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Turning Point Class Raising Trout in the Classroom

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An exciting new project is giving middle school students in the TST BOCES Turning Point program a hands-on learning opportunity as they help raise trout over the course of the school year. The Trout in the Classroom project is a community-supported program facilitated by The Cayuga Lake Floating Classroom. Turning Point middle school teachers April […]

Announcement Regarding Bridges Program Annual Spaghetti Dinner

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Dear Families and Friends, It is with a heavy heart that after more than 30 years, the Bridges program will no longer be hosting our annual spaghetti dinner. Unfortunately, due to changing times, the attendance for the past two years was down. We certainly understand that evening activities are difficult for busy families to attend, […]

Navigating Post-Secondary Possibilities Day

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  Navigating the transition to life after high school is an exciting yet daunting task, especially for students with disabilities, so TST BOCES will be hosting a “Navigating Post-Secondary Possibilites Day” Event to make that transition a little easier. Our goal is to help our students begin the process of networking with service providers who […]

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Career Skills Students Volunteer at Cornell Botanic Gardens

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This summer, students in the Career Skills program at TST BOCES were given an opportunity to do volunteer work for Cornell Botanic Gardens. The students worked in a number of different areas of the botanic gardens, helping with potting, organizing, cleaning, labeling cuttings, weeding, mulching, cutting back plants and other work integral to the organization’s […]

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Trial iPads Provide Accessibility to Assistive Technology

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Thanks to a generous grant from the Triad Foundation, TST BOCES can now offer component districts a helpful new technology resource. The $5,000 grant provided five trial iPads, which are each equipped with three robust and well-regarded communication apps designed to help give non-verbal students a voice. The iPads can be used to help determine […]


2017 TST BOCES Greenhouse Plant Sale Kicking Off Soon

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The TST BOCES Greenhouse Plant Sale will begin Saturday May 6, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and will continue May 8, 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 […]

Mary Meeker Announces Retirement

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After a long and productive career with TST BOCES, Mary Meeker has announced that she will be retiring from her position as Principal of Exceptional Education at the end of this year. Starting as a Special Education teacher in 1982, Meeker has worked at TST BOCES for 35 years, including her diligent work as the […]

Smith School Works on STEM

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Middle school students at Smith School have begun participating in monthly STEM activities that are designed to encourage cooperation and help develop relationships. A variety of critical thinking puzzles will build in difficulty throughout the year, helping to develop problem-solving skills and to provide a sense of accomplishment when successfully completed. Students get the chance […]

The First “Learning at Lunch” Held At TST BOCES

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Students from the RAS and TASC preparation programs took advantage of a great opportunity during their lunch break. The first “Learning at Lunch” gave a group of juniors and seniors a chance to learn more about job prospects for after they graduate, while also enjoying a few slices of pizza. Heather Buck visited from the […]

TST BOCES Visited by Alumni for Annual Spaghetti Dinner

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TST BOCES was recently visited by alumni for their annual spaghetti dinner, held at the Smith School. For more than 25 years, the annual spaghetti dinner has offered an opportunity for BOCES alumni to gather together, reminisce and eat delicious food. Special Education Teacher Tina Sevola oversaw the planning of the event. Smith School students […]

Grant to Help TST BOCES Students Gain Confidence, Soft Skills

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Exceptional Education students at the Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services will climb to success, thanks to a grant from Cornell University. The $6,090 award will fund a seven month-long project that seeks to build confidence, self-esteem and other soft skills of students with developmental disabilities through their participation in the Cornell Outdoor Education climbing […]

Smith School Hosts Successful First-Ever Navigating Post-Secondary Possibilities Day

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The gymnasium at TST BOCES’ Darwin C. Smith School was buzzing with activity recently, as a large turnout of students participated in the first annual Navigating Post-Secondary Possibilities Day. The event, which was held to help high school juniors and seniors with disabilities build relationships and connections with several local agencies, generated great opportunities for […]