Principal Keith Williams

New P-TECH Principal

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The TST P-TECH Academy is excited to welcome Keith Williams as the program’s new principal. An experienced educator, Mr. Williams has a tradition of embracing technology in the classroom. Over his 25 years teaching social studies at Newark Valley Central School District, Mr. Williams often piloted new technology and approaches for the district. Throughout his […]

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Turning Point students delve into design with 3D printing

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Turning Point elementary and middle school students are learning how to design objects and use 3D printers to make them. In the Smith School library, students use a program called BlocksCAD to render three-dimensional objects. The program is named for a coding interface that represents instructions as blocks. Students design 3D models by coding the […]

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Digital Media Students Complete Projects for Clients

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Students in the Career and Technical Education Digital Media program have been getting hands-on experience by taking on a number of projects for real-world clients. The projects involve a variety of disciplines taught in the program, including graphic design, web design, video production or 3D modeling. The clients include local businesses or organizations as well […]

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TST BOCES Library of Things

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The new “Library of Things” provides access to cutting-edge technology for TST BOCES component districts. Featuring a wide variety of instructional technology, kits and equipment, the Library of Things can facilitate exciting educational opportunities for students of all grade levels throughout the region. This shared service provides access to all component districts interested in trying […]

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RAS Students Visit Cornell Hip Hop Collection

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Regional Alternative School (RAS) seniors recently took a trip to the Hip Hop Collection at Cornell University. The Hip Hop Collection is an archive that documents the early development of hip hop culture and is housed in the Cornell Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection at the Carl A. Kroch Library. Students were greeted by Ben […]

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Sports Conditioning and Exercise Science Program Evolves

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The Career and Technical Education (CTE) program Sports Conditioning and Exercise Science, now in its second year, continues to develop its curriculum to provide a unique educational opportunity for students in the region. Instructor Christine Becraft is expanding the course to represent the full breadth of the field and expose students to possible careers in […]

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RAS Visits Serviente Glass

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Students from RAS art classes took a field trip to visit Serviente Glass Studios in Ithaca on December 13. They had the chance to meet and hear from the artist Tony Serviente, who discussed his work and told the story of how he became an artist. Serviente works in stained glass, fused glass, neon and […]

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TST BOCES Hosts Visitors From Hong Kong Education Bureau

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Two representatives of the Hong Kong Education Bureau recently toured TST BOCES to learn about different ways TST BOCES provides education and career preparation for students with intellectual disabilities. Bell Ng and Theresa Wong visited TST BOCES’ campus to talk to administrators and teachers from a variety of exceptional education and career and technical education […]

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NYSAA Training for Regional Educators

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Training for the New York State Alternate Assessment (NYSAA) was held at TST BOCES in Smith School on December 13. NYSAA is part of the New York State testing program that measures the attainment of the State’s alternate learning standards in the areas of English language arts (ELA), mathematics, and science for all students with […]

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P-TECH Students Led Family Conferences

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At the end of the first marking period, TST P-TECH Academy held student-led conferences with all students’ families and P-TECH faculty. The conferences give students a chance to share with their families what they have learned, what projects they have been working on and which professional and life skills they have been developing since starting […]

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P-TECH Students Design Solutions for Classroom Storage

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P-TECH students have been working in teams to design furniture that can be built to add function to classroom space in the new program. The goal was to design a piece of furniture that can store books as well as serve at least one additional purpose. After brainstorming ideas individually, students were placed into groups […]

Hour of Code in Smith School

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Smith School students participated in the “Hour of Code,” a grassroots campaign designed to encourage wider participation in computer science. Jennifer Merkle’s Turning Point high school class hosted students from other classes who visited to partake in a variety of coding-based activities. Students were able to play with programmable Ozobots, engage with activities from the […]

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Updates to Computer Technology Curriculum

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The Career and Technical Education Computer Technology program has updated its curriculum to place a greater emphasis on cybersecurity-related careers. This new focus is driven by critical shortages in the technology workplace and the federal government. The field of cybersecurity is growing in importance and this skill set is in increasingly high demand. The new […]