Nutley High School’s Student Assistance Coordinator, Mrs. Lisa Cassilli, organized this year’s Crash Course in Reality program which has been teaching students in Nutley the potential outcome of distracted driving for the past 20 years.
Every five years, the district embarks on the creation of a strategic plan to help move the Nutley Public Schools forward. This year a community survey was sent out to parents, staff, and community to gather data on the things that the Nutley Schools should focus more of their attention on. Once the results came in, Superintendent, Dr. Julie Glazer, planned meetings to assess the most prominent concerns based on the survey responses.
Nutley High School held their finals Monday, June 18 through Thursday, June 21. One final took place from 8:15 a.m. until 10:15 a.m., and the second final was from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Finals are tests that include all the curriculum, which students have learned from midterms through the end of the year. As finals are given, school days are cut to single session days, starting at regular time and ending at 12:35 p.m. Finals were given two classes a day, and were two hours long with a 15 minute break given in between.
Following the security threat made by a NHS student, the Board of Education made an effort to answer the concerns and questions of the Nutley community by holding a meeting in the John H. Walker Middle School auditorium on February 26. This was the regularly-scheduled February Board of Education meeting. However, post-threat, the meeting’s purpose shifted to a security discussion.
On Thursday, February 15, 2018, one day after the Parkland, FL school shooting, a security threat was reported and investigated at Nutley High School. It was determined that the threat was made by a NHS senior, Joseph Rafanello. The threat was a video on Instagram which was discovered by other NHS students. The students alerted the NHS administration that evening.
February 14th Stoneman Douglas High School - A mass shooting occurred at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Seventeen people were killed and 17 more people were wounded, making it one of the world's deadliest school massacres. Nikolas Cruz the gunman, was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder and 17 attempted murders. Police have not yet found a motive and they are investigating, “a pattern of disciplinary issues and unnerving behavior.”
With the big event right around the corner, groups of Nutley citizens are coming together and raising money for cancer awareness. Relay for Life is a fundraiser, benefiting the American Cancer Society. It is not an event that is only taking place in Nutley; there are more than 1.3 million participants worldwide involved in raising money for a cure.
Nutley Students Returned to School After Security Threat
On Monday, February 26, 2018, students of Nutley High School returned from winter break. The Thursday prior to break, February 15, there was a security threat which closed down all districts schools on Friday, February 16. Parents, students and staff had a variety of emotions upon the reopening of school, after break.
As midterms approached at Nutley High School, students wondered how hard the tests would be, how they would affect their grades, what they would look like, and how to study.
In order to be successful at midterms, students needed to have an overall grasp of their classes and learning concepts.
Students took two tests a day, starting at 8:15 a.m. and ending at 12:30 p.m. The tests were two hours each, with a fifteen minute break in between.
Shaping Students’ Futures Step-by-Step
New electives were introduced to the Nutley High School students for the 2017-2018 school year. Electives are courses that students take to help shape their future. In addition to the required courses, students are allowed to pick two electives in categories such as Career and Technical Education, Mathematics, Academy of Health Science Careers, Visual and Performing Arts and English.
The Cheer Me Up Foundation is a non-profit organization that financially aids sick and underprivileged children in the community. The organization seeks to help all children experience the joy of being a child, no matter what their hardships are. The foundation's mission is to inspire and give back to the community.
On Tuesday, December 12, 2017, all registered Nutley voters were able to vote in the special School Board’s Referendum. The referendum was created by the Board of Education and administration in an effort address the overcrowding within the school district. The referendum included construction projects at four district schools: Washington Elementary School, Yantacaw Elementary School, John H. Walker Middle School and Nutley High School. More than 4,200 voters cast their ballots that day. The referendum was voted down 2,380 to 1,879.