Update on Lead Testing in Schools from Superintendent Ramos

July 20, 2017

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The following letter was sent via email to the South Orange Maplewood School District (SOMSD) community on Thursday, July 20, from John J. Ramos, Sr., SOMSD Superintendent.

Dear SOMSD Community,

As you may be aware, an initial report indicated elevated levels of lead in nine of 223 of the district’s water sources. Upon receipt of the results, each of ...

Activities at the South Orange Public Library: July 20 to July 27

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - There are lots of activities this week at the South Orange Public Library. Here's what's happening for kids and adults:






7 p.m. - SOMA Kids Film Festival and Teddy Bear Sleepover




1:30 p.m. - Friday Features - Pete's Dragon - Rated ...

South Orange Resident Honored by New Jersey SEEDS for Dedication to Education

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - South Orange resident Amy Ziebarth received New Jersey SEEDS’ Leading Change Award at their 25th Anniversary Benefit. Ziebarth was honored by New Jersey SEEDS for her dedication to improving the education of students throughout New Jersey, stated SEEDS.

For 25 years, SEEDS has had the mission of changing the lives of motivated, high-achieving students from ...

Ten SOMA Students Chosen for Paper Mill Playhouse's Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory

MILLBURN, NJ - Paper Mill Playhouse has chosen 122 students to participate in their Summer Musical Theatre Conservatory program. Of the 122 students chosen, five are from Maplewood, and five are from South Orange.

The Maplewood students who were selected are Hunter Kovacs, Ben Halperin, Georgia Post-Lipnick, Charlotte Post-Lipnick, and Alonzo Gallo.

The South Orange students who were ...

Annual XRootsFest Brought Music, Dance and More to Floods Hill on Saturday

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race hosted their annual XRootsFest on Floods Hill Saturday afternoon, June 24. The event featured a wide array of entertainment and learning opportunities for all.

Although the start of the event was delayed until 2 p.m., from the original start time of noon, due to inclement weather, the turnout was far larger ...

Maplewood Student Attends American Legion Jersey Boys State

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ - Columbia High School student Joshua Heacock was one of thirty-four rising high school seniors from Essex county who attended the 72nd session of American Legion Jersey Boys State (ALJBS). 

Held every year at Rider University, the college credit-qualified conference, sponsored by the American Legion Department of New Jersey, is one of the leading ...

Columbia High School Holds 130th Commencement Ceremony on Thursday

NEWARK, NJ - Columbia High School (CHS) Class of 2017, over 400 strong, was graduated in a Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, June 22, held at Essex Community College. The opening processional was led by Superintendent Dr. John Ramos, members of the South Orange Maplewood School District administration, members of the school board and staff, and followed by the graduating students dressed ...

Maplewood Police Respond to Report of Student Fight at Columbia H. S. on Wednesday

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - At about 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21, Maplewood police officers responded to a report of a fight at Columbia High School (CHS), according to a release from the Maplewood Police Department.

Upon arrival officers did not observe any students actively fighting, however police stated that "there was a large group of students outside of the school." The group of ...

Three Water Sources Closed at South Orange Middle School as a Precaution

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - An email from John J. Ramos, Sr., superintendent of the South Orange Maplewood School District (SOMSD), to the school community stated that three water sources have been closed at South Orange Middle School (SOMS) as a precaution, as no information is available regarding the water's lead content due to the samples being lost before they could be tested.

The email from ...

South Orange Development Committee June 8 Meeting: Presentation on Seton Hall Housing Development and More

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - During the monthly meeting of the South Orange Development Committee on June 8 several development projects were discussed. In addition, a presentation was made by Stolar Capital and Vertical Realty Capital, the partners who are proposing to build Seton Hall student housing on Valley Street on the current site of All Star Motors (164-168 Valley Street), as well as the ...

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REMINDER: July 31 School Board Candidacy Deadline Approaching

July 8, 2017

Citizens interested in running for local school board office must file nominating petitions with their county clerk by 4 p.m., Monday, July 31. for their names to appear on the November 7 General Election ballot.

Nominating petitions must be signed by at least 10 registered voters of the school district (or in the case of a regional school district, 10 registered voters of the constituent ...