Redwood Elementary named a 2022 National Blue Ribbon School

Redwood Elementary named a 2022 National Blue Ribbon School

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The United States Department of Education announced Sept. 16 that Redwood Elementary School in West Orange has been named a 2022 National Blue Ribbon School, along with eight other schools in New Jersey and 297 schools nationwide. “I applaud all the honorees for the 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award for […]

‘Infinite Possibilities’ celebration welcomes district staff back to West Orange schools

‘Infinite Possibilities’ celebration welcomes district staff back to West Orange schools

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Nearly 1,300 staff members from the West Orange School District gathered together for a first-of-its-kind “Infinite Possibilities” celebration on Sept. 1 to provide an uplifting start to the school year. The award-winning Marching Mountaineers made an appearance to perform “We Are the Champions” and members of the boys step team danced […]

Help West Orange teachers ‘clear the list’

Help West Orange teachers ‘clear the list’

WEST ORANGE, NJ — While parents and students are rushing around to get supplies together for the coming school year, so are teachers. In the West Orange School District, teachers from across the district have created Amazon wish lists containing various items expected to enhance the learning experience for students during the upcoming school year. […]

West Orange educator named Essex County teacher of the year

West Orange educator named Essex County teacher of the year

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Redwood Elementary School special education teacher Kristen Dunleavy has been named the 2022 Essex County Governor’s Educator of the Year recipient. The announcement came Aug. 11 from the New Jersey School Boards Association in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Education. “Of the 23 districts that comprise public education in […]

Redwood Elementary celebrates AAPI Month with Cherry Blossom Festival

Redwood Elementary celebrates AAPI Month with Cherry Blossom Festival

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Redwood Elementary School celebrated Asian American and Pacific Islander Month on May 25 with a Cherry Blossom Festival. “This year, to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month at Redwood Elementary School, we engaged in a day filled with activities by traveling through various Asian countries and Pacific islands for our Cherry Blossom Festival,” […]

Redwood Elementary holds schoolwide Social-Emotional Learning Day

Redwood Elementary holds schoolwide Social-Emotional Learning Day

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Redwood Elementary School held its first schoolwide Social-Emotional Learning Day on Nov. 23, integrating activities into the daily curriculum and underscoring the importance of social-emotional learning to students and staff.  The SEL Day was conceived by Redwood teachers Paul Stefanelli and Jennifer Paull and supported by Principal Kimya Jackson. A guide […]

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 […]

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