As we are a small school, parents and guardians of SMS students are encouraged to participate in the community as much as possible. Two areas in particular in which family members may hold leadership roles include the PTA and the SLT. 

The mission of the Special Music School PTA is to create a warm and welcoming community for all students and families while providing essential support for the school and its faculty. We accomplish these goals through a roster of engaging events, monthly meetings and fundraising initiatives. All parents and guardians of SMS students and all SMS teachers are automatically members of the PTA.
PTA by-laws (updated in May, 2022) can be found HERE.
The PTA publishes its 990 tax form in accordance with IRS regulations. Click HERE to view our most recent filing.

All PTA Tax Forms can be found HERE.


PTA Executive Board Officers 2023-24

President: Jen Laing (HS)

Vice President: Christa Somers (LS)

Secretaries: Chaunice Chapman and Claudia Misi

Recording Secretaries: Clara Kalhous and Robyn Geldner

Treasurers: Mariela Pelligrini, Magdalena Topalovic and George Han

VP, Communications: Mike Baltitas

Members at Large: Smitha Thomas, Chrissy Word


PTA General Membership Meeting Schedule

Visit the homepage for the most up-to-date meeting schedule

Morning meetings are in-person and begin at 8:30am at KMC

Evening meetings begin at 5:30pm on MLK or on Zoom


Every New York City public school is required to establish a School Leadership Team (SLT). The team is comprised of an equal number of parents and faculty. The primary responsibility of the SLT is to develop an annual Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP). This is a school improvement plan which targets the policies, procedures, and educational practices that create our children’s learning environment. If you have an issue to raise with the SLT, please email your designated representative.


SLT by-laws (last updated 2023) can be found HERE (COMING SOON).


SLT 2023-24

Principal: Katherine Banucci-Smith\

Teacher Representatives: Abby Rapoport (LS/UFT), John Moore (MS), Keith Simpson (HS), 

PTA President: Jen Laing/Christa Somers

Parent Representatives: Laura Paris (HS, email, Leah Hollingsworth (LS, email

Community Representative(s): Andrew Copper (Music)

Student Representatives: Kiki Rosenberg, Mack Scocca-Ho

In attendance, but non-voting members: Kristen Palmieri, Lisa Stump


SLT MEETING SCHEDULE (once a month on Wednesdays at 3pm)


October 25

November 29

December 20

January 31

February 28

March TBD

April TBD

May 27

June 26