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South Orange Maplewood School District Schools Closed May 26 and May 29; Delayed Opening May 30

May 25, 2017

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The South Orange Maplewood school district (SOMSD) will be closed this Friday, May 26, and on Monday, May 29, for Memorial Day, according to an update from SOMSD.

In addition, students at all South Orange Maplewood Schools will have a delayed opening on Tuesday, May 30.

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

South Orange Maplewood School District Superintendent Announces Resignation

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - John J. Ramos, Sr., Superintendent of the South Orange Maplewood School District (SOMSD), announced his resignation in an email to the community on Monday, May 22. Ramos stated that he is "retiring from service in New Jersey."

Ramos has been superintendent of the SOMSD since August 1, 2015. He was appointed superintendent by unanimous ...

Lots of Smiles at the South Mountain YMCA Healthy Kids Day on Saturday

MAPLEWOOD NJ - The South Mountain YMCA held Healthy Kids Day® on Saturday, May 6, an annual event which is part of the Y’s national initiative to improve health and wellbeing for kids and families. This free community event inspire kids to keep their minds and bodies active, explained event organizers.

With a forecast for rainy weather, the event location was moved from ...

South Orange Maplewood School District Named One of the 'Best Communities for Music Education'

SOUTH ORANGE AND MAPLEWOOD, NJ - For the third year in a row, the South Orange Maplewood School District has been named as one of the "Best Communities for Music Education" by the North American Music Manufacturer’s Foundation (NAMM Foundation).  

The award program recognizes outstanding efforts by teachers, administrators, parents, students and community leaders who have ...

Coding, Crafting, a TV Studio, and More at the Third Annual Makers Madness at Columbia High School

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The third annual Makers Madness event, sponsored by the Achieve Foundation, was held at Columbia High School on Saturday, April 29. There were over 25 hands-on STEAM activities from crafting to coding to choose from in the cafeteria and outdoors, all geared towards students in grades K to 12.

The range of activities included drawing, making a cardboard ...

'Precautionary Evacuation' at South Orange Middle School on Thursday

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - There was a precautionary evacuation Thursday morning at South Orange Middle School (SOMS), according to an email from the school to the SOMS community at about 11:45 a.m.

The email stated that SOMS was evacuated "as a precaution at approximately 10:35 a.m., at the direction of PSE&G after a Bunsen burner malfunctioned."

Students and staff ...

Seth Boyden School P.T.A. Hosts 'It Takes Two' Towns Old School Hip Hop Party {Photos}

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - On Saturday night, April 29, the Seth Boyden School P.T.A. hosted a "It Takes Two" Towns Old School Hip Hop Party at The Woodland Parlor in Maplewood. Open to the entire SOMA community, the event featured '80s and '90s rap, freestyle and dance hall music.

The party DJs were a father-and-son duo, Jose and Javid from Allentown, PA. They spun Eric B. & ...

Two Maplewood Artists Among 49 NJ Students to Win National Recognition in Art

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers has announced the national winners of the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the "country’s longest-running and most prestigious award and recognition program for creative teens in grade 7–12," according to a release from the organization.

In the Northern New Jersey region, 49 students in total, ...

'Think Like a Journalist' - Seton Hall Professor Gives Presentation on How to Spot Fake News

MILLBURN, NJ - Longtime journalist and educator Anthony DePalma, who is now the Writer-in-Residence for Seton Hall University's College of Communications and the Arts, recently spoke at the Millburn Library about how to spot fake news.

DePalma, who was a foreign correspondent and reporter for "The New York Times" for 22 years, began the presentation with a reminder that fake ...

South Orange Development Committee Discusses Proposed Seton Hall Housing on Valley Street

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - At the Development Committee Meeting on Thursday, April 20, developers presented a plan for Seton Hall University student housing on Valley Street in South Orange.

Two development companies, Stolar Capital and Vertical Realty Capital, currently have a provisional contract to purchase the property at 164-168 Valley Street, which is now occupied by All Star Motors.

The ...

Statement of Appreciation to Dr. Ramos and Community Update

May 22, 2017

The following letter was sent by email to the school community at about 1 p.m. on Monday, May 22.

Dear SOMSD Community:

On behalf of the Board of Education, I thank Dr. Ramos for his service to our school district since August 2015. We greatly appreciate Dr. Ramos' leadership in the adoption of the Access and Equity policy, his commitment to dialogue and restorative practices, and the ...

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Free Model Railroad Event Coming to Union County

May 25, 2017

Model train fans are in for a treat on June 10, when The Model Railroad Club, Inc. waives its usual Saturday admission fee and opens its doors from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. for a public viewing of its annual invitational operating session.

The nonprofit Railroad Club’s sprawling HO scale layout is noted throughout the region for intricate detail and historic portrayal.

The free entry also ...