End-of-year schedule for SOMSD

End-of-year schedule for SOMSD

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — As long as the South Orange-Maplewood School District does not see any more emergency closing days, the following is the end-of-year calendar for the 2018-19 school year: Monday, May 25: all schools to be closed for Memorial Day; Thursday, June 20, Friday, June 21, and Monday, June 24: four-hour […]

Collum, DDF vie to be president

With less than a week until the election, candidates discuss their visions

Collum, DDF vie to be president

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Residents will vote Tuesday, May 14, for one of two candidates to be village president, choosing between incumbent Sheena Collum and current South Orange Trustee Deborah Davis Ford. Collum is running for her second term as village president, and Davis Ford has served on the Board of Trustees for 12 years. […]

Aaron goes to DC to discuss education

Aaron goes to DC to discuss education

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — South Orange-Maplewood Principal on Special Assignment Elizabeth Aaron visited Washington, D.C., in March to encourage New Jersey’s members of Congress to pass laws that enhance the nation’s public schools and support equity for all students. The visit was part of the annual Advocacy Conference, sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School […]

SOMSD students no longer taking PARCC

SOMSD students no longer taking PARCC

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On April 3, interim Superintendent Thomas Ficarra sent the following letter to community members: “The state of New Jersey has ended its membership in the interstate consortium that produced the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career assessments. While the online platform — Pearson’s TestNav — will […]

SOMSD students show artistic excellence

SOMSD students show artistic excellence

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — South Orange and Maplewood students were recently recognized for their artistic prowess in several venues. For Youth Art Month, Jefferson Elementary art teacher Eva McNally had six student artists chosen to display their work at the Hall of Records in Newark. These top-knotch students are: Vogel Brutus Jr., Gillian […]

School district introduces preliminary 2019-20 budget

School district introduces preliminary 2019-20 budget

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Board of Education heard a presentation on the preliminary 2019-2020 budget at its Feb. 25 meeting, getting details from the administration on the district’s $141,598,027 preliminary budget for the next school year. According to the presentation, 78 percent of the total will be dedicated to instruction, 10 percent […]

Where SOMSD is with emergency closings for 2018-2019

Where SOMSD is with emergency closings for 2018-2019

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District is using a new approach for emergency closing days for 2018-2019. Four emergency closing days are built into the school year. If the district does not use all four emergency closing days, any unused days become “giveback days.” The giveback days are scheduled for […]

Villagers share vision for S. Orange

Room packed at Master Plan session as residents give feedback, ideas

Villagers share vision for S. Orange

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Master Plan Management Committee held a townwide listening session at the Loft in the South Orange Performing Arts Center on Feb. 27, as it continues to solicit feedback from the community during the visioning phase of creating the Master Plan. An initial townwide listening session was scheduled for Feb. 12, […]

Achieve’s ‘Nights of 100 Dinners’ returns

Achieve’s ‘Nights of 100 Dinners’ returns

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Dinner parties will be happening all around Maplewood and South Orange throughout the month of March as part of Achieve Foundation’s “Nights of 100 Dinners” fundraiser, raising money for the South Orange-Maplewood School District. Volunteer hosts throw parties and, instead of bringing a host a gift or dessert, guests […]

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