• 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.



The Library Media Center is full of facts, fiction and fun with books and non-print materials on a variety of subjects

for all students, staff, & teachers.  Come in and browse our site, see our resources and surf our library catalog.

From the Librarian's Desk

Hello to all my Book Buddies

My name is Carolyn Travers and I am the School Library Media Specialist at Valley Cottage Elementary School. I teach children about books and reading through storytelling, booktalks, activities, and crafts. My goal is to get students to learn about the library while developing a love of reading and literature. I also want students learn how the library works using the many print and on-line resources. Prior to this position, I was Head of Children's Services at Nyack Public Library. I am a proud Nyack High School graduate. I graduated from Rockland Community College with an Associates Degree in Applied Science in Graphic Design, then with a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Buffalo State University, and finally with a Masters in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University. I have been a Youth Services Librarian for 36 years! You can also look the OPALS library catalog webpage to find out more of what's happening at the Library Media Center.  As you can see, I like to dress like book characters for special days.   

Here's to a wonderful library year of learning, thinking, dreaming and reading!

Carolyn Travers, School Library Media Specialist


Library Media Center Schedule







Multi-Age Classes: Monday (4/5), Wednesday (2/3), Friday (K/1)

 Make sure your child has their book on library day!



Online Resources and Data Bases

Resources include Brain Pop, Brain Pop Jr.,  Britannica and Worldbook Encyclopedias, Book Flix, Teaching Books and more.
Brain Pop
Brain Pop contains information, activities and short video clips on many topics. Refer to the Librarian for the password.
Brain Pop Junior
Brain Pop includes activities and homework assistance for students in all subjects. Refer to the Librarian for the password.
This resource includes on many topics such as animals, the U.S.A., biographies, plants, places and more.  Refer to the Librarian for the password. 
Hudson River Valley Heritage Photo Collection
A digital collection of images collected and cataloged by the Hudson River Valley Heritage group. There are several collections to view from local historical societies, libraries, colleges and museums.
Kid-Rex Search Engine
Kid-Rex is a modified search engine containing collection of internet safe websites for children. This site is sponsored by Google.
Funded by NOVEL this database contains  articles from all types of magazines, newspapers, books,  pictures and encyclopedias.  Refer to the Librarian for the password.
Scholastic Book Flix
Scholastic Book Flix contains fiction and factual literature for students to read and learn along with. Refer to the Librarian for the password.
Teaching Books
Teaching Books's database of instructional materials will enliven your K–12 reading, be it fiction or non-fiction. Includes author videos, lesson plans, classroom and library activities
World Book Encyclopedia for Kids
Elementary online version of the World Book Encyclopedia. Refer to the Librarian for the password.

Websites for Students

Cool Math 4 Kids
This colorful website includes all kinds of math puzzles and problems to solve.

Eric Carle
Eric Carle's fantastic site with all your favorite characters and books.

Family Fun
This site has wonderful activities for children and parents. Recipes, arts and crafts, book reviews and more.

Authors, illustrators, book reviews, trivia, and activities at this book site geared for children and people interested in children's literature.

Mo Willems
The Pigeon, Knufflebunny and all of children's book creator, Mo Willems characters are here in this wonderful, interactive web site.

Science Buddies
Science projects and information galore which is broken down by scientific category, difficulty and more.

The place that you can go, to find one fish, two fish, green eggs and Sam, along with your Seuss favorites. Books, brain teasers, coloring and more fun from the fantastic Dr. Seuss.

Storyline Online
This video program site provides famous actors/actresses who read notable children's books aloud. Activities and lesson plans are also included.

Websites for Teachers and Parents

Common Core Curriculum Standards for English Language Arts
This website addresses the new Common Core Curriculum Standards for New York State for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade.
Common Core Curriculum Standards for Math
This website contains the New York State Common Core Curriculum Standards for Math for grades K -12.
Discovery Streaming
Discover the world through this resource for information, videos and more. Set up your own ID and PW.
Engage New York
This site is full of information about Common Core Standards, the State Ed department and more. A must go-to site for parents and teachers.
Information Fluency Continuum for Library Skills
This website aligns the Common Core Standards to benchmarks of information literacy for students to be taught by librarians and teachers. Projects and assessments included in this site designed by Barbara Stripling and the New York City School System.
PBS Teachers
PBS Teachers is PBS' national web destination for high-quality preK-12 educational resources. Here you'll find classroom materials suitable for a wide range of subjects and grade levels. We provide thousands of lesson plans, teaching activities, on-demand video assets, and interactive games and simulations.

Summer Reading Fun Packets

Libraries Rock

The 2017 Summer Reading Program "Build a Better World" has ended at the Nyack and Valley Cottage public libraries.  Students who participated in the program this past summer will be recognized at VCE Morning Program later this fall.   Next summer in 2018, the Summer Reading Program will have a music theme; "Libraries Rock!" along with a variety of programs for kids of all ages.  Watch here for further updates and for the Summer Reading Packets!