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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.   ...
Reminder: Open House and Spaghetti Dinner on Oct. 4 Reminder: Open House and Spaghetti Dinner on Oct. 4: Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES will be hosting its annual Open House on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 9:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. SkillsUSA will also be sponsoring a spaghetti dinner for attendees on that same night, from 5-7 p.m. See flyer below for more information.   Stop by to see all the fantastic work the students have been doing this year, and enjoy a great meal while you're there!     
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES to Offer Two New NSC Course Certifications Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES to Offer Two New NSC Course Certifications: For the 2018-19 school year, Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES will be offering two new National Safety Council course certifications, to be offered alongside the program’s existing OSHA training course. Workzone Flagger Training will be provided to students from the Heavy Equipment Repair and Operations, Construction and Building Trades, and Trades Exploration programs, and will teach students how to provide safe passage of traffic through work and/or construction areas. The resulting course certification will enhance the employability of students who complete their coursework and continue on in their careers. Additionally, BOCES will now offer a Defensive Driving Course for students in the Criminal Justice program. This training has been proven to reduce motor vehicle incident ...
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Online Storefront Open Through End of Sept. Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Online Storefront Open Through End of Sept.: The Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES online storefront is currently open! Interested shoppers may place orders through midnight on 9/30/2018. Please remember if you have items delivered to your home address, you will be charged shipping and handling. However, if you choose “pick up at store,” you will not be charged for shipping and handling, and your order will be delivered right here to BOCES.  Happy shopping!  
Staff Breakfast 2018-19 Staff Breakfast 2018-19: On Aug. 30, nearly 300 employees packed the gym at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES in advance of the start of the new school year.   The festivities kicked off with a staff breakfast, which saw personnel commiserating about a summer that always seems to fly by too quickly, but also talking excitedly about the road ahead.  Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES District Superintendent Brian Hartwell discussed how that road will be traversed. Throughout Dr. Hartwell's presentation, the message was clear: a desire for BOCES to make continued strides towards becoming the regional leader in world-class educational services and support. To this end, he encouraged all employees to seek out any tool that might help them perform their job even better. The better that we, collectively, ...
Learn by Doing: 2018 STEM/Robotics Camp Provides Hands-on Education Learn by Doing: 2018 STEM/Robotics Camp Provides Hands-on Education: Throughout the week of July 30, students from the nine Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES component districts converged on the Regional Education Center to participate in the third annual Robotics/STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Camp. Each day of the camp is organized into four distinct areas of study: robotics, makerspace, 3D printing, and drone operation. Every day begins with an ice-breaking, brain-teasing team event to get the ball rolling (sometimes literally). The camp will see upwards of 70 students between fourth and eighth grade visit the BOCES to get some genuine, hands-on education on STEM activities. While the specific activities for each category might be different each day, they'll generally share consistent elements throughout the week: Drone Operation: ...
Extended School Year kicks off in July Extended School Year kicks off in July: On July 9, the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Special Education program kicked off its six-week Extended School Year (ESY) program. Throughout the ESY, students work on individualized goals, participate in fun activities (including use of the playground), visit local sites, and engage in community-based instruction. Physical, occupational, and speech therapy are also provided for students who require these services.   Already hard at work during the first week of ESY! Occupational therapy targets fine motor skills   One featured event of the ESY will be a visit from the Auburn Police Department, whose officers will discuss how they work with police dogs as part of their duties. Another high point will be ...
PBIS Rocks! PBIS Rocks!: Throughout this school year, Ms. House's team and students practiced Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS). They recently celebrated this year-long dedication with a rock painting party, proving that PBIS ROCKS! in Ms. House's class.  Students and staff painted and "planted" rocks of kindness and good wishes around the grounds at Port Byron's A.A. Gates Elementary School, in the hopes that others will see and enjoy the happiness these ornaments bring.    PBIS is based on principles of applied behavior analysis and the prevention approach and values of positive behavior support. PBIS is a framework for assisting school personnel with adopting evidence-based behavioral ...

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Brian K. Hartwell, Ed.D.
District Superintendent of Schools

1879 West Genesee Street Rd.
Auburn, NY 13021
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