Essex County schools make the best of remote learning

Teachers adapt to online education as schools stay closed

Essex County schools make the best of remote learning

By Amanda Valentovic and EmilyAnn Jackman / Staff Writers ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — It has been more than two weeks since the global COVID-19 pandemic shut down most of the country, and Essex County school districts have closed the doors to school buildings and moved to online classes. With no timeline for returning, teachers and […]

COVID-19 comes to Maplewood and South Orange

Two towns, entire state, close down everyday life to prevent spread of disease

COVID-19 comes to Maplewood and South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The two towns are feeling the effects of COVID-19, the strain of coronavirus that was declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11. School districts, many businesses and other organizations have closed and moved to online learning for at least two weeks. As of March […]

SOMSD students display their art at annual exhibit in mall

SOMSD students display their art at annual exhibit in mall

LIVINGSTON, NJ — This February marked the Essex County Education Association’s 23rd annual art exhibition at the Livingston Mall and several South Orange and Maplewood students were chosen to represent the district. The show ran from Feb. 28 through March 6. From South Mountain Annex and Clinton Elementary School, with art teacher Tara Kanter, participating […]

District holds public meeting to share integration plans for grammar schools

District holds public meeting to share integration plans for grammar schools

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — South Orange–Maplewood School District Superintendent Ronald Taylor and Business Administrator Paul Roth gave an update about the district’s planned elementary school integration at a Feb. 19 meeting at Jefferson Elementary School. According to Taylor’s presentation, the administration will recommend a plan to the Board of Education by June and will be ready […]

SOMSD facilities update highlights completion of observatory project

SOMSD facilities update highlights completion of observatory project

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Paul Roth, the school business administrator and board secretary in South Orange and Maplewood, recently gave a facilities update. In a December update, the district reported ongoing work to repair Columbia High School’s observatory, located at the top of the school’s clock tower. This project included the restoration of […]

Board of Education selects Zubieta

Zubieta will fill 2nd year of Farfan’s second term, 3rd year will go to vote

Board of Education selects Zubieta

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange–Maplewood Board of Education filled its vacant seat on Feb. 10 at a special meeting, swearing in Kamal Zubieta as the newest member of the BOE. Zubieta will serve the second year of the term Javier Farfan won; Farfan resigned in January. Zubieta will be able to […]

SOMSD audit shows effective management

SOMSD audit shows effective management

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange–Maplewood School District heard an audit report of the 2018-2019 school year at its Jan. 27 meeting, learning that all financial operations during the year were working effectively. The report was presented by Robert Morrison of the accounting firm Hodulik & Morrison, who has been working in […]

Taking a leap to help local schools

Taking a leap to help local schools

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The Columbia High School Cougar Boosters will host a leap year celebration to raise money to help students in the South Orange-Maplewood School District on Saturday, Feb. 29, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. in Our Lady of Sorrows Gymnasium, 217 Prospect St. in South Orange. Since 1974 the CHS Cougar Boosters […]

Town hall meeting to discuss SOMSD III

Town hall meeting to discuss SOMSD III

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Office of the Superintendent and the Parenting Center will present a community town hall event to discuss the South Orange-Maplewood School District Intentional Integration Initiative on Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Jefferson Elementary School, 518 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood. Superintendent Ronald Taylor and other members of district administration […]