Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention

The Maplewood Main Library will be holding an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention presentation and discussion. This event is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and co-sponsored by the Maplewood Health Department.

Event: Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention presentation by Alison Steiner, social worker from South Orange/Maplewood school district

- Also in attendance will be staff from the Maplewood Police Youth Bureau and Columbia High School Guidance Office 

When: May 1, 2014 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm 

Where: Maplewood Main Library, 51 Baker Street, Maplewood, NJ

Who: All parents and teens are welcome to attend

Topics to be discussed:

- Underage Drinking – current trends, what you can do to prevent it from happening

- What’s What with Drugs & Alcohol – what to look out for, how to keep your child safe

- Summer Resources – extracurricular activities, summer work/volunteer opportunities, and more 

*Food and refreshments will be provided. 


Columbia High School Athletics orientation

CHS Freshman Athletic Orientation

Thursday, May 29, 2014


Columbia High School Auditorium

Parents of incoming 9th graders are invited to an athletic orientation that will focus on the following topics:

Summer Schedules

Practice/Tryout Schedules

Game Schedules & How to Access Field Locations

Physical Forms & Cardiac Testing

Academic Requirements for athletes

 The head coaches for each of the fall teams will be present with information relative to their sport.




Hub Happenings – May

Hub Happenings

Springing further into action, The Hub is prepared to continue celebrating this beautiful season of new beginnings! The Hub Office is packed each day for Chat & Chew with fun and laughter. We are always excited to welcome newcomers! Go Social with Ms. J, Mondays after school has presented challenges and fun activities to its participants. If you are interested in having your child participate in this Social Skills Group, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Mr. Nigel is preparing his third session of BAM. If you are interested in having your student participate or have questions related to these groups, please feel free to contact The Hub at 973-378-7660973-378-7660 ext 3175 or via email

During the month of May, students attending The Hub will participate in a variety of activities that are linked to our various awareness themes each week including Cultural Diversity, Teen Self-Esteem, Teacher Appreciation, and National Police Week. In celebration of Cultural Diversity, The Hub is hosting its Annual Multi-Cultural Potluck! Students will share their cultures with their peers through sharing delicious traditional foods. During this week The Hub will also highlight the various dances from different cultures around the world. In recognition of Teen Self Esteem Week, the students will participate in creative fun games that are designed to promote positive thinking such as Head Bands, Follow The Leader, and Duct Tape Wallets. The Hub’s activities during Teacher Appreciation Week will provide the students with an opportunity to utilize their unique qualities to express their thanks. During National Police Week, The Hub is excited to welcome members of the Maplewood Police Department to have fun along with the students during games of Kick Ball, Chase, and more!

Homework Club continues to welcome new students even as we quickly approach the end of yet another school year. Students may continue to earn rewards to The Village Trattoria, Ice Cream Parlor, and Basketball Court, in recognition of their hard work and diligence. For more information about what The Hub is offering each month, please view The Hub’s Calendar on the HSA website under The Hub tab and on the SOMSD Digital Backpack.

Parents, please contact The Hub’s Site Manager Catherine Sotolongo at or via phone call at (973)378-7660(973)378-7660 ext. 3175 with any concerns or interest in joining The Hub’s Community Liaison Board.

Warm Wishes,

Catherine Sotolongo

The Hub School Based Youth Service Program

Maplewood Middle School

Family Connections

Special Education Parent Workshop



In conjunction with the

South Orange-Maplewood SEPAC

Family-Educator Collaboration in the IEP Process

A Joint Training Activity for Parents and Educators

Families Can Make A Difference!

In special education, collaboration between parents and educators is essential to ensuring that the student is the central focus. During this training, parents and educators will explore techniques and strategies that enhance parent/educator collaboration in the IEP process.  Tools that advance ongoing parent/educator collaboration in the IEP process will be shared.

Date: Monday, May 5th Time 7pm-9pm

Location:  South Orange Maplewood School District Administration Building,

525 Academy Street, Maplewood, New Jersey. 07040
PRESENTER: Myriam Alizo, Parent Group Specialist, START Project

(Statewide Parent Advocacy Network)

Parents and educators of children who are already receiving special education services and parents and educators of children who are having difficulty in school but may have not been determined to be eligible for special education services will benefit from this training.

For more information visit our

Empowered Families:Educated, Engaged, Effective!

The START Project is a collaboration of the New Jersey Department of Education
Office of Special Education (NJOSE)and Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN)
Funded by IDEA Part B funds