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  • ATTENTION: Our online Directories are under construction and have been taken off our websites temporarily.

    We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause as the District is working toward more efficient communication and easy access to all staff members.  If you cannot find an email address for teachers or administrators and need assistance, please contact your school's main office.  Our new Directories will be back up and running as soon as possible.  Thank you for your patience.

  • UPDATE TO WATER TESTING: October 11, 2016 Letter from Dr. Montesano contains the latest info on Testing in Our Schools' Drinking Water

    Please see the 10/11/16 Letter from our Superintendent of Schools with an update and specific results from the most recent testing of water supplies  in our schools.  The letter has been sent to all District families and staff.  It is attached, below, along with the other two previous letters.  The District is committed to providing up-to-date information to our community on this important topic.

  • 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.

  • Schools are closed for Rosh Hashanah

    Monday and Tuesday,  October 3rd and 4th

    Upper Nyack School
  • Our Board of Education takes their annual First Day Back to School Tour of each building...

    Every year on the first day of school, Members of the Board of Ed take a tour with Dr. Montesano to officially welcome everyone into a new school year.  We hope that everyone has had a smooth and successful re-entry into school with a positive mindset.  Your Board of Education, Principals and Administrators are working hard to ensure that we continue learning together!  Check out photos of the 2016/17 Back to School Tour on Spotlight.


Message from the Principal

 Dear Friends,

I hope this letter finds you well.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your incredible support and commitment to our school. We remain so lucky and honored to work with your children. There are a few items that I would like to speak with you about. 

A few items to note:

Thank you: to our PTA for a fantastic Teacher Appreciation Breakfast. In particular, many thanks to Ms. Jen Knecht and Ms. Maria Sherry for their amazing efforts.

Fall Festival:   Will be held this Friday, October 21st from 5:00-7:00pm.   Our PTA is hoping for more participants to take part in the festival to make it an outstanding and memorable event for our students. I am adding some incentive to this need. If you agree to decorate your car and take part in giving out candy for this wonderful event, your child’s name will be placed in a raffle. At the end of the event, the winning name will be picked for the prize, “Principal for a Day” which will be redeemed sometime in the month of November.  A reminder that our Fall Festival is a PTA-sponsored event and it is NOT a drop off event.  All children must be supervised by their parent/ guardian.

Voting Booth: Our PTA has, once again, worked with our school to provide an amazing real-life experience for your child. Thanks to the efforts of parent and PTA Treasurer,  Dean Gianakouros,  your child will experience voting in an actual voting booth.  This will lead to great class discussions and we will facilitate a mock presidential election in November. To get the students into the voting process, this week our students voted on a costume choice for me to wear at The Fall Festival. The choices were Batman, The Flash or Captain America. Many thanks to Ms. Zwiebel, our wonderful Librarian, for her assistance. 

Weather Letter: A separate letter will be coming home pertaining to making arrangements for your child’s pickup. This is particularly important for students taking the bus home from school. 

SEPTSA Meeting: The first meeting of our Special Education Parent Teacher Student Association will be Wednesday, October 26th at 7:00pm. The meeting place will be at Nyack Middle School.

Pickup/Drop Off:  As you know, drop off and dismissal are very important times of the day where safety is critical. Please DO NOT park in our drop off and pick up lanes. In addition, if your child is unable to enter or exit a car without assistance (an adult getting out of their car to enter or exit with a student), then you should be parking your car elsewhere and picking them up at the door.  This ensures the safety of your child and also the ability for parents waiting in the pick-up/drop off line to be able to pick up their children as quickly and as safely as possible.

Thank you: For not making changes in your child’s dismissal arrangements after 2:00 pm. This is greatly appreciated by our staff.

We continue our work together to benefit one of the world’s most precious resources, children. I remain very lucky to say that I work in a GREAT school that has teachers who love teaching which helps children to love learning. I thank you for your support.  Your children remain a treasure and we are very proud of them. We all want them to go very far in achieving their hopes and dreams. One of my favorite quotes is from an African proverb. It states that, If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together. Let us continue our work together to make your child realize their dreams. You can anticipate my next letter coming home in November.  


Mr. Joseph Mercora

Upcoming Events (scroll through)

  • Field Trip - Kinder(ppd raindate)

    Upper Nyack School
  • Field Trip - Kindergarten

    Upper Nyack School
  • Election Day & Superintendent's Conference Day

    Nyack Public Schools
  • Election Day - School closed for students

    Upper Nyack School
  • Hilltop Admin Bldg 7:00pm

    OCADA Coalition Meeting

    Nyack Public Schools
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