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Academic and Artistic Success Stories Featured at West Orange Board of Education Meeting

St. Cloud Elementary School students show off their artwork inspired by Vincent Van Gogh Credits: Alan Grossman
From left, Kevin and Brett Zeligson discuss their invention to create a bicycle that recharges cell phones. Credits: Alan Grossman
From left, Paulo Rojas and Matthew Hascsak present their invention to create an expandable aquarium filter. Credits: Alan Grossman
The West Orange Marching Band recognized for many awards won this year. Credits: Alan Grossman
Mt. Pleasant Elementary School students speak about participating in The Global Read Aloud Program. Credits: Alan Grossman

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange students who are considered to be succeeding brilliantly in academic, artistic and musical pursuits at both Mount Pleasant Elementary School and St. Cloud Elementary School as well as West Orange High School (WOHS) made special presentation to the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) and those in attendance at its meeting on Monday.

Students from Mount Pleasant, which was rated as one of the 10 most diverse schools in the country, spoke about connecting with students around the world by being part of The Global Read Aloud project. They joined with students worldwide in the reading the book “Pax” by Sara Pennypacker, which focuses on the character’s journey for peace. Teacher Theresa Galati initiated this effort in her fifth-grade social studies class.

St. Cloud Elementary School students showed off an innovative art project that the school has undertaken. The young students are learning how to show “art in motion” from the master artist Vincent Van Gogh.

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A STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Tank presentation featured students from WOHS who are working on their own inventions featuring technological breakthroughs. Kevin and Brett Zeligson founded the Raijin Group, which is currently working on a “sustain-a-cycle” project that will charge one’s cell phone as he or she bicycles to a destination.

Matthew Hascsak and Paulo Rojas showed off their Aquarium Cares project that would allow people to expand their aquarium filters when they purchase a bigger tank. This STEAM Tank initiative is being supervised by Ryan Del Guercio and coordinated by Max Grossman, a technology education teacher at WOHS. 

The West Orange Marching Band was also recognized during the meeting for the numerous awards it has won over the past year. The Marching Mountaineers will be going to Indianapolis in March for the National Championship. Lewis Kelly, director of band, thanked the the board and Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Rutzky for all of their support in helping to make this an award-winning, nationally recognized program.

The next WOBOE meeting will be held on March 20.

To read more about this meeting, in which the superintendent explained West Orange High School's 85-percent graduation rate, click HERE

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