• 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.


Welcome to our Valley Cottage Elementary Music Program


Kindergarten through Second Grade

Music at Valley Cottage Elementary is based on a k-5 curriculum. Children in K-2 explore a variety of rhythm instruments, learn basic elements of singing, fundamental musical concepts and participate in hands on activities and musical games in a nurturing and fun way. We are a singing school and we start our day with a patriotic song and the day of the week song in our morning program. Different themes , holidays and events are often discussed in our morning program with follow through in the music classroom so that we have our entire student body and faculty involved on a daily basis. The underlying theme of it all is that music is suppose to be fun and enjoyed by all.

Third through Fifth Grade

The basic concepts taught in the primary grades are enhanced in grades 3-5. In third grade, children learn to play the recorder setting the foundation for learning to play a more sophisticated instrument if they choose in fourth grade.  We begin a music journal in third grade and continue writing in our journal through fifth grade. Brief homework assignments also begin in third grade and turning homework in on time is important due to our 4 day cycle. All students participate in our school concerts and starting in third grade those concerts are held in the evening at the High School . Please see important dates for concert times.

2017-2018 Important Dates

  • December 20th - Concert for grades 1&2, 9:30 a.m. at VCE
  • January 18th - Concert for grades 3-5, 7:00 p.m. at High School
  • February TBA - Concert for Kindergarten
  • March 2-3rd - County Music Festival
  • March 28th - Chorus Day for 4th garde
  • May 24th -  Concert for 3rd grade
  • June 1st - Bridges performance for 5th grade
  • June 7th - Concert for grades 1&2, 9:30 a.m. at VCE
  • June 11th -  Concert for grades 3-5, 7:00 p.m. at High School

Contact Information

Barbara Anderson

(845) 353-7280 Ext # 6123