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 […]

SOMAS fall catalogs just hit mailboxes

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Back to school is not just for the children! Be on the lookout in your mailboxes for South Orange-Maplewood Adult School’s fall catalog, which features a trove of exciting classes, lectures and events. “We’ve taken time to really streamline our course listings, giving some classes a break and adding new classes to […]

Rehearse with the SO Symphony

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Bring your instrument and become part of a symphony orchestra for an evening on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 7:30 p.m. South Orange Symphony invites interested musicians for an evening of sight-reading and networking, on the main stage of South Orange Middle School, 70 N. Ridgewood Road. Susan Haig will lead the […]

Achieve Foundation celebrates 20 years of excellence

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Achieve Foundation hosted a nostalgic celebration highlighting 20 years of resounding success with the Achieve Volunteer Tutor Program and also the retirement of founding Executive Director Deborah Prinz at the Orange Lawn Tennis Club in South Orange on June 5. The event, “Wine Tasting and Conversation,” featuring Hank Zona of The […]

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 […]

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