SOMSD to hold town hall for elementary school families

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Elementary school families in the South Orange-Maplewood School District are invited to attend a town hall meeting with interim Superintendent of Schools Thomas Ficarra on Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Jefferson Elementary School, 518 Ridgewood Road in Maplewood.

Expert sees classroom shortfall, lopsided racial makeup

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District and Board of Education is considering how it will address issues of increasing enrollment after a commissioned facilities-usage study found that rezoning alone will not prevent a shortfall of classrooms at the elementary school level. BOE President Elizabeth Baker told the News-Record that the […]

Students join with area peers to make sweet music

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — On Saturday, May 13, South Orange Middle School orchestra director Bill Cook hosted the All-North Jersey Elementary Honors Orchestra Festival at the school. The event is sponsored by the North Jersey School Music Association and includes students in grades four through six from the surrounding area. Columbia High School orchestra director […]

Community forum for immigrants at Clinton School

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — There will be a community forum for immigrants on Thursday, May 18, at 7 p.m. at Clinton School, 27 Berkshire Road in Maplewood. Are you an immigrant who works, studies or lives in Maplewood, South Orange or a nearby town? Are you concerned about how new executive orders and enforcement policies might […]

SOMSD fine arts spring calendar

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District recently released its spring fine arts calendar. Events are as follows: Monday, April 3, from 10 to 11 a.m., Columbia High School choir Canens Vocem will perform at Winchester Gardens, 333 Elmwood Ave. in Maplewood. Wednesday, April 19, from 5 to 10 p.m., Columbia […]

Parenting Center, PTAs to screen ‘Beyond Measure’

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Parenting Center and Elementary School PTAs will host a special screening of “Beyond Measure,” from the makers of “Race to Nowhere,” on Thursday, March 16, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Clinton Elementary School, 27 Berkshire Road in Maplewood. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion. […]

Maplewood boy receives service dog, companion, friend

Natchez comes to the rescue, bonds with Maplewood boy

Maplewood boy receives service dog, companion, friend

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — In many ways, Natchez is like a typical pet dog for 7-year-old Grant Weiss. The 2-year-old yellow lab-golden retriever mix loves to play and give his master kisses. At night he even curls up at the foot of Grant’s bed — in the great American tradition of a boy and his dog. […]

Nationally recognized STEM summer program coming to Clinton

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Camp Invention, a summer enrichment day camp program, supported by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and a product of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, is coming to Clinton Elementary School in Maplewood the week of July 4. For students entering grades one through six, Camp Invention is a weeklong […]