SOMS Website & Communication

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

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  • Please click HERE to volunteer

SOMS Adult Mixer/Dance Party 2/28

Click HERE for information about the SOMS 2nd annual Adult Mixer/Dance Party! Saturday, February 28 from 8-11:30 pm at the South Orange Elks Club (220 Prospect Street). $15 per person/cash bar. This event is open to the community. Come, bring friends, have a blast! Must be over 21 to attend.


In all three grades, students will be taking the PARCC assessment over the course of 5 days in the morning. The assessment consists of 3 days of English Language Arts testing and two days of Mathematics.

March 2-6: 8th grade testing.
March 9-13: 7th grade testing.
March 16-20: 6th grade testing.

Click HERE for a letter to the community from Acting Superintendent Mr. Memoli.

Click HERE for the Presentation from the PARCC Parent Night at SOMS.

Click HERE for a Symbaloo created by Ms. Butler.

Click HERE for FAQs about PARCC at SOMSD.

February Community Fliers

Click HERE for February Community Fliers including The South Orange Maplewood School District, The Parenting Center & Elementary PTAs, The Loft at Columbia High School, Durand-Hedden House & Garden, Girl Scouts, The Learning Academy, Lydia Johnson Dance School, Maplewood Memorial Library, National Council of Jewish Women, New Jersey Fencing Alliance, South Orange Dept. of Recreation & Cultural Affairs, South Orange Performing Arts Center, Summit Community Programs and YMCA. 

Free SELMA movie tickets for 7th, 8th & 9th Graders

Click HERE for more information

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 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.

Teen Book Group at South Orange Library

A Teen Book Group will be held every 2nd Tuesday of the month at the South Orange Library.  The genre of books is graphic novel fantasy. This is open to students in 6-8 grade. Snacks will be served.  For more information. click HERE.

Lunch and Learn

On Friday, February 20th, SOMS launched its second year of Lunch and Learn.  During our Lunch and Learn sessions, members of our parent community come in and speak to students about their field of work.  The goals of the program are to begin building career awareness during the middle school years with our students, and to involve our families in the life of our school and the education of our students. The sessions are held during all three lunch periods. The two sessions this past Friday were on journalism led by Mr. Lehren who shared information about his career as an Investigative Reporter with the New York Times, and an Investigative Producer with NBC News.; and on veterinary medicine, with Mr. Martin who explained how one becomes a veterinarian, and what the different career paths are for one who obtains a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine.