Parents, students, district staff, community members and related stakeholders are invited to attend a Focus Group session with the firm, Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates, to solicit feedback and input concerning the qualifications for the next superintendent for our district. Stakeholders are strongly encouraged to attend the focus group session … Read more


Columbia High School’s Production of CATS Dominates Rising Star Award Nominations Rising Star Awards are to NJ High School musicals what the Tony Awards are to Broadway shows: Deeply coveted and hard to get. This year, Columbia High School’s production of CATS scooped up an unprecedented nine final nominations, including … Read more

Shakespeare Festival at CHS Breaks New Record

The CHS Shakespeare Festival took to the stage throughout the day on Friday, April 11, with Shakespeare-themed performances presented by more than 300 students, a new record! According to CHS English teacher and one of the festival’s organizers, Stephen MacPherson, the school’s Shakespeare Festival is currently in its 12th year … Read more

HSPA Testing and Bell Schedule for All Students

Good day, Cougar families. Next week, on March 4, 5, and 6, all juniors and some seniors will take the New Jersey High School Proficiency Assessment. Passing all the mathematics, reading comprehension, and writing portions of this test is a requirement for high school graduation in New Jersey. Students have … Read more

Letter to request funds for our district

Letter to request funds for our district Date Dear Senator Codey, I am writing to make a plea for your assistance in addressing the insufficient state funding for the South Orange-Maplewood School District.  As you may be aware, we are facing a multi-million dollar shortfall for the coming school year. … Read more

Achieve’s Direct Grant Funding Campaign

Achieve’s Direct Grant Funding Campaign, which seeks to find additional monies for teachers’ grant requests, is underway through January 31st. As of now, we have received over $5,000! Of the original 27 grants eligible, five are now fully funded and two are 50% funded. Please help support these new educational … Read more