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Announcement of Vacancy of OCM BOCES District Superintendent Announcement of Vacancy of OCM BOCES District Superintendent: The District Superintendent serves as the liaison of the New York State Education Department to 23 public school districts within Onondaga, Cortland and Madison Counties. In this state role, the District Superintendent supports the implementation of State Education Law, the policies of the State Board of Regents, Commissioner’s regulations, and attends to special assignments at the request of the Commissioner. The District Superintendent is considered a state employee and reports to the Deputy Commissioner for Elementary, Middle, Secondary, and Continuing Education. As Chief Executive Officer of OCM BOCES, the District Superintendent is responsible for providing leadership to school districts within the supervisory district. In this capacity, the District Superintendent plans, administers, ...
23 Graduate from Practical Nursing Program 23 Graduate from Practical Nursing Program: Check out the video below to recap the 2019 Practical Nursing Pinning Ceremony, where 23 students graduated and will sooon join the workforce!  
New Vision Student Awarded by Senator New Vision Student Awarded by Senator: Senator Pam Helming recently presented a New York State Senate Youth Leadership Recognition Award to Union Springs High School and Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES New Vision student Jennifer Schenck for her community service efforts. Schenck, who was nominated by her BOCES teacher Kelly Harrington, is involved with the Cayuga County Drug Free Community Coalition, volunteers for the Heroin Epidemic Action League (HEAL), and for Nick's Ride 4 Friends. She is also CPR certified and Narcan-trained. Schenck plans on attending Cayuga Community College and Upstate Medical University for nursing.
BOCES Student Helps Auburn Police Recruitment BOCES Student Helps Auburn Police Recruitment: A Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES graphic design student recently helped the Auburn Police Department in their recruiting process. Kiara Ford recently designed a "Join Our Team" recruitment banner for the Auburn Police, and recently unveiled the banner in her classroom. Pictured from left to right: Terry Cuddy (Graphic Design Teacher), Lieutenant James Slayton (APD), Kiara Ford (Graphic Design Student),  and Chief Shawn Butler (APD).
CTE Honors NTHS Inductees CTE Honors NTHS Inductees: By showcasing dedication and a commitment to their respective Career & Technical Education programs, more than 80 students were recently inducted into the National Technical Honor Society. The goal of the National Technical Honor Society 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. Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES' current seniors have worked hard this year earning 3 scholarships for its members through NTHS. On May 8 ,  87 students were inducted into the local chapter. Students were recognized based on their achievement and maintaining at least an 85 grade point average at the Regional Education Center. In addition, these students have ...
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES recognizes hundreds at CTE awards ceremony Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES recognizes hundreds at CTE awards ceremony: Hundreds of graduating seniors and students achieving academic success were recently recognized during Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES’ annual Career & Technical Education awards ceremony.   More than a dozen scholarships and awards, as well as hundreds of completer certificates, were handed out as friends, family and school district personnel packed the auditorium at Auburn High School. Principal Steve Woodard began the evening by thanking the students for their dedication to their respective CTE programs, as well as to the CTE staff for their tireless efforts throughout the year.   “I’ve been in education for 30 years, and I can say without hesitation that we have one of the best staffs I’ve ever been around,” Woodward said.   Student speaker ...
CTE Hosts Career Signing Day CTE Hosts Career Signing Day: One of the goals of Career and Technical Education is to offer students learning experiences in high school that will enable them to enter career fields that are in high demand, require high skills and offer high wages. On May 31st, Cayuga Onondaga BOCES recognized 12 seniors who will enter the workforce upon completion of high school at Career Signing Day. Together with their instructors and new employers students were recognized for their accomplishments.  These students demonstrated competency in the skills needed to obtain employment immediately following high school based on the skills they learned in their CTE programs. Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES will continue to build partnerships with local business and industry and provide prepared and qualified employees.  ...
Compass Students Receive Awards Compass Students Receive Awards: After a year of hard work, dedication and improvement, students in the Compass Program at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES were recently celebrated during an awards ceremony.   The ceremony, which featured a variety of awards for middle school and high school students, was kicked off by Principal Drew Yakawiak, who thanked the students for their efforts throughout the year and congratulated them on their individual achievements.   Completion certificates went out to each student who successfully completed the year, as well as CTE certifications for students who participated in both Compass and a CTE program. Honor roll awards were also given out to students who achieved high grade point averages.   Awards were then presented for individual subjects, including math, STEM, science, ...
Commissioner Elia Visits with CO BOCES Students Commissioner Elia Visits with CO BOCES Students: Students in Ms. House's class at AA Gates were recently visited by a very special guest. The students were visited by Commissioner MaryEllen Elia just in time to hear the class go over their “Give Me Five” classroom rules and our PBIS building rules. Ms. House’s students told Elia all about being Safe, Respectful and Responsible.  It was exciting to meet Commissioner Elia and share our great behavior. She even stayed for a short time as we started circle time," said Ms. House. "Seeing the differentiated instruction and the use of the student’s communication devices being used in the class."  
Criminal Justice Students Train With Cayuga Probation Dept. Criminal Justice Students Train With Cayuga Probation Dept.: After two years of hard work in the classroom, seniors in the Criminal Justice program at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES were recently able to work together with a local agency. Students recently participated in a training exercise with the Cayuga County Probation Department. Students are selected based on academic and program standing, and get to work with probation officers during their annual training. The students acted in various role-playing scenarios in assisting the Probation Department meet their needs for real-life training refreshers. Pictured from left, students Patti Griffin (Auburn), Kayleigh Tallman (Auburn), Hunter Lawrence (Moravia) and Arianna Cooper (Cato- Meridian) were all smiles during the training.  
HERO Hosts Annual Rodeo HERO Hosts Annual Rodeo: The Cayuga Onondaga BOCES Heavy Equipment Repair and Operation program hosted its Annual Rodeo on May 3rd. 130 students from multiple districts throughout the state had the opportunity to compete in 8 timed contests operating heavy equipment machinery. Many local business and industry members volunteer their time to judge the contests.  Cale Jirinec's CO BOCES students took first place winning 11 trophies. This event incorporates participation from multiple CTE programs and is enjoyed by students, parents and community members.   
CO BOCES Students Celebrate Earth Day CO BOCES Students Celebrate Earth Day: Students in the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Day Treatment program took a lesson from Dr. Seuss’ "The Lorax" in celebrating Earth Day. In Dr. Seuss’ "The Lorax," viewers are shown a world without trees and are encouraged to nurture the Earth’s ecosystems by showing respect for the environment and planting trees. Students first watched the movie in their science classes and held discussions related to its importance in today’s world. Then on Thursday, April 25, students in three Day Treatment classrooms put their learning into action by planting 30 white pine tree seedlings around the west end of campus. This event was coordinated by Mr. Devon Greene, a teacher assistant in Ms. Doherty’s classroom. Seedlings were supplied by the Department ...
Three Student Place a State-Wide SkillsUSA Three Student Place a State-Wide SkillsUSA: Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES had three students place at the state-wide SkillsUSA competition held at the State Fair Grounds in Syracuse. The following students placed: 1st place- Auto Vehicle Maintenance Basic Noah Kieffer - Moravia HS- Auto Technology 3rd place- Motorcylce Service Technology Dristin Smith- Moravia HS- Outdoor Power Equipment 3rd place- Related Technical Math Ryan Blatchley- Auburn HS- Computer Systems & Network Administration
Local Law Enforcement Attends Virtual Training at CO BOCES Local Law Enforcement Attends Virtual Training at CO BOCES: The Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Criminal Justice program recently hosted local law enforcement agencies to observe a demonstration of the latest technology in virtual law enforcement training. Ken Emerson, a former law enforcement officer and current representative for VirTra simulation systems, displayed the latest simulator training that contains multiple scenarios with various suspects, animals, and threat levels. Officers and instructors were able to observe real-life scenarios, a series of performance, reaction and judgment possibilities, and other options involving all levels of use of force including verbal skills.  
Weedsport Students Enjoy New Makerspace Weedsport Students Enjoy New Makerspace: After learning about simple machines, fourth graders from Weedsport Central Schools recently stopped by the makerspace at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES for some hands-on activities.   With the sound of 3D printers running in the background, the students broke into groups and worked together to complete several projects, including assembling mini catapults with tools created by the printers.   “It was amazing to give these students the opportunity to take all that they had learned and put it into action with some help from the adults,” said Nina Baker, Instructional Technology Integrated Specialist at BOCES. "We really wanted to promote the students coming up with their own ideas and working through them.”   Baker said the activities were a wonderful ...
Early Childhood Students Complete Internships Early Childhood Students Complete Internships: Thanks to internships through the Early Childhood Education program at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, three students are one step closer to turning their dreams into reality.   Libby Nemec, a senior at Weedsport High School, has spent two mornings a week interning with Meaghan Evans’ kindergarten class at Casey Park Elementary School, and has helped the class implement the Superkids Reading curriculum. Nemec will be attending Buffalo State College in the fall and aspires to be a kindergarten teacher. Lindsey Moffitt, a senior at Moravia High School, had a great experience in the UPK classroom run by the Cayuga Seneca Community Action Agency. She plans to attend TC3 to continue her study of early childhood education.   Brigid Hildreth, a senior at Weedsport High School, ...
CO BOCES Again Receives Safety Excellence Award from Utica National CO BOCES Again Receives Safety Excellence Award from Utica National: Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES is one of 156 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 2019 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. Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES received its award at Utica National’s 39th annual school safety seminar at the Syracuse Double Tree, 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 York alone. Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES officials accepted ...
New Visions Participates in Patient Safety Awareness Week New Visions Participates in Patient Safety Awareness Week: The Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES New Visions Medical Professions program was recently asked to participate at the annual Auburn Community Hospital's Patient Safety Awareness Week. The students presented several activities to advance important discussions on safety. The event, which served as a platform for safety awareness, involved Auburn Community Quality Management, nurses, healthcare professionals and hospital staff.
Ice Sculpture Brings Laughs, Talents to CO BOCES Ice Sculpture Brings Laughs, Talents to CO BOCES: Culinary Arts students at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES recently received a fun-filled lesson in ice sculpting thanks to visitor Stan Kolonko.   Kolonko, who owns The Ice Farm in East Syracuse, has been involved in competitive ice sculpting for years and belongs to the National Ice Carving Association.   During his visit, Kolonko explained the basics of ice sculpting, and noted the importance of safety when utilizing tools such as chainsaws, ice picks, grinders and more.   Kolonko then began sculpting a block of ice right before the students, often purposely spraying his audience ice shavings for some laughs. In the end, Kolonko sculpted an outline of the state of New York in less than 15 minutes.
PBIS Take Over! PBIS Take Over!: On March 22nd, the Special Education Department wanted to highlight the PBIS celebrations that have been ongoing thus far this year. Take a look at the photos below as a quick recap of the year! September PBIS Kickoff Ice Cream Social Filling Backpacks With Food Bags  

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