Elementary schools celebrate graduating seniors with ‘clap-outs’

WEST ORANGE, NJ — As the countdown to graduation neared, graduating seniors visited their elementary schools on June 13 to be recognized by current students with “clap-outs.” The seniors walked through the halls of their old schools and were cheered by students and teachers as they passed through. The visit was not only fun for […]

Girl Scouts keep West Orange clean

WEST ORANGE, NJ — For this year’s Take Action program, the members of Girl Scouts Brownie Troop 20262, which has girls from Hazel and Gregory elementary schools, decided to clean up the environments around both of their schools. On Wednesday, June 15, the girls cleaned up the environments and threw out trash and recycled all […]

WO Rotary awards $18K to nonprofits

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Rotary Club hosted residents and community organizations at Mayfair Farms for its annual Community Service Awards Luncheon on June 8, awarding $18,700 to 22 local and national nonprofit groups. The funds for the awards were raised during events held throughout the year, and go toward supporting organizations that […]

BOE considers creating consolidated ELL program

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education postponed a vote on the English Language Learners Program at its May 21 meeting, after board members decided they want to hear more feedback from parents and community members about the program changes proposed by Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Eveny de Mendez and world language […]

WOHS blood drive collects collects 50 pints

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School’s second blood drive collected 50 pints of blood on April 30 and reached out to its large community to find a bone marrow donor for Gregory Elementary School second-grader Veronica DePauli. Veronica was first diagnosed with autosomal dominant osteopetrosis Type 2 in March of 2017 through genetic […]

BOE to meet to investigate alleged misuse of funds

WEST ORANGE, NJ — At the May 21 West Orange Board of Education meeting, a speaker alleged during public speaks that a district employee had misused district funds, prompting a cover-up by Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Rutzky. According to records made public by the speaker, a Gregory School employee used school funds in 2016 to […]

West Orange students recognized by Essex County Education Association

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Students across the West Orange School District were recognized for their Pride in Education essays in the annual competition sponsored by the Essex County Education Association. First-place winners received $75, second-place winners received $50 and third-place winners received $25. Students read their award-winning essays at the awards ceremony on March 1. […]