Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES: In the News

Pines Bridge School’s Transitions Program Celebrates Class of 2019!

June 21, 2019

Ten students graduated on Friday from the Transitions Program at the Pines Bridge School at a ceremony that celebrated their growth and looked ahead to the future.
The graduates – Christopher Colmey of Mahopac; Brennan Baumann of Carmel; Tatiana Carpenter of Brewster; Raphael Hodge of Yorktown; Erin Jones of Katonah-Lewisboro; Zachary Malota of Irvington; Stephanie Rodriguez of New York City; Caroline Shu of Harrison; and Bianca Simone of Peekskill – each entered the Walden Learning Center at the PNW BOCES Yorktown campus to cheers from their families, friends and teaching and support staff. Jessica Wheeler of Somers, who could not attend the ceremony because of an injury, also graduated.


Spotlight on Hendrick Hudson School District

June 20, 2019

Fourth graders entered a giant, inflatable globe and took a virtual tour around the world. First-grade campers looked at traditional fairytales through a scientific lens. A hissing Madagascar cockroach served as a rainforest ambassador during a third- grade classroom activity on the music, culture, plants and wildlife of the Amazon rainforest.

The Hendrick Hudson School District is known for providing its elementary students with unique and engaging ways to learn about science and technology, whether through in-class activities or summer programs.


Services Guide Video

June 18, 2019

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Walden and Pines Bridge Students Rock the House at Annual Talent Show

June 17, 2019

From singing to dancing to guitar playing, Putnam |Northern Westchester BOCES students showed America who’s got talent at the annual Walden Talent Show.

Walden and Pines Bridge School students sang and danced to “Shake It Off,” “Celebration” and “We Will Rock You” – and rock the house they did on Friday before an appreciative audience of their families, friends and PNW BOCES teaching and support staff.


Adult Ed Graduates Class of 2019

June 14, 2019

A native of Jamaica, Antonise Haye worked two jobs to help support her family while earning her certification as a nursing assistant. That success inspired her to study further to become a licensed practical nurse or registered nurse.

There was just one problem: First, she would need to earn a high school equivalency diploma. That is where Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES’ Adult Education program entered the picture.


Tech Center Graduates Four Hundred and Fifty in Class of 2019

June 14, 2019

Future engineers, nurses, fashion designers, chefs, graphic artists, builders, environmental scientists, physicians and physical therapists graduated Tuesday from the Career and Technical Education Center at Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES in Yorktown.
In all, 450 students from 18 local school districts graduated from more than 40 programs of study including Advertising Art & Design, Animation and Motion Graphics, Baking and Pastry Arts, Automotive Repair, Law Enforcement, Sports Medicine, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts and Construction Electricity, to name a few.


Pines Bridge School Holds Prom for ‘Transitions’ Students at PNW BOCES

June 14, 2019

As the students in Pines Bridge’s Transitions program made their grand entrances into the gym through a golden, picture-frame arch, each paused for a moment marked by smiles, giggles and camera clicks. It was Prom Day – and they were ready to celebrate!

This week, young women in fancy dresses and young men in jackets and ties enjoyed that most typical of high school milestones, Prom. They danced and clapped to “Shout” and other party standards spun by a DJ. They donned top hats and held up silly props for Polaroids snapped at a photo booth. And they enjoyed a special lunch served by teaching staff at the gym, which had been transformed by gold, black and white balloons and other decorations.


Tech Center Graduation Video

June 14, 2019

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PNW BOCES Grants Tenure to Eleven Staff Members

June 12, 2019

Eleven staff members were awarded tenure at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES this week, having proven themselves to be of the highest caliber in their professions.

The tenure recipients included teachers, teaching assistants, social workers and administrators. The BOCES Board recognized the tenure recipients at its monthly meeting Tuesday, June 11, which was followed by a small reception with family and friends.


CTE’s Got Calcium

June 11, 2019

For a group of students in Putnam | Northern Westchester’s Medical Assistant program at the Tech Center, a simple class assignment grew into a school-wide public outreach program focused on the importance of calcium in one’s diet. Along the way, the students learned how to build a survey, analyze statistical data, and conduct a multi-pronged public information campaign.

“We were completing a class assignment on nutrition and started to wonder, almost jokingly, what would happen if we asked everybody in the school about their nutritional habits,” said Samantha Mills of Walter Panas. With teacher Maria Pontriand’s support and encouragement, Samantha and four of her classmates, Brianna Lux of Somers, Heather Van Asselt of Croton and Caitlin Varone of Walter Panas, set out to formulate a school-wide survey.

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