Exceptional Education News

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


Career Skills Program Featured at WECA Conference

TST BOCES was represented at the New York State Chapter Work Experience Coordinator Association (WECA) Annual Conference in Saratoga on March 22-23, 2018. Brandy Nielsen, Career Skills Teacher and Work-Based Learning Coordinator, and Debbie Demers, Work-Based Learning Coordinator, were selected by WECA to deliver a presentation focused on the TST BOCES Career Skills Program at […]

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TST Tribune April 2018

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Smith School Art Contest

Students in Smith School participated in an art contest to design a new logo for the Snack Shack. The contest, led by art teacher Katrina Binkewicz, was open to all Smith School students and featured around 20 entries. The winning design was submitted by Springboard student Eleana Mettler. Her logo is now featured on the […]

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Reading Workshops Helping Develop Skill and Confidence

In Smith School, Turning Point instructors are developing reading workshops in elementary and middle school classrooms to help encourage academic growth. Students in the Turning Point program have a wide range of skill levels and may not be reading up to their grade level. The reading workshops’ curriculum is based on New York State learning […]

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Three Regional Educators Achieve National Board Certification

A celebration held at TST BOCES Wednesday, January 31 recognized three regional educators for achieving National Board Certification, a prestigious accomplishment that will greatly benefit the students they work with. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards was established in 1987 to advance the quality of teaching by defining rigorous standards for what teachers should […]

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Racker Centers’ Staff at TST BOCES Soon to Transition

After more than 40 years working with Franziska Racker Centers at TST BOCES, Mary Hutchens will be retiring from her position as Director of Counseling for School Success. Racker Centers collaborates with TST BOCES to partner teachers in Smith School with clinical social workers and psychiatrists. By working closely with teachers, they are able to […]

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TST Tribune January 2018

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TST BOCES Faculty Participate in Whole Life Challenge

Starting January 20, 2018 participating TST BOCES staff members will compete in the Whole Life Challenge to encourage a healthier lifestyle. The Whole Life Challenge is broken down into seven categories, called “habits,” such as nutrition, exercise, sleep and well-being. Participants set goals according to their lifestyles and earn points daily for each habit they […]

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Turning Point Students Sing Christmas Songs at Groton Community Health Care Center

Turning Point elementary students travelled to Groton to sing for the residents at the Groton Community Health Care Center. Led by Turning Point elementary teacher Belinda Adams, who accompanied the group on guitar, the students enthusiastically performed classic songs like Frosty the Snowman, We Wish You a Merry Christmas and Jingle Bell Rock. “It was […]

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TST Tribune December 2017

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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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