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.

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Save The Dates!

May 19th 6th-8th Grade Choir Concert, 7 pm
May 21st 4 Hour Day & School in Action Night and Science Fair, 7 pm
June 1st 6th-8th Grade Band Spring Concert, 7 pm
June 4th 6th-8th Grade Orchestra Spring Concert, 7 pm

May Community Fliers

 

Click HERE for May Community Fliers including Achieve Foundation, The Loft at CHS, Girl Scouts, Maplewood Recreation, Maplewood Library, South Orange Recreation, South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race, SOPAC & YMCA.

 

Honor Your Teacher & Staff Tributes

Click HERE for information and a form for Honor Your Teacher & Staff tributes and click HERE to order online.

Dr. John Ramos, new Superintendent of SOMSD

Click HERE to read about the BOE appointment of Dr. Ramos and HERE for a letter to the community from Dr. Ramos.

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.

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.

Sterling Fund at SOMS

For the past 45 years, the Sterling Fund at the South Orange Middle School has awarded scholarships to students to attend the Cape Cod Sea Camps — also known as Camps Monomoy and Wono — in Brewster, Massachusetts.

This scholarship fund was created in 1968 by Raymond and Lois Sterling, the Principal and Vice Principal at South Orange Junior High School — as SOMS was known at that time. Raymond Sterling served as Principal at SOJHS for 21 years.

The Sterling Fund Committee selects one student each year to attend the camp and looks to aid students who would not necessarily have the opportunity to attend the camp without the scholarship.

To donate click HERE.