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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 ...
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Hosts 2018 HERO Rodeo Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Hosts 2018 HERO Rodeo: In May, Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES played host to the Heavy Equipment Repair and Operation (HERO) Rodeo. The HERO Rodeo invited nearly 200 students from six different regional BOCES programs to Auburn, where they competed in a variety of contests using heavy equipment. This was the fifth consecutive year that BOCES hosted the event, which welcomed upwards of 500 onlookers to the 2018 competition.   A captivated audience (of all ages) watched the HERO students compete in rodeo competition The competition itself tests HERO students with a variety of dexterity exercises. Think it’s tough to sink a bucket when playing basketball competitively? Try doing it with thousands of pounds of heavy equipment instead of hands! Students used ...
Health Related Occupations Program Celebrate Juniors During Year-end Ceremony Health Related Occupations Program Celebrate Juniors During Year-end Ceremony: Last week, juniors from Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES’ Health Related Occupations (HRO) program were celebrated during a year-end award ceremony, which saw 21 students receive certificates of completion at the end of this, their first year. The curriculum required the students to complete 110 clinical hours, and also tasked them with mastering 40 different lab skills. Beyond these clinical requirements, the HRO experience dove much more deeply into the nuts and bolts of the profession than many might realize. “One of the greatest assets that students get out of our program is the learning how to be a professional health care worker,” said HRO Instructor Robin McKay. “They learn the language, dress and conduct of someone in this profession. They learn how to speak to residents ...
Students of the Month: April 2018 Students of the Month: April 2018: Congratulations to our April 2018 Students of the Month: Dallas Rothenberg and Kole Sovocool!  (For an ADA-compliant version of this feature, please click here ).  
Compass Program Holds Annual Award Ceremony Compass Program Holds Annual Award Ceremony: On Thursday, May 31, Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES held its annual Compass Awards Ceremony. Parents, administrators, and friends showed up to congratulate Compass Program students for all their hard work and perseverance throughout the year. Compass teachers were on hand to reward students who earned stellar marks in content area classes such as poetry, drama, or excelled during STEM projects and social studies research. Awards were also presented to those who made improvements and earned special achievements as the year wore on. “The teachers look forward to this event every year,” said Compass Instructor Crystal Ponto. “It gives us an opportunity to thank not only the students who worked so diligently, but also their parents and family who show up ...
Students of the Month: March 2018 Students of the Month: March 2018: Meet our Students of the Month for March 2018. Congratulations, Brittany and Kody!  (For an ADA-compliant version of this feature, please click here ).  
PALS Students Embrace Competition, Career Perspective at FFA Convention PALS Students Embrace Competition, Career Perspective at FFA Convention: The Future Farmers of America (FFA) recently held its 93rd State Convention, from May 17-19 at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Per the convention’s website , over 1,500 FFA members, advisors, and honored guests from throughout New York gather at this annual event. The convention features presentations from peers and agricultural professionals, knowledge workshops, tours, and networking opportunities. The convention also serves as the state finals for 31 different Career and/or Leadership Development Events (CDE and LDE, respectively), promoting competition among student groups as they test their knowledge and ability against that of their peers. Students were given the opportunity to participate in or observe these events, many of which served as qualifiers for the ...
Innovation, Participation Take Center Stage During IDC Expo Innovation, Participation Take Center Stage During IDC Expo: This past weekend, students, families, and members of the public visited Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES for the IDC Expo and Maker Faire & Robotics Competition.   The event was a huge success, giving students a chance to demonstrate their innovation, ingenuity, and problem-solving skills . Student teams from the BOCES nine component districts presented solutions to a defined problem in the competition portion of the event, while others in attendance tried their hand at Maker Faire and robotics activities, playing different interactive games and experiencing the 3D-printing process.   This marked the inaugural year of the event, and hopefully, represents the first of many to come.   ...
National Technical Honor Society Welcomes 72 New Students National Technical Honor Society Welcomes 72 New Students: “Excellence in America’s workforce begins with excellence in workforce education.” Such is the motto for the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS), which saw 72 new inductees from Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES on May 16.   NTHS welcomed 72 new members into its ranks     Inductees were recognized in part based on their achievement, by maintaining at least an 85 grade point average at the Regional Education Center. Additionally, these juniors were recommended by their instructors based on their qualities of strong character, leadership, loyalty, and responsibility.   The colors of the National Technical Honor Society are silver, white and purple; silver represents value and worth, white represents ...
Compass Program Academic Fair Celebrates Student Work Compass Program Academic Fair Celebrates Student Work: On Star Wars Day (May 4), the Compass Program hosted its annual Academic Fair, at the Regional Education Center. Considered the culmination of a (school) year’s worth of work, the Academic Fair invited administrators, school counselors, teachers, parents, and students to come see some of the projects that had been completed by Compass Program students over the course of the 2017-18 school year.   Over the past eight months, students had worked on various writing and research projects, science experiments, and more; much of which was vividly on display for those in attendance. It was the students themselves who gave tours of these exhibits, discussing the methodology behind their work and reflecting back on everything they’ve accomplished ...
SkillsUSA Students Compete at Leadership and Skills Championship SkillsUSA Students Compete at Leadership and Skills Championship:   In late April, students from Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs competed in the annual SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Championships, held over three days at the New York State Fairgrounds. SkillsUSA is a national membership association that serves high school students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical, and skilled service occupations. It is a partnership of students, teachers and industry professionals working together to ensure that America has a skilled workforce.   During the Leadership and Skills Championship, BOCES students tackled challenges that reflect what they might find in the real-world workforce, calling upon the training and instruction they’ve received over the course ...



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