‘Love Shouldn’t Hurt’ in NJ schools

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Does your teenager know the warning signs of an abusive relationship? One in three teens experience verbal or physical abuse from a dating partner. This statistic is the reason that “safe dating” education is required by law in New Jersey. West Orange High School, Columbia High School in Maplewood and Technology […]

Cali School gets grant to continue partnering with SOMSD

MONTCLAIR, NJ — The Montclair State University John J. Cali School of Music’s Arts Institute Partnership Grant was renewed for a second year. The grant is designed to provide music lesson services to South Orange-Maplewood School District music students. Last year, South Orange-Maplewood School District’s fine arts department and Montclair State University embarked on one […]

SOMA Star Athlete: Grace Petroccia

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Grace Petroccia, of Maplewood, is a senior at Columbia High School, where she is a senior captain on the school’s girls’ volleyball team. She began playing volleyball during her freshman year and became a setter. She used to play softball, basketball and soccer as well, but is now focused on just volleyball. […]

SOMA Star Athlete: Ethan Pidgeon

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Ethan Pidgeon, of South Orange, is a senior at Columbia High School, where he plays center-back on the boys’ soccer team. A varsity team member since his freshman year at Columbia, he has also played for the soccer club Jersey United, a state-ranked team, for three years. This year, he is […]

Cooperman honored with prestigious Max Sobel Award

MILLBURN, NJ — The Association of Mathematics Teachers of New Jersey has chosen Neil D. Cooperman as the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Max Sobel Award for Outstanding Service and Leadership in mathematics education. Cooperman is currently a mathematics teacher and department chair at Millburn High School; formerly, Cooperman, a graduate of Columbia High School, […]

CHS community has an ‘Uncomfortable Conversation’

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Video re-enactments of realistic social scenarios and a discussion panel including Columbia High School students, administrators and faculty opened a dialogue about how to navigate difficult topics like sexual assault and sexual violence during an interactive event presented by The Uncomfortable Conversation Inc. and hosted at the school on Oct. 11. The […]

SOMAS presents ‘Humanity in Harmony’

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Award-winning art history educator Janet Mandel will present “Art Nouveau: Humanity in Harmony with the Natural World,” as part of the South Orange-Maplewood Adult School fall lecture series, on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Columbia High School’s Black Box Theatre, 17 Parker Ave. in Maplewood. Art nouveau is […]

CHS students attend Sphinx Virtuosi concert

NEW YORK CITY — On Thursday, Oct. 11, students from Columbia High School traveled to Carnegie Hall for the 11th annual Sphinx Virtuosi concert. The Sphinx Virtuosi, a self-conducted ensemble of top black and Latinx soloists, annually tours nationwide to reach new audiences with diverse programming. This year’s program, “Music Without Borders,” illuminated works by […]

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