Exceptional Education News

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


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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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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