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TST P-TECH Academy Teams Up With Local Industry

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The TST P-TECH Academy is developing partnerships with regional business to help educate the future workforce. A fundamental piece of the P-TECH model includes collaboration with businesses and potential employers. TST P-TECH Academy’s business partners have been instrumental in helping structure curriculum and lay out curricular goals in preparing to launch the program, providing input […]

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Cornell Educational Psychology Class Partners with Career Skills Program

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The TST BOCES Career Skills Program continues a collaboration with the Cornell University Educational Psychology class that provides a unique educational opportunity for students in both programs. Students from Career Skills are paired up with “college buddies” in the Educational Psychology class, a course taught by senior lecturer Dr. Bryan Duff. Each week the Career […]

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RAS Students Take Trip to Syracuse Stage

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RAS students travelled to see the new play “Possessing Harriet” at Syracuse Stage Thursday, October 25. The trip was made possible by the generous purchase and donation of tickets by Niel Massa, the father of RAS instructor Suzanne Massa. Students from all grades were able to attend the show. “Possessing Harriet” was written by local […]

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P-TECH Students Present at Curriculum Council

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Students from the fledgling TST BOCES P-TECH Academy met with the program’s curriculum council to present progress made during the first months of the school year. Members of the council present included community and business partners representing the Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce, Tompkins County Area Development, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Sciencenter, Rev Ithaca Startup […]

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Previous Students of the Year Join CTE Faculty

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This year, two new teacher aides in Career and Technical Education programs are themselves CTE alumnae who both received the “Student of the Year” award upon graduation. Deanna Day was a student in the Criminal Justice program from the Dryden Central School District. She graduated from high school and completed her CTE program in 2016, […]

Smith School Students Help on Stewart Park Construction Project

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A group of Smith School students volunteered at Stewart Park September 14 to participate in the construction of a new playground. The project is being led by the Friends of Stewart Park, a public nonprofit organization formed in 2011, and aims to enhance the park as a welcoming space for families and children of all […]

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New Teachers Start at RAS

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Three new teachers have started at the Regional Alternative School (RAS) for the 2018-2019 school year. Zach LeViere is teaching History, Government and Economics, R.J. Malabanan teaches Spanish at RAS and Smith School, and Erick Whelpley joins the staff as a special education teacher. Both LeViere and Whelpley taught their respective subjects previously at Dryden […]

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National Board Certification Info Workshop

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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 necessary skills to thrive in school, in the workplace and in the 21st century global economy! Let us […]

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Dr. Larry Brendtro Speaks to TST BOCES Staff

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Influential educator and author Larry Brendtro, Ph.D. was the keynote speaker at the TST BOCES superintendent’s conference day kicking off the 2018-2019 school year. Dr. Brendtro was instrumental in the development and circulation of the Circle of Courage model, which is used as a guiding principle at TST BOCES in Smith School. The Circle of […]

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High School Equivalency Fourth Pathway Includes Regents Exams

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Earlier this year the New York State Board of Regents approved a new path for those seeking a High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma by allowing Regents examinations to count as HSE subject area credits. Effective April 25, 2018 the Regents – HSE examination pathway will help students working to receive an HSE diploma by allowing […]

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“Taste of the Nations” Returns to Smith School

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Students and staff in Smith School summer school participated in a “Taste of the Nations” event, making and sampling a variety of international food. Each class chose a country and then picked a traditional food item from that culture to prepare and share with other classes. Twelve classes contributed to the event, representing Mexico, Nepal, […]

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TST P-TECH Academy Bridge Week

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The TST P-TECH Academy kicked off August 6 with an introductory bridge week, welcoming its first cohort of students. Students enter the TST P-TECH Academy in ninth grade and begin working simultaneously toward earning a Regents high school diploma and an associate’s degree from Tompkins Cortland Community College. The rigorous and cutting-edge curriculum places an […]