Education

October 19, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — A separation agreement in which West Orange Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Rutzky has agreed to voluntarily resign from his employment with the district was approved during a special meeting of the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) on Friday morning. In accordance with ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — During a special meeting being held on Oct. 19 at 9 a.m., the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) will vote on a resolution that would terminate the employment relationship with Superintendent of Schools Jeffrey Rutzky. According to the resolution as written in the Oct. 19 ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Following an executive session held on Monday evening to address time-sensitive legal and personnel matters, the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) determined on Wednesday that an additional executive session is needed and will be held on 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 19. In ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — On behalf of the West Orange school that raised the most money to support the eighth annual Walk/Run for Nikhil, Gregory Elementary School Principal Makeida Estupiñan accepted a $2,000 grant from the Nikhil Badlani Foundation (NBF) during Wednesday night’s Parent-Teacher ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – West Orange High School seniors Aarushi Bhatnagar and Sessina Dani have been named as the first-ever student liaisons to the West Orange Board of Education. The girls will attend board meetings, provide input and present student reports to the board and public. About Aarushi ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – In order to promote positive and safe social media practices for kids, 11-year-old social media sensation Liv VanLedtje (#thelivbits) and her mother, Literacy Consultant Cynthia Merrill, are making their way through the West Orange elementary schools to host informative ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – West Orange High School recently named Daniel Feinblatt and Max Dickman as the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the 2019 graduating class, respectively. Feinblatt plays ice hockey for West Orange and also participates in archery in Bloomfield. He is the vice president of the ...

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CAMBRIDGE, MA – West Orange High School seniors Max Dickman and Morriel Kasher have been selected to present at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) 2018 IEEE MIT Undergraduate Research Technology Conference Oct. 5-7 in Cambridge, Mass. Dickman and his team will present “Synthesis and ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Public Schools district will celebrate World Day of Bullying Prevention on Monday by wearing blue in honor of the start of Anti-Bullying Month. Students, teachers, staff, and West Orange residents are encouraged to wear blue to show support for the World Day of ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ - In the wake of this week's announcement that Legionella bacteria has been found in the water of all but three schools in the district, West Orange Superintendent of Schools Jeff Rutzky posted this statement on the district website: Dear Parents and Guardians: There has been ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — It was a balmy night in Suriano Stadium as the West Orange football team came away with a 44-7 win over Columbia and the Class of 2019 Homecoming King and Queen were crowned. The annual crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen highlighted the halftime activities. In "one of ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – The West Orange Rotary Club recently continued its charitable efforts with donations of backpacks to Kelly and Redwood Elementary Schools. Prior to the start of the school year, Rotary members distributed backpacks at both schools, where principals Dr. Joanne Pollara and Tim ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ - It was back to school for West Orange Public School students last week, and despite the sweltering temperatures, there was excitement and smiles. Superintendent of Schools Jeff Rutzky spent the first day visiting the district's 12 schools. He began his morning at Gregory ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — A busy intersection near the West Orange High School (WOHS) just became safer after a long-awaited traffic light was put into operation on Tuesday. The light will control traffic on major thoroughfare Pleasant Valley Way and side road Alisa Drive near Degnan Park and the high ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ - Incoming freshmen from the West Orange High School (WOHS) Class of 2022 recently wrapped up a two-day orientation program. "Over 420 students attended the two-day program focused on readying our incoming ninth graders and upperclassmen transfers for successful careers at WOHS,” ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Washington and Hazel Avenue Elementary Schools in West Orange will be implementing the Breakfast After The Bell (BATB) program after Gov. Phil Murphy signed a new legislation on May 30 requiring schools to serve breakfast if 70 percent or more of the school’s student population is ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Low levels of Legionella pneumophila, the cause of the Legionnaires’ disease, a severe and often lethal form of pneumonia, have been found at Redwood Elementary, according to the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE). During Monday night’s WOBOE meeting, Superintendent Jeffrey ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The first Engineering Explorations Summer Camp held at West Orange High School over the summer was considered a success by instructors, students, and parents alike. One parent, Tracey Palmer, noted that she was “beyond pleased” with the enrichment program and would highly ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – The Circle of Rainbow Sisters Seeking Spiritual and Wellness (CORESSWC) recently awarded $17,090 in Financial Literacy Scholarships to students in grades 5-12 as well as college students in a ceremony held at West Orange Township Hall. CORESWCC founder Martiza Brown welcomed ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Makeida Estupiñan has been named as the new principal of Gregory Elementary School following Board of Education approval over the summer. Estupiñan, the former assistant principal at Gregory, will replace retiring Principal Michele Thompson beginning on Sept. 1. Estupiñan was ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – West Orange High School seniors Max Dickman and Morriel Kasher, who have been participating in the prestigious New Jersey Governor’s School of Engineering and Technology at Rutgers University, presented to hundreds of invited guests at this summer’s research symposium. “The ...

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First STEM Class at Golda Och Academy Inspires Students to Tackle Real-World Problems WEST ORANGE, NJ — Golda Och Academy (GOA) recently held a STEM symposium at the Eric F. Ross Upper School campus, celebrating the achievements of high school students in the Dr. Lynne B. Harrison STEM program ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School recently concluded its first-ever summer school cohort, "The West Orange Public Schools Summer Institute Credit Recovery." The program, which launched in July, is free to West Orange residents and includes Algebra I, Geometry and English 9 and 10. This ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – Members of the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) unanimously voted to approve returning $3 million of the $3.5 million from the additional 2018-19 state aid as property-tax relief for the township’s residents. The vote was made on Monday after the board announced that the ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – Dr. Victor Alcindor, long-time English Language Arts (ELA) teacher at West Orange High School (WOHS), has released his first published work, entitled “Stand Mute,” a series of poems with a recurring theme of abuse. “I teach prose and poetry because I love reading it, and I want ...

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NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — West Orange resident and Caldwell University student Laudemia Lafalaise recently earned the 2018 University Women of West Essex (UWWE) Mature Woman’s Scholarship when the organization awarded five college scholarships to deserving women. For many years, the UWWE has ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Five students from West Orange High School were recently honored at Deutsche Bank in New York City for their outstanding performance on the Financial Literacy Certification test sponsored by the W!SE (Working in Support of Education) organization. W!SE is an award-winning ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Golda Och Academy in West Orange recently announces that Dennis Kozar will be taking over as the new athletic director in place of Janet Herman, who will be retiring after 25 years of dedicated service to the school. Kozar has worked in the Upper School (grades 6-12) as a ...

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ROCKAWAY, NJ - Cynthia Murren Di Giovanna, a Rockaway resident and former mathematics teacher at Edison Middle School, Roosevelt Middle School and Redwood Elementary School in West Orange, died suddenly on July 22 at 53 years old. Di Giovanna spent 15 years as a teacher in West Orange and was ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – The 440 West Orange students who are currently enjoying this year’s Summer Enrichment Program, held annually at West Orange High School, are nearing their final days of summer classes. The program, which opened July 2 and ends July 27, began more than 20 years ago as a way to ...

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