Education

February 1, 2021

WEST ORANGE, NJ — With the widespread implementation of virtual learning in the last year, the traditional "snow day" might become a thing of the past in many districts, now that they are set up to conduct online classes no matter what the weather. But the West Orange School District on Tuesday ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – One of the goals of the West Orange Public School's (WOPS) is to complete a comprehensive equity audit. In order to get started on this in conjunction with the district's Diversity, Equity and Access Committee, the WOPS identified Hanover Research as the company which will ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – After two weeks of hybrid instruction starting Jan. 19 which saw some of the West Orange Public School District's youngest students-including preschool disabled classes, autistic students, and students in grades K-2--start in-person instruction, the district has decided to alter ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – Elementary schoolers from grades K-2 started their hybrid schooling this week following the information presented at last week’s town hall, which explored the benefits and risks of implementing hybrid schooling in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, West Orange ...

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VERONA, NJ — Catholic Schools Week begins Sunday, Jan. 31 and runs through Feb. 6. Our Lady of the Lake School in Verona has a full week of activities and events lined up to mark the occasion. The school will hold its annual Open House virtually at 3 p.m. on Jan. 31 to kick off the week. The ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – Vince DeJesus, eighth-grade science teacher at Liberty Middle School, has received the 2020-21 New Jersey Association of Student Councils (NJASC) Midde Level Advisor of the Year Award. DeJesus co-advises Student Council along with teacher Alyssa Sylvester. DeJesus and Sylvester ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – To the disappointment of over 1,000 community members who recently signed a petition to delay the reopening of schools, West Orange Schools Superintendent Dr. Scott Cascone decided last Friday to continue with phase 2 of reopening schools as planned on Monday, Jan. 25. This ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange High School sophomore Gus Peterson recently completed his Eagle Scout project by orchestrating a unique comunity effort to repair and paint the blacktop wall at Hazel Elementary School. "This has been a long-term goal for me," said Peterson, who is part of Troop 6 ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Kelly Elementary School teacher Dr. Keri Orange-Jones has been named an Exemplary Educator by the Nwq Jersey Department of Education. The award is given to educators who “exhibit strong knowledge and skills, an inspiring presence, and a positive impact on students, colleagues ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Lorenzo Viney, a sophomore at West Orange High School, has been accepted into the WEB Dubois Accelerator Learning Academy at Princeton University. The first component started last week. Viney attends the Artificial Intelligence and Technology Track for 10th- and ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ - Dr. Scott Cascone, superintendent of the West Orange School District, will be hosting a public health town hall meeting Thursday night to discuss the options for reopening schools, a topic that has become a polarizing one in the community. Cascone addressed the parents and ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — A group of West Orange parents has circulated a petition with more than 700 signers so far imploring the school district to reconsider opening schools in the district for in-class learning until teachers can be vaccinated. The letter was sent to Schools Superintendent Dr. J.

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — As Jan. 19 approaches, teachers have been vocal with their concerns about transitioning to hybrid instruction at recent West Orange Board of Education meetings, but some parents believe that it is time for those who want the option to have their children be in person at West ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange is one of 85 high schools to partner with Tree-Plenish to help build sustainable communities through youth engagement. West Orange High School plans to plant 243 trees on April 24 to offset its school’s paper usage during one academic year. The Tree-Plenish ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Students in the West Orange High School Family, Community, and Career Leaders of America (FCCLA) Club attended the annual Fall State Leadership Conference, held virtually Nov. 16-19, 2020 and took top honors in several categories. The theme for the conference was "Mission: A ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) welcomed new member Melinda Huerta during its reorganization meeting and introduced incumbent board members Terry Trigg-Scales and Jennifer Tunnicliffe as the new president and vice president, respectively. But even though this was the ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – Terry Trigg-Scales was voted in as President and Jennifer Tunnicliffe Vice-President at the annual West Orange Board of Education meeting on Jan. 7. Melinda Huerta, who defeated Ken Alper in the November election, was sworn in as the newest board member. Huerta thanked the ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Mr. Joel Castillo has been named the new principal of Kelly Elementary School following the retirement of long-time Principal Dr. Joanne Pollara. Castillo arrives in West Orange with 15 years of experience in the educational field and enthusiasm for the task ahead. He graduated ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Daniel Aguilera, a sophomore at West Orange High School, will be attending the W.E.B. DuBois Accelerated Learning Academy at Princeton University for the first workshop of the program from Jan. 8-10. The academy is named for W.E.B. DuBois, an historian, civil-rights activist, ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – The last West Orange Board of Education meeting of the year is usually reserved for the semi-annual celebration of the parade of honors when West Orange Schools celebrate the achievements of students and staff from throughout the school year. This time, however, West Orange also ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Liberty Middle School Science teacher Maria David was named “Future Goals Teacher of the Month” in November by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players Association. The recognition was given by “Future Goals,” an interactive STEM program sponsored by ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – West Orange Public Schools' Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Eveny de Mendez last Monday presented the updated Elementary School Schedule to the community. The updated schedule will be used to pivot into hybrid instruction which is expected to begin in the ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ – Back in November, West Orange Public Health Officials, including the Office of Emergency Management, and West Orange Public Schools (WOPS) district physician Dr. Michael Kelly cautioned the WOPS against opening its doors on Nov. 9. Since then, schools have remained closed, but ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ -- West Orange first responders and the township's public schools were the recipients of assorted PPE items and school supplies recently donated by Staples of West Orange.  Store manager Naji Jones was quick to respond when Event Coordinator Kathy Cogan presented the idea and ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Because details of the revamped winter virtual schedule were leaked inadvertently prior to Monday's West Orange Board of Education (WOBOE) meeting, several West Orange High School students rallied to keep the virtual schedule as is. The proposed WOHS schedule, which was ...

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A new statewide poll found that New Jersey families want a better remote education experience for their children who have been forced to forego in-person learning as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The poll, conducted by Global Strategy Group on behalf of JerseyCAN and the New Jersey ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Students of all ages awaiting the chance to get back inside their classrooms in West Orange will have to wait longer yet again. J. Scott Cascone, superintendent of the West Orange School District, announced in a letter posted on the district website Thursday that the Hybrid ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — West Orange Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Scott Cascone sent a series of communications to parents Monday in response to the recent increase of cases in the Township of West Orange and the numerous quarantines that have occurred throughout October due to positive COVID-19 ...

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WEST ORANGE, NJ — Kelly Elementary School Principal Dr. Joanne Pollara may be retiring after 37 years in education, but her legacy of kindness will remain for generations to come. Born in Hoboken, she was adopted and shared her childhood with a younger sister in West Caldwell. Dr. Pollara’s ...

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VERONA, NJ — Our Lady of the Lake School (OLL) in Verona, which will celebrate its centennial anniversary in 2024, has been awarded the National Blue Ribbon of Excellence twice—in 2011 and in 2017. The Blue Ribbon of Excellence, an honor bestowed by the United States Department of Education, is ...

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