New Policy to Reduce School Meal Program Arrears Adopted in West Orange

October 20, 2017

WEST ORANGE, NJ — With the outstanding meal account balance now at approximately $29,000 in the West Orange Public Schools district, the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) passed a new policy on Monday that will help the school business administrator better track and collect the funds for unpaid meals.

According to the policy, students without breakfast/lunch money will be ...

West Orange Board of Education Approves New Director of Special Services

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After more than a dozen of Kristin Gogerty’s colleagues praised her during public comment of Monday’s West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) meeting, the WOBOE unanimously approved her as the new director of special services.

Gogerty replaces Connie Salimbeno, who was recently named the principal of the Betty Maddalena Early Learning Center.

Among ...

Algebra PARCC Scores Show Downward Trend in West Orange

WEST ORANGE, NJ – With 38 percent of West Orange High School students reportedly not meeting expectations (or achieving Level 1) on the Algebra 2 PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) exam, several members of the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) expressed concern at Monday’s meeting about how algebra is being taught in the district.

This ...

Chinese Exchange Students Experience Life at West Orange High School

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Chinese exchange students from a high school in Hung-jo recently sat down with the West Orang High School (WOHS) newspaper staff to discuss their experiences living in American society.

The students arrived on Sept. 29 and spent the week attending WOHS classes, interacting with students, participating in extracurricular activities, and visiting Madison Square ...

Week of Respect Kicks Off at Kelly Elementary School with “Omega Man” Assembly

WEST ORANGE, NJ – As the annual “Week of Respect” began on Oct. 2 in the West Orange School District, Kelly Elementary School kicked off their week with a special “Omega Man” assembly featuring feats of strength and serious anti-bullying messages intended to teach students about becoming a true H.E.R.O. (Helping Everyone Respect Others).

Principal Dr. Joanne ...

West Orange High School Names 2018 Valedictorian and Salutatorian

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Aishwarya Kanagala has been named Valedictorian and Aion Ashby the Salutatorian for the West Orange High School graduating Class of 2018.

"It's nice to see two ladies paving the way academically," said Principal Hayden Moore.  “I am extremely proud of both students."

Kanagala is involved in several honor societies including ...

Fifth Annual West Orange High School Fan Fest Promotes Community Spirit

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The fifth annual West Orange High School Fan Fest on Thursday bubbled with school spirit as students and athletes gathered to support one another and connect with the community. The event was held on the baseball field of Conforti Campus.

West Orange boys soccer and girls volleyball both had home games during Fanfest. The girls fell, 2-1, to Bloomfield while boys soccer ...

West Orange School District Helps Out Local Food Pantry

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Sodexo, the food service provider for the West Orange School District, recently answered a call for help from the Holy Trinity-West Orange Food Pantry by providing several cases of food to be distributed to its members. 

According to Cynthia Cumming, food pantry administrator and public relations supervisor for the West Orange school district, West Orange Board of ...

Our Lady of the Lake School Named One of the Best in the Nation

VERONA, NJ – U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, announced this week that Verona's Our Lady of the Lake School has been named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School. Our Lady of the Lake School is one of among 342 public and private schools receiving this honor.

“The students, faculty and staff of Our Lady of the Lake School  are overjoyed with the news of ...

Chromebooks Can Now Go Home with West Orange Students

WEST ORANGE, NJ — In order to help students of all economic backgrounds obtain the skills they need in the computer age, students in grades 6-12 in the West Orange district can now take home their Chromebooks to do homework and research at home.

Superintendent Jeffrey Rutzky said that other districts have had great success with similar programs, and he is confident that the students will ...

Letter to the Editor: October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

October 18, 2017

Dear Editor,

For years, I could never understand why each October we marked Dyslexia Awareness Month as a federal event, but not a state event.  

As a member of the New Jersey Speech-Language-Hearing Association (NJSHA), I am aware our association has dedicated considerable resources to educating our elected leaders in Trenton about the importance of this designation. I am ...

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