• Nyack Schools Launch a NEW early childhood literacy program to help babies learn and thrive in the first 3 years of life.

    The NYACK BASICS launched on January 8th, 2018.  Over 150 school community leaders, early childhood educators and county service providers joined together in Hilltop Auditorium to kick off this new initiative lead by Superintendent James Montesano and Assistant Superintendent Winsome Gregory. 

    The District welcomed Chancellor Betty Rosa, Regent Judy Johnson and Regent Luis Reyes from the NY State Department of Ed for a tour of the schools.  Founder of The Boston Basics and Harvard Economist Ron Ferguson lead the the day as keynote speaker. The District plans to implement The Nyack Basics and support a community-lead campaign to help ensure that all children read by the third grade.

  • Happy new year !

     Monday, January 15 - school closed (Martin Luther King Jr Day)

    Thursday, January 25 - Gr. 3,4,5 concert at NHS 7:00pm

    Upper Nyack School
  • A letter from the Superintendent was emailed to all District families and staff today, Jan. 4 RE: a situation at the high school

    Please see the attached letter from Dr. James Montesano, Superintendent of Schools.

  • Please take note of the FERPA form that was sent out to all District families in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole

  • 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



Message from the Principal : Mr. Joe Mercora

 January 12, 2018

 Dear Friends,

 Happy New Year! We can all agree that January has started off a little chilly but we also know that there are warm months ahead of us. We have so much to be thankful for and so much to look forward to. I personally look forward to continuing our work together to help your children. It is truly a job I love to do. We are so lucky to have such a dedicated staff that is committed to working with your children.

 Thank you to:

  • our Student Council for a wonderful spirit week in December. It was an amazing experience for all of us. In addition, I am proud to report that, as a part of spirit week, several coats were collected and are being delivered to the Nyack Homeless Project.
  • our First and Second Graders for a wonderful concert last month. Thank you to our wonderful music teacher, Mr. Yankou for all of his efforts.

Looking ahead:

  • Monday, January 15th is the celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There is no school in session Monday, January 15.
  • Thursday, January 25th is our 3rd, 4th and 5th grade concert. It will take place at Nyack High School and begins at 7:00 pm. All student performers should arrive at Nyack High School by 6:30pm.
  • Science Fair – You should have already received an email and a packet of information regarding this wonderful event. Please keep in mind that Friday, January 26th  is the deadline to register a project idea.

Car Pick-up and Drop off Lane:

  • Reminder to all parents that the morning drop-off and afternoon dismissal pick-up car lane is for students that are able to exit or enter their cars and secure themselves in seats. Parents should not be getting out of cars to open doors to assist children getting into or out of vehicles. This causes delays for other families to pick up their children and is a potentially dangerous situation for our students. If you must open doors and secure your child’s exit or entry in cars, PLEASE PARK YOUR CAR AND WALK YOUR CHILD(REN) TO THE DOOR so you have plenty of time to secure them properly. This is strictly in the interest of their safety and the safety of others.  It is also a courtesy to other families.

 One of my favorite expressions about starting a new year is, “Today is the start of a new 365 page book, make it a good one.” I hope your 2018 book is off to a great start. It certainly has been a wonderful first two weeks of the year at Upper Nyack Elementary School. I thank you for your support in this partnership towards helping our most special children. I look forward to seeing you at upcoming events.


Mr. Joseph Mercora

Upcoming Events

  • Central Administration Building

    School Board Meeting 7:30pm

    Nyack Public Schools
  • Winter Concert

    Nyack High School

    Upper Nyack School
  • Central Administration Building

    School Board Meeting 7:30pm

    Nyack Public Schools
  • Hilltop Galley Opening 5:30pm

    Liberty Exhibit

    Nyack Public Schools
  • Schools Closed for Mid-Winter Recess

    Nyack Public Schools
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