Students Get Lesson in Ironing
Students in our CISMAA Program learn some valuable life skills.
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Students in our CISMAA Program learn some valuable life skills.
At the SWBOCES Special Education Parent Teacher Association’s Back to School Coffee, parents learned about services that local community organizations offer and spoke with administrators about their interest in afterschool programs and a prom.
Groups that provide services and assistance to families attended the morning and evening sessions Oct. 3, including Pegasus, a therapeutic riding farm in Southeast; the Arc Westchester; and Tobii Dynavox, which provides devices to help children communicate by touch and sight. The Music Conservatory of Westchester, Shames JCC on the Hudson and the Guidance Center of Westchester attended the evening session and talked about their recreational and support services.
“We all need the support services and to find out what is available for our kids,” said Marcela Stern, a SWBOCES parent and SEPTA board member.
Members of the Tarrytown Fire Department, including "Sparky the Fire Dog," visited Tappan Hill School Oct. 12, sharing a message of fire safety with students and staff.
Sparky, an animatronic, interactive canine mascot, was one of the most popular attractions. Firefighters also showed off their turnout gear and ladder and tanker trucks. The visit is an annual event that not only conveys an important message. It also helps makes students more familiar and more comfortable with department members.
"We show them what we look like as regular people, and we show them what we look like with all of our fire gear on," said Training Officer Mike Coffey, "so that they hopefully understand that we're there for them when they need us.
"The children love it," Principal Phyllis Rizzi said, "and they become more aware of what to do in case of a fire."
Students from the Culinary Arts Program were busy Oct. 14 cooking breakfast for close to 200 Greenburgh residents who turned out for a special anniversary event at the Theodore D. Young Community Center.
Organization Receives Portion of Barnes & Noble Sales Nov. 11 and 12
The SWBOCES Special Education Parent Teacher Association is holding its annual Book Fair next month at the Barnes & Noble at City Center in White Plains. The bookstore will donate a portion of sales that day to SEPTA. Shoppers present must present the attached flier at the register.
The event will include a treasure hunt, storytime sessions and a coloring station.
If you can't visit Barnes & Noble that weekend, you can support SEPTA through your purchases on BN.COM/bookfairs between Nov. 11 and Nov. 16. Enter Bookfair ID 12236485 at checkout.
Lots of parents and students turned out Oct. 5 for the open school night at the Center for Career Services. Find out what they discovered.
The “active learning classrooms” have an area where children can sit in an easy chair and rest their laptops on a round table in front of them, or take a spot at a table surrounded by tall office stools. Their regular chairs swivel, allowing for students who are restless or need to fidget to do so while in class.
Pedagogy has changed from the traditional set up in which teachers stand in front of students sitting in rows, said Scott Kaufman, Rye Lake Middle/High School principal. The new environment is tailored to foster 21st century skills known as the four Cs – critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity.
“The purpose of an active learning center is that kids don’t sit in rows waiting for the teacher to give them instructions,” the principal said. “They have computers at their fingertips. They have information, access to information, immediately. They are able to manipulate the environment to fit the needs of their learning.”
Dr. Michele Darby will be honored at a Woman of Distinction awards luncheon hosted Saturday, Oct. 7, by state Assemblyman Edward Ra.
It's back to school for our high school students. Here's what some of them have been up to already.
Students at the Center for Career Services ended off their week by giving blood at the campus blood drive Sept. 29.
This program focuses on creating a design-challenge based curriculum that allows students to learn through inquiry, play, iteration and reflection. In this workshop teachers will:
* Engage in hands-on learning, as they move through a series of playful challenges to explore the stages of the design process
* Explore teacher-created models of how the design process can be used across the curriculum to support the development of 21st Century skills
Receive tools and resources that can be used to implement the design process in contexts of your own.
Please register in MLP: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?I=2475955&D=12439
A growth mindset is the belief that one’s abilities can be developed with hard work and effort. This belief can benefit young readers by helping them view challenges as opportunities for growth and inspire them to take charge of their learning. In this three part series, we will explore how to foster a growth mindset within your students through incorporating specific language and practices into your reader’s workshop. In the first installment, we will focus on developing a growth mindset in individual students through conducting compliment conferences, supporting students in goal setting, and observing students through a strengths based lens. The second installment will be an in depth exploration of small group structures you can put in place to facilitate collaboration and growth mindset based conversations among your students. Finally, the third session will introduce several routines and resources you can incorporate into the reader’s workshop that will get student thinking, writing, and talking in ways that promote a growth mindset.
Session 1: Teachers can bring any observation and/or conference notes.
Session 2: Teachers can bring any guided reading or strategy group lesson plans or talking prompts used with reading partners or whole class discussions.
Session 3: Teachers can bring examples of anchor charts or routines used in their reader’s workshop.
For more information and to register in MLP, click here: