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.

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2015 Graduation

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to our class of 2015!  We will miss you, but we wish you all the best and much success in all of your future endeavors.

A very SPECIAL thank you to the 7th Grade parent volunteers who helped set up and host a wonderful post-graduation reception.  The day would not have been as special without you.

Click HERE and HERE for two photos of the reception.



Save the dates for these September SOMS events

Thursday, September 3rd – first day of school for grades 6 & 7
Friday, September 4th – first day of school for grade 8
Monday, September 7th – District Closed for Labor Day
Wednesday, September 9th – Ice Cream Social
Friday, September 11th through Friday the 18th – Book Fair
Monday, September 14th & Tuesday, September 15th – District Closed for Rosh Hashanah
Thursday, September 17th – 4 Hour Day & Back To School Night 7-9 pm
Wednesday, September 23rd – District Closed for Yom Kippur

*** Please note: The BBQ and Orientation for Rising 6th graders originally planned for August 13th is being rescheduled, stay tuned for the new date and more details! ***

Summer Assignments

Dear Families,

Summer is an important time for children to explore personal interests and relax and recharge to get ready for another year of learning.  While we certainly want our students to enjoy their summer vacation, we also know that research spanning more than 100 years shows that students lose academic knowledge and skills over the summer months.

We therefore offer the attached resources (click HERE) from the English Language Arts Department to encourage continued reading this summer for pure enjoyment.

Optional summer math packets are also available, please click HERE.  Unlike last summer, these are not mandatory assignments for grades 6-8, and will not be collected or graded.  They are offered as a resource, should you and your child wish to review math skills from this year, or preview concepts for the course they are enrolled in for the fall.

Please note: If your child is a rising 8th grader in Accelerated Math and will be taking Geometry at the high school, there is a mandatory summer math packet, please click HERE Geometry Students are required to complete these packets before the first day of school in September.  Every class will review this work over the first week (or two) of instruction, and then students will be tested on this content.  The test on the math review packet will be the first major assessment of the marking period in each course.

Wishing you and your family a wonderful summer!


Susan Grierson

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction

Message from the South Orange Public Library

Hello, Parents!

My name is Keisha M. Miller, and I’m the Teen Librarian at the South Orange Public Library. Recently, I visited the students at SOMS to share information about this year’s summer reading program – “Teens will Unmask!” – with a ton of programs.  The theme for this summer is anything and everything to do with superheroes.  Click HERE for info on programs available to your tween or teen.

In addition to programs on the flyer, the SOPL will be hosting the following:

Reptiles, Lizards, Oh My! – Tuesday July 7, @ 2:00pm; join us as we get a sneak peek into the lives of scaly creatures. This program will be presented by the Turtle Back Zoo

We’re partnering with the South Orange Rotary Club for a Superheroes Art Contest, exclusive to South Orange Residents, up to age 18. Come into the library for an entry form, which also has the complete details for the contest.

The Summer Reading Program has begun and continues throughout the summer! Even kids at camp and on vacation can participate! So get ready, grab a book or a few, and get reading! There’s a summer reading program for adults.

I hope to see you and your teen at the library!

Happy Summe(R)eading!!

When does school start in the Fall?

The first day of school for 6th and 7th graders will be Thursday, September 3, 2015.

The first day of school for 8th graders will be Friday, September 4. 2015.

Click HERE for the School District’s 2015-16 calendar.

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.

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.