SAMS St. Patrick's Day Dance

The Class of '25 is hosting a St. Patrick's Day Dance for Middle High Schoolers on March 17th from 6-8pm. Students were given permission slips in homeroom. To register, they are to hand in the permission slips and money to Ms. Vancil or Ms. Grasso by March 10th. Thank you for your support!


Next week is "Read Across America"! To celebrate, South Amboy Elementary School students are invited to dress up in themes next week (Don't worry, simple ones!). Students can also earn $40 to purchase books through Scholastic by participating in the #BookBingo! Take a look at the flyers, and let us know if you have any Qs!

Mother-Son Dance tix on sale!

Tickets are on sale for South Amboy Elementary School's Mother-Son Neon Dance Party to be held Friday, March 10, 2023, 6-9pm at the MHS. Get more details and register here:

Join our team! Meet & Greet 2/23/23

The South Amboy Parent Teacher Organization (SAPTO) is seeking nominees for our executive board positions for the 2023-2024 school year! 🤩

The seven-member SAPTO board is comprised of parents or family members of current South Amboy Public Schools students. See the flyer below for details, and nominate yourself or a friend today!

Want more info (or assurance 😀)? Head to Las Delicias Tex Mex And Grill on Thurs, Feb. 23 to hang out for a bit, ask questions, and enjoy free flautas, mini-burritos, and chips and dips! 🌮

Please email to register for the Meet & Greet, and if you have any questions at all!

M.H.S. Spirit Wear Design Contest - Deadline Extended!

ATTENTION MHS STUDENTS! 📣  We want you to design South Amboy Public Schools' next spirit wear apparel! Beyond bragging rights, the winner will earn $25 and a free t-shirt.

Get more info about the contest rules and enter at


 Be sure to take a few minutes to check out all that's happening in our district in the latest issue of South Amboy Public Schools' newsletter!

MHS Spirit Wear Design Contest!

The PTO needs help from our students to design the next round of Spirit Wear apparel for South Amboy Public Schools! To learn more about the contest and to enter, please head to

Get your tickets for the SAES Father-Daughter Dance


Tickets are on sale for South Amboy Elementary School's Alice in Wonderland Father-Daughter Dance to be held Friday, February 10, 2023, 6-9pm at the MHS! 💜

Get more details and register here:

Now Hiring

South Amboy Public Schools has the following opening for the 2022-2023 school year:USINESS ADMINISTRATOR/BOARD SECRETARY. Accepting applications through 1/20 at

General Meeting Tuesday, Jan. 10

We'll be sharing info on upcoming events -- and ways you can get involved! We'll also be voting to adopt revisions to our organization's bylaws. Check out the changes here.

What's Happening?

Ahead of New Year's take a look back at South Amboy Public Schools' December newsletter for all that's happening in our district:

Kids' Night Out!

We had so much fun with South Amboy Elementary School students at our Babysitting Night on December 16! The event included craft and game stations, along with impromptu sessions of Red Light Green Light and Duck, Duck, Goose... multiple movie changes... and dancing to Kidz Bop Holiday Hits. 🤣

At the end of the night, we had way too much pizza left over, but the treats all went. (Sorry, Parents! hehehe) Special thanks to our student volunteers and our wonderful Facilities crew!

Head to our Facebook Album for pics!

Last Chance to Register!

Fundraiser Orders in Next Week!

Fall Fundraiser items will be available for pick up NEXT WEEK! Please send someone to collect your child's orders from the SAES cafeteria between 6-7 pm on either Wednesday, 11/30 or Thursday, 12/1. See you then!

(Email if these times are impossible for you for whatever reason.)

Thank you! Homecoming '22

THANK YOU to everybody who donated supplies for Homecoming to help give our students a night to remember! 🌠

Thanks also to our MHS Teacher Representative Diane Smocovich, and to the Homecoming advisors, Jessica Grasso-Finochio, Nicole Collins, Betsy Doherty, and Mrs. Tara Vona, for thanking us! 😁

Donations Sought: Homecoming 2022

The Homecoming advisors have created an Amazon Wish list to order items for the event on November 18. Click the link to place an order asap to help give the students a night to remember.



  • Our Fall Fest was a great success! Check out the video of this very special event.
  • If you missed it, or didn't get a chance to get the info or buy what you wanted, check out this list of vendors and organizations who joined us. Support local this holiday season!


The SAPTO is thrilled to bring back this popular community event! For the first time in three years, our gym will be filled with vendors, organizations, and school groups—and free karaoke, a big hit in 2019!

Our cafeteria will house free pumpkin-painting for our elementary school students as well as a bake sale & more. And the Class of 2023 will be hosting the Seniors’ beloved Haunted Hallway, a local favorite! Enter if you dare.

Volunteers Needed for SAES Picture Day 9/30/22

South Amboy Elementary School is looking for volunteers for Picture Day in the gym this Friday, 9/30/22, to help the day run as smoothly as possible.

Please see the teacher schedule and head to to sign up!

Please arrive ten minutes prior to your scheduled time slot at the main John St. doors with your Photo ID. Thanks in advance.

PTO Meeting Minutes (Sept. 14, 2022)

Did you miss the last PTO meeting? We've outlined everything that was discussed here.

Mark your calendars for our next General Meeting on 11/15, at 6:30pm in the MHS cafeteria. We'll also stream again on Zoom. :)

In the meantime, we're looking forward to seeing many of you at Back-to-School Night at the E.S.! We'll be handing out info and freebies — and we'll be selling spirit wear and Pure Vida bracelets. Be sure to stop by our table in the cafeteria!

Last thing (for now): Please sign up for PTO Membership if you haven't done so yet. The form also allows you to volunteer to be a class parent for your child's elementary school homeroom. We're still missing a ton and could use your help!

Are you Class Parent material?

If you came here to read this, we think you are!

Class parents act as a liaison between the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) and your child's elementary homeroom teacher, as well as the other parents in the class.

Being a class parent is more than an opportunity to have fun at your child's class parties (although that's definitely a perk), it's your chance to get to know the other students in the class and their families, and to demonstrate to your child the importance you place on their education.

We know that if you're considering doing it for the first time, it might feel overwhelming. You're probably wondering, "What do I have to do, exactly?" Here are some basics...

As an SAPTO Class Parent, you:

  • are our direct line of contact with the parents in your class;
  • coordinate class celebrations (Halloween, Holiday, and End of Year) with your child's teacher;
  • attend bi-monthly meetings and communiate with parents afterwards to let them know of important news/dates;
  • assist your teachers during Fun Day and/or class trips; 
  • plan the Class Donation basket for the Founder’s Day Tricky Tray in years that it is held.

That about sums it up! We're in the process of updating our Class Parent handbook, which will be reviewed at a mandatory Class Parent meeting on Tuesday, October 4, mostly like at the ES Cafeteria. You'll get to meet your grade representative, review our handbook, and get your official badge. :) 

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at

And if you're ready to dive in, please head over to to sign up!

Welcome to the 22-23 School Year

On behalf of the South Amboy PTO Executive Board, I extend warm greetings to those of you in SA Schools for the first time — and, of course, a welcome back to all those returning! Please take a few moments to read this welcome letter, which includes information on who we are and what we do, as well as how you can join our efforts.

Throughout the year, please be sure to keep your eye on our website, social media channels (Facebook, Instagram), and email communications for the latest PTO updates. We also invite you to reach out at any time with questions or feedback. Don't be shy about sending an email to

Have an excellent school year, and thank you in advance for your contributions and commitment to our community!

SAPTO President

Join the PTO!

With the first day of school right around the corner—Are you ready?!—our 22-23 SAPTO Membership Drive is officially underway, and we welcome everyone in the South Amboy Public Schools community to join us! Head to to renew your membership or to join for the first time. (Share with your friends!)

Joining doesn't mean you have to volunteer for everything we do (although that would be really nice, hehe). It shows you believe in us and the work we do for the school community; dues get rolled right back in to supporting our efforts. 

Membership is $10 per family and can be paid right through the link. You can also indicate interest in being a class parent for your child's elementary school home room. We will be naming class parents in several weeks, so do fill out the form ASAP if interested.

In the meantime, remember to mark your calendars for:

~ Tuesday, Sept. 7, 6:30pm: Meet & Greet with our superintendent, Dr. Frederick G. Williams, at the South Amboy Arts Alliance gallery on No. Broadway

~ Wednesday, Sept. 14, 6:30pm: Our first general meeting of the school year at the MHS cafeteria! 

Here's hoping you all have a wonderful weekend free of last-minute prep stress. 

SAES Family Welcome Events

It was great to meet so many new people — and see some familiar faces, too! — at South Amboy Elementary School's Pre-K and Kindergarten Orientations and New Family Social!

We're looking forward to an awesome school year!

In the meantime, check out this Facebook album of pics.

Mark your calendars!

Meet & Greet with Dr. Williams!

On Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 6:30pm, South Amboy Public Schools' superintendent, Dr. Frederick D. Williams, is hosting a Meet and Greet at South Amboy Arts Alliance Gallery at 141 North Broadway. 

Stop by to say hello!

Have a wonderful summer

We've been so busy we haven't posted pics from our spring events. Head to our Facebook page for photo albums and more!

See you in September! 

Upcoming PTO "FUN"draisers

Looking for something fun to do with the kids during Spring Recess? Join South Amboy PTO's event at Chuck E. Cheese in Edison on Tuesday, April 19 (from 3-9pm) and a portion of $ales will support our schools!

ALSO: We've planned a group outing at the Somerset Patriots on Saturday, June 25. Order your tix now for a night of family fun and fireworks! Register here:



Thank you, Mr. Diaz

Congratulations to our 22-23 Officers!

As per our election at the General Meeting on 3/8/22, we are thrilled to announce our SAPTO Officers for the 22-23 school year. 

Welcome to Elyse Leavy, Jennifer Rowley, and Casey Straniero, who will all now serve as VPs for the 22-23 school year, along with our seasoned veteran, Karin Roessle.

Marie Holovacko will now act as the PTO's Corresponding Secretary. And Nicole Simonson has taken over our Recording Secretary position.

Judy Grover Pitsios and Theodora Cross remain as our President and Treasurer, respectively.

[For more info on our nominating/voting processs and Board Member terms, please check out our bylaws.] Swearing in of our 22-23 Officers will take place at the PTO's General Meeting on May 17. 2022.

WE NEED COMMITTEE CHAIRS AND MEMBERS! Please email stating interest, and we'll get you to work immediately! :)\

PERMANENT COMMITTEES as per our bylaws: Membership. Nominating, Hospitality, Sunshie, Publicity.

SPECIAL COMMITTEE for 22-23: Bylaws

Celebrate our student artists! March 10, 6-8pm


2021-22 Culture and Climate Surveys

As the Elementary and Middle-High Schools begin to prepare for the 2022-23 school year, the district is once again gathering feedback on the current culture and climate of our schools from students, staff, and parents.

Please take a moment to fill out the appropriate survey on the District HIB page. (If you have children in both schools, please complete the survey for each.) Each survey takes about 3 minutes, and all responses are completely confidential.

Our schools can't make improvements without your feedback! Thanks in advance.

Dress-Up Days at the ES!

Elementary School parents! It's time to get ready for next week's dress-up days for Read Across America Week — February 28 - March 4 — which coincides with our Book Fair!

Silly Sock Monday: Wear fun or mismatched socks

Top Hat Tuesday: Wear a top hat (tuxedo optional) 🙂

Wacky Wednesday: Wear your clothes backwards, inside out, or mismatched!

Crazy Hair Thursday: Do up your 'do!

Pajama Friday: Wear your PJs (no slippers, though, please)