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Games, ice cream, and sunshine: Compass Program students earn a Field Day: Compass Program students enjoy a sweet treat during the last Positive Incentive activity of the 2016-17 school year. Every student in the Compass Program at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES earned the right to enjoy the last Positive Incentive activity of the school year. On Thursday, May 18, nearly 60 students enjoyed picture-perfect weather during their Field Day at CO BOCES. Some students participated in games such as kickball and flag football, while others simply relaxed on blankets. The sweetest part of the 2-hour event was the arrival of an ice cream truck. Every student was able to order a treat of their choice.  About the Positive Incentive Program Every school day is a new opportunity for students in the Compass Program to make good decisions and earn points. The ... more >>
Students from Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES earn top honors at the 2017 NYS FFA Convention: Students from Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES earned top honors at the 2017 Career and Leadership Development Event during the  2017 NYS FFA Convention . The annual event took place at SUNY Morrisville, May 11-13. FFA is an intracurricular student organization for those interested in agriculture and leadership. “The students really did an amazing job and worked so hard,” said CTE Director Steve Woodard. “Hats off to the participants and PALS staff members Julia Rotman-Smith & Sharon Gulnac for their efforts!” Congratulations to the following students who placed at the 2017 NYS FFA Convention! Vet Science Team Individual Top Ten   The CO BOCES team placed third ... more >>
Compass Program hosts "Poem in Your Pocket Day" to celebrate poetry: Compass Program students at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES celebrated National Poetry Month by creating a variety of poetry-themed projects throughout the month of April in Mrs. Brazee’s and Mrs. Ponto’s English classes. Students culminated their month of poetry studies by participating in "Poem In Your Pocket Day" on Thursday, April 27. During the day-long event, Compass Program students and staff carried short poems and shared them with others. The Compass Program also hosted a "Poem in Your Pocket Day" celebration at the Regional Education Center. During the event, students had the opportunity to share their projects, which included poet studies, student-written poetry, found poetry based on literature studied in class, and themed poetry displays. ... more >>
Remembering Alex Parkolap: Students in the Criminal Justice program celebrate the life of a friend and classmate: Students in Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES' Criminal Justice program, joined by Mr. and Mrs. Parkolap, celebrate the life of Alex Parkolap during a dedication ceremony on May 11, 2017. On May 11, 2017, seniors in the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES (CO BOCES) Criminal Justice (CJ) program gathered in front of Regional Education Center to dedicate a memorial plaque and tree to their late classmate, Alex Parkolap. Alex attended Jordan-Elbridge High School and was a senior in CO BOCES CJ program. He passed away on Dec. 12, 2016.   Alex’s parents attended the dedication ceremony and witnessed the significant impact their son’s life had on students and staff at BOCES. Short speeches reiterating Alex’s importance were given by Mr. Steve Woodard, director of ... more >>
Record number of CO BOCES students inducted into National Technical Honor Society: Eighty-five juniors at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES were recently inducted into the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS). “The goal of the NTHS is to see that deserving students are recognized and that people in the community become aware of the talents and abilities of the young people who choose Career and Technical education,” said CO BOCES’ NTHS advisor Ms. Kelly Bryant. This year a record number of students were inducted into NTHS. During the induction ceremony, inductees were recognized based on their achievement and maintaining at least an 85 grade point average at the Regional Education Center. In addition, the students were recommended by their instructors based on their qualities of strong character, leadership, loyalty, and responsibility. ... more >>
New hands-on learning project positively impacts students, creates measurable results: For two-and-a-half marking periods, seventh graders in Mrs. Elizabeth Brazee’s ELA class participated in The Outsiders LEGO Project. The unique unit project required that the participating Compass Program students to watch segments of the movie, The Outsiders , as they read sections of the book, written by SE Hinton . Students completed reading questions for each chapter, participated in class discussions, and were formatively assessed about their knowledge of the text. The Compass Program’s STEM Coordinator Mrs. Jen Wall partnered with Mrs. Brazee throughout the three-month project. “This was an awesome project,” said Mrs. Wall. “Our students learn more through hands-on learning, and they become more engaged i n class. This project created ... more >>
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES student succeeds at the NYS SkillsUSA Conference: Sabrina Carroll celebrates her achievement with Mr. Murray, Construction and Building Trades teacher assistant. A Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES student earned second place at the 2017  NYS SkillsUSA Conference . The annual event took place April 26-28 at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse. Sabrina Carroll, Weedsport High School, is a student in CO BOCES' Construction and Building Trades Program, and placed second in Carpenter's Assistant. Meghan Ragucci and Melisa Vormwald are the advisors of CO BOCES' chapter of SkillsUSA. The pair brought 19 students to compete in the conference. The New York Association of SkillsUSA is a Career Technical Student Organization serving students in high school and college post-secondary. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, ... more >>
Students present business proposals during annual Lindy Business Plan Competition: The Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES held its annual Lindy Business Plan Competition on Thursday, April 13. Twelve students from nine programs presented their Mark Wainwright (Union Springs) and Nate Lukins (Marcellus) earn first place for their L & W Organic Beef Farm proposal. business proposals before the school and five guest judges. First place went to Nate Lukins (Marcellus) and Mark Wainwright (Union Springs) who proposed the L & W Organic Beef Farm.  Both young men attend BOCES'  Heavy Equipment Program . Second place went to Jacob Bennett (Cato-Meridian) who attends the Plant, Animal, and Life Science Program . When Jacob opens his business, Jacob’s Critter Getter Animal Control, he will be the third generation in his family providing ... more >>
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES student greenhouses now open: Students studying Plant, Animal, and Life Sciences at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES have been working hard this school year maintaining three greenhouses. All of the plants in the greenhouses were cultivated from seeds the students chose to plant in soil and carefully nurture into beautiful blossoms.   The greenhouses are open to the public through the end of May. Patrons can purchase plants and planters, and students will be available to educate customers on how to care for the plants.   Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday hours will vary week to week, but hours will be posted on the school marquee each week. Prices range from $3 to $20 per item.   For more information, please call Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES at (315) 253-0361.   more >>
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES’ Practical Nursing Program Ranked No. 1 in New York: Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES’ Practical Nursing Program has been named by as the best licensed practical nursing (LPN) program in New York state. Seventy-two LPN programs in the state were analyzed and 30 were ranked based on several factors including NCLEX pass rates (5-year average), number of students completing and testing, school completion rates, and also the length of time the program has existed. ranked CO BOCES’ program No. 1 out of 30.  "We were incredibly excited to hear of the No. 1 ranking," said Andrea Ruff, Coordinator of Healthcare Occupations. "Our staff works tirelessly to educate and train quality, employable nurses that graduate from our program and work within our community.” ... more >>
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES hosts Annual Dinner and Budget Meeting: Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES hosted its Annual Dinner and Budget Meeting on Thursday, April 6, 2017. See below for photos from the special event. more >>
Meet the Students of the Month, February 2017: Congratulations to Joshua Green and Olivia Ford, Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES' February 2017 Students of the Month! Joshua is a senior at Port Byron High School and enrolled in CO BOCES' Automotive Technology program. Olivia is a junior at Cato-Meridian High School and is a student in CO BOCES' Cosmetology program. Well done, Joshua and Olivia!   Joshua Green  Port Byron Central School District   Olivia Ford Cato-Meridian Central School District more >>
Meet the Student of the Month, January 2017: Congratulations to Peter Ayala , Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES' January 2017 Student of the Month! Peter is from the Auburn Enlarged City School Disrict and is part of CO BOCES' High School Equivalency Program. Well done, Peter!   more >>
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES LIFTS up students in need with new program: For some students, an education isn’t the only thing they receive from Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES. “Food,” said Mrs. Crystal Ponto, an English teacher in CO BOCES’ Compass Program. “Unfortunately, some of our students receive a majority of their weekly nutrition from their meals at school.” Students in Mrs. Ponto’s Senior English class identified this issue and wanted to do something to help. Together, the group recently designed the LIFT program, which is similar to backpack programs in schools and colleges across the country. The goal of the LIFT program is to help students in need by discreetly providing them with backpacks full of easy-to-prepare food and hygiene products. Once the program begins, students will be able to fill a ... more >>
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES participates in Agricultural Literacy Week: Amber Renslow, Auburn ECSD, reads "The Grapes Grow Sweet" to Owasco Elementary students as part of New York Agriculture in the Classroom's Agricultural Literacy Week . Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES collaborated with Cornell Cooperative Extension for this initiative. Amber presented with fellow FFA/ Plant, Animal, and Life Sciences students to read and do a grape graphing activity with the elementary students.  How does Agricultural Literacy Week (ALW) work? In celebration of New York agriculture, volunteers throughout the state read a book with an agricultural theme to second graders. Students and teachers also benefit from hands-on lessons and receive follow up activities. The 2017 Agricultural Literacy Week runs March 20-24. more >>
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES earns Utica National's School Safety Excellence Award: Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES is one of 136 school districts and Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in New York State to receive the Utica National Insurance Group's "School Safety Excellence Award" for 2017 at the Titanium with honors level. The honor is presented annually and recognizes school districts' safety efforts as they work to help keep students, staff, and visitors safe. Safety Coordinator Mark Snyder accepted the award on behalf of Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES at Utica National's 37th annual school safety seminar at the Syracuse DoubleTree, East Syracuse, NY, one of seven such seminars the company hosts in the state. For over 40 years Utica National has kept kids and school staff safe and currently insures more than 300 school districts in upstate New ... more >>
Write on! School-wide writing event encourages students, faculty, and staff to discover their passion for writing: The Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES (CO BOCES) community united with pens, pencils, and paper for 13 minutes on March 13. The school's first Write Now 13! Day aimed to create a community of writers, celebrate literacy, and recognize the importance of writing in all industries and professions. About Write Now 13! At 9:13 a.m. and 12:13 p.m., everyone in the CO BOCES building wrote for 13 minutes. Participants chose their best 13 words and submitted them for publication in CO BOCES' first literary magazine, which will be published in June 2017. Write Now 13! was created by CO BOCES' high school English teachers Amanda Triplett and Crystal Ponto. The pair distributed a writing-themed survey to the school community in the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year to determine the ... more >>
2017 Regional Odyssey of the Mind Tournament takes place Saturday, March 11 at CO BOCES: The 2017 Regional Odyssey of the Mind Tournament takes place this Saturday, March 11 at the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Regional Education Center (CO BOCES). Thirty-one teams from six school districts will participate in the 35th annual tournament. Teams typically consist of seven members ranging from third- to 12th-grade. The following districts will be represented on Saturday:  Auburn, Cato-Meridian, Moravia, Skaneateles, Southern Cayuga, and Weedsport. This is the seventh year that CO BOCES team member Debbie Daloia has coordinated the Regional Odyssey of the Mind Tournament, and she is excited to watch the students in action. “I love to see the innovative ideas that the kids come up with,” said Daloia. “Their enthusiasm is contagious, and the building ... more >>
Winners of the Compass Program's Second Annual Photo Gallery Walk announced: More than 250 ballots were recently cast in the Compass Program’s Second Annual Photo Gallery Walk. Congratulations to the following winners: First Place  “Wolf” By Kapri Vincent, Eighth Grade Auburn ECSD Second Place  “Nemo” By Bailey McIntosh, Seventh Grade Auburn ECSD Third Place  “Yellow Bird” By Dakota Ratkowski, Seventh Grade Auburn ECSD “On behalf of the Compass Program, I would like to thank everyone who had an opportunity to take part in the Second Annual Photo Gallery Walk,” said Compass Program Principal Mr. Drew Yakawiak.   About the Photo Gallery ... more >>
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES welcomes new faculty members: Ms. Casey Meyer joined the CO BOCES team on Jan. 17 as the Early Childhood Education Coordinator. In this role, Ms. Meyer is responsible for teaching high school juniors and seniors in the Early Childhood Education Program. Prior to joining the CO BOCES team, Ms. Meyer served as the deputy commissioner of Cayuga County’s Department of Social Services. With more than 20 years of experience in social and human services, she is excited use her community connections to benefit her students. “Cayuga County is rich in resources and my goal is to expose our high school students to new hands-on learning opportunities, in addition to our day care,” said Ms. Meyer. “My goal is help students connect what they learn in the classroom ... more >>

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Christopher J. Todd, Interim District Superintendent
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