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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Cooking International Food in RAS

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Spirit week in the TST BOCES Regional Alternative School (RAS) culminated in a meal featuring international dishes prepared by students and staff in their home bases. Each home base group picked what food they wanted to bring to share with the rest of RAS, including Mexican empanadas, Swedish meatballs, Caribbean mango salsa and sweet potato […]

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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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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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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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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 […]