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May 22, 2022

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Today, Saturday, May 21, the award-winning Columbia High School Model UN club hosted its first ever Maplewood-South Orange Model United Nations Conference (MAPSOMUNC) for students from Maplewood Middle School and South Orange Middle School (SOMS). The topic of the conference’s ...

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ROXBURY, NJ – A 2-piece, modular home, built as affordable housing by Roxbury High School students for Morris Habitat for Humanity, was successfully moved today from the high school in Succasunna to a lot in Landing where it will soon be occupied by an Essex County couple. The move went ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ The South Orange-Maplewood School District’s pause on student suspensions helped reduce the risk of suspensions for students across races, Superintendent Dr. Ronald Taylor told the Board of Education on Monday night, but disparities still remain. “Our current data strongly ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ Teachers in the South Orange-Maplewood School District are again operating under a contract after the Board of Education ratified an agreement the two sides reached after months of negotiations. The Board of Education approved the measure at its meeting on Monday ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – The 4th Annual South Orange Invitational, a fundraiser for CinemaEd, is returning May 23. “We still have room for more golfers, so sign up soon,” said the organizers. “If you don't golf, come for dinner!” You can register by clicking here. The tournament will take place ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ The South Orange-Maplewood School District acknowledged a rise in Covid-19 cases but stopped short of reinstating a district-wide masking policy, instead urging students and staff to voluntarily choose to mask indoors and on buses. Outbreaks at two elementary schools -- Clinton ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – A member of the Columbia High School Band, who received the Governor’s Award in Music, will be honored at a ceremony on May 26, according to Columbia High School Director of Bands Peter Bauer. The student, Seth Peiris, is a senior member of the band, according to Bauer, who wrote ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ Students and staff at South Mountain Big School are again required to wear masks indoors and on the bus following an outbreak of Covid-19 in three classes. The South Orange Department of Health is requiring the move, South Mountain Elementary Principal Kevin Mason wrote to ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Parents took the opportunity to bring up two main concerns during the South Orange/Maplewood Board of Education special meeting this week: A lack of communication and inconsistency in regard to COVID-19 and the removal of former second grade teacher Tamar Herman after she was ...

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Maplewood/South Orange, NJ - Saturday, April 30, was a fun and educational day in SOMA, as Make Madness, sponsored by a number of local businesses and The Achieve Foundation of South Orange & Maplewood kicked off in two separate parts of Maplewood. Located at Columbia High School, in the ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - Saturday morning, April 23rd, The Learning Experience located in South Orange Downtown celebrated their Grand Opening and Official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony led by Village President Sheena Collum. There were games, treats, hot dogs, and many parents present with their children who ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced that two students from Columbia High School have been named winners in the corporate scholarship program. Cole Strupp and Jadyn Park were among 1,000 high school seniors -- and about 75 in New Jersey -- to win the ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ Columbia High School has ranked 59th in the state of New Jersey, according to this year's Best High Schools rankings by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine ranked 406 high schools in the state in new data released on Tuesday. Read the full report here. The state's top ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ – The proposed South Orange Maplewood School District budget should include more money for mental health and social-emotional training, contend some members of the SOMA school board. Those on the board pushing for more funding in those areas contend an enhanced sense of student ...

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Maplewood, NJ __ Columbia High School says it is offering students counseling and urging them to talk to friends and family following the death of a student on Tuesday. "Today was a very sad day for all of us," Principal Frank Sanchez wrote in a letter to students on Wednesday. "We thank our ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Hearts are heavy in South Orange and Maplewood following the death of a Columbia High School student. According to a letter from South Orange-Maplewood School District Superintendent Dr. Ronald G. Taylor, the district received confirmation of the student’s death on Tuesday, March ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - A small group gathered Monday behind the South Mountain Elementary School Annex for a ground-breaking ceremony, an event that was kept brief due to frigid temperatures. South Mountain Elementary School Principal Kevin Mason welcomed all and expressed his continued thanks to ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Following a phenomenal run staged, produced and performed at Columbia High School over two weekends, starring many students the live production was filmed to make NEWSIES available for everyone. The film will be broadcast over the weekend of April 1st, 2nd and 3rd, following the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A new learning space equipped with state-of-the-art technologies debuted Thursday at Dr. William H. Horton Elementary School, providing hundreds of students in Newark an opportunity to emerge as the next leaders in the tech industry. What was once a library at Dr. William H. Horton ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ Teachers in the South Orange-Maplewood School District have reached an agreement in principle with the Board of Education, following months of negotiations and impassioned appearances by teachers at monthly board meetings saying they wanted salaries more in-line with neighboring ...

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SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District (SOMSD) Log Range Facilities Plan (LRFP) continues to move forward. The latest step in this massive $160 million project was the groundbreaking ceremony held Tuesday evening, March 22 at the South Mountain Elementary School. The ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ A “want or need” is how arguments both for and against keeping Columbia High School’s indoor pool boiled down in a heated Board of Education meeting on Monday night. It’s unclear whether the South Orange-Maplewood School Board will consider community requests made during a ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ Next year’s sixth-grade class will be assigned to middle schools based on the Intentional Integration Initiative after the South Orange-Maplewood Board of Education approved the extension at its meeting on Monday night. The move means the district’s Intentional Integration ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ Contract negotiations are set to resume this week between South Orange-Maplewood teachers and the district, just weeks after the two sides had indicated they were at an impasse. The announcement by Board of Education Pres. Thair Joshua at the board meeting on Monday night came ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ A coalition of parents, students, swim families and activists say restoring and keeping Columbia High School's pool is an issue of access and equity for South Orange-Maplewood Schools. The group has called for people to appear before the Board of Education on Monday night during ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Ten students from Columbia High School have been named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program, the nonprofit program announced Wednesday. Nationwide, the program had selected 16,000 semifinalists who included the highest-scoring entrants in each state. To become a ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ Students in the South Orange-Maplewood School District will be able to choose whether to wear masks indoors starting March 14, as the second anniversary of the COVID-19 shutdown passes. The district said in an email to families on Thursday that it made the decision based on ...

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MAPLEWOOD, NJ __ The South Orange-Maplewood School District is surveying parents on their preferences for indoor masking in schools and plans to announce updated guidelines next week. Those guidelines could include no longer requiring unvaccinated students to quarantine if exposed to COVID-19 ...

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Maplewood, NJ – The COVID-19 protocols in place at South Orange/Maplewood Schools are outdated and need to go, said a number of residents at this week’s school board meeting. Among the items that make no sense, according to the residents, are the Plexiglas shields put in place to supposedly ...

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HAWTHORNE, NJ - From Sophia Silvera’s point of view, the assignment should not have been controversial. Their Lincoln Middle School teacher proposed a debate among students on whether COVID vaccines should be mandated in schools. But like almost every other sector of society, the middle school ...

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