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SOMSD Special Edition Update | May 20, 2022

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SOMSD Summer School Registration Deadline Extended to Friday, May 27

Hello SOMSD Families,

As a reminder, registration for 2022 SOMSD Summer programs is now open. The deadline for summer program registration is Friday, May 20 (w/ the exception CHS programs whose registration deadlines run through late June).

Due to renovation projects taking place at many of our schools during the summer, we are committed to using every available classroom to offer as much in-person learning as possible. While we are not capping our student numbers at this time, each registration will be time-stamped and each class (excluding CHS credit recovery) will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

Families can register for summer programs via Community Pass - the link for registration is: At this time, there are 140 different course offerings this summer so please take your time to read through these descriptions below and find the correct school and program for your child. Please enroll your child into the grade level that they are CURRENTLY enrolled in for the 2021 - 2022 school year.

For specific questions related to a summer program, please reach out to the point of contact (i.e. building principal, unless stated otherwise) listed in following link for your respective program [].

Important - All academic classes are offered in the mornings to allow for students to attend academic classes and music (grades 5-12), book club (grades 3-10), and or STEM design thinking classes (grades 3-5) in the afternoons or evenings. Students may sign up for as many classes as they would like.

  • FOR SETH BOYDEN SCHOOL ONLY: You only have to enroll one time. If you enrolled directly through Seth Boyden you do not need to enroll again through Community Pass.
SOMSD 2022 Summer Programs & Registration

For more information on all 2022 summer programs, courses and registration.

Columbia High School Summer Courses & Registration Deadline is Late June

The registration deadline for CHS summer programs is in late June. For details on all CHS summer courses/programs visit:

CHS Summer Courses:

CHS Credit Recovery Program

Point of Contact: Assistant Principal, Terry Woolard


Note: Please note that there is a fee for the credit recovery program and the math advancement summer classes at Columbia. You should contact Assistant Principal, Mr. Woolard ( and STEM Supervisor, Mr. Misbahuddin ( if you need as

CHS Math Advancement

Courses offered: Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2

Point of Contact: Department Supervisor, Jameel Misbahuddin


CHS Pre-Calculus Honors & AP Calculus Prep Class

Point of Contact: Department Supervisor, Jameel Misbahuddin


CHS 10th Grade Physics & AP Chemistry Prep Class

Point of Contact: Department Supervisor, Jameel Misbahuddin


CHS AP English Prep Class

Point of Contact: Department Supervisor, Jane Bean-Folkes


CHS AP US History 1, AP World History and Honors World History Prep Class

Point of Contact: Department Supervisor, Chris Preston


CHS English, Algebra I, Algebra II, & Geometry Summer Assignment Support

Point of Contact: Department Supervisor, Jane Bean-Folkes, Jameel Misbahuddin or Assistant Principal Terry Woolard


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Covid-19 Testing, Reminders & Updates

SOMSD Community,

Please note The District's MediMobile Covid-19 testing will be canceled for the next two Saturdays May 21 & 28. Testing will resume on Wed., May 25 and June 1. For additional Essex County testing locations visit:

In addition, as you are aware, as of March 14, 2022 - we are in a K-12 mask-optional environment and the District is no longer directing quarantine of school close contacts of the positive individual. Parents may make testing and masking decisions for themselves and their children - in school and out in the community - understanding that they and their children could be exposed to COVID at any time. Teachers may make testing and masking decisions for themselves - in school and out in the community - understanding that they could be exposed to COVID at any time.

Below we've included a helpful chart from the NJDOH that provides directions on what you should do if you test positive for Coviid-19 (you can click on the image to access the file directly).

As a reminder, we encourage our SOMSD community to take advantage of testing opportunities available at local Megasite locations. bFor more information on Essex County site visit:

Covid-19 SOMSD Dashboard

It is the responsibility of the staff member who tests COVID-19 positive, or the parent of the student who tests COVID-19 positive to notify the principal who notifies the superintendent.

CDC Foundation to Provide 8 Free Rapid COVID Tests to Households

All residential households in the United States are now eligible for an additional order of free at-home COVID-19 test kits through the United State Postal Service (USPS). Please note the following:

  • Each order now includes eight (8) rapid antigen COVID-19 tests
  • Your order of eight (8) tests will come in two (2) separate packages, with four (4) tests per package. Each package will have its own tracking number.
  • Packages will ship free through USPS.

Place your order for free at-home COVID-19 tests here:

School News & Updates

All updates and resources regarding the District's return to in-person instruction.

SOMSD Upcoming Events

  • May 27& May 30: Memorial Day Weekend, District Closed
Check out Commmunity Digital Backpack for Local Events

Welcome to the SOMSD's digital backpack—where we post information about educational and enrichment opportunities in and around our community. This publication is being provided only to inform you of other community activities and opportunities.

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