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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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SOCSD Upcoming Events

6th Annual TZ Coaching Summit
On Monday, November 3rd at 6:30pm in the SOMS auditorium TZ Athletics will be hosting the 6th annual TZ Coaching Summit. This years' presenter is Ithaca College sports psychologist Dr. Greg Shelley. Dr. Shelley will give an hour-long presentation for student-athletes entitled Mental Toughness: What is it and how do you develop it? After the presentation Dr. Shelley will work with the TZ Coaching staff.

Parents and athletes are encouraged to come out to the SOMS auditorium at 6:30pm for this free presentation!

BLOOD DRIVE in honor of Thomas Fitzgibbons

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 transfusions.

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 jflagg@socsd.org.

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 form.

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 1-800-688-0900.
Please eat and be well hydrated before donating.


“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 the printable form or Register by email: LMesibov@verizon.net

Categories & Rules:



School Highlights  2014-2015

TZ Athletes Continue To Pay It Forward

TZ teams were very busy over the past few weekends as they proved the most important wins are not always on the field. TZ Volleyball teamed up with Pearl River Volleyball to host the 5th Annual Orangetown Volley for the Cure game in the fight against Breast cancer. The teams raised over $1,000 for the cause........ (and TZ won the match!).

Last weekend TZ Boys Lacrosse and Middle School Volleyball took part in the Light the Night walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at Boulders Stadium.

Back at home, the Middle School Girls Soccer took time out of their practice to donate and pack up packages for the troops. Each package included a personal note from the girls.



Another 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.




TZ 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 Planetarium

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.

The Starlab 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

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