Smith School Students Help on Stewart Park Construction Project

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A group of Smith School students volunteered at Stewart Park September 14 to participate in the construction of a new playground. The project is being led by the Friends of Stewart Park, a public nonprofit organization formed in 2011, and aims to enhance the park as a welcoming space for families and children of all […]

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National Board Certification Info Workshop

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Created by teachers, for teachers, National Board Certification is the profession’s mark of accomplished teaching. As a National Board Certified Teacher, you will join the ranks of the nation’s most accomplished teachers who help students develop the necessary skills to thrive in school, in the workplace and in the 21st century global economy! Let us […]

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High School Equivalency Fourth Pathway Includes Regents Exams

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Earlier this year the New York State Board of Regents approved a new path for those seeking a High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma by allowing Regents examinations to count as HSE subject area credits. Effective April 25, 2018 the Regents – HSE examination pathway will help students working to receive an HSE diploma by allowing […]

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Dr. Larry Brendtro Speaks to TST BOCES Staff

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Influential educator and author Larry Brendtro, Ph.D. was the keynote speaker at the TST BOCES superintendent’s conference day kicking off the 2018-2019 school year. Dr. Brendtro was instrumental in the development and circulation of the Circle of Courage model, which is used as a guiding principle at TST BOCES in Smith School. The Circle of […]

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“Taste of the Nations” Returns to Smith School

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Students and staff in Smith School summer school participated in a “Taste of the Nations” event, making and sampling a variety of international food. Each class chose a country and then picked a traditional food item from that culture to prepare and share with other classes. Twelve classes contributed to the event, representing Mexico, Nepal, […]

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Local High School Graduates Work as Teacher Aides

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High school graduates from a number of regional districts are working at the TST BOCES exceptional education regional summer school as teacher aides while attending college. The regional extended school year (ESY) program is available to eligible students from all TST BOCES component districts in need of educational services for the summer. The program provides […]

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TST P-TECH Academy Bridge Week

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The TST P-TECH Academy kicked off August 6 with an introductory bridge week, welcoming its first cohort of students. Students enter the TST P-TECH Academy in ninth grade and begin working simultaneously toward earning a Regents high school diploma and an associate’s degree from Tompkins Cortland Community College. The rigorous and cutting-edge curriculum places an […]

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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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World of Work Students Complete Project for Esty Street Garden

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Students in the TST BOCES Career and Technical Education program World of Work recently built two wheelchair-accessible planters for the Esty Street Garden. Holly Payne, coordinator of community programs at GreenStar, reached out to the World of Work program’s Outdoor Recreation Services class instructor Mike Iannello to see if his class would be interested in […]

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Heavy Equipment Rodeo

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The TST BOCES Career and Technical Education (CTE) Heavy Equipment program traveled to Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Friday, May 4 to participate in the tenth annual Heavy Equipment Rodeo. The event is made up of a variety of challenges designed to test the students’ ability with the machinery that they practice operating in class. TST BOCES students […]

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TST BOCES 25th Annual Car Show

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Career and Tech students and staff are hosting the 25th annual TST BOCES Car Show this weekend! Sunday, May 20 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Career and Tech Campus, 555 Warren Road, Ithaca, NY 14850 Admission: $2 donation per person OR $5 donation per car load Judging will begin at 12 p.m. with trophies […]

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Adult Education Welding Student Opens Shop

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Ithaca-area resident Monica Burke recently opened a metalworking business after taking welding training offered by the adult education program at TST BOCES. Initially interested in learning welding for an art project, Burke discovered a passion for the craft and was eager to open her own shop after participating in the classes. “I researched different welding […]

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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 […]