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Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES provides Hurricane Harvey relief to Texas classroom: The Compass Program at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES recently paired up with a school in Texas to provide Hurricane Harvey victims with school supplies and toiletry items. Students from Mrs. Butcher’s Career and Tech class at Dickinson High School were hit hard by Hurricane Harvey, but the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES community has stepped in to help. School supplies and toiletry items have been pouring in from teachers and students throughout BOCES. We will continue to accept donations until September 29. School supplies, particularly pens, pencils, notebooks and one-inch binders are needed as well as toiletry items such as soap, deodorant, shampoo, etc. We are also accepting Amazon gift cards to give to Mrs. Butcher for additional items she may need. Please contact Mrs. Ponto in the Compass Program ... more >>
Setting the stage for success at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES: Nearly 600 Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES students recently experienced orientation, conducted by Director of CTE, Adult, & Alternative Education Mr. Steve Woodard. High School seniors attended a morning orientation, while juniors participated in an afternoon session. "The purpose of orientation is to clearly define our expectations for the school year," said Mr. Woodard. "We understand that our students are coming from districts that may have different rules than Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES. Reviewing our standards for students ensures everyone is on the same page and prepared for success." To learn more about opportunities at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, explore  or contact Mr. Woodard at (315) 253-0361. more >>
Students enjoy 2017 Summer Robotics STEM Camp: Nearly 100 students from Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES’ nine component districts are participating in the 2017 Summer Robotics STEM Camp, Aug. 14-18. The second annual event is hosted by CO BOCES, in partnership with The Robot Zone . Participants range from fifth to eighth grade. Each day campers are divided into groups and assigned to a specific hands-on session ranging from 3D design and printing to robot design, programming, and drones. “Our goal is to continue to grow the camp,” said Tony Abbatiello, Director of Instructional Support Services. “We’d like to expand it to two weeks and include students from K-12.” Parents and community members are invited to attend the camp’s expo on Friday, Aug. 18 from 1-3 p.m. During the expo, attendees ... more >>
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES: Practical Nursing Graduation: Watch our Practical Nursing students walk the stage!   more >>
Plant, Animal, and Life Sciences Instructor Julia Rotman-Smith attends state Agriscience Inquiry Institute: Julia Rotman-Smith speaks at the 2017 CTE Year-End Ceremony. An educator at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES was recently selected to attend an Agriscience Inquiry Institute hosted by the National Association of Agricultural Educators and the New York Association of Agricultural Educators in Oswegatchie, N.Y.  CO BOCES’ Plant, Animal, and Life Sciences Instructor Julia Rotman-Smith attended the professional development institute at the Oswegatchie Educational Center, June 20-23, 2017. The event focused on teaching agricultural educators how to incorporate inquiry-based learning into their courses. The institute was facilitated by New York agriscience educators who have been trained as National Agriscience Teacher Ambassadors. The New York NAAE Agriscience Inquiry Institute ... more >>
Staying safe: CTE team members participate in safety training: The end of the 2016-2017 school year at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES marked the beginning of safety training for all CTE staff. “Safety is paramount,” said CTE Director Steve Woodard. “We are committed to ensuring our staff is well trained on all safety procedures, and can then model good behaviors for our students.” Every two years, CO BOCES provides its CTE team members with a variety of safety training including First Aid, CPR, AED, and Fire Extinguisher usage. The training took place June 15-16. During the experience, teachers and teacher assistants rotated through each of the 16 CTE program’s shops and labs. “Teachers learn about everything from chemical issues in our cosmetology lab to correct safety procedures in our culinary kitchen,” ... more >>
Juniors recognized during Health Related Occupations I Year-End Certification Ceremony: Thirty-three juniors recently received Homemaker Health Aide and Personal Care Assistant certificates during the Health Related Occupations I Year-End Certification Ceremony . The special event took place at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES on Wednesday, June 7. Awards were also presented for academic excellence and perfect attendance. “Our students work hard,” said Health Related Occupations Teacher Robin McKay. “This ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate their achievements and encourage them to push forward in their senior year to earn their CNA.”     ... more >>
Certificates, celebrations, and cheers: Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES hosts the 2017 CTE End-of-the-Year Ceremony: It was standing room only inside Auburn High School’s auditorium on Thursday, June 8. Family, friends, community members, district administrators, teachers, and more attended Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES’ Career & Technical Education (CTE) End-of-the-Year Ceremony . Approximately 200 certificates were presented to seniors who completed their CTE programs. Students from each of the 16 CTE programs, as well as the New Visions Program, were recognized during the ceremony. Additionally, more than $30,000 in scholarship funding was awarded to 27 students. Senior Scoutt Cotto was nominated by her teachers to be the student speaker. Cotto, Cato-Meridian Central School District , completed the Plant, Animal, and Life Sciences Program and is the FFA President. Two long-time team ... more >>
COSBA recognizes three from Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES with awards: Three representatives from Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES received awards from the Cayuga-Onondaga School Board Association (COSBA) during its annual dinner meeting on Thursday, June 1. Criminal Justice instructor Mr. Al Pola earned an outstanding teacher award, Cindy Pattington, district treasurer, earned an outstanding support staff non-instructional award, and Donald Tamblin Jr. received an outstanding student award. Donnie, a senior from the Jordan-Elbridge Central School District, is in the Criminal Justice program. Mr. Al Pola's Nomination:  Mr. Pola is a master teacher who has impacted the lives of hundreds of students from our component school districts. He is a person of high moral character who serves as an excellent role model for the students and staff at ... more >>
Compass Program students recognized during annual Awards Night: Students in the Compass Program at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES were recognized during the program's Awards Night on Thursday, June 1. Nearly 70 attendees enjoyed the celebratory event. "The Awards Night is an opportunity for teachers to recognize our students for a job well done," said Compass Program Principal Mr. Drew Yakawiak. "We are very proud of our students and the successful school year they've completed." Students, family members, guardians, and CO BOCES team members enjoyed cake and refreshments following the awards presentation.   more >>
Cato-Meridian Superintendent Search: Information and Application                                                                                                                                                                                   LETTER TO THE CANDIDATE The Board of Education is seeking a leader with a proven record of success as a school ... more >>
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 >>

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Christopher J. Todd, Interim District Superintendent
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