South Orangetown Central School District

Now that the back-to-school dust has begun to settle, we’re excited to share some new opportunities for students this school year.

“The South Orangetown Central School District has so much to offer our students,” says Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Pritchard, who was recently interviewed by the Rockland County Times for a back-to-school profile. “We are constantly looking for new ways to innovate that enhance student success and our school culture.”

Here are a few things to look for:

WOS Students take Their Learning Outside: William O. Schaefer Elementary School has opened its new outdoor classroom! This past summer, the district’s Facilities Department completed construction and installed outdoor classroom furniture purchased through a $25,000 donation made by SOCES PTA in spring 2017. Classes now have a dedicated space to go outside for a story, a lesson and for fun exploration across all content areas.

CLE Students Are Global Citizens: This year, Cottage Lane Elementary School students in three third-grade classes will become virtual classmates with students at the American School in Barcelona, Spain. Over the course of 10 weeks, these students will explore cultural and curricular topics, and work collaboratively to complete and present a project during a virtual live class together via Skype. The goal is to expand this project to include more third-grade classes in the future.

Learning Takes Root at SOMS: Construction is underway on a new greenhouse at South Orangetown Middle School, with completion slated for this fall. Discussion is underway about how teachers and students can utilize this resource for expanded learning opportunities.

New Electives at TZHS: Tappan Zee High School students have access to three new electives this school year. Students in the one-semester, hands-on Alternative Fuels class are focusing on the science behind energy conversion processes in existing and future power and transportation systems. Spanish for Heritage Speakers will help native speakers advance their reading and writing skills. Linear Algebra is a challenging college-level course for students who have completed AP Calculus BC, with an emphasis on exploring the practical aspects and real world uses of linear algebra.

Districtwide Classroom Redesigns: This summer, the district outfitted 17 classrooms with new technology and furniture to better support teachers’ work to create problem-based educational experiences that build critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration skills. View the slideshow of before and after photos here.