Education

June 3, 2020

EVANSTON, ILL. — National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced today more than 3,300 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2020 National Merit ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange Maplewood School District Board of Education, Superintendent Ronald Taylor, and the Administration have issued the following message, their reflection on the social justice crisis sweeping across our country: “In this country, American means white. Everybody ...

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BOARD OF EDUCATION School District of South Orange and Maplewood 525 Academy Street, Maplewood, NJ  07040 Paul Roth                                                                                                                                  973-762-5600 X 1801 Board ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The distance learning plan passed on May 18 by the South Orange Maplewood Board of Education to guide the rest of the school year is vexing local parents. The “NJDOE 2020 School Health-Related Closure Plan” included no requirement for direct instruction by teachers by audio or ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Board of Education of the School District of South Orange and Maplewood will meet in public session on Monday, May 18, at 7 p.m., for a board retreat to train for the Superintendent's Evaluation Tool and setting a timeline and a discussion of South Orange Maplewood School ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange Maplewood Board of Education passed its 2020-21 budget last night. The unanimous vote happened despite possible changes in state aid as coronavirus continues to affect New Jersey's health and economy. “The governor is going to give an update on that I believe ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Although the performances of Matilda were stopping during its March run, the cast celebrated the musical by putting together and posting a performance of the song "When I Grow Up." CHS parent LuAnne Osterhoudt Kleppe posted the following on the SOMA Lounge Facebook group: "We ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — As Seton Hall University is confronted by potentially more than a hundred million of dollars in lost revenue as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, University President Joseph Nyre and the University’s Executive Cabinet have volunteered to reduce their salary. "Seton Hall’s ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — April 15, 2020 — REVISED NOTICE concerning the April 20 South Orange Maplewood School District Board of Education Meeting: The Board of Education will meet on Monday, April 20, 2020, in Public Session at 7:30 p.m. using the online video conference platform. The community can view ...

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Millburn, NJ (April 8, 2020) – In response to the Coronavirus National Emergency and statewide and global shutdowns, Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Michael Stotts-Managing Director), has announced the launch of online classes from our Theater School.  Classes ...

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PLEASE POST ADEQUATE PUBLIC NOTICE April 7, 2020 SOMSD Board of Education Meeting The Board of Education will meet in Executive Session at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 20, 2020, utilizing an online video conference platform to discuss personnel (including the Superintendent’s mid-year ...

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MAPLEWOOD/SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Now that  the coronavirus crisis has pushed all college courses online, local students have started to petition for their classes to be graded using pass/fail rather than traditional letters. Many students believe with drastic changes occurring in teaching style, there ...

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SOUTH ORANGE/MAPLEWOOD, NJ — As children, parents, and teachers face the new challenge of distance learning while socially distancing to avoid coronavirus, the first day of school at home seemed to leave everyone in smiles. “The lessons and the day went pretty well for the kids,” said Kasia ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Superintendent Dr. Ronald Taylor has released a letter closing schools in the South Orange Maplewood School District for two weeks, beginning Monday. Today, March 13, was already a shortened school day so the district could discuss and prepare for a response to the COVID-19 ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange Maplewood School District has issued the following statement to TAPinto SOMA in regard to the cancellation of the March 14 SAT test that was to be given at Columbia High School: "The SAT scheduled for Saturday, March 14, 2020, at CHS, was canceled and has been ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The following is the letter being sent today, March 10, to South Orange Maplewood School District's parents, staff, and students by Superintendent Dr. Ronald Taylor. A new page on the district website has been established, devoted to COVID-19 ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — In response to a tip about a potential threat received this morning, the South Orange Maplewood School District sent the following email to its families:  Dear CHS Parents, Students & Staff, We want to make you aware of an incident that occurred at CHS.  Earlier this ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood-South Orange 8th grade girls finished the season with a championship win over West Orange, winning by a score of 65-34.  This marks the fourth straight league championship for the girls, and they finish their middle school careers with a record of 61-0. The team, ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — This year marked the 20thyear that Maplewood Middle School has held a school-wide, silent march to honor the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Township Committee honored the school's work with a proclamation of appreciation at last night’s Township Committee meeting. Mayor ...

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TRENTON, NJ — During the New Jersey State Parole Board’s recent monthly meeting, board members congratulated four interns who participated in the agency’s fall internship program which is aimed at providing meaningful, real-world, work-learning experiences for qualified college students and ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Kamal Zubieta has been appointed to a one-year term on the South Orange Maplewood Board of Education. She was interviewed, voted upon, and sworn in at the special meeting of the BOE today, Feb. 10.  Board seats are three-year terms. During her one-year appointment, Zubieta will ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange Maplewood School District has released the names of the three candidates will be interviewed by the Board of Education to fill the District’s vacant Board seat.  While four candidates initially submitted letters of interest and resumes by the February 5, ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — In a special session of the South Orange Maplewood Board of Education on Monday, a replacement for resigned board member Javier Farfan will be appointed.  The board will meet at its usual location, the District Meeting Room at 525 Academy Street, Maplewood, on Feb. 10. The ...

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Newark, NJ — Former Columbia High School teacher Nicole Dufault, 40, has entered a guilty plea before the Honorable Michael L. Ravin, Judge of the Superior, to three counts of aggravated criminal sexual contact. The guilty plea was entered as jury selection was underway today, Jan. 23. Under the ...

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In preparation for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this coming Monday, the entire fifth grade of the South Orange Maplewood School District read the same memoir, and on Thursday got to hear directly from its author. Linda Blackmon Lowery wrote her illustrated memoir,Turning 15 On the Road to Freedom: ...

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BOARD OF EDUCATION School District of South Orange and Maplewood 525 Academy Street, Maplewood, NJ  07040 Paul Roth                                                                                                              973-762-5600 X 1801 Board Secretary                           ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — A full auditorium at Columbia High School showed how many parents and community members were curious about the Intentional Integration Initiative that South Orange Maplewood School District is embarking upon in 2020. The event, held last night, Jan. 8, featured three nationally ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Due to the resignation of a board member, the South Orange and Maplewood Board of Education has a vacancy. The vacancy will be filled by an appointment made by the remaining members of the Board at a public meeting on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020 beginning at 7 p.m.  The process for ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — At yesterday’s 2020 reorganization meeting, the South Orange Maplewood Board of Education installed three new members yet had one seat open up during the evening.  Thair Joshua of South Orange and Erin Siders of Maplewood were installed into their first terms on the board; ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Just a few days after the first anniversary of his swearing in, Javier Farfan has resigned from the South Orange Maplewood Board of Education. He offered his resignation at today’s BOE reorganization meeting, Jan. 6, effective immediately.  Citing his obligations as a professor ...

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