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.
Nutley High School Chamber Singers will be performing in an virtual choral performance collaborating with Scotch Plains-Fanwood Select Choir and the Montclair State University Singers.
The combined vocal collaboration will feature 170 voices in a performance of Cherokee Traveler’s Greeting by Kevin Memley which conveys the shared human values of compassion, honor, and mutual respect of Indigenous Americans.
March 8th will be the first day of the hybrid schedule for Nutley High School for grades 11 and 12.
As discussed since the beginning of the year, students will attend in-person instruction by cohort, which is determined by the students last name. The letter days will remain the same (GGG and HHH). On G days, classes 1-4 will meet and on H days classes 5-8 will.
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
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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.
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.
Billy Searle was selected to the NJ.com/Star-Ledger All Groups All State team and is the first Nutley Raider to achieve this accomplishment in over 50 years.
The senior captain led an offensive line that rushed for an average of 278 yards per game and a perfect 6-0 along with an SFC Freedom Division Championship.
Junior Forward for the Nutley Raider’s Girls’ Soccer team, McKenzie Albert, was named to the NJ.Com/Star-Ledger Group 3 All State team.
Albert scored 21 goals and had six assists for the Raiders this year and helped guide her team to an 8-7-1 record and an NJSIAA playoff berth.
The 2020 First Team All SEC selection currently has 50 career goals and 16 assists.
Gennaro Longobardi, senior tailback; Billy Mielnicki, junior defensive end; and Mitchell Iaccarino, senior linebacker, all have been selected to the NJ.com/Star-Ledger All State Group 3 team.
All three young men helped guide a balanced attack that enabled the Raiders to finish the season undefeated at 6-0 and win a SFC Freedom Division Championship. It was the first Division championship since 2015 and the first time the Raiders finished undefeated since 1929.
Steve DiGregorio, Nutley High School alumnus and Head NHS VarsityFootball Coach, was named NJ.Com/Star-Ledger Coach of the Year. In a COVID-19 season that has left the football world limping across the finish line, Coach D., as he is affectionately known, led his team to a perfect 6-0 finish and a SFC Freedom Division Championship. The Raiders offense averaged 278 yards per game on the ground, and scored 204 points in 6 games. Defensively the Raiders let up only 11 points per game.
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.
On behalf of the NHS Administration, faculty and staff, we would like to congratulate the academic achievement of the 203 students who achieved High Honors and the 449 students who achieved Honor Roll status for the 1st Marking Period.
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.
Every fall, the AP Program recognizes high school students nationwide who have demonstrated outstanding college-level achievement through their performance on multiple AP Exams.
Congratulations to current NHS seniors who received the AP Scholar awards for them AP Program. These students received scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams.
The New York Giants and Gatorade have selected Mr. Steve DiGregorio of Nutley High School (Nutley, NJ) as the Lou Rettino High School Coach of the Week for Week 4 of the 2020 season. Coach Steve DiGregorio, a Nutley native, is in his 12th season as Head Coach of the Nutley Raiders. In 2017, DiGregorio started his battle with cancer, which caused him to have to miss the 2019 season as he began six months of chemotherapy.
Please join us as the NHS Counselors for the Virtual College Panel on October 20th 7pm-9pm!
During this event, the representatives will address the rigors and complexities of college admission to simplify the process, and facilitate an open panel discussion where students and parents/guardians are encouraged to ask any questions they may have.
Join via Google Meet: meet.google.com/znk-hpze-sxa
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.
The draft plan, outlined in this document, is not an emergency or crisis education program, and it bears little resemblance to the Virtual Learning of the 2019-20 school year. The models presented here, and the resulting compacted curricula will be comprehensive, rigorous, and adaptable to either an in-person or an online setting.
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.
Dear Class of 2020 Students, Parents, and Guardians,
We are pleased to announce that we will be holding an in-person celebration of the Class of 2020 on Thursday, July 9th. The rain date will be on Friday, July 10th (same time sessions). The celebration will take place at Monsignor Owens Field, 44 Park Avenue, Nutley NJ (please see directions for arrival/student drop-off and parking).
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.
We miss our friend James here at NHS, but are happy that his memory will help our students! We are proud to announce Alexandra Protter and Kerri Holden as the first recipients of the newly established James Vincent Tricarico Memorial Scholarship! Congratulations! May these two student carry on James' kindness.
- 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
As you may have already heard, Governor Murphy announced that New Jersey high school Classes of 2020 may have outdoor celebrations, which can take place after July 6.
As we get more information on social distancing, capacity and acceptable protocols later today, we will begin planning with the community. We look forward to exploring ways we may continue to celebrate the Class of 2020 this summer and supplement our plans for our virtual graduation and other tributes. Stay tuned for updates!
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."
Happy National Decision Day! Traditionally, May 1st is National Decision Day - a day for students to celebrate where they have decided to continue their education or career path after high school. We know that some colleges have extended their decision dates, so we plan to celebrate our students throughout the whole month of May this year!
NHS student Anais St. Amant was awarded a scholarship from Art Educators of NJ.
Also, NHS' Angeleah Rockford had work chosen to be part of Fresh Perspectives.
The Fresh Perspectives juried exhibition began in 1989 as an outlet for artistically-accomplished New Jersey high school students to express their curiosity and creativity. This year, the exhibition will be hosted virtually.
For its exemplary record of leadership, service, and activities that serve to improve the school and community, the Nutley High School student council has been recognized as a 2020 National Gold Council of Excellence by National Association of Student Council (NatStuCo).
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.
Congratulations to the Journalism I and II students for publishing their March issue!
In this issue, the students look at the global effects of COVID-19, the recent death of Kobe Bryant, the NHS Wrestling Regional Tournament, Voter Registration and profile the NHS custodians.
The New York Times Learning Network is running an editorial writing contest for high school students (aged 16 - 19) until mid-April. NOTE: the NYT contest is open to students as young as 10, but the younger ones can only submit entries through a teacher, so we are limiting this program to students 16 and up, who can submit on their own.
Gov. Phil Murphy announced the spread of coronavirus in the state has prompted him to recommend the cancellation or postponement of all public gatherings of more than 250 people.
This would include the SATs scheduled for this coming Saturday at NHS and Cafe Night at NHS this Saturday as well.
For more information on the SATs, visit the College Board website here.
Cafe Night is postponed until May 30th.
Congratulations to Nutley High School students for participation in the 34th annual Mount Olive High School National Art Honor Society Invitational Art Competition.
Each year, the Mt. Olive Chapter of National Art Honor Society invites selected high schools to send 10 pieces of artwork to the competition for consideration in a number of categories: Drawing/illustration, painting, sculpture, photography, digital art, crafts and open.
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.
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!
Last week, NHS Spanish and Italian Honor Society students visited Yantacaw and Spring Garden schools to read to the students in both languages! We are proud of their fluency and desire to be role models in the community by stressing the importance of bilingualism at a young age," said Coordinator of World Languages, Mrs. Julie Mitschow.
NHS-TV produced two important programs this month.
Here is the link:
Click here to watch the Patriots' Veterans Day Program.
Click here to watch the Thanksgiving special.
NHS students attended the Jets' Sports Business Day. Students listened to Jets executives who work in business, sports marketing and management while receiving an exclusive behind the scenes tour of MetLife Stadium. The tour included 12 stadium locations, including the press box, locker room, premium clubs and field. The event was hosted by Mr. Ocejo and Mrs. Yasso.
Instant Decision Day is taking place at NHS all day today. NHS participating seniors are scheduled for on-site interviews with up to 11 different college admissions representatives and can be admitted and awarded scholarships right here in our building. It's an exciting day for our students. Good luck and congratulations to those already accepted! A special thanks to our School Counseling department for this exciting day!
This week, we are pleased to announce that the NHS Auditorium Restoration Project is officially completed.
Please join our NHS Patriot Club next Tuesday night, November 12th at 7pm for the annual Veterans' Day Program, which will be held in our newly restored NHS auditorium.
Pictured here are Nutley Public Schools' district administrators, teachers and Board of Education member as well as those who have helped to make this restoration possible.
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.
NHS senior and AP art student, Anais St Amant Senior AP art student recently received her acceptance letter into the Scholarship Class for Talented High School Students at The Art Students League of New York.
Anais is the lead Set Club painter and National Art Honor Society Finance secretary. According to her art teacher of four years, Mrs. Theresa Lappostato, Anais is, “a pretty amazing and humble student.”
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.
The AP US History students at Nutley High School completed an Oral History Capstone Project in which they interviewed members of the community, school or their family in order to gain a better understanding of a person’s life experience and the impact that had on either our town or their family. Some of the interviews conducted include: Mayor Joseph Scarpelli, Former Mayor Joanne Cocchiola, Lt. Christopher Rosati (NHS History Teacher), Former BOE Member Patti Williams, Nutley Hall of Fame Member Dr.
- 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.