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"Disaster" at WonderWorks: Sixteen students from Innovation Tech displayed their research on natural disasters this month outside the WonderWorks attraction at Destiny USA. Mall guests and about 150 students from Syracuse and Fabius-Pompey visited the displays and asked questions. Innovation Tech facilitators Kyle L. O’Sullivan and Segan Johnson said students initially took a tour of a natural disaster display at WonderWorks. Later, they jumped into their own research on tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanoes. Students had to incorporate tactile and visual elements and develop a concise pitch to communicate their findings. The project stemmed from an Earth Comm class that combines Earth Science with communications. Find more on the Innovation Tech Facebook page . Students ... more >>
Student of the Year Recognized: A single mother who received her high school equivalency diploma at OCM BOCES was recently honored as a 2017 Student of the Year by the New York Association for Continuing/Community Education.   Rebecca Jones was one of 20 recipients recognized for her intelligence, hard work, determination and commitment to success, said her OCM BOCES literacy teacher, Timothy Y. Jachim. She and the other recipients were also honored because each had to overcome hardships and obstacles to achieve their goals.   For Rebecca, of Memphis, the decision to drop out of school as a sophomore had made her life difficult. Later, while pregnant with a son, she decided to pursue a high school diploma to build a better life for both of them. She did not pass the TASC test the first time around, ... more >>
Sold-out crowd expected for "It's Go Time!" conference: Educators prepare for new state science standards       With new state science standards in effect since July 1, another sold-out crowd of teachers and administrators from across the state will converge on Roxboro Road Middle School on Nov. 7 for a conference that brings together national leaders in science education; “live” science lessons featuring Central New York teachers and students; and a special focus on providing equitable and rigorous content for students of all backgrounds.      The event marks the second year of a unique collaboration between the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services (OCM BOCES) and the Syracuse University School of Education. Support is also being provided ... more >>
Rachel's Challenge in full swing at OCM BOCES:     Chain Reaction of Kindness      Rachel’s Challenge is going gangbusters at schools throughout OCM BOCES, with students and staff enjoying “high-five Fridays,” complimentary popcorn, walls of inspirational quotes and many more activities designed to promote and sustain a culture of kindness in our schools.      In September, students and staff in every building heard emotional presentations from the organizers of Rachel’s Challenge, a program that evolved from the deadly Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colorado, on April 20, 1999. In that tragedy, 16-year-old Rachel Joy Scott was the first of 13 students killed in the shooting.      Rachel’s Challenge ... more >>
Media Marketing Communications Students become acquainted with new environment in unique way: Students new to OCM BOCES’ Media Marketing Communications (MMC) program, which is embedded at WCNY in Syracuse, received a unique orientation for the 2017-2018 school year. WCNY staff invited the students to participate in a game of Human Bingo for the purpose of becoming acquainted.   The object of the game was to find and communicate with someone that met specific criteria and to then place their name in the appropriate square. Participants were required to ask additional questions to learn more about the person. Staff needed to have all student names in a row and students needed to have all staff names in a row.   Staff learned students’ names and what they aspired to and students learned who staff members were and the role they played at WCNY.    ... more >>
School Board Recognition Week set for October 23-27: The New York State School Boards Association recognizes October 23-27 as School Board Recognition Week. This is a time to promote awareness and understanding of the important work performed by school board members. OCM BOCES is joining all public school districts across the state as we celebrate School Board Recognition Week in honor of our board of education members' commitment to students.   “It takes strong schools to build a strong community, and these men and women devote countless hours to making sure our schools are helping every child learn at a higher level,” Dr. Jody Manning, OCM BOCES District Superintendent said. “They make the tough decisions every month and spend many hours studying education issues and regulations in order to provide the ... more >>
OCM BOCES Receives State PR Awards: OCM BOCES is pleased to announce that our crew of communications professionals received eight awards in the statewide 2017 New York School Public Relations Association Communications Contest.  Our communications professionals work at the main campus of OCM BOCES in Salina and at the Central New York Regional Information Center in Syracuse. They also work for many of our local school districts in the region. Winning entries included: Annual Report ( OCM BOCES 2015-2016 Annual Report ) Video ( OCM BOCES Transitions Program at SUNY Cortland and Onondaga Community College) Overall Graphics and Design (CNYRIC, Digital Signage Displays) Budget/Bond Newsletter (Lansing Central School District, 2017-2018 Budget Newsletter) Calendar (Union Springs Central School District, ... more >>
Rachel's Challenge underway at OCM BOCES:      This year, students and staff at OCM BOCES have pledged their commitment to “Rachel’s Challenge,” a national program that promotes a culture of kindness, respect and compassion in schools and communities.      Rachel’s Challenge stems from the deadly Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colorado, on April 20, 1999. In that tragedy, two armed teens killed 13 people and wounded two dozen others before taking their own lives. Rachel Joy Scott was the first victim of the shooting.      “We know this program has created a huge impact in schools and communities across the country, so we are very excited to launch it at OCM BOCES and hopefully see it flourish in the months and years to come,” ... more >>
Andrew J. DiBlasi named top OCM BOCES business official:      Andrew J. DiBlasi, an 18-year school business official, has been appointed as the new assistant superintendent for administration for the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services (OCM BOCES).      DiBlasi will replace Deb Ayers, who is retiring in October after 17 years of exemplary service to the organization. The OCM BOCES Board of Education voted unanimously for DiBlasi’s appointment at its monthly meeting Thursday. He will start Oct. 2.     DiBlasi has spent the past 16 years as the assistant superintendent for business for the Red Creek Central School District.  Encompassing portions of Wayne and Cayuga counties, Red Creek is a high-need, high-performing district located along ... more >>
Al Stirpe secures BOCES, OCPL a $31,000 Maker grant: Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES and Onondaga County Public Libraries (OCPL) will receive $31,000 to pursue a Collaborative Maker Labs project thanks to the efforts of New York State Assemblyman Al Stirpe (D-Cicero). The project is designed to bring experiences with science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) to young learners. “I selected this project because it will bring hands-on STEAM learning to many more children in the region,” Assemblyman Stirpe said. “Sharing these kits at libraries and schools across the county multiplies the access to this important educational programming and encourages interests in these fields, which are so crucial to our future.’’ The funds will be used to purchase a variety of Mobile Maker Lab kits that ... more >>
Congratulations OCM BOCES STARS Class of 2017!: Congratulations OCM BOCES STARS Class of 2017!   Alexander Barker - Liverpool Erika Barnes - Baldwinsville Jake Ciferni - West Genesee Arianna Corron - Liverpool Julia Dias - East Syracuse Minoa Derek Dore - Westhill MacKenzie Flynn - Marcellus Jordyn Freeland - Marcellus Shaun Gebo - North Syracuse Madelyn Giudice - West Genesee Kayli Hayes - Liverpool Matthew Hoag - Marcellus Patrick Licaretz - Liverpool Kali Mensch - North Syracuse Joseph Murray - North Syracuse Caighley Ostrander - North Syracuse Curtis Palmowski - Baldwinsville Courtney Radley - Liverpool Erica Ward - Liverpool Esther Clifford - Westhill Brianna Edmonston - Baldwinsville Melody Gromley - Liverpool Cameron LaRiviere - Liverpool Jerrod Sass - Liverpool Merrick VanDerMark ... more >>
Innovation Tech's Class of 2017 is first-ever graduating class for school!: The first class of high school graduates from the first “New Tech” school in Central New York walked across the stage recently to accept their diplomas and celebrate their successes.   Twenty-three graduates from Innovation Tech in Liverpool graduated June 21 at Onondaga Community College’s Storer Auditorium. The school opened its doors in September of 2014 through the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services (OCM BOCES). Students in the Class of 2017 came from six Central New York school districts: Baldwinsville, Fayetteville-Manlius, Liverpool, Marcellus, North Syracuse and West Genesee.   One student, Avery Pearl Frank, attended through the Fayetteville-Manlius School District. During her graduation speech, she said Innovation ... more >>
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 >>
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 >>

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J. Francis Manning, Ed. D.
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Syracuse, NY 13221
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