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. 

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: March 13, 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.

New York State Reflections Winners Announced

We are pleased to announce that SOCSD had three state-level winners at the Reflections Contest and one piece is set to compete at the national level. The winners are:

9-12, Laura McCabe (TZHS)

6-8, Sarahkate Ryan (SOMS)
Special Artist Visual Arts
9-12, Cadia Lundemo (TZHS)

Congratulations to Laura, Cadia and Sarahkate –  the Award of Excellence recipient whose work is moving forward!


CLE School Store: THIS FRIDAY, March 15, during all lunch periods.

The next SOCES PTA meeting is Wednesday, March 20, at 7:00 p.m. at CLE. 

We the People Multicultural Event: SOCES PTA and the Family Engagement Center are co-sponsoring this event on Saturday, March 23, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at SOMS. 28 countries will be represented by SOCSD families. Enjoy food tasting, music, cultural performances and crafts! This event is FREE and open to all.  

Volunteers needed! Preparation for the next school year has already begun. Many of our dedicated volunteers will be moving on as their children move out of SOCES. We are looking for volunteers to take on some of these open positions. Opportunities are available to everyone, as there are many facets of SOCES PTA. Elections for executive positions will be held during our May membership meeting. If you are interested, please email us at [email protected].


SOMS PTA Yankees Fundraiser now through April 10. On May 5th, the Yankees take on the Twins! Tickets for the Main Level are $50 and include a hat, hot dog and beverage. More information can be found on our website and Facebook page.  

SOMS PTA Founders Day Award! We need your help nominating recipients for this year’s Founders Day Award, given to SOCSD staff or community members who make a difference in our District and in our students’ lives. Parents and students are encouraged to submit their nominations to [email protected], along with a few sentences explaining why your nominee deserves this honor, by May 17.

The next SOMS PTA Meeting will be on April 16 at 7 p.m. It is a joint meeting with SOCES PTA. Dr. Pritchard will present the budget and we will also be celebrating the Reflections winners!

SOMS PTA is looking for volunteers for positions that will be available next year. Please join us at the next meeting for more information.

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


The 2019 PTA Reflections Arts Contest is Thursday, March 28, at 2:15 p.m. (9th period). This year’s theme is “Heroes Around Me.” Enjoy light refreshments as you take in our student gallery and celebrate their talent with a recognition ceremony. This event is open to the public.

TZHS PTSA will be forming a Nominating Committee at our next meeting. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please contact the TZHS PTSA.

The TZHS PTSA is looking for someone to fill the position of secretary. If you are interested, please contact the TZHS PTSA.

Our next meeting will be on March 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the TZHS Library.

Seniors may begin applying for scholarships this week! In order to be considered for an award, you MUST be a member on the TZHS PTSA. The membership fee is $5 for students. Click here to join.  

Support Tappan Zee High School’s Project Graduation ’19, a supervised, substance-free, all-night party for grads on June 26! The evening’s plans are in the initial stages of planning and will include lots of music with great food and a variety of activities such as volleyball, basketball, a video game area, ping pong and table games. In addition, we have contracted with an entertainment company for the DJ/karaoke, a jousting ring, an obstacle course, a hypnotist and a photo booth. To make this celebration a memorable occasion, we need your support and financial backing. Last year’s celebration cost approximately $12,000. There are three ways that you may contribute: tax-deductible donations payable to “TZHS/PTSA Project Graduation ’19,” food or prize donations and volunteering. Information on how you can help is posted on the TZHS PTSA website.

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 in the works!


Volunteers needed! Willing to give an hour or two of your time to help run the concession stand at sports events? Please email [email protected]

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.