After Harsh Winter, SOMA Schools Cancel Summer

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Columbia High School The South Orange-Maplewood school district (SOMA) racked up so many snow days over the course of the 2013-214 winter season that the Board of Ed has been forced not only to put summer recess on hold—they’re taking the whole season off the calendar.

BoE President Elizabeth Daughtry was still shaking her head in disbelief when talking to Barista Kids about this unusual move. “I mean, the first 10 snow days were a lot, but still reasonable,” she said. “After that, we even stopped having Board meetings. With all that snow and ice surrounding us and keeping everyone in their houses, there seemed no point in going on.”

Daughtry worries about students falling behind from so many missed days.

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Montclair Schools are Honored for Safe Routes to School Efforts

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 27, 2013 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Safe Routes to School

Schools in New Jersey are about to welcome students back for a new school year, and students all over The Garden State are getting ready to settle into the routine of Reading, Writing and Arithmetic all over again. In preparation for getting to the academics safely, three of Montclair’s Elementary schools—as well as the township as a whole—were honored on Monday with plaques commemorating their accomplishments in establishing Safe Routes to School. Mayor Jackson, Superintendent MacCormack, Edgemont’s Principal Hopper, Bradford’s Principal Kirkman, and Bullock’s Principal Kuwabara were on hand at Edgemont Montessori School to accept the Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards, respectively.

“I’m extremely proud of our school system for these accomplishments,” said Mayor Jackson, who was happy to help celebrate the emphasis on adding safe physical activity into the school day. “Safety for all our kids is a priority in our schools.”

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Montclair High School Seniors Get Ready For Prom

BY  |  Monday, Jun 17, 2013 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (5)

MHS seniors at junior prom last year

MHS seniors at junior prom last year

For Montclair High School seniors the end of the year brings quite a few exciting events, one of which is the Senior Prom; the kick off to all the thrilling things ahead for the class of 2013, which includes graduating, and the subsequent festivities of Project Graduation.

This year the senior prom will be held at the Westmount Country Club on Thursday June 20. Prom tickets have already gone on sale and despite fundraising, the cost of prom this year is $95 per person.

Some students find the cost of prom ridiculous.

“Ninety-five dollars for prom is way too much money,” says senior Phoenix Herring. “Not everyone can afford to pay that much for one night.”

Prom is a pretty expensive event. It might not have been so pricey back in the day, but today it’s quite a pretty penny. The ticket, dress (or suit), corsage, jewelry, hair, make-up, and shoes can rack up to be a small but potent fortune.

However, many seniors will still shell out the money because prom, despite the cost, is something they’re excited about.

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Montclair High School CIP Spotlight: Nora O’Leary

BY  |  Saturday, Jun 15, 2013 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Since getting out of school on May 17 many Montclair High School seniors have been participating in the high school’s Career Internship Program otherwise knowing as “CIP” or “Senior Option.” During CIP the participating seniors are required to do an internship in their field of interest and report back to the school for weekly check ins and seminars. The program runs from May 20 to June 14.

MHS senior Nora O’Leary decided that for her senior option she would make a documentary with a local media company. O’Leary will be attending Middlebury College in Vermont in the fall where she may possibly major in English. O’Leary will spend the rest of her summer life guarding at the Montclair Golf Club where she will also coach their swim team.

O’Leary took the time to tell me a little bit about what she’s been doing since their CIP began.

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Montclair High School CIP Spotlight: Jason Thinger

BY  |  Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 4:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Photo courtesy of Jason Thinger

Since getting out of school on May 17  many MHS seniors have been participating in the high school’s Career Internship Program otherwise knowing as “CIP” or “Senior Option.” During CIP the participating seniors are required to do an internship in their field of interest and report back to the school for weekly check ins and seminars. The program runs from May 20 to June 14.

MHS senior Jason Thinger chose to do his CIP at the high school where he will be directing a musical production of Hair with fellow SVPA students. Thinger will be attending New York University next year and studying Theater Design and Production at NYU’s performing arts school- Tisch. When his senior option ends, Thinger plans to use the summer to relax and prepare for college.

Thinger took the time to tell me a little bit about what he’s been doing in the city since his CIP began.

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iFlip4 Taking Montclair High School by Storm

BY  |  Wednesday, Jun 12, 2013 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

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Photo Courtesy of Nora Ellmann

The past few weeks Montclair High School students have been bombarded with photos on Instagram and posts on Facebook asking them what they “flip” for. Stickers brandishing the name “iFlip4” were put up all over Montclair causing intrigue to peak even further.

The question collectively tugged at MHS student’s subconscious—what was “iFlip4” and why were people “flipping” for it?

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Montclair High School CIP Spotlight: Henry Gifford

BY  |  Monday, Jun 03, 2013 12:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Career Internship Program

Photo courtesy of Henry Gifford

Since getting out of school on May 17  many Montclair High School seniors have been participating in the high school’s Career Internship Program otherwise knowing as “CIP” or “Senior Option.” During CIP the participating seniors are required to do an internship in their field of interest and report back to the school for weekly check ins and seminars. The program runs from May 20 to June 14.

MHS senior Henry Gifford chose to do his CIP at a recording studio in Brooklyn. Gifford has always had a passion for music so interning in the field of music production made sense. Next year Gifford will be attending the University of Pennsylvania. He’s not quite sure what he wants to major in but knows he wants to do something in Math and Physics or English and Music.

Gifford took the time to tell me a little bit about what he’s been doing in Brooklyn since his CIP began:

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Montclair High School CIP Spotlight: Allie Duchin

BY  |  Thursday, May 30, 2013 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Photo courtesy of Allie Duchin

Since getting out of school on May 17 many Montclair High School seniors have been participating in the high school’s Career Internship Program otherwise knowing as “CIP” or “Senior Option.” During CIP the participating seniors are required to do an internship in their field of interest and report back to the school for weekly check ins and seminars. The program runs from May 20 to June 14.

MHS senior Allie Duchin chose to do her CIP at a highly rated public relations firm in New York City where she interns in their consumer division. Next year, Duchin will be attending Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She plans on majoring in business while also studying fashion during the summer at FIT or Parsons.  Over the summer Duchin plans on either working in retail or taking summer courses at FIT.

Duchin took the time to tell me a little bit about what she’s been doing in the city since her CIP began:

 

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Montclair High School Celebrates National Traffic Safety Month

BY  |  Wednesday, May 22, 2013 2:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Officer Nelson and the NOBLE student members

May is National Traffic Safety month and so today Montclair High School took a stand against impaired driving. MHS security guard Officer Nelson and the Montclair Police Traffic Division put on an impaired driving event today, which included a picnic in the park with free food, a SIDINE machine in the gym, DWI goggles, music, pamphlets, Crashed Car Displays, GDL information, and much more. Continue Reading

Don’t Sweat the Montclair School Tours

BY  |  Thursday, Mar 21, 2013 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Don't Sweat the School ToursSo, you want to send your child to a Montclair public elementary school? You’re touring the schools this week. Perhaps you’re just like me and my wife and you moved here for the public schools. Yet, choosing one is more difficult than choosing which frozen yogurt shop in town to patronize. (And there are as nearly just as many of each.)  Funny thing is we asked for this whole school tour song and dance by choosing Montclair to begin with. So I, veteran of my one and only school tour of duty just last year, am here to help you.

First, prepare for five months of unmitigated angst. It’s unavoidable. Why we get ourselves so worked up over something we can’t control is a question I am not trained to answer. But you’ll sweat the Montclair School tours. You’ll find something to love and not to love about each school. You’ll sweat over your top three, and where to place them. You’ll then stop sweating for a month or so, until you run into a parent from daycare over the summer and inevitably and involuntarily you both start sweating again together. But at least you’ll have each other. The angst will most definitely come… and stay. All the way up to when the Board of Ed letters get sent out. Then you’ll get mail angst because half the town will get their letters the day before the other half.

I know it’s difficult, but try to relax. Take a deep breath, and keep a few things in mind…

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