Please see information about emotional support during these uncertain and difficult times.
Being out of school since March and preparing for the return remotely or in person, might increase stress and anxiety. If you need someone to talk to, be sure to reach out to your guidance counselor through email.
Information to help your child with increased anxiety about returning to school: https://childmind.org/article/back-to-school-anxiety-during-covid/
For information on teen depression in English: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/teen-depression/teendepression_20-mh-8089_150205.pdf
Para Información Sobre la Depresión Adolescente en Español: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/espanol/la-depresion-en-la-adolescencia/19-mh-8089s_157885.pdf
Anxiety Workbook: Coronavirus-Anxiety-Workbook.pdf
Tips on how to stay mindful while school is closed: https://mailchi.mp/littlefloweryoga/kids-and-coronavirus-anxiety?e=93768a4a9b
The Governor has opened a Emotional Support Hotline: 1-844-863-9314, more information can be found at: https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/covid-19-resources.html
Grief work may be helpful to provide support for students and families to process their grief over what was lost at the end of the school year.
Nyack Middle School Guidance Department is committed to supporting families and school communities with resources on mental health challenges. Please see attachments on how to manage stress and anxiety during the winter months.
1 – Take short mindfulness breaks When under stress, we forget to take a break. We’re constantly trying to do something, we just want to solve the situation right now! And it often seems there is no time to think, either. That’s not the right approach, even in a situation that requires responsiveness. No matter what you do, you need to take breaks to operate well, otherwise your mind burns out. Try to find some moment of rest, if you pay attention you’ll always find short times when you can practice mindfulness even if it’s mayhem around. These times are usually very short: a few seconds, a few minutes at best, but they will make a tremendous difference if you use them well. Whenever you detect one of those moments, do the following:
2 – Glue your Feet on the ground Keep both feet in a stable and symmetric position. Focus on the weight on your body, fully connect with that feeling. Doing that grounds your mind, it helps slow down your thought process.
3 – Let the emotion flow. Whatever emotion you’re experiencing: panic, anger, confusion or any other feeling you can’t even name, just let it circulate it freely in your mind and body. The reflex we all have in case of stress is to block everything inside of ourselves, we unconsciously assume that we’ll control it better if we stop it. This approach doesn’t work: you can’t stop an emotion, you can’t stop a thought, either. The best way to control a feeling is to let it completely expand through your body and remain aware of it. Just try it out, the experience can be scary at first, but the reward is a warm feeling of being back to normal.
4 – Breathe Focus on your breathing for 3 to 7 counts, especially if you are used to meditating with that point of reference. Rest your mind on the stream of air that goes in as you breathe in and out as you breathe out. Breathe slowly and deeply, try to fill your lungs a little more that usual. Ideally, you want to breathe through your nose, since breathing trough the mouth triggers the “fight or flight response” and that’s not what you want right now. By doing this, anxiety will usually decrease and your mind will be more calm and focused.
5 – Enjoy being silent , Staying quiet is also a powerful way to stay mindful when you experience strong feelings. By controlling your speech, you will also spend less energy, which will make you feel stronger. Even if a conversation is going on, try and refrain from talking and try to listen instead. That’s also a great way to gain more clarity and balance when you feel stressed out. 6 – Practice mindfulness regularly. The more you train your mind to meditate in the predictable environment of your home, the more it’ll be easy to practice mindfulness during tough circumstances. Give yourself daily chances to sit and practice meditation, this training will result in more stability. After a while, meditation will be a no brainer: whenever the going gets tough your mind will automatically switch to a mindful and relaxed mode without you noticing.
Meals on Wheels need you!
Seeking Volunteers for Telephone Reassurance Phone calls!
This is a great opportunity for anyone who is interested in volunteering from home!
We started this program to help alleviate feelings of isolation among our seniors. Volunteers will be calling to check-in on the health and mental wellbeing of our seniors in the form of friendly conversation. Genuinely listening to someone is an act of kindness. Ask someone to share their story with you and the conversation will be a gift to you both.
How it works:
If you are interested or have any questions please email Catie Stone- Cstone@mowrockland.org
Sponsored by the Jimmy Hauburger Memorial Foundation, Nyack High School students are invited to create a poster promoting prevention of harassment, intimidation and bullying, commitment to practicing acts of kindness, and showing compassion to others and helping those in need. Gold, Silver and Bronze awards will be given in the amounts of $500, $300, and $150 respectively. Deadline for poster submission has been extended to June 1, 2020.
Middle school is an important time to start thinking about colleges and a career. We will be focusing on career exploration through a program called Naviance Student formally called Family Connection. This wonderful web based tool will help you and your child begin to identify learning styles, research career opportunities and start to develop post graduation plans. For instructions on how to utilize this program see below.
No matter what grade you are in, it's never too early to begin planning and preparing for College. Middle School is important for building a academic foundation.
Letter to 8th grade parents: middle school scheduling letter.pdf
High School Program of Studies:
Please see our Dual Enrollment Courses available at the High School: Dual Enrollment PLTW Flyer
Our virtual 8th grade parent orientation is scheduled for January 20, 2021 at 7pm. The link to sign on will be sent to you closer to the date.
8th grade students will received information about High School Elective Courses during the week of January 11, 2021. Students will receive a program of studies, plus a elective sheet and worksheet. Students who are studying remotely can pick up a Program of Studies in the Middle School Lobby.
Program of Studies worksheet: Your high school Plan of Studies worksheet.