Washington remembers Byrne, Villarosa

In celebration of Arbor Day, township officials join elementary school in planting memorial trees

Washington remembers Byrne, Villarosa

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Washington Elementary School celebrated Arbor Day on April 27 by planting two trees on the school playground — one dedicated to Gov. Brendan Byrne, a West Orange native who attended the school as a child and who died earlier this year, and one dedicated to Patricia Villarosa, a first-grade teacher who […]

Holocaust assembly at RMS features story of Anne Frank

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The annual Holocaust assembly at Roosevelt Middle School on April 18 featured a special performance highlighting the life and death of Anne Frank. Presented by the award-winning educational acting company “Living Voices,” “Through the Eyes of a Friend” provided a young teen’s vantage point of the Nazi occupation of Holland and […]

BOE may raise tax levy by 1.67 percent

Preliminary WO School District operating budget for 2018-2019 school year is $149 million

BOE may raise tax levy by 1.67 percent

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education unanimously passed the 2018-2019 preliminary budget at its special meeting on Monday, April 9, at Liberty Middle School, after receiving an extension from the county to submit the budget for approval. The previous county deadline was March 29. The preliminary operating budget is a total […]

Community mourns death of beloved teacher

Community mourns death of beloved teacher

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange School District is mourning the loss of Washington Elementary School first-grade teacher Patricia Villarosa, who died March 9 from injuries she sustained after being struck by a car Feb. 26 on Pleasant Valley Way while on her way to a board of education meeting. Both a teacher and […]

Sleeping Redwood student found aboard bus in depot

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Following a busing snafu, an elementary school child was driven to the bus depot instead of school Friday, March 16. A bus driver employed by the Hunterdon County Education Service Commission, which performs certain busing duties for West Orange, reportedly failed to perform the mandatory inspection of his bus after delivering […]

WOSD, WOPD hold school safety forum

WOSD, WOPD hold school safety forum

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The community came together on Feb. 28 in the West Orange High School Auditorium to discuss safety and security in the town’s schools with Superintendent Jeffrey Rutzky and a panel of West Orange police officers. The open forum saw residents, parents and district employees share their thoughts and ideas about how […]

Washington teacher Patricia Villarosa dies following accident

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Washington Elementary School first-grade teacher Patricia Villarosa died March 9 at University Hospital after being struck by a car on Pleasant Valley Way on Feb. 26. Villarosa had been on her way to the Board of Education meeting. Superintendent Jeff Rutzky released the following statement to faculty and staff: “We are […]

Kelly Elementary School student overcomes adversity to inspire others

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Saniyah Williams is a fifth-grade student at Kelly School who loves math and loves to run 5K races with her Girls on the Run group. Her favorite running shoes are turquoise and pink. She also loves gym classes, recess and jumping rope. The only difference between Saniyah and her fellow students […]

Middle school STEM program expands

Middle school STEM program expands

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program is expanding in West Orange middle schools, according to a press release from the school district. Currently the middle school has programs operating in sixth and seventh grade. Discovering STEM is now in its second year at Edison Middle School. Investigating with STEM is […]