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“Buddy Bench” Dedicated at Smith School

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The Smith School Dignity Committee celebrated Circle of Courage Day May 11 with the dedication of a “Buddy Bench” by the playground. The buddy bench will help foster friendship among students. If a child would like to play but doesn’t have anyone to play with, they can sit on the buddy bench. Other students are […]

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Karl O’Leary Begins as Principal in Smith School

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Karl O’Leary has joined the staff at TST BOCES to serve as principal of exceptional education in Smith School. Originally from Long Island, Karl studied secondary education and English at SUNY Oneonta, where he received his bachelor’s degree. He went on to receive his doctorate from Stony Brook University, studying liberal arts and English. Before […]


2018 TST BOCES Greenhouse Plant Sale

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The TST BOCES Greenhouse Plant Sale will begin Saturday May 5, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and will continue May 7, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. until everything has been sold. The sale takes place right in the greenhouse on TST BOCES campus at 555 Warren Road. The greenhouse is maintained […]

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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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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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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TST BOCES Faculty Participate in Whole Life Challenge

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Starting January 20, 2018 participating TST BOCES staff members will compete in the Whole Life Challenge to encourage a healthier lifestyle. The Whole Life Challenge is broken down into seven categories, called “habits,” such as nutrition, exercise, sleep and well-being. Participants set goals according to their lifestyles and earn points daily for each habit they […]

Smith School Head Cook Pam Kelly

Smith School Head Cook Retiring

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After working for over 17 years as the head cook in the Smith School cafeteria at TST BOCES, Pam Kelly will be retiring on December 22, 2017. Pam had previously worked at the Cayuga Medical Center as Food Production Manager for 23 years, but sought new work when the schedule was no longer conducive for […]