MMS, Senior Share partner for intergenerational program

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Senior citizens and a group of Maplewood Middle School students came together for a brainstorming session in the school’s library Monday, April 16, to discuss the benefits of middle school students and seniors spending time together for the launch of the Share/Exchange program. The event was a collaboration between Maplewood Senior Share, […]

Maplewood MS students walk out

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood Middle School eighth-graders participated in the National School Walkout on March 14. In addition to sharing their thoughts on gun violence, students read the names of those who died at the Parkland, Fla., school shooting on Feb. 14. Photos Courtesy of SOMSD

Effect of school closings in the SOMSD

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The school district set aside three days for emergency closings in 2017-2018; however, the district has already used four days as a result of inclement weather, and Maplewood Middle School used a fifth day on March 9 due to lack of power. The calendar approved by the Board of […]

Harlem Wizards Family Night is smashing success

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood Recreation thanks Maplewood Middle School, the Maplewood Police Department and the Maplewood Fire Department for their support of Harlem Wizards Family Night on Jan. 29. Teachers from MMS and their principal were awesome athletes, as were police and fire participants. The Maplewoodians gave those Wizards a run for their money! Photos […]

‘Rhythm & Words’ in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — There will be a free writing workshop, “Rhythm & Words: Maplewood,” aimed at teens in grades six through 12, though open to anyone, on Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 5 to 8 p.m. This student-driven program, facilitated by Ras Heru, will be held at Sutagao Restaurant, 149 Maplewood Ave. in Maplewood, and will […]

SO Elks support music at MMS

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange Elks presented a $1,000 check to Maplewood Middle School for ITS band and orchestra. The money was raised during First Fridays — live music at the lodge on the first Friday of each month. From left are Tarquin Learned, MMS HSA President Deborah Holt, Joe Donohue, […]

FAMILYConnections kicks off backpack collection

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — FAMILYConnections, a local counseling and family services agency, has announced the start of a “Got Your Back” backpack drive to benefit students in the agency’s Outreach to At-Risk Youth and School-Based Youth Services programs. Donations of individual school items and full backpacks will be accepted through Sept. 1 and can be […]

Nine SOMSD water sources found to contain higher levels of lead

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District, in compliance with the Department of Education regulations and technical guidance developed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, identified and tested all drinking water and food preparation outlets, according to a June 12 press release from the district. Of the 223 samples […]