Somerville High School

Parent Teacher Organization Somerville, NJ


Our fundraising and volunteer efforts enhance the educational experience for the students and teachers at Somerville High School.


Membership, Donations, Fundraisers and our Spiritwear Store

Volunteer for Project Graduation! Time slots available here


PTO Meetings

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 7:30PM

SHS Media Center

Wednesday, February 28th, 2024 7:30 PM

SHS Media Center

Wednesday, May 8th, 2024 7:30 PM

SHS Media Center


Volunteer here for the following:

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Lunch- May

Prom Flowers – May

Graduation Concessions – June

Freshman Orientation – August


Currently there is no one shadowing our Project Graduation Chairpersons and they will not be leading this event next year.  In the past, two parents of juniors chair the event, with two parents of sophomores shadowing, and the former chairpersons (parents of seniors)  available for advice and to substitute if needed.  This event can be broken down into delegated sections.  If you are interested or just curious about taking on this project, please reach out to us at




The Somerville High School Parent Teacher Organization (SHSPTO) is an independent volunteer-led organization.  We help coordinate and fund events and activities for SHS.


  • Memberships
  • SHS spirit wear is available year round.  
  • Balloons in June: Volunteers tie inflated balloons to mailboxes and front steps of graduating seniors, along with personalized messages of congratulations.
  • Senior class T-shirts and signs delivered
  • Prom corsages and boutonnieres
  • Concessions at the graduation ceremony
  • Contributions from Personalized Paraphernalia for every varsity jacket purchased.

Our fundraisers and direct donations are used to sponsor the following:

  • Project Graduation: a nationally recognized program to encourage an alcohol & drug-free celebration for graduating seniors.  We host this ALL-NIGHT event on graduation night at Rutgers University.
  • College scholarships for graduating seniors
  • Senior Ice Cream Social
  • Freshman orientation T-shirts
  • Various school assemblies
  • Staff Appreciation Luncheon in May and snacks for our teachers and staff to kick off the school year.


We are always looking for feedback on the best way to serve our students and faculty.  Members have the opportunity to vote on the yearly budget.

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
Vice President – Rebecca Patrick 
Secretary – Nancy Douglas 
Treasurer – Janos Szeman
Project Graduation Co-Chair – Danielle Bowden
Project Graduation Co-Chair -Tru McKenna 



Community Sponsors and Support






Purchase a Varsity Jacket from Personalized Paraphernalia

Varsity Jackets can be purchased through Personalized Paraphernalia at 22 Division St. Somerville, NJ.


Personalized Paraphernalia contributes $10 to the SHS PTO for every varsity jacket purchased.