  In essence, what English Language Learners need is time. Extra time that focuses on specific skills that they are not afforded during the school day.  The Saturday and Summer STEM Programs for ELLs is a 4-6 week program which allows for additional instructional time that integrates the four modalities (speaking, listening, reading and writing). English Language Learners will be taught engineering (building), mathematics, and science principles through a hands-on, collaborative experience that will enhance their academic, language, and social skills. Programs are offered at all grade levels during various times of the school year.

 

For information in Spanish please contact Yesinia Polanco at (845) 353-7042.  Para información en español, el favor de comunicarse con la señora Yesinia Polanco al (845) 353-7042 or e-mail ypolanco@nyackschools.com.

For information in Haitian Creole please contact Jocelyne Abraham at (845) 353-7044.  Si ou bezwen enfòmasyon tradui an kreyòl,rele Jocelyne Abraham at (845) 353-7044 or e-mail jabraham@nyackschools.org.

For all other languages, please contact the Department directly.

Liberty ENL Morning Program and Kindergarten Bilingual Class

Liberty Grade 1 Bilingual Class

English as a New Language STEM Programs

 

The ENL Saturday STEM program will provided students with additional hours of instructional time that integrates the four modalities  of speaking, listening, reading and writing. These modalities were embedded into  STEM based lessons. English Language Learners were exposed to engineering (building), mathematics, and science principles through a hands-on, collaborative experiences that enhanced their academic, language, and social skills.

Saturday STEM Academy 2016 Slide Show

Saturday STEM Academy 2016.pptx 

Below is the presentation of the final project from the ENL STEM Academy.

ENL Summer STEM Academy 2016 Slide Show

 ENL Summer STEM Academy 2016.pptx 

 

Mercy College STEM Program ~ Building a Bridge

Parent Orientation Video

NYS English Language Learner Parent Orientation Video

English

Spanish

Haitian Creole

French

Arabic

Bengali

Russian

Chinese (simplified)

Chinese (traditional)

Urdu

 

Cómo ayudar a su hijo a tener éxito en la escuela

Parent Resources

Information in English

Parent Bill of Rights

http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/bilingual/ParentsBillofRights_EnglishLanguage_FINAL.pdf

A Guide for Parents of English Language Learners in New York State

http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/programs/bilingual-ed/guideforparentsofellsinnysenglish.pdf

NYSITELL Parent Information Brochure

http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/programs/bilingual-ed/nysitellparentinformationbrochureenglish.pdf

Parent Guide to the Common Core

http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/parent_workshop_backpack_guide.pdf

Information in Spanish 

Guía para padres de estudiantes que aprenden Inglés en el estado de Nueva York:

http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/programs/bilingual-ed/guideforparentsofellsinnys9.22.15-spanish.pdf

Declaración de derechos de los padres de los estudiantes que aprenden Inglés del estado de Nueva York:

http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/metrocenter/ellparenthotline/spanish

Folleto de información para padres sobre el examen NYSITELL:

http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/programs/bilingual-ed/nysitellparentinfobrochurespanishaugust2015.pdf

Estándares básicos comunes recursos para los padres:

http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/p12/bilingual-ed/parentworkshopbackpackguidespanish.pdf

Parent Information (Creole)

Gid pou paran elèv  k ap aprann anglè nan Eta Nouyòk:

http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/programs/bilingual-ed/guide_for_parents_of_ells_in_nys_9.22.15_-_haitian.pdf

Deklarasyon dwa paran elèv nan Eta Nouyòk ki po ko ka fonksyone nan lang anglè tou sèl:

http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/bilingual/parentbillofrights6.12015_haitiancreole.pdf

Enfòmasyon Pou Paran Sou Egzamenn Pou Idantifye Elév K ap Aprann Anglè (NYSITELL):

http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/programs/bilingual-ed/nysitellparentinfobrochurehaitiancadeauaugust2015.pdf

Gid pou paran sou sa ki dwe gen nan sak lekòl pitit li Estanda pou on baz komen:

http://www.nysed.gov/common/nysed/files/programs/bilingual-ed/nyseslatparentinfobrochure-haitian.pdf

If information in other languages is needed, contact the department directly.

Teacher Resources