Exceptional Education News

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


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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TST BOCES Visited by Alumni for Annual Spaghetti Dinner

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 […]

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Grant to Help TST BOCES Students Gain Confidence, Soft Skills

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 […]

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Smith School Hosts Successful First-Ever Navigating Post-Secondary Possibilities Day

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 […]

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TST BOCES Teacher Appointed Regional Coordinator of NCBNY

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 […]

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Work-based Learning Program Extends Opportunities to Exceptional Education Students

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 […]

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Exceptional Education Alumnus Inspires “Fun on the Bus” Day

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 […]

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TST BOCES Students Eat Breakfast and Lunch for Free

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 […]

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Park Foundation Approves $11k Music Access for ALL Grant for TST BOCES

The Exceptional Education department at TST BOCES recently received word that they were approved for an $11,000 Music Access for ALL sponsored by the Park Foundation. Music Teacher Belinda Adams applied for the grant, which aims to purchase adaptive equipment that would foster dynamic and engaging lessons and participation for all students, but with a […]

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TST BOCES Smith School June Regents Exam Results

Many exceptional education students from TST BOCES Smith School took and passed state Regents exams this June. Passing exams included: Living Environment (10), U.S. History (5), Algebra 1 Common Core (5), Global (4) and ELA Common Core (3). These numbers represent a total passing rate for students in the Smith School of nearly 60%! “Our […]

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Five Graduate from Turning Point High School

Through hard work, dedication and perseverance, five students recently graduated from the Turning Point program at TST BOCES. Each graduate showcased their ability to achieve the four steps to being a Circle of Courage School: belonging, mastery, independence and generosity. “”You’ve accomplished great things. You’ve attended school, passed your classes and met your goals, whether […]

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Students Receive Hands-on Job Experience

For TST BOCES Cornell Half-Day Career Skills Program students, the end of the 2015-2016 school year mentorship with Cornell University students means new beginnings. Teachers Brandy Nielsen and Nathan Laufman said the six students’ personalities blossomed throughout the Cornell semester as they were paired with college student mentors and learned job, interview and interpersonal skills. Nielsen […]

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