Education

December 7, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ – Captain Mark Kelly and former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords were on hand at Kelly Elementary School in West Orange last month to help cut the ribbon at the new Connie White Library Media Center, named after a former Kelly Elementary teacher. “When I received word that one of ...

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NEW YORK, NY - Four West Orange High School students had the experience of a lifetime this semester when they were among 30 high school students who had a surprise meeting with Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey at the Hearst Tower, headquarters of "O," the Oprah Magazine. Video by O, The ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – West Orange High School’s (WOHS) Music Modern Masters (Tri-M) Honor Society recently welcomed 50 new members to its ranks during a ceremony held in the school’s media center. Highlights from the ceremony included student performances from the band, orchestra and vocal ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – In keeping with the West Orange spirit of diversity and acceptance, members of Mountaineer Squadron organized their first-ever Naturalization Ceremony on Veterans Day, welcoming 34 new American citizens. West Orange High School (WOHS) senior cadet Angel Cordero was the primary ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — According to West Orange Acting Superintendent of Schools Eveny de Mendez, the difficult decision to open or close schools in bad weather has an immense effect on not only the students and their families, but the school staff and community at large as well. Stating that ...

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WEST ORANGE , NJ — They raided the kitchen, turned the auditorium into a movie theater and played games in the gym—that’s how West Orange educators helped students stranded at the schools to weather the storm that paralyzed the region on Thursday night. Photos from around the district showed ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Many West Orange students remained stranded on their buses and some at their schools hours after the final bell rang Thursday, due to a powerful Nor’easter that slammed into tri-state just as schools were being let out. Robo-calls were sent to parents Thursday afternoon warning ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ - It was a Spooktacular Day in the West Orange Schools as students, teachers, and administrators donned some wild and crazy Halloween costumes on Oct. 31 and enjoyed the balmy weather. All of the above photos were provided by Cynthia Cumming, Communications Coordinator for ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — A tightly contested race for the two open seats on the West Orange Board of Education resulted in a near three-way tie with a race too close to call. With 95 percent of districts reporting, less than 100 votes separated all three candidates, according to the unofficial ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ - School has become more like a venture into the business world for a group of students at West Orange High School who are participating in the school's new Virtual Enterprise International (VEI) program, just launched in the district this year. VEI is an educational nonprofit ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Meet Cheryl Merklinger, a candidate running for the West Orange Board of Education on Nov. 6. A project manager who has lived in West Orange her entire life, Merklinger is a Rutgers University graduate who attended Gregory and Roosevelt schools in West orange before graduating ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – Eight months after renewing the contract of Jeffrey Rutzky as the superintendent of the West Orange Public Schools district, the West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) voted on Oct. 19 to accept his voluntary resignation from this position and approved a separation agreement ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – An 11-year-old girl who has traveled to 19 states and has shared her message of hope and love all over the world through her brand, “The Liv Bits,” recently spent two weeks visiting all seven of West Orange’s elementary schools. Olivia VanLedtje, along with her mother and ...

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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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