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Nearly 400 OCM BOCES students earn CTE Endorsements on their high school diplomas: Jade Hendricks from the Tully CSD received a CTE Endorsement in Physical Therapy Nearly 400 students from the 23 component school districts of Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES have earned the distinction of receiving a New York State Career and Technical Education (CTE) Endorsement on their 2017 high school diploma. Earning a CTE Endorsement is considered a distinction of honor. Having achieved the designation demonstrates a student’s academic strength and signifies their readiness to enter the workforce or enroll in college.   “Earning a CTE endorsement is a complex process, requiring a student’s excellence in their field of study, as the tests are developed according to industry standards and the endorsement signifies that students have attained the ... more >>
OCM BOCES seeking applicants for Assistant Superintendent for Administration: OCM BOCES is seeking applicants for the leadership position of Assistant Superintendent for Administration. We are seeking a highly qualified individual to join our focused administrative team. The successful candidate will promote the BOCES ideal of collaboration among school districts, colleges, service agencies and business partners throughout the region. The ability to communicate with and facilitate constituent groups is critical, along with the ability to ensure effective and efficient use of resources. The candidate should be politically informed and have a solid understanding of applicable provisions of the Education Law, regulations of the Comptroller and the Education Department, including but not limited to those pertaining to BOCES and school district funding, BOCES and school ... more >>
Crown Road Campus students present first art show: On Wednesday evening, May 24, students from various programs at OCM BOCES' Crown Road Campus presented their First Annual Collaborative Fine Arts Show. The exhibit featured art work from all students in STRIDES, Stellata and Crossroads programs, as well as many instrumental and vocal soloists. We were also fortunate to feature several performances and artwork from students at McEvoy who live in the Syracuse area.   Student's in Mrs. Wilkinson's culinary classes provided delicious desserts for over 200 families and friends who came to support our students.  We are so proud of all our students' hard work and accomplishments, and grateful to see so many supportive staff members. We hope it will be the first of many!   ... more >>
Students, staff win pizza party, trophy lamp:        The results are in!          Students and staff in the OCM BOCES McEvoy building won this year’s Go Green Challenge, pulling out a victory by 14 points over Operations & Maintenance/Central Receiving. As a result, students and staff at McEvoy will receive the coveted “Go Green” trophy lamp and a pizza party for the entire building. Congratulations, McEvoy! Check out the final results on our Go Green web page.      Members of the Go Green Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in the four-month challenge, which produced positive results across the board. Committee members noted these exceptional achievements: Five of the nine buildings that participated in the challenge ... more >>
First Annual Special Ed. Fine Arts Show was a HUGE Success: On Wednesday evening, May 24th the Crown Road Campus presented their First Annual Collaborative Fine Arts Show. It featured art work from all students in STRIDES, Stellata and Crossroads programs, as well as many instrumental and vocal soloists. We were also fortunate to feature several performances and artwork from students at McEvoy who live in the Syracuse area.  Student's in Mrs. Wilkinson's culinary classes provided delicious desserts for over 200 families and friends who came to support our students.  We are so proud of all our students' hard work and accomplishments, and grateful to see so many supportive staff members.  We hope it will be the first of many!                     more >>
Congratulations on your Retirement!:      OCM BOCES would like to congratulate and thank one of its dearest and most dedicated literacy instructors, Nancy Jastemski, who will be officially retiring this month after 36 years of service. She is planning to work part-time at OCM BOCES this summer.      Nancy has served as a pillar of literacy instruction, helping hundreds of students earn high school equivalency diplomas and improve their lives in a myriad of ways.      Adult Education Coordinator Mari Ukleya said Nancy “has a kind and quiet manner that helps students feel safe and confident, allowing them to excel.”       Students also enjoy her sense of humor, her caring nature, her organized classroom and her insistence that all ... more >>
Six Solvay Students Receive Seal of Biliteracy:       Solvay Students Honored with State Seal of Biliteracy      Alina Zdebska knew only four words of English as an 8-year-old third-grader experiencing her first day of school in Solvay after moving here from the Ukraine.      “I don’t speak English,” she kept saying, over and over, as she stood inside the elementary school, scared and confused in a strange building with no idea where to go.      On May 30, nearly a decade later, Zdebska recounted that story as salutatorian of Solvay High School.      She and five of her classmates were recognized with a very distinct honor at an annual awards ceremony: The New York State Seal of Biliteracy (NYSSB), ... more >>
New Campus names for OCM BOCES: Juliet: "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2) A message from Dr. J. Francis Manning , Ed. D. ? District Superintendent & CEO: With the move to our new Main Campus in April of 2016, many programs housed in OCM BOCES buildings were moved to new facilities. That, in turn, created the need to re-visit our campus names – a process that can be difficult and complicated because of the numerous opinions involved. To address this issue, the OCM BOCES Board of Education created a Naming Committee to explore the matter at length. This committee convened and re-convened over the past year to thoughtfully consider campus names. Please be assured that this was not ... more >>
CTE and CDOS students recognized with 21st Century Classroom Awards: This year, OCM BOCES’ Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Career Development Occupational Studies (CDOS) counseling staff implemented a quarterly 21 st Century Classroom 4 C’s award program for their Syracuse and Cortland students. Each marking period, students were selected for demonstrating excellence in one of the four key areas of 21 st Century readiness: collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity. Jackie Popkess, a school counselor with the career development program in Syracuse said, “These students have gone above and beyond. They have moved past the basics and are embracing the four Cs – super skills for the 21 st Century.” CTE welding student Kyle Myers from the Marcellus Central School District is pictured ... more >>
Congratulations to our 2017 Retirees!: