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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 ...
First LEGO League Qualifying Tournament at CO BOCES 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 ...
Early Childhood Education students visit the Child Advocacy Center 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.   ...
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES student saves friend's life 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 ...
Several FFA members from Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES experience the 2017 National FFA Convention 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 ...
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES hosts annual Consultant Committee dinner 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 & ...
Early Childhood Education students experience guest speaker 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. 
Compass Program Activity - September 2017 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 ...
Meet the September 2017 Students of the Month 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 ...
Seniors in Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES' Early Childhood Education program participate in internships throughout the community 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 ...
Save the dates for upcoming college preparation opportunities 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.
Cosmetology students learn about health and safety hazards in beauty and nail salons 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
Compass Program's Positive Incentive Program motivates, inspires, and rewards students 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 ...
Compass Program organizes Fall Food Drive to support students in need 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 ...
Important Message: Sept. 26, 2017 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.



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