If your child will be attending a private school in September or if your family will be moving out of the District at the close of the school year, you must officially withdraw your child(ren) from the District.
Please contact your building secretary for assistance with the withdrawal process and to make arrangements to have your children’s academic and health records forwarded to your new school.
If you are in possession of a District issued Chromebook, arrangements will be made for the safe return of the device. Please advise us of the need to return the device during the withdrawal process.
- Preschool and elementary school families should email the building secretary directly.
- Middle school students must email the guidance secretary for assistance. Michaia Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Maplewood Middle School and Bonnie Hellstern (email@example.com) at South Orange Middle School.
- Columbia High School students should email Sheila Bellini (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the counseling department, for assistance.
Hello SOMSD Family,
I hope this correspondence finds you and your family well. As we approach the end of the school year, and in light of the Governor’s updates over the past couple of weeks, we want to clarify our current position and provide some rationale regarding the graduation process and plans for our District.
We are specifically focusing on Columbia High School, and will address other students in our district who are being promoted from a ‘milestone grade.’ Over the last month, Governor Murphy has released information and guidance to districts regarding outdoor graduations after July 6th and in subsequent communications has shared the regulations that districts will have to comply with in order to hold graduations. We have reviewed these guidelines and the links are shared below.
I understand that we all yearn for a return to what we view as normalcy, including our much-anticipated rites of passage and culminating activities. However, I am confirming in this communication the following: Our virtual graduation and promotional activities will be moving forward as our official ceremonies for the 2019-2020 school year. The health and safety of our students and staff continue to remain our highest priority. It is a sobering fact that as of last Thursday, 6/4, 12 positive COVID-19 cases were confirmed at the countywide testing site in Maplewood.
With that being said, our Maplewood Health Officer, CHS Leadership Team and I will be having discussions with the CHS Class of 2020 student representatives and the CHS Home School Association (HSA) to talk about what is creatively possible in terms of celebrating this very deserving group. Of course, per the Governor’s Executive Order, this (or these) event(s) would occur after July 6th, acknowledging the many obvious variables and limitations (i.e. lack of staff during the summer, gathering capacity limitations, social distancing, etc.,).
Lastly, this planning will be limited to the Columbia High School Class of 2020. We celebrate and appreciate all students who are preparing for a transition to a new school, however, we do not have the capacity to take on this planning for all district culminating activities. The final caveat is that this planning is fluid and could be impacted by changes in COVID-19 data, or Governor’s decree.
Governor’s Office and New Jersey Department of Education Communications:
- COVID-19: Alternatives to Traditional Commencement Ceremonies (5/28)
- NJDOE COVID-19 Update: New Jersey Commencement Ceremonies
Yours in Education,
Dr. Ronald G. Taylor
Dear SOMSD Families,
LETTER REGARDING RETRIEVAL OF STUDENT BELONGINGS
June 11, 2020
Dear SOMSD Families,
As we prepare for the end of the school year, District schools are coordinating efforts to retrieve and secure belongings that students may have left behind in their classrooms.
Although some families have already shared that they have nothing of value to pick-up, we want to provide an opportunity for parents/guardians whose child (ren) may have left behind meaningful or irreplaceable personal belongings in their classroom prior to our COVID closure.
If you are the latter parent and wish to have a personal item returned, immediately email your child’s classroom teacher. In addition, please copy your building principal on the email and provide a detailed description of the items you are requesting. This email must be received by the end of business on Monday, June 15th. If you do not have email access, please call your school’s front office and leave a message.
Arrangements will be made by individual schools for pick-up of your child’s property; any unclaimed items will be discarded. Student’s clothing (unless parent/guardian shares otherwise) will be placed in each school’s Lost and Found and will be available when we are physically back in the building.
Thank you for all that you continue to do in support of teaching and learning!
South Orange & Maplewood School District
Please see below for dates for graduation and moving up ceremonies. All virtual ceremonies will be posted to the South Orange & Maplewood School District YouTube Channel: https://bit.ly/SOMSDYouTube
|Preschool Moving Up Ceremony||Pre-K||Friday, June 12, 2020||10:00 AM||Moving Up Ceremony|
|Marshall Elementary School||2nd||Monday, June 22, 2020||10:00 AM||Grade Clap Out|
|South Mountain Elementary||5th||Monday, June 22, 2020||10:00 AM||Moving Up Ceremony|
|Clinton Elementary School||5th||Tuesday, June 23, 2020||9:00 AM||Moving Up Ceremony|
|Jefferson Elementary School||5th||Tuesday, June 23, 2020||9:00 AM||Moving Up Ceremony|
|Seth Boyden School||5th||Tuesday, June 23, 2020||9:00 AM||Moving Up Ceremony|
|Tuscan Elementary School||5th||Tuesday, June 23, 2020||10:00 AM||Moving Up Ceremony|
|Columbia High School||12th||Wednesday, June 24, 2020||6:00 PM||Moving Up Ceremony|
|Maplewood Middle School||8th||Wednesday, June 24, 2020||9:00 AM||Moving Up Ceremony|
|South Orange Middle School||8th||Wednesday, June 24, 2020||9:00 AM||Moving Up Ceremony|
Hey, Class of 2020 and Class of 2021!
Are you 17 or older? You can register to vote! There is power seen in the streets of MAPSO, and you have the opportunity to bring that power to the polls when you turn 18.
Remember that primaries are super important for local and state elections, so even if the presidential nominees are already decided, you should still vote in the primary. New Jersey holds a closed primary, so you must register by June 16th with a party affiliation (or as an Independent) in order to vote in either the Democratic or Republican Primary.
Young people are historically those who vote the least, but we have the opportunity to change that. As a community, we are active in so many causes, so let’s make sure we’re heard!
Want to educate yourself on the candidates before you vote? Attached below are the websites for candidates for contested nominations in our area, listed alphabetically.
Now that you have the info, print your registration form so you can vote! If you do not have access to a printer or ink, but would like a form to be delivered contact-free, please send an email to email@example.com.
See you at the polls,
Student Council’s Voter Registration Committee and Students For Justice