East Orange School District
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Latest 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!

Bass Foundation Food Giveaway
Bass foundation food giveaway

The Bass Foundation will be offering bags of fresh produce, chickens, beans, rice, and other items to East Orange residents beginning on Wednesday, October 7 for seven consecutive weeks. Items will be available for pick up at the Messiah Baptist Church parking lot, 13 Oak Street in East Orange. Please plan to arrive by 9:30 a.m., and be sure to wear your face covering!

Who are Gifted and Talented Students?

According to the National Association for Gifted Children:

Students with gifts and talents perform—or have the capability to perform—at higher levels compared to others of the same age, experience, and environment in one or more domains. They require modification(s) to their educational experience(s) to learn and realize their potential.

  • How do I recommend someone for the program?
    A teacher, administrator, counselor, parent, peer, self, or any other person having reason to believe that the student should be identified as gifted or talented may refer a student. The person initiating the referral shall sign the referral form and date it. School personnel shall collect the data required to satisfy the initial referral criteria.
    The nomination form is available below. Please sign and return it in a sealed envelope to the school.
  • What is the component of the Gifted and Talented Program?
    To accomplish its philosophy, the East Orange School District’s Gifted Program (G/T) will provide a continuum of services for the exceptional learner, designed to address specific needs and levels of giftedness from kindergarten through 12th grade.

For all G/T Students: Differentiated Instruction/Renzulli Learning:

Effective differentiated instruction will be available in the general education classroom to ensure that all students meet their highest potential. Differentiation will consist of carefully planned, coordinated learning experiences in ELA, math, social studies, and science that extend the core curriculum strategies of enrichment and integrate instructional strategies that engage learners at appropriate levels of challenge. In addition, identified students will have access to Renzulli Learning. Renzulli Learning is an interactive online system that provides a personalized learning environment for students, designed to increase engagement and achieve higher academic performance. Renzulli Learning supports strength-based personalized learning in all subjects.

For Kindergarten–Grade 5:

Students identified as gifted learners in the primary grades will receive enrichment programming in the general education classroom with extensions to the classroom curriculum. Extensions will include adjustments to the curriculum for students who have already mastered grade-level material that enhance critical and creative thinking, logical reasoning, and problem-solving strategies through project-based learning.

For Grades 6–8:

Students identified as advanced learners in the middle grades will receive academic instruction at the honors level in all four major content areas: English Language Arts, math, science, and social studies. The honors program provides an acceleration of curriculum and instructional pacing to those who have already mastered grade-level content, as well as the opportunity to enroll in advanced courses earlier in their middle school career. In honors courses, we match the level and complexity of the curriculum with the readiness and motivation of the advanced learner.

For Grades 9–12:

Students identified as advanced learners in secondary grades will receive academic instruction at the honors and/or advanced placement level in all major content areas and in specialized courses as identified in the East Orange High School Program of Study. Advanced coursework affords students the opportunity to master the accelerated curriculum as well as earn college credits through dual enrollment.

COVID-19 School-Age Tuition Assistance for Working Families

Families can now apply for child care tuition assistance to help with care for children who have remote learning schedules due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Please view our tuition assistance flyer for more information.

Lift Every Voice and Vote
Lift Every Voice and Vote Flyer

Why is it important to vote in the upcoming 2020 election? We want to hear from you! Share your answers by entering our video contest. The deadline to enter is on Friday, October 16, 2020. Check out our flyer for all the details and start working on your video today!

NJ SNAP

Attention, parents and guardians! If you have not received your P-EBT card, please contact your local board of social services in Essex County so that they can re-issue a new card for you.

For additional information regarding this and other inquiries, please visit the New Jersey Department of Human Services website.

East Orange School District FOCUS Parent Portal News

East Orange School District (EOSD) is preparing parents and teachers for tomorrow with the EOSD FOCUS Parent Portal.

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The EOSD Parent Portal is a web-based student information system that allows parents to view their children’s grades, assignments, attendance, report cards, and mid quarter notices all online. Since pre-k students do not receive report cards and mid quarter notices, parents of pre-k students will only see their child’s attendance. All parents will be able to view important messages, postings, and alerts from their child’s school and/or central office. If the EOSD has a parent’s email address on file, parents will also be able to receive important emails from schools and/or the district.

Please note: Paper copies of report cards and mid quarter notices are no longer distributed to students or mailed home. The EOSD Parent Portal is one of two of the only ways you can retrieve your child’s report cards and mid quarter notices. The other way is via email. If you have not been receiving your child’s report cards and mid quarter notices via email, the district does not have your email address on file. To submit your email address to the district, please send us an email. Remember to include your name, your child’s name, school, grade, and district ID in the email.

Remember, a concerned parent will not go the whole year without receiving their child’s report cards and mid quarter notices.

Create a New EOSD Parent Portal Account
You must have a valid email address, your child’s date of birth, and your child’s local student ID. To download instructions on how to create on EOSD Parent Portal account, please see our instructions. To create an EOSD Parent Portal account, please visit the link below:

Add a Child to Your Existing EOSD Parent Portal Account
You must have your child’s date of birth, and district (local) ID number. You also must have your username and password. Your username is the email address with which you originally registered for the EOSD Focus Parent Portal. To download instructions on how to add additional children to your existing EOSD FOCUS Parent Portal account, please see our instructions for adding a child. To add additional children to your existing EOSD Parent Portal account, please visit the parent portal link below:

Forgot My EOSD FOCUS Parent Portal Password
You must know your username, which is the email address with which you registered. Please visit the FOCUS Password Recovery webpage.

After you’ve registered and verified for the EOSD FOCUS Parent Portal, download the free EOSD Community Portal app.

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To log into the EOSD Focus Parent Portal, please visit the link below:

For additional parent portal and EOSD Community Portal app help, please send an email.

Submit Your Email Address (Custodial Parents/Guardians Only)
To submit your email address to the district, please send us an email. Remember to include your name, your child’s name, school, grade, and district ID in the email.