Announcements

  • NOTE TO COMMUNITY MEMBERS RE: SHIFT IN 2017-18 SCHOOL TAX RATES BETWEEN ORANGETOWN & CLARKSTOWN...

    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.

    Communications
  • 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.

    Communications
  • 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

     

    Communications
  • Please be Advised.....

    Due to building construction at Nyack Middle School, the building will be closed to all staff, parents and students June 24 - August 22, 2017.  The Middle School office staff will be located at Upper Nyack Elementary School as of Monday, June 26th and can be reached at 353-7200.  Thank you and enjoy your summer.

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

    Communications
  • Middle School Portal Grades

    Due to calculations of 4th  quarter grades, Infinite Campus portal grades will not be updated until Friday, June 23, 2017.   

    Nyack Middle School
  • 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.

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

    Communications
  • Final Day to order the Nyack Middle School Yearbook

    Thursday, May 25, 2017, will be the last day we will be accepting orders for the 2016-2017 Nyack Middle School Yearbook.

    Please bring your payment along with order form to the guidance office by the end of the day.  

    Nyack Middle School
  • Testing Schedule 2017

    Please see the attached for the testing schedule for the 2017 Middle School Finals.  

    Nyack Middle School

Welcome to the NMS Library!

 

Your Middle School Library is a welcoming place. 

In Middle School, students come to our library to do research whenever their classroom teachers schedule classes here in our Library.

 After lunch, ( *if no classes are scheduled,) "Young Scholars" may come on their own to dispatch their homework, or project work.  Students may also elect to read & relax,  and perhaps, they might even choose to play with our selection of board games.     

Our NMS Library's official hours are 8:00a.m. - 2:50p.m.  Most Tuesdays & Thursdays our Library sponsors an Extra Help Period, until approximately 3:45p.m.,( so students may catch the four o'clock bus.)   However, the rule after school, is WORK ONLY!

 

Gen'l RESEARCH Resources here; Grade specific resources in blocks above

Summer Reading -   a virtual boatload of information on Summer Reading Requirements, & Fun

 Citing Sources - a compendium                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Modern Language Assn has released the 8th edition of their formats,( slightly simplified now,) & you can find information here + the NoodleTools Toolkit

History Day         

 This online resource contains basics on History Day in general, NoodleTools & miscellaneous topics selected by NMS' students Taking a Stand!

Political Cartoons

In this ostensibly historic election cycle, political cartoons have never been more germane.  Useful in almost every curriculum, you can find a panoply of rich satire here.

 SnowFlake Bentley + Snow Crystals

 

Kite Rider audiobook during ELA in March

 

Welcome Fifth Grade Parents / Students

Summer Reading 2017 - EVERYTHING you need to know can be found HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doings in the Library

  • Fifth Grade Visits . . .

    FIRST visit was to Valley Cottage Elementary's Library with the redoubtable Mrs. Travers, & her wonderful Mrs. DeFelice

    Next visit was to Upper Nyack Elementary with the charming Ms. Zweibel, & the extraordinary Mrs. Bausinger

    Nyack Middle School Library
  • Shakespeare's Birthday

    In recognition of Shakespeare's birthday  on April 23rd, ( his 451st donchaknow,) our Middle School Library offers Young Scholars the opportunity to win, [ while supplies last ] one of Will's favorite snacks when he attended Stratford-on-Avon Middle School, namely popped maize or the juice of fruit in a sack, ( a.k.a.  popcorn or a juice bag.)  All students need do is consult our compendia of Shakespeare information, &  then scrawl the name of a less well-known play or a sonnet- number & first line-  to win! 

    The photo below, shows sample snacks, the books that one may use as reference.  Those little slips, here & there, are some of the correct submissions, with names like Coriolanus or Timon of Athens, or sonnet no. 29,"When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes . . ."  A tasty exercise indeed!

    Nyack Middle School Library
  • Women's History Month WINNERS

    The NMS Library is proud, & delighted to announce the winners of our Women’s History Contest:                               

     This was a very difficult contest to call this year, as the level of entries was very high indeed.  A unifying factor in all the entries received was ZEAL.   Not only did the entrants mention all the wonderful qualities that make girls & women great, but they did not select just one example ~ they cited a number of great girls & women from history. 

    As our winner stated,” Women are great . . . WHY question it ?     We are wonderful, strong, powerful, talented, worthy, intelligent, and loving.”  So, our first prize,( of a Barnes & Noble gift card,) goes to Alex Friedland. 

    Our near winner, (very near,) stated an essential fact, “  A world without women wouldn’t be a world at all.  ”                            Our very  near-winner’s name: Talia Reiss.   [* Alex was not yet available for a photo . . .Ms. Q ]

     We thank all who entered, and look forward to your entries in our Library’s next contest, penning a Haiku, (a three-line poem,) in honor of Poetry ( & btw, Library) Month

    Nyack Middle School Library
  • 7th grade Tech Core Discipline Project kick-off

    7th grade team "B" kicked off a massive tech-infused collaborative project in our Library.  As the photos attest the students exhibited MASSIVE excitement, especially when permitted to use their OWN devices to unlock virtual knowledge.

    Nyack Middle School Library
  • NOT a "sleepy" Library . . .

    Our library has the most flexible schedule ever!   We try to keep up by using that classic pencil in, & erase technique, on our Library's Master Calendar.  For example this week:     We hosted a number of 8th grade ELA classes writing annotated bibliographies, ( and  though only doing my job, received a literal & figurative bouquet from my colleague for my efforts.)  

    We  had a special guest,* Associated Press writer, Barry Wilner, in to address Mrs. Hennessy's A/B day classes on the professional writer's life for our joint Careers research project.       We showed a delightful film, Penelope; One of the events to celebrate Women's History Month.     More 8th grade classes in to research our country's Great Depression era.

    Capped off the week by having all our ENL students gather with their ESL teachers, as well as Principal Johnson, for a little "corte de cinta" or ribbon-cutting ceremony** to draw attention to a new collection of books in Spanish to encourage reading for all!

    Tried to capture as much as possible in pictures , [attached,] along with the joy of reading, even during a lunch recess.                     * Mr. Wilner was here by the special efforts of Mrs. Christina Hennessy       ** Mrs. Wanda Octaviano, of the NMS Family Resource Center graciously assisted in the ENL ceremony,with translations, & student assistance

    Nyack Middle School Library
  • Rockland Read -in

    Traditionally, the countywide day devoted to reading as many minutes as possible, a.k.a. the Rockland Read-in takes place just before the mid-winter recess.  Children, ( & even staff,) are ready for a bit of a break and it is a good day to celebrate those flights of imagination, unlock secrets of the ages, or even kick back & peruse magazines you want to catch up on.  However, this particular year it coincided with an 8th grade trip celebrating Math ability, African American achievement & women taking their place in the starry firmament in the film Hidden Figures!  it was just fine as our yeoman readers in 6th & 7th grade pulled up the slack reading as astonishing 75,437 minutes overall . . . all without the help of their  upper class men & women.

    Nyack Middle School Library
  • School "Business"

    Our Teaching Staff & Administrators are continuously engaged in upgrading their skills to give the very best to our student body.

    In composite one, you see the Middle School's Principal, David Johnson reviewing feedback from an"Instructional Walk" seeking examples of NMS students engaged in meaningful activities.

    The second composite shows the first of five days of ongoing professional development in Project Lead the Way.  These in-district Teacher/ Instructors, ( Christine, Frankie, & our own Ben Turner,) are sharing their expertise with Kindergarten  teachers with hands-on activities that they will in turn use to inspire our little ones.

    I am pleased, & not a little proud, that our NMS library serves these purposes, as well as hosting classes for our students.

    Nyack Middle School Library
  • Board Meeting Gallery

    Our Middle School Library provided an intimate setting for the Nyack School Board Meeting.  Consequently, I strove to create a gallery wall of 21st Century skills -in- action.  Over the next day or so, it intrigued our Young Scholars to see the industrial-sized photos.

    Nyack Middle School Library
  • Movie Week: Pete's Dragon

    As winter cold intensifies, the Library looks for a week when we have all three lunch periods free for an entire week . . .   in order to show an entire film in "episodes."  The search for a film is complicated.  Something that will interest all three grades, that not too many students have seen, that has a bit of "educational value" in addition to entertaining.

    Saw Pete's Dragon two summers ago and simply loved it .  It is a superb marriage of live action & CGI.  It's also a heartwarming story.  As the picture shows, some of our 6th graders were in rapt attention, so it is a gratifying exercise.

    Nyack Middle School Library
  • SnowFlake Bentley

    A group of our ENL students came with their teacher, Mrs. DePalma to learn about a phenomenal man named Wilson "Snowflake" Bentley.

    We explored the science behind snow crystals and then created our own paper facsimiles.

    Nyack Middle School Library

Contact Us

Nora Quinn, NMS Teacher Librarian - ext. 7215
nquinn@nyackschools.com

Rose Conetta, NMS Library Clerk Typist - ext. 7222
rconetta@nyackschools.com