Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES: In the News

Fourth Graders Learn about Colonial Life

February 20, 2019

Fourth-graders at the Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School recently learned how to be tinsmiths, make Jacob's Ladders, play hopscotch and Hula Hoop and behave in a colonial-style classroom. The Colonial Day program was brought to Croton-Harmon by the Center for Environmental Education at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES.

In the classroom, students pounded hammers and nails into thin pieces of tin, making silhouette designs that, when held up to a light, created artistic effects. In a cartography class, they designed maps of their own homes. And in another class, they used glue, pieces of wood and small strips of ribbon to make their own Jacob's Ladders. Classes rotated so that all the fourth-graders could try their hands at the variety of Colonial pastimes.


Bringing the Rainforest to District Classrooms

February 19, 2019

The Madagascar hissing cockroach was stealing the show.

Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES Assistant Naturalist Sean Mormino was explaining the ground rules to a third grade class at Buchanan-Verplanck Elementary School in the Hendrick Hudson School District, before beginning the hands-on portion of his presentation. Meanwhile, the large insect was steadily making his way to the top of his clear storage container, which was sitting on the floor at the front of the classroom -- wide open.


Fox Meadow Middle/High School Celebrates Chinese New Year

February 18, 2019

Students at Fox Meadow Middle/High School celebrated Chinese New Year Friday with calligraphy, Kung Fu, Chinese paper folding and a host of other activities designed by faculty members to introduce students to Chinese culture.

In the fitness center, students were taught basic Kung Fu moves by Gunn Oracha of KO Arts by assuming the stance necessary and practicing punching the open hand of the instructor. In a session on New Year games, students practiced their manual dexterity by racing against each other to pick up sweets and other small items with chopsticks. Other activities included presentations on Chinese geography and cultural history and an exploration of Chinese legends of the New Year.


Construction Executive Delivers Professional Advice to CTE Students

February 15, 2019

“We can’t find enough young talent to fill all the jobs we have in the construction field,” Michael Hanrahan, director of employee development at Schimenti Construction, told students at the Tech Center at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES recently. Whether a student is looking to go to college and become an engineer, architect, or construction superintendent or wants to go directly into a trade and become an electrician, carpenter, or HVAC worker, the jobs are plentiful as are the salaries that go along with them, according to Hanrahan.


Students Share Passion for Fine Food at Valentine’s Luncheon

February 14, 2019

Hospitality students at the Tech Center shared their passion for fine cuisine when they prepared and served a luncheon on Valentine’s Day at the Educated Palate restaurant on the PNW BOCES campus.
Patrons feasted on Caesar salad with garlic croutons and Parmesan crisps; sliced roast beef tenderloin with demi-glace; duchess potatoes; and roasted asparagus with caramelized onions. And since no Valentine’s luncheon would be complete without some chocolate, dessert consisted of homemade chocolate mousse cake with raspberry buttercream and sorbet. A festive pink-hued mocktail completed the celebration.


Mahopac Students See Programs in Action During Tech Center Tour

February 08, 2019

More than 100 students from Mahopac High School toured Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs — from New Visions Health, Veterinary Science and Sports Medicine to Carpentry, Cosmetology and Barbering — during a tour of the Tech Center at PNW BOCES recently.


Summer Camps at Tech Center Make Learning Fun

February 07, 2019

Are you looking for a fun and compelling summer experience for your child that helps them explore interests they are passionate about?  Then PNW BOCES Summer Camp at the Tech Center at Putnam | Northern Westchester BOCES is the right place for you.
Students ages 12 to 15 can learn about 3D printing, architecture, animation, hairstyling, fashion design, film and sound, law enforcement, health careers, culinary arts, computer repair, sports medicine, metal working and more.


Tilly Foster Students Whip Up Delectable Appetizers

February 01, 2019

Tilly Foster Culinary students prepare samples for customers every Friday at ACE Endico restaurant supply and retail store in Brewster. On the menu recently: brats wrapped in bacon with chili and brown sugar and Tex-Mex hot dogs with habanero sauce. #tech2daycareer2morrow


Peers Influence Peers Searches for Talent at BOCES

February 01, 2019

Buck Heller, Frank Reale and Ian Elk from Peers Influence Peers Partnership came to CTE’s Digital Film, Video and Audio Production class recently in search of talent. Students auditioned for on-air talent spots for the partnership’s public-service commercials. Peers Influence Peers is a not-for-profit that works to help students create and produce public-service announcements in order to effect positive change. This year’s theme is developing empathy, understanding and kindness in teenagers. #tech2daycareer2morrow


Walden Educators Implement New Curriculum for Students with Autism

January 28, 2019

For students with autism, school can be a frustrating place. A new approach implemented in the Walden School this year, however, is reducing that frustration and helping students learn more.

Armed with instructional strategies that are part of two sequential programs – known as STAR and LINKS – Walden educators are using a unified approach to help students build knowledge and learn appropriate classroom and social behaviors. The approach has already begun paying dividends in individual classrooms and is expected to make transitions easier on students as they move from grade to grade.

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