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CTE students compete in regional SkillsUSA competition CTE students compete in regional SkillsUSA competition: Recently, Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES students from the Career & Technical Education (CTE) Program took part in a regional SkillsUSA competition, held at Morrisville State College. SkillsUSA is a national membership association that serves high school students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical, and skilled service occupations. It is a partnership of students, teachers and industry professionals working together to ensure that America has a skilled workforce, through the development of personal, workplace, and technical skills that are grounded in academics. This year, BOCES brought 35 CTE students to the regional competition on Feb. 2. The following students placed at the event, and will be moving on to the state competition held from Apr. 25-27 at the New York State ...
Compass Program holds photo contest Compass Program holds photo contest: In January, students from Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES’ Compass Program visited the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, in Syracuse. Throughout the month, the zoo held its 13 th Annual Photo Contest, which invited amateur photographers ages five and older to visit the park and take photographs of the animals. Compass Students visited the zoo in order to see the animals and take part in the competition, which will announce its winners in mid-to-late February. Following the submission deadline for the zoo’s competition, Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES hosted its own photo contest, consisting of the submissions made by the middle school students who partook in the zoo’s photo contest. Over 20 students from the Compass Program were part of the zoo trip, with most taking upwards of 100 pictures of the ...
Board of Education appoints new district superintendent for Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Board of Education appoints new district superintendent for Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES: The Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Board of Education is pleased to announce the appointment of Brian K. Hartwell, Ed.D. as the new BOCES district superintendent. Following a comprehensive four-month search, the Board chose Dr. Hartwell in part for his past successes in a similar role, combined with his demonstrated leadership and unique vision for the BOCES moving forward.     “We are so excited that Dr. Hartwell will be joining us in May,” said Board of Education President Melinda Quanbeck. “We think his experience and dynamic leadership will help take our already great BOCES to the next level.”   “I am honored and excited to begin my role as District Superintendent,” said Dr. Hartwell. “The opportunity to serve as a strong voice for ...
Compass Program organizing two events in support of Project: Cameron's Story Compass Program organizing two events in support of Project: Cameron's Story: Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES’ Compass Program is currently organizing two concurrent events, both to benefit Project: Cameron’s Story (PCS). A book drive has been underway since Jan. 3, and will continue through Feb. 16. Now in its sixth year of participating in PCS, The Compass Program is aiming to acquire over 100 books to donate to the program. In lieu of a new book, interested parties can donate money instead, which will then be used to acquire copies of popular children’s novels. Additionally, Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES will host a Valentine’s Day Flower Sale on campus on Wednesday, Feb. 14. Carnations will cost $2 apiece, or three can be purchased for $5, with the proceeds to be donated to PCS. Please contact Crystal Ponto for more ...
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES students participate in panel discussion Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES students participate in panel discussion:   Recently, juniors from Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES' Criminal Justice program were part of a panel discussion about the dangers of drug addiction. The talk focused on the topic of addiction at large, but also honed in on the current opioid crisis in Cayuga County. The presentation served to educate parents and kids (middle-school-to-college-aged) about the dangers of drug addiction, while also providing tips on how to avoid becoming victims themselves. As part of this endeavor, the documentary “ Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict ” was shown. The panel discussion followed the viewing of the documentary, and included representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, an addiction specialist, local community ...
New Visions: Medical Professions - Junior Information Day New Visions: Medical Professions - Junior Information Day: New Visions: Medical Professions is organizing a Junior Information Day, to be held at the Auburn Community Hospital. There are currently two sessions available: Tuesday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, Feb 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Contact your school counselor for more information. Click here to download event information. 
Meet the December 2017 Students of the Month Meet the December 2017 Students of the Month: Congratulations to our December 2017 Students of the Month! Great job, Kiara Ford (Auburn High School) and Michael Finton (Moravia High School).     
2018 STEAM University offered students a wide range of experiences 2018 STEAM University offered students a wide range of experiences: In January, Cayuga Community College played host to the 2018 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) University event. Sponsored by Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES' Talented and Gifted Advisory Committee, the two-day event offered a wide variety of hands-on activities to the more than 300 students who signed up to participate. The STEAM University event served as what is known as a "makerspace." While a nuts-and-bolts explanation might traditionally follow the introduction of such a term, defining exactly what that term means has proven tricky. However, most definitions of word (no matter how complex or verbose) seem to be, at their core, permeated by three common elements: makerspaces are where people , in places , create something.  With this more ...
First Annual IDC Expo and Maker Faire to be held May 19 First Annual IDC Expo and Maker Faire to be held May 19: May 19, 2018 marks the first annual IDC Expo and Maker Faire, to be held at the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES campus. The 2018 Innovation Design Challenge will be: "create a product that will make your school life easier." The  registration deadline  is Feb. 16. Please see event information below, or download the announcement . If you have any questions, contact Megan Rohlin . 
Compass Program Enjoys Busy Start to 2018 Compass Program Enjoys Busy Start to 2018: Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES’ Compass Program was determined to hit the ground running in 2018, organizing a pair of events early in the New Year. First up was the Compass Basketball Skills Competition. Held on Jan. 10, the event saw Compass Program students test their skills in both three-point shooting and slam dunk competitions. Friends and family of the program were invited to the competition as well, and attendees enjoyed food and prizes to round out the event.   On Jan. 12, students and staff partook in a BINGO competition. As part of Compass’s Positive Incentives Program , students were treated to food, prizes, and of course, the thrill of competition.       
Criminal Justice students delve into forensic science Criminal Justice students delve into forensic science: As part of program curriculum, Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Criminal Justice students recently dissected cow eyes in class, in an effort to learn more about forensic procedures.  The scope of the activity differed slightly from what many of us experienced in biology class, with students approaching the task within a forensics framework. Following an initial focus on the proper use of lab tools, students went on to learn about the various parts of the eye, while also uncovering some secrets that had been previously unknown.   In this particular examination, students discovered that two of the eyes studied were afflicted by disease, after finding tumors behind the eyeball. A third eye showed the presence of an old wound; one that would have ...
Meet the November 2017 Students of the Month Meet the November 2017 Students of the Month: Meet Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES' Students of the Month for November 2017. Congratulations to Angel and Dylan!
New Visions Students Interview U.S. Veterans New Visions Students Interview U.S. Veterans: Students from Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES’ New Visions: Medical Professions program recently completed an assignment focusing on the global, political, and personal issues experienced by United States military veterans.  As part of the assignment, each student interviewed a veteran about the essential components of their military service. After gathering as much in-depth information as they could, students then collated that data, turning it into a biography that was presented to each of the 14 veterans that were interviewed. As a final touch befitting the time of year, students also created personalized holiday cards for the veterans, incorporating their biographies into the card itself and expressing gratitude for their talent, service, and sacrifice. More immersive ...
Occupational Therapist visits with Early Childhood Education students Occupational Therapist visits with Early Childhood Education students: On Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES welcomed Occupational Therapist Bob Trapani to the campus. Speaking with students from the Early Childhood Education program, Trapani provided insight into the different types of careers in therapy, discussing the responsibilities inherent to the speech, physical, and occupational fields. He also educated students on the special education services available for children with developmental delays. The discussion was also accompanied by video clips of home-based therapy sessions, illustrating some of the techniques used with children from birth to age five. Throughout the discussion, students received glimpses of what a career in the therapy field might look like.  
Compass Program Hosts Holiday Luncheon Compass Program Hosts Holiday Luncheon: On Dec. 19, 2017, students and staff from Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES’ Compass Program gathered for a holiday luncheon. Opened to parents of the students as well, the luncheon served as an opportunity to foster the feeling of “community” that lends itself so well to the holiday season. Over 100 attendees chatted, laughed, and reflected on the success of the school year as they ate. Food was provided by Compass Program staff – who each contributed a dish to the event – and included Swedish meatballs, white cheddar pierogies, baked ziti, and more; not to mention a wide assortment of cookies, cream puffs, pies, and other holiday-inspired sweet treats.   For students, it was a time to reflect on both the ...
CTE Programs Compete for Charity CTE Programs Compete for Charity: This December, students from multiple Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs competed in the Warmer Winter Drive. Organized by the school’s National Technical Honor Society, the competition tasked students with donating hats, gloves, and toiletries, all of which would be given to the Cayuga-Seneca Community Action Agency. In all, 16 different CTE programs joined the competition. By the end, students from the Heavy Equipment Repair & Operation program contributed the most items, earning themselves a pizza party in the process.   All told, students contributed over 500 items for charity. A special thank-you to students Jimmy Thurston, Emily Wood, Graig Hobart, Cashmere Addison, and Hannah Shaw for ...
Compass Students and Staff Give Back During the Holidays Compass Students and Staff Give Back During the Holidays: Each year, individuals from Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES’ Compass Program have the opportunity to give back to the community by participating with the St. Alphonsus Food Pantry. During the holiday season, the pantry provides Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets to more than 450 local families.   Stacking holiday needs on top of the pantry’s usual operation can be a daunting task. So when the pantry’s Director Sue Norton called, Compass Program students and staff stood ready to respond. As many of the pantry’s non-seasonal volunteers are senior citizens, one could practically hear the sigh of relief when students and staff arrived on Nov. 13, 2017, ready to pitch in.   Together, the volunteers unloaded and organized hundreds ...
New Visions: Medical Professions Students Attend Business Showcase New Visions: Medical Professions Students Attend Business Showcase: Recently, students from Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES’ New Visions: Medical Professions program attended a full-day business showcase, held at Cayuga Community College. Featured as part of New Visions' economics curriculum, students who attended the showcase took part in seminars focusing on personal money management and investing, tourism, project management, sports management, and more.     Seminars also provided students with hands-on activities, giving them exposure to professional associations, training and skills, and the exploration of interests. By the conclusion of the showcase, attendees had received an in-depth look at several potential educational and career options.  
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Hosts Spontaneous Workshop Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Hosts Spontaneous Workshop: The Talented and Gifted Advisory (TAG) Committee sponsored a Spontaneous Workshop on Saturday, Dec. 9, held at the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES campus.   This event was open to Odyssey of the Mind teams, and afforded both their members and coaches a firsthand look at the types of challenges issued at the competition. In all, 15 teams attended the workshop, comprised of over 70 students and coaches. Students from the Auburn, Cato-Meridian, Moravia, and Skaneateles school districts joined in the event.    Participants who attended the workshop were challenged to respond to the three different types of "spontaneous problems:" verbal, hands-on, and a third that incorporated elements of both. During official Odyssey of the Mind competition, each team is asked to solve ...
Criminal Justice students learn about DWI and arrest procedures Criminal Justice students learn about DWI and arrest procedures: On Thursday, Dec. 7, the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office paid a visit to the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES campus, and gave a presentation to the school’s Criminal Justice students. The discussion focused on the procedures used by law enforcement when they suspect that an individual may be driving while intoxicated (DWI). The presentation – conducted by Cayuga County Deputies Rob Guarnieri and Rob Brown – reviewed the necessary steps taken by law enforcement officials who are compelled make a DWI stop, from initial observation and street testing, to station breath-testing and arraignment.   Deputies teach students about sobriety testing To help further illustrate the process, the deputies demonstrated ...



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