East Orange School District

East Orange School District News

With 22 schools and a number of day care centers, East Orange School District has a lot going on! Visit this news page often for the latest on school awards, upcoming events, and important information. We will update this page regularly so you are always informed!

American Dairy Association North East

The American Dairy Association North East appreciates the partnership with Sodexo and East Orange School District. We celebrate the successful implementation of Fuel Up to Play 60 (FUTP60) and will continue to support the district through expansion of the program. 

Kudos to Yolanda for engaging East Orange School District in leading the change in health and wellness. Special thanks to Dr. Monica Burton for volunteering to host the first FUTP60 kick-off event in the district and supporting our newest NJ FUTP60 student ambassador, Brenna Thompson.

Wonderful job to everyone that made this event a success! 

Picatinny STEM Robotics Student Gets Full Scholarship to Princeton

Congratulations to Frantzesca Barron on receiving two full scholarships to Princeton University. To read about Frantzesca and her amazing accomplishment, please see Picatinny STEM Robotics Student Gets Full Scholarship to Princeton.

Evolutions Music Concert and Art Show

Please join us on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, for Evolutions Music Concert and Art Show presented by the East Orange STEM Academy. This community event, featuring a visual arts gallery and musical performances, begins at 6:30 p.m. at the STEM Academy. The cost for this event is free.

Evolutions Music Concert and Art Show

Essex County 31st Annual Awards Banquet

The Essex County 31st Annual Awards Banquet on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, honored over sixty students representing high schools throughout Essex County. This event was at Nanina’s in the Park in Belleville, New Jersey. Each school celebrated the academic excellence of their valedictorian and salutatorian. The East Orange School District had representatives from Cicely Tyson Community School for Performing and Fine Arts, East Orange Campus High School, and The East Orange STEM Academy. Dr. Kevin West, superintendent of schools, board members; Ms. Terry Tucker, board president, Dr. Kristie Howard, Ms. Lena Ragin, Mr. Vernon Pullins, and Mr. Jenabu Williams, district administrators, and family and friends celebrated this event. As an introduction, the students shared which college they will be attending in the fall. East Orange was well represented as our graduates are attending Ivy League and several top-tier schools.

Marlon Solomon is the valedictorian at Cicely Tyson with a GPA of 4.316. Marlon will be attending Berkley College of Music. Fataoumata Kaba is the salutatorian at Cicely Tyson with a GPA of 4.274. She scored a 5 on the AP English Language Composition Examination. She will be attending Georgetown University on a full scholarship. Adriana Nunez is the valedictorian at East Orange Campus with a GPA of 4.1. She will be attending Montclair State University, majoring in art education. Brianylis Tavares is the salutatorian at East Orange Campus with a 4.0 GPA. She will also attend Montclair State University, majoring in education. Frantzesca Barron is valedictorian at East Orange STEM Academy, with a 4.4 GPA. She received the Bill Gates Scholarship and will be attending Princeton University where she also received a full scholarship. Ashma Thomas is salutatorian at East Orange STEM Academy, with a GPA of 4.3. She will be attending the University of Virginia.

2018 Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards

Congratulations to the final nominees for the 2018 Paper Mill Playhouse rising star awards!

  • Educational Impact Award: Taylor Bailey
  • Student Achievement Awards: Anthony Crutcher, stage management, Kaila Lewis, lighting design, and Jennika Villard, costume design

The rising star awards ceremony is on Monday, June 4, and they will announce the scholarship awards on Monday, May 14. Stay tuned!

Meet, Move, and Mingle

Mayor Ted R. Green and the East Orange City Council invite you to a healthy community festival on Saturday, September 8 at 12:00 p.m. at Elmwood Park. There will be free demonstrations, entertainment, food vendors, fun exercise, and more. Please bring your own lawn chairs, and call (973) 266.5480 or (973) 266.5484 for more information.

STEM Fair 2018

Please join us for our annual STEM fair for students in grades 3-12 on Friday, June 1, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. This is a district-wide competition hosted at Langston Hughes Elementary School. We hope you make plans to attend! 

Annual STEM Fair 2018 Flyer
First Annual STEM Exhibition 2018

Save the date for our first annual East Orange School District STEM Exhibition! This is a district-wide showcase for pre-kindergarten through second grade STEM projects. Please join us at the Bowser School of Excellence on Thursday, May 24, 2018, from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. We hope to see you there!

Save the Date - East Orange High School District - 1st Annual STEM Exhibition 2018 - District -wide Showcase - Grades Pre K-2 STEM Projects - Host Location Bowswer School of Excellence - 180 Lincoln Street - Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
2017-2018 EOAA Leadership Scholarship

The East Orange Administrators Association (EOAA) is awarding up to three scholarships for East Orange School District seniors who have taken on a leadership role on a sports team, club, outside organization, volunteer group, etc. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to apply for. For more information or to apply, please see your guidance counselor or e-mail Ms. Dawn Stokes-Tyler.

National Fuel Up To Play

Please help us in congratulating Breanna Thompson, 6th grader from Sojourner Truth Middle School, who will represent not just the East Orange School District and the city of East Orange, but the entire state of New Jersey, as the 2018 student ambassador. With a partnership with Sodexo USA and the American Dairy Association NE, she has an opportunity to join the National Fuel Up to Play team in Atlanta, Georgia.

Certified Wildlife Habitat

STEM Academy has joined with over 5,000 schools nationwide that have transformed their schoolyards into thriving wildlife habitats that provide essential elements needed by all wildlife - natural food sources, clean water, cover, and places to raise young. The habitat also serves as an outdoor education site where students can engage in cross-country learning in a hands-on way. 

Certification also makes your Certified Wildlife Habitat® part of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, a national effort to restore critical habitats for pollinators. What a great way to celebrate Earth Week!

Certified Wildlife Habitat Flyer - Uniting all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in a rapidly changing world
Seattle Storm Adds Teana Muldrow in 2018 WNBA Draft

The Seattle Storm added Teana Muldrow to their team in the 2018 State Farm WNBA draft at Nike’s New York City headquarters. With the 29th pick, Seattle chose Teana Muldrow, a 6-1 forward from West Virginia University. One of five finalists for the 2018 Cheryl Miller award, Muldrow had a standout senior campaign at West Virginia, averaging 18.9 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game in 2017-18, all of which were team highs. She led the Mountaineers to the semifinals of the WNIT and garnered AP All-America honorable mention and All-Big 12 first-team honors.

A native of East Orange, N.J., Muldrow finished her career at West Virginia fourth in three categories: scoring, with 1,819 career points, rebounds, with 968 all-time, and field goals made, with 676. Muldrow capped her WVU career ranked in the program’s top ten in 3-pointers made, blocks, double-doubles, and games played. She averaged 22.0 points per game to lead WVU to wins over Butler (November 23), Drexel (November 24), and Virginia Tech (November 25) for the 2017 Paradise Jam Island Division title, earning MVP honors at the tournament.

“Teana has had an outstanding career at West Virginia,” said Hughes. “Her rebounding ability, versatility, offensive scoring, and her defensive development were very evident.”

Muldrow is the second-straight Mountaineers player that the Storm has drafted.

Music Department Runs Away With Big Prizes

Congratulations to the phenomenal Cicely Tyson Community School for Performing and Fine Arts Music Department for running away with the following big prizes!

  • Symphonic band won the gold medal for the best symphonic band performance in the division.
  • Jazz band earned a silver medal for their overall performance.
  • String orchestra won their second gold medal in a row for outstanding performance.

The Music Department continues to demonstrate a standard of excellence that sets the model for all. Congratulations, and thank you for all that you do to ensure our students are able to compete on any level!

Congratulations Akeem Lindo and Kevaray Gillette

East Orange Campus High School seniors Akeem Lindo and Kevaray Gillette have been key leaders for the boys and girls track and field teams. On April 11, they signed national letters of intent to continue their careers on the collegiate level. Lindo signed with North Carolina A&T, while Gillette signed with Indiana East University.

Both runners are setting their sights on continuing their success this spring following outstanding performances this past indoor winter. At the Essex County Championships, Lindo set the meet record in the boys 55-meter dash in 6.38, and he won the 200-meter dash, while Gillette took second in the girls 55-meter hurdles.

At the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 2, Group 4 State Championships, Lindo won the boys 55-meter dash and 55-meter hurdles. Gillette won the girls 55-meter hurdles. At the group 4 state meet, Lindo won the 55-meter hurdles, while Gillette finished third in the same event on the girls side.

Gillette, a native of Jamaica who moved to the United States four years ago with her family, said one of the reasons she picked Indiana University East is the family atmosphere fostered by the team. She plans to major in criminal justice, and cited her mother, Veronica, EOCHS girls head coach Rolanda Bruce, and teammate Brittany Francis as her influences.

Brotherhood in Our District

Congratulations to the newest members of the Sigma Beta Club. The East Orange School District adopted this amazing male mentorship program sponsored by the Chi Sigma chapter of Phi Beta Sigma's North Jersey alumni.

Under the leadership of Dr. Kevin West, superintendent of schools, they inducted 82 scholars from East Orange Campus High School, Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts, East Orange STEM Academy, and Fresh Start Academy Middle High School into this brotherhood.

EOBOE Welcomes our New Business Administrator

Mr. Craig Smith began his career at the East Orange board of education in 2007 as the district's purchasing agent. He has both a bachelor of arts in public administration, and a master of arts in educational administration from Kean University, where he also earned his certification as a school business administrator.

Mr. Smith is a member of Phi Beta Sigma, where he often devotes his talents in honoring the pledge through a host of commitments in community service. Mr. Smith strives for excellence in service to others as he continues to prove himself a valuable asset to the East Orange School District, as well as the surrounding community. Congratulations, Mr. Smith, on your new role!

EOBOE Welcomes our New Board President

We would like to welcome Ms. Terry Swanson-Tucker as our new board president. President Swanson-Tucker worked as campaign manager for East Orange Councilman Chris James, who himself served as Lieutenant Governor Shiela Oliver’s chief of staff when the assemblywoman served as speaker of the general assembly.

President Swanson-Tucker also served as a legislative liaison for both Sheila Oliver and State Senator Nia Gill in the 34th legislative district. We are excited to welcome Ms. Swanson-Tucker into the position of president of our board after serving as the vice-president for well over two years.

Coding Club

View more Coding Club photosThe Langston Hughes Elementary School coders consist of students in grades 3-5. Twenty-five students meet three days a week to learn the fundamentals of computer programming. They learn that coding is what makes it possible for us to create computer software, applications, and websites. Learning coding has empowered them to communicate their ideas and learn how to collaborate as problem solvers. Coding has strengthened their critical thinking and creativity inside and outside of the classroom.

Students started off using applications such as Playground and Tynker to learn the basics of coding an avatar to get from one location to another. Students then applied this knowledge when they worked collaboratively to code a robotic sphere called Sphero through a maze of their creation. Each week students worked together to accomplish different programming tasks. Those tasks included creating a Google logo and designing and building their own games using the Scratch program, while vlogging their experience. The coding club has also partnered with students from a technical high school who enhanced their coding knowledge by providing hands-on, one-to-one instruction. Our program culminated with a field trip to the Apple Store in which the educational team at Apple did a mini lesson to show students how to use a new application to code Sphero. Students used their prior knowledge from the club to demonstrate their coding knowledge with Sphero. 

The creation of the coding club has inspired not only the school community, but the larger community in many ways. Within the school community, the coders have sparked interest among their peers to learn how to code. More students are now inquiring about how they can join the club. Students have purchased their own Spheros, and have created accounts on various coding apps so they can continue to code at home. Since the commencement of the coding club, we have had a partnership with a faculty member at Montclair State University who loans the club Spheros to use during the school year. 

The goal of the coding club is to foster creativity/creation, connection, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking. If we achieve this goal our students will hand-craft their own websites, become a career coder, or even start a technology businesses in the future. Most importantly, they feel prepared to enter a world shaped by technology.

Lead Testing

East Orange School District is committed to protecting students, staff, and parents/guardian’s health. The Department of Education regulations require we sample all drinking water outlets in our facilities for lead. Please read our letter in its entirety for all of the details.

The water sampling occurred at the following locations on August 29, 2017.

  • Campus High School - 340 Prospect Street
  • East Orange Board of Education - 199 4th Avenue
  • Cicely Tyson Elementary - 45 North Arlington Avenue
  • Service Building - 125 Glenwood Avenue
  • STEM Academy - 129 Renshaw Avenue

Please review the lead testing results for facilities within our district.