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 […]

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 […]

West Orange Rotary provides dictionaries to third-graders

West Orange Rotary provides dictionaries to third-graders

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Each year, members of the West Orange Rotary Club give dictionaries to all third-grade students in the West Orange public schools as part of the club’s community outreach. Rotary volunteers recently stopped by Hazel Elementary School to distribute the dictionaries to the enthusiastic students. “The students are always excited to receive […]

West Orange schools recognize ‘Week of Respect’

West Orange schools recognize ‘Week of Respect’

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange schools commemorated the New Jersey state-mandated “Week of Respect” Oct. 3 through 7 with a series of events meant to create self-acceptance and respect for others. Following the passage of the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act in 2010, with amendments in 2011, a new series of Harassment, Intimidation and […]

Hazel, Washington students learn robotics thanks to grant

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Students at Hazel and Washington elementary schools had the opportunity to code and program their own robots during the summer through a special grant award, “The Innovate NJ Summer Blended & Learning Grant,” targeted for Title I schools. West Orange was one of only 12 school districts to receive the $98,200 […]

Departmentalization, new standards come to WOSD

WOSD continues work to modernize WO education

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Most West Orange students who recently returned to school were met with new initiatives designed to improve their learning experience and better prepare them for the future. The West Orange School District this year implemented departmentalization for grades four and five, meaning students at those levels will now report to multiple […]

WO School District confirms 37 HIB cases in 2015-2016 school year

WOSD pleased with low HIB number but still looks to improve

WEST ORANGE, NJ — There were 37 cases of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying confirmed to have taken place in the West Orange School District during the 2015-2016 academic year, according to data presented by Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Rutzky during the Aug. 22 Board of Education meeting. Each case was substantiated following an investigation conducted […]

WOSD jumps into action to keep lead out of school water

WOSD puts health first while working to keep costs low

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange School District has taken corrective action after testing found that water from 27 of the 304 district taps analyzed last April contained lead amounts exceeding the Environmental Protection Agency’s action level of 15 parts per billion. According to the district’s lead report, actions taken to address the situation […]

Get transportation worked out before school begins

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The following is an announcement from Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Rutzky regarding busing for the start of the 2016-2017 school year on Sept. 6. For in-district students, all bus passes will have been mailed to the parents/guardians of eligible students by Aug. 24. Please ensure that your child is at the […]