Grammar school students ‘Speak Out’ at library event

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On Saturday, Feb. 9, Maplewood Memorial Library hosted the fourth annual “Kids Speak Out,” an event held during Black History Month that showcases the work of South Orange-Maplewood School District elementary school students. This event encourages students to express themselves through spoken word, poetry and art to celebrate Black History Month. Poetry […]

Towns’ health depts. take close look at school bathrooms

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Maplewood Health Department recently completed an inspection of the Columbia High School bathrooms after Deputy Mayor Frank McGehee, who is chairman of the Board of Health, requested at a Nov. 7 Township Committee meeting that an inspection be conducted. In addition, the South Orange Health Department inspected the […]

SOMSD Parenting Center speaker series

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Parenting Center, in conjunction with elementary school PTAs, will present a 2018-2019 speaker series as follows: Professor Edward Fergus will discuss “SOMSD 2020 – Intentional Integration and Innovation in Our Elementary Schools” on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7:30 p.m. at Seth Boyden School, 274 Boyden Ave. […]

School district shuffles administrators for 2018-2019 school year

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — On June 30, acting Superintendent of Schools Thomas Ficarra sent a letter to staff telling them that there would be a few changes in the South Orange-Maplewood School District administration for the coming school year. “We believe these changes will strengthen our efforts to improve SOMSD’s operations, foster student-centered […]

District bids farewell to retiring teachers

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — At the June 4 Board of Education meeting, the South Orange-Maplewood School District honored the school system personnel who are retiring at the end of the school year, after dedicating themselves to making the SOMSD a better place for all students. BOE President Elizabeth Baker welcomed the retirees, their families and community […]

District unveils plan for buildings, grades

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Acting Superintendent Thomas Ficarra unveiled the South Orange-Maplewood School District’s long-range facilities and integration plan at the Board of Education’s May 14 meeting. In his presentation, Ficarra introduced a plan to renovate and upgrade the district’s school buildings while better integrating the schools by redrawing district lines. The plan […]

Meetings on facilities and integration plan in SOMSD

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District will hold several community meetings to discuss the long-range facilities and integration plan. Each meeting will include the same presentation. Meetings will be held: Wednesday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Seth Boyden School, 274 Boyden Ave. in Maplewood; Thursday, May 31, at 7:30 […]

Principal shakeup in the SOMSD

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — In just a few weeks, two South Orange-Maplewood School District principals have been removed from their original posts. Marshall School Principal Bonita Samuels was placed on paid leave a few weeks ago following public outcry concerning allegations that she texted a photo of a teaching assistant, a little person, […]