About the Somerville High School Parent Teacher Organization (SHS PTO)

The Somerville High School Parent Teacher Organization is an independent volunteer-led organization dedicated to raising money to provide support to the SHS school community. 

Some of the ways we raise money include:

  • Selling memberships. Purchase your membership below!
  • Selling SHS spirit wear. Purchase your spirit wear below!
  • Balloons in June, a beloved annual tradition in which an army of volunteers inflates balloons and ties them to mailboxes and front steps of graduating seniors, along with personalized messages of congratulations.
  • Senior class T-shirts and signs.
  • Prom corsages and boutonnieres.
  • Selling concessions at the graduation ceremony.
  • Contributions from Personalized Paraphrenalia for every varsity jacket purchased.


Some of the things we spend money on include:

  • Project Graduation, a large alcohol- and drug-free celebration for graduating senior held on graduation night at Rutgers University.
  • College scholarships for graduating seniors.
  • The annual senior ice cream social.
  • Freshman orientation T-shirts.
  • Various school assemblies.
  • The staff appreciation luncheon in May and snacks for our teachers and staff to kick off the school year.

Support the Somerville High School PTO!

Purchase a 2023-24 membership

Your $10 contribution helps the PTO start the school year on solid financial footing and helps fund items mentioned above.

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Purchase spirit wear

We carry a full selection of T-shirts, sweatshirts, pants, caps, masks and lanyards and much more! Purchase online and you can have your order delivered to your child’s homeroom or you can pick up your order from a doorstep in Somerville.

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Purchase a varsity jacket

Personalized Paraphrenalia on Division St. in Somerville contributes to the SHS PTO with every varsity jacket purchased. 

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PTO Meetings

To be announced.


Contact Us

Contact any member of the SHS PTO board with questions or ideas on how we can better serve the school community.

President – Tom Ciesla – thomas.ciesla@gmail.com

Vice President – Rebecca Patrick – rebecca.patrick333@gmail.com 

Secretary – Nancy Douglas – nancykd@verizon.net 

Treasurer – Janos Szeman – jancsiszeman@gmail.com
Project Graduation Co-Chair – Danielle Bowden – dbowden2@verizon.net

Project Graduation Co-Chair – Tru McKenna – trumom21@yahoo.com