CHS sophomore robotics team takes 1st place

CHS sophomore robotics team takes 1st place

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — It was an underdog upset on Feb. 8 at the FIRST Tech Challenge New Jersey Essex County League Tournament, Robo-CATastrophe, with Team 4102 winning first place. With less experience and a young team comprising only a sophomore and two eighth graders, Team 4102 of the Columbia High School Robotics Team took home […]

SOMAS Children’s Summer Program: curiosity and fun abound

SOMAS Children’s Summer Program: curiosity and fun abound

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood Adult School Children’s Summer Program offers more than 100 classes in creative arts, music, science and sports. Students get to choose their own classes — there are five periods in a day — and the day can be as long or short as they like. The program is […]

SO Symphony fosters an early love of classical music

SO Symphony fosters an early love of classical music

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Intermission at the South Orange Symphony’s concert on Jan. 26 was full of string plucking and trombone sliding, as the orchestra hosted a “musical petting zoo,” where children in the audience could take the instruments for a test drive. The zoo was part of the orchestra’s annual family concert, which invites […]

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 […]

Free concert for the whole family in South Orange

Free concert for the whole family in South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange Symphony will hold its free family concert Sunday, Jan. 26, at 3 p.m. in the main auditorium of South Orange Middle School, 70 N. Ridgewood Road, South Orange. Susan Haig, of South Orange, will lead the orchestra in family-friendly music selections by Tchaikovsky, Ponchielli, Gabrieli and Britten. There will […]

Grammy-winning jazz bassist teaches masterclass at Columbia High

Grammy-winning jazz bassist teaches masterclass at Columbia High

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Jazz students from Columbia High School and Maplewood and South Orange middle schools gathered in CHS’ auditorium on Wednesday, Nov. 20, for a free jazz masterclass event hosted by New Jersey Performing Arts Center and made possible by support from TD Bank.  Six-time Grammy Award-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride interacted with 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 […]

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