Plans to Rebuild West Orange High School Athletic “Bubble” Underway

July 18, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Plans are moving ahead to build a new “Bubble” at West Orange High School that will expand the athletic usefulness of what has been primarily a weight-room area, Superintendent Jeffrey Rutzky announced on Monday.

At this week’s West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) meeting, Rutzky said that bids are opening this week to put up a new, state-of-the-art ...

West Orange Schools to Receive $3.5 Million in Equalization Aid

WEST ORANGE, NJ – After years of being underfunded according to its current student enrollment, the West Orange Public Schools will receive approximately $3.5 million in equalization aid from the state this year, West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) member Sandra Mordecai announced on Monday.

Mordecai explained that this additional funding is coming after years of advocating for full ...

Families Invited to Open House at Peanut Shell Early Learning Center

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Parents of infants through preschoolers are invited to a July 28 open house at the West Essex YMCA’s Peanut Shell Early Learning Center from 9 a.m. to noon.

The state-licensed Peanut Shell provides full-and part-time childcare for families in Livingston, West Orange, Roseland, the Caldwells and surrounding communities. It is the only childcare center in ...

West Orange Student Earns Scholarship to Study Arabic in Jordan

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Thanks to a US Department of State National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship for 2018-19 through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, West Orange High School student Mike Petros is studying Arabic this summer Jordan.

Petros was selected from more than 3,300 applications across the United States and approximately 670 students ...

Phase I of "Legacy Walkway Project" Unveiled at West Orange High School

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The first phase of the ongoing "Legacy Walkway Project" was recently unveiled at West Orange High School (WOHS), and bricks are currently available for purchase.

The WOHS PTA created the ongoing project to raise funds for the high school. Mayor Robert Parisi, Principal Hayden Moore, board member Ken Alper and PTA presidents Ellen Perkins and Susan Palmucci ...

New West Orange Scholarship to Honor Patricia Villarosa

WEST ORANGE, NJ – The West Orange Scholarship Fund recently established a new scholarship to honor the memory of Washington Elementary School teacher Patricia Villarosa, who died in March after being struck by a vehicle on her way to a board of education meeting.

Villarosa was a first-grade teacher in West Orange for more than 20 years. She was a long-time resident of West Orange ...

West Orange Students Inducted into Escriptus Honor Society for Journalistic Talent

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Rising seniors at West Orange High School meeting the rigorous Escriptus Honor Society requirements recently joined the ranks of the prestigious honor society, while graduating seniors received the cords that they later donned at graduation. 

To qualify for Escriptus, students must receive a grade of “A” in all Language Arts classes for all four years ...

Beloved West Orange Teacher Dies at 54; Colleagues Establish Scholarships

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Beloved Liberty Middle School science teacher Susan Zaccaro, 54, died following an illness on June 30.

Zaccaro was born in Edison and lived in Nutley. She taught science at Edison Middle School from 1990-2005 and moved to Liberty Middle School when it opened its doors in 2005, teaching until the time of her death. She was known not only as a mentor for teachers, but ...

West Orange High School Graduates 524 at Codey Arena

WEST ORANGE, NJ – West Orange High School (WOHS) graduated 524 seniors at Codey Arena on Thursday during the high school’s 123rd annual commencement exercises.

Class of 2018 Valedictorian Aishwarya Kanagala reflected upon her past four years and encouraged her fellow graduates to take what they have learned and use it like a candle to light their way.

"Frankly, and I ...

West Orange District Graduates 251 from Liberty Middle School

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Families of 251 graduates filled the auditorium at West Orange High School (WOHS) as Liberty Middle School graduated its eighth-grade students in a midday ceremony last week.

Liberty Principal Bob Klemt congratulated the students and parents on their accomplishments, stating that ceremonies like this provide opportunities to reflect on achievements and memories from the ...

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