Seth Boyden School performs at John J. Cali School of Music

MONTCLAIR, NJ — On May 24, music ensembles from Seth Boyden Demonstration School in Maplewood traveled to Montclair State University’s John J. Cali School of Music to perform for parents and other school community members. This performance was a demonstration of students’ cumulative growth as participants in the MSU Music Grant Residency Partnership with South […]

Parents urge BOE, district to keep Frye

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Public speaks at the May 21 South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education special meeting was full of passionate support for Seth Boyden Principal Damion Frye, who, a week prior had not been reappointed to his post for the 2018-2019 school year. More than two dozen community members — including many Seth Boyden parents, […]

District unveils plan for buildings, grades

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Acting Superintendent Thomas Ficarra unveiled the South Orange-Maplewood School District’s long-range facilities and integration plan at the Board of Education’s May 14 meeting. In his presentation, Ficarra introduced a plan to renovate and upgrade the district’s school buildings while better integrating the schools by redrawing district lines. The plan […]

Meetings on facilities and integration plan in SOMSD

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District will hold several community meetings to discuss the long-range facilities and integration plan. Each meeting will include the same presentation. Meetings will be held: Wednesday, May 30, at 7:30 p.m. at Seth Boyden School, 274 Boyden Ave. in Maplewood; Thursday, May 31, at 7:30 […]

School water retests show 1 issue at CHS

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — In a May 13 update, the South Orange-Maplewood School District reported that it received the results from an April test of 21 plumbing fixtures in the district; only one unit had an unacceptable level of lead and failed the retest. The district retested the 21 fixtures, which had been offline during the […]

Redwood principal receives 2018 Allan Morehead Memorial Award

MONTCLAIR, NJ — Redwood Elementary School Principal Timothy Beaumont received the 2018 Allen Morehead Memorial Award from Montclair State University’s College of Education and Human Services at the CEHS annual awards ceremony on April 25. The Allan Morehead Memorial Award is given to an MSU alumnus or alumna “committed to education and service, especially in […]

SOMSD seeks feedback for code of conduct

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District released the letter below to the community, seeking input for its revised code of conduct: “SOMSD is in the final phase of creating new regulations for the district’s revised code of conduct, which was approved in July 2017. The revised policy incorporates state-mandated revisions, […]

SOPAC receives hefty grant to partner with school district

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange Performing Arts Center received a $75,000 grant from the William Randolph Hearst Foundations to advance its arts education program. The funds will be used both at the center and in the South Orange and Maplewood communities. The William Randolph Hearst Foundations are two nonprofits that work together to […]

SOMSD named a ‘Best Community in the Nation for Music Education’

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District has been named a “Best Community in the Nation for Music Education” by the The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation. The award program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have made music education part of a well-rounded […]

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