West Orange author reads her book to students at Kelly School

West Orange author reads her book to students at Kelly School

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Local author Tiberah Berhanu visited Kelly Elementary School on Nov. 17 to read her new book, “My Uncle Is an Alien,” to third-grade students. Students in Jennifer Imperial’s and Jaclyn Gill’s third-grade classes gathered around Berhanu as she read her first children’s book to them. The book revolves around the question: […]

West Orange celebrates National Walk to School Day at Kelly School

West Orange celebrates National Walk to School Day at Kelly School

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Mayor Robert Parisi greeted students as they arrived for school during National Walk to School Day on Oct. 6. The event was celebrated locally at Kelly Elementary School and recognizes the benefits of biking and walking to school while raising awareness for street safety.  During the event, groups of walkers, referred […]

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 Rotary donates backpacks to area elementary schools

West Orange Rotary donates backpacks to area elementary schools

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange Rotary continued its charitable efforts with donations of backpacks to Redwood Elementary School students on Aug. 17 and Kelly Elementary School students on Aug. 18. Redwood Principal Kimya Jackson and Kelly Principal Joel Castillo were on hand to greet the Rotarians and soon-to-be-returning students, who were able to select […]

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 […]

Kelly Elementary counselor joins women’s panel at Stony Brook University

Kelly Elementary counselor joins women’s panel at Stony Brook University

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Kelly Elementary School counselor Florence Chirichiello had the unique opportunity to participate in an International Women’s Day panel to kick off Women’s History Month at her alma mater, Stony Brook University, on March 8. “I was honored to be on an illustrious panel of women to kick off Women’s History Month […]

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 […]

Mother and child found dead with gunshot wounds in WO apartment

Mother and child found dead with gunshot wounds in WO apartment

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Law enforcement is investigating two deaths that occurred in West Orange on May 31. Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore Stephens II announced June 2 that the West Orange Police Department and the prosecutor’s Homicide and Major Crimes Task Force are investigating the fatalities. Sushmita Bardhan, 36, and her 6-year-old daughter were […]

Kelly student named finalist in Partnership for a Drug-Free NJ folder contest

Kelly student named finalist in Partnership for a Drug-Free NJ folder contest

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Kelly Elementary School fourth-grade student Sofia Ventura has been named a finalist in the 2019–2020 Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey folder contest. Ventura was one of 28 finalists selected from a field of more than 3,600 entries from 140 schools statewide. The fourth-grade folder theme is “Fun Things to Do Instead […]

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