Expert speaks on CO2 in WOSD

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education heard a presentation about the carbon dioxide levels in the district’s schools at its Jan. 28 meeting, when a consultant updated board members and the public about the air quality at West Orange High School. The rest of the schools were also tested, and it […]

Washington students Skype with popular Scholastic children’s author

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Third-grade students at Washington Elementary School were excited to Skype with popular children’s author Lauren Tarshis on Jan. 24. Tarshis is the author of the Scholastic “I Survived” children’s book series. “The kids at Washington School have told me their favorite ‘I Survived’ books are ‘I Survived the Sinking of the […]

West Orange community gathers to celebrate Kwanzaa

West Orange community gathers to celebrate Kwanzaa

WEST ORANGE, NJ — On Friday, Dec. 28, the West Orange African Heritage Organization held its annual Kwanzaa celebration at Washington Elementary School. The celebration was held on the third day of Kwanzaa: Ujima, collective work and responsibility. This year’s theme was “Return, Reclaim, Restore and Rejoice,” for “Return to our roots, Reclaim our forgotten […]

Washington Elementary students participate in ‘Hour of Code’

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Fourth- and fifth-grade students at Washington Elementary School were part of an international celebration of computer science on Dec. 7 at their “Hour of Code” events. Schools across West Orange and the world participate in “Hour of Code” activities, most taking place during Computer Science Education Week. CSEW is timed to […]

BOE, WOSD officials discuss health issues in schools

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange School District administrators updated the West Orange Board of Education and members of the public at the Dec. 11 BOE meeting about the water and air quality in the school buildings, bringing up-to-date results of legionella bacteria testing in all schools and carbon dioxide level testing at West Orange […]

WO students send hundreds of holiday cards to U.S. troops overseas

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Hundreds of military personnel stationed overseas will have their holidays brightened with handmade cards thanks to the caring students in West Orange schools. For the past few years, students and teachers have created beautiful and unique handmade cards with messages of encouragement and support. The efforts began after WOHS Class of […]

Santa to visit West Orange schools

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Every year, Santa Claus tours the various neighborhoods of West Orange just after Thanksgiving to “ring in the season.” This year’s event will be Sunday, Nov. 25. In past years the tour wound its way through various neighborhoods in town, but this year’s Santa Tour has scheduled stops at each of […]

Legionella bacteria found in several school district water fixtures

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After finding low levels of legionella bacteria in some water samples from Redwood Elementary School in August, West Orange School District contracted with Garden State Environmental to test all schools and district facilities for legionella bacteria, which can cause Legionnaires’ disease. According to a Sept. 25 update from the district, testing […]

West Orange students head back to school

WEST ORANGE, NJ — It was back to the classroom for West Orange public school students on Sept. 6 and, despite the sweltering temperatures, there was excitement and smiles. Superintendent of Schools Jeff Rutzky spent the day visiting the district’s 12 schools, beginning his morning at Gregory Elementary School, where he welcomed students, staff and […]

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