On Wednesday, September 20, 2023 at 11:30am, the Nutley Public Schools will conduct a test of our School Messenger Communication System. School Messenger is used to notify parents/guardians in case of school related
** FREE SUMMER MEALS **
ATTENTION STUDENTS, PARENTS AND GUARDIANS!
** FREE SUMMER MEALS **
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Summer Food Service Program provides free meals when school is out!
WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR FREE SUMMER MEALS?
1. Children 18 years of age or younger who come to an approved open site or a site to which they are enrolled.
2. Adults over 18 years of age who are enrolled in school programs for persons with disabilities may also receive meals.
As you are aware, recent Canadian wildfires have created poor air quality throughout the area. The district is continuing to monitor the region's air quality index, and will act accordingly throughout the day tomorrow, Wednesday, June 7th.
Parts of North Jersey, including Essex County, are under a red alert this evening. This means that air quality is unhealthy, and sensitive groups, such as individuals with asthma, will have difficulty outdoors. While these conditions remain, individuals are advised to limit outdoor activities.
UPDATE: This morning’s threat has been resolved. The suspect has been located and the incident is being investigated. At 10:25AM, the Nutley Police Department confirmed to the district that there is no current threat. Students may leave for lunch and our day will continue as usual. As a precaution, the increased police presence will continue throughout the remainder of the day, districtwide.
Due to the weather forecast for tonight until tomorrow morning, the Nutley Public School District will operate on a delayed opening schedule for Tuesday, February 28th.
We will closely monitor the forecast and storm overnight and, if needed, you will be notified regarding any necessary closures.
A schedule, with the delayed opening times, is attached.
Thank you and stay safe.
John H. Walker Middle School's Student Council is hosting a food drive. We will be collecting a variety of items in order to donate to Nutley Family Service Bureau. Collection will be running until Wednesday, February 1st and collected in all English teacher classrooms. Please see the flyer for details regarding what items are in need. We look forward to posting pictures of the donated items at the end of the month!
As we continue to plan for the future of the Nutley Public Schools, we have reached a point where it is critical to gather feedback from the staff, parents, and the community-at-large to assess the needs of the district and the priorities of all stakeholders.
We are including, below, a link to a Community Survey. Please take several minutes to complete it and share your thoughts. The survey will remain open until Friday, January 20, 2023.
August 11, 2022 - The Nutley Public School District has appointed five new district administrators this summer. Mrs. Brooke Benavides was named Principal of Lincoln School. Mrs. Jackie Devore was named Coordinator of Physical Education, Health and Wellness, K-12. Mr.
During the 2021-22 school year, the NJSIAA recognized the Nutley Public Schools as part of their Sportsmanship Appreciation Series.
Nutley was honored with a National Award of Excellence to commemorate this. The certificate is given on behalf of the NJSIAA, Board of Directors of the National Federation of State High School Associations and the Student Services Committee.
Congratulations to our sports leaders, coaches and student athletes.
The Nutley Board of Education is expected to appoint Mr. Kent Bania Superintendent of Schools at its June 27th meeting. Mr. Bania’s contract has been approved by the County Superintendent and he will officially take on this role on July 1, 2022, succeeding Dr. Julie Glazer who leaves the district on June 30th.
Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Grade - 2020-2021
The New Jersey Department of Education has released school and district grades as per the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights (ABR) Act. Each school was required to evaluate its implementation of the ABR Act from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021 using the self-assessment tool provided by the NJDOE.
After following the weather forecast closely today, and the prediction of severe thunderstorms, high winds and hail this afternoon, we have decided to cancel after school activities including all athletics, Math Strategies and other after school programs in the Nutley Pu
March 4, 2022
Dear Parents, Staff, and Community Members,
As you know, Governor Murphy’s mask mandate is set to expire on Monday, March 7, 2022. At that time the wearing of face masks in the Nutley Public Schools will become optional for all staff, students and visitors.
Given the magnitude of the current situation unfolding in Ukraine, the Nutley Public Schools offers resources for staff and families to navigate student concerns while also recognizing the moment for inquiry and further understanding. Please review the link here, from
Social-Emotional Parent Academy & Wellness Resources featuring Grief Speaks & Nutley Family Service Bureau
February 17, 2022 at 5 PM
Staela Keegan, Clinical Director of Nutley Family Service Bureau
Nutley Public Schools’ Parent Academy is pleased to present: Exploring Social Studies Curriculum Updates
Presented by: Joe Dwyer, K-12 Social Studies Coordinator
The Nutley Public Schools will maintain the health and safety of students, faculty, and other staff in accordance with adopted policies and procedures on each of the following health and safety recommendations established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Executive Orders 280 and 281 extend previous executive orders for 30 days, and will expire on February 9th, 2022.
Please join us for our monthly Wellness Academy with Lisa Athan, Founder and Executive
Director of Grief Speaks, on Wednesday January 12, 2022. As a reminder, the first portion of the virtual
session will include a presentation on identified topics of interest relating to wellness. During the second portion of the session, Ms. Athan will provide support and also a space for you to connect with one another.
Please see below for detailed information regarding tonight's Wellness Academy:
Nutley Public Schools' Parent Academy is pleased to present:
Supporting Social-Emotional Learning In Our Schools and Community
Jackie Devore, Vice Principal, Nutley High School
Meredith Gerckens, Coordinator of School Counseling
Laurie LaGuardia, Spring Garden School Principal
Janine Loconsolo, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Date: Thursday, January 13, 2022
As we move forward into 2022, I want to send a personal thank you for your support and partnership in helping our schools maintain safe and welcoming environments for our students. I am proud of the fact our schools have continuously stayed open, students and staff have continued to be safe, and students have been engaged in learning and activities.
The JHWMS Student Council had a big and busy week! Students in each group collected snacks throughout the week for the "We Got This Food Drive" of Newark. It was a competition between all 6 middle school teams. The Kingsland team won first place with 1,108 collected crackers and pretzels. The overall total of snacks collected was 3,232! We were then able to make approximately 500 snack bags for those in need. What a way to kick off the holiday season!
Nutley Public Schools Parent Academy is pleased to present "Understanding Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying"
In this virtual session we will discuss Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying as it pertains to schools, including NJ guidance, policies, and procedures.
Joseph Cappello, MSW, SAC, District Anti-Bullying Coordinator
Kent Bania, Assistant Superintendent
Please see the attached letter with updated details on the current status of COVID-19 positive cases in the Nutley Schools:
The Nutley Department of Parks and Recreation is offering a variety of weekly
Sporting programs for students with special needs.
FUN FOR ALL is an adaptive recreation program offering a variety of seasonal
Sports and social activities on a weekly basis throughout the school year.
Participation in the program will introduce your child to the tremendous benefits
Of sports where the focus is more on learning the basics, enjoying fitness,
Commissioner Alphonse Petracco of the Department of Public Safety invites all township residents to a remembrance ceremony for victims of September 11, 2001 on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the 9/11 monument site that is located in front of the Nutley Township Hall. Residents are invited to join Township officials, victim’s families, friends and clergy in remembering those who perished that day. Among those lost were three Nutley residents, Lt. Robert Cirri, Frank LaLama, and Dorota Kopiscko.
We are looking forward to beginning the school year.
Seventh Grade Orientation is Tuesday, August 31 at 8:30. Please use gym entrance.
Eighth Grade Orientation is Tuesday, August 31 at 10:30. Please use main entrance on Franklin Avenue.
Each district that receives American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief ARP ESSER) funds had to develop a plan for the safe return to in-person instruction and continuity of services for all schools (Safe Return Plan) and make it publicly available on the district website by June 24, 2021.
The Updated Plan for Fall 2021, with the few revisions highlighted in red, is attached for your review.
The NJDOE released the official school and district HIB grade report for the 2019-2020 school year. Grades are below. As required by the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABR), we are required to post the official report on the homepage of each school and the district's homepage.
Public comment on the Draft Safe Return Plan is now closed.
Thank you for your participation. All comments have been considered and the input was incorporated into the Plan submitted June 24, 2021.
We will offer another cycle of public comment in approximately 60 days, prior to the start of the new school year.
Dear 8th Grade Parents,
We have carefully watched Tuesday’s weather forecast for the last several days. Most recently, rain is predicted throughout tomorrow morning. We have made the decision to move the 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony to our rain date of Wednesday, June 23 at 9AM in the Park Oval.
Please remember that Franklin Avenue will be closed and gates open at 8:30AM on Franklin Avenue. There is handicap accessibility at the Chestnut Street entrance.
Dear Staff, Parents, and Community,
This afternoon Governor Murphy issued masking discretion for districts during the next few days’ Heat Advisory. While not an issue in all of our instructional spaces, it is a concern. Relaxing the masking requirement is contradictory to the current Executive Order, and to the guidance from the CDC and Departments of Health.
Over the past year our nation has experienced changes that could never have been imagined. The pandemic has changed the way we think and react to everything in our lives and has made us all appreciate the importance of unity, and that is with our families, our friends and with our neighbors. An initiative in town created several years ago called Partners in Peace, promotes the importance of inclusion, peace and solidarity.
Virtual Instruction: April 12-16
Therefore, the Nutley Public Schools will be 100% virtual for instruction the week following Spring break, April 12 – 16, 2021, to mitigate the transmission of COVID due to the anticipated travel of staff and families over break.
Spring Break Travel
At last night’s Board of Education meeting, there was a discussion regarding the return to five-days per week of in-person instruction for students. This increase to in-person learning is proposed to begin on Monday, April 12, contingent upon the data collected in the portal.
Discussion co-hosted by Nutley Public Schools and the Faculty and Students from the School of Medicine to answer your questions on COVID-19, symptoms, quarantining, vaccination, and more. Please submit in advance any questions you have about COVID-19 through this form.
Date and Time:
2/24/21, 7PM-8PM EST
Zoom Join Info:
Nutley music is part of who Vincent Vicchiariello is. Not only did he attend Nutley schools as a child, but he has taught at the elementary, middle school and now Nutley High School. So, it’s not surprising that he calls the Nutley band program a family. “When I took over as director at the high school, I made it a point to let the students know that we are all there for each other no matter what,” he said.
There will be a virtual parent question and answer session with the Flex teachers and our vice principal, Mr. Sullivan, on Thursday, January 28 at 6:30 p.m. The link is listed below.
Please join me for a bilingual parent meeting with a special guest from Nutley Family Services on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 7:00 pm for a short meeting where we will discuss many important resources for you and your students.
Here is the link for the meeting on Wednesday. https://meet.google.com/jxp-jqcg-cno
On Monday night, December 21, the Nutley Board of Education voted to approve the following:
A return to work, for all staff, in the buildings on Monday, February 22, 2021.
Students in grades PreK through 2, all levels of self-contained special education, grades 7, 9 and 10 will return to hybrid instruction in the buildings on Monday, March 1, 2021.
Students in grades 3 through 6, 8, 11 and 12 will return to school for hybrid instruction on Monday, March 8, 2021.
The Nutley Board of Education will hold a Virtual Public Meeting at 6:30pm December 21, 2020.
This will be a virtual meeting conducted under emergency regulations N.J.A.C. 5:39 - 1.1 through 1.7.
Public action will be taken.
As you have been made aware, Nutley Public Schools applied for and have been approved by the New Jersey Department of Agriculture to provide all resident children under the age of 18 with breakfast and lunch. This program has been on-going since March 2020. We have now been able to extend our program through June 30, 2021.
At a special meeting of the Board of Education held last night, the Board voted to approve a resolution which will keep students in grades PreK through 6 and self-contained special education in their current hybrid schedule until Wednesday, November 25.
As an additional way for students to connect with one another and their counselors this year, the School Counseling Department is offering live Virtual Meet-Ups! At the Elementary level, the grade level meet-ups will be held every other week. At the Middle and High School levels, they will be held weekly. There are also weekly parent meet
We understand that our students and families are managing many emotions surrounding the anticipation of the upcoming school year, and facing challenges at the community, family and individual levels as well. As a part of our plan to support our community, we have scheduled wellness programming events beginning next week and encourage you to attend.
Please read the letter attached, from Dr. Glazer, regarding the re-opening of school for the 2020-2021 school year.
At the July 27th Board of Education meeting, the Board voted to amend the 2020-2021 school year calendar. Staff will report to the district on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, September 1, 2, and 3 for Professional Learning regarding the hybrid instruction model that we plan to implement this fall due to COVID-19. Details on these staff days will be forthcoming.
- Dear Parent/Guardian(s),
We are pleased to extend an opportunity for summer counseling services to support our students. A team of NPS School Psychologists, School Social Workers, Counselors and Student Assistance Coordinators are planning and facilitating free virtual group counseling sessions for students going into grades 1-12.
Please review the just released information from the Governor's office regarding September's Restart and Recovery Plan. As we develop our plan here in Nutley, we will update you regularly. Please continue to check your email and the district website this summer. Thank you.
As the year comes to a close, we would like to make sure you are aware of how to watch upcoming and past virtual events. This section has been created on the district website where you can watch all of these events, either at the time of their first showing, as listed below, or at a later time that is convenient for your family.
- June 23rd 4-5pm - Grades 6-12
Moderator: Kent Bania, Director of Curriculum and Instruction 6-12
June 24rd 3-4pm - Grades 6-12
Moderator: Kent Bania, Director of Curriculum and Instruction 6-12
June 25th 10-11am - Grades PK-5
Moderator: Janine Loconsolo, Director of Curriculum and Instruction PK-5
June 25th 2-3pm - Grades 6-12
Moderator: Kent Bania, Director of Curriculum and Instruction 6-12
June 26th 3-4pm - Grade PK-5
Moderator: Janine Loconsolo, Director of Curriculum and Instruction PK-5
The Board Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 at 6:30 PM in the JHWMS Choir Room will now take place as a Virtual Online Meeting.
Formal action will be taken.
Governor Murphy announces school closures through the remainder of this school year. "This is a difficult decision and I know that many students, parents, and staff would like to be able to return to school," Murphy said in a press release. "However, I have been unwavering on the message that we need to make decisions based on science, not emotion. And while New Jersey is making great strides in mitigating the spread of COVID-19, science tells us that at this point, we can't safely re-open our schools."
According to Governor Phil Murphy, all New Jersey schools will remained closed until, at least, May 15. He announced this at Thursday's press conference.
The Nutley Board of Education will hold a Special Virtual Online Meeting on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 5:00 pm. A link to the online video meeting and a telephone number for audio-only will be posted on www.nutleyschools.org shortly prior to 5:00 pm.
Upon opening the meeting, the Board will immediately go into Closed Executive Session for an undetermined period of time to discuss a pending litigation matter.
Close to 400 students, parents and staff members came out last night for dinner and a movie. In partnership with the Nutley Educational Foundation - NEF, the District presented a screening of the documentary LIKE, focusing on the perils of social media and the impact of technology on our lives. A panel discussion followed with NHS students, staff members as well as key members from our community. Thank you to all who came out for the event and for all those who helped make it possible especially Nutley Family Service Bureau and the Nutley Police Department.
Please join us for the Student Council NEON / GLOW IN THE DARK Dance on Friday, 2.7.20 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Press HERE for more information.
National School Counseling Week is February 3-7, 2020. This week, we celebrate the unique contribution of school counselors and the tremendous impact they can have in helping students and families. School counselors help students in more ways than you realize, working to support students' academic, college, career, and social emotional development. This week we celebrate them! Take a moment to thank your school counselor.
Follow this link to learn more about the school counselors' role!
Congratulations to our JHWMS students who won the VFW Post 493, Men's and Women's Auxiliary- 2019 Patriot's Pen Essay content. The Board of Education recognized these students at this week's meeting.
From the Post:
1st place: Camila L.
2nd place: Matthew B.
3rd place: Samantha G.
From the Post Auxiliary
1st place: Tar'rihana M.
2nd place: Gabriella H.
TREP$, short for enTREPreneur$, teaches students in grades 4-8 how to start their own businesses in 6-8 weeks. They learn the lessons in the six weekly workshops, and apply them at home as they build their business with the help of their families. The whole school community comes out to enjoy the TREP$ Marketplace where the young entrepreneurs launch their businesses together.
The John H. Walker Drama Club is running a school-wide apparel sale fundraiser! You can purchase JHWMS merchandise from November 1st-17th. All proceeds will go toward the Drama Club, which is putting on it's first fully staged production of Into the Woods in Spring 2020. Please visit https://johnwalker2019.itemorder.com/sale to place your order! This is an ONLINE ONLY SALE. All items will be delivered to school during the week of December 2nd.
The 8th grade Digital Production students at JHWMS wrote, produced, recorded and edited podcasts for their first project. Listen and enjoy their Tips for 7th Grade students by clicking on the links below.
The Nutley School District will observe the Week of Respect beginning Monday, October 7. In order to recognize the importance of character education, each school will provide age-appropriate instruction focusing on the prevention of harassment, intimidation, and bullying.
Last month, Governor Phil Murphy signed a law that requires all schools to publicly post the Department of Children and Families’ Child Abuse Hotline number – also called the State Central Registry (SCR) – so that students as well as teachers and administrators are made aware that it exists and can easily call, if needed.
- As part of the Nutley Public Schools' ongoing district-wide, long-term technology plan, all sixth grade students were issued a Hewlett Packard 14" G4 Chromebook starting in January 2017. Starting in September of 2018, all students in grades six through twelve were issued their own Chromebooks
All K-12 students attending the Nutley Public Schools during the 2019-2020 school year will have the opportunity to select books that they are interested in and motivated to read during the summer. By providing students with an element of choice, we believe that the students will be more engaged and committed to read this summer.
The New Jersey Department of Education has released school and district HIB grades as per the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights (ABR) Act. The Nutley Public Schools has posted its Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act grades for the 2017-2018 school year to the district's homepage, the HIB webpage, and to each individual school's webpage. These grades were determined by a district self-assessment released by the New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Joseph Cappello, the Anti-Bullying Coordinator, at 973-661-8989.
Dear Nutley Parents, Staff and Community Members,
Tonight, we will watch as our Nutley High School Class of 2019 graduates walk out onto the Oval for the last time as our students. When they next return, it will be as alumni.
We are so proud of their individual and class accomplishments; academically, athletically, artistically and as members of the community. In addition to these achievements, the Nutley Public School district has much to celebrate this year as well.