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First LEGO League Qualifying Tournament at CO BOCES: Eight teams from four school districts participated in the First LEGO League Qualifying Tournament at Cayuga-Onondaga (CO) BOCES on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017. First LEGO League gives elementary and middle school students and their adult coaches the opportunity to work together to solve a common problem, as well as design and build a robot using a LEGO kit with a common set of rules. The following districts were represented at the all-day event:  Auburn Enlarged City School District Lego Lions, Genesee Elementary Reaperbots, Owasco Elementary RoboHawks, Herman Elementary Bull Dogs, Casey Park Elementary Manlius Pebble Hill School TriuMPH Port Byron Central School District Jack & Crew Gizmos & Gadgets ... more >>
Early Childhood Education students visit the Child Advocacy Center: Juniors in the Early Childhood Education program at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES recently visited the Child Advocacy Center (CAC) in Auburn. During their experience, Cayuga Counseling Services Educator Tracy Bozeat-Cook facilitated a training called: Protecting Children. Students learned about the warning signs of child sexual abuse and toured the facility. The learning opportunity enhanced the students' understanding of the programs and services available to children and families in the  community. Fun Fact: Tracy Bozeat-Cook is a graduate of CO BOCES' ECE program.  "It was great for the students to see where our program can lead beyond a daycare or preschool setting," said ECE Instructor Mrs. Casey Meyer Stephens.   ... more >>
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES student saves friend's life: Alex M., joined by his classmates at CO BOCES, displays a First Aid Choking Adult Poster with Heimlich Instructions. Alex M., a student at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, as well as the Cato-Meridian School District, recently provided life-saving support to his friend. When Alex saw his best friend choking on an apple seed, he bravely stepped in to help.   Alex says, "My friend started choking and I acted fast. I kept pulling his chest in from behind until the apple seed came out of his mouth." Thankfully, Alex's friend is OK and doing well. Alex was taught the Heimlich Maneuver by his mother's boyfriend, and also knew what to do thanks to posters hanging in his school's cafeteria.   Kudos, Alex! Everyone ... more >>
Several FFA members from Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES experience the 2017 National FFA Convention: Eight seniors in the Plant, Animal, and Life Sciences (PALS) program at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES recently attended the 2017 National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. The group, accompanied by PALS Instructor Mrs. Julia Rotman-Smith, joined nearly 60,000 peers from across the country to enjoy convention sessions, an interactive career show, and more. The group was able to see the retiring address from Ashley Willits, who was one of the six National FFA officers in 2017. Ashley was elected last year and was NY’s national candidate. She was the first female national officer from NY and the 13th national FFA officer New York has had.  This is not the first time Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES has had a presence at the annual FFA convention. The school’s strong ... more >>
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES hosts annual Consultant Committee dinner: Sweet aromas are wafting out of the  Culinary Arts  kitchen at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES (CO BOCES) today. Seniors are busy preparing for tonight’s 2017 Consultant Committee dinner. More than 100 attendees will be treated to a seasonal meal including:  Smoked Roast Pork Rotisserie Chicken with a BBQ Dry Rub Autumn Rattatouille Smoked Gouda Macaroni and Cheese Pumpkin Roasted Garlic Rolls Fried Lake Victorian Perch Harvest Arugula Salad with Tangarine Rosemary Vinaigrette House-Made Desserts What is the Consultant Committee dinner? The Consultant Committee dinner is an annual event, hosted by CO BOCES, to recognize and thank committee members for their efforts to support the school’s  Career & ... more >>
Early Childhood Education students experience guest speaker: Anne Napper, director of Head Start at Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency, recently spoke to juniors in Mrs. Meyer Stephens’ Early Childhood Education class at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES. Students are learning about the various types of early childhood programs, including Head Start.  more >>
Compass Program Activity - September 2017:         Friday, September 15: Fort Ontario Field Trip Eighteen middle school students in Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES' Compass Program visited Fort Ontario as a kick off event for their upcoming human rights project. In the coming weeks, students will research significant events and people that led to the human rights movement in Central New York.   Students were given a tour, educated on the history and construction of the fort, shown a rifle demonstration, and able to ask questions in regard to the fort being used as a safe haven for refugees. “Visiting Fort Ontario was a great experience for our students. They were able to see a historic place in New York and see why it played ... more >>
Meet the September 2017 Students of the Month: Congratulations to our September 2017 Students of the Month! Lillian Greer -- Union Springs High School – Early Childhood Education   "Lily is hardworking, kind, and always has a smile on her face," said Mrs. Casey Stephens, Early Childhood Education program instructor. "She gives 100 percent effort in my classroom and at her internship placement (kindergarten classroom at Casey Park Elementary School).  Lily has a bright future ahead of her and will make a wonderful elementary school teacher!" Reid Webster -- Jordan-Elbridge High School – Applied Electrical Technology   "Within a few days of working with Reid, I knew he had the knack for electrical ... more >>
Seniors in Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES' Early Childhood Education program participate in internships throughout the community: Early Childhood Education student Jack Legg (right) is a senior at Skaneateles Central School District and interning with Physical Education Instructor Bill Allan (left) at Casey Park Elementary School.  Seniors in Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES’ Early Childhood Education (ECE) program recently began internships in child care organizations throughout the Auburn community. Fourteen students are participating in work-based learning experiences at locations that were handpicked for them, based on their preferences. Five seniors are interning at Casey Park Elementary School, seven are placed at the Cayuga Community College Child Care Center, one is in the Head Start UPK classroom at Casey Park Elementary, and the final student is interning in the 3PK ... more >>
Save the dates for upcoming college preparation opportunities: Are you a high school senior preparing to head off to college in 2018? Consider attending the upcoming FAFSA Night .  FAFSA NIGHT Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Regional Education Center Computer Lab Room 401 Limited seating available -- open to parents and students Please RSVP by Monday, Oct. 2, 2017 to Christie Schwab at 315.237.7397 or christie.schwab@mygenbank.com.   CAYUGA COUNSELORS ASSOCIATION COLLEGE NIGHT Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Auburn High School Click here to view additional details. more >>
Cosmetology students learn about health and safety hazards in beauty and nail salons: Cosmetology students at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES and Syracuse City School District experienced a special safety presentation on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017 at the Regional Education Center. Presenter Nellie Brown is the Director of Workplace Health & Safety Programs at Cornell University. Nellie Brown, Director of Workplace Health & Safety Programs  at Cornell University more >>
Compass Program's Positive Incentive Program motivates, inspires, and rewards students: Every school day is a new opportunity for students in Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES’ (CO BOCES) Compass Program to make good decisions and earn points. The school-wide Positive Incentive Program enables faculty to award students with points based on their actions. Teachers and staff use LiveSchool, a web-based app, to record students’ points. Students who earn enough points can participate in special activities, ranging from ice skating and kickball to VIP movie screenings and trips to museums and restaurants. Compass Program Principal Drew Yakawiak launched the Positive Incentive Program in 2015-16.   “The goal of the Positive Incentive Program is to inspire students to create a positive community,” said Yakawiak. “Students understand that they need ... more >>
Compass Program organizes Fall Food Drive to support students in need: 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.” During the 2016-2017 school year, students in Mrs. Ponto’s Senior English class identified this issue and wanted to do something to help. Together, the group 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. "Since the program's ... more >>
Important Message: Sept. 26, 2017: This afternoon (9/26/17) the BOCES facility was placed on lockdown while police on the scene were resolving an incident with a student. The lockdown was called in an abundance of caution and at no time were any students or staff in danger. The duration of the incident was less than 20 minutes. We thank our students for their orderly behavior, our staff who responded effectively in accordance with their training, and law enforcement for bringing quick resolution to the incident. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact the administrator in charge of your student’s program. more >>
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 www.cayboces.org  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 >>



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