Exceptional Education News

Below is a list of the most recent news and events for the Exceptional Education programs located at TST BOCES.


TST Tribune September 2019

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Belinda Adams Begins as Principal in Smith School

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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TST Tribune July 2019 Graduation Edition

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Smith School Community Read

Students from every program and grade level in Smith School came together to participate in a community read event centered around Peter H. Reynolds’ book “The Dot.” On May 21, 22 and 23, students gathered in groups to read and discuss the book together. The groups were designed to provide comfortable situations accounting for the […]

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TST BOCES Homestead Garden

A number of programs across TST BOCES are working together to revitalize an area behind Smith School by creating a Homestead Garden. The garden was established several years ago but has been largely left untended and become overgrown. Smith School classroom aide Lisa Eccleston helped organize a homestead garden committee open to all of TST […]

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TST BOCES Greenhouse Sale Begins May 4

The 2019 TST BOCES Greenhouse Plant Sale will begin Saturday May 4, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and will continue May 6, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. until everything has been sold. The sale takes place right in the greenhouse on TST BOCES campus at 555 Warren Road. The greenhouse is […]

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TST Tribune April 2019

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Career Skills Students Climbing Higher

Nine students from Smith School’s Career Skills program were given the opportunity to learn rock climbing at the Cornell University Lindseth Climbing Center. Over the course of five visits, including one training session, the students were able to practice climbing and push themselves with a challenge they may not have a chance to take on […]

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Turning Point students delve into design with 3D printing

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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TST Tribune January 2019

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TST BOCES Hosts Visitors From Hong Kong Education Bureau

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

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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TST Tribune December 2018

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Hour of Code in Smith School

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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TST Tribune November 2018

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