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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 crisis, etc.

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“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!

Registration due: October 1, 2014
Work submission deadline:
November 14, 2014

Sign up using the printable form or Register by email: LMesibov@verizon.net

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Sponsored by South Orangetown Community Awareness of Substance Abuse & Students Against Destructive Decisions

When: Saturday, October 18, 2014
Place: South Orangetown Middle School
Time: Registration-9AM
Race: 10:00AM
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School Highlights  2014-2015


WOS Students Celebrate National Library Card Sign-Up Month

The 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 students.



SOCSD 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.

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....with 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 nation.







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 happy start.


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