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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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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 […]

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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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RAS Community Read

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This year’s RAS high school community read event kicked off Friday, April 6 with a visit from local writer Shawn Goodman. Students are reading the book “This Way Home” which was written by Goodman, who also works as a school psychologist at Ithaca High School, and Wes Moore. The book was selected by students through […]

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RAS Develops Journalism Class

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The TST BOCES Regional Alternative School (RAS) is offering a journalism class to its students for the second year. Students in the class are responsible for producing the school’s newsletter, the “RAS Reporter.” Stories and photographs are written and collected by journalism class members. Originally RAS principal Michelle Nolan’s conception, the Journalism class is part […]

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RAS Middle School Students Get a Taste of Career and Tech Classes

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Six RAS students in eighth grade are participating in the Junior Career and Tech (JCAT) program to experience some CTE classes firsthand. Every other week, on Wednesday morning, the RAS students work with the second-year CTE students to learn some of the skills taught in those classes. This year, students visit the welding, outdoor power […]