South Mountain YMCA partners with SOMSD, Achieve Foundation

South Mountain YMCA partners with SOMSD, Achieve Foundation

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Mountain YMCA, the Achieve Foundation, the Parenting Center and the South Orange–Maplewood School District have formed a partnership to ensure that equity and opportunity continue to be hallmarks of our community. The collaboration is focused on providing financial support for child care options that include educational support […]

Davis Ford, Morgan join BPW board of trustees

Davis Ford, Morgan join BPW board of trustees

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Black Parents Workshop has announced two new members to its board of trustees: former South Orange Village Trustee Deborah Davis Ford and former interim Columbia High School Principal Kalisha Morgan.  “With the addition of Ms. Davis Ford and Dr. Morgan to our board of trustees, we continue to anchor the work […]

‘Academic Support in Remote Learning’

‘Academic Support in Remote Learning’

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Parenting Center, elementary school PTAs, South Orange–Maplewood School District Office of Curriculum and Instruction present “Academic Support in Remote Learning,” an online presentation,” with Monica Gant, associate secretary of the Delaware Department of Education’s Academic Support Team, on Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 7:30 to 9 p.m.  Grant will […]

Achieve rebrands Newstead 5K for virtual fun

Achieve rebrands Newstead 5K for virtual fun

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Like so many other activities and events, the Achieve Foundation’s fall fundraiser is going virtual this year. Fans of the annual Newstead 5K — as well as those who have taken up walking and running during the quarantine time — are invited to participate in the 2020 INstead Virtual […]

SOMSD to begin school year virtually

SOMSD to begin school year virtually

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Four days after the South Orange–Maplewood School District presented its fall reopening plan, with three options to choose from as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to prevent the normal back-to-school fanfare September would usually bring, Gov. Phil Murphy signed an executive order allowing New Jersey school districts to begin the […]

SOMSD, Black Parents Workshop reach settlement agreement

SOMSD, Black Parents Workshop reach settlement agreement

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — In February 2018, the Black Parents Workshop filed a federal lawsuit against the South Orange–Maplewood School District, drawing attention to the marginalization of black students in the district and the segregation seen in the district’s elementary schools. On July 13, the South Orange–Maplewood Board of Education approved a settlement […]

CHS welcomes new principal Frank Sanchez

CHS welcomes new principal Frank Sanchez

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — A pandemic might have closed the South Orange–Maplewood School District’s school buildings in March, but Frank Sanchez has been walking the halls of Columbia High School since July 1. He’s allowed to, though — he just became the school’s new principal. “I’ve been there every day getting to know […]

SOMSD survey regarding back-to-school plans for the fall

SOMSD survey regarding back-to-school plans for the fall

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The New Jersey Department of Education is working on plans for reopening school buildings in the 2020-21 school year and is currently exploring various options based on available guidance from public health experts. Parents and guardians in the South Orange–Maplewood School District are invited to provide their input at […]

Registration now open for 2020-2021 school year in SOMA

Registration now open for 2020-2021 school year in SOMA

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — All parents and guardians in South Orange and Maplewood who wish to enroll a child for the 2020-2021 school year must now complete their application process virtually. In-person appointments are not available at this time due to COVID-19 health and safety precautions. Registration instructions can be viewed on the […]

Area teachers march for black lives

Area teachers march for black lives

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange–Maplewood School District educators Stephanie Rivera, TJ Whitaker, Willy Sumner and Greg Tuttle helped to organize the first statewide NJ Teachers for Black Lives Rally and March on Monday, June 15. In addition to South Orange–Maplewood, educators from Millburn, Montclair, Livingston, Irvington, West Orange, East Orange, Newark, Verona […]

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