Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Liberty and Roosevelt students will join young students throughout the state as they take the New Jersey ASK tests starting on Monday.
Wednesday, April 24
For many middle school students throughout the state, it's time to sharpen their pencils. And minds. Next week, the 7th and 8th grade students in the district will be taking New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (NJASK) standardized tests. The seventh graders will be assessed on language arts, reading and mathematics, while the eighth grade tests will focus on language arts, reading, mathematics and science. The students are concentrating on strategies that will help them come to the test prepared. In their Liberty Middle School advisory classes, students have been brainstorming and creating banners and foam fingers that highlight approaches to help them become successful. The student creations are posted around the building as…
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Erica DePalo, 33, of Montclair, was arrested in late August on multiple charges of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student.
The case against a West Orange teacher from Montclair charged with a having sexual relationship with one of her students has been referred to a grand jury, according to the Essex County’s Prosecutor’s Office. Erica DePalo, 33, pleaded not guilty in September to charges that she had a sex with a 15-year-old student who attended her honors English class at West Orange High School. DePalo was originally scheduled to appear in court on Monday. However, it was canceled because she will have to appear before a grand jury, said prosecutor’s office spokeswoman Katherine Carter. DePalo, who was chosen as the 2011-12 County Teacher of the Year, is facing charges of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault, and …
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Board president, interim superintendent see flaws in recent report's estimated number of low-income students not being served free- and reduced-price breakfast in West Orange.
School officials pushed back against a recent report this week claiming the district does not provide free- and reduced-price breakfast for the majority of its low-income students. The second School Breakfast Report cited 1,748 out of the 2,591 eligible students in West Orange did not receive a federally funded free- or reduced-price breakfast in 2011-12. Board President Laura Lab, however, did not agree with the overall findings of the report. “I think the report had information but it did not have the whole picture,” said Lab. When the whole picture is taken into account, said Lab, a variety of issues can be seen working against the district. The breakfast program is served in the morning, for instance, which can be missed by …
Sunday, September 30, 2012
In case you missed it, here is a rundown of what happened in and around West Orange during the past week.
. A building on Main Street was shuttered for safety reasons after a tow truck crashed through two of its first-floor businesses on Wednesday. Township officials inspected the Tory Corner building, at 285 Main St., and said it was an “unsafe structure" and an "imminent hazard,” according to Thomas Tracey, the construction official for the township. It will be closed to businesses and residents until repairs are made. Essex County Freeholders voted to approve a $1.6 million agreement with the City of Orange to lease the Orange Reservoir for 20 years. Four people were robbed at gunpoint in three separate instances since Saturday, Sept. 22, according to the West Orange Police Department. A 63-year-old gas station attendant fought …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
West Orange adds 131 students to its schools this year, and registration is still open.
There are nearly 7,000 students attending West Orange schools and that number continues to grow. The district increased its student roster by 131 compared to last year, said Board President Laura Lab at the Board of Education meeting in Hazel Elementary School on Monday. Registration is ongoing until the middle of October, and official numbers will not be known until then. “Population ebbs and flows,” said Lab. “[The increase] is not an aberration,” noting that the student enrollment has been increasing steadily for years. The district has registered 434 new students in grades one through 12, and 458 new kindergarten students. The student population in the district is now 6,930, according to the board. Student population in the …