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, […]

A Q&A on the ABCs of kindergarten

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Parenting Center & the Elementary PTAs will hold a question-and-answer session about kindergarten in the South Orange and Maplewood community on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Seth Boyden Elementary School, 274 Boyden Ave. in Maplewood. A special “parent to parent” meeting to introduce families to Seth Boyden […]

Seth Boyden journalists describe recent activities at their school

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Nov. 6 and 8 were special days at Seth Boyden. On Nov. 6, Seth Boyden held its second Cardboard Challenge. The students took the entire morning to design a game, structure or costume out of cardboard. Then, in the afternoon, they rotated and experienced/observed each other’s designs. Seth Boyden students demonstrated their […]

Seth Boyden’s Garden Recess continues to grow

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Who says children don’t eat vegetables? Let children pick their own collard greens, then blend the leaves with olive oil, garlic, sunflower seeds and lemon juice. Voila: pesto! Blend kale with apples and berries for smoothies. Saute collards and carrots with olive oil and salt for a tasty stir-fry. Greens pesto, kale […]

Seth Boyden, MSU kick off music partnership with lively drumming event

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Montclair State University’s African Drumming Ensemble had Seth Boyden School’s staff, students and community members on their feet dancing and drumming their way into the start of something new. Led by John J. Cali School of Music adjunct faculty member Robert Levin, graduate music education coordinator Lisa De Lorenzo and undergraduate music […]

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 […]

Lead test results show large variances

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District had announced June 12 the results of testing for lead in school buildings’ water, which showed that nine sources out of 223 had a higher lead action level than that established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in drinking water, news that upset parents […]