West Orange mathematics teacher dies at 53

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Cynthia Murren Di Giovanna, a former mathematics teacher at Edison Middle School, Roosevelt Middle School and Redwood Elementary School, died suddenly on July 22. She was 53 years old. Di Giovanna spent 15 years teaching in West Orange schools and was the recipient of several accolades for teaching excellence. She served […]

Roosevelt Middle School graduates 282 eighth-graders

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In his inimitable style, Roosevelt Middle School Principal Lionel Hush brought laughter and tears as he welcomed families to the early evening graduation of 282 eighth-grade students on June 19. As the curtains opened to present the students onstage, applause broke out. Graduating student and author/activist Marley Dias led the crowd […]

BOE considers creating consolidated ELL program

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education postponed a vote on the English Language Learners Program at its May 21 meeting, after board members decided they want to hear more feedback from parents and community members about the program changes proposed by Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum Eveny de Mendez and world language […]

Holocaust assembly at RMS features story of Anne Frank

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The annual Holocaust assembly at Roosevelt Middle School on April 18 featured a special performance highlighting the life and death of Anne Frank. Presented by the award-winning educational acting company “Living Voices,” “Through the Eyes of a Friend” provided a young teen’s vantage point of the Nazi occupation of Holland and […]

WOHS teacher appointed executive director of NJTEEA

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School technology and engineering teacher Debra Coen has been appointed executive director of the New Jersey Technology and Engineering Educators Association. The NJTEEA is the state organization that represents all technology and engineering teachers. Coen has been employed by the West Orange School District since September 2000, teaching […]

Roosevelt ‘Invention Convention’ shows off STEM talents

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The second Roosevelt Middle School seventh-grade “Invention Convention” on March 29 gave students the opportunity to show off some of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills they have begun to develop as the West Orange School District provides more curriculum geared to engineering and design. For the event, which was […]

Broadway Buddies take each other to new artistic heights

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Returning for its third year, Vanguard Theater Company’s Broadway Buddy Mentorship Program and Cabaret unites budding local talent with seasoned Broadway actors. The program concludes with a cabaret featuring the pairs performing at the South Orange Performing Arts Center on Monday, April 23, through a special collaboration with Seton Hall University’s […]

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