Welcome to South Orangetown Middle School

Chromebook Handbook for Students and Parents.

In keeping with our security procedures we want to remind anyone who wishes to enter any SOCSD building that you will be required to present a photo ID to the security guard prior to entering.  Your cooperation and understanding is appreciated as the safety of our children is our number one concern.


See calendar of events below!


All South Orangetown students in Grades 3 to 8 will be participating in:

  • NYS ELA Exam on April 1, 2 and 3, 2014
  • NYS Mathematics Exam on April 30, May 1 and 2, 2014

These exams occur during the regular school day. It is imperative that students arrive on time to school. We ask that you please make sure that your child brings the following materials:

  • #2 Pencils, Pens, Erasers, Highlighters
  • Water Bottle – plastic only
  • Calculator for use on May 1 – 2, 2014 ONLY

In addition, as per new testing regulations issued by the state, students may not bring any of the following devices into the testing room:

  • Cell phones
  • Blackberry devices and other PDAs
  • iPods and MP3 players
  • iPads, tablets and other eReaders
  • Laptops, notebooks or any other personal computing devices
  • Camera or other photographic equipment
  • Headphones, headsets or in-ear headphones such as earbuds
  • Any other device capable of recording audio, photographic or video content or capable of viewing or playing back such content.

Please make sure that your child eats a good breakfast and gets a good night’s rest.


Dear 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Parents/Guardians and Students:

In preparation for the NYS ELA and NYS Math exams we are offering review classes at the middle school. These review sessions are Open Enrollment and we encourage students to attend. The schedules are below:

Grade 6 ELA Review Sessions Grade 6 Math Review Sessions
Grade 7 ELA  Review Sessions Grade 7 Math Review Sessions
Grade 8 ELA Review Sessions Grade 8 Math Review Sessions

Last Chance to Buy a SOMS Yearbook!

Dear Parent/Guardian/Student:

The deadline to purchase a yearbook is MONDAY, APRIL 14, 2014. Extra yearbooks will NOT be available for purchase in school this June.

Click the link to buy a yearbook TODAY: http://www.socsd.org/soms/yearbooksales.htm

Please contact Mrs. Rutherford at jrutherford@socsd.org if you have any questions.

Thank you.

Orangetown Police & Kids After School Program
Registration Form

Presented by SOMS in Partnership with S.O.C.A.S.A. & The Orangetown Police Department
OPEN to all 6th Graders at SOMS

Join Mrs. Shaw, Mr. Rastelli and members of the Orangetown Police Department

Discussions and Activities on topics that touch the lives of Middle School students

TIME: 2:30 – 3:30 PM
DATE: APRIL 29, MAY 6, MAY 13, and MAY 20th **
Topics to be covered will include:

  • Cyber Bullying and Internet Safety (Facebook, Texting, Instagram & other Social Media)
  • Alcohol and Drugs Dangers and Strategies (How to deal with first time exposure and peer pressure)
  • Police & Kids (How police interact with youth and how youth interact with police)]
  • RECAP and to include Question and Answer Session with Health and Law Enforcement Professionals covering the above topics and more.

**Pizza will be provided at the last session.

NYS Education Department Designates SOMS a Reward School
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The South Orangetown Middle School has been designated a Reward School for 2013-14 by the NYS Education Department. SOMS, one of twelve schools in the County to receive the designation.

According to NYSED, "Reward Schools are either schools that have made the most progress or schools that have the highest achievement in the state and do not have significant gaps in student achievement." This is the second consecutive year SOMS has received the award.

This is a Different Way to Learn as a Middle Schooler at South Orangetown Middle School with Virtual High School
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Are you interested in learning more about: American Popular Music, Oceanography, the Teenage Brain, Learning to invest in the stock market, Advanced English Literature, Poetry Writing, Fantasy and Science Fiction Short Stories, Literacy Skills for the 21st Century, Web Design, Number Theory, Psychology, Sociology, Meteorology, Mythology and even more?

SOCSD is a member of the VHS Collaborative, a global approach to supplemental online learning. If you are the type of student who is curious, welcomes an additional challenge and can work independently, then consider this as a possible supplement to your academic studies. See your guidance counselor for additional details.


South Orangetown Middle School
160 Van Wyck Road, Blauvelt, NY 10913
Grades 6-8
School Hours: 7:35a.m. - 2:20p.m.
Lunch Hours: 10:48a.m. - 12:49p.m.
Main Office: 845-680-1100 ext. 45
Fax: 845-680-1905

SOCSD Communication System
Please be advised, to update your children(s) contact information please contact the school building directly.  This includes updates to emergency phone numbers, email addresses, etc

SOMS District Goals 2013-14

Super Skills for the 21st Century