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2019 Zoo Gallery Results 2019 Zoo Gallery Results: Below are the results for the fourth annual Compass Photo Gallery Walk. A special thanks to everyone who participated this year. There were more than 200 ballots casted for this year's contest! 1 st place – Yawning Tiger – by Austin Kendrick (Jordan Elbridge) 2 nd Place – Owl – by Damien Anthony (Union Springs) 3 rd Place – Wolf Peeking Out –  by Shawn Johnson (Skaneateles) 4 th Place – Wolf Siting by Fence – by Robert Corkle (Auburn)  
NYS Police K9 Unit Visits Criminal Justice Program NYS Police K9 Unit Visits Criminal Justice Program: As part of the Criminal Justice program's continuing education in law enforcement, both the senior and junior classes engaged in a K9 presentation recently with the New York State Police. NYS Trooper Klewicki returned to the class and came with NYS K9 Trooper Schrage and his K9, Mac. Together they spoke about K9 officer training, obtaining and training the canine for a variety of activities (e.g. search and rescue, drugs, bombs, etc.), and job opportunities with the State Police. The class observed K9 Mac in action, searching and finding a substance that had been hidden in the classroom by one of the troopers.
Positive Incentive Leads to Compass BINGO Positive Incentive Leads to Compass BINGO: Students in the Compass Program at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES were recently rewarded for their hard work and high performance by participating in a fun bingo activity. The activity is part of the program's positive incentive initiative, which motivates students to do their best in and out of the classroom.  
Special Education Showcases New Sensory Room Special Education Showcases New Sensory Room: Thanks to the helping hand of a local organization, the 6:1:1 program at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES was able to showcase its new sensory room prior to a recent board of education meeting. The new sensory room features a variety of therapeutic equipment designed to relax and help develop key skills for students with sensory-related problems. Some of the equipment featured in the room includes LED bubble tubes, crash pads, liquid floor tiles, a swing, trampolines and more. The room was made possible by the generous donation of the Cayuga County Deputy Sheriff’s Benevolent Association (CCSBA). While showcasing the room for the first time, Director of Special Education Susan Lynch thanked the benevolent association for their support and presented them with a plaque. “We are ...
Compass Students Participate in Basketball Contest Compass Students Participate in Basketball Contest: Students in the Compass Program at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES recently showcased their athletic abilities during a friendly basketball competition. Five students participated in three basketball challenges, including a three-point contest, a foul-shooting content and a dunk contest. Pizza and drinks were also brought for the students. The event served as an opportunity to reward the students for their hardwork, as well as to invite parents and guardians to discuss their child's progress, according to principal Drew Yakawiak.
6:1:1 Program Donates to Santa Paws 6:1:1 Program Donates to Santa Paws: Looking to provide help during the holiday season, students in the 6:1:1 program at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES recently participated in the Santa Paws program, which provides gifts for animals in shelters. After learning about Santa Paws, students talked about what items the animals in shelters might enjoy during the holidays. They then made a list of different items, such as food, treats and toys. Then last week during a community outing, the class went to the Dollar Tree with their lists and picked out different items for the animals. "From there we went over to the SPCA and dropped off our donations for the animals," said teacher Jill Gilmore. "The kids really enjoyed doing this for the animals and we were all so proud of them and wanted to ...
Compass Students and Staff Celebrate Holidays Compass Students and Staff Celebrate Holidays: The Compass Program recently celebrated the holiday season with a well attended Holiday Party. Principal Drew Yakawiak said the event was well attended and thanked students and staff for helping to coordinate the party. Happy Holidays from the Compass Program!  
Compass Students Attend Syracuse Basketball Game Compass Students Attend Syracuse Basketball Game: Compass Middle School students had a blast while attending a recent Woman's Basketball game. The students cheered on as the Syracuse Orange raced past Niagara, winning 94-51.
Compass Students Find Inner Elf Compass Students Find Inner Elf: Students in the Compass program at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES recently discovered their inner elf. The students visited the Syracuse Stage to view the musical "Elf." The musical is based on the classic movie of the same name, which follows the adventures of Buddy the Elf and his quest to find his true identity.
CO BOCES Hosts Regional Robotics Competition CO BOCES Hosts Regional Robotics Competition: Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES recently hosted the FIRST Lego League regional qualifier for the Finger Lakes Region, and two teams will go on to represent the area. The “Astro Unicorns,” comprised of students from Port Byron Central School District, and the “DeBuGgErS” from Oswego County, went on to qualify for the state-wide competition, which will be held on Sunday, Dec. 9 at the University of Rochester. The Astro Unicorns were also crowned champions of the regional competition. Best of luck to both teams as they compete at the next level!
SkillsUSA Float Featured in Parade SkillsUSA Float Featured in Parade: Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES students participating in SkillsUSA recently showcased their “Trolls Holiday Float” that was featured in the Auburn Holiday Parade.
Compass Students Provide 'LIFT' to Those in Need Compass Students Provide 'LIFT' to Those in Need: The Compass program successfully launched the Lift Program three years ago. The LIFT program 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.   This year, students in our Day Treatment program joined the efforts. Mr. Hamburger and Mrs. Drinkwine’s students headed the food drive, which consisted of collecting boxes and bags of pantry items. After delivering the pantry items to the LIFT program, the students received certificates of recognition and shared cupcakes with the Compass students.   “Thank you so much for you generous support,” said Compass Principal Drew Yakawiak. ...
Auto Tech Students Get Patriotic With Paint Auto Tech Students Get Patriotic With Paint: Two students in the Auto Body Technology program recently showcased their skills, and patriotism, for a good cause. Students Riley Maloney (Jordan-Elbridge High School) and Shawn Digiambasttista (Cato-Meridian High School) were tasked with air brushing a mailbox for charity. The two students ended up turning the mailbox into an American flag, and the mailbox ended up earning $100 for the New York Grows organization. According to instructor Don McNabb, the project allowed his students to get a feel for custom work, which is a growing trend in the auto body field.   “Banging on fenders isn’t the only thing we do,” said McNabb. “We want to keep the students engaged in new technology.” To that end, McNabb said the program has several guest ...
Practical Nursing Class Achieves Rare Feat Practical Nursing Class Achieves Rare Feat: Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES’ Practical Nursing program recently combined for a very special accomplishment. The class, which graduated over the summer, combined to achieve a 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX exam, something Andrea Ruff, coordinator of Healthcare Occupations, said is very special. “It is very difficult to achieve a 100 percent pass rate,” said Ruff. “Our instructors  and I worked diligently preparing our students not only for success on their NCLEX, but success in the field of nursing. I am so proud not only of these students, but of our instructors and the great program we offer.” Ruff said the statewide average for successfully passing the NCLEX is approximately 79 percent.
Compass Students Help Local Pantry Compass Students Help Local Pantry: Compass students Griffin Schoenfelder (Auburn, Culinary Arts), Marissa Coff (Auburn; Plant, Animal and Life Sciences), and Rahshawn Daniels (Auburn, Culinary Arts) packed 41 bags of food for senior citizens at the Skaneateles Ecumenical Food Pantry. Skaneateles Sunrise Rotary Club members delivered the food in time for Thanksgiving. 
CTE Names Skills USA Officers CTE Names Skills USA Officers: Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES' Career & Techincal Education program recently named their SkillsUSA officers for the 2018-19 school year. The officers are as follows: President- Jacob McKeen (Union Springs) Vice President- Amani Dawley (Auburn Enlarged) Secretary- Maryn Reno (Union Springs) Treasurer- Dylan Leubner (Weedsport) Parliamentarian- Collin Manning (Tyburn)
Cosmetology Visits OCC Campus Cosmetology Visits OCC Campus: Cosmetology students from Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES recently stopped by Onondaga Community College to get acclimated to a college campus. More than a dozen students participated in the trip, and students were treated with backpacks featuring the college's logo.
Compass Program Visits Orenda Springs Compass Program Visits Orenda Springs: Recently, Compass Program middle school students visited the Orenda Springs Experimental Learning Center . They lucked out by visiting on an exemplary fall day, which provided a perfect backdrop for center’s team-building and leadership activities. One highlight featured students working collaboratively to lift their classmates into a cargo net “eagle’s nest.” Students also put their bravery on display, strapping on harnesses and ascending to new heights as part of the high ropes course.   It was a great opportunity to exhibit some teamwork on a beautiful October day!    
Thank You For Attending the Open House Thank You For Attending the Open House: This year, over 600 people attended the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Open House! BOCES greatly appreciates the turnout and the interest in our programs. Feedback for the event was very positive, and BOCES looks forward to even more fruitful events such as this in the years ahead.   A special thank you goes out to the faculty who attended the Open House, the SkillsUSA and the Culinary Arts teams for their great work on the spaghetti dinner, and our Criminal Justice students who greeted visitors and assisted with campus tours and directions.       
Strong Start to the Year for the Compass Program Strong Start to the Year for the Compass Program: The Compass Program has wasted no time getting students out of the classroom and into the community, organizing two different trips early in the 2018-19 school year. One was educational in nature; the other, philanthropic. Recently, the Compass Program’s middle school students visited Fort Ontario in Oswego. There, they explored the fort with their tour guide, and donned the historically-accurate garb of a soldier from the War of 1812. As they toured the fort, students learned about the many local activities that took place in and around the fort over the course of the revolutionary war, War of 1812 and World War II. Later, 28 students and staff enjoyed a picnic on the grounds before heading back to BOCES.   ...

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