Hello Rising 6th Grade Families!

Welcome to SOMS! Click Here to join the HSAs Weekly Email Newsletter list. Please select the “Rising 6th Grader” box.

You will not receive the weekly blasts until the summer, BUT you will receive all communication relevant to rising 6th graders, such as school in action night, the 6th grade summer bbq, etc.

SOMS Website & Communication

Welcome to the SOMS HSA website! Please check back regularly for updates.

  • Please click HERE to sign up for regular email blasts with important news about the school and district
  • Please click HERE to volunteer

Dr. John Ramos, new Superintendent of SOMSD

Click HERE for information about the Meet & Greet with Dr. John Ramos, the next Superintendent of Schools. Click HERE to read about the BOE appointment of Dr. Ramos and HERE for a letter to the community from Dr. Ramos.

We Need Your Help!

Please consider getting involved with the SOMS parent organization, the Home and School Association, or HSA. Click HERE for more information about open positions on the board next year.

SOMS Wellness Extravaganza 4/16

The First Annual SOMS Wellness Extravaganza will take place on April 16th from 6:30-8:30 pm.  This will be a very special night! Over 50 health professionals and local organizations are committed.  Everyone in the community is invited to attend!  For more info click HERE.  If you are are a health professional and would like to be a partner in this event please contact acahill@somsd.k12.nj.us.

SOMS Model U.N. Club Shines

Ever think it might be possible to change the world?  How about spend a weekend tackling some of the world’s most challenging problems?  This past weekend, 19 SOMS students got to do exactly that.  These students, along with SOMS teachers Katerina Karis and Barbara Tsioni, joined 1600 other students and teachers from around the world in New York City as part of the United Nations Association’s Middle School Conference. This weekend was a culmination of work that the students had been doing since October 2014 when the Model U.N. Club began meeting.

The Conference opened on Thursday, March 26th, with a special ceremony in the General Assembly of the United Nations.  The students then got right to work early Friday morning – presenting proposed resolutions, negotiating with representatives of other countries, and ensuring that their principal missions were met. Their work continued on Saturday, ending late in the day with a closing ceremony and presentation of awards.

This year, the SOMS Delegation represented the Republic of Korea.  Since October, the students, under the leadership of Ms. Karis and Ms. Tsioni, have been researching and learning everything they could possibly know about the politics, culture, people, and environment of South Korea.  In addition, students were required to research issues related to their committee topic. For example, UNICEF researched access to vaccines while the Security Council researched the situation in Syria. Then, students needed to assess the situation from the perspective of the Republic of Korea.

Congratulations to all of the students for a phenomenal job.  All were extremely engaged, well-prepared, and exemplary ambassadors.  They represented both SOMS and the Republic of Korea in the best possible light. Special congratulations go to Zoe B. (8th grade) and Hazel A-W. (7th grade) for their work in the UNESCO Committee and Zander R. (6th grade) and Elly R (8th grade) for their efforts as part of the WHO-International Telecommunications Union.  These four students received “Honorable Mention” awards.

A very special thanks also must be extended to Ms. Karis and Ms. Tsioni for their extraordinary and enthusiastic support of all of the students.  They went above and beyond to make sure all of the students were well-prepared and had a terrific time.  This wonderful experience of learning would not have been possible without them.

March Community Fliers

Click HERE for March Community Fliers including South Orange Maplewood School District, Columbia High School, The Parenting Center & Elementary PTAs, Girl Scouts, Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills, The Learning Academy, Lydia Johnson Dance School, Maplewood Memorial Library, New Jersey Fencing Alliance, The Pierro Gallery of South Orange, South Orange Dept. of Recreation & Cultural Affairs, South Orange-Maplewood Adult School, SOPAC, Summit Community Programs and the YMCA.

SOMS Achieve Teacher Grants Update

Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Achieve Direct Funding Teacher Grants program this year. Achieve has received over $5000 so far! Your contributions help fulfill the requests of grateful staff members, whose grant projects will have a direct effect on the educational program of students in the South Orange and Maplewood public schools this spring.

Following are the projects at SOMS that are still eligible for direct funding! Please note: the amounts indicated below represent the totals needed to fully fund the grant proposals, staff members will be able to begin to implement their programs with partial funding so any and all donations will be truly appreciated)!

Caitlin Dennehy Living & Learning In The Community ($1109)
Jacob Ezzo World Drumming 2.0 ($1329)
Katerina Karis SOMS Model United Nations ($800)
Alison Steiner Social Work Counsling Programs ($1877)
Barbara Tsioni Membean Multimodal Vocabulary Learning ($600)
Vladimir Valerio Teaching Spanish Language Proficiency Through Reading & Storytelling ($1200)
Terry Woolard Infusing Google Drive Into The Classroom K-12 ($8000)

Click HERE to donate online , choose “Direct Funding” on the form, provide the information requested, and pay via Paypal. To pay by mail, send your check with the teacher’s name and school in the memo line to Achieve Foundation, PO Box 84, Maplewood, NJ, 07040. Direct Grant Funding donations are fully tax-deductible.

For more information please contact Buena Chilstrom at grants@achievefoundation.org or 973-762-8274

Click HERE  for a list of all the Achieve grants awarded this year.

Special Education Meetings

Questions about special education? Want to be more involved? South Orange Maplewood’s SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Committee), including the Special Education PTO, represents our school district’s parents of special needs students. Parents like us. Parents like you.

Please click HERE for the SEPAC/Special Ed PTO 2014-15 meeting schedule.

Please click HERE for a letter about a proposed merger between SEPAC and the Special Education PTO.

ADD/ADHD Parent Support Group

The Parenting Center is sponsoring a monthly support group for parents of elementary and middle school children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD or children who have attentional difficulties. It will offer parents the opportunity to share information, concerns and solutions. Click HERE for more information.