BOE Communication Meeting 5/26

The Board’s Community Engagement & Outreach Committee invites all members of the SOMSD Community to join members of the BOE and SOMSD Administration to talk about communications at the classroom, school, and district level, Tuesday, May 26th at 7:30 pm, click HERE for more information.

Coach Morgan’s RUN JUMP THROW 6/7

On Sunday, June 7, 2015 from 1pm -5pm Coach Morgan (Columbia High School Track and Field Coach) will be sponsoring a free track and field event for kids in kindergarten- 8th grade. It’s called Coach Morgan’s RUN JUMP THROW. There will be professional track and field athletes coming to do fun clinics on track and field. There will also be a DJ, give-aways, and lots of fun for the kids.

We are in need of volunteers (approx. 150), as we expect to entertain 3000 kids throughout the day.

To Volunteer, and for more information contact:

Coach Lisa Morgan
Head Cross Country/ Track & Field Coach
Columbia High School, Maplewood, NJ

Columbia High School Chorus Accomplishments, 2014-15

Click HERE  for photos with highlights.

Alexandra Pease (’15), the top scoring Soprano I for the 2014 NJ All-State Chorus, was selected for and participated in the 2014 National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) National Honor Choir. She was selected out of a pool of thousands and represented CHS at the National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee in the fall.

Along with Ali, Holly Lehren (SII, ‘15), Hannah Nye (SII, ‘15), Russell Pinzino (TII, ’15), Vivienne Longstreet (AI, ’15) and Aanu Fawole (BII, ‘16) were chosen out of a pool of hundreds auditions from across the state of New Jersey to participate in the 2014 NJ All-State Chorus. The NJASC performed at the NJEA Convention in Atlantic City and at the Newark Performing Arts Center in November.

The CHS combined chorus performed at the New Jersey School Music Association Winter Festival at Chatham High School in December, earning the highest possible rating of Excellent from the adjudicators.

Also in December, the Excelsior Singers of Columbia High School performed with the Summit Chorale at Christ Church in Short Hills, NJ under the direction of composer/conductor Thomas Juneau. Dr. Juneau conducted his own “Virga Jesse” and Ms. Bunce conducted John Rutter’s “Good Ale” with the combined choirs.

Matthew Lintern (B1, ’18), Aanu Fawole (BII, ’16), Grant King (TII, ’16), Russell Pinzino (TII, ’16), Vivienne Longstreet (AI, ’15) and Charlotte Steiner (AI, ’17) were selected out of a pool of hundreds to perform with the North Jersey School Music Association Honor Mixed Chorus. Autumn Jones (AI, ’16) and Lily Murray (AI, ’16) were selected for the NJSMA Honor Women’s Chorus. Both performances occurred in February at Morris Knolls High School.

Junior Grace Savoia-DiGregorio was selected to sing with the Latin American National Honor Choir at the American Choral Directors Association National Convention in Salt Lake City, UT in February of this year. She sings with Canens Vocem, the treble chamber choir of Columbia High School.

Seven students were selected for the 2015 All-State Chorus. Aanu Fawole (BII, ’16), Isaiah Thomas (TII, ’16), Grant King (TII, ’16), Charlotte Steiner (AI, ’17) and Matthew Lintern (BI, ’18) were placed into the Mixed Honor Chorus and Holly Haines (SI, ’18) and Maia Sheinfeld (AII, ’17) were placed in the Honor Treble Chorus. Performances will take place in November and February in the 2015-16 school year.

The Excelsior Singers and Canens Vocem participated in the Hilltopper Choral Festival at Summit High School in April, earning the highest possible rating of Superior for their performances. The festival featured top-performing high school choirs from around the state and was adjudicated by Dr. Patrick Gardner of Rutgers University and Dr. Heather Buchanan from Montclair State University.

Ms. Jamie Bunce, Director of Choral Activities at Columbia High School, was accepted into the Master of Music Education program at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and began her studies last summer. In April, she was again selected by audition to sing with the Westminster Summer Choral Festival Choral Festival in July.


May Community Fliers

Click HERE for May Community Fliers including

Achieve Foundation
Come Make Something at Maker Madness

The Loft at Columbia High School
May 2015 Programs

Girl Scouts (South Orange/Maplewood)
Girl Scout Interest Form

Maplewood Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs
Special Needs Soccer Spring Clinic

Maplewood Memorial Library
Children’s Room – May 2015

South Orange Dept. of Recreation & Cultural Affairs
Cool Rocket Science Summer Camp!
Cougar Baseball Camp
Creatively Act With interACT Drama Camp
Funky Fun Art – Art Camp (Grades 1-5)
Music with Jammin’ Jenn
TryCAN Pioneer Playground Camp
Wright Skills Girls Basketball Camp

South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race
Conversations on Race: Facing Everyday Racism
The Cultural Heritage Festival
Heritage Birdhouses

South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
Kids ‘N Family Series

YMCA (South Mountain)
17th Annual Duck Race
Fireball Outdoor Laser Tag
Get Certified to Babysit!
Global Arts Camp Day!
Spider-Man is Coming to South Mountain YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day