What's Happening in West Orange Schools

100th Day of School. Credits:
Lachell Miller, Shop Rite Nutritionist, with Mrs. Busby's Kindergarten class. Credits:
MATHCOUNTS competition - LMS Math Teacher Shrina Patel, the Liberty math team, and Ms. Garcia,  Assistant Principal. Credits:

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Here's a roundup of some of the events happening at West Orange Schools:

Pleasantdale Elementary School

Pleasantdale Elementary School students at Pleasantdale Elementary School celebrated the "100th Day of School" on Feb. 20 by dressing up like 100-year-old versions of themselves to celebrate how they were "100 days smarter".

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"I enjoyed my mom putting powder in my hair to make me look old," said first grader Nathaniel Thomas. Students came adorned with suspenders, cardigans, glasses, stick on mustaches and a few even carried canes. Some students were seen trying to walk like they were 100-years-old, asking friends for assistance in hanging up their coats and emptying their backpacks.

"It was so much fun," said first grader Jake Watkinson. "I loved seeing all the smiling faces in the halls on the 100th day of school."

“It was certainly a memorable celebration this year,” laughed Principal Dr. Joanne Pollara.

Washington Elementary School

Washington Elementary School Kindergarten teachers Victoria Busby, Kathy Fitzpatrick, Linda Perna and Jennifer Catalano have worked with their students since September to help them make healthy eating and choices a priority. Students have learned about how to make healthy lifestyle choices, in conjunction with the school’s Fruits and Vegetable Grant (where students receive different fruits and vegetable twice a week as a supplemental snack) and the availability of a daily salad bar served at lunch.

In February, Lachell Miller, nutritionist at the Essex Green Shoprite, visited the Kindergarten classes as part of Washington School’s Green School initiative and engaged students My Plate activities, taste tests and a mystery basket game of various health foods.

Edison Middle School

On March 6 and 7, the West Orange African Heritage Organization is hosting the Second Annual STEM, (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program at Thomas Edison Middle School from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. Science, Technology, Engineering and Math professionals, along with post secondary students, will provide students insight and information into STEM-related fields and opportunities.

The Central Sixth staff has worked with WOAHO to put the program together for students.

“Edison Middle School is grateful and honored to have the members of the West Orange African Heritage Organization coordinate this valuable program,” said Assistant Principal Steven Melendez. “We value the participation of our parents and community in bringing real world application examples of our core curriculum studies to our classrooms.”

Liberty Middle School

On Saturday, Feb. 8, Edison, Liberty and Roosevelt Middle Schools participated in the national "MATHCOUNTS" Northern New Jersey competition held at Liberty Middle School. Over 250 students from Northern New Jersey, along with their math coaches, participated in a day-long event, including "bee" style contests.  

Edison Middle School received the Most Improved School award.

Liberty Principal Bob Klemt commented, "The interest and participation among the surrounding districts was amazing. We hosted 34 schools and over 250 students and all the students had a great time competing."

Roosevelt Middle School

The Jr. Interact Club at Roosevelt Middle School is currently participating in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society 2013-2014 Pennies for Patients program.  Over $221 million dollars has been raised throughout the United States and Canada since 1994 to support LLS and its mission to cure blood cancers and improve the lives of patients and their families.  An LLS donation box is currently located in the office as well as several classrooms, and each Jr. Interact Club member received a yellow LLS box to take home to Pennies For Patients (nickels, dimes, quarters, bills and checks are also accepted.  Checks can be made payable to "The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.)

Contributions will be collected through March 21. Contact Seventh Grade RMS Team Leader Tracy Gordon at for more information.



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