South Orangetown Central School District

PTA | Red & White

The South Orangetown Central School District PTAs partner with parents, teachers, administrators and support staff to enrich students’ school experience and encourage life-long learning, as well as advocate for sound education policy on a national, state, local, and district level. South Orangetown Council PTA is the link between the national, state and regional PTA and our PTA units; the link between the district’s Board of Education, central office administration, and our units for K-12 district-wide matters; and, the coordinating body for our three PTA units:

Please note that these are not official district sites and are not managed or monitored by South Orangetown Central School District.

The TZ Red & White Booster Club is a sports booster club dedicated to raising funds to support all athletes for all sports teams at Tappan Zee High School and South Orangetown Middle School. In addition, the club works in conjunction with the Athletic Office to foster school spirit.

Wednesday Update: January 9, 2019

The Wednesday Update is e-blasted weekly to communicate information from the South Orangetown PTAs and TZ Red & White. Wednesday Update content is also posted here, on the PTA page of the district website. Nonprofit organizations may submit text-only blurbs regarding family-oriented, education-related content for posting on the e-Backpack page of the district website. Click here for submission guidelines.

Reflections Winners Announced
Of the 42 PTAs from the New York Central Hudson Valley Region that participated in this year’s Reflections contest, SOCSD won in every category in which our students submitted work! And the winners are:

Visual Arts: Vanessa Ferreira, South Orangetown Middle School (Gr. 6-8) & Hannah Ahn, Tappan Zee High School (Gr. 9-12)
Photography: Laura McCabe, Tappan Zee High School (Gr. 9-12)
Literature: Lois Kim, Tappan Zee High School (Gr. 9-12)
Music Composition: Jeddy Ryan, South Orangetown Middle School (Gr. 6-8)
Dance: Fionn Ryan, William O. Schaefer Elementary School (Gr. K-2) & Sarahkate Ryan, South Orangetown Middle School (Gr. 6-8)
Special Artist Visual Arts: Cadia Lundemo, Tappan Zee High School (Gr. 9-12)

A big congratulations to all the students above, whose works are now moving forward to compete at the state level!


WOS Bus Driver Appreciation Day: On Friday, January 11, we will honor our dedicated drivers with a appreciation breakfast at WOS. Donations will be needed to help make this morning a success! If you are interested in dropping off a item, please sign up using the following spreadsheet or contact Alyssa Moloney at [email protected]. Sign up:

Recycling 101! Throughout the month of January, WOS parents, grandparents and/or guardians are invited to help reinforce recycling with our K-2 students during their lunch periods. If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up using the following google doc:

PARP: This month we will be kicking off a new reading program, Pick a Reading Partner (PARP). Families in WOS and CLE will be receiving a book to read together as a community over the course of several weeks. Be on the lookout in your child’s backpack for information and timeline. Starts January 26.

SOCES PTA Meeting on Wednesday, January 16: Will immediately follow Mindfulness Night at WOS at 7pm in the cafeteria.


The 7th Grade Winter Party is January 18! Cost is $15/student for pizza, water, DJ, photo booth and ice cream. More information and permission slips will be coming home shortly.

Please join the SOMS PTA to help support assemblies, events and activities for our middle school students. Keep those forms coming in! Forms are available at


Stay connected with your PTSA by logging on to and donating $15 for the school year.  Funds are used wisely to support programs that benefit our children and you will always know what’s on the works!


Basketball season is underway! If you are willing to give an hour or two of your time to help run the concession stand at the basketball games, please email [email protected]. Thanks!

Join us! Membership in the Red & White Booster Club is open to all Tappan Zee families, alumni, faculty, staff, coaches, community members and friends. Please email [email protected] or contact the TZ Athletics Office.