• Join Us at our Next Community Forum and Film Screening of "Beyond Measure": Thursday, November 2nd at Nyack Center

    Use this link to reserve your ticket:

    Doors Open at 6:30 pm; Film Starts at 7:00 pm sharp.  This event is FREE and Open to our community

    We hope to see you there!

  • Nyack Middle School is "In The News" for organizing and participating in Stomp Out Bullying Day, October 2nd.

    Students and staff participated in the Blue Shirt Day - World Day of Bullying Prevention on Monday, October 2nd.  National "Stomp Out Bullying Day" included a Bullying Prevention Walk that was held during 7th and 8th period.  BOE members joined the entire student body marched together in solidarity against bullying.  

    Click Here  to view the story from Channel 12 News


  • Our 2017-18 District Calendar is 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. 

  • See October Message from the Principal and October Newsletter posted.

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  • Summer Reading Packets 2017

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  • Visit "Letters from the Principal" for the September parent letter. Visit "Good to Know" to view Spirit Day information.

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  • It is with great pleasure that we announce the appointment of our NEW Director of Technology & Innovation, Darleen Nicolosi...

    Please read the letter from our Superintendent, James Montesano, regarding this new position, created as part of the District's 5-Year Technology Plan and filled by Ms. Darleen Nicolosi.

    "Globalization and technology have changed the way we live and learn, and schools need to emphasize the knowledge and skills that are necessary for success in the 21st century."

  • ATHLETIC FIELD UPDATE: Please view the attached Q&A

    To keep our community informed regarding the status of our athletic fields, the District has put together an update with Q&A.  This  will also be posted via Peachjar for District families.


Message from the Principal: Mrs. Gina Cappiello

October 2017

Dear Families,

On Back-to-School Night, in addition to talking about growth mindset, I also spoke about the 7Cs- Creativity, Compassion, Communication, Content Mastery, Cultural Awareness, Critical Thinking and Collaboration.  These are skills we are actively working to develop in children throughout the district. You may have already heard or read about the 4Cs (creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration) as highly valued 21st century skills. In the Nyack Public Schools, we’ve added three additional C’s that we believe are critical for the success of our students as we prepare them for a rapidly changing world, and in many cases, for jobs and careers that don’t even exist yet!

In today’s progressive classrooms, yesterday’s rows of quiet listeners have given way to small groups of active learners, thoroughly engaged in discussions and explorations. While there is still a place for direct instruction, the role of the teacher is shifting from the “sage on the stage” to facilitator of learning. Instead of standing front and center to deliver instruction, he or she is apt to be on the move, observing, asking questions, and guiding students to make their own sense of the world. Technology has expanded the walls of our classrooms connecting students to the wider global community.

To prepare our students for college, careers, and citizenship, we need to move above and beyond the mastery of facts. When students master the 7 C’s, they will have skills that will last for a lifetime. To be able to solve problems in our complex, fast-changing world, students must become creative, critical, culturally aware thinkers who can communicate effectively and work well with others. (Not surprisingly, an IBM 2010 global study of chief executive officers revealed that — more than any other skill — creativity is most important for succeeding in today’s increasingly complex society.) These competencies, also known as 21st-century skills include the following:

Collaboration: Students are able to work effectively with diverse groups and exercise flexibility in making compromises to achieve common goals.

Creativity: Students are able to generate and improve on original ideas and also work creatively with others.

Communication: Students are able to communicate effectively across multiple media and for various purposes with multiple audiences.

Critical Thinking: Students are able to analyze, evaluate and synthesize information and apply multiple strategies to solve problems.

Content Mastery: Students are able to demonstrate knowledge and skills tied to particular content standards in all subjects.

Cultural Awareness: Students are able to understand the similarities and differences between themselves and people from other countries or other backgrounds, especially differences in attitudes and values and how those similarities and differences shape our community and our world.

Compassion: Students demonstrate kindness, caring and a willingness to help others.

The 7 C’s don’t replace academic learning goals. Students still need to become good readers and writers, even though they may be learning and publishing on new platforms. Our students will still be using mathematics to solve problems. They will be learning to think like scientists and historians, learning how to draw their own conclusions based on evidence and observation. Our goal is to integrate 21st-century skills with rigorous core content.

Our teachers are learning to accomplish this tall order via exciting new approaches. Many of our teachers are now in the process of learning to develop learner active, technology infused classrooms (LATIC). Students investigate real-world problems and design their own solutions. Students use technology not just to access valuable content but also to collaborate and create new content. Through effective collaboration and teamwork, they’re also honing important social skills, learning to respect diverse viewpoints and to resolve conflicts peacefully. Additionally, students will have more choices in the way they learn, progressively growing in independence and self direction.

We look forward to partnering with families on this exciting journey and to sharing more with you as we learn ourselves.

Thank you for sharing your children with us each day!


Mrs. Gina Cappiello


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⇒ The PTA at Valley Cottage sponsors field trips and programs for students throughout the school year. For more information, please call PTA Co-Presidents.  Visit VCE.PTA on Facebook for any PTA matters.

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Please contact the VCE PTA any time by speaking to an officer or any member, or by e-mailing your thoughts to:

Debbie Coyne - Co President  (914) 522-1690       Email:

Shannon Bender - Co President  (845) 548-1673 Email:

Steve Leiser - Vice President  (267) 617-7321        Email:

Christine Edmonds - Recording Secretary (845) 548-7176    Email:

Devon Cooney - Corresponding Secretary  (613) 431-2024  Email:

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The PTA vows to incorporate a management team approach, where all officers are included in planning and decision-making and duties are divided evenly across the team for greatest efficiency. 

Please note the following program information: The PTA at Valley Cottage sponsors field trips and programs for students throughout the school year. Special assemblies are arranged to give our students an enriching cultural experience. Your support of the PTA and its programs is greatly needed. For further information, please view the PTA Directory for contact persons and numbers (to be updated soon).

We have a Family Resource Center in our building with Julie Kassel and Joanne Wallace as the Valley Cottage Coordinators. They can be reached at 353-7291. Please visit the center designed to meet the needs of the parents in our school.  Or click on the Family Resource Center Quick Link, located on this page.

⇒ The JCC-Beyond the Bell of Rockland conducts an after-school child care program until 6:00PM daily.  For more information, please call Monica Rosenbaum, JCC, Director of Children’s Programs, at (845) 362-4400 ext.111.