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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  
Compass, Day Care Students Team Up for Literacy Festival Compass, Day Care Students Team Up for Literacy Festival: Literacy was on display recently at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES as students from the Compass and Day Care programs came together for a reading festival.   Each year, Compass students host a themed literacy event for day care students. The theme of this year’s event was farming, which seemed to engage students both emotionally and educationally.   “This year’s Compass students engaged our UPK students in hands-on, cross curricular activities that allowed students a peak into life on a farm,” said UPK teacher Danielle Fantasia. “This event paired perfectly with the UPK curriculum, as students just wrapped up a unit of study where they learned about the differences between city life and county life.”   During the event, Compass students ...
CO BOCES Students Receive Scholarships CO BOCES Students Receive Scholarships: For their participation in a regional technical competition, students at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES recently received scholarship opportunities from one of the top technical colleges in the country.   Select Career & Technical Education students received scholarships from Ohio Technical College for participating in the Regional SkillsUSA competition, including two students who received scholarships up to and exceeding $2,500.   Students Riley Pettit (Welding), Griffin Cole (Welding), Alex Hyland (Heavy Equipment), Blaise Northrup (Heavy Equipment), Bailey Brown (Auto Tech), Sam Townsend (Auto Tech), Cody Manitta (Auto Body), Aaron McShane (Auto Body), Lucas Sawyer (Outdoor Power) and Ethan Koch (Outdoor Power) all received $500 participation scholarships.   Noah Kieffer ...
Compass Students Enjoy Pi Day Compass Students Enjoy Pi Day: On March 13 th , Compass Students celebrated Pi Day by enjoying pizza pie. The students measured different circles and calculated area and circumference, including the area of mini pizzas. The students were able to enjoy math, while also making and enjoying their snacks.
Early Childhood Education represents CO BOCES at the Early Childhood Education represents CO BOCES at the "Well": BOCES from around the state gathered at the "Well" in Albany on March 13 to share their work, and the Early Childhood Education program led the charge for Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES. The event featured all 37 BOCES from throughout New York State, each of which were asked to showcase one of their programs or services. Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES decided to feature its Early Childhood Education program, which features a unique learning opportunity thanks to its partnership with the dare care center on campus.  
Computer Systems Named Top CTE Programs Computer Systems Named Top CTE Programs: Thanks to a combination of student effort, high-quality instruction and access to state-of-the-art equipment, the Computer Systems & Network Administration program at CO BOCES was recently recognized as a top CTE program in the state. The program was identified by the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education at the Southern Regional Education Board as one of the gold standard CTE programs in New York. The program was one of approximately 250 CTE programs recognized. Instructor Matt Champlain said it is an honor to be recognized as one of the top CTE programs in the state. Champlain credited the hard work of his students and the program’s high-tech computer lab as reasons for why the program was recognized. “We have an amazing computer lab here. ...
Students Shine at Regional SkillsUSA Students Shine at Regional SkillsUSA: We are so proud of our CTE students who participated in the regional SkillsUSA competition at SUNY Morrisville! Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES went home with the following placements: Action Skills Basic (Ka’Ron Temple, 2nd Place); Auto Vehicle Maintenance (Noah Kieffer, 3rd Place); Cabinet Making (Shannon Simons, 3rd Place); Carpentry (Brianna Steger, 2nd Place); Customer Service (Devin Chuchhill, 1st Place); Customer Service (Mackenzie Kriesler, 3rd Place); Diesel Equipment Technology (Austin Goodwin, 2nd Place); Health Knowledge Bowl (Amani Dawley, Samantha Conley, Mackenzie Morgenthaler and Maryn Reno, 1st Place); Job Interview (Taylor Loving, 1st Place); Motorcycle Service Technology (Dristin Smith, 2nd Place); Prepared Speech (Carrie Deaville, 2nd Place); Related Technical Math ...
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.

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