Columbia High School to hold Lavender Graduation this June

Columbia High School to hold Lavender Graduation this June

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — As part of annual June Pride Month celebrations across SOMA and Essex County, Maplewood and South Orange are again partnering with the South Orange–Maplewood School District and others in the community to present SOMA Lavender Graduation 2021, to be held in person and virtually on Thursday, June 3, at […]

CHS students speak out about sexual harassment, the need for better education regarding consent

CHS students speak out about sexual harassment, the need for better education regarding consent

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Students and staff at Columbia High School asked the South Orange–Maplewood Board of Education and district administrators to address sexual assault and harassment among students at the April 19 BOE meeting, after students identified themselves as victims and shared their experiences online in early March. BOE student representative Lily […]

Community Coalition on Race sponsors 2021 Conversations on Race

Community Coalition on Race sponsors 2021 Conversations on Race

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On Thursday, April 29, the South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race and Seton Hall University will co-host Conversations on Race, an annual community dialogue on race-related issues. This year’s event, titled “Racial Justice in Education,” will be virtual and is free and open to all. The featured speaker is […]

Achieve’s Maker Madness ‘Take and Make’ edition

Achieve’s Maker Madness ‘Take and Make’ edition

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — This year, the Achieve Foundation’s popular, family-friendly Maker Madness event moves from the Columbia High School cafeteria to each participant’s kitchen table and beyond, with free hands-on activities for children of all ages, on Saturday, April 24, beginning at 10 a.m.  The event will include:  Take-home maker kits. Pick […]

Taylor addresses integration, facilities plan in letter to community

Taylor addresses integration, facilities plan in letter to community

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — To provide updates regarding the South Orange–Maplewood School District’s Intentional Integration Initiative, which will begin in September with the incoming kindergarten class, Superintendent of Schools Ronald Taylor sent an informational letter to the community on April 14. “For background, in the 2018-2019 school year, the Board of Education voted […]

SOMSD announces phases 4 and 5 to reopen for in-person learning

SOMSD announces phases 4 and 5 to reopen for in-person learning

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — South Orange–Maplewood School District Superintendent Ronald Taylor announced the plan for the next two phases of the district’s reopening plan, as the district gets ready to continue with the third phase of hybrid instruction. Students in kindergarten through second grade, and in sixth and ninth grades have returned to […]

SOMSD once again named a ‘best community’ for music education

SOMSD once again named a ‘best community’ for music education

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange–Maplewood School District was once again recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation as a “best community” for music education. According to SOMSD fine arts supervisor James Manno, this is at least the ninth consecutive year that the district has received this recognition. In all, […]

Some students return to school buildings, even as mediation breaks down

Some students return to school buildings, even as mediation breaks down

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Students in kindergarten through second grade in the South Orange–Maplewood School District returned to their classrooms on March 15, even as mediation between the district administration and the South Orange–Maplewood Education Association broke down the week before. On March 9, the district released a statement saying that the Board […]