Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES: In the News

Student-Run Luncheon Celebrates Spring

April 19, 2018

It may still be cold and rainy, but the Educated Palate student-run restaurant was in full swing for spring, as it hosted the last of its open-to-the-public luncheons for this school year.
Hospitality students on the campus of Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES served a lavish luncheon to a packed house. Diners feasted on roasted beet, blue cheese and walnut salad; chicken Marsala; roasted rosemary red potatoes; citrus and garlic asparagus; and lemon chiffon cake served with orange lemon citrus curd.


Physical Therapy Students on the Move

April 19, 2018

Students in the Intro to Physical Therapy Aide/Rehabilitation class visited Burke Rehabilitation Hospital recently and got the opportunity to do rounds with physicians and therapists. “Following the rounds, we had a question and answer period with staff members,” said teacher Will Brightman. 


Aspiring School Superintendents Get the Inside Story

April 18, 2018

Find mentors who will help you grow. Invest in your leadership team. Encourage openness and honesty. Build relationships. Protect your credibility. Become communication/social media savvy. Pick your battles. Remember who you serve.
Those were some of the tips Briarcliff Superintendent James Kaishian and Hendrick Hudson Superintendent Joseph Hochreiter offered to aspiring school leaders from across New York Wednesday at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES.


Regional Crisis Team Works to Improve Care

April 17, 2018

When a student was killed during a severe weather event in Putnam Valley recently, students, teachers and school leaders were deeply affected by the loss. Fortunately, the Regional Crisis Team was on hand to offer support.

“I cannot tell you how much I appreciate, and the district appreciates, having people on standby,” said Jason Kane, Putnam Valley Middle School psychologist. Kane recounted how school officials learned of the tragedy and responded during a meeting of the Regional Crisis Team at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES Tuesday.


CODA Club Sends a Strong Message

April 13, 2018

Fox Meadow High School’s CODA Club has a message for classmates struggling with addiction and mental health disorders: Don’t be afraid to seek help! Speakers brought in by the school’s Co-Occurring Disorders Awareness Club told students that addiction, coupled with issues like anxiety and depression, had spun their lives out of control. But, they added, help is out there.

Former Fox Meadow student Jeffrey Playford told students attending a CODA Club presentation that he initially turned to drugs because he felt different and wanted to escape himself. After a several-year odyssey of drug use, failed rehab efforts and other problems, Playford is now sober and grateful to be alive. 


Computer Graphics Students Learn from a Design Pro

April 12, 2018

With clients like Sony Music and the Jimi Hendrix estate, it is no wonder that Phil Yarnall, owner of Smay Design, had the full attention of Computer Graphics students at The Tech Center recently.
Yarnall, who designs music-album covers, box sets, posters, and a lot of other “cool stuff,” according to his website, works mostly from his home office in North Salem. He visited students on the Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES campus to share his road to success and talk about what his workday is like now.


New Visions Engineering Students Are Going Places

April 12, 2018

Jim Dolan of OLA Engineering presented New Visions Engineering students with a check on behalf of ASHRAE (The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) to help finance their trip to the upcoming national Formula 1 competition in Texas. The students’ performance in the New York State Super-regional F 1 in Schools competition made them eligible to compete in the national competition, which will take place in June.


Pines Bridge Student Named Student of Distinction

April 11, 2018

Ryler Boyle, a student from the Chappaqua Central School District who attends Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES’ Pines Bridge School, was named a Student of Distinction and honored at the Chappaqua Board of Education meeting Wednesday.

Ryler, who was accompanied to the meeting by family and several representatives from PNW BOCES, received a certificate and medal to mark the occasion. His teacher, Erin Martins, described Ryler as a “wonderful young man who brings energy and fun to my classroom.”


Amid the Shifting Landscape of the School Library, a Return to Reading

April 11, 2018

Given today’s exploding information environment where students have online access to every topic and school libraries have been reimagined as spaces that invite communication and collaboration, the 8th Annual School Library Conference featured a surprising emphasis on reading.
Sue Kowalski, one of two keynote speakers at the School Library Conference cosponsored by Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES and Southern Westchester BOCES Tuesday described the shifting landscape of the “learning commons” like Erma Bombeck embedded into a school library.


School Library System Administrator Hall of Honor Inductee

April 11, 2018

Kelly Maloney, Principal of Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School, in Croton-Harmon Union Free School District, was inducted into the School Library System Administrator Hall of Honor Tuesday at the annual Spring School Library Conference.
“Kelly is our library’s biggest cheerleader,” said Renior McManus, teacher librarian at Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School in Croton-Harmon who nominated Maloney. “She is why we are the forefront of coding and robotics in Westchester County.”

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