Exceptional Education News
Below is a list of the most recent news and events for the Exceptional Education programs located at TST BOCES.
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 […]
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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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 […]
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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
Brandon Almonte, a 2016 graduate of the Darwin C. Smith School, looked on with a smile as several groups of current students loaded up on buses at Fun on the Bus day at TST BOCES on Sept. 20. The event, which offered an opportunity for Smith School students to get acquainted with buses and the […]