New Michelle Obama Elementary School opens its doors in Newark

NEWARK, NJ — Sept. 28 marked yet another historic day for the Newark Board of Education as Newark Superintendent of Schools Roger Leon officially opened the doors of the Michelle Obama Elementary School, named in honor of the former first lady. The school services students in prekindergarten to second grade and will grow one grade […]

Newark celebrates grand opening of data science, IT school

NEWARK, NJ — On Sept. 29, Newark Superintendent of Schools Roger Leon hosted the ceremony for the official opening of a second new school in Newark for the 2021-2022 school year: the Newark School of Data Science and Information Technology. The school’s vision and mission is to provide students with industry-standard skills and prepare them […]

Ida inflicts serious damage to Newark Public Schools

NEWARK, NJ — Newark Public Schools suffered catastrophic damage during Hurricane Ida that required major cleanup and restoration action to be taken, according to a Sept. 10 press release. Due to Hurricane Ida, the school district suffered the following damage: a fire, a fallen tree at the entry of a school, and 33 flooded buildings, […]

Bloomfield College partners with Newark BOE on ‘College and Career Readiness: Class of 2022’ program

Bloomfield College partners with Newark BOE on ‘College and Career Readiness: Class of 2022’ program

BLOOMFIELD, NJ — Bloomfield College recently welcomed 20 rising high school seniors from the Newark Public Schools to campus for a two-week “College and Career Readiness: Class of 2022 at Bloomfield College” program, in partnership with the Newark Board of Education. All 20 students applied to the college during the program, and all were surprised […]

Newark Public Schools partners to provide pooled COVID-19 testing

NEWARK, NJ — Newark Public Schools announced a partnership with Ginkgo Bioworks Inc. on March 24 to provide pooled SARS-CoV-2 testing. As part of Newark’s planned return to in-person learning on April 12, the district will be implementing weekly testing of students, teachers and staff at local schools from pre-K through high school, beginning with […]

Newark Board of Education hits millionth meal mark in food distribution

NEWARK, NJ — When the decision was made to operate school remotely on Friday, March 13, as a result of COVID-19, the Food and Nutrition Services Department, with the leadership of Executive Director Tonya McGill, had one goal in mind — to have 5,000 meals prepared and ready for distribution on Monday, March 16. “Food […]

First-ever virtual district staff convocation for Newark schools

NEWARK, NJ — On Sept. 1, Superintendent of Schools Roger Leon and the Newark Board of Education hosted District Staff Convocation 2020. The annual convocation is a celebration to start the school year, where the superintendent convenes all employees in one venue to share the state of the district, review multiple measures of data, celebrate […]

All Newark public schools to continue operating remotely

NEWARK, NJ — On Aug. 17, Newark Superintendent of Schools Roger Leon, with the full support of the Newark Board Education, came to the decision that all Newark public schools would continue operating remotely for the first marking period of the 2020-’21 school year. In an effort to move forward during this challenging time, the […]

Newark BOE approves 10-year strategic plan

NEWARK, NJ — The members of the Newark Board of Education approved the district’s 10-year strategic plan, “The Next Decade: 2020-’30,” at the June 23 public board meeting. In order to transition to “The Next Decade,” Superintendent Roger Leon first looked at the strategic plans of his predecessors and he created “NPS Clarity 2020.” This […]

Newark BOE returns to in-person Central Office operations

NEWARK, NJ — The Newark Board of Education operated virtually for more than three months, but the Central Office staff resumed in-person operations July 1. While working remotely, the district used the opportunity to establish and implement safety measures and protocols to prepare for the safe return of all employees. Prior to returning to in-person […]