WEST ORANGE, NJ - On June 5, 200 Honor Roll students at Edison Middle School were treated to an end-of-the-school year breakfast by Principal Xavier Fitzgerald, Assistant Principal Steve Melendez.
The school has 450 students, nearly half of whom made the Principal's Honor Roll (all A's), Honor Roll (all A's and B's), or a combination of both, for all marking periods during the 2013-2014 school year.
"We're all proud of you," said Principal Xavier Fitzgerald. "You need to give yourselves a hand for all you've accomplished this year."
Edison Middle School is currently in its eighth year as a Central Sixth, meaning all sixth graders in West Orange attend the school. Since its inception, the number of honor roll students at Edison, Roosevelt and Liberty, the district's 7/8 middle schools, and West Orange High School, has increased.
As each student's name was called to receive their pin, fellow students cheered enthusiastically.
While some parents fret about the Central Sixth concept, worrying that it will disrupt their child's friendships if they go to Roosevelt or Liberty, the reality is that this has not been the case. District-wide friendships continue even if students go to different 7/8 middle schools, and every one comes back together at the high school.