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By June 2017, students in Nutley Public Schools will assume responsibility for the integrity of the Nutley student population, demonstrating character by their actions in school and the community and through their own participation, monitoring of, and presentation on codes of honor.

Year One Goal: 

By June, 2013, the Character Committee will have conducted a program review and issued appropriate recommendations. 

Year Two Goals:
By June, 2014, the Character Committee will have developed a framework describing student educational outcomes regarding ethics and character to inform assessment and curriculum development, and draft an integrated K-12 Character Education and Ethics curricuulum.

Year Three Goals:
By June, 2015, the Character Committee will develop implementation procedures and capstones, map and revise curricular guidelines, pilot resources, and train staff.

As of March, 2015, the committee continues to conduct meetings with stakeholders regarding implementation of the Character Benchmarks and materials and resources for the training of professional staff.

Year Four Goal:

By June, 2016, the Character Committee will conduct training and model lessons for selected staff including administrators, teachers, counselors, and coaches.

Action Team:


Team Leaders

Doug Jones
Robert O'Dell
James Riley

Team Members Joe Cappello, Kelli Cerniglia, Hon. Joanne Cocchiola, Teresa Siravakian, Joe Dwyer, Ozlem Gegre, John Gulardo, Theresa Hrubash, Patricia Maher, Cheryl Rossillo, Nancy Thunell. Faculty members interested in joining should contact the team leaders above.
 Board Liaison Salvatore Ferraro 

For members of the public interested in working on this action area, please email the team leaders above.






October 1, 2014

Meeting Topics:

  • Character Definition
  • Character Benchmarks
  • Pilot Program Criteria

February 10, 2015

Meeting Topics

  • Character Benchmarks
  • Communication of Benchmarks to District Faculty

June, 2015

  • Meeting with elementary counselors
  • Presentation of Character Benchmarks to Coaches Academy

September, 2015

  • Release of Character Benchmarks to middle school counselors