Taylor addresses some tech concerns regarding in-person learning

Taylor addresses some tech concerns regarding in-person learning

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — During the week of the Jan. 18, the South Orange–Maplewood School District reopened its school buildings for in-person learning for a subset of the district’s student population. “It was great to see students back in our buildings, and our district’s senior leadership staff was able to visit all of […]

SOMSD families must indicate preferences for in-person and virtual learning

SOMSD families must indicate preferences for in-person and virtual learning

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — As shared in late October, the South Orange–Maplewood School District’s tentative resumption to hybrid instruction, with both virtual and in-person learning, will begin Tuesday, Jan. 19.  “We understand that some families may still be apprehensive about sending their children back to school during this pandemic. Knowing this, the district […]

SOMSD to open for hybrid learning Jan. 19

SOMSD to open for hybrid learning Jan. 19

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange–Maplewood School District will still open for hybrid learning on Jan. 19, Superintendent Ronald Taylor announced in a video message to district families on Dec. 11. The date was set in October, when Taylor announced a decision to push the date back from Nov. 12 after concerns […]

Anti-police vandalism found in Maplewood

Anti-police vandalism found in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Last week, Maplewood experienced some anti-police vandalism.  On Dec. 3, the Department of Public Works removed posters from the windows of houses in Dickens Village, located in Ricalton Square, which carried anti-police sentiment and expletives. Though nothing was broken in Dickens Village, this incident still counts as vandalism and could incur strong […]

Parenting Center Toy Drive is back

Parenting Center Toy Drive is back

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Parenting Center of the South Orange–Maplewood School District is again holding its annual toy drive, but needs help from residents to help make the holidays magical for all SOMSD families. Residents can support the toy drive in the following safe ways, as there will be no toy collection […]

SOMSD reassesses plan for hybrid learning

SOMSD reassesses plan for hybrid learning

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — After announcing that schools would reopen for hybrid learning on Nov. 12, the South Orange–Maplewood School District has reassessed the decision because of concerns about ventilation work in the buildings. Two public town hall meetings to discuss the reopening plan were rescheduled from Oct. 26 and Oct. 27 to […]

NJSBA welcomes new commissioner of education, former SOMA principal

TRENTON, NJ — On Oct. 20, the New Jersey School Boards Association welcomed Gov. Phil Murphy’s choice of Angelica Allen-McMillan as the state’s next commissioner of education. “Dr. Allen-McMillan’s wealth of experience at all levels of public education can benefit New Jersey’s public schools and students,” NJSBA Executive Director Lawrence Feinsod said. “She understands the […]

SOMSD gives information, seeks input regarding in-person education

SOMSD gives information, seeks input regarding in-person education

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange–Maplewood School District’s current plan calls for in-person educational opportunities to resume Nov. 12. To gauge where district families currently stand, SOMSD is sending a revised version of the “Return to School Preference Form” sent in August.  “We understand that some families may still be apprehensive about […]

Achieve Foundation awards $43,623 in educator grants districtwide

Achieve Foundation awards $43,623 in educator grants districtwide

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Achieve Foundation has awarded $43,623 in grants to educators in the South Orange–Maplewood School District.  The 36 grants, designed to be used for professional development, software, materials and programs, ran the gamut of topics, proving that the educators in the SOMSD are as individual and creative as the grants themselves. Themes […]

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