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Students awarded in Snap-on “Tools for Success” program: On Thursday, May 4, eight OCM BOCES Automotive Technology and Automotive Collision Technology students were recognized for their outstanding achievements through the Snap-On Tools for Success awards program.   Students from each of OCM BOCES four automotive program classrooms, selected by their OCM BOCES instructors for their excellent automotive technology, math and science skills, as well as outstanding classroom participation, attendance and attitude, each received a certificate of excellence and a Snap-On Tools screwdriver, valued at over $100.   The following OCM BOCES students were recognized with Tools for Success awards. Automotive Collision Technology (Instructor, Matthew McGiveny) : Robert Allen (Chittenango Central School District) Cory Fredericks (Chittenango ... more >>
7 Valleys student's Eagle Scout project benefits school: William Harvey Doane Rogers, a tenth grader at OCM BOCES' 7 Valley’s New Tech Academy, and a member of Boy Scout Troop 90 of Marathon, NY, achieved the highest honor in scouting, the Eagle rank, on April 27, 2017.  William will be participating in an Eagle Scout Court of Honor on July 15, 2017 at the American Legion in Cortland.   William was required to earn 21 merit badges, 13 of which are required for the Eagle rank.  He also had to successfully lead and organize an Eagle project for a non-profit organization.  For his project, William chose to build an 8 x 12 athletic storage shed for 7 Valley’s New Tech Academy. The project included fundraising and leading a team of volunteers to help construct the shed. He received funding and/or materials from ... more >>
Emerging Artists at McEvoy and Homer Star: Each year, the artwork of selected Cortland County students is chosen for display in the “Imagination Celebration” art show at Homer Center for the Arts.  The yearly event is community-wide art exhibit, with two shows divided by grade level, on display throughout the month of April. Artwork submitted for students in grades 7-12 is judged by outside artists.   This year, two McEvoy students received special recognition by the juried artists: Sophomore Brett Zuke (pictured left) for his mixed media collage entitled “Progression” and Freshman Cameron Whipple for “Bent Spoon Flavor,” a collaged spoon from a video game.  A total of 20 students from the OCM BOCES McEvoy Campus and the Homer Star program participated in the event, each ... more >>
Seven Valleys students promote school at business showcase: On April 8, 2017, OCM BOCES Seven Valleys New Tech Academy students spent their Saturday morning connecting with representatives from local businesses at the Cortland County Chamber of Commerce’s annual business showcase. The showcase is one of the Chamber’s signature events, attended by thousands of community members in a “trade show” format. The students made some great connections and used the opportunity to promote their school and its focus on Project Based Learning.       more >>
McEvoy students create recruitment video game:   Above: CROW logo, followed by the view inside the culinary classroom at McEvoy. To play the game, follow this link:    http://bit.ly/CROWgame     Students at the OCM BOCES McEvoy campus recently joined forces to create one of the most entertaining and engaging tools they could think of – a video game – to give players a virtual tour of the building and information about its Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs.      Kolby Aitchison, a computer technology student from Cincinnatus, launched the project by working on a role-playing game (RPG) that has a pair of students getting off a bus at the state Route 13 campus ... more >>
84 inducted to National Technical Honor Society: Cortland — Congratulations to 84 Cortland-area students who were inducted April 6 into the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) at Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES' McEvoy campus. Students that qualify for induction into the technical honor society represent the “best of the best” in Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs.   To be inducted into the technical honor society, students must have an 85 average or higher, 12 or fewer absences from their program for the year and receive a teacher endorsement. Students must also demonstrate attributes that include: respect, honesty, skill, responsibility, leadership, service and citizenship.   Following is the complete list of students inducted for membership in 2017 by their home school districts. ... more >>
Seventeen CNY students participate in Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Conference: Seventeen students from school districts across Central New York have returned to school on April 3 after spending the weekend in Albany as part of a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience. Through OCM BOCES’ Mid-State Regional Bilingual Education Network (RBERN), the students came together to make up the Syracuse Delegation for the annual Puerto Rican Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute (PRHYLI).   The Syracuse Delegation is among 8 regional groups from across the state that have been training locally early this year, to identify and research political and community issues and study the state’s legislative process, parliamentary procedure and selected bills. The culmination of their hard work was their participation in the PRHYLI and the “Somos Uno” Conference ... more >>
OCM BOCES helps Solvay win $5.3 million grant:                      "At OCM BOCES, we wish more of our component districts would take advantage of our grant writing services," said Educational Programs Coordinator Pamela Dowse. "It can truly open new doors for teachers, students and the entire school community."         Did you hear the big news? OCM BOCES played a key role in helping the Solvay Union Free School District secure a five-year, $5.3 million grant to boost student achievement.      Solvay took advantage of the OCM BOCES Grant Writing Services in our Educational Programs ... more >>
Homer students explore dozens of careers:      What kind of career would you like to pursue? What kind of training and education do you need to pursue it? About 190 students from Homer Junior High School explored those questions last week during a Career Day celebration held at the OCM BOCES McEvoy campus in Cortland.      Thirty-nine professionals, including instructors from OCM BOCES, volunteered their time to share their expertise about possible careers. Students, in turn, donned their best job-interview attire as they traveled from classroom to classroom, listening to the speakers, taking notes and asking questions.      Presenters included a veterinarian, an architect, a photographer, an interior designer, a theater professional and more. Students and teachers at OCM ... more >>
Congratulations, LPN graduates!: OCM BOCES recently celebrated the accomplishments of 19 Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) students at a graduation ceremony held at Gillette Road Middle School. Molly English-Bowers was selected at the student speaker and provided an inspirational speech for the audience and her fellow students. Congratulations to the following graduates: Kelsey Adams Bryana Brinkerhoff Nicole Bulles Crenesha Burley Anicia Colon Alyssa Danes Molly English-Bowers Janice Gunn Dallas Hunt Danielle LaChapelle Christa Leonard Anisha Montgomery Asia Morman Stephanie Raymond Courtney Senior Jeshara Smith Matthew Spaulding Corrina Timson Ranetta Williams ... more >>
New HR director/school attorney apppointed: The Onondaga-Cortland- Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services (OCM BOCES) is pleased to announce the appointment of Syracuse attorney Joseph J. Bufano as its new director of Human Resources/School Attorney. Bufano will begin his new position April 3. He previously represented OCM BOCES for eight years as an attorney for Ferrara Fiorenza PC, a law firm with offices in East Syracuse and Rochester that focuses on employment law. Bufano said he was attracted to the new position because he had “several rewarding and successful experiences representing the BOCES” and especially enjoyed working with the OCM BOCES leadership team. OCM BOCES has nearly 1,100 employees. OCM BOCES made the move because its current director of personnel, Mark Pettitt, also works ... more >>
McEvoy Culinary students create recipes for local eatery: What can a high school senior do to leave their mark on their school and community? For some OCM BOCES Culinary Arts students, the concept of leaving a mark meant creating a signature recipe for a local eatery. Dean Catlin, owner of Skyline Raceway in Blodgett Mills, recently made a “Pit stop” to the OCM BOCES McEvoy campus for the purpose of enlisting culinary arts students’ help in creating a signature culinary creation for the track’s restaurant.   Mr. Catlin, who often volunteers with students, recently approached OCM BOCES culinary arts instructor, Chef Lori Rossi, with his idea. “I want something no one else has,” Mr. Caitlin said. “I want something special people can look forward to getting at the track.” Rossi was ... more >>
71 inducted to National Technical Honor Society: OCM BOCES recently inducted 71 Syracuse-area students inducted into the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS). Students that qualify for induction into the technical honor society represent the “best of the best” in CTE programs.   To be inducted into the technical honor society students must have an 85 average or higher, 12 or fewer absences from their program for the year and receive a teacher endorsement. Students must also demonstrate attributes that include: respect, honesty, skill, responsibility, leadership, service and citizenship.   Pictured left: Hayli White, a New Vision Medical Professions student from the North Syracuse Central School District lights the 7th candle of the National Technical Honor Society. The candle she is lighting represents citizenship. ... more >>
April 4 - CTE Open House in Syracuse: Want to learn more about our exciting, hands-on Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs? HIgh school students and their parents are invited to an Open House April 4 that will showcase a large variety of CTE and New Vision programs here at BOCES, as well as our Career Development Program. Open House will also be held in programs that are embedded in local businesses - see the middle flyer below. Programs include: automotive technology, auto collision, computer technology, cosmetology, criminal justice, culinary arts, construction, early childhood education, laboratory technology, health occupations, medical professions, physical therapy, media marketing communications, and welding. Please join us! Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 Time: 5 to 6 p.m. Location: Henry ... more >>
Kuwait educators visit OCM BOCES program:        Twenty-seven education dignitaries from Kuwait traveled this week to Lime Hollow Nature Center in Cortland to learn from high school seniors and staff about an on-site, hands-on program offered through the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Education Services (OCM BOCES).      One of the visitors to the OCM BOCES’ New Vision program serves as second-in-command in Kuwait’s Ministry of Education. Assistant Undersecretary Fatma Alkandari took copious notes during the presentation and later used one word to describe her impression: “Amazing.”      “She thinks it’s an amazing program where you prepare students for after-school life, whether it’s ... more >>
OCM BOCES CTE seniors reach out for Read Out: OCM BOCES offers a number of Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses for area high school students. Some are held at BOCES campuses in Syracuse and Cortland, but others are embedded in local businesses through partnerships with organizations like WCNY. Students in the OCM BOCES two-year Media Marketing and Communications program at WCNY gain valuable real-world experience, working alongside WCNY media professionals, while earning their Regents High School diplomas and up to 18 college credits through classes taught by Onondaga Community College professors at WCNY!     Second year CTE Media Marketing Communications students are taking on the task of reaching out to WCNY’s ReadOut Radio listeners. ReadOut is a 24/7 free radio service for the blind or visually impaired ... more >>
Recipe for Success: Culinary Students + Cornell: OCM BOCES + Cornell University Dining = A Recipe for Success For the second year in a row, four representatives from Cornell Dining traveled to OCM BOCES' McEvoy Campus in Cortland to take part in a continuing partnership with Chef Lori Rossi's Culinary Arts class. The result: a culinary masterpiece of fresh pasta and chicken parmesan, as well as fresh oven-roasted tomato sauce and cello basil leaves as a garnish. Chef Timothy Oltz of Cornell Catering, Chef Steven Miller, Matthew Johnson, and Harry Ashendorf made the trip to work with the class of 18 high school seniors from Homer, Cortland, McGraw, DeRuyter and Cincinnatus. "This type of event is to gain new pathways for finding local employees of the future," said Chef Miller, Cornell Dining's director ... more >>
Public forum set for 5 p.m. March 8 at OCM BOCES: OCM BOCES to host regional forum March 8 on New York’s draft plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)         The public is invited to attend a regional forum March 8 at the Onondaga Cortland Madison Board of Cooperative Educational Services (OCM BOCES) in Salina to ask questions and provide input on New York State’s draft plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).       The draft plan is particularly important because it addresses a host of educational issues such as standardized testing, school accountability, standards, teacher preparation programs, low performing schools, public school choice, innovative assessments and more. The New York State Education Department hopes to submit a plan ... more >>
"Chit Chat Train" project promotes positive interaction: It was full-steam ahead for OCM BOCES students at our Crown Road campus, where teachers and staff in our Stellatta and K-8 special education programs recently piloted a social communication project, called the "Chit Chat Train," to encourage students to display positive and appropriate interactions with their peers. For four weeks, students earned paper train cars for using appropriate nonverbal gestures and social greetings, as well as for asking/answering each other's questions and making appropriate comments during peer interactions. The train cars started their long and meandering journey at the main entrance of the school and traveled down several hallways in the building to finally make it to the “train station.” Speech Therapists ... more >>
Media Marketing Communications graduates reunite: OCM BOCES' Media Marketing Communications Program graduates Joe Green and Miranda Hart (left and middle) are pictured with current MMC student Chris Costello. On Friday, Jan. 13, the first (and only at this point) graduating class of OCM BOCES’ Media Marketing Communications (MMC) program came back together to share experiences with current MMC students. “Take advantage of every experience offered here, don’t be afraid to take risks and cherish the time you have left in high school,” were some of their words of wisdom. They also shared how they are doing now and how the MMC program and WCNY helped transition them into college life.   Joe Green – Electronic Media Communications at Onondaga Community College (OCC) : Going to WCNY was ... more >>



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