More Than 400 Students Attend West Orange Summer Enrichment Program

Science and tech with Paul Stefanelli Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Dance performance @ West Orange Summer Enrichment Program Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Art with Melanie Racanelli. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Computers (Photoshop) with Steve Zichella. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Band with Lew Kelly. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Learning Chinese characters with teacher Yajing Li. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Band with Mr. Romano Credits: Cynthia Cumming

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The West Orange School District Summer Enrichment Program wrapped up on July 28 after a week of musical and dance performances by students, teachers and high school helpers. A tech class slideshow by tech students highlighting the Enrichment Program was also presented. 

“Over 430 students participated in this year’s Summer Enrichment program,” said Scott Tomlin, St. Cloud music teacher, who also served as the on-site program coordinator.

High school nurse Denise Werzen was on hand to assist with any medical issues and to assist Tomlin. 

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Morning classes from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Extended Day program offerings were available to students.

“Students enjoyed the programs, and the extended day program provided a nice variety of activities for the students from 12:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.,” said Tomlin. 

Program offerings were wide ranging and varied and included offerings for Prep (grades 2-5) and more advanced (grades 6-8).

Academic programs included science, math, technology, computers, creative writing, English as a Second Language (ESL) and the return of Mandarin Chinese.

Music programs featured instrumental classes in clarinet, piano, guitar, percussion, saxophone, cello, violin, flute, and oboe) and band/orchestra.

Other Fine Arts programs included Dance, Drama, and Art (Calligraphy, painting, ceramics, and crafts). In addition, fitness programs and fitness classes like baseball fundamentals, Gym Jamboree, and field/gym for afternoon students rounded out the day.

“It’s amazing to witness what the teachers can do in a short time and what the students were able to learn in such a narrow window of instruction,” said Lou Quagliato, district Fine Arts Supervisor. “Focused daily lessons really enables the students to retain information and produce positive results.”

With cheers filling the auditorium for student performances as students, teachers, friends and family enjoyed the morning, it was apparent the West Orange Summer Enrichment program was again successful.

To see all the photos from the Summer Enrichment program, go here.

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