Parents continue to protest honors admission process

District defends process, though always looks to improve

WEST ORANGE, NJ — For the third straight year, several parents are speaking out against the admissions process for the West Orange School District’s honors program — specifically criticizing the emphasis the criteria puts on the placement test and writing sample. Much like last year, the parents believe that more weight should be placed on […]

Mt. Pleasant School celebrates students at annual Autism Awareness Carnival

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The annual Autism Awareness Carnival held at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School on May 12 celebrated district elementary, middle and high school autistic students with a ceremony, bubble-blowing, a carnival and a barbecue. The event began with comments by Mt. Pleasant Principal Julie DiGiacomo, Kelly Principal Joanne Pollara, Superintendent of Schools Jeff […]

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella’ charms at Liberty Middle School

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s ‘Cinderella’ charms at Liberty Middle School

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Liberty Middle School production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” is sure to provide a great family-friendly evening of entertainment as some of West Orange’s rising stars sing and dance their way into the audience’s hearts. A cast and crew of more than 25 students has been working for months with […]

Roosevelt Middle to present ‘Seussical Jr.’ on April 28 and 29

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Roosevelt Middle School, located at 36 Gilbert Place in West Orange, will present “Seussical Jr.” on Friday and Saturday, April 28 and 29, beginning at 7 p.m. “Seussical Jr.” is a family-friendly adaptation of “Seussical,” the Tony-nominated musical that features several Dr. Seuss books and characters weaved into a tale of […]

RMS student places second in oratorical program

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Roosevelt Middle School seventh-grade student William Armstead placed second in the Essex County 18th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Program on Jan. 14. Armstead competed against 27 chosen competitors from the Essex County area. “We are very proud of young Will,” Roosevelt Principal Lionel Hush said in a press […]

Betty Maddalena Foundation donates Stand2Learn desks to WOSD

Betty Maddalena Foundation donates Stand2Learn desks to WOSD

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Betty Maddalena Foundation, formed in 2011 following the death of beloved West Orange educator Betty Maddalena, has donated 63 Stand2Learn desks at a cost of $14,000 throughout all schools in the district. The initiative was begun by Christine Aker, a learning disabilities teacher consultant in West Orange who is also […]

West Orange schools create holiday cards for troops

West Orange schools create holiday cards for troops

WEST ORANGE, NJ — All 11 schools in the West Orange School District once again answered the call to create holiday cards for the troops with a resounding “yes,” as more than 1,000 cards were recently sent out to troops around the world. “We Love Our Heroes,” a local group comprised of friends and parishioners […]

Three teenagers face charges in fake drug deal

WEST ORANGE, NJ — An 18-year-old Fanwood woman and two West Orange teenagers face charges after the woman allegedly told police the pair brandished a handgun during a fake marijuana deal, according to a Sept. 22 release from West Orange Township. Madison McBride, 18, of Shady Lane, Fanwood, is charged with loitering to obtain a […]

Departmentalization, new standards come to WOSD

WOSD continues work to modernize WO education

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Most West Orange students who recently returned to school were met with new initiatives designed to improve their learning experience and better prepare them for the future. The West Orange School District this year implemented departmentalization for grades four and five, meaning students at those levels will now report to multiple […]