Congratulations to Scholastic Writing Award Winners!


Junior Tori Green was awarded the Scholastic Gold Key Award for her poem "Captured" and received an Honorable Mention for her poem "Mysterious Pain." Also, congratulations to junior Elise Kang who won a Gold Key for a humor/creative writing piece called "Resistance." Junior Brian Lee won a Gold Key for his poem “An Astronaut's Epiphany” and junior Jake Permutter won two Gold Keys and an Honorable Mention for critical essays entitled “Nature's Triumph Over Machinery,” “Societal Law in the Scarlet Letter: An Inescapable Force” and “The American Man: Opportunism Born from Disadvantage.” Senior Yasmine Ali was awarded the Scholastic Silver Key Award for her writing portfolio "My Literary Bohemian Rhapsody" and senior Sabrina Jacobs was awarded the Scholastic Silver Key Award for her short story "Home" in addition to an Honorable Mention in Journalism for her articles for the Northern Star entitled "Biden Sends out Call to Action to High School, College Students" and "NVD Students Past, Present Make it Big on Small Screen." These studentsí works were chosen out of 320,000 works submitted nationwide in a competition to honor students with exceptional artistic or literary talent.

Local Poet Visits AP Language and Composition Class

Students in Dr. Januzzi's AP English Language class discussed the poem "Lot's Wife" with its author, Gary Whitehead, who visited the class via Face Time.  Whitehead, the author of three volumes of poetry, is also a crossword puzzle constructor and an English teacher at Tenafly High School.  Students are eager for the chance to meet him face to face at this year's Michael Robertson Poetry Festival April 8th, when NVD will host Whitehead and four other guest writers.

Annual Michael Robertson Poetry Festival Coming to NVD April 8th!
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Poets and musicians will perform, share, and inspire the creation of new poems and songs at the high school on Friday, April 8, 2016 throughout the school day.  Officially known as the Michael Robertson Poetry Festival, this annual event, conceived as an observance of April as National Poetry Month, ignites student interest in poetry and music, while providing support for working artists.This yearís guests will be spoken word artist Ghaíil Rhodes Benjamin, poet Margot Farrington, poet Kurtis Lamkin (accompanied by a beautiful West African stringed instrument called a Kora), singer-songwriter Julia Weldon (NVD í01), and poet Gary Whitehead, who is also an English teacher at Tenafly High School.The festival is named in honor of Michael Robertson (NVD í05), a beloved former student who died tragically in 2007, but who remains a bright spirit in memory.  Michaelís family has been a generous supporter of the festival through the Michael Robertson Fund.  Sherwood (Woody) and Elise Rudin are the festivalís other major benefactors.  Woody Rudin is a poet, trustee of the famous Nuyorican Poets Café and former NVOT English teacher. Elise Rudin is a former art teacher and renowned jewelry designer.

Congratulations to English Teacher Dave Caminiti, Governor's Outstanding Educator of the Year for NVD!


NVD Poetry Out Loud

Congratulations to NVD Poetry Out Loud Winner Ava Panetto!

Students in the school competed in this national competition funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. Ava, a Freshman in Mrs. Brauner's English I class was selected by her teacher to move onto the school semi-finals. From there, she advanced to the school finals and was selected by a panel of judges to advance to the regionals at BergenPAC in February. She will have the opportunity to move on to the state and national competition. Congratulations to Dr. Januzzi, Mr. Caminiti, and all who made this event possible.

Congratulations to the NVD Mock Trial Team! The Season is off to a Great Start!


Freshmen Students to Read and See The Diary of Anne Frank
On November 17th, students in Mrs. Brauner's, Mrs. Capuzzo's, and Mrs. Paolucci's Freshmen Honors English classes will attend a performance of The Diary of Anne Frank  at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. After reading the Diary for class, students will have an opportunity to see it performed live and have a talk-back with the actors following the performance.

Local Writer to Visit AP Language and Composition Classes and Runes Literary Magazine Meeting

Debbie Slevin, a local writer, producer, teacher, and NVD grad has recently published her first book and will speak to NV students on the writing process on November 9th.

Journalism Students Skype with Demarest Middle School Students

Journalism students did a short Skype session with students at Demarest Middle School. The students at the middle school are on the school's newspaper staff and had the opportunity to pose questions for the editors of The Northern Star. High School editors enjoyed the articulation with the middle school students.
Poetry Out Loud- Congratulations Emily Taylor!


The Poetry Out Loud competition kicks off at NVD!  For 2 months English teachers help their students appreciate, comprehend, memorize, and recite poems spanning a range of themes, ages, forms, and styles.  
In the end, one individual, Emily Taylor, was crowned NVD's Poetry Out Loud victor.  In addition to the distinction of being crowned a champion and winning a few prestigious prizes, Emily will also move on to represent NVD in the Poetry Out Loud Regional Finals, which will be held in February.  Eventually, Emily will hope to achieve Poetry Out Loud immortality by making it to the National finals in Washington, DC for an opportunity to win a $20,000 scholarship.

Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival

Members of the literary magazine will attended the Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival on October 24th. The Festival began in 1986 and has launched a Poetry-in-the-Schools program that has gained national and international recognition. To see more about the Festival, visit:

Journalism Students to Participate in the Garden State Scholastic Press Association's Fall Student Press Day

Students in Ms. Egan's Journalism class along with students in the NVOT's Journalism class participated in the GSSPA's Fall Student Press Day on October 27th at Rutgers University. The association makes available opportunities for newspaper staff and advisors in the following areas: information and advice, networking, contests and awards. There is also a critique service for the school's newspaper.

New Jersey Shakespeare Theatre to Perform Macbeth for NVD Juniors!


On March 30, 2015, the New Jersey Shakespeare Theatre performed Shakespeare's classic tragedy Macbeth for NVD Juniors. After having studied the play in English classes, eleventh grade students had an opportunity to see it performed live in the NVD auditorium and to discuss the play with the actors following the performance.

Annual Michael Robertson Poetry Festival 2014


The Northern Star Wins Award 2013

Juniors Visit Cathedral of St. John the Divine and the Cloisters Museum 2013