Welcome to Joseph E. Soehl Middle School (SMS) – a true learning community!  I look forward to working with the school community to maintain a high bar while never losing sight of the individual learning styles of students.  The Vice Principal/Program Director of 21st Century Community Learning Center, Ms. Isabella Scocozza and I are pleased to welcome Ms. Gwendolyn Long as our new Vice Principal of SMS.  She will be a great addition to our amazing staff.

SMS is a caring community that upholds high academic standards.  The outstanding faculty, students, and parents work together to form a wonderful, collaborative environment.  Because the middle school years are so developmentally vital, it is our goal to provide various opportunities to students that will help them grow academically and personally.

Collaboration is valued at SMS.  The teachers at each grade level work together to create interdisciplinary, educational opportunities while addressing the core curriculum standards.  Continuing our Technology One-To-One initiative, all of our students and teachers utilize Macbook Air laptop computers daily basis to enhance learning in and out of the classroom.

Curricular, co-curricular, and extra curricular programs make it possible for students to showcase their talents while developing new skills and interests. SMS offers many different clubs and a full athletic program.  Students are encouraged to get involved in the many activities offered.

The guidance department at SMS is made up of dedicated counselors and social workers, all of whom are available to assist students and their families.  The counselors and social workers work with the students from sixth grade through eighth grade so they can help guide our students through all the challenges inherent to middle school.  The relationships that the counselors and social workers build with the student body allow them to support students in their academic and social growth.  Our counseling department is often the first place students and parents turn when they need answers to questions or assistance with academic or social issues.

SMS is an educational community committed to promoting the development of each student and honoring our commitment to the citizens of Linden.  We have an outstanding staff of dedicated professionals who are eager to see the students succeed.  We look forward to working with you to provide the best educational program.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are in need of assistance.

Have a wonderful school year!

Sincerely,
Richard S. Molinaro
Principal