Message from the Principal : Craig Dreves



Dear Upper Nyack families!

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I reach out today as the new principal of Upper Nyack Elementary!  My first days here have been incredible, and I’m already hard at work meeting with people in and around the school to build relationships that will strengthen our ability to support our kids and ensure a strong educational program. 

I am honored to serve this community and work hard on behalf of the children at Upper Nyack as we continue to enhance the greatness that already exists in this school community.    As I first walked through the doors of our school, I was greeted with a bulletin board welcoming me and noting “Happy Days Ahead!”  These words ring true to my heart, and I will work tirelessly to ensure that UNES is joyful and conducive to growth and learning.  

Each and every day when your children walk through our doors, they become my top priority.  All of us here at UNES will work hard to “build bridges to tomorrow” as we care for the whole child, support their social emotional as well as academic needs, and most importantly ensure that they feel safe and loved.  In these walls, our children will learn to innovate, collaborate, think critically, build leadership skills and utilize the tools around them to lay a foundation for a better future.

I want to welcome our new and returning families to a great year at UNES.  I also encourage all of our parents to become active members of our PTA because with your support, our students can enjoy amazing events and other opportunities that contribute to an amazing school experience.  Please also know that my goal is to communicate early and often!  In order for you to stay on top of all that is taking place at UNES, please be sure to have an updated cell phone number and email address in Infinite Campus.

Please never hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns at 845-353-7260, or at   Also, I’d love to meet you in person at Upper Nyack this coming Wednesday, July 27 from 9-10am and/or from 6-7pm.   I sincerely look forward to working with you this year and for many years to come!  With your partnership, this will be the best year yet for UNES!!  


Craig Dreves

Principal, Upper Nyack Elementary

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