Important Information due to the Blizzard

Due to the blizzard there is no school on Tuesday, January 27th.

The Board of Education meeting scheduled for Monday, 1/26 is rescheduled for Monday, February 2nd.

Below is important mid-term information:

This message will explain our plans for administering mid-terms in the event of school closings over the next two days. All changes are indicated in bold.

6th Grade:

  • The 6th grade Math mid-term will still be given on Thursday, January 29th and Friday, January 30th.
  • The 6th grade Spanish mid-term will still be given on either Thursday, January 29th or Friday, January 30th depending on which day your child has Spanish.

7th Grade:

  • The 7th grade Math mid-term will still be given on Thursday, January 29th and Friday, January 30th.
  • The three day 7th grade Spanish mid-term will now be given on Thursday, January 29th, Friday, January 30th, and Monday, February 2nd.

8th Grade:

  • The 8th grade College Prep and Honors Math mid-term will still be given on Friday, January 30th.
  • The 8th grade English Language Arts performance-based assessment will now be given on Monday, February 2nd and Tuesday, February 3rd.
  • The three day 8th grade Spanish mid-term will now be given on Thursday, January 29th, Friday, January 30th, and Monday, February 2nd.

8th Grade Accelerated Geometry Students:

  • Mr. Moss’ 8th grade Geometry students will now take their Geometry mid-term on Friday, January 30th. They are not to report to their regularly scheduled Geometry class on Thursday, January 29th.
  • Ms. McKay and Ms. Faulkner’s 8th grade Geometry students will now take their Geometry mid-term on Monday, February 2nd.  They are not to report to their regularly scheduled Geometry class on Thursday, January 29th and Friday, January 30th.
  • Ms. Leslie’s 8th grade Geometry students will take their Geometry mid-term on Thursday, as scheduled. In the event of a school closing on Thursday, we will send out another communication to clarify the mid-term date.

 

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

Free SELMA movie tickets for 7th, 8th & 9th Graders

Click HERE for more information

PARCC Parent Meeting 2/4

SOMS and MMS will be hosting a joint PARCC parent night on Wednesday, February 4th at 7:30 pm. The program, which will be held at SOMS, will focus on educating parents about the new PARCC assessment. Sessions will include the design of the test, the problem types it features, and how parents can support their child’s success at home. A flyer will also be sent home with more information.

SOMS PARCC Assessment Calendar: In all three grades, students will be taking the PARCC assessment over the course of 5 days in the morning. The assessment consists of 3 days of English Language Arts testing and two days of Mathematics.

March 2-6: 8th grade testing.
March 9-13: 7th grade testing.
March 16-20: 6th grade testing.

Click HERE for a Symbaloo created by Ms. Butler.

Click HERE for FAQs about PARCC at SOMSD.

Youthnet Clubs Winter Session

The Youthnet Clubs Winter session begins on January 12, 2015.  Permission slips can be handed in anytime from January 5th through January 23rd.  For information about what clubs are being offered this session click HERE.  For the permission slip, which must be completed, click HERE.

January Community Fliers

Click HERE for January Community Fliers including Columbia High School Italian Cultural Club, The Loft at Columbia High School, Girl Scouts, The Learning Academy,  Lydia Johnson Dance School, Maplewood Memorial Library, New Jersey Fencing Alliance, South Orange Civic Organization, South Orange Dept. of Recreation & Cultural Affairs, South Orange Maplewood Community Coalition on Race, South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), The Strollers and YMCA.

SOMS Achieve Teacher Grants Update

Thank you to everyone who has donated to the Achieve Direct Funding Teacher Grants program this year. Achieve has received over $5000 so far! Your contributions help fulfill the requests of grateful staff members, whose grant projects will have a direct effect on the educational program of students in the South Orange and Maplewood public schools this spring.

Following are the projects at SOMS that are still eligible for direct funding through January 31st! (Please note: the amounts indicated below represent the totals needed to fully fund the grant proposals, staff members will be able to begin to implement their programs with partial funding so any and all donations will be truly appreciated)!

Caitlin Dennehy Living & Learning In The Community ($1109)
Jacob Ezzo World Drumming 2.0 ($1329)
Katerina Karis SOMS Model United Nations ($800)
Alison Steiner Social Work Counsling Programs ($1877)
Barbara Tsioni Membean Multimodal Vocabulary Learning ($600)
Vladimir Valerio Teaching Spanish Language Proficiency Through Reading & Storytelling ($1200)
Terry Woolard Infusing Google Drive Into The Classroom K-12 ($8000)

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 grants@achievefoundation.org or 973-762-8274

Click HERE  for a list of all the Achieve grants awarded this year.

Special Education 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.

ADD/ADHD Parent Support Group

The Parenting Center is sponsoring a monthly support group for parents of elementary and middle school children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD or children who have attentional difficulties. It will offer parents the opportunity to share information, concerns and solutions. Click HERE for more information.

SOMS/MMS 8th Grade Mixer 2/5

The SOMS/MMS 8th Grade Mixer will be on February 5th from 7 to 9 pm. Admission is $5 and will include dessert, snacks, and water. Pizza and soft drinks will be available for purchase ($2 per slice/$1 per drink).

Click HERE for the flyer, which includes a permission slip. Permission slips with payment attached can be dropped in the labeled box in the SOMS main office. They will also be collected in the SOMS cafeteria during the 8th grade lunch hour on February 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. (Please note: Permission slips will not be accepted at the door—advance purchase only.)

Chaperones and volunteers are needed to help set up and provide baked goods, snacks, and water bottles for the mixer. Please email Liz Herring (echerring@verizon.net) if you are able to chaperone the mixer or if you can donate a dessert (cookies, brownies, cupcakes, bars), individually packaged snacks, or 8-ounce water bottles.

Thank you!