and Achievements for the 2015-2016 School Year
Academic Honors and Achievements
Columbia High School was awarded a Silver Medal as one
of the Best High Schools in the Country, according to U.S. News and World
Reports and ranked 41st in New Jersey, and 1006th
26 CHS students received a perfect score of 800 on one or more
elements of their SATs.
1 CHS student received the Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar
Award from the National College Board in the category of National AP Scholar.
1 CHS senior received the National Merit Scholarship Award
from the National College Board.
1 CHS senior was named as the National Hispanic Recognition
Program Scholar by the National College Board.
1 CHS senior received the National Achievement Scholarship
Award from the National College Board.
5 CHS students received the Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar
Award from the National College Board in the category of AP Scholar with
14 CHS students received the Advanced Placement (AP)
Scholar Award from the National College Board in the category of AP Scholar
29 CHS students received the Advanced Placement (AP)
Scholar Award from the National College Board in the category of AP Scholar.
6 CHS seniors were named as Outstanding Participants
Referred to US Colleges and Universities.
1 CHS student was named as a semifinalist in the National
Achievement Scholarship Competition.
1 CHS student was named as a National Hispanic Scholar.
17 CHS students were recognized for exceptional academic
promise and the high scores they received on their PSAT.
1 CHS student was named as a National Merit Semifinalist.
A CHS junior and a
member of the CHS student council was awarded the Secretary position at State
Student Council – an achievement that has not been awarded to a CHS student
since the 1950’s.
2 CHS students were the recipients of the South Orange
Historical and Preservation Society (COHPS) scholarships.
1 CHS student won
first place in the ELL Beginner Category at the William Paterson Poetry
Contest and 1 CHS student won second place in the French Native
sophomore won the CHS Poetry Out Loud Competition and represented the school
in a county-wide competition at SOPAC.
The student Mock
Trial Team at CHS finished second in the Essex County Mock Trial
students received recognition for their scores on the National French
Contest/Le Grand Concours Exam including 1 Gold Score, 4 Silver Scores, 4 Bronze
Scores and 10 Honorable Mentions.
from Columbia High School earned a total of 3 Silver Medals and 2 Bronze
Medals along with 4 Honorable Mentions for excellent performance on the 2015
National Spanish Examinations.
from Maplewood Middle School earned a total of 1 Gold Medal, 2 Silver Medals
and 11 Bronze Medals along with 31 Honorable Mentions for excellent
performance on the 2015 National Spanish Examinations.
from South Orange Middle School earned a total of 1 Silver Medals and 3
Bronze Medals along with 11 Honorable Mentions for excellent performance on
the 2015 National Spanish Examinations.
4 Maplewood Middle
School students and members of the MMS Model UN Club won awards for
Outstanding Delegations at a 3-day UNA-USA Global Classrooms Model UN
Conference. 1 student won an Honorable Mention for his work as a delegate.
14 Maplewood Middle
School students and members of the MMS Model UN Club participated in the St.
Ann's Crisis Committee Model UN Conference and 4 MMS students were awarded
certificates for their exceptional work.
grader at Maplewood Middle School was invited to address a United Nations
Delegate Session at United Nations HQ at the He for She Ambassador for Girls
Education before nearly 800 diplomats.
Middle School students attained recognition for excellent performance on the
2015 National Spanish Examinations: 3
students earned Bronze medals and 7 students received Honorable Mentions:
A 6th grade ELA class
at South Orange Middle School won the state wide reading competition, Stick
School 5th graders raised $1,266.83 for St. Jude Hospital, as part of their
Annual Living Museum.
A 4th grader at South Mountain Elementary
School won the Essex county essay contest.
6 teams from Tuscan Elementary
School went to the Liberty Regional Tournament for Odyssey of the
Mind and placed second in their division for "Experiencing
Fine Arts and Media Awards
SOMSD was named
one of the "Best Communities in Music Education" by the National
Association of Music Merchants (NAMM).
CHS’s acclaimed Ragtime: School Edition was nominated for 14 Paper Mill
Playhouse Rising Stars Awards. The
school won in the category of Outstanding
Achievement by a Teacher or Outside Director.
One CHS senior, the Assistant Technical Director won the Student
Achievement Award. Another CHS senior
won a $1,000 scholarship and the Educational Impact Award
Columbia High School Step Team, Infinite Ballistics, won Best Team in
competition at high school competition.
junior received recognition for his outstanding photography and has won
several awards including, the Run Jersey Photo Contest, the Essex County
Nature Photography Contest, the Explore Chatham Photography Contest and the
CCM Photo Club Competition. The
student’s photographs have appeared in dozens of magazines and online sites
including the Huffington Post.
CHS senior was awarded a regional award from scholastic art and writing for
her short story.
A SOMS Choral Director was nominated for
the 2016 GRAMMY Music Educator Award.
Elementary School 5th grader won 2nd place in the 4th/5th
grade category for the 2015 Youth
UPstander Essay/Poster/Video PSA AWARD.
SOMSD students and teachers performed with prestigious music ensembles
including the 2014 National Association for Music Educators National Honor
Choir, the 2014 NJ All-State Chorus, the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra, the
Latin American National Honor Choir and many others.
SOMSD students and teachers had their artwork shown at various
galleries such as The Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the 16th
Annual Gaelen Juried Art Show and the Pierro Gallery and many others.
Sports, Teams and Club Awards
School's Athletic Program received the 2014 NJSIAA ShopRite Cup for Best
Athletic Program Award.
The CHS Girls’ Fencing Team won the state
The Columbia High
School Track Teams achieved various outstanding accomplishments including:
Girls won 7th
consecutive Essex County Relays and the SEC Conference Championship
Boys Track Team
students from the boys and girls Track team earned gold in various categories
such as the Sprint Medley, the High Jump, the 4x100
relay, the 4x200 relay, the 4x400 relay, the 4x800 relay, the 100 meter dash,
the 200 meter dash, the 400 meter dash, the 800 meter dash, the Triple Jump,
the High Jump, Shot, Discus, and Long Jump.
The CHS Girls Volleyball
Team won the Colonial Division of the SEC.
The Varsity Baseball Team won the SEC Liberty
The Varsity Boys Tennis Team was undefeated n
Division Play, winning the SEC Liberty Division Title.
junior, a member of the U.S. Fencing Junior team, won a gold medal at the
Junior Pan Ams Championships in Toronto.
A 7th grader at MMS won a gold medal in Paris at
the biggest foil fencing Championships in the world.
CHS Track and Field
Head Coach was inducted into the Newark Athletic Hall of Fame and into the
New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association Hall of Fame. She is the only coach
in Essex County history to garner the Coach of the Year honors for both boys’
and girls’ teams in the same year.
The CHS boys’ fencing
coach was named NJ Boys Fencing Coach of the Year for 2014.
CHS Baseball Coach was named Essex County Coach of the Year
Staff Achievements and Recognition
A teacher of Language
Arts at South Orange Middle School was awarded the 2014 National Bammy Award
as The Middle School Teacher of the Year.
A Special Education Teacher at Marshall Elementary won the
Teacher of the Year Award from the New Jersey Division for Early Childhood
A CHS Child Study
Team Social Worker and President of the local chapter of The National
Association of Black Social Workers received special recognition for her
service to the community by the Newark Mayor’s Office of Arts, Cultural
Development and Tourism during the 2015 African American Heritage Month.
The Media Specialist
at Clinton Elementary School was named Teacher of the Month for June by
The Principal of
Marshall School received the “Champion Creatively Alive Children” school
grant and a grant from the Foundation for Educational Administration.
The Action Research
Team at Marshall School was selected to
participate in the MSUNER Action Research Project for 2014-2015.
Teachers from CHS,
South Orange Middle School, Jefferson Elementary School and Seth Boyden
Elementary School were inducted into the Alpha Epsilon Lambda Honor Society
at Montclair State University.
The Supervisor of
Health, Physical Education and Nursing Services was elected to the Board of
Directors of SHAPE America - Society of Health and Physical Educators, the
nation’s largest membership organization of health and physical education
Teacher in the English Department at CHS was awarded a British University
Summer School (BUSS) Scholarship to study at Shakespeare's Globe in London.
teacher of Technology at Maplewood Middle School was named among the Top Ten
Livebinder's of the year for 2014, a social bookmarking website used by
teachers to create and share content.
A Maplewood Middle
School Language Arts Teacher
was honored by the Ethical Culture Society of Essex County for her work with
A South Orange-Maplewood Board Member was
recognized by the NJ School Board’s Association for achieving the status of Certificated Board Member (CBM).