Intro to Computational Thinking

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Cornell Tech and TST BOCES are continuing to promote computer science in schools by emphasizing a concept called computational thinking. Computational thinking is a method of problem solving that uses terminology rooted in computer science to provide a vocabulary to help students contextualize their thinking. This approach helps educators integrate computer science into the teaching […]

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Cayuga Health Demonstrates Robotic Surgical System to Students

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Cayuga Medical Center (CMC) brought the da Vinci Dual Xi, the latest, most advanced, robotics surgical system to TST BOCES to demonstrate its capabilities and benefits to students in programs related to health and medical careers as well as robotics. Approximately 50 TST BOCES students attended the demonstration from several Career and Technical Education (CTE) […]

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Updates to Culinary Arts’ Cafe

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The Career and Technical Education’s (CTE) Culinary Arts program has given the on-campus café a new name and a new look. Now called Bistro 555, the café has been outfitted with new booths and tables previously used in a restaurant in Auburn’s historic Plaza of the Arts building. Flooring purchased from B & B Flooring […]

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Doug’s Fish Fry – Monday, November 18

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Doug’s Fish Fry To Go will be on campus at TST BOCES in the south drive parking lot Monday, November 18 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Proceeds to benefit TST BOCES. To place orders contact Katrina Klee in RAS 607-257-1551, ext. 2500 See you there!  

RAS Seniors Visit Polls on Election Day

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A group of seniors in the Regional Alternative School (RAS) Participation in Government class took a field trip to visit polling locations on Election Day 2019. The students visited polling places in Ithaca, Varna and Etna. Participation in Government instructor Zach Leviere was able to vote and demonstrate the process, then students who were eligible […]

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Deadliest Catch’s Nick “Sunshine” Tokman Speaks to Students

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Nick Tokman, best known as “Sunshine” on the Discovery Channel series “Deadliest Catch,” visited TST BOCES to speak to Career and Technical Education (CTE) students. During his presentation, Tokman told the story of how he went from having no direction to setting goals, overcoming adversity and achieving his dream. At a time in his life […]

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National Board Awareness Workshop

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National Board Certification…Invest in Yourself! October 17th, 3:30 – 5:30pm, TST BOCES Admin. Bldg., 555 Warren Rd. Ithaca Created by teachers, for teachers, National Board Certification is the profession’s mark of accomplished teaching. As a National Board Certified Teacher, you will join the ranks of the nation’s most accomplished teachers who help students develop the […]

RAS Collaborative Poem

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Regional Alternative School (RAS) seniors worked collectively to write a poem based on the prompt “where I’m from.” The project was inspired by a crowd-sourced poem by Kwame Alexander and developed for the class by English teacher Suzanne Massa. Students in the 8th period English class first wrote independently, exploring what the prompt meant to […]

Darnell Epps Visits RAS

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Regional Alternative School (RAS) students heard Cornell University student Darnell Epps tell his story of overcoming adversity and how he went from prison to an Ivy League university. Epps was raised in a housing project in Brooklyn and, after being involved in a crime, was incarcerated for nearly 17 years. A large portion of this […]

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International Dot Day

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Smith School held “Dot Day,” an activity inspired by the award-winning book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. The Dot tells the story of a girl as she is encouraged to begin her creative journey and learns to have confidence in expressing herself artistically. Every September, International Dot Day is a global celebration of creativity, […]

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P-TECH Academy Moves to Tompkins Cortland Community College

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The TST BOCES P-TECH Academy has relocated and is now housed at Tompkins Cortland Community College. Entering its second year, P-TECH Academy held Bridge Week at its new home on the Tompkins Cortland Community College campus. Bridge Week is an introductory period that focuses on developing connections between students and staff. P-TECH students come from […]

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Belinda Adams Begins as Principal in Smith School

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Belinda Adams has been appointed to serve as the principal of the Turning Point, Springboard and Lighthouse programs in Smith School. Mrs. Adams began teaching at TST BOCES in 2011 as a music teacher and in 2017 took a position as an elementary school teacher in Turning Point. She has been in education for over […]

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Techapalooza Summer Camps

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Techapalooza summer camps hosted by Career and Technical Education (CTE) gave middle school students a taste of the programs offered at TST BOCES. Each Techapalooza summer camp offered hands-on activities to students entering grades six through eight. The camps are led by CTE instructors and activities are inspired by the programs available to high school […]