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Turkey Talk

It’s that time of the year again, Thanksgiving. The one day families across the country gather around the table and give thanks. Through November and December, everyone is getting ready for Thanksgiving and the holidays. Shopping and holiday preparation is underway during these two months.



High School Focuses on New Safety Measures

Nutley High School received a security threat shortly after the Parkland shooting in Florida this past February. In addition to NHS, many schools throughout the state of New Jersey faced copycat threats during this time.  The threat prompted a quick response from the district and police, and Nutley Public Schools were closed for one day, following the threat. Since then, there have numerous evaluations and changes made to procedures and protocols to continue to protect the community, schools, students, and staff.   



Nutley High School; How the Chromebook Initiative Came to Be

Nutley High School is always looking to evaluate, change, and grow for the betterment of the student body, school and staff. The new 1:1 Chromebook Initiative is a perfect example of this. In an ever-changing technology-driven world, each student of Nutley High School received their own Google Chromebook at the start of the 2018-2019 school year. In previous years, students would access communal devices stored on carts, such as iPads or Chromebooks, in their classroom setting to aid learning.


Money Making

NHS Students Take Online Financial Literacy Course During the Summer



Repairs Begin on NHS Auditorium Ceiling After Partial Collapse

Completion Expected in January 2019


Just as the 2018-2019 school year was about to begin this past September, the NHS auditorium experienced a partial collapse. Therefore, NHS began the year without use of the auditorium.


All Nutley teachers and staff reported to work on Tuesday, September 4 for an opening day meeting and to prepare for students’ arrival the following day.



Living with the Ribbon

Nutley Holds Events to Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month


For the ninth time in 10 years, the Nutley High School cheerleading team took home first place in the always-competitive, “Cheer for the Cure” held on October 4 at Foley Field in Bloomfield. Lead by their coaches, Breanna Dematteo and Deanna Pepe, the NHS Raiders performed their traditional halftime performance at the event. The team performed well, despite the bad weather.



There’s Something for Everyone at the NHS Club Fair

Clubs are an essential part of school life for many students at Nutley High School. With approximately 40 groups, there is something for everyone to enjoy. After school on Tuesday, September 25, students were given an opportunity to discover and sign up for clubs at the annual Club Fair in the cafeteria, with representatives from almost every club present. Mr. Joseph Materia, one of the vice principals at NHS and organizer of the event, says, “Of all the club fairs that I’ve been at over the past several years, I feel like this was one that was represented by most of the clubs.


The Future of Nutley Athletics

Annual Junior Olympics Proves a Bright Future for Nutley Athletics 


The Junior Olympics is an annual event that all five Nutley elementary schools participate in. Lincoln, Spring Garden, Radcliffe, Washington and Yantacaw compete against each other in a number of events.



NHS' Scholarship Night Awards Money to Outgoing Seniors

Scholarship Night is a tradition at NHS. Over 80 seniors, from the graduating class of 2018, were awarded scholarships at this annual event.


This year's Scholarship Night was held on June 12 at 7:00 p.m. at Nutley High School. This NHS program benefits many students over the years. This event allows students and staff to come together for one night and pay recognition for the chosen seniors. The scholarships given are funded through local community organizations, colleges, elementary PTOs, and private citizens.



Looking Back at Dr. Mitchell’s Years at Nutley High School

After 45 years in Education, Dr Kathryn Mitchell Retires this Year

Dr. Kathryn Mitchell is one of the school counselors at Nutley High School. She has been active in the field of education for over 40 years. Dr. Mitchell is concluding her successful career at Nutley High School at the end of this school year. She will officially retire on June 30, 2018. She has touched and impacted all of the students she has had and she worked to do her best for all of them.



Crash Course in Reality

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.



District Embarks on Five-Year Strategic Plan Development

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.


Preparation for Finals

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.



Nutley Board of Education Tackles Safety Concerns

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.



Security Threat Reported at NHS Following Parkland Shooting

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.



National Walkout Hits Home


Nutley High School Students Participate in a National Walkout, Remembering the Lives Lost to Victims of Gun Violence.



Threats in New Jersey Following the Parkland Shooting: February to March 2018


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.”