A good virtual first day of school in West Orange

A good virtual first day of school in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Months of planning and preparation were put to the test on Sept. 14 when West Orange schools opened virtually for students in grades K through 12 and, by most accounts, things went smoothly. One parent noted, “My WOHS freshman had a great first day. From what I’m seeing/hearing from other districts, […]

WOSD implements changes for better diversity, equity

WOSD implements changes for better diversity, equity

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education heard a presentation from the Diversity, Equity and Access Committee at its Aug. 31 meeting. Acting Chairwoman Kimya Jackson, the assistant principal at Redwood Elementary School, said that during the summer the committee created a student survey focused on race. Students will take the survey […]

WOSD welcomes new executive director of personnel and special projects

WOSD welcomes new executive director of personnel and special projects

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Joseph Vespignani has been named the new executive director of personnel and special projects for the West Orange School District. As schools in New Jersey continue to face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, innovative and adaptable leadership is paramount to providing a successful learning environment for students, teachers and administrators. […]

West Orange student Nava Brickman donates to those in need

West Orange student Nava Brickman donates to those in need

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Rising Edison Middle School student Nava Brickman wanted to make sure that the Sustainable Development Goal project in her gifted-and-talented class came to fruition and, as a result, several book bags, items of clothing and food were distributed this summer to the community in need. “Nava did not want to see […]

West Orange students to begin school year virtually

West Orange students to begin school year virtually

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Following the presentation of the preliminary school reopening plan at a West Orange Board of Education meeting in July, Superintendent of Schools Scott Cascone and a panel of other school officials held a virtual town hall on Aug. 6, revisiting the plan and introducing changes. The plan that the BOE will […]

Redwood, Washington receive Safe Streets to School recognition

Redwood, Washington receive Safe Streets to School recognition

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Following on the heels of Kelly Elementary School, Liberty Middle School and West Orange Township, Redwood and Washington elementary schools have received gold and bronze recognition, respectively, from the Safe Routes to School program. The recognition is given in partnership with transportation management agency EZ Ride and in cooperation with West […]

WOSD drafts plan for return to school

WOSD drafts plan for return to school

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education discussed the path back to reopening schools in the fall at its July 20 meeting. The health and safety of students and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic is the top priority, and the school population will not all return to in-person instruction at the same […]

WOHS 2020 graduates get their day in the sun

WOHS 2020 graduates get their day in the sun

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Members of the West Orange High School Class of 2020 finally had the opportunity to don their robes and walk for graduation on July 9 in Suriano Stadium. With Gov. Phil Murphy’s allowance for socially-distanced graduations, the administrative team at the high school began preparations for an outdoor ceremony to be […]

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