Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES: In the News

'Sweet' Activities Help Students See the Fun in Books

April 23, 2019

In one classroom, Pines Bridge students played bingo with chocolate kisses. In another, they played a memory game created with giant candy wrappers.  And down the hall, they took turns spinning cotton candy – and taking bites of the delicious treat.

It was all part of a special morning of activities sparked by the novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – which is at the center of a “One School, One Book” literary effort now underway at Pines Bridge.  Teacher Lisa Giacomini-Essell, who is spearheading the effort, said having all students engage with the same book builds school spirit and showcases literary characters that bring joy to young people.


Spotlight on Katonah-Lewisboro

April 15, 2019

Actor Lou Del Bianco strode into Meadow Pond Elementary looking every inch like Abraham Lincoln. John Jay Middle School students learned to shuffle, step-heel and hop-step during a crash course in tap dancing from choreographer Anne Marie Galler. Special education students at John Jay High School visited the Prospector, a movie theater dedicated to providing meaningful employment to people with disabilities.
These were among more than 160 arts-related programs that enhanced learning in the Katonah-Lewisboro School District this year, all of them arranged through Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES Arts-in-Education service.


English as New Language Learners at PNW BOCES Look Back to Look Ahead

April 12, 2019

There are people who risk their entire lives to bring a plate of food to their families. I have crossed the border. Although I am an immigrant, I am not different from you. – ENL student Zucely Zecena

As students at the PNW BOCES’ English as New Language Learners Academy work to learn both English and a new trade, one thing is often clear to their teachers. The trauma that many faced in their native countries can follow them to the United States and choke their attempts to move forward. 


Spring Has Sprung at Student-Run Educated Palate Restaurant

April 11, 2019

Tables were set in festive spring colors, and the house was packed during a luncheon at the Educated Palate restaurant at the Tech Center at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES recently. The restaurant, run by Hospitality Academy students, was decked out for the annual spring luncheon.
Diners feasted on crispy-crab-cake appetizers; a main course of beef Bourguignon with pommes puree and roasted asparagus; and, for dessert, heavenly cream puffs filled with pastry cream, covered with chocolate ganache, and garnished with sugared berries and raspberry sauce.


Artwork by Autistic Students Exhibited

April 11, 2019

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. And nowhere is that truer than in Artistas Autista, an art exhibit currently on display in Peekskill that showcases the work of 14 students on the autism spectrum.

The show, which was the brainchild of Peekskill artist Wilfredo Morel and artist Donna Mikkelsen, is on display all week and will have an opening reception Saturday, April 13, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bean Runner Café at 201 South Division Street. It features work by students at the Walden School at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES, the Ossining Union Free School District and the Peekskill City School District.


BOCES Students Tour Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

April 05, 2019

Intro to Health Occupations students toured Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York recently. They got to experience the osteopathic manipulative lab, clinical examination rooms, and had hands-on experience in a lab with cadavers.


Fox Meadow High School’s CODA Club: Get ‘Loud’ About Mental Health Issues

April 04, 2019

Fox Meadow High School’s CODA Club is urging teens to spread the word – loudly – that talking about addiction and mental health disorders is the first step to overcoming them.

Unveiling a new hashtag - #LoveLoud – the Co-Occurring Disorders Awareness Club told students gathered recently at the school’s Yorktown campus that help is out there for mental health issues from a variety of avenues. Teens can help their classmates and friends struggling with issues like anxiety, ADHD and depression, along with drug and alcohol addiction, by creating a supportive atmosphere and helping society overcome stigmas surrounding mental health.


Eye Opener for Tech Students at Special Effects Field Trip

April 03, 2019

A visit to a special-effects business in Yonkers recently showed PNW BOCES Career and Technical Education (CTE) students that a career in the trades could mean something quite different from working in construction. It could have them staging blowing up buildings, car flips and even hurricanes.
Eleven students from CTE programs in Construction Electricity, Carpentry, TV Production,
Welding and Computer Graphics toured the Yonkers warehouse of K-F/X, which creates a wide range of special effects for movies and television.


Medical Assistant Students See Pros at Work

April 03, 2019

Medical Assistant students from the Tech Center got to meet their professional counterparts during a visit to a Northern Westchester Hospital facility at Chappaqua Crossing recently. Medical Assistants described their jobs and told students about the vast number of opportunities available to them. “Students saw first-hand many sub-specialties, including the hyperbaric chambers pictured, used for wound healing,” said teacher Maria Pontbriand. “Patients enter the chamber and are treated with oxygen therapy for a period of two hours. The students also met other health professionals and saw state-of-the-art equipment used in the field of rehabilitation and patient care.”


Substantial Equivalency at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES

April 02, 2019

School district leaders attended a training session on the topic of Substantial Equivalency at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES on April 2, 2019. The training was conducted by New York State Department of Education staff in response to updated state guidance regarding the requirement for substantial equivalency of instruction at nonpublic schools to ensure that all students receive the education to which they are entitled.  The session gave school leaders the opportunity to discuss key portions of the training among themselves and to ask questions of SED representatives.

“Today’s training on substantial equivalency brought together school leaders from our public school districts and private/religious schools, said BOCES District Superintendent Dr. James Ryan. “This was a very valuable conversation and a great first step in strengthening the ties between the schools in our region.”

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