Oakwood Avenue Community School

135 Oakwood Avenue, Orange, NJ 07050

Welcome to Oakwood Avenue Community School


    Dana Gaines  

    Dana Gaines, Principal, Principal
      Cynthia Jackson, Administrative Secretary
     135 Oakwood Avenue
    Orange, NJ 07050
    (973) 677-4000 x16701
    Fax:  973-674-8015
    School Hours for Students
    8:15 am - 8:30 am    Breakfast
    8:30 am - 3:20 pm    Full Days
    8:30 am - 12:30 pm  Half Days
    Student Instruction begins promptly at 8:30 am.
    5-25-22 - Letter from the OPS Superintendent of Schools
    5-24-22 - Letter to Oakwood Families!  Please read it today.
    Weekly Updates

    "Each week, I will send out the Superintendent's Weekly Update. This letter will give all stakeholders an important look inside the school district. As always, if you have questions, email reopeningofschools@orange.k12.nj.us. Please allow 24-48 hours for a response. A response is typically generated within a few hours." Dr. Fitzhugh


    OACS June 2022 Calendar



    1-14-22  Letter from Gerald Fitzhugh, II, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools
    Please read (English version)
    Please read (Haitian Creole version)
    Please read (Spanish version) 
    Complete Daily by 8:15 am 
    Masks are required by all students, staff, and visitors
    The Oakwood Times
    Access to the Genesis Parent Portal is Mandatory

    Click here to Log In to the Parent Portal

    Click here for the Parent Portal User Manual

    Don't have access to the Parent Portal?

    Send Mr. Willis an email:  willisla@orange.k12.nj.us
    Provide your name and your child/children's name(s).  Your email will be used as
    your Parent Portal username, so let me know which email you want me to use.


     Should you have any questions about returning to school 2021-2022SY, you are encouraged to
    "Providing a safe environment to educate the mind, motivate the body, cultivate the spirit, and teach with the heart."



    Summer Break - School-issued Chromebook Guidelines:

    As we enter the Summer Break, we would like to remind parents and students of the following Chromebook guidelines. The Chromebook is provided to students for educational purposes only. Only the student assigned to the Chromebook should utilize the device. Playing games, listening to music, and watching movies are considered inappropriate uses of the school device. When using a Chromebook, be sure to keep it in the case, if one was provided. Hold the Chromebook with two hands, and always place it on an even surface to prevent it from falling. Do not eat or drink around the Chromebook, and finally, do not overcharge the device. Any damage incurred to the Chromebook will be the responsibility of the parent or the legal guardian. We encourage you to properly store the device in a secure area when not in use over the summer.  Thank you. 

    Dr. Fitzhugh 

    Superintendent of Schools 

     ***We will use Go Guardian to make all district devices for all Elementary schools have limited access, only allowing the use of Reading Plus, IREADY, IREAD and Office 365.  Students at OPA, OHS, and STEM will have full, uninterrupted access to their district devices and will be reminded that their devices are solely for their individual use for educational purposes only. 

    For all elementary schools only, devices will be accessible from 8 am - 5 pm daily for regular use of district platforms.  After 5 pm and on weekends, devices will not be accessible.   

    Additionally, from August 15th - September 2nd, all elementary students will not be able to access their devices.  Full access will be restored on Tuesday, September 6th. 

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    OACS Back to 2022-2023 School Supply Lists

    School Supply List

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    COVID Site Locations
    COVID 6 months to 5 years

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    Preschool Registration

    PreK E


    Youth Tennis Program


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    When you access the Google Site, our department offerings begin with "Filmmaking" Camp and end with "Coding in Virtual and Augmented Reality".   Students can take one class in the AM and a second class in the PM as each offering is offered in both the AM and PM.  The deadline to register is May 31st.  
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    Parent University This Week's Offerings
    Register for Parent University courses: https://bit.ly/3CPC1eV.

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    The Orange Public Schools is proud to bring you The Orange Public Schools Parent University.  The Parent University is a series of free and reduced-price workshops running now through June that offers parents a wide range of experiences across various topics from Study Skills Seminars designed to give parents academic strategies to parent wellness workshops and job placement and certification offerings.
    Courses will be accessible to parents via our online registration system.  We invite parents, families, and Orange community members interested in attending the workshops to apply.  

    It is the long-range vision of the Superintendent of Schools to educate and empower families as advocates and as lifelong learners committed to improving the overall health and well-being of our children and our community.  

    For more information and to register, visit the Orange Public Schools Parent University:

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    Click the link below:
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    Do you have access to Genesis Parent Portal?

    Please complete this short form whether you have access or not. This will help you see your child/children's report cards, attendance, daily grades, and other information.

    Click on this link today. Thank you


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    Stay Connected

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    Parents and students,

    If you have a technology issue, please complete this short form. I will review your issue and contact you promptly.


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    Come to school every day!

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    Don't forget to wear your school uniform (Refer to Parent/Student Handbook), and bring your

    Bookbag BookbagSchool Chromebook Chromebook and charger charger

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