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 […]

BOE may raise tax levy by 1.67 percent

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education unanimously passed the 2018-2019 preliminary budget at its special meeting on Monday, April 9, at Liberty Middle School, after receiving an extension from the county to submit the budget for approval. The previous county deadline was March 29. The preliminary operating budget is a total […]

Board of Education adopts new teacher evaluation model

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education unanimously approved a new teacher-evaluation model at its March 26 meeting that will take effect beginning with the 2018-2019 school year. The Charlotte Danielson Teacher Evaluation will replace the district’s current method, the Marzano model. The BOE also approved spending $13,500 to contract the services […]

West Orange High School senior receives Unsung Hero Award

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School senior Desiree Rivera received the Essex County School Boards Association Unsung Hero/Heroine Student Recognition Award at a ceremony held at Liberty Middle School on March 15. The recognition is open to students in Essex County high schools who make outstanding contributions to their schools and communities but […]

Community mourns death of beloved teacher

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange School District is mourning the loss of Washington Elementary School first-grade teacher Patricia Villarosa, who died March 9 from injuries she sustained after being struck by a car Feb. 26 on Pleasant Valley Way while on her way to a board of education meeting. Both a teacher and […]

BOE thanks community for speaking at meetings

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education released the following letter to the community on March 19: “On behalf of the Board of Education, we want to thank parents, teachers and the West Orange community for speaking out at our board meetings. Our board hears you very clearly, as you have expressed […]

Washington teacher Patricia Villarosa dies following accident

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Washington Elementary School first-grade teacher Patricia Villarosa died March 9 at University Hospital after being struck by a car on Pleasant Valley Way on Feb. 26. Villarosa had been on her way to the Board of Education meeting. Superintendent Jeff Rutzky released the following statement to faculty and staff: “We are […]

Kelly Elementary School student overcomes adversity to inspire others

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Saniyah Williams is a fifth-grade student at Kelly School who loves math and loves to run 5K races with her Girls on the Run group. Her favorite running shoes are turquoise and pink. She also loves gym classes, recess and jumping rope. The only difference between Saniyah and her fellow students […]

BOE votes 3-1 to renew Rutzky’s contract

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education renewed Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Rutzky’s contract at its Feb. 26 meeting with a vote of 3-1. BOE member Irv Schwarzbaum was the only opposing vote and President Ron Charles abstained due to his wife’s employment with the district. Rutzky’s new contract takes effect July […]

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