Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES: In the News

Leading with Social and Emotional Intelligence

October 09, 2018

Passing by the Elm Conference room this week, you may have heard a sound more typically heard in yoga class than in an educational workshop. Presenter Jane Sandbank was using a traditional meditation chime while leading a group of administrators, educators and counselors through a guided meditation. The exercise was part of a Center for Educational Leadership program: Social-Emotional Intelligence for School Leaders (SEL).


Strengthening Student Voices through Writing Workshop

October 09, 2018

Students learn to see themselves as writers by collecting, drafting, revising, editing and publishing observations about their lives and the world around them. Many accomplish this during a classroom activity known as writing workshop.

Area K-2 teachers recently spent the day at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES to learn how to optimize their students’ experience in writing workshop. The Columbia Teachers College program, Reading and Writing Project: Units of Study in Writing, aims to help teachers grow in their own writing practice, along with their students.


Paul Smith’s College Comes to Urban Forestry

October 04, 2018

Discussing the many aspects the college has to offer Urban Forestry students—such as programs in arboriculture and landscape management—a representative from Paul Smith’s College also talked about exciting careers to students in John Madden’s class recently.


School Communications Service Recognized

October 04, 2018

The School Communications Service at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES received 12 awards from the New York School Public Relations Association this week for excellence in writing, social media, video, newsletters and photography.

It was the second time this year that the school communications team was honored, having received several awards from the National School Public Relations Association previously.


Creative Services Department Recognized for Excellence

October 04, 2018

The Creative Services Department at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES was recognized for outstanding graphic design and video production by the New York School Public Relations Association this week.

Visual Designer Tricia Herbold won an Award of Merit for overall graphics and design for the Professional Development Opportunities in Learning catalogue. And Media Production Specialist Ed Catapano and Herbold received an Award of Merit for his Creative Services Department Promotional video.


CTE Masonry Teacher, Third-Generation Bricklayer Presents Program at ArtsWestchester Exhibit

October 03, 2018

Third-generation mason Erik Cantamessa is passionate about bricklaying — so much so that he and his wife named their son Mason. The PNW BOCES masonry teacher will demonstrate his skills along with his father and son at Brick Bonds, a workshop that is part of the Brick by Brick—the Erie Canal and the Building Room art exhibition to be held at ArtsWestchester in White Plains. The October 13 workshop is a collaboration between ArtsWestchester, PNW BOCES Tech Center and Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC) Local 1 NY.


“We are losing the art of bricklaying because few in the last 15 to 20 years have entered into the masonry field,” Cantamessa said, quoting an article from Masonry Magazine. “We have an overabundance of jobs but not enough people to fill them.” Programs such as the one at The Tech Center are becoming more rare throughout the country.


NV Health Students Learn About Health Careers During Visit to Mercy College

October 03, 2018

New Visions Health students learned even more about careers in medicine, during a recent visit to Mercy College.
“Karen Koziol, director of Clinical Simulation for the Nursing Program, gave our students a tour of the lab,” said teacher Veronica Farlow, “and Irina Ellison, chair for the Department of Natural Science, gave the students an overview of the Health Services programs available at Mercy.


PNW BOCES Staff and Fox Meadow Alumni Turn Out for CODA Walk

October 01, 2018

To push mental health and substance abuse issues “Out of the Shadows,” Fox Meadow High School and PNWBOCES staff participated in the inaugural Co-Occurring Disorders Awareness Walk on Sunday at Pace University in Pleasantville.
Several Fox Meadow alumni who had been active in the high school’s CODA club also joined in the 2-mile walk, sponsored by the Harris Project. The walk highlighted the serious problems faced by young people with mental health issues like anxiety and depression when they turn to drugs and alcohol.


CTE Teacher’s Personal Story Encourages Students and Spreads Pediatric Cancer Awareness

September 27, 2018

Teacher Melissa Davis’ life changed in 2013, when her daughter, Brynlee, was diagnosed with leukemia at age two and a half. Davis, who teaches Childhood Education and Development at The Tech Center, shared her story with students and teachers in the Health Career Academy on the PNW BOCES campus recently. She enlightened them with her story and educated them about the unique career opportunities open to students interested in the field of pediatric oncology.
After months of treatment, including 53 consecutive days in the hospital and countless chemo treatments, Brynlee went into remission and has been cancer-free ever since.


Certified First Responder Class at Tech Center Teaches Students to Save Lives

September 25, 2018

They applied tourniquets, performed CPR on a dummy and practiced how to work a defibrillator—and that was just in one class. Students at the new certified first responder (CFR) class at The Tech Center at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES are learning what to do in an emergency setting that can save lives.
After demonstrating tourniquet application on a dummy, teacher Robert Cuomo had students take turns replicating his work. “It’s important that you write down the time the tourniquet was placed,” Cuomo told students, “so that doctors know how long it has been there. You don't’ want a tourniquet to be on for more than two hours because you can lose blood flow to the limb, which can compromise that limb.”

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