Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Come see the rematch of the year, at MMS on Friday.
The Cougar All-Stars might have fallen to the Harlem Wizards last year, but the hometown team has a chance for redemption this Friday. Last year, after a valiant effort, the local boys and girls lost 73-66 before a sell-out crowd of 1,000 at Maplewood Middle School. Six wizards faced rotations made up of Maplewood and South Orange elected officials, Columbia High School basketball players, and local teachers from Maplewood Middle and other schools. The event benefits the MMS Home and School Association (HSA), which is the sponsor. Tickets are still available for the game, which will be at the MMS Gym at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased during lunch at MMS or at the following businesses: Maplewood Stationers, Village Barber Shop, …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Despite the blizzard, the show did go on.
Maplewood Middle School presented "Annie Get Your Gun" this weekend. Auditions had been held in the chaos of Hurricane Sandy, and the play's opening night was cancelled by the first Nor'easter of 2013 -- but the show went on. Annie Get Your Gun is a timeless Broadway classic, featuring songs like "There's No Business Like Show Business" and "Anything You Can Do I Can Do Better." Check out our photos.
Friday, January 18, 2013
For the 13th consecutive year, students march through downtown Maplewood in commemoration of Dr. King's birthday.
For the 13th year in a row, Maplewood Middle School students, faculty and staff participated in the Michele Turner Annual MLK Silent Peace March on the Friday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. "It's a powerful statement of unity and what a community can do to try to represent an ideal," said Grade 6 Team Teacher Richard Palmgren, who spearheads the event. When he first came up with the idea thirteen years ago, "No one thought that 800 middle school students could be silent for five minutes let alone an hour," said Palmgren. "Silence is a very loud statement." The students assembled outside the school shortly after 9 a.m. and began their march through Maplewood Village and back under a frigid but crystal clear sky. Police cars blocked …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Mother of three, beloved wife, Ann Thompson will be memorialized this Friday at St. George's.
The following is from the family of Ann Thompson: We are sad to convey that Ann Thompson of Maplewood died suddenly on Thursday, November 29, 2012. Ann was the wife of Steven Thompson and devoted mother of Samantha, a sophomore at Loyola University of Maryland; Andrew, a first-year student at Columbia High School; and Connor Thompson, a 6th-grader at Maplewood Middle School. Ann was the daughter of Diane Kischell and the late Richard Kischell, and the sister of Robert Kischell, both of Connecticut. Ann graduated from Drew University, Madison, NJ in 1982 with majors in German and Mathematics. She began her 24-year career with Deutsche Bank as a clerk in the Trade Finance Department and moved up the ranks to her position as a well-…
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Full day of school on Friday.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The following letter was sent by SOMSD: Dear MMS Community Member, I am delighted to share the good news that power has finally been restored to Maplewood Middle School! Tomorrow will be a full day of school back at MMS. Thank you all for your resiliency and flexibility over the past few days as we got back to teaching and learning. I send a special thank you to our friends and colleagues at Columbia High School and South Orange Middle School, who hosted our MMS students, teachers, and staff. Please help spread the good news as some families remain without power. I look forward to seeing everyone back at MMS tomorrow! Jeff Truppo Jeffrey L. Truppo Principal Maplewood Middle School
Saturday, October 6, 2012
A Columbia High School student reporter describes the three upcoming student plays
The following was written by Abigail Baker: Given that the South Orange - Maplewood community is abundant in seasoned artists and practiced professionals, it is of little wonder that the district’s public schools reflect young, unique talent in an extensive array of mediums. Indeed, in the particularly active facet of theatre, Maplewood Middle School, South Orange Middle School, and Columbia High School each rehearse and perform a musical every year. These full-scale productions are dually an educational and artistic experience for the students as well as a staple of the school and district community. South Orange Middle School’s musical is the classic Guys and Dolls, a timeless story of love and personal growth. The plot premise is a …
Friday, August 17, 2012
Pending state approval, construction on the $3m expansion to Maplewood Middle School will begin this fall.
The South Orange-Maplewood School District expects to break ground on a three-story addition to the Maplewood Middle School sometime in mid-fall, according to recent district plans. "As soon as we get the go ahead from the (state), we will begin the bidding process," said Business Administrator Cheryl Schneider in an email. "This is expected to take place this fall. We are working towards having the addition available for the 2013-14 school year." The addition will provide three new classrooms, four new science labs, a prep room and new bathrooms. The district planned the addition in response to projections of increased enrollment over the next few years. The project is estimated to cost around $3 million, which includes architect fees, …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Girls hold a bake sale to raise funds for much-needed pet supplies.
Sixth-graders Hannah Tuohy and sisters Sophia Rich and Marina Rich recently organized a Bake Sale at Maplewood Middle School to raise money to purchase supplies for the Jersey Animal Coalition. The students first got approval for the project from their guidance counselor, main teacher, and principal Jeffrey Truppo. Then, the students took a trip to the Animal Shelter to find out what supplies were most needed. They took photos of the animals, and made posters to advertise the bake sale. "The girls enlisted many friends to bake," said Maggie Tuohy, Hannah's mother. They held the sale on a Friday after school, and it raised a total of $200.00. The girls later went to Pet Smart in South Orange where they purchased items using the animal …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Honor Roll recognition varies from team to team
Report cards are in the mail for secondary school students, and many middle school kids made the honor roll. How their teachers and classmates will mark this achievement depends on which school and team they attend, a practice that South Orange Middle School principal Joseph Uglialoro looks to make more uniform next year. Students attain High Achievement with A- or higher in all courses. Students attain Achievement with B- or higher in all courses, according to district spokeswoman Suzanne Turner. However, celebrating those grades happens in different ways, from the traditional Honor Roll breakfast at SOMS to year-end trips. "Currently, the Honor Roll celebrations/acknowledgements at SOMS are very decentralized, and vary greatly based on …