Virtual Back to School Night
Please see the following documents to access the links to our virtual Back to School Night.
I hope that you have enjoyed a relaxing summer with your family and friends.
As the new school year begins, I want to let you know how excited I am to be the principal of this outstanding school. I look forward to working with you to help make this year a positive experience for your son/daughter.
Middle school is a time filled with transitions and changes for our children. We must support and guide our students through this point in their lives. Together we must not only develop their academic skills but their character as well. Creating an environment where every Nyack Middle School family member is valued and respected is essential to a positive school culture. The staff of Nyack Middle School is committed to supporting your child with positive words of encouragement as well as high expectations of academic success.
The world is forever changed due to the effects of COVID -19 and the disruption to everyday life caused by the pandemic. As we strive to return to normalcy, we must continue to practice the 3 W’s to ensure the safety and welfare of our students:
a Mask - All students are required to have a mask on when inside NMS.
your distance - Our desks are spaced 3 feet apart per the CDC's guidelines for the safe reopening of schools.
your hands - Students will use hand sanitizer when entering the classroom.
We, as a school, will continue our tradition of academic excellence by pushing the boundaries of what our students think they can achieve. We will continue to integrate 21st-century ideals of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity into our lessons. These skills are critical in preparing our students to be productive members of an ever-changing society.
We also expect our students to display the highest level of character and integrity. I have attached our PRIDE chart of expected behavior. Please take a moment to review this with your child.
During the first days of school, the administrators and teachers will meet with the students during grade-level orientations. We will discuss our high expectations for academics, daily routines, programs, COVID-19 safety protocols, and school rules. At this time, we will also answer any questions your child may have.
The majority of our students will arrive via bus. Any questions concerning your child's bus route should be directed to our transportation department (845-353-7028). If you plan on driving your child to school, please do not drop your child off before 8:05 am. You must only enter using the Dickinson Avenue entrance. Parents can no longer use the former Nyack College Campus as a drop-off point. If you pick your child up at dismissal, please do not arrive on campus until 2:55 pm.
It is my belief that the school, parents, and students must work together to achieve success. I look forward to strengthening this partnership throughout this school year. There will be Principal emails that will keep you informed of the events occurring at Nyack Middle School. Please do not hesitate to email me or make an appointment to see me if you have any concerns.
Once again, I look forward to working together with you and your child to ensure a successful school year.
David A. Johnson
Principal -Nyack Middle School
Nyack Middle School P.R.I.D.E.
I ndividually Responsible
If you were to rewind the clock to a couple of hundred years ago, you wouldn’t find the town of Nyack. Instead, you would find the Nyack indigenous tribe who used to love and live on the same land that we now call home. Although our community has a rich indigenous past, very few people know about the original Nyackers. Ms. Murphy’s 7th-grade Social Studies students set out to change just that by spreading the untold story of the Native Nyackers. Each of the students produced their own children’s book to help educate our youngest community members. Here you will find Zoe Reiss’ creation.
Nyack Middle School serves approximately 660 students in grades 6 through 8. We strive to create an environment where all students learn, grow and become "better students and better citizens" who will contribute to this outstanding community. At Nyack Middle School, we strive to prepare our students to take a leading role in our ever evolving world. We stress 21st century skills such as collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year will be a test of our creativity and resilience. We will continue to create an environment where every member of our Nyack Middle School family is valued and respected. The faculty and staff of Nyack Middle School hold the highest expectations of excellence from the students that we teach. While our modes of delivering instruction will be different, our unwavering dedication to helping students achieve their goals and dreams will remain the same.
At Nyack Middle School, we are charged not just with developing the minds of the young people whom we teach, but also with instilling character. We will continue to instill Nyack Middle School PRIDE in our students by teaching our behavior expectations daily while understanding that mistakes in behavior provide opportunities for learning and growth. We will instill in our students a sense of empathy and responsibility towards each other and their community. With this, we will have not only better students but also better citizens.
Parental involvement and communication is the foundation of any successful school. As a resident of this community and a parent of two students who attend Nyack Public Schools, I am deeply invested in the success of every student attending Nyack Middle School. Thank you for entrusting your children's education to the faculty and staff of Nyack Middle School. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions or concerns.
Nyack Middle School Principal
September 23 - Sports Physicals, 3pm
September 24 - Wear Green to School
October 4 - Blue Shirt Day, STOMP OUT BULLYING
October 8 - MS Quarter 1 Progress Reports
October 11 - No School/Indigenous People's Day (federally known as Columbus Day)
October 19 - MS Picture Day
October 20 - MS Picture Day
Child Mind Institute
Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus - https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/
National Association of School Psychologists
Talking to Children About COVID-19: A Parent Resource- https://higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com/NASN/3870c72d-fff9-4ed7-833f-215de278d256/UploadedImages/PDFs/02292020_NASP_NASN_COVID-19_parent_handout.pdf