Columbia High School Student Admitted to West Point

March 29, 2017

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Columbia High School (CHS) senior Rebekah Adams has been accepted into West Point, the premier United States Military Academy. Boasting a 10% acceptance rate that puts it ahead of several Ivies in selectivity, West Point requires stellar SAT scores, first-rate grades, a physical fitness exam, and a required letter of recommendation from a U.S. senator or congressperson. It ...

Studio 509 Kids Spring Session Begins April 17 - Registration Open Now

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Spring classes at Studio 509 Kids begin Monday, April 17. Fitness and dance classes are offered for ages pre-k to high school, and include Ballet Fusion at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays for 1st and 2nd graders, Dance Fusion for high-school boys only at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays, and Total Fitness at 4 p.m. on Thursdays for 6th to 9th graders.

The mission at Studio ...

Columbia High School Senior Robotics Team in World Championships

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The US FIRST Robotics organization has invited the Columbia High School (CHS) senior robotics team, Team 4102, to the World Championships in St. Louis in April.

This is exciting news for Team 4102, since they had previously been on a "waitlist," stated Allan Tumolillo, CHS Robotics Club Adviser. According to Tumolillo, based on Team 4102's excellent ...

School Administration Addresses Two Bias Incidents at Columbia High School on Wednesday

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Racist and derogatory language was used in a classroom and sexist, racist, and anti-Semitic graffiti was found in a bathroom at Columbia High School (CHS) on Wednesday, according to an email sent to CHS families at about 5:45 p.m.

The email, which was signed by South Orange Maplewood School District Superintendent John Ramos, and CHS Principal Elizabeth Aaron, is ...

South Orange Maplewood School District Superintendent Responds to Bias Incidents

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - John J. Ramos, Superintendent of the South Orange Maplewood School District (SOMSD), sent the following email to the school community in response to multiple incidents of racial bias and anti-Semitism that have occurred recently at district schools.

Dear South Orange Maplewood School District,

A recent series of incidents in our schools and in ...

Brief Evacuation at South Mountain School on Thursday; Everyone Safe

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - There was a brief evacuation at South Mountain School on Thursday, according to an email that was sent from the South Orange Maplewood School District to South Mountain families at about 12:50 p.m. 

The email is below:

Just before noon today, South Mountain Big School staff noticed a gas-like odor, and students and staff were briefly evacuated as a ...

Update: South Orange Maplewood Schools CLOSED on Wednesday

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - It's a second snow day for SOMA students. The South Orange Maplewood School District and all of its schools will be closed today, Wednesday, March 15, due to icy conditions.

The school district had originally announced a delay on Tuesday night, but at about 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday the announcement came that schools would be closed.

The school ...

South Orange Maplewood School District has Delayed Opening on Wednesday


SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - South Orange Maplewood schools will be CLOSED all have a delayed opening on Wednesday, March 15, according to an email from the school district that was sent at about 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Elementary and middle schools start two hours later than their usually scheduled start ...

Snow Day for South Orange and Maplewood Schools on Tuesday, March 14

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - South Orange and Maplewood schools will be closed on Tuesday, March 14, due to anticipated heavy snow and blizzard conditions, according to an email from the South Orange Maplewood School District at about 1:30 p.m. on Monday.

A powerful storm is expected to hit the area early Tuesday morning, according to the National Weather Service, with 18 to ...

South Orange Maplewood School District Announces 'Commitment to Equity'

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The South Orange Maplewood School District sent a letter by email to the school community at about 9 p.m. on Sunday night affirming the district's commitment to equity.

The letter, which is signed by Elizabeth A. Baker, President of the Board of Education, and John J. Ramos, Sr. Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools, is in response to recent events at local ...

Why All Parents Should Consider Refusing the PARCC—2017 Edition

March 19, 2017

Hi. My name is Jen Grana – I live in Sparta township and have 3 boys – 2 of which are in the public education system now – a middle schooler, a Kindergartner and a sweet oblivious 2 year old who will be there before I know it I am sure. We spend a lot of time talking about and thinking about public education in our house because we will be knee-deep in it for the next 20 years ...

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March is Makers Month at the South Orange Public Library

March 17, 2017

The South Orange Public Library is in the middle of its third annual Makers Month, our yearly celebration of local creativity and ingenuity. Folks of all ages are encouraged to join us this Saturday, March 18, for Makers Mayhem, a full day of non-stop hands-on activities, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include:

Community Building: Make an Art installation create a collaborative work of ...