Students thrilled as they head back to school in West Orange

Students thrilled as they head back to school in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Students from preschool through senior year returned to school in West Orange on Sept. 9, many for the first time in nearly 18 months.  Mask protocols were in place in all schools. After months of planning, the district hopes to return to some level of normalcy. Though Hurricane Ida caused some […]

West Orange BOE holds Parade of Honors to recognize outstanding individuals

West Orange BOE holds Parade of Honors to recognize outstanding individuals

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The June 21 end-of-year Board of Education meeting featured its semiannual Parade of Honors recognitions for the notable achievements of staff and students.  Roosevelt Middle School students Rhianna Giuliano and Violet Kohlstein won the Outstanding Community Service Award for their environmental health work; Liberty Middle School students Natalia Feliz, Justin Lopez […]

‘Whole school meeting’ celebrates student, staff at Hazel Elementary

‘Whole school meeting’ celebrates student, staff at Hazel Elementary

WEST ORANGE, NJ — June 2 marked a special sendoff at Hazel Elementary School, as students gathered collectively for the first time during the school year and soon-to-be retirees were recognized. “Retiring school counselor Lelia Tirado-Smith emphasized the theme of the school year, ‘All Are Welcomed Here,’ with a reading of ‘The Big Umbrella,’ by […]

Public support saves librarian, chorus teacher positions in West Orange School District

Public support saves librarian, chorus teacher positions in West Orange School District

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Members of the West Orange School District community spoke out at the April 19 Board of Education meeting against the elimination of Hazel Elementary School librarian Joyce Soto and Liberty Middle School chorus teacher Craig Sanphy in next year’s budget, advocating for the district to keep the positions on the payroll. […]

West Orange students to begin school year virtually

West Orange students to begin school year virtually

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Following the presentation of the preliminary school reopening plan at a West Orange Board of Education meeting in July, Superintendent of Schools Scott Cascone and a panel of other school officials held a virtual town hall on Aug. 6, revisiting the plan and introducing changes. The plan that the BOE will […]

Hazel community shows love at community parade

Hazel community shows love at community parade

WEST ORANGE, NJ — With Gov. Phil Murphy’s announcement that public school buildings would remain closed through the rest of the school year, the staff of Hazel Elementary reached out to its students to spread the love at a special community parade in recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week. “It was a spectacular event,” Hazel Principal […]

Hazel students ‘Feel the Beat’ at annual celebration

Hazel students ‘Feel the Beat’ at annual celebration

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Hazel Elementary School held its sixth annual “Feel the Beat” program, much to the delight of students, staff and parents, who came out in force to celebrate Black History Month and enjoy an evening of music, dance and spoken word. Fatou Mbaye-Halsey, Mten Halsey, Principal Ana Marti, Porl Gordon, Phyllis Seibert, […]

Social studies supervisor discusses department’s future with BOE

Social studies supervisor discusses department’s future with BOE

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange School District social studies supervisor Mike Figueiredo presented the West Orange Board of Education at its Nov. 18 meeting with an update on the social studies curriculum for students in kindergarten through 12th grade, and shared his vision for the future of the department. Figueiredo said the district’s seven-year […]

WOSD emergency closing and delayed opening information

WOSD emergency closing and delayed opening information

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange Superintendent of School Scott Cascone sent the following information regarding emergency closings and delayed openings to the school district community on Nov. 6: In the case of inclement weather, dangerous road conditions or other issues that could cause a delayed opening, early dismissal or school closing, there are multiple […]

West Orange holds fifth annual District Band Night

West Orange holds fifth annual District Band Night

WEST ORANGE, NJ — More than 75 elementary and middle school students joined with the West Orange High School Marching Band on Oct. 11 for the fifth annual District Band Night, held under the lights at Suriano Stadium. Musicians from West Orange elementary and middle schools were grouped according to their instruments with Marching Band […]

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