Tuesday, January 22, 2013
A recap of recent issues and discussions, ahead of next week's BOE meeting.
It's a busy time in the South Orange-Maplewood School District, as the Board of Education (BOE) is in the thick of budget discussions for the 2013-14 school year. The board has been discussing the upcoming budget since the beginning of this school year. The next board meeting is on Monday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m. (in the District Meeting Room at 525 Academy St.) If you'd like to get up to speed before then, here is a brief summary of what's going on in the district: State of the District Superintendent Brian Osborne recently gave his annual State of the District address; for more information click here. International Baccalaureate/Middle Years Program The district is currently training teachers and staff in anticipation of launching the IB/…
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
All are welcome to participate in Supt. Osborne's Book Club on Jan. 24
Wednesday, January 16
The following information is from the South Orange - Maplewood School District: Join Superintendent Brian Osborne for a panel discussion with author Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, on Thursday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. Dweck will partcipate live via Skype from her office at Stanford University in California. The panel will also include SOMSD educators. The community is invited to participate in the following ways: Please arrive by 6:45pm Please RSVP if possible, if you plan to attend, so we can have enough seating available. Email: email@example.com Channel 35 in Maplewood Channel 19 in South Orange Channel 22 on Verizon FiOS Mindset is a simple idea developed by world-renowned Stanford …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Gains seen in narrowing the achievement gap, though large disparities still exist. Also, growing enrollment is likely to increase class sizes.
Calling the South Orange - Maplewood School District (SOMSD) a "model to the nation," Superintendent Brian Osborne presented a mostly glowing report of the district's progress in his sixth State of the District speech Wednesday night. "We have a tremendous amount to celebrate," said Osborne, speaking to an audience of roughly 50 Board of Education members, parents, principals and staff. He summarized where the district stands and the challenges that lie ahead. He began by noting the many accomplishments and awards students have received. He also touted the rise of Columbia High School in New Jersey Monthly's annual high school rankings and the expanded music program, which has doubled in participation levels in the middle schools. The …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Meeting on Wednesday is open to public.
Tuesday, January 8
Superintendent Brian Osborne will give his annual State of the District Report on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Columbia High School Library (17 Parker Avenue). According to an email from the district: This is a great opportunity to hear from the superintendent about the achievements and accomplishments of the past year, the challenges we face, and our plans and vision for the future. There will also be time for questions. We hope you will join us for the report. The report will not be broadcast live but will be available on the website on Friday.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Brian Osborne writes to the community in the wake of Sandy.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The following was sent by the South Orange - Maplewood School District on Nov. 12: To the South Orange Maplewood School Community: On behalf of the South Orange Maplewood School District, I express heartfelt gratitude for the extraordinary efforts of our students, staff, families, municipal officials, and entire community in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Even though many of us faced hardships of our own, and were struggling to recover from storm damage and power outages in our own homes, everyone still came together as a caring community to put our kids first. Five of our nine schools were able to open on Monday, and by Wednesday everyone was back in class, although three school buildings remained without power. The South Mountain Annex …