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 […]

SONIC Drive-In donates to teachers for Teacher Appreciation Month

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — To honor the creative efforts teachers have made to maneuver their ever-shifting learning environments and keep students engaged this past year, SONIC Drive-In donated $1.5 million to teacher requests on national education nonprofit site DonorsChoose on Teacher Appreciation Day on May 4. As part of SONIC’s ongoing Limeades for Learning initiative, […]

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 […]

Mt. Pleasant, Kelly students hear first-hand account of civil rights movement

Mt. Pleasant, Kelly students hear first-hand account of civil rights movement

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Fifth-grade students at Mt. Pleasant and Kelly elementary schools heard the experiences of Anthony Lyons, a long-time West Orange resident who experienced the civil rights movement first-hand in the 1960s. Lyons’ Feb. 18 visit to Mt. Pleasant capped off an educational day for the students, who first visited the MAYO Performing […]

Mt. Pleasant ‘Souper Bowl’ scores touchdown for food pantry

Mt. Pleasant ‘Souper Bowl’ scores touchdown for food pantry

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Students at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School had more than football on their minds as they scored their own touchdown with their annual “Souper Bowl.” Several boxes of soups were collected by students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Guidance counselor Lisa Struncis and basic skills teacher Jennifer Barta encouraged students to contribute […]

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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