SOMSD fifth graders hear from civil rights pioneer

SOMSD fifth graders hear from civil rights pioneer

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — District fifth graders had the opportunity to hear from civil rights pioneer Lynda Blackmon Lowery at a Jan. 16 assembly at South Orange Middle School. This was part of the district’s “One Book One Grade” program, under which every fifth grader in the school district read Lowery’s book “Turning 15 on […]

‘The ABCs of Kindergarten’ welcome event

‘The ABCs of Kindergarten’ welcome event

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District will hold an information session on “The ABCs of Kindergarten” on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Seth Boyden School, 274 Boyden Ave. in Maplewood.  This event will provide a brief overview of the kindergarten program by a panel of representatives from each of […]

SOMSD symposium on equity in integration on Jan. 8

SOMSD symposium on equity in integration on Jan. 8

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Office of the Superintendent will present a symposium on equity in integration on Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Columbia High School Auditorium, 17 Parker Ave. in Maplewood, featuring Elise Boddie, a civil rights expert and legal scholar; Edward Fergus, an author and educational equity expert; and […]

SOMSD alters security drill policy to address community concerns

SOMSD alters security drill policy to address community concerns

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On Dec. 4, Superintendent of Schools Ronald Taylor sent a letter to the South Orange-Maplewood School District community regarding changes to the district’s security drill policy. The letter is below: “Student and staff safety continues to be a top priority for our school district and practicing safety drills is […]

Participate in Achieve’s 2020 ‘Nights of 100 Dinners’

Participate in Achieve’s 2020 ‘Nights of 100 Dinners’

MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Organizers of the Achieve Foundation’s “Nights of 100 Dinners” fundraiser, now in its 16th year, are looking for people to host events for their friends in March 2020. Sound like fun? It is! If you can throw a party, you can get involved and make a difference. The Achieve Foundation raises […]

District outlines teacher evaluation model

District outlines teacher evaluation model

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — South Orange-Maplewood School District Assistant Superintendent Gayle Carrick presented the updated model for teacher evaluations at the Nov. 18 South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education meeting, explaining how the Danielson Framework for teaching, a teacher evaluation rubric, fits into the district’s teacher-observation plan. Carrick also told BOE members about the […]

Make holiday magic through Parenting Center toy drive

Make holiday magic through Parenting Center toy drive

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Through Dec. 13, the South Orange-Maplewood School District Parenting Center is hosting its annual holiday toy drive. Everyone is invited to help make holiday magic for 500 children and 150 families in the two towns. There are a number of ways to participate. Buy gifts online and have them […]

District NJSLA results above state averages, but show persisting achievement gap

District NJSLA results above state averages, but show persisting achievement gap

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Superintendent of Schools Ronald Taylor reviewed the results of last school year’s standardized testing at the Oct. 28 Board of Education meeting, showing that South Orange-Maplewood School District students did better than state averages in nearly every category. Last year, students across the state took the New Jersey Student […]

Middle school parents learn about AileyDance Kids

Middle school parents learn about AileyDance Kids

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — On the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 12, the South Orange Performing Arts Center hosted a “Meet & Greet” event to engage and inform middle school parents about the AileyDance Kids Residency Program occurring at both South Orange and Maplewood middle schools. AileyDance Kids is an education extension division of Alvin Ailey […]