'A Strong Sense of Community' highlighted at June 5 Board of Education Meeting


NUTLEY, NJ - Superintendent Dr. Julie Glazer’s report at the Nutley Board of Education meeting Monday June 5 included an acknowledgment of the ‘strong sense of community’ that characterizes the Township of Nutley.

“The fact that the Board of Education is partnering with each PTO...the NEF (Nutley Educational Foundation) is partnering with Spencer Savings Bank, the Nutley Music Boosters and private citizens…the girl scouts are being recognized…it’s all done without competition…it’s happening in all parts of town. People of all ages and interests are coming together to enhance the quality of education, enrich the opportunities for all of our students…continuing to elevate the character of Nutley.”

Superintendent Glazer presented ‘Bronze Stars’ to eleven Girl Scouts in recognition of completion of their year-long “Take Action” project.  The project included helping the the Care Kitchen of Vincent Methodist and St. Mary’s churches and partnering with The John H. Walker Foundation and The Scarpelli Civic Association on Buddy Benches being installed at each of the elementary schools. Their leader, Francesca Roselli said: “I am proud to be their leader! They have learned life skills they will use throughout their lives.”

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Nutley Girl Scouts Presented with Bronze Star at Nutley Board of Education Meeting

Ten members of the Nutley Educational Foundation along with President Lorraine Kucinski, participated in the non-profit’s donor recognition presentation.

Spencer Savings Bank donated $1,000 for JHW Middle School Special Education to purchase a washer/dryer. Spokesperson Rula Abualhuda presented the check to Special Ed Life Skills program director Philip Siculietano.

Mrs. Ruth Bedford, who will be a centenarian next year, donated $5,000.00 to the greenhouse project at Lincoln School in honor of her mother who taught at the school. Principal Lorraine Restel accepted the donation.

Nutley Music Boosters Association and Nutley Educational Foundation provided $11,110.50 to Director of Bands Vincent Vicchiariello to fulfill his grant request for new percussion instruments. Music Boosters Association President Suzanne Harabedian, Secretary Jill Kuczek and Corresponding Secretary Sal Scarpelli participated in the presentation.

NEF Member Bezen Hindistan brought the TREP$ Program to Nutley and was funded by Windheim Heating and Plumbing for $600.00 through the Learning Tree.

Vicchiariello said that 183 Middle School students attended the ‘Music in the Parks’ competition in Hershey PA June 2-3. He said the students were elated to have the opportunity to play on ‘state of the art’ equipment at the event.

Regarding the grant funded by NEF and the Nutley Music Boosters: “I came up with the list of instruments from an inventory of our equipment ranked from ‘old to outdated’. The new inventory will touch 1000s of kids who come through our Middle School band program. We have taken huge strides to move the program in the right direction.  The students are the ones who make the program what it is, and why it has been so successful.  By receiving this grant, now my students and I have the opportunity to explore new music.  We are beyond excited for this opportunity!"

At the awards ceremony, all of the John H. Walker Middle School music ensembles received first place along with the following ratings:

Concert Choir - Superior
Debonaires - Superior
Madrigals - Excellent
Chorale - Good
Concert Band - Superior
Symphonic Band - Superior
Jazz Ensemble - Superior
Orchestra – Good


TREP$ - Hindistan said TREP$, short for enTREPreneur$, is a six week after-school program in which the children in grades 4-8 are taught everything they need to know to start their own businesses.  The program ends with a large scale flea-market style event called The TREP$ Marketplace, giving the new entrepreneurs the opportunity to launch their businesses, selling real products to real customers for real money! 

Blaire Rzempoluch, NEF Fundraising Chairperson said that NEF’s Learning Tree, a community based ‘go-fund’ program for Nutley district teachers. “Teachers make a wish and we reach out into the community to find ‘funders’ for the project.” Rzempoluch invited everyone to use NEF as a ‘conduit to fund their special passions through a non-profit to benefit the children in our schools. “Spread the word about the good works we are doing. We are hoping to have a major fundraiser this fall involving the entire community to raise a large amount of money to continue to fund the types of projects you see us funding tonight.” Learn more about the NEF’s Learning Tree here:

Life Skills: Siculietano said “We are looking at advancing our Life Skills Program for special needs children. The programs we’ve looked at all have facilities that house dishwashers, washers/dryers to work on basic life skills that our students need…The high school has a wonderful program and we trying to bring it down to a younger age so we can start early with special needs intervention.” 

Following the NEF presentation, Superintendent Glazer said the district has many upcoming ceremonies and events in the coming weeks to acknowledge district students and staff members. She encouraged everyone to “Look around. Honor all the unique opportunities that we’ve enjoyed in Nutley. Take a minute to celebrate your own contribution…teacher, taxpayer, fundraiser, volunteer, coach, business owner, chaperone… Each of those things make Nutley a unique place to live and work. I and the Board look forward to celebrating with you. I don’t think it can be said enough: Thank you. Please don’t underestimate that you are making a difference.”

 Karen Yeamans, Board Secretary reported that the district is preparing for year- end closing as well as purchasing for the upcoming year. The district will be accepting bids for the secure entrance at Washington School next week. This project will complete all funding from the 2007 referendum.

Nutley High Senior Katerina Robles reported the High School Decathlon will be Friday June 9; student internship presentations will be during the week of finals; and graduation is June 22nd.  She also announced NHS-TV 3 Seniors were the top prize winner in New Jersey for their media campaign “Raiders Ride Safe”.

The announcement earned a round of applause for Mr. Jim Kelly, Radio/TV Production Instructor/ NHS-TV Station Manager/Audio Visual Coordinator. The winning video earned the High School a $$20,000.00 driving simulator. Kelly said the simulator will most likely be used by sophomores in the Driver’s Ed program; part of the high school’s health classes.

This year the NHS-TV course had 19 students who were responsible for the pre-production, production, post production of the video. Kelly said production also included assessment followed by reconfiguring aspects of the video to create the final award winning version titled: “Raiders Ride Save IV.” The student ‘Producer’ was Victoria Huizing.

The contest is sponsored annually by the ‘U Got Brains’ Champion Schools Program and is an opportunity for students and staff of New Jersey high schools to develop campaigns to address teen driving safety.

Kelly’s vision for the High School’s Radio-TV program is to “continuously add components of technology to further advance rigor in the scope of the curriculum.”

In other business, Academic, Administrative, Finance and Personnel resolutions were all moved with no discussion and passed unanimously. One exception; for Finance Resolution 16: ‘Approval of Service Providers’, member Ryan Klein abstained. Members absent from the meeting were Lisa Danchek-Martin and Sal Ferrara.

No one addressed the board during the public hearing segments on either ‘agenda items’ or ‘all school related items’.

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Nutley Educational Foundation Video

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"Let’s Vote! A Fruitful Election Tale" at Nutley Farmers Market Sunday July 22

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