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Career Skills Program Featured at WECA Conference

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TST BOCES was represented at the New York State Chapter Work Experience Coordinator Association (WECA) Annual Conference in Saratoga on March 22-23, 2018. Brandy Nielsen, Career Skills Teacher and Work-Based Learning Coordinator, and Debbie Demers, Work-Based Learning Coordinator, were selected by WECA to deliver a presentation focused on the TST BOCES Career Skills Program at […]

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RAS Community Read

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This year’s RAS high school community read event kicked off Friday, April 6 with a visit from local writer Shawn Goodman. Students are reading the book “This Way Home” which was written by Goodman, who also works as a school psychologist at Ithaca High School, and Wes Moore. The book was selected by students through […]

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ESL Student Receives U.S. Citizenship

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Lwin Aye Ngwe, both an English as a Second Language (ESL) student and substitute cleaner for TST BOCES, received her U.S. Citizenship at the Cortland County Courthouse on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. The ceremony was presided over by Judge Phillip Rumsey of Cortland and Richard Bessette of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Amy Dickinson […]

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Students Visit QCountry 103.7 to Promote Goat Yoga

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Two TST BOCES students visited local radio station QCountry 103.7 to promote an upcoming goat yoga event, to be hosted by TST BOCES New Visions and CTE FFA chapters. Molly Arnold (CTE Animal Science) and Kelsey Murdock (New Visions, Life Sciences) brought a couple goats along to the studio with them. There will be two […]

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Smith School Art Contest

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Students in Smith School participated in an art contest to design a new logo for the Snack Shack. The contest, led by art teacher Katrina Binkewicz, was open to all Smith School students and featured around 20 entries. The winning design was submitted by Springboard student Eleana Mettler. Her logo is now featured on the […]

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Connect, Create, Innovate Conference

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Educational professionals of many disciplines from all over the region gathered at SUNY Cortland for the 2018 Connect, Create, Innovate conference in March. The conference is a professional development event for teachers and school professionals. Attendees choose from dozens of sessions that cover a wide variety of subjects. This year, sessions included Basics of Digital […]

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RAS Develops Journalism Class

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The TST BOCES Regional Alternative School (RAS) is offering a journalism class to its students for the second year. Students in the class are responsible for producing the school’s newsletter, the “RAS Reporter.” Stories and photographs are written and collected by journalism class members. Originally RAS principal Michelle Nolan’s conception, the Journalism class is part […]

Reading Workshops Helping Develop Skill and Confidence

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In Smith School, Turning Point instructors are developing reading workshops in elementary and middle school classrooms to help encourage academic growth. Students in the Turning Point program have a wide range of skill levels and may not be reading up to their grade level. The reading workshops’ curriculum is based on New York State learning […]

Goat Yoga at TST BOCES

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TST BOCES New Visions and CTE FFA chapters are hosting goat yoga! There will be two sessions with instructor LeighAnne Bennett on Thursday April 19. The cost is $20 per person and participants are responsible to bring their own yoga mats. Spots are limited so sign up today! Click the link to sign up: https://goo.gl/uRi6tT […]

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Three Regional Educators Achieve National Board Certification

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A celebration held at TST BOCES Wednesday, January 31 recognized three regional educators for achieving National Board Certification, a prestigious accomplishment that will greatly benefit the students they work with. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards was established in 1987 to advance the quality of teaching by defining rigorous standards for what teachers should […]

TST BOCES Receives Grant from Park Foundation

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TST BOCES Energy Management has recently received a $70,000 grant from the Park Foundation to support the hiring of a new HVAC Specialist. This HVAC specialist will expand the benefits of TST BOCES’ Energy Management service at no additional cost to the districts, thanks largely to support from the Park Foundation’s grant. Component districts will […]

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Racker Centers’ Staff at TST BOCES Soon to Transition

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After more than 40 years working with Franziska Racker Centers at TST BOCES, Mary Hutchens will be retiring from her position as Director of Counseling for School Success. Racker Centers collaborates with TST BOCES to partner teachers in Smith School with clinical social workers and psychiatrists. By working closely with teachers, they are able to […]

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RAS Middle School Students Get a Taste of Career and Tech Classes

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Six RAS students in eighth grade are participating in the Junior Career and Tech (JCAT) program to experience some CTE classes firsthand. Every other week, on Wednesday morning, the RAS students work with the second-year CTE students to learn some of the skills taught in those classes. This year, students visit the welding, outdoor power […]

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CSforALL Consortium and TST BOCES Work To Advance Computer Science Education

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Component districts in the TST BOCES region are continuing to develop computer science curricula with the collaboration of the CSforALL Consortium and a substantial grant from Dell. The grant, totaling $140,000, includes cutting edge equipment including a 3D printer, microcomputers, 360-degree cameras, virtual reality systems and Parrot Bebop Drones. The equipment can be used by […]