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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 […]

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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 […]

TST BOCES Teacher Appointed Regional Coordinator of NCBNY

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TST BOCES special education teacher Laura Havill has been appointed the Regional Coordinator of the Southern Tier Region for the National Board Council of New York (NBCNY). NBCNY is a network with seven regions; each region has two national board certified teachers who act as bridge builders, collaborating with stakeholders to support the mission of […]

Work-based Learning Program Extends Opportunities to Exceptional Education Students

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Two TST BOCES staff members are taking aim at providing exceptional education students with access to work-based learning programs that will prepare them for real work experiences. Since early 2016, Work-based Learning Coordinator Michelle Pronti, along with Debbie Demers, assistant work-based learning coordinator, have been working hard to establish a network to provide exceptional education […]

TST BOCES Students Eat Breakfast and Lunch for Free

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All students enrolled at TST BOCES are now eligible to receive a healthy school breakfast and lunch at no charge, thanks to a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program offered through the New York State Education Department. Head Cook Pamela Kelly was instrumental in implementing this opportunity at TST BOCES schools, taking it upon herself to […]