Upcoming Events and
School Highlights 2014-2015
Upcoming Events and School Highlights has been created to
keep you posted of district happenings during the 2012/2013
school year. This page is updated frequently so please do
check back often. To view many of the student achievements
at SOCSD, go to Student and Staff Achievements.
Orangetown Substance Abuse Committee has established an
anonymous underage drinking hotline and text line
845.826.4026 to report underage drinking parties, kids in
SOCSD Upcoming Events
SOCSD PTA/PTSA ANNOUNCES 2014-2015 REFLECTIONS
“The World Would Be a Better Place If…”
Reflect on the theme. Create an original art-work or
two or three – in as many categories as you want!
Work submission deadline: November 14, 2014
Sign up using
printable form or Register by email:
Categories & Rules:
DRIVE in honor of Thomas Fitzgibbons
WHAT GOOD IS A BLOOD DONOR? ASK THOMAS!
Thomas is a student at
South Orangetown Middle School. This year, Thomas is
celebrating 10 years CANCER-FREE! Diagnosed with ALL
(Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) two months before his 3rd
birthday, Thomas underwent over 2 years of life‐saving
treatment, including many red cell and platelet
Please donate with TZHSs award-winning blood drive team to
help kids like Thomas!
Thursday, November 6, 2014
8:30 am – 8:30 pm
In the High School Gym
All Students, Faculty, and
Community Members age 16 and above are welcome.
Sign-up on-line at
www.nybloodcenter.org or call/or email Judy Flagg, RN,
TZHS School Nurse at (845) 680-1647 or
Walk-ins always welcome!
All student donors require parental permission.
Students can sign-up during the lunch periods and get the
Student Brochure which contains the required permission
You must weigh at least 110 pounds. Additional height and
weight requirements apply to donors under age 19.
If you have medical eligibility questions, please call
Please eat and be well hydrated before donating.
School Highlights 2014-2015
Crowd Pleaser for the SOCSD Acoustic Underground
SOCSD’s increasingly popular
Acoustic Underground did not disappoint on Friday evening,
October 10, as thirty-seven TZHS student musicians and
singers performed twenty-four acts for their peers, parents,
and teachers in the TZ Band room. This mélange of musical
performances was a true crowd pleaser with its variety of
groups, duets, and solo artists on guitar, piano, bass,
violin, cello, drums, and ukulele. And, as tradition has it,
Dr. Mitchell took his place on harmonica. The semi-annual
Acoustic Underground, sponsored by the Spanish Honor
Society, is enjoying a growing popularity with the community
who enjoys hearing and singing along with the musical talent
of TZHS students and faculty members. The audience was
entertained by witty emcees and members of the Spanish Honor
Society, Lily Alig and Lily Samett.
Athletes in Service to the Community
It’s not all about the game
for TZ athletes. At the 2nd Annual Rockland-Westchester Boys
Soccer Challenge for Breast Cancer, twelve teams took part
in six games over the Columbus Day weekend raising over
$3,500 for the cause. In the six games pitting Rockland vs.
Westchester teams, Rockland was 4-1-1 including a convincing
4-0 TZ win over Harrison. Special recognition should go out
to TZ Boys Varsity Soccer Coach Jon Jacobs who organized and
oversaw the entire event.
On the Sunday of the Columbus Day weekend, the TZ Modified
Volleyball team who took part as a team in the Mickey Reeve
Duathalon for Huntington’s Disease.
On that same
day, the Boys and Girls Varsity Cross Country team who took
part in the Nyack Hospital Blow Away Breast Cancer 5K.
“Community service, citizenship, respect, and team spirit
are as important to our athletes, teams and coaches as any
game they compete in,” said SOCSD Athletic director Liam
Frawley. “We are extremely proud of our Athletes in school,
on the field, and in the community”, he concluded.
Up, Up, and Awayyyyyyyy......SOCSD Unveils STARLAB
One small step for
man....one GIANT step for South Orangetown Central School
District as their brand new Starlab Planetarium was unveiled
at last week's Board of Education meeting. With the help of
a legislative grant from Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffe, and a
donation from the South Orangetown Education Foundation, the
Milky Way and the entire Solar System became reachable for
the first time to every student in the district.
is capable of holding 2 classrooms of students and is easily
portable from school to school. Right now Starlab is
scheduled to travel to each SOCSD building at least twice
during this school year. Every student will have the
opportunity for learning experiences that are aligned with
the science curriculum and the Next Generation Science
Standards, which focuses an emphasis on space and Earth at
every grade level.
Assemblywoman Jaffee, representatives from the Education
Foundation were present at the meeting and, along with the
SOCSD BOE were able to get a firsthand glimpse inside the
Planetarium to hop a ride into outer space.
WOS Students Celebrate National Library Card Sign-Up Month
month of September is National Library Card Sign-up Month
when the American Library Association and libraries across
the country remind parents that a library card is the most
important school supply of all for students. The event was
launched in 1987 by then Secretary of Education William J.
Bennett who said: "Let's have a national campaign...every
child should obtain a library card - and use it."
Since that challenge was offered, thousands of public and
school libraries now join each fall in a national effort to
ensure every child joins their local library.
This month, Library Media Specialist Patricia Eyer met that
challenge with students at WOS when she invited librarians
from each of the five local libraries, on a rotating
schedule, to come in and speak with all the children about
the value of getting a library card, and also reading books
to each of the groups. Palisades’ Librarian Lillian Gunther
came to read The Day The Crayons Quit to Mrs.
Berube’s 1st grade class. Librarians from Tappan, Blauvelt,
Orangeburg, and Piermont Libraries came at different times
throughout the week to share books and information with
Italian Clubs & Honor Society Dance at Italian Feast
An enthusiastic audience joined the
South Orangetown Middle School Italian Club Members and the
Tappan Zee High School Italian Club and Honor Society Members as
they danced the Neapolitan Tarantella on Sunday, September 14th,
at the Rockland Lodge Italian Feast which was held over the
weekend at the Masonic grounds in Tappan, N.Y.. This is the 5th
year that the combined groups have kicked off the entertainment
on the last day of the ever more popular 4 day Feast. Following
a demonstration of the Tarantella by the students, Italian
Teachers Roberta Avantifiori, Tricia Castelli, Christina Nilson,
and Maria Stillo, community members were invited to participate
alongside the students in the second round of the dance. A large
number then joined the group and both students and community
members thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Click here for additional pictures of the festivities
liberty and justice for all
On a particularly somber morning, SOCSD students in all
buildings observed the 13th anniversary of the tragedy of
September 11th, 2001. Moments of silence were observed,
books were read, music was shared, discussions took place
and the overall emotion throughout the day was that even
though so many lives were senselessly lost, the heroism,
strength and compassion of that day as well as the days that
followed confirmed what we already knew about this great
No one expected the heat and
humidity that accompanied the kids on the first day of
school. But in true SOCSD spirit, TOGETHER WE DID! Buses
came and went, cars dropped off kids, there was some
trepidation among a few little ones, but for most, smiles
and hugs took over the morning commute. Principals,
teachers, and staff were in the front of the schools to
greet the kids and the 2014-15 school year was off to a
TZ Braves the
Chill for ALS
See how the TZ
Dutchmen get the job done!
Space mission recalls pioneering
Apollo 11 lunar landing
- Our Town by Suzanne Daycock