William O. Schaefer 
140 Lester Drive, Tappan, NY  10983

Grades K, 1 & 2
School Hours: 
9:15a.m. - 3:40p.m.
Lunch Hours:  11:25a.m. - 2:00p.m.
Main Office:  845-680-1300

South Orangetown Central School District celebrates its youngest students at William O. Schaefer School on Lester Drive in Tappan. Here we welcome Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students into our district.

Schaefer School provides these young learners with a warm, nurturing environment in which to grow, learn and build a strong foundation for school and for life.

We offer a comprehensive balanced program that focuses on the understanding of concepts and the development of skills. Because the foundation for literacy learning is built on language development, we provide our students with rich language experiences and opportunities to practice. Our standards based curriculum supports students in developing into good readers, writers, mathematics and above all thinkers.

Our Science and Social Studies programs encourage children to think, explore question and develop an appreciation for the world we live in. Learning is child centered and hands on.

The arts flourish at William O. Schaefer. In music the children are given the opportunity to learn basic elements of tempo and melody through singing, movements and the use of percussion instruments. In visual arts they are exposed to various art media and basic elements of art.

Educating the body as well as the mind is the job of our physical education department. Our fully equipped PE program provides students with the opportunity to participate in different games, sports, exercises and dance. They learn about bones, muscles and good nutrition.

Our school is also supported by the services of a library media and a technology specialist who assist students and staff in integrating literacy and technology into their daily lives. Each classroom is equipped with a smart board and document cameras. In addition we have laptop and chrome book carts with wireless access to support children as they begin to develop the skills need for the 21st century. A push in enrichment program is provided for all 1st and 2nd graders.

Social Skills are developed in classroom and enhanced through programs developed by our school psychologist. ESL services are provided for identified students.

Early intervention and related services for struggling students are provided through reading specialists, speech therapists, occupational therapists and the school psychologist. Response To Intervention services are provided by our RTI team and documented by our Learning Consultant.

Finally, our school nurse, secretarial staff and custodians support the entire WOS community. If you would like to learn more about the William O. Schaefer School, please feel free to call 845-680-1303.

Some highlights of our program include:

  • Small class size

  • Full Day Kindergarten

  • Technology integrated into classroom experiences through wireless laptops, chromebooks, IPADS and Smartboards.

  • Art, music, and physical education specialists

  • Library teacher who is an excellent resource for students and teachers; and an automated library system

  • Instructional technology teacher

  • Early intervention reading support for first graders who need it

  • Collaborative teaching classes where special needs children are fully integrated into regular classes and are supported by Special Education co-teachers as well as by their regular education classroom teacher

  • Support staff including ESL teacher, school psychologist, learning consultant, speech and language pathologist, and part-time gifted resource teacher

Dignity for All Students (DASA) Coordinators:

Jeannine Carr
Thomas Colgan
Nora Polansky

Please call if you need more information or would like to visit. 


Nora Polansky




Jeannine Carr
Assistant Principal

Laura DiMaio
Ellie Pellicci

  Email 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. 
2014/2015 Meet the Teacher Presentations
First Grade
Second Grade

Kindergarten    Grade 1    Grade 2

Germsmart Notes

  Bus Designee Form 2015-2016

  Early Pick-Up Form

  Head Lice Parent Letter

  School Calendar

  WOS Leveled Text Reference
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