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Nutley High School Counseling

NHS School Profiles:

Nutley High School Profile 19-20

Nutley High School Profile 20-21


Mrs. Meredith Gerckens: K-12 Coordinator of School Counseling | 973-661-8837


Mrs. Lisa Cassilli: Student Assistance Coordinator, Anti-Bullying Specialist | 973-661-8997

Mrs. Persis Aviles: District Testing Coordinator, I&RS Coordinator | 973-661-8992


Mrs. Lauren Birnbaum: School Counselor | 973-661-8843

Mr. Alec Johnson: School Counselor | 973-661-8838

Mrs. Victoria Lewis (Formerly Ms. Paino): School Counselor | 973-661-8453

Mrs. Sherrie Tolve: School Counselor | 973-661-8839 

Mrs. Carrie-Anne Vos: School Counselor | 973-661-8841


Mrs. Mariel Pasquale: High School Counseling Department Secretary | 973-661-8848





Dear Seniors and Families, 

We are pleased to be offering our Local Scholarship Program to the class of 2021 on a virtual platform so that it is accessible for all.  Thank you to all of our generous community donors for making this possible.  All of the information you need to complete your Local Scholarships is contained in this letter.  

Step 1: View the Local Scholarship Screencast created by Mrs. Aviles which will walk you through the application process and provide you with a step-by-step visual guide.  

Step 2: Log into your Naviance account to review the list of Local Scholarships (must be logged into Naviance to view list) available along with their application criteria and any possible supplements. 

Step 3: Supplemental applications and information can be found by clicking on Document Resources in Naviance on the bottom left side of your home page and then clicking on, Local Scholarships 2021.

Step 4: Next, complete the general Local Scholarship Application which is required for all scholarships on the list.  (If you are working on your Chromebook, open, edit and save the file using Kami.  If you are using another device, download, edit and save the file using Adobe Acrobat.) Save your Local Scholarship Application to your computer and name it with the following naming pattern: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_LocalApp


You will upload this general application to each scholarship you apply to.  Some scholarships only require the general application.  Others require this general application PLUS additional items such as an essay, a picture of artwork, a video, or a supplemental application (an extra application specific to their organization).  You will be able to see the list of all the Local Scholarships and what they require in Naviance.  

Step 5: Your next step is to complete the additional items for any of your selected scholarships that require them.  Each scholarship has been assigned a number.  As you complete your additional items, save them to your computer as you go along using the following naming pattern: LASTNAME_FIRSTNAME_DescriptionofAdditonalItem_#

Examples: If I am submitting my additional items for Scholarship #5, I would prepare and save the documents like this:




Step 6: Congratulations! You are now READY to submit your Local Scholarship applications.  Make sure all of your files are saved and ready to go.  Now you should access the Local Scholarship Google Form to upload and submit your application materials.  Here, you will see all the scholarships listed in alphabetical and numerical order.  For each scholarship you will click YES or NO to identify if you are applying or not.  For each scholarship you ARE applying to, upload your general Local Scholarship Application and any associated supplements if needed.  You will submit the Google Form ONCE, it will include all of your applications. The FINAL DEADLINE for submission of your Local Scholarship Google Form with all completed application materials is Friday, March 5th at 3:00pm.  

Seniors, join us for the senior meetup on Thursday, January 7th at 1:30pm where the counselors will review all of this information in detail.  Make sure to watch Mrs. Aviles’ Screencast prior to the meeting so that you can be prepared with questions.  Click here to join!  

Parents, the counselors will also be holding a parent meetup on Friday, January 8th at 1:30pm to answer any questions you may have.  Click here to join!  As always, a recording of the meet up will be available on Schoology if you cannot attend.  Students and parents are also welcome to reach out to their school counselor with any individual questions. 

Thank you,

NHS Counselors

*If you are a high school student who resides in Nutley but does not attend Nutley High School, and wish to apply for a local scholarship, please email to be provided access to all necessary application materials. 






The Nutley School District serves approximately 4,100 students in Kindergarten through grade 12. The five elementary schools serve students K-6 and include Lincoln School, Radcliffe School, Spring Garden School, Washington School and Yantacaw School. John H. Walker Middle School serves students in grades 7-8 while Nutley High School addresses the needs of students in grades 9-12.