Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Elissa Malespina hosts author Elizabeth Antoine for a fundraiser
South Orange Middle School keeps it sweet. Librarian Elissa Malespina hosts author Elisabeth Antoine for a Thursday afternoon cupcake-decorating workshop. Students will join Antoine, whose baking artistry is known to Able Baker fans, on Thursday, at SOMS, from 3:15 - 4:15 p.m. to make edible cupcake toppers in the shape of owls. The workshop, which is limited to 10 students, costs $10. The cost covers the cupcake, icing and fondant and supports the work of the SOMS library. To register, contact Malespina at SOMS: email@example.com or register here.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
This year's all-school musical is coming soon. Get your tickets now!
South Orange Middle School (SOMS) has been preparing for this year’s All School Musical: Guys and Dolls. Guys and Dolls takes us back to 1955. A simple story that is centered on the fact that all the hot gamblers are in town, and they're all depending on Nathan Detroit (Josh Watson-Lewis) to set up this week's incarnation of "The Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York." There only problem is, he needs $1,000 to get the place. Throw in Sarah Brown, (Olivia Pryor) who is short on sinners at the mission that she runs and looking for few; Sky Masterson, (Thomas Fetner) who accepts Nathan's bet that he can't get Sarah Brown to go with him to Havana; Miss Adelaide, (Mia Gladstone) who wants Nathan to marry her; and Police …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The South Orange Middle School newspaper has moved online.
Hot off the presses, the latest issue of The Odd Orange Journal is out. The South Orange Middle School newspaper is student-written, led by teacher Anthony Cicenia. Staff of The Odd Orange Journal propose story ideas, research, write and then submit their copy; Cicenia does the online layout. "We're completely online," he explains. The January edition recommends healthy meals, features a great place in South Orange for students to grab a snack, and offers the ever-popular advice column. Best wishes to the staff and editor of The Odd Orange Journal. If you want to learn more about writing for the SOMS newspaper, see Mr. Cicenia.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Here's a look at what readers were talking about this week.
Judge: Complaint Against St. James Gate Bartender Should Move Forward A Bloomfield municipal court judge ruled a complaint accusing a Maplewood bartender of assaulting a patron should move forward. Chief Municipal Magistrate Judge John A. Paparazzo found probable cause Thursday after hearing testimony from 24-year-old South Orange resident, Ethan Kresofsky, accusing St. James’s Gate Publick House's bartender, James Meade, of assault. William "Chip" Madsen Will Be Memorialized Saturday William “Chip” Madsen of Maplewood passed away on Saturday, January 19, 2013 after a relentless fight with metastasized melanoma cancer. His memorial service was on Saturday at Morrow Memorial Church. Man Arrested for Burglary after Foot Chase …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
South Orange Middle School reports one "suspected" case of whooping cough
Thursday, January 24
Joseph Uglialoro, South Orange Middle School principal, Wednesday distributed the following letter: We have had 1 case of suspected pertussis (whooping cough) identified in our school. Pertussis is a highly contagious disease that is spread through the air by a cough or a sneeze. Pertussis begins with cold symptoms and a cough, which become much worse over 1-2 weeks. Symptoms usually include a long series of coughing fits followed by a whooping noise. However, older children, adults and very young infants may not develop the whoop. There is generally only a slight fever. People with pertussis may have a series of severe coughing fits followed immediately by vomiting, turning blue, or difficulty catching breath. The cough is often worse at …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Principal issues supplies list, reminder about summer reading project.
Principal Joseph Uglialoro emailed a letter to South Orange Middle School students and families on Wednesday filled with important information about the upcoming school year. Besides summer reading, what follows is a list of important back-to-school dates. Attached as a pdf is a list of school supplies. Summer Reading Assignments: Click here. Important Dates: “Back to School BBQ” on August 23rd from 11:30-1 p.m., South Orange Middle School courtyard. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org 6th grade Transition Program, Thursday, Aug. 23, school auditorium 6th grade students with last names beginning with A-M, 10-11:15 a.m. 6th grade students with last names beginning with N-Z 1:15-2:30 p.m.. “Principal’s Tea” for parents of all incoming 6th graders …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Steven Cohen has chosen a private hearing on Weds.
Eighth grade Social Studies teacher Steven Cohen has chosen a private Donaldson hearing. The South Orange Middle School teacher has a hearing scheduled for Weds., July 18, at 6:30 p.m. at the Board of Education building. After the hearing, the Board must notify Cohen within three days whether they will uphold the decision not to rehire and tenure him, or if they will overturn principal Joseph Uglialoro's decision and retain Cohen. In anticipation of the hearing, parents, students and colleagues who support Cohen attended and spoke at last night's Board of Education meeting, as they have at previous meetings on behalf of both Cohen and colleague Kathleen McCort. McCort, who also taught eighth grade Social Studies at SOMS, was similarly let…
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Kathleen McCort's hearing is Tuesday
Kathleen McCort's Donaldson hearing is Tuesday, June 26, at 6 p.m. at the Board of Education building on Academy Street.This has been confirmed by the involved parties. It will be a private hearing. Steven Cohen's hearing has been postponed until July 18. The Donaldson hearings will allow the eighth grade Social Studies teachers to challenge the decision made earlier this year not to rehire each of them. That decision, in their tenure year, led to numerous student protests and parents speaking on their behalf at Board of Education meetings. The superintendent, Brian Osborne, and first-year principal of South Orange Middle School Joseph Uglialoro took the unusual step of meeting with concerned parents to discuss the situation. At the most …
Friday, June 1, 2012
Parents were notified by phone and email
Superintendent Brian Osborne and South Orange Middle School principal Joseph Uglialoro will host two Monday meetings, the district announced on Thursday. Parents were notified by both robo-call and email. The meeting comes in the wake of several weeks of student protests and parent reaction to the district decision not to tenure two eighth grade Social Studies teachers. The entire text of the message is below: Good morning SOMS Parents and Guardians, I invite you to join me and Superintendent Brian Osborne on Monday, June 4th, to discuss concerns and questions about recent personnel decisions here at SOMS. There will be two sessions – one at 8:30am, and the second at 7:30 pm. Both meetings will take place in the District Meeting Room at …
Saturday, May 19, 2012
After-school program continues to grow for middle school students in Maplewood and South Orange.
Here in Maplewood and South Orange there’s a thriving, exciting after-school network advancing the social and intellectual development of our youth. YouthNet, now entering its fifth year, offers an after-school learning opportunity at South Orange Middle School and Maplewood Middle School, staffed entirely by district teachers. At YouthNet’s core are more than 30 after school enrichment activities offered free of charge, along with a fee-based developmental program for focus on homework help and tutoring. Far from being just custodial, YouthNet has measured its success by advancing the learning and life training skill sets of our students with its programs, helping them broaden their participation in both social and work settings. …