SOMS Website & Communication

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

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Durand-Hedden House 10/26

Click HERE for information about an event at Durand-Hedden House for families on Sunday, October 26 from 1pm to 4:30pm, including a showing of the musical film, 1776, at 2pm with free popcorn and old-time candy for sale in the carriage house. Visitors will also be able to view the Maplewood Theater exhibit.

Female Singers Wanted (6th & 7th Grade)

Beginning October 15th, Mr. Jacob Ezzo is introducing an after-school Women’s choir for SOMS 6th and 7th graders. The Women’s choir will provide an opportunity for those who really love to sing to get even better. No auditions are necessary but good attitude, good performance in choir class, and dedicated participation are a must. Mr. Ezzo is looking for all voices, big and small. Students currently not in choir can meet with Mr. Ezzo for more information regarding participation.

Mr. Ezzo has chosen a couple of SOMS students to assist him with the Women’s Choir. Eighth graders Avery Nye and Chase Shealey, members of Select Choir, will assist Mr. Ezzo in vocal assistance (Avery, Chase and Karilyn) and piano accompaniment (Chase).

6th and 7th grade girls’ who are interested in joining the Women’s Choir, please see Mr. Ezzo for more details.

October Q&A with Principal U

Each month the HSA co-Presidents have an opportunity to solicit questions from the SOMS community to present and discuss with Principal Uglialoro. Please click HERE for Principal U’s answers to this month’s questions.  If you have questions for next month, please submit your questions to,

2014-15 Yearbook Orders

Please order your SOMS Yearbook online by October 31st at a reduced price of $35. The yearbook price increases November 1st.

Click HERE to order your yearbook online, or contact Ms. Corino at

Click HERE for more information.

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.

Community Flyers

Click HERE for October Community Flyers including information from SOMSD World Language Department, The Loft at CHS, 
Girl Scouts, The Learning Academy, Lydia Johnson Dance School, Maplewood Memorial Library, Pierro Gallery of South Orange, South Orange Dept. of Recreation & Cultural Affairs, Village of South Orange & Township of Maplewood Departments of Recreation & Cultural Affairs, Village of South Orange & Pierro Gallery, South Orange/Maplewood Adult School, South Orange Maplewood Community Coalition on Race, StartUpBoardGames.Com, Summit Community Programs & South Mountain YMCA.


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), click HERE for more information
Tuesday, October 28th at 7 pm at Marshall School, 262 Grove Road in South Orange (Sponsored by the Community Coalition on Race)



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.

Melissa Butler – Middle School Teacher of the Year

Who needs an Oscar when you can win a Bammy!

A Bammy is an award presented to the best educators in the United States. Out of hundreds of nominees from across the country, only 25 were chosen in 2014. Only three educators were selected from New Jersey.

On Sept. 27th, the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences bestowed this great honor on one of SOMS own, Melissa Butler, a 6th grade language arts teacher. Ms. Butler received the Bammy for Middle School Teacher of the Year and was celebrated for her dedication and creativity at a red carpet ceremony in Washington D.C.

Ms. Butler is a strong proponent of technology in the classroom to enhance student learning and prepare students for the future. Last year, Ms. Butler’s 6th grade class conducted virtual debates with students in other schools using Google Hangout, a free, video chat and instant messaging platform that can be used by multiple parties. “My goal is to teach my students the technology that will help them acquire the skills they need to survive in this technologically-driven economy,” said Ms. Butler.

The Bammy awards were created to reverse the negative national narrative that dominates the education field. “There is so much to celebrate in our profession,” said Ms. Butler. “The Bammy awards brought forth the chance to celebrate all that is right in education.”

And if one SOMS teacher to receive the coveted Bammy was not enough, SOMS former librarian, Elissa Malespina, was also awarded the Bammy. Ms. Malespina’s Bammy was for Best School Librarian.

For more info on the Bammy awards go to