West Orange Public Schools Update

Pictured are L to R: Mr. Velez, Matthew Georges, Xavier Malin, Free Dixon, and Joseph Morocho. Credits: Amy Simon
Principal Joanne Pollara, left, with teachers, students, and members of Girls on the Run. Credits: Amy Simon
The WOHS Fall Sports Pep Rally. Credits: West Orange Alternative Press

WEST ORANGE, NJ - There's always something going on in West Orange Schools.  Here's a roundup of activities, toy drives, concerts, and the WOHS Winter Pep Rally:

Edison Student Council Toy Drive

Edison Middle School is collecting new and unwrapped toys for the Mayor’s Sunshine Fund. Drop off until Dec. 16 at tables outside the main office, 75 Williams St.

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Edison Middle School Winter Chorus/Orchestra Concert

Wednesday, Dec. 11, Edison Middle School, 75 William St., 7 p.m.

Hazel Elementary School Turkey Trot Held

The Hazel Avenue School held its first Turkey Trot right before Thanksgiving to promote physical fitness among its students. Mr. Velez, Hazel's phys ed teacher. organized the event along with Principal Ed Acevedo. "All fit turkeys have great legs" said Velez. The whole school participated, with students in grades K-2 running a  1/2 mile and students in grades 3-5 running a mile.  

Liberty Middle School Winter 2 Orchestra Concert
Tuesday, Dec. 10 at Liberty Middle School, 1 Kelly Drive, 7 p.m.

Pleasantdale Elementary School - Girls on the Run Food Drive

Girls on the Run, a national non-profit organization that utilizes running and other activties to encourage young girls to believe in themselvesand rise above their challenges, ran a food pantry in conjunction with Pleasantdale Elementary School, where their meetings are held.

The young ladies of GOTR united with Darlene Sardinsky, a Primary Autistic teacher, suggested that the children collect donations via her autistic class as well as Jill Deardorff's autitistic class since the girls were learning about autism. The two autistic classes have eleven students combined and had never been able to collect enough food to qualify for a pizza party. 

When one of the third-grade classes at Pleasantdale heard about the effort, they donated their own food donations to the two classes. Together, more than 500 non-perishable food items were collected. The students' and GOTR members' selflessness, responsibility and enthusiasm surpassed all expectations and has defined the mission of Girls on the Run.

The Roosevelt Middle School Toy Drive for Camden Street School 

Jr. Interact club is celebrating their 10-year Anniversary of their partnership with Camden Street School in Newark.  This season they will deliver toys for 160 special needs students in the Camden Street School Gymnasium on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 10:30 a.m.  We will have 35 of our helping elves and a special guest as Santa Claus.  Cash donations can be made to Roosevelt Middle School, by dropping off in the main office care of Mrs. Cerutti or Mrs. Gordon.  We are also selling commemorative T-Shirts with our helping elves for $10. Donate by Dec. 16 to Roosevelt Middle School, 36 Gilbert Place.

Roosevelt Middle School Winter Band/Chorus

Tuesday, Dec. 10, Roosevelt Middle School, 36 Gilbert Place, 7 p.m.

The St. Cloud Student Council Toy Drive

St. Cloud is hosting a toy drive to support the Mayor’s Sunshine Fund. Unwrapped toys can be dropped off at St. Cloud office until Dec.16, 71 Sheridan Ave.                                                

WOHS Air Force Jr ROTC Toy Drive

The West Orange High School Air Force Junior ROTC program is conducting a toy drive Dec. 5-19.  New, unwrapped toys for children of all ages will be accepted at the West Orange High School Conforti and Pleasant Valley Way entrances during normal school hours.  Collected toys will be distributed as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community, in partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. Point of Contact: Major Joseph Marchesini or Senior Master Sergeant Yoh at (973) 669-5301 ext. 31730 51 Conforti Avenue

WOHS Winter Sports Pep Rally

The incredible turnout for the Fall WOHS Mountaineer Pep Rally encouraged the teams as they placed in finals and championships.  The West Orange community is invited to attend the WOHS Winter Sports Pep Rally on Wednesday,  December 11 at 7 pm  in the Tarnoff Gym, 51 Conforti Avenue. The entrance to Tarnoff Gym is at the rear of of the sports complex near the soccer and baseball fields.

Winter teams will be highlighted, including boys and girls basketball, winter track, wrestling, bowling, swimming and ice hockey. The Award Winning WOHS Step Team will perform and Monty the Mountaineer will be on hand to support the teams as well.

West Orange High School Winter Choral Concert

Thursday, December 12West Orange High School, 51 Conforti Avenue, 7 pm.












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