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

SOMS Community Food Drive

Please Help Address Food Insecurity in New Jersey

During the month of October, every SOMS student is asked to contribute one food item to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. The 8th grade Art 2D class will be engaging in art and other learning activities designed to heighten awareness about this serious and often hidden crisis that thousands in New Jersey struggle with daily. Click HERE for more information about this effort and click HERE for a list of the most needed foods.  Donations can be left in students’ first period classrooms, the main office, or Room 360.

YouthNet 6-week Clubs, beginning Monday, 9/29

YouthNet Clubs are beginning Monday, September 29th.  Students should review the brochure and then visit the Teacher running the club early next week (Monday through Wednesday) to pick up a permission slip. 

Signed permission slips with a $30 registration fee are due before the second session.  Please encourage your child to try something new!

Click Here for Club Descriptions

Year-long Clubs, beginning the week of 10/6

There will be four year-long clubs, beginning the week of October 6th.  The clubs are as follows:

  • Mathcounts
  • Model U.N.
  • National History Day
  • Robotics

Click HERE for registration information about SOMS’ year long clubs.

Click HERE for more information about Robotics for 7th and 8th graders at Columbia High School.  Please note that students will need to find their own way to CHS and will be dismissed from CHS.  6th Grade Robotics will meet at SOMS.

The SOMS Model United Nations Club will be participating in the Trick or Treat for UNICEF program to raise money to support children around the world.   We will be discussing how this program can help our global community and this will also lead to discussions about other ideas for helping our global community. Please let us know if you would like to get involved!

If your child is interested in learning more about Model UN or helping with these projects, please have them contact Ms. Karis in room 236.  Additionally, if there is a SOMS community member that could help us with our global awareness efforts please contact Ms. Karis at

BOE Candidates Debates

BOE Candidates Debate - DeHart Community Center 9/18/20


The quality of the Maplewood/South Orange School System affects all residents.  On November 4th, four candidates will be running for three positions on the Board of Education.  Attending a debate is an excellent way to learn the candidates’ positions on important issues facing education today.

Upcoming candidates forums are:

Monday, October 13th at 7:30 pm in the BOE Meeting Room, 525 Academy Street in Maplewood (Sponsored by the League of Women Voters & PTA Presidents’ Council)
Tuesday, October 28th at 7 pm at Marshall School, 262 Grove Road in South Orange (Sponsored by the Community Coalition on Race)





Click HERE for a Welcome letter from Principal U.

This year, many of the first day forms are not being sent in the mail.  Click HERE for a checklist of all of the necessary forms and click HERE to find all of the forms except those that were mailed home to you.

Special Education Information & 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.

Proposed 2015-2016 School Year Calendar

Click HERE to view the proposed calendar for the 2015-16 school year. It is anticipated the Board of Ed will be discussing and voting on this calendar at their next meeting on Monday, Sept 22.

Kids & Families Classes at the Adult School

Click HERE and HERE for information about Kids & Families Classes at the SOMA Adult School

Community Flyers

Click HERE for September Community Flyers from Achieve Foundation, The Loft at Columbia High School, Girl Scouts, Lydia Johnson Dance School, Maplewood Dept. of Recreation & Cultural Affairs, Maplewood Memorial Library, National Council of Jewish Women, New Providence Recreation, South Orange Dept. of Recreation & Cultural Affairs, South Orange Dept. of Recreation & Cultural Affairs, SOPAC, South Orange/Maplewood Adult School, Summit Community Programs and YMCA.

Click HERE for information about the Community Coalition on Race Civic Engagement Institute