Nearly 7,000 West Orange Students Go 'Back to School'

Buses at WOHS. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
WOHS. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Robert (sophomore) and Kelly (senior) Parisi, WOHS. Credits: Sheila Parisi
Students file in to WOHS. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
WOHS Student Clarissa Ford. Credits: Clarissa Ford
Emma and Amanda Scalora, Grade 9, WOHS. Credits: Lisa Bartolo Scalora
Liberty Middle School Students wait for the bus. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Asst. Principal Steve Melendez awaits students at Edison Middle School. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Nathan, 6th - EMS, and Teddy, 2nd grade Mount Pleasant. Credits: Jackie Schatell
Redwood School students wait for the bus. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Mia, Amie, and Eddie, Redwood School Credits: Cybil Binan
Parents and students form lines at Washington School. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
Leah Amann, Kindergarten, Washington School. Credits: Dan Amann
Lizzie and Jack Quirk, Gregory School. Credits: Steve Quirk
Principal Joanne Pollara speaks to parents at the annual Coffee and Kleenex event. Credits: Lee Etta Sutton
Alexa Pannucci, First Grade, Pleasantdale. Credits: Peter Pannucci
Liam (Pre-K) and Addison Berzola, Pleasantdale School. Credits: Lee Etta Sutton
Gabriel Strassman, Grade 2, St. Cloud School. Credits: Christine Strassman
The Bashkoff "Backpack" Boys, St. Cloud School. Credits: Perry Bashkoff
The Fried family, St. Cloud, Roosevelt, and more. Credits: Randi Fried
The Glickers of St. Cloud school. Credits: Jessica Glicker
Second Graders Dylan Schatell and Daniel Garber of Mount Pleasant School. Credits: Jackie Schatell
The Brosnans: Shane, 4th, Liam, 2nd, Ciaran, K, of Mt. Pleasant. Credits: Jackie Schatell

WEST ORANGE, NJ - On a beautiful Monday morning in West Orange, nearly 7,000 West Orange public school students returned to school, whether by school bus, automobile, or on foot.

The school bus fleet was out in force as they picked up high school, middle school and elementary school students.  A few years ago, the district created a 'staggered' system of school times to most efficiently utilize busing and save money for taxpayers.  High school students begin classes at 7:30 am and end at 2:15 pm; middle school students begin classes at 8:00 am and end at 2:53 pm; and elementary school students begin classes at 8:45 am and end at 3:23 pm.

Liberty and Roosevelt Middle Schools implemented their new block scheduling today, after spending the summer months putting it into place.  West Orange High School debuted its Rotating Drop schedule, which includes a common lunch period.  While high school students described their first common lunch period as 'crazy,' most took it in stride and expect that it will take a little time to 'tweak' any problems.

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Parents waxed nostalgic and students posed, squirmed, smiled, and grimaced for photos on their first day back.  But a picture is worth a thousand words, and the West Orange Alternative Press was privileged to get permission from several parents and students to publish their first day photos. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.


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