District reviews QSAC scores with BOE

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — South Orange-Maplewood interim Superintendent of Schools Thomas Ficarra and Clinton Elementary School Assistant Principal Timothy Beaumont presented the 2017-2018 New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum report to the Board of Education at its Nov. 20 meeting, revealing passing scores in four of the five categories that the process evaluates. […]

GOA students join ‘Names, Not Numbers’ Holocaust project

WEST ORANGE, NJ — High school students at Golda Och Academy in West Orange will become documentary filmmakers this year, as 20 students in grades 10 through 12 participate in the “Names, Not Numbers” program. The program turns studying the Holocaust into an interactive project, enabling students to interview Holocaust survivors and subsequently create a […]

Vecchio is sworn in as new fire chief

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Fire Department welcomed its new chief Nov. 9, swearing in Anthony Vecchio as the new head of the department. Vecchio is hardly a newcomer to the town — he is a West Orange native, and has worked in every position in the fire department since he started there […]

Seton Hall U. hosts panel on student homelessness

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Seton Hall University’s College of Education and Human Services hosted a panel on the needs of homeless students on Nov. 15, addressing the issue of student eviction and homelessness across all levels of education. “Meeting the Needs of Students and Families Experiencing Eviction and Homelessness: Opportunities for Improved Coordination among Schools, […]

WO library hosts workshop on area’s first residents

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange residents had the opportunity to learn about the first residents of their town on Saturday, Nov. 18, when New Jersey author Christopher Savio brought his knowledge about Native Americans to the West Orange Public Library, while Mike Dennis from Traditional Earth Skills, an organization that offers hands-on lectures and […]

BPW to file lawsuit against school district over racial disparities

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The SOMA Black Parents Workshop announced its intention to file a lawsuit against the South Orange-Maplewood School District during a press conference Tuesday, Nov. 14, after data released by the district showed continued racial disparities and little improvement to the achievement gap in the district, especially at Columbia High […]

West Orange opens skate park at Jenkins

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Chilly weather didn’t keep local skateboarders away from the grand opening of the West Orange Skate Park on Sunday, Nov. 12, as a crowd gathered at Jenkins Park with skateboards, scooters and bicycles for the ribbon-cutting and introduction of the halfpipes to the town’s parks system. The West Orange Township Council […]

WOSD scores perfectly in 4 of 5 NJQSAC sections

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Rutzky presented the 2017-2018 New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum report to the Board of Education at its Nov. 6 meeting, revealing good scores in the five categories that the process evaluates. NJQSAC monitors and evaluates New Jersey’s public schools districts based on research and […]

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