Next PTA meeting is Tuesday, May 22, 7 pm. Nominations accepted for next year's Executive Board & SLT.  Nicholas Salinas will speak on Financial Aid.  

PTA News


Monday, Jan. 22, 7:30pm at the Village Underground

Comedy Night returned…NYC’s finest headliners performed to benefit HSAS!

WHAT A FANTASTIC EVENING at the Village Underground!
MaryAnn Giraldo once again worked her magic to bring together a group of stellar comedians for HSAS Comedy Night – thank you to Dave Attell, Kevin Brennan, Chris DiStefano, Tom Papa, Caroline Rhea and Sherrod Small for performing for the benefit of our kids! We are so grateful to MaryAnn (2018) and our excellent MC, Amy Veltman (2021). Thanks, everyone, for coming out!


Recently, the PTA mailed home letters encouraging gifts to our biggest annual fundraiser, the Annual Appeal. We are looking for 100% family participation – all donations are greatly appreciated!

Please maximize your contribution by giving via check – you’ll save us the processing fee we must pay on credit card transactions, which can amount to several thousand dollars annually. Of course, you may always donate online through the DONATE NOW button on any of the PTA’s web pages.

Please give what you can, and check to see if your employer has a corporate matching program!

If we receive your donation before Nov. 5, we will be able to skip your name during our annual Phone-a-thon scheduled for November 8, 9 and 13, 6:00-8:30pm. Callers needed! We’ll work from a parent’s office in midtown Manhattan. Pizza will be provided for all volunteers! Let us know if you can be there.

2017-2018 Executive Board Elected

The PTA held expedited elections on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. New officers were elected for Fundraiser and Member at Large (9th Grade). Two SLT members were also elected.  Here are the PTA officers and SLT members for the 2017-2018 school year:

PTA Executive Board
Co-Presidents – Nicole Rothschild and Robert Maher
Recording Secretaries – Wendi Lee and Nancy Mervish
Treasurers – Nick Reich and Jackie Weiss
Fundraiser – Eric Weinberg
Communications Secretary – Beth Servetar
Members at Large – Joanna Brody, Caroline Sabbagha Fallon (9th), Cindy Parra, and Judith Weinsteiner

School Leadership Team
Parent Members – Robert Maher, Alix Botwin-Krell, Jill Neiberg and Nadine Rothman (9th)

Thank you to everyone who stepped up to serve!

Welcome Back!

We hope you all had a relaxing and enjoyable summer!

To our new families: Welcome to the High School of American Studies. We look forward to meeting you all, and invite you to reach out to us with any questions you may have about the school.
To all of our families: The Executive Board is super excited about the upcoming school year and has been working to ensure that the HSAS PTA continues to support the students and staff in every way possible.

We encourage all parents to get involved in the PTA and to be on the lookout for an upcoming schedule of events and activities planned for the new school year!  Click here to see our welcome letter sent home on September 7th.


Robert Maher and Nicole Rothschild
PTA Co-Presidents 2017-2018

Comedy Night on January 22, 2017 was a big success!

The Village Underground had a full house of HSAS parents to see NYC’s finest headliners perform. The final lineup was Jimmy Failla (host), Marina Franklin, Dan Naturman, Colin Quinn, and Sherrod Small.

HSAS PTA Welcomes Elected Officials!

Alumni, staff, parents & guardians were on hand last week to welcome State Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz and State Senator Jeffrey Klein to HSAS, as we celebrated both our 15th year and the receipt of their generous capital funding. The officials are pictured above with Mr. Weiss, and our PTA Co-Presidents, Alice Lee and Unjoo Noh.

Assemblyman Dinowitz’s $125,000 will purchase new computers, laptops and classroom furniture. The $145,000 from State Senator Klein will upgrade the HVAC system that regulates temperatures throughout the school and will replace the sliding walls in rooms 106-108 to divide the space into truly soundproof zones. In addition, Senator Klein discussed having named HSAS one of his BOOST schools (Building Options and Opportunities for Students), which awards us an additional $16,000 in funding for curricular enrichment.