SOMSD holds ‘Code Red’ drills at SOMS, Clinton

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The school district sent out the following message at 12:30 p.m. today, Nov. 2: “As you know, we conduct state-mandated emergency drills — both a fire drill and a security drill — every month, so that students and staff know what to do to protect themselves in various situations. […]

Cali School gets grant to continue partnering with SOMSD

MONTCLAIR, NJ — The Montclair State University John J. Cali School of Music’s Arts Institute Partnership Grant was renewed for a second year. The grant is designed to provide music lesson services to South Orange-Maplewood School District music students. Last year, South Orange-Maplewood School District’s fine arts department and Montclair State University embarked on one […]

Global current events with SOMAS

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — In today’s fast-paced news cycle — much of it spun to appeal to a specific audience — it can be mind-numbing to keep up with the latest global news. As part of the South Orange-Maplewood Adult School fall lecture series, Pierre Fabian will examine critical issues in international politics, discuss the […]

#MeToo, a year later

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — More than just a hashtag, the #MeToo Movement has become a global phenomenon. What has happened in the months since this powerful movement took the world by storm? As part of the South Orange-Maplewood Adult School fall lecture series, Joanne Lipman, author of “That’s What She Said: What Men Need to […]

BOE candidates debate issues in district

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Six of the nine remaining candidates running for the three open seats on the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education squared off in a debate at Maplewood Memorial Library in an event hosted by South Orange-Maplewood Cares About Schools on Oct. 3. Running are: incumbent Annemarie Maini, and challengers Narda Chisholm-Greene, Michael Laskowski, […]

SO sixth-grader becomes newest Scholastic reporter

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — When the next issue of “Scholastic News” hits classrooms, there’s a good chance that South Orange resident Liset Zacker will have a byline in it. A new Kid Reporter for the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps, the 11-year-old will be covering current events, breaking news and entertainment for the publisher’s educational […]

SOMA schools experience LUX Orchestra at SOPAC

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Fourth-graders from the South Orange-Maplewood School District attended a performance of LUX Orchestra at South Orange Performing Arts Center as part of an arts education partnership developed between SOPAC’s Arts Education Division and SOMSD’s Fine Arts Department. With a clash of the cymbals and flash of light, LUX Orchestra dazzled the […]

BOE outlines superintendent search process, feedback opportunities

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — In August 2018, South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education launched the search for South Orange-Maplewood School District’s next superintendent, and hired William Librera of West Hudson Associates as the superintendent search consultant to assist in the search process. According to a press release from the district, the board chose Librera […]

Vanguard to present ‘Lion King Experience’

MONTCLAIR, NJ — Vanguard Theater Company recently announced an all-star team of instructors for “The Lion King Experience,” including workshops in African drumming, dance and mask-making. Beginning rehearsal on Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Montclair Cooperative School, Vanguard’s workshop seeks to bring its DREAM mission of diversity, reciprocity, education, awareness and mentorship to young students […]

SOMS teacher takes a bow as work is nominated for Emmy

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Six diverse high school productions of the Disney musical “Mary Poppins” were the subject of “I Can’t, I Have Rehearsal,” the Emmy-nominated documentary film produced by South Orange Middle School teacher Frank Guastella. “I Can’t, I Have Rehearsal,” takes an in-depth look at how six different high schools across the state […]