Families and guests pack CTE, New Vision and CDOS graduations for Onondaga County and Cortland-area students:
Families and guests pack CTE, New Vision and CDOS graduations
for Onondaga County and Cortland-area students
About 2,500 people filled the Center of Progress building at the New York Fairgrounds on June 7 to celebrate a record number of graduates — about 395 —in the Career & Technical Education (CTE), New Vision and Career Development and Occupational Studies programs at the Thompson Road Campus.
The event was held at the Fairgrounds for the first time in OCM BOCES history to accommodate the growing crowds.
Eric Comtois, director of CTE & Innovative Education for
OCM BOCES, poses with CTE Hall of Fame recipient Gerald
Henry of Priority Apparatus and Service Center in Cortland.
Eric Comtois, director of ...
More than 1,400 students test their knowledge in "Battle of the Books.":
Reading Rumble: CNY School Library Systems’ Thrilling Bookish Throwdown
eLearning and Model Schools Coordinator Amy Keesey of OCM BOCES (upper left-
hand corner) poses questions during "Battle of the Books."
June 16, 2023
Central New York recently witnessed an impressive display of intellectual prowess as more than 1,400 students from across the region participated in the highly anticipated "Regional and SuperRegional Battle of the Books."
Organized by the O²CM School Library System (SLS), this virtual quiz competition brought together students from various schools, creating an atmosphere of excitement and healthy competition.
O²CM SLS Librarian Heather Turner expressed her delight with the program. ...
Students honored with "Tools for Success" awards:
CTE Students at Thompson Road Campus honored with "Tools for Success" awards
May 31, 2023
Students who excel in several Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs at the OCM BOCES Thompson Road Campus were honored on Wednesday in the annual "Tools for Success" awards ceremony.
To qualify for a "Tools for Success" award, students must demonstrate proficient skills within their program, have good classroom attendance and participation, and show a consistently positive attitude in class.
As each instructor introduced this year's honorees, common themes stood out. All of the award-winners were described as passionate, reliable, hardworking, task-oriented, academically successful, determined to do high-quality ...
Exceptional STEM lessons presented at OCM BOCES:
Exceptional STEM lessons presented at OCM BOCES
ESM Living Environment Teacher John Herrington
shares a 10th-grade STEM lesson that focused on
studying and engineering prosthetic bird beaks.
May 24, 2023
From developing "earplugs" to protect baby belugas to bio-inspired wind turbines, bird-beak prosthetics, anti-flooding systems, and underwater vehicles for temperature sensors — these were just a few of the hands-on, real-world STEM lessons that 21 teachers shared Wednesday at a Science Leadership meeting at OCM BOCES.
The presentations capped a yearlong project that started with a professional learning trip to the U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, Rhode Island. During this three-day excursion, teachers throughout the ...
We honor our school librarian advocates!:
We appreciate our school librarian advocates!
Today the O 2 CM BOCES School Library System at OCM BOCES honored local educators who have made exceptional efforts during the 2022-2023 school year to support the success of school librarians. Please join us in congratulating and thanking these outstanding advocates:
Administrator of the Year: Dr. Mary Coughlin , Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Fayetteville-Manlius School District
Teacher of the Year: Jenn LaBrake , English Teacher, John C. Birdlebough High School, Phoenix Central School District
Library Influence of the Year: Alyssa Newton , Public Librarian, Onondaga Hill Public Library
Crossroads students collaborate on "top-secret" mission:
Crossroads students collaborate on 'top-secret' mission
May 10, 2023
High school students in the OCM BOCES Crossroads program had a “top secret” mission Monday at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. Working in teams, they searched for large manilla envelopes stamped with the word “CLUE” in bright red letters and tucked in corners around the zoo’s winding loop of exhibits. It was a journey that took them to the monkeys, pink flamingos, elephants, penguins and other popular animals.
Once they found the clues, students had to use the information inside to solve puzzles, calculate codes, record their findings on a graphic organizer, and ultimately head back to the zoo’s cafeteria, where they could claim their reward: a small black briefcase, or ...
On to nationals! OCM BOCES students achieve top finishes at NYS SkillsUSA Competition:
On to nationals! Seven students from OCM BOCES are state champions at SkillsUSA
May 1, 2023
Seven students in Career & Technical Education and New Vision programs at OCM BOCES were declared state champions on April 28 at the New York State SkillsUSA competition at the New York State Fairgrounds.
Their first-place finishes mean they get to compete at the national SkillsUSA championships in June in Atlanta.
Six other OCM BOCES students also had impressive showings at the NYS SkillsUSA championships, placing second in their respective categories.
The students' top-level performances seemed to thrill everyone: students, teachers, advisors, administrators, family members and Board of Education members. A large group of OCM BOCES staff, ...
21 students at Seven Valleys vow to put "service above self":
Students at Seven Valleys commit to Rotary Interact Club, community service
April 28, 2023
Twenty-one students at Seven Valleys New Tech Academy in Cortland vowed to put “service above self” on April 25 when they were inducted into the Rotary Interact Club during a ceremony at the OCM BOCES Cortlandville Campus. The new inductees joined 10 of their classmates who are already participating in the club, which is committed to community service.
Now in its fifth year, the Interact Club at Seven Valleys works closely with members of the Cortland Breakfast Rotary Club. Students have waded into the Tioughnioga River to remove garbage such as a 12-foot piece of siding and grocery carts. They’ve stood on street corners to clang bells for the Salvation Army. ...
228 students showcase their proficiency in multiple languages during ‘Seal of Biliteracy’ presentations at OCC:
228 students showcase their multiliteracy skills for ‘Seal of Biliteracy’
April 25, 2023
By Jackie Wiegand
OCM BOCES Marketing Coordinator
“Chin” is one of 107 languages spoken in Myanmar, or Burma, one of Southeast Asia’s largest and most diverse countries.
Salomi Lawm, a senior at East Syracuse Minoa High School, spoke in Chin about her home country during a New York State “Seal of Biliteracy” presentation on April 21 at Onondaga Community College.
What is the New York State
Seal of Biliteracy?
The NYSSB recognizes high school graduates who have attained a high level of proficiency in English and one or more world languages.
The intent of the NYSSB is to:
Cortland-area students inducted into National Technical Hall of Fame:
106 OCM BOCES scholars in Career & Technical Education and New Vision programs inducted
into the National Technical Honor Society from the Cortlandville Campus
A pril 18, 2023
Before an audience that filled both levels of the McEvoy auditorium at the Cortlandville Campus, OCM BOCES inducted 106 students into the National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) on April 18. The honor represents hard work, character, and academic success in a variety of programs that teach specialized, hands-on skills to prepare them for college or careers.
To qualify, students must have high academic standing, good attendance and NTHS attributes that include respect, honesty, skill, responsibility, leadership, service and citizenship. The ...
Innovation Tech students "pie" each other after successful fundraiser to help fight childhood cancer:
Flying Pies Culminate Successful Fundraiser at Innovation Tech
April 17, 2023
The “Shave Dave” project at Innovation Tech culminated on April 14 with a great sense of pride about how much the school had raised — $1,021 — to support long-time Facilitator Dave Sampson and his annual effort to fight childhood cancer through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
Facilitator Alex Starr-Baier took a pie in the face after his
family group at Innovation Tech lost a competition at
Innovation Tech. It was all good, though, because the school
raised more than $1,000 to help fight childhood cancer.
It also culminated with some trepidation.
That’s because some students were on the losing end of the school’s fundraising competition, ...
189 BOCES scholars inducted into National Technical Honor Society from Thompson Road Campus:
189 OCM BOCES scholars in Career & Technical Education and New Vision programs inducted
into the National Technical Honor Society from the Thompson Road Campus
April 11, 2023
OCM BOCES inducted 189 students today into the National Technical Honor Society, or NTHS, an honor that represents their hard work, character and academic success in a variety of programs that teach specialized, hands-on skills to prepare them for college or careers.
To qualify, students must have an 85 grade-point average or higher, 12 or fewer absences, and a teacher recommendation. Students must also demonstrate attributes that include respect, honesty, skill, responsibility, leadership, service and citizenship.
The ceremony was held in a jam-packed conference room at the DoubleTree ...
Students go all out to 'Shave Dave':
March 21, 2023
By Jackie Wiegand
OCM BOCESMarketing Coordinator
Dave Sampson’s hair has power — and a small army behind it.
Sampson is a teacher at Innovation Tech, a high school in Syracuse administered through OCM BOCES. The army is his entire school, with about 120 students and staff who want to raise money for the popular teacher and his annual “Shave Dave” effort to fight childhood cancer through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
In Syracuse, the fundraiser culminates at Kitty Hoyne’s Irish Pub & Restaurant in Armory Square. In exchange for donations, participants agree to get their heads shaved in front of a large and boisterous crowd. This year, the hair-shaving hoopla is set for Sunday, April 2. Sampson has ...
OCM BOCES SkillsUSA students excel at regional competition:
Thirty OCM BOCES Career & Technical Education students qualify
for New York State SkillsUSA competition at regional event
Feb. 16, 2023
OCM BOCES Career & Technical Education students in Cortland and Onondaga counties had an impressive showing Feb. 10 at the Regional SkillsUSA Competition at Morrisville State College.
CTE students gather at the SkillsUSA regional competition.
Thirty students qualified for the state SkillsUSA competition on April 26-28 at the New York State Fairgrounds by earning top-three finishes. Students competed as individuals or teams in multiple categories that covered everything from health knowledge to automotive repair to information technology. In all, OCM BOCES had 24 top-three showings, including seven first- ...
Second annual FIRST Lego League competition draws 15 teams to East Syracuse:
Second annual FIRST Lego League competition draws 15 teams to East Syracuse
Student engineers who can design, build and code Lego robots put their skills to the test recently during the second annual FIRST Lego League competition held Jan. 21 at Pine Grove Middle School in the East Syracuse Minoa Central School District. The event was organized through the Model Schools team at OCM BOCES, which supports districts in their use of instructional technology.
Five teams out 15 qualified for the regional competition Feb. 18 in Buffalo. They include:
People of the Peeps - Cazenovia Middle School
Members of the "People of the Peeps" Lego League
team from Cazenovia Middle School celebrate their
"Motivate Award" and qualifying performance ...
Riley Collier makes history for OCM BOCES with SkillsUSA bronze at national championships:
December 19, 2022
Riley Collier makes history for OCM BOCES with SkillsUSA bronze at national championships
Riley Collier mentally shakes his head when he thinks about two years ago, when he had no idea SkillsUSA existed.
Today, his third-place finish in the national SkillsUSA competition has transformed his life. It put OCM BOCES on the map. No student in the 74-year history of OCM BOCES has landed among the top three winners at nationals, where state SkillsUSA champions compete against all the other state champions from 50 states plus the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Students are tested on their skills and knowledge related to more than 100 trades and service occupations.
Riley captured the bronze among 51 competitors in the category of Collision Repair ...
OCM BOCES has BIG representation at Syracuse's "Construction Day":
Oct. 27, 2022
Three OCM BOCES programs participate in Syracuse's "Construction Careers Day"
OCM BOCES had great representation on Oct. 27, 2022, at Syracuse's "Construction Careers Day" at Driver's Village.
Students and staff from our OCM BOCES Adult Education, Innovation Tech and Career & Technical Education programs tried their hands at operating heavy equipment, laying bricks, learning about electrical equipment, practicing with a welding simulator, talking to numerous potential employers, and more. Every student donned a free hard hat and fluorescent-orange bag to get them into the spirit of the event.
Adult Education Coordinator Matthew Tarolli set up a special booth for OCM BOCES with instructors and students from the school's ...