SOMS Website & Communication

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

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Miss Representation, Film Documentary: 10/22 @ 7pm


The Parenting Center, our elementary school PTA’s along with the CHS HSA are presenting a special screening of “MISS Representation“.

From the OWN Documentary Club: A film by Jennifer Siebel Newsom.

Explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media’s limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman. “You can’t be what you can’t see”.

*There will be a Q&A with women’s studies specialist Dr. Karen Rezach and a student panel will follow.

Wednesday, October 22nd
Columbia High School Auditorium
17 Parker Avenue, Maplewood

Monster Bash and Scavenger Hunt 10/24

2014MonsterBashScavengerHuntThe SOMS HSA will host the 2014 Monster Bash & Scavenger Hunt for 6th graders on Fri., Oct. 24 from 3:30-5:30pm at the SOMS gym.

Students are invited to come dressed in costume and test their spy skills on a fun-filled scavenger hunt throughout the school.

There will be games, dancing and even ghoulish science experiments! Snacks and refreshments will be served. The cost is $5.00. We’ll need chaperones and food and beverage donations. Chaperones CLICK HERE to sign up, or contact Janet Christmann.

CLICK HERE for the flyer and permission slip next week.

6th Grade Coordinators are also raising funds for a planetarium exhibit at SOMS in the spring. Parents are encouraged to make an additional $5 donation to support this assembly.

CHS Magic Show 10/25

Click HERE for information about the CHS Magic Club Show October 25th.

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.