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 […]

Jackson named new principal of West Orange’s Redwood School

Jackson named new principal of West Orange’s Redwood School

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Kimya Jackson has been named the new principal of Redwood Elementary School in West Orange.  When asked why she entered the education field, Jackson said, “Education chose me. I initially began my studies in physical therapy. However, having my son changed my life and professional path. I volunteered at his daycare […]

Pop-up bike lane and free bike skills course held at Redwood School

Pop-up bike lane and free bike skills course held at Redwood School

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The township of West Orange, EZ Ride, New Jersey Safe Routes, the West Orange School District and the West Orange Pedestrian Safety Advisory Board collaborated on the town’s first-ever pop-up bike lane and free bike skills course, held May 1 and 2 at Redwood Elementary School. Lisa Lee of EZ Ride […]

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 […]

Redwood, Washington receive Safe Streets to School recognition

Redwood, Washington receive Safe Streets to School recognition

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Following on the heels of Kelly Elementary School, Liberty Middle School and West Orange Township, Redwood and Washington elementary schools have received gold and bronze recognition, respectively, from the Safe Routes to School program. The recognition is given in partnership with transportation management agency EZ Ride and in cooperation with West […]

WOHS alumna works for immigrant rights during COVID crisis

WOHS alumna works for immigrant rights during COVID crisis

WEST ORANGE, NJ — During the pandemic, West Orange High School Class of 2015 alumna Esther Davila has been busy at work, where she provides COVID-19 information and ensures the rights of immigrants during the pandemic. Davila graduated from Boston University in 2019 with honors and a degree in health science and a minor in […]

Redwood School packages 288 ‘kindness kits’ during day of service

Redwood School packages 288 ‘kindness kits’ during day of service

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Redwood Elementary School rallied to collect supplies for a meaningful service project to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and successfully packaged 288 “kindness kits” that were donated to the Holy Trinity-West Orange Food Pantry. “In preparation for the event, students learned about Dr. King through videos, books, conversations and more,” guidance […]

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 […]

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