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! June 20th & 21st Time slots available here

 Volunteer for Balloons in June! Inflation Day is June 17th and we deliver on June 18th. Time slots available here.

Dear SHSPTO Membership,

We appreciate your ongoing support! Our last meeting for the 2023-2024 school year will take place on Wednesday, May 8th, 2024, at 7:30 PM in the SHS Media Center. All current members are welcome to participate in the upcoming board elections. However, we currently have no nominations or volunteers for the two Project Graduation Co-Chair positions. Please contact us if you would like to make a nomination. If we receive any nominations before the meeting, you will be notified via email.

Please be aware that without a group of parents stepping in to take over Project Graduation for the Class of 2025 and beyond, the event cannot continue in its current form. Planning for next year commences shortly after the current school year ends. If we do not introduce Project Graduation co-chairs at our May meeting, we will explore alternative celebration ideas and adjust the budget. Your input is highly valued.

Meanwhile, we are actively organizing various end-of-year activities and fundraisers. If you have some free time and are interested in contributing, your assistance would be greatly valued for the following:

  • Teacher & Staff Appreciation Lunch on May 7th
  • Prom Flowers on May 17th
  • Graduation Concessions on June 20th
  • Freshman Orientation in August (TBD)
  • Project Graduation 2024 June 20th-21st

We welcome donations for these and other school related projects. Your generosity can significantly enhance the high school experience for SHS students and teachers. For more details, please visit our official website.

Thank you for your continued support.

The SHS PTO Board

PTO Meetings

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 7:30PM

SHS Media Center

Wednesday, February 28th, 2024 7:30 PM

SHS Media Center


Project Graduation Co-Chair ~ Currently there are no nominations

Project Graduation Co-Chair ~ Currently there are no nominations

Wednesday, May 8th, 2024 7:30 PM

SHS Media Center

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


Volunteer here for the following:

Teacher & Staff Appreciation Lunch- May

Prom Flowers – May

Graduation Concessions – June

Freshman Orientation – August





The Somerville High School Parent Teacher Organization (SHSPTO) is an independent volunteer-led organization. Tax ID: 46-1781161

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.