Town, BOE and county work together for new traffic light

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After years of advocacy by residents, the West Orange Board of Education and township officials, a traffic signal will finally be erected at the busy intersection where Pleasant Valley Way meets Alisa and Lakeview drives. According to the agreement and resolution unanimously passed by the West Orange Township Council on May […]

Mt. Pleasant School celebrates students at annual Autism Awareness Carnival

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The annual Autism Awareness Carnival held at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School on May 12 celebrated district elementary, middle and high school autistic students with a ceremony, bubble-blowing, a carnival and a barbecue. The event began with comments by Mt. Pleasant Principal Julie DiGiacomo, Kelly Principal Joanne Pollara, Superintendent of Schools Jeff […]

WOEA, district butt heads over health care plan, contract

WOEA and BOE seem unable to reach contract agreement

WOEA, district butt heads over health care plan, contract

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Members of the West Orange Board of Education revealed the details of the latest health care plan presented to the West Orange Education Association, stressing during its special March 22 meeting that the package would prevent costs from increasing by approximately $1.3 million if accepted by Horizon’s April 1 deadline. Irv […]

WOHS students visit elementary schools to celebrate literacy

WOHS students visit elementary schools to celebrate literacy

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In conjunction with Dr. Seuss’s birthday, the national Read Across America campaign and other schoolwide activities, Gregory and Kelly elementary school students were treated to visits from students from the state-approved Career and Technical Education Early Childhood program at West Orange High School on March 1. Students from Early Childhood and […]

Reflections Art Show recognizes West Orange students

Reflections Art Show recognizes West Orange students

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The second NJCPTA Reflections Art Show was held at Liberty Middle School on Jan. 28 to award students placing in the national competition. This year’s theme was “What is Your Story?” and featured several types of art to reflect West Orange students in kindergarten through 12th grade, including pencil, crayon, watercolor, […]

Betty Maddalena Foundation donates Stand2Learn desks to WOSD

Betty Maddalena Foundation donates Stand2Learn desks to WOSD

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Betty Maddalena Foundation, formed in 2011 following the death of beloved West Orange educator Betty Maddalena, has donated 63 Stand2Learn desks at a cost of $14,000 throughout all schools in the district. The initiative was begun by Christine Aker, a learning disabilities teacher consultant in West Orange who is also […]

Festival at Kelly Elementary celebrates world diversity

Festival at Kelly Elementary celebrates world diversity

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The 30th annual International Fifth Grade Festival, held Dec. 16 at Kelly Elementary School, celebrated world diversity and the two teachers who first began the annual event. Former teachers Betty Byrne and Lois Zimmer first began the tradition at Kelly in 1986, then Pleasantdale. As the years passed, the school continued […]

West Orange schools create holiday cards for troops

West Orange schools create holiday cards for troops

WEST ORANGE, NJ — All 11 schools in the West Orange School District once again answered the call to create holiday cards for the troops with a resounding “yes,” as more than 1,000 cards were recently sent out to troops around the world. “We Love Our Heroes,” a local group comprised of friends and parishioners […]