Education

May 9, 2021

WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School (WOHS) senior Royson Folas has accepted an appointment to West Point Military Academy. “I got the call from the office of Rep. Mikie Sherrill while I was warming up for a tennis match on April 19, and needless to say I was absolutely ecstatic — the ...

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  WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Township of West Orange, EZ Ride, New Jersey Safe Routes, West Orange Schools and the West Orange Pedestrian Safety Advisory Board collaborated in the town's first-ever Pop-Up Bike Lane and Free Bike Skills Course, held May 1-2 at Redwood Elementary School. The ...

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WEST ORANGE, N.J. – Before Monday's budget hearing, the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) held a special meeting last Friday to address concerns from both the board and the public. Many parents came out specifically to ask questions about the letter from Superintendent Scott Cascone which ...

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  WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School (WOHS) senior and Student Council President Anya Dillard has been named “2020-21 Student Leader of the Year” by the New Jersey Association of Student Councils. In addition, the Liberty Middle School and WOHS Student Councils were recognized for ...

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WEST ORANGE, N.J. — The budget season for the 2021-2022 school has almost come to a close, but not without changes that will potentially change the educational landscape of West Orange Schools.  Several community members including the West Orange staff came out to speak against the potential cut ...

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WEST ORANGE, N.J. — As the end of the school year approaches, many are wondering if West Orange Public Schools (WOPS) has a plan to expand options for on-site students for the remainder of the year and for the upcoming school year. WOPS Superintendent Dr. Scott Cascone shared that even though ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School Assistant Principal Lesley Chung has received her Doctorate Degree in Educational Leadership with a concentration in K–12 from Caldwell University, where she has also been asked to deliver the commencement address in May.  Dr. Chung has been part of the ...

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The West Orange Pedestrian Safety Advisory Board, West Orange Police Department & EZ Ride have partnered to create a Pop-Up Bike Lane on Saturday, May 1, and Sunday, May 2 around  Redwood Elementary School & along Woodland Avenue between 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.   The Committee involved is ...

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West Orange native Melissa Brady Petrillo was inspired to become a special needs teacher after working as a camp counselor at Camp Hope, a camp for children with disabilities—those who are differently abled—run by The Arc of New Jersey. She had noticed during an undergraduate children’s ...

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West Orange, NJ -- West Orange Township Historian Joseph Fagan met with Cub Scout Pack 107 of West Orange at the South Mountain Reservation on April 17th. The scouts were seeking to learn more about local history to achieve a merit badge. Fagan displayed a picture from the 1930s as he spoke about ...

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WEST ORANGE, N.J. — This week the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) read three policies for first reading during its policy meeting, but the focus was on the Remote Learning Options for Families policy, which updates the district's prior turnaround time for parents to request a shift from ...

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ESSEX COUNTY. NJ — When the pandemic began in March 2020, direction regarding the school day and instruction from the New Jersey Department of Education to local public-school districts was issued in broad strokes with little specifics, leaving much of the details to the individual districts until ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School (WOHS) has received a $10,000 Sustainable Jersey for Schools grant funded by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA). “We are so pleased and thankful for the awarding of this grant from Sustainable Jersey Schools,” said West Orange Superintendent of ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – Through a partnership with the Visual and Performing Arts Program at West Orange High School (WOHS), the West Orange Arts Council’s (WOAC) latest show features the rising stars of our community.  The 2021 Virtual WOHS Student Exhibit showcases the work of seventeen Advanced ...

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Joseph Postiglione, who teaches non-verbal autistic students in third to fifth grade at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School, wants to help his pupils build an outdoor courtyard that will be “their own comfortable place” and he will teach them “valuable life and social skills along the ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ  – Rutgers University will require the COVID-19 vaccine for students who are enrolled for the 2021 fall semester. Assurances from the federal government that vaccines will be available for all Americans by the end of May and assessments by public health experts prompted ...

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  WEST ORANGE, N.J. –  During Monday's West Orange Board of Education meeting, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Scott Cascone gave an update regarding reopening following the newly released CDC guidelines that allow students of all grade levels to sit in classrooms with 3 feet of social distance ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Last week, the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) held a special meeting where they unanimously approved a preliminary budget of $177,292,506.  With a 1.5 percent increase in the tax levy, Business Administrator Tanya Flowers explained that residents can expect to pay ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — In conjunction with Black History Month and the national NCTE African American Read-In campaign, more than 450 students and staff at West Orange High School came together in the virtual library media center on Feb. 17 and 18. The national Read-In was established in 1990 by the ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange High School athletic department has announced that none of its sporting events will take place until after March 31, at least. The announcement by athletic director Ron Bligh was made in conjunction with the district's decision on Monday to close West Orange ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School will be closed to in-class learning until Monday, April 19, Superintendent J. Scott Cascone announced in a correspondence late Monday. Cascone cited "multiple confirmed cases" of COVID-19 at the school and noted that there is a connection between some of ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Kelly Elementary School Counselor Florence Chirichiello had the unique opportunity to participate in an International Women's Day panel to kick off Women's History Month at her alma mater, Stony Brook University, on March 8. "I was honored to be on an illustrious panel of women ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — During Monday's West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) meeting, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Scott Cascone gave an update following the presentation of the proposed budget given at the end of February. He announced that in addition to restoring the $1.5 million in aid which ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The Road Back guidebook, which was issued by the New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) to help with the safe reopening of schools in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic has been instrumental in the decisions taken by Dr. Scott Cascone, superintendent of West Orange Public ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange School District is moving forward in its commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Access (DEI). Two district goals for 2021 include: 1) "To engage in auditing our school culture and curriculum for equity, diversity, and inclusion in order to provide an equitable ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Seton Hall University is preparing for in-person classes for fall semester. This announcement was made by Dr. Joseph E. Nyre, university president, in a letter entitled to the Seton Hall community, “Looking Ahead to the Upcoming Academic Year.”  Nyre said that over the past ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School senior Tyra Hughes has been awarded a prestigious Scholastic Silver Key in Writing in the annual 2021 Scholastic Awards competition. According to their website, "The Scholastic Awards look for work demonstrating originality, technical skill, and the ...

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MONTCLAIR, NJ — A class-action lawsuit has been filed in Federal Court against the Montclair School District after teachers and staff refused to return to in-person instruction, according to documents. Eight families filed last week, after retaining attorney Keri Donohue Avellini. Avellini is ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — During Monday’s West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) meeting, Business Administrator Tanya Flowers presented several budget scenarios looking at the tax impact on West Orange residents based on a zero percent and 2 percent tax levy. Although many of the numbers, including the ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – Long-time West Orange School District and Gregory Elementary School Physical Education teacher Robert Kuczmarski has passed away following a long fight with colon cancer. “This weekend the West Orange Public Schools lost an esteemed colleague and terrific person in Mr. Bob ...

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