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Compass Program Enjoys Busy Start to 2018 Compass Program Enjoys Busy Start to 2018: Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES’ Compass Program was determined to hit the ground running in 2018, organizing a pair of events early in the New Year. First up was the Compass Basketball Skills Competition. Held on Jan. 10, the event saw Compass Program students test their skills in both three-point shooting and slam dunk competitions. Friends and family of the program were invited to the competition as well, and attendees enjoyed food and prizes to round out the event.   On Jan. 12, students and staff partook in a BINGO competition. As part of Compass’s Positive Incentives Program , students were treated to food, prizes, and of course, the thrill of competition.       
Criminal Justice students delve into forensic science Criminal Justice students delve into forensic science: As part of program curriculum, Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Criminal Justice students recently dissected cow eyes in class, in an effort to learn more about forensic procedures.  The scope of the activity differed slightly from what many of us experienced in biology class, with students approaching the task within a forensics framework. Following an initial focus on the proper use of lab tools, students went on to learn about the various parts of the eye, while also uncovering some secrets that had been previously unknown.   In this particular examination, students discovered that two of the eyes studied were afflicted by disease, after finding tumors behind the eyeball. A third eye showed the presence of an old wound; one that would have ...
Meet the November 2017 Students of the Month Meet the November 2017 Students of the Month: Meet Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES' Students of the Month for November 2017. Congratulations to Angel and Dylan! (For an ADA-compliant version of this feature, please click here ).  
New Visions Students Interview U.S. Veterans New Visions Students Interview U.S. Veterans: Students from Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES’ New Visions: Medical Professions program recently completed an assignment focusing on the global, political, and personal issues experienced by United States military veterans.  As part of the assignment, each student interviewed a veteran about the essential components of their military service. After gathering as much in-depth information as they could, students then collated that data, turning it into a biography that was presented to each of the 14 veterans that were interviewed. As a final touch befitting the time of year, students also created personalized holiday cards for the veterans, incorporating their biographies into the card itself and expressing gratitude for their talent, service, and sacrifice. More immersive ...
Occupational Therapist visits with Early Childhood Education students Occupational Therapist visits with Early Childhood Education students: On Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES welcomed Occupational Therapist Bob Trapani to the campus. Speaking with students from the Early Childhood Education program, Trapani provided insight into the different types of careers in therapy, discussing the responsibilities inherent to the speech, physical, and occupational fields. He also educated students on the special education services available for children with developmental delays. The discussion was also accompanied by video clips of home-based therapy sessions, illustrating some of the techniques used with children from birth to age five. Throughout the discussion, students received glimpses of what a career in the therapy field might look like.  
Compass Program Hosts Holiday Luncheon Compass Program Hosts Holiday Luncheon: On Dec. 19, 2017, students and staff from Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES’ Compass Program gathered for a holiday luncheon. Opened to parents of the students as well, the luncheon served as an opportunity to foster the feeling of “community” that lends itself so well to the holiday season. Over 100 attendees chatted, laughed, and reflected on the success of the school year as they ate. Food was provided by Compass Program staff – who each contributed a dish to the event – and included Swedish meatballs, white cheddar pierogies, baked ziti, and more; not to mention a wide assortment of cookies, cream puffs, pies, and other holiday-inspired sweet treats.   For students, it was a time to reflect on both the ...
CTE Programs Compete for Charity CTE Programs Compete for Charity: This December, students from multiple Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs competed in the Warmer Winter Drive. Organized by the school’s National Technical Honor Society, the competition tasked students with donating hats, gloves, and toiletries, all of which would be given to the Cayuga-Seneca Community Action Agency. In all, 16 different CTE programs joined the competition. By the end, students from the Heavy Equipment Repair & Operation program contributed the most items, earning themselves a pizza party in the process.   All told, students contributed over 500 items for charity. A special thank-you to students Jimmy Thurston, Emily Wood, Graig Hobart, Cashmere Addison, and Hannah Shaw for ...
Compass Students and Staff Give Back During the Holidays Compass Students and Staff Give Back During the Holidays: Each year, individuals from Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES’ Compass Program have the opportunity to give back to the community by participating with the St. Alphonsus Food Pantry. During the holiday season, the pantry provides Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets to more than 450 local families.   Stacking holiday needs on top of the pantry’s usual operation can be a daunting task. So when the pantry’s Director Sue Norton called, Compass Program students and staff stood ready to respond. As many of the pantry’s non-seasonal volunteers are senior citizens, one could practically hear the sigh of relief when students and staff arrived on Nov. 13, 2017, ready to pitch in.   Together, the volunteers unloaded and organized hundreds ...
New Visions: Medical Professions Students Attend Business Showcase New Visions: Medical Professions Students Attend Business Showcase: Recently, students from Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES’ New Visions: Medical Professions program attended a full-day business showcase, held at Cayuga Community College. Featured as part of New Visions' economics curriculum, students who attended the showcase took part in seminars focusing on personal money management and investing, tourism, project management, sports management, and more.     Seminars also provided students with hands-on activities, giving them exposure to professional associations, training and skills, and the exploration of interests. By the conclusion of the showcase, attendees had received an in-depth look at several potential educational and career options.  
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Hosts Spontaneous Workshop Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Hosts Spontaneous Workshop: The Talented and Gifted Advisory (TAG) Committee sponsored a Spontaneous Workshop on Saturday, Dec. 9, held at the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES campus.   This event was open to Odyssey of the Mind teams, and afforded both their members and coaches a firsthand look at the types of challenges issued at the competition. In all, 15 teams attended the workshop, comprised of over 70 students and coaches. Students from the Auburn, Cato-Meridian, Moravia, and Skaneateles school districts joined in the event.    Participants who attended the workshop were challenged to respond to the three different types of "spontaneous problems:" verbal, hands-on, and a third that incorporated elements of both. During official Odyssey of the Mind competition, each team is asked to solve ...
Criminal Justice students learn about DWI and arrest procedures Criminal Justice students learn about DWI and arrest procedures: On Thursday, Dec. 7, the Cayuga County Sheriff’s Office paid a visit to the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES campus, and gave a presentation to the school’s Criminal Justice students. The discussion focused on the procedures used by law enforcement when they suspect that an individual may be driving while intoxicated (DWI). The presentation – conducted by Cayuga County Deputies Rob Guarnieri and Rob Brown – reviewed the necessary steps taken by law enforcement officials who are compelled make a DWI stop, from initial observation and street testing, to station breath-testing and arraignment.   Deputies teach students about sobriety testing To help further illustrate the process, the deputies demonstrated ...
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Students Visit Pomeroy College of Nursing Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Students Visit Pomeroy College of Nursing: Recently, students from Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES visited the Pomeroy College of Nursing at Crouse Hospital, giving prospective applicants a glimpse at what the program had to offer. Students from the Health Related Occupations and New Visions: Medical Professions programs were treated to a tour of the campus, visiting the school proper and getting a firsthand look at the dorms and SIM labs. While attendees did receive information about the program, they were also afforded some perspective on what life as a nursing student might look like.  
New York State Trooper Visits CO BOCES to Talk With Students New York State Trooper Visits CO BOCES to Talk With Students: Trooper Klewicki speaks to Criminal Justice students Each year, Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES invites a member from the law enforcement community to visit the campus and speak with juniors and seniors in the Criminal Justice program. Professionals from local, state and federal agencies talk with students about the wide array of job opportunities available in the criminal justice field. This year, New York State Trooper Jason Klewicki was the guest speaker. While he was there to discuss law enforcement in broad terms, students were likely to consume the information differently depending on how long they’ve been part of the Criminal Justice program. For juniors, Klewicki’s visit served as an introduction to the state police. He touched on what the application process ...
Meet the October 2017 Students of the Month Meet the October 2017 Students of the Month: Congratulations to Logan and Elizabeth, October's Students of the Month!      
Graphic Design & New Media Students Get Chance to Run Studio Graphic Design & New Media Students Get Chance to Run Studio: Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES students from the Graphic Design & New Media program were recently tasked with taking portraits (and class pictures) for the organization’s day care, UPK, and 3PK kids.   Under the direction of instructor Terrence Cuddy, students set up their own portrait studio, gaining real-world experience with many facets of running a live photography business. Most notably, students learned what it’s like working with young - and often unpredictable - subjects!   Practical, first-hand experiences like this are a great opportunity for students to get a taste of what their future careers could entail.
Food Industry Students Prepare Dessert for COAEOP Dinner Food Industry Students Prepare Dessert for COAEOP Dinner: Students from the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Food Industry program completed their first Christmas cookie trays for the Cayuga-Onondaga Association of Educational Office Personnel (COAEOP) Secretary Dinner. Culinary Arts students prepared dinner; Food Industry made dessert! Amazing job by all of them!   At the dinner, guest speaker Brian Sullivan from the New York State Employees Retirement System was invited to talk about retirement planning. COAEOP members also donated food, money, and personal items to the Compass Program's LIFT project.   
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Hosts Collision Repair Seminar Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Hosts Collision Repair Seminar: Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES will be hosting a seminar on collision repair on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, please see attached flyer, or call (315) 253-2787 to RSVP.  
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Students Building For a Charitable Holiday Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Students Building For a Charitable Holiday: Victoria (Auburn) and Kenny (Port Byron), hard at work during the preparation phase Cayuga County Habitat for Humanity and KeyBank are jointly sponsoring the “Home is the Key” Gingerbread House Showcase, to be held on Dec. 4-5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. An after-hours reception and gingerbread house raffle drawing will be held from 4-5 p.m. on Dec. 5, with proceeds benefiting the Cayuga Habitat for Humanity. Both showcases are being held at the KeyBank, 115 Genesee St., Auburn. This year, the event tasks 2-3 seniors from the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Culinary Arts program with creating an extravagant, highly-detailed gingerbread house. Construction on the project began in mid-November, and has required students to make the gingerbread dough from scratch, use stencil cut-outs ...
SkillsUSA Float Takes 1st Place at Annual Holiday Parade SkillsUSA Float Takes 1st Place at Annual Holiday Parade: Once again, Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES SkillsUSA students collaborated with multiple BOCES Programs to create an award-winning float in Auburn’s annual Holiday Parade. This year’s theme was “LEGO Winter Wonderland.” Advisors Melisa Vormwald (school counselor), Meghan Ragucci (physical education) and Suzanne Burnett (heavy equipment) coordinated efforts among students, creating a fun, interactive float that wowed the crowds along the parade route and impressed the judges enough to garner a 1st place showing.    
Compass Program reflects on a busy October Compass Program reflects on a busy October: October was a busy month for the Compass Program at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES, as students not only found themselves indulging in the arts, but actively participating in the sciences as well. On Oct. 4 2017 , 12 students and two teachers from the Compass Program traveled to Syracuse Stage for a viewing of “The 3 Musketeers.” According to the Syracuse Stage’s description, “It’s all for one and fun for all when Alexandre Dumas’ legendary tale comes to life on the stage. When a young man arrives in Paris to join the King’s musketeers, he soon finds himself caught up in political plots, romance, and of course multiple swordfights. Robert Hupp makes his Syracuse Stage directorial debut in swashbuckling style. En garde!”   An 8th grade ...



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