Thursday, May 23, 2013
Clinton School, CHS teacher and MMS principal receive grants.
The following is a press release from the Achieve Foundation. Two ESL teachers at Clinton Elementary School and a mathematics teacher at Columbia High School are recipients of the Achieve Foundation's Riecke Fellowship. The foundation's Administrator Grant is being awarded to Maplewood Middle School Principal Jeffrey Truppo. The Riecke Fellows and Administrator Grant recipient were announced last week at a reception honoring all teachers who received Achieve grants this school year. "I find it both exciting and very rewarding to be able to assist our staff in moving forward with new and innovative ideas for our students," said Patti Coleman, chairwoman of Achieve's grants committee and past president of the foundation. "It is wonderful to…
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
SOMS and MMS will host special night for rising sixth-graders and their parents.
South Orange Middle School (SOMS) and Maplewood Middle School (MMS) will both host the annual School-in-Action Night on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. The evening is intended for parents of fifth-graders and their children who will enter middle school next year. (All students must be accompanied by an adult, unless students are part of a teacher-run activity.) School-in-Action night is an exciting evening that celebrates the schools' excellence in academics and the arts. At SOMS, for example, visitors can look at student work submitted for the science fair, experience a living wax museum, view digital portfolios of student writing and reflection, peruse the work of students in the art program, and visit teachers in their classrooms. "This is a …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Appreciate your child's teacher? Here's a great way to show it, courtesy of the Achieve Foundation.
A message from the Tuscan School PTA website: Teacher appreciation time is here, and the Achieve Foundation of South Orange & Maplewood has the perfect gift idea - it's one-size-fits-all, doesn't require a trip to the mall and is rated teachers' top rated-gift! It's also the gift that gives back to public education in South Orange & Maplewood! Order personalized Honor Your Teacher and Staff tribute cards as thank-you gifts from your family to any staff member at any school. For a donation of a minimum of $5 each, Achieve will print your child's message of thanks to a teacher, counselor, nurse, bus driver, etc. on special cards and deliver them to recipients the last week of school. Proceeds from Honor Your Teacher tributes support the …
The Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School Cobras baseball team wore pink jerseys, pink socks, and pink sweatbands to mark a special game played on Cameron Field
The Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School Cobras baseball team dressed for awareness at their special Mother’s Day game on May 12. The team plays on Cameron Field in South Orange. To raise awareness for breast cancer, the team wore pink jerseys, pink socks, and pink sweatbands. School parent and breast cancer survivor Sharon Cohn, shown in the picture with her family, threw out the first pitch and shared some inspiring words. The team defeated Torah Academy of Bergen County 4-0, holding onto their undefeated record for the season.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
A look at what's ahead.
Also on the agenda: appointments to boards and committees, and a proclamation honoring the 125th Anniversary of Our Lady of Sorrows Church. Looking ahead to next week: South Orange will hold its traditional Memorial Day Service next Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Memorial Rock near the Duck Pond. The public is invited to attend.
Some South Orange - Maplewood students will have a long Memorial Day weekend -- others won't.
This article originally ran in April. There has been some confusion about which schools in the South Orange - Maplewood School District (SOMSD) are closed for the days surrounding Memorial Day weekend. Here's the scoop, according to a district spokesperson: All district schools will be closed Monday, May 27 for the Memorial Day holiday. Any school that still has two emergency closing days available (that were not used because of inclement weather) as of May 23 will be closed Friday, May 24 and Tuesday, May 28, and any school that still has one emergency closing day available will be closed Friday, May 24 but open Tuesday, May 28. Schools with no emergency closing days available will be open on both May 24 and May 28. Still confused? …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Odor led to brief evacuation of Marshall School, says SOMSD Superintendent.
South Orange - Maplewood School District Superintendent Brian Osborne sent the following email Thurday morning: SOMSD Community, As you know, the safety of our students and staff is always our top priority. We noticed an odor of gas at some of our schools and contacted PSE&G to ensure that this was not an indication of hazardous conditions. PSE&G informed us that they are engaged in a routine maintenance process in Livingston, which involves releasing small quantities of gas into the air. The related odor is currently detectable in some areas of South Orange and Maplewood. The maintenance is scheduled to finish in approximately one hour, and the odor should dissipate soon thereafter. In the meantime, PSE&G assures us that the odor …
A day of crazy noses and fun at Marshall.
Marshall Elementary School celebrated Field Day last Friday. The entire school was given red noses to celebrate the circus theme. The day-long event was capped off by a performance by former Ringling Bros. clown, Krazy Kevin.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Olivia Baker is singled out for achievements at Penn Relays.
Columbia High School junior Olivia Baker, who was named the Most Outstanding High School Girls Athlete of the Meet for Relay Events at the Penn Relays last month, is in the May 13 issue of Sports Illustrated. Baker is featured in the magazine's 'Faces In The Crowd,' for her performance at the 119th Penn Relays in Philadelphia, where she helped rally the Cougars from a six-second deficit in the 4 x 800, according to SI. The Cougar's time was the third fastest in New Jersey history and the top high school finish in the nation this season. Baker also ran a 53.5 to anchor Columbia's fourth-place 4 x 400 team. For more details, see the website. The CHS Track Team was honored by the South Orange - Maplewood School District in February for …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
District announces new hire at Monday's BOE meeting.
The South Orange - Maplewood School District announced Monday that Elizabeth Aaron will join Columbia High School as a new assistant principal beginning in the 2013-14 school year. She will replace Faye Lewis, who will become an assistant principal at Marshall School. At CHS, Aaron will join assistant principal Michael Healy. The district is currently searching for a third assistant principal for the high school, said Superintendent Brian Osborne at Monday's Board of Education meeting. "We are very pleased to welcome Ms. Elizabeth Aaron to the Columbia High School Administrative Team," said CHS Principal Dr. Lovie Lilly. "As we continue our work to educate high school learners and prepare them for college and career readiness, Ms. Aaron…