Exceptional Education News

Below is a list of the most recent news and events for the Exceptional Education programs located at TST BOCES.


Smith School Head Cook Retiring

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 […]

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TST BOCES Recognized at Town-Gown Award Ceremony

TST BOCES was recognized for its partnerships with Cornell University, Ithaca College and Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) at the seventh annual Town-Gown (TOGO) Awards ceremony December 2, 2017. The TOGO Awards are hosted by Cornell to highlight the important relationships between the community of Ithaca and the institutions of higher learning found in the […]

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CiTi BOCES “EAR-V” visits TST BOCES region

The TST BOCES region is currently the temporary home of the Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation (CiTi) BOCES’ Educational Audiology Mobile Unit, affectionately named the “EAR-V.” In an effort to reach more families – especially those in secluded, rural areas – the CiTi BOCES EAR-V provides easier access to hearing evaluations, central auditory process […]

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TST Tribune November 2017

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Turning Point Class Raising Trout in the Classroom

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 […]

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Announcement Regarding Bridges Program Annual Spaghetti Dinner

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, […]

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Navigating Post-Secondary Possibilities Day

  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

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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TST Tribune July 2017

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Trial iPads Provide Accessibility to Assistive Technology

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

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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TST Tribune March 2017

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Mary Meeker Announces Retirement

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 […]

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Smith School Works on STEM

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 […]

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The First “Learning at Lunch” Held At TST BOCES

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 […]

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