Grammar school students ‘Speak Out’ at library event

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On Saturday, Feb. 9, Maplewood Memorial Library hosted the fourth annual “Kids Speak Out,” an event held during Black History Month that showcases the work of South Orange-Maplewood School District elementary school students. This event encourages students to express themselves through spoken word, poetry and art to celebrate Black History Month. Poetry […]

Integration and innovation in SOMSD schools

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — South Orange-Maplewood School District will screen “Beyond Measure,” a film of inspiring stories of innovation in education, as part of its discussion of intentional integration and innovation in the elementary schools. This event will be Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Clinton Elementary School, 27 Berkshire Road in Maplewood. The screening […]

SOMSD holds ‘Code Red’ drills at SOMS, Clinton

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The school district sent out the following message at 12:30 p.m. today, Nov. 2: “As you know, we conduct state-mandated emergency drills — both a fire drill and a security drill — every month, so that students and staff know what to do to protect themselves in various situations. […]

SOMSD Parenting Center speaker series

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Parenting Center, in conjunction with elementary school PTAs, will present a 2018-2019 speaker series as follows: Professor Edward Fergus will discuss “SOMSD 2020 – Intentional Integration and Innovation in Our Elementary Schools” on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Seth Boyden School, 274 Boyden Ave. […]

Maplewood boy collects, donates books for mitzvah project

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Even though his bar mitzvah date is 15 months away, Samuel Nasberg-Abrams, 11, of Maplewood, figured there’s no time like the present to start implementing his service project. A student at the Linda & Rudy Slucker Religious School at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange, he has set up a book […]

District unveils plan for buildings, grades

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Acting Superintendent Thomas Ficarra unveiled the South Orange-Maplewood School District’s long-range facilities and integration plan at the Board of Education’s May 14 meeting. In his presentation, Ficarra introduced a plan to renovate and upgrade the district’s school buildings while better integrating the schools by redrawing district lines. The plan […]

Meetings on facilities and integration plan in SOMSD

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District will hold several community meetings to discuss the long-range facilities and integration plan. Each meeting will include the same presentation. Meetings will be held: Wednesday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Seth Boyden School, 274 Boyden Ave. in Maplewood; Thursday, May 31, at 7:30 […]

Redwood Elementary School to welcome new principal

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Educator and administrator Timothy Beaumont has been appointed as the new principal of Redwood Elementary School. He will take over the reins from interim Principal Heather Carr on March 26. Beaumont was selected during a search process that included administrators, teachers and parents. “Outside of West Orange, the West Orange Schools […]

District reviews QSAC scores with BOE

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — South Orange-Maplewood interim Superintendent of Schools Thomas Ficarra and Clinton Elementary School Assistant Principal Timothy Beaumont presented the 2017-2018 New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum report to the Board of Education at its Nov. 20 meeting, revealing passing scores in four of the five categories that the process evaluates. […]