SOMS Website & Communication

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SOMS Achieve Teacher Grants Announced

The Achieve Foundation’s Teacher Grant Program inspires district teachers to propose exceptional, constructive projects to help their students in the classroom and beyond.

In all, Achieve awarded 63 teacher grants totaling $67,000 for the current school year.

Congratulations to the following SOMS teachers who recently received grants from the Achieve Foundation!

Julian DiPietro Read Excel
Diane Grant Discovering The Possibilities Through STEM!
Christine Jansen MaKey MaKey – A STEM Invention Kit
Patricia O’Connell Chrome Books
Barbara Tsioni Reading Workshop Resources

Achieve was faced with difficult funding choices, and some proposals were approved but did not receive the entire amount of funding that was requested, including the projects below at SOMS and multi-school projects that include SOMS such as Alison Steiner’s Social Work Programs for middle school students and Infusing Google Drive into all Classrooms.

Caitlin Dennehy Living & Learning In The Community
Jacob Ezzo World Drumming 2.0
Katerina Karis SOMS Model United Nations
Barbara Tsioni Membean Multimodal Vocabulary Learning
Vladimir Valerio Teaching Spanish Language Proficiency Through Reading & Storytelling

These projects are now eligible for direct funding which means you can donate directly to the project of your choice through January 31st!

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.

December Community Flyers

Click HERE for December Community Flyers including information from

The Parenting Center & Elementary PTAs
2014 Holiday Toy Drive
FBI – Cyberbullying Workshop

The Loft at Columbia High School
December 2014 Programs

Durand-Hedden House & Garden
2014 Gingerbread House Competition

Friends of the South Orange Public Library
Holiday Sale! Local Artisans! Crafts-art-apparel-confections!

Girl Scouts (South Orange/Maplewood)
Girl Scout Interest Form

Greenwood Gardens
December Events at Greenwood Gardens
Program Calendar – October – December 2014

The Learning Academy
Lauren Cox Dance Collective

Lydia Johnson Dance School
Winter/Spring Session Registration – Toddler-Adult Classes

Maplewood Memorial Library
Children’s Program – December 2014
Teen Programs – December 2014

New Jersey Fencing Alliance
“Learn to Fence” Winter Special

South Orange Dept. of Recreation & Cultural Affairs
Baird Winter 2015 Classes for Kids
Baird Winter 2015 Classes for Teens & Adults
Funky Fun Art Workshops
Learn to Ski – Grades 3-8
South Orange/Maplewood High School Pick-Up Basketball
South Orange/Maplewood Middle School Basketball League

The Strollers
Auditions for “How The World Got Wisdom”

South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
Kids ‘N Family Series

YMCA (South Mountain)
Get Certified to Babysit
Summer Day Camps – Early Bird Special
Vacation Camp – December & January
Vacation Camp – January 19, 2015
YMCA Winter Program Offerings


All School Musical Info

The 2014-2015 Musical is “Once Upon A Mattress” produced by Rodgers & Hammerstein.

Show dates are March 27, 28, & 29, 2015 (7pm, 7pm, & 2pm respectively). The fundraiser will be February 20, 2015 6:00-9:00pm.

Please check HERE for important information and dates and email Ms. Harris with any questions.

Sign up HERE for Remind Updates for the All School Musical to receive periodic updates through text or email.

For more information about the production visit


December 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,

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.

Middle School Schedule & Electives

Click HERE for information regarding the Middle School schedule, HERE for news about Performing Arts and HERE for Electives offered at SOMS.

2014-15 Yearbook Orders

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

Click HERE for more information.

Kudos to the SOMS Model UN Club

Ms. Karis, Ms. Tsioni, and all of the students who participate in the SOMS’ Model U.N. Club deserve a huge shout out for their amazing fund-raising efforts.  Throughout the month of October, the Club raised $1037 to help children throughout the World through UNICEF.  The students sold baked goods and pizza, distributed UNICEF boxes, and engaged in other creative efforts to raise this sum of money.  They had a goal of raising $1000, which they clearly met.  The students were rightfully proud of their efforts. Student, Miranda N., declared the fundraiser “a huge success” that “brought in a lot of money to help children.”  Another student, Tate O., remarked on how “surprising it was to see how much money we could make from several bake sales.”  She went on to explain that the “back of the UNICEF box states that $500 can get a water pump for an entire village. With the $1000 we raised, we can get two water pumps!”

Congratulations to everyone involved and thanks to the entire SOMS community for supporting their efforts and helping children in need.

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.