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.

S. Mtn. School receives Sustainable Jersey’s bronze certification

EWING, NJ — Sustainable Jersey for Schools recently announced that 91 schools achieved the prestigious Sustainable Jersey for Schools certification in 2017, including the South Mountain Elementary School Annex, which achieved a bronze rating. The 91 schools, spanning k-12, come from 43 different school districts across 18 New Jersey counties. In three years, 194 schools […]

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 […]

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 […]

Meet Harriet Tubman at Jefferson School

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Meet American heroine Harriet Tubman at Jefferson Elementary School, 518 Ridgewood Road in Maplewood, on Sunday, March 5, at 2 p.m. This Durand-Hedden event will feature a first-person portrayal by Daisy Century of the American Historical Theater. “I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say […]

Former SOMA Principal Krause dies at age 86

Principal Krause will never be forgotten by community

Former SOMA Principal Krause dies at age 86

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Edmund Krause, a beloved former principal who educated in the South Orange-Maplewood School District for 21 years, died Oct. 14, at age 86. Born in Pittsburgh and raised there and in Queens, Krause earned his bachelor of arts degree in education and a master’s in administration of Brooklyn College. He then served […]