District Announcements


    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.

  • 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.

  • 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


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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.




The following have been implemented recently:

  • Hand Sanitizer dispensers placed in all classrooms and cafeterias.
  • Focus on building P.R.I.D.E. at Nyack HS. Students and staff worked together to keep building clean.

Health Curriculum:

The Nyack Public School District will continue to provide a K-12 health education curriculum that addresses the physical, social, and emotional dimensions of health.  Students will develop knowledge, attitudes, and skills through common threads and the New York State Standards of health education, which is tailored to the developmental level of the children of the Nyack Public School District.  Recommendations include the following: Each building will perform a needs assessment to insure that students and staff know and are able to meet learning objectives.

K-5 will continue with an inter-disciplinary curriculum to address health education in the classroom instruction in such subjects as mathematics, physical education, science, language arts, and social studies.
The Nyack Public School District will communicate with parents and the community on the health curriculum via the  District website, Family Resource Center, and through the health curriculum that involves staff, parents, and the community.
The Wellness Committee will assist in developing and promoting staff and community awareness opportunities and encourage healthy eating, physical activity, and other elements of a healthy lifestyle.

Healthy Snack Ideas

Healthy, Budget-Friendly Recipes for the Family


It is recommended that meals served through the National School Lunch Programs will be appealing and attractive to all of the students.

Reward and punishment – schools will not use foods or beverages for academic performance or good behavior and will not withhold food or beverages as a punishment.      

A Sub-Committe has worked extremely hard wth our food service company to bring new recipes to the school lunch menu.  Below are some examples:

Beginning in the fall of 2010 Nyack Public Schools implemented a change to food celebrations in our schools. We are encouraging healthy choices for celebrations. Below is a list of approved foods that can be brought in to our schools for celebrations  The District Wellness Committee's recommendations are based on the scientific evidence as per the websites below.  The Committee makes these recommendations because research shows that good nutrition is linked to better behavior and academic success, our district strives to support healthy behavior, healthy school environment:  

References for Healthy Celebration Guidelines. 

Healthy Halloween Ideas        
Healthy School Celebration Ideas - Click Here
More Information on Healthy Celebrations - Click Here

Some Useful Links:
http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2626&q=320754#Resources http://www.cspinet.org/nutritionpolicy/policy_options_healthycelebrations.html http://www.letsmove.gov/schools.php                                                                         




 - Fruit smoothies (blend berries, bananas and pineapple)
 - Fresh fruit assortment, fruit and cheese kabobs, fruit salad, fruit with low-fat whipped topping
 - Dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, apricots, banana chips), 100% fruit snacks
 - Fruit or grain muffin (low-fat), whole wheat English muffins, hot pretzels
 - Vegetable trays with low-fat dip
 - Whole-grain crackers with cheese cubes, string cheese or hummus
 - Waffles or pancakes topped with fruit
 - Pretzels, low-fat popcorn, rice cakes, bread sticks, graham crackers and animal crackers
 - Angel food cake, plain or topped with fresh fruit
 - Pizza with low-fat toppings (vegetables), pizza dippers with marinara sauce
 - Cheese or turkey sandwiches or wraps (with low-fat condiments)
 - Yogurt Parfaits with non-fat or low-fat yogurt, low fat, nut-free granola and fruit
 - Quesadillas or bean burrito with salsa
 - Low-fat breakfast or nut-free granola bars
 - Low-fat tortilla chips with salsa or bean dip
 - Light or low fat popcorn
 - Low-fat pudding
 - Applesauce or other fruit cups
 - Berries with low-fat whipped topping (cool whip)
 - Graham Crackers with jam
 - Fresh apple slices with caramel or yogurt dip
 - Have each parent bring in one type of fruit and students can make their own fruit salad


Granola or Trail mix (pretzels, dried fruit, whole grain low-sugar cereals, sunflower or sesame seeds etc.) Parents can bring in ingredients and students may make their own.
Celery and carrots with peanut butter and raisins
Bagel slices with peanut butter or jam
**Parents should communicate with teacher and class parents regarding food allergies of students**

*** Pay attention to serving sizes. Ask children to take ONE serving of each snack and beverage.  ***


  • We believe that a lack of moderate to vigorous physical activity is a major reason so many of America's youth are overweight. 
  • It is our belief that if children play for a minimum of 60 minutes each day, they will be able to combat the obesity epidemic. 
  • Our physical education programs offer wonderful curriculums.  However students and their families need to find additional time to be physically active. 
  • Our schools do a great job offering intramural and physical activity programs before and after school.  Please speak with your child's physical education teacher for more information. 
  • Recess is a good opportunity for students to be physically active.  Recess may not be used as a form of punishment unless a student exhibits violent or agressive behavior during the recess period.

Physical Activity:

Below are links pertaining to physical activity:

CDC Physical Activity for Everyone

Fuel up to Play 60

Physical Activity Guidlines for Americans


Wellness Policy:

Fitness Center Plans 5405 wellness policy adopted 2.pdf