District Announcements

  • 2017 PRIDE Survey Results were presented to the Board of Ed. and Community on Tuesday, Nov. 28th. The Power Point is attached, here...

    OCADA (Our Community Against Drug Abuse) Coalition will present outcomes and insights from our most recent PRIDE Survey results. 

    The PRIDE Survey was given county-wide to 8th and 11th grade students in the Spring of 2017.  Results and analysis provide important information to the school community regarding substance use, availability, perception of risk and trends among our youth.  To find out more about OCADA, please visit www.ocadacoalition.org

     

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  • Thank you for your participation in our Community Forum Series. We invite you to continue the dialogue via Let's Talk!

    In Nyack Schools, we are interested in continuing a community-wide, collaborative conversation of what it takes to ensure that all students succeed and how to measure that success in our ever-changing, complex world.

    With Let's Talk! , we respond promptly and directly to your concerns, questions, suggestions and comments when you provide us with your contact information and the dialogue is continued.   If you choose, submissions can also be anonymous.  Please see the attached flyer with specific instructions for how to use Let's Talk!

    Whether you are a student, parent, staff or community member, we are listening and hope to hear from you!

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Welcome to Nyack Basics

 

Nyack Basics, the 0-2 year old component for our NEW campaign: "All Students Reading by 3rd Grade"

DID YOU KNOW?  80% of brain growth happens in the first three years after birth. How we parent during this period makes the critical difference - in school readiness, emotional well being, and life opportunities. Learn more & watch our NyackBasics videos, provided in English and Spanish.

The Nyack Basics Campaign is working to make sure all parents and caregivers know what they can do to help their babies learn and thrive. The Basics are five fun, easy, and powerful ways to help all our children get a great start in life.  Join us!

 Nyack READy Campaign flyer

 Los Nyack Basics Campaign en Espanol  flyer

Join Us!

Contact:

Dr. Winsome Gregory,

Asst. Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction/Personnel

phone:  (845) 353-7052

wgregory@nyackschools.org

A Moral Imperative: All Students Reading by 3rd Grade

The correlation between students’ failure to read by the end of the 2nd grade and involvement in the criminal justice system is undeniable. Students who are unable to read by the end of the third grade are also four to six times less likely to graduate high school. High school drop-outs are 63% more likely to be incarcerated than college graduates and 85% of all youths who interface with the juvenile courts have been found to be functionally illiterate (Northeastern University, 2009). Ultimately, the school to prison pipeline and mass incarceration devastate lives and cost the government over $182 billion every year (Wagner & Rabuy, 2017).

All students reading by the third grade on a national level would save billions of dollars, disrupt the school to prison pipeline and enable us to prepare students to succeed in a global economy. Ultimately, it is a moral imperative that all students have equitable opportunity to pursue their aspirations in an increasingly complex world.

Nyack Schools launching an initiative to raise student achievement and early childhood literacy (K-2) to have all students reading by the end of the 2nd grade.  We envision five components to this initiative:

  1. From Birth to Two Years:  "The Nyack Basics"
  2. Three and Four Years of Age
  3. Kindergarten 
  4. First and Second Grade
  5. Summer Support and Mobile Libraries

This District-lead, community-wide initiative seeks collaborative partners with the business, civic and faith communities, pre-schools, libraries, community centers, elected officials as this initiative is being developed during the 2017-18 school year.  Please contact Dr. Winsome Gregory, Asst. Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction/Personnel at Nyack Public Schools, for more information or to find out how you can be involved:  (845) 353-7052.

Watch Now! Learn More.

Click Here  to watch our Nyack Basics Videos.

Available in English and Spanish, this series of video vignettes demonstrate how parents make the critical difference in being their own child's first best teacher - for school readiness, emotional well being, and life opportunities.