Meet the Students of the Month, February 2017:
Congratulations to Joshua Green and Olivia Ford, Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES' February 2017 Students of the Month! Joshua is a senior at Port Byron High School and enrolled in CO BOCES' Automotive Technology program. Olivia is a junior at Cato-Meridian High School and is a student in CO BOCES' Cosmetology program. Well done, Joshua and Olivia!
Port Byron Central School District
Cato-Meridian Central School District
Meet the Student of the Month, January 2017:
Congratulations to Peter Ayala , Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES' January 2017 Student of the Month! Peter is from the Auburn Enlarged City School Disrict and is part of CO BOCES' High School Equivalency Program. Well done, Peter!
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES LIFTS up students in need with new program:
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.”
Students in Mrs. Ponto’s Senior English class identified this issue and wanted to do something to help. Together, the group recently 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. Once the program begins, students will be able to fill a ...
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES participates in Agricultural Literacy Week:
Amber Renslow, Auburn ECSD, reads "The Grapes Grow Sweet" to Owasco Elementary students as part of New York Agriculture in the Classroom's Agricultural Literacy Week . Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES collaborated with Cornell Cooperative Extension for this initiative. Amber presented with fellow FFA/ Plant, Animal, and Life Sciences students to read and do a grape graphing activity with the elementary students.
How does Agricultural Literacy Week (ALW) work?
In celebration of New York agriculture, volunteers throughout the state read a book with an agricultural theme to second graders. Students and teachers also benefit from hands-on lessons and receive follow up activities. The 2017 Agricultural Literacy Week runs March 20-24.
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES earns Utica National's School Safety Excellence Award:
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES is one of 136 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 2017 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.
Safety Coordinator Mark Snyder accepted the award on behalf of Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES at Utica National's 37th annual school safety seminar at the Syracuse DoubleTree, East Syracuse, NY, 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 ...
Write on! School-wide writing event encourages students, faculty, and staff to discover their passion for writing:
The Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES (CO BOCES) community united with pens, pencils, and paper for 13 minutes on March 13. The school's first Write Now 13! Day aimed to create a community of writers, celebrate literacy, and recognize the importance of writing in all industries and professions.
About Write Now 13!
At 9:13 a.m. and 12:13 p.m., everyone in the CO BOCES building wrote for 13 minutes. Participants chose their best 13 words and submitted them for publication in CO BOCES' first literary magazine, which will be published in June 2017.
Write Now 13! was created by CO BOCES' high school English teachers Amanda Triplett and Crystal Ponto. The pair distributed a writing-themed survey to the school community in the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year to determine the ...
2017 Regional Odyssey of the Mind Tournament takes place Saturday, March 11 at CO BOCES:
The 2017 Regional Odyssey of the Mind Tournament takes place this Saturday, March 11 at the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Regional Education Center (CO BOCES). Thirty-one teams from six school districts will participate in the 35th annual tournament. Teams typically consist of seven members ranging from third- to 12th-grade. The following districts will be represented on Saturday: Auburn, Cato-Meridian, Moravia, Skaneateles, Southern Cayuga, and Weedsport.
This is the seventh year that CO BOCES team member Debbie Daloia has coordinated the Regional Odyssey of the Mind Tournament, and she is excited to watch the students in action.
“I love to see the innovative ideas that the kids come up with,” said Daloia. “Their enthusiasm is contagious, and the building ...
Winners of the Compass Program's Second Annual Photo Gallery Walk announced:
More than 250 ballots were recently cast in the Compass Program’s Second Annual Photo Gallery Walk. Congratulations to the following winners:
“Wolf” By Kapri Vincent, Eighth Grade
“Nemo” By Bailey McIntosh, Seventh Grade
“Yellow Bird” By Dakota Ratkowski, Seventh Grade
“On behalf of the Compass Program, I would like to thank everyone who had an opportunity to take part in the Second Annual Photo Gallery Walk,” said Compass Program Principal Mr. Drew Yakawiak.
About the Photo Gallery ...
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES welcomes new faculty members:
Ms. Casey Meyer joined the CO BOCES team on Jan. 17 as the Early Childhood Education Coordinator. In this role, Ms. Meyer is responsible for teaching high school juniors and seniors in the Early Childhood Education Program.
Prior to joining the CO BOCES team, Ms. Meyer served as the deputy commissioner of Cayuga County’s Department of Social Services. With more than 20 years of experience in social and human services, she is excited use her community connections to benefit her students.
“Cayuga County is rich in resources and my goal is to expose our high school students to new hands-on learning opportunities, in addition to our day care,” said Ms. Meyer. “My goal is help students connect what they learn in the classroom ...
Congratulations to our CTE Students of the Month - December 2016:
Congratulations to our December 2016 CTE Students of the Month! Tashee Tarkenton, a senior at Auburn Enlarged City School District , is in our Automotive Technology Program . Spencer Elser, a junior at Auburn Enlarged City School District , is in our Computer Systems and Network Administration Program .
Tashee Tarkenton, Auburn ECSD
Spencer Elser, Auburn ECSD
Computer Systems and Network Administration
Congratulations to our CTE Students of the Month - November 2016:
Congratulations to our November 2016 CTE Students of the Month! Conner Ideman, a senior at Moravia Central School District , is in our Cosmetology Program . Dylan Gulliver, a junior at Union Springs Central School District , is in our Machining and Welding Program .
Conner Ideman, Moravia CSD
Dylan Gulliver, Union Springs CSD
Machining & Welding
Support the 8th Annual “Bookraiser” to Benefit Project: Cameron’s Story:
Students in Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES’ Compass Program are collecting books for a great cause.
The “bookraiser” is to support Project: Cameron’s Story . The nonprofit was created by the parents of an incredible little boy, Cameron, who lost his life when he was just eight-months-young. During their time with Cameron in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), the parents regularly read to him. The goal of Project: Cameron’s Story is to support the bonding of parents with premature babies in the NICU through the use of children’s literature and storytelling.
CO BOCES is one of 121 book collection sites across New York state. Books are then donated throughout 11 hospitals, including Golisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse.
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Building a resting place for kids and caregivers:
Students and teachers in Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES’ Day Care and Universal Prekindergarten Program now have a place to rest while enjoying their outdoor playground. Students in the Compass Program’s Technology 12 class recently built and donated a picnic table to the child care center.
About the picnic table project
The Technology 12 class, advised by STEM Coordinator Mrs. Jen Wall, consists of four Compass Program students: Tony Collura, Adrianna Agees-Atkins, Tyler Wilkinson, and Keara Thomas. For their first project, the group decided to build a picnic table. They researched different kinds of picnic tables, costs, tools needed, and created safety instructions for the proper use of the power tools.
“The big issue was determining where to put the picnic ...
Compass Program students dive into unique project-based learning opportunities:
They cheered. They toured. They learned.
Nearly a dozen middle school students in Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES’ Compass Program recently experienced the thrill of attending a Syracuse University men’s basketball game.
The field trip to the Carrier Dome, made possible by the generosity of Connor Salanger and Matt Jacob of Jacob Wealth Management and Tax Strategies, was the beginning of the students’ latest project-based learning (PBL) task.
PBL is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question or challenge. This is the third PBL project for the Compass Program’s middle school students this ...
Introducing the CTE Students of the Month - October 2016:
Congratulations to the October 2016 CTE Students of the Month! Sarah Argus, Auburn ECSD, is in Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES' Automotive Technology program and Jaden Black, Southern Cayuga CSD, is in the Construction and Building Trades program .
Auburn Enlarged CSD
Southern Cayuga CSD
Construction & Building Trades
Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES' SkillsUSA float places first at holiday parade:
This year's favorite float in Auburn's Holiday Parade was created by Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES' SkillsUSA students. The train-themed float, inspired by the movie "The Polar Express," placed first in the annual parade.
"It felt really good to win because it was a lot of work to design and build the float," said SkillsUSA student Matt.
The floats are judged based on creativity, holiday theme, enthusiasm of those participating, and ability to identify the group that created the float, according to Downtown Auburn BID Executive Director Stephanie DeVito.
Matt and classmate Dakota, both high school seniors from Cato-Meridian CSD , are part of the SkillsUSA group that made the float. Students from nearly every CTE ...
Introducing the CTE Students of the Month - September 2016:
Congratulations to the September 2016 CTE Students of the Month! Kayla Ramsden, Skaneateles CSD, is in Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES' Criminal Justice program and LaDonna McDermid, Auburn ECSD, is in the Applied Electrical Technology program.
Skaneateles Central School District
Applied Electrical Technology
Auburn Enlarged City School District