Superintendent salary cap may change, SOMA wants it gone

NJDOE proposes changes to increase superintendent salary cap, but districts want the cap gone

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The New Jersey Department of Education on Nov. 16 released proposed revisions to a portion of the state’s Accountability Regulations, including changes to the superintendent salary cap provisions. The proposal would adjust salary maximums and make other changes to the cap process. Going into effect in 2011, the cap […]

Joshi to present on racial identity in children

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Parenting Center and the Elementary PTAs invite you to a presentation by Khyati Y. Joshi, “Understanding Your Child’s Racial Identity,” on Monday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at South Mountain School, 44 W. South Orange Ave. in South Orange. Joshi, a professor of education at Fairleigh Dickinson University, will discuss […]

Choose the right preschool

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — One of the most important decisions parents can make for their young children is selecting a high-quality preschool program. On Monday, Nov. 14, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., the Schools Committee of the South Orange-Maplewood Community Coalition on Race will sponsor a preschool open house at the cafeteria at Columbia High School, […]

SOMSD students experience NYU music program

NEW YORK CITY — On Sunday, Oct. 2, students from the South Orange-Maplewood School District participated in a series of masterclasses, lectures and performances at New York University’s Steinhardt. Students from Maplewood Middle School, South Orange Middle School and Columbia High School attended the NYU woodwind department’s “A Day in the Life,” an event which […]

Candidates tackle equity, teacher support

Five candidates vying for three open seats on the SOMA Board of Education debate the issues

Candidates tackle equity, teacher support

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Though the South Orange-Maplewood School District’s access and equity policy has been in effect for only about one month, the five candidates running for the three open seats on the Board of Education had a lot to say about its implementation during the Hilton Neighborhood Association’s Oct. 20 forum at DeHart Community […]

Former SOMA Principal Krause dies at age 86

Principal Krause will never be forgotten by community

Former SOMA Principal Krause dies at age 86

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Edmund Krause, a beloved former principal who educated in the South Orange-Maplewood School District for 21 years, died Oct. 14, at age 86. Born in Pittsburgh and raised there and in Queens, Krause earned his bachelor of arts degree in education and a master’s in administration of Brooklyn College. He then served […]

SOMSD wins sustainability award for collaboration with Maplewood Green Team

EWING, NJ — Sustainable Jersey for Schools recently announced the recipients of the 2016 Sustainability Champion award, the Green Team Collaboration award and the Sustainability Makes $ense award. This year, three schools in Atlantic County — Reeds Road Elementary School, Alder Avenue Middle School and Egg Harbor Township High School — received the Sustainability Champion […]

HNA sponsors Board of Education candidates forum

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Hilton Neighborhood Association will sponsor a Board of Education candidates forum on Thursday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in DeHart Community Center, 120 Burnett Ave. in Maplewood. The five candidates running for the three open seats are Susie Adamson, James Davis III, Anthony Mazzocchi, Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad and Johanna Wright. Lawson-Muhammad and […]

MMS to host Dance-A-Thon fundraiser

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Maplewood Middle School will hold its first Dance-A-Thon fundraiser, hosted by the student council, Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports committee and Home School Association, to raise money for the school store and other schoolwide events. The dance will be Friday, Oct. 28, from 4 to 11 p.m. at the Maplewood Middle School […]

Clown threats sweep the country, affect two towns

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Just when we thought 2016 couldn’t get any weirder, the clowns came. Beginning in South Carolina with unsubstantiated reports that clowns were trying to lure children, clown-mania swept across the country, leading to reports of scary and dangerous clowns and threatening social media postings made by “clown” accounts. Though […]

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