Longtime SOMSD staff member Ann Bodnar appointed as new assistant superintendent

Longtime SOMSD staff member Ann Bodnar appointed as new assistant superintendent

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Superintendent of Schools Ronald G. Taylor announced the appointment of Ann Bodnar, a more than 20-year South Orange–Maplewood School District employee and district alumna, to the position of assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction effective immediately, according to an Aug. 30 press release. The SOMA Board of Education approved […]

SONIC Drive-In thanks local teachers with donations to aid distance learning

SONIC Drive-In thanks local teachers with donations to aid distance learning

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — To recognize the entrepreneurial spirit driving teachers to meet their students’ distance learning needs during this difficult time, SONIC Drive-In matched all donations to DonorsChoose on Teacher Appreciation Day. Through Limeades for Learning, SONIC donated $1 million to public school teacher requests across the country on May 5, supporting their endeavors […]

SOMSD students display their art at annual exhibit in mall

SOMSD students display their art at annual exhibit in mall

LIVINGSTON, NJ — This February marked the Essex County Education Association’s 23rd annual art exhibition at the Livingston Mall and several South Orange and Maplewood students were chosen to represent the district. The show ran from Feb. 28 through March 6. From South Mountain Annex and Clinton Elementary School, with art teacher Tara Kanter, participating […]

District holds public meeting to share integration plans for grammar schools

District holds public meeting to share integration plans for grammar schools

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — South Orange–Maplewood School District Superintendent Ronald Taylor and Business Administrator Paul Roth gave an update about the district’s planned elementary school integration at a Feb. 19 meeting at Jefferson Elementary School. According to Taylor’s presentation, the administration will recommend a plan to the Board of Education by June and will be ready […]

SOMSD fifth graders hear from civil rights pioneer

SOMSD fifth graders hear from civil rights pioneer

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — District fifth graders had the opportunity to hear from civil rights pioneer Lynda Blackmon Lowery at a Jan. 16 assembly at South Orange Middle School. This was part of the district’s “One Book One Grade” program, under which every fifth grader in the school district read Lowery’s book “Turning 15 on […]

‘The ABCs of Kindergarten’ welcome event

‘The ABCs of Kindergarten’ welcome event

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District will hold an information session on “The ABCs of Kindergarten” on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Seth Boyden School, 274 Boyden Ave. in Maplewood.  This event will provide a brief overview of the kindergarten program by a panel of representatives from each of […]

Clinton ESL teacher Kate Fearon wins Fulbright grant

Clinton ESL teacher Kate Fearon wins Fulbright grant

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Clinton Elementary School ESL teacher Kate Fearon won a Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program grant; she is one of only 76 teachers across the country who will be participating in the program that aims to help teachers bring an international perspective into their classrooms. A 15-year veteran of the South Orange-Maplewood […]

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