Financial Readiness Scholarship Fundraiser to be Held in West Orange

March 19, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Circle of Rainbow Sisters Seeking Spiritual and Wellness Connection (CORESSWC) is holding its annual fundraiser, "Women Who Rock the Kitchen,” on March 25 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Tarnoff Cafeteria at West Orange High School, 51 Conforti Avenue.

Monies raised will go toward the organization's Financial Readiness Academic Scholarship Award (FRASA) ...

West Orange Superintendent Thanks District for Contract Renewal

WEST ORANGE, NJ – After a long conversation at the last West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) meeting that focused on Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Rutzky’s contract renewal, Rutzky thanked the board for his reappointment, and said he was “humbled and grateful to work as the West Orange superintendent for the next three years.”

“I am aware of the areas where ...

Six-Year-Old Discovered Sleeping Unattended on West Orange School Bus

WEST ORANGE, NJ — When a bus driver employed by the Hunterdon County Educational Service Commission, which performs certain bus runs for the West Orange School District, failed to perform the mandatory inspection of his bus after dropping students off at Redwood Elementary School and returning to the bus depot on Friday morning, the district confirmed that a 6-year-old student had ...

Liberty Middle School Walkout Says "Enough is Enough"

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Liberty Middle School held a 17-minute walkout on March 14 in memory of the 17 students and teachers killed in the Parkland shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Teachers and staff felt the walkout was powerful for those who participated. The student-led safety team that was created after the Feb. 14 tragedy in Parkland put together their thoughts and ...

Walkout at West Orange High School Honors Parkland Students

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Nearly 1800 students at West Orange High School (WOHS) stood on the field at Suriano Stadium in somber respect on Wednesday morning to honor their peers killed in the Parkland shooting on Feb. 14. As they read each victim’s name, the WOHS students vowed to remember them.

Video Credit: Teacher/Tech Integration Specialist Tynia Thomassie ...

West Orange Superintendent Supports Walkout; Board Focusses on School Security

WEST ORANGE, NJ – With the one month anniversary of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people being observed today, the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) put a major focus of its Monday meeting on issues concerning school safety and security.

Superintendent Jeffrey Rutzky announced that students at the West Orange High School (WOHS) will be ...

Why West Orange High School Students Might Be Experiencing Headaches

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Frequent complaints from many West Orange High School (WOHS) students and teachers about unusual tiredness, headaches and other symptoms prompted a student investigation into the source of these issues. With many indicators pointing to poor indoor air quality (IAQ), West Orange High School Fight For Green club members Pepper Powell, Edgar Jovel and Marlon Downer-Blake were ...

Washington Elementary School Teacher Patricia Villarosa Dies at 64

WEST ORANGE, NJ - Washington Elementary School first-grade teacher Patricia Villarosa, 64, of West Orange, died on Friday at University Hospital after being struck by a car on Pleasant Valley Way on Feb. 26.

Villarosa was on her way to the West Orange Board of Education meeting at the time and was struck while Pleasant Valley Way near West Orange High School. The driver, a 55-year-old West ...

Kelly Elementary School Student Overcomes Adversity to Inspire Others

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Saniyah Williams, a fifth grader at Kelly Elementary School who loves math and participating in Girls on the Run with her turquoise and pink running shoes, also loves gym classes, recess and jumping rope. The only difference between Saniyah and her fellow students is that she is blind.

Saniyah has retinal detachment, congenital cataracts, pupillary defect, vitreous ...

West Orange Students Recognized by Essex County Education Association

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Students across the West Orange School District were recently recognized for their “Pride in Education” essays in the annual competition sponsored by the Essex County Education Association.

First-place winners received $75, second-place winners received $50 and third-place winners received $25. The following students read their award-winning essays at ...

To the Editor: This National Literacy Month, Let's Rein In Screen Time

March 19, 2018

Dear Editor:

As speech-language pathologists across New Jersey prepare to mark “National March into Literacy Month,” let’s address the alarming number of young children who spend countless hours a day on a handheld screen.

According to a study from the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, the more time that children under two years spend on smartphones, tablets and ...

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