Two men arrested for morning robbery, assault on Boyden Ave.

Two men arrested for morning robbery, assault on Boyden Ave.

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Dequan Lewis, 24, of Vauxhall, and Isaiah Gavin, 18, of Elizabeth, were apprehended by police on Jan. 10 after Maplewood patrol officers responded to 200 Boyden Ave., Avalon Bay Apartments, on the report of a disturbance of a possible robbery or shooting.  According to police, Lewis and Gavin used a crowbar to […]

Maplewood PBA collects school supplies for Seth Boyden students

Maplewood PBA collects school supplies for Seth Boyden students

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood PBA Local 44 is holding back-to-school supply drive to benefit Seth Boyden Elementary School students. From now through Sept. 1, residents are encouraged to drop off school supplies at Seth Boyden, the Maplewood Police Department, Maplewood Town Hall, Gleasons Cleaners, and Dehart Community Center. Supplies needed include crayons, markers, pencils, colored […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

BOE outlines superintendent search process, feedback opportunities

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — In August 2018, South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education launched the search for South Orange-Maplewood School District’s next superintendent, and hired William Librera of West Hudson Associates as the superintendent search consultant to assist in the search process. According to a press release from the district, the board chose Librera […]

Seth Boyden School performs at John J. Cali School of Music

MONTCLAIR, NJ — On May 24, music ensembles from Seth Boyden Demonstration School in Maplewood traveled to Montclair State University’s John J. Cali School of Music to perform for parents and other school community members. This performance was a demonstration of students’ cumulative growth as participants in the MSU Music Grant Residency Partnership with South […]

Parents urge BOE, district to keep Frye

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Public speaks at the May 21 South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education special meeting was full of passionate support for Seth Boyden Principal Damion Frye, who, a week prior had not been reappointed to his post for the 2018-2019 school year. More than two dozen community members — including many Seth Boyden parents, […]

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 […]

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