News & Announcements

  • Students Create Eye-Catching Signage

    Walk through Building B at our Center for Career Services and you'll see the incredible work of our Commercial Art students, whose creativity can be seen in the form of vinyl wraps currently on display in various areas of the building.

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  • Join our Cisco Academy Networking Program information sessions!

    Learn about our Cisco Academy Networking Program on Monday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m., in Building B on our Career Services campus, 65 Grasslands Road, Valhalla. Register here! 

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  • Students at Tappan Hill School "Lend a Helping Hand"

    Tappan Hill students learned the value of lending a hand around their school during the month of January, a reflection on the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr.

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  • Southern Westchester BOCES Congratulates Region's Reward Schools

    Southern Westchester BOCES congratulates region's newly identified Reward Schools.  

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  • Mother of 2 thanks SWBOCES for helping her set example for kids

    Lisa Wilson-Patrick, a 40-year-old mother of two, is thankful to SWBOCES for allowing her to set a positive example for her children, ages 6 and 15.

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  • Second Quarter Breakfast Celebrates Students' Achievements

    At the Center for Career Services' second-quarter breakfast, several students received awards for their high academic performance. 

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  • Students Get Ready for SkillsUSA Competition

    Students in Christine Ireland's Architecture/Interior Design/3D Art class were practicing the steps necessary to compete successfully in the upcoming SkillsUSA competition, to take place in March. The activity was being done in conjunction with SkillsUSA Day 2018. 

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  • Students Avail of Work-Based Learning Hours Through Collaboration with YWCA

    Students in our Cosmetology Program at the Center for Career Services are getting valuable work-based learning hours through a special collaboration with the YWCA in White Plains. 

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  • Students Learn from Visit to Automotive Technology Center

    A class visit to the Herbert Kurz Automotive Technology Center at Rockland Community Center gave BOCES auto students a peek into the school's well-respected associate's degree program in automotive technology. 

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  • Sound Production Students Will Learn from New Digital Drum Set

    Students in the BOCES Sound Production Program at the Center for Career Services will benefit from a digital drum set that was purchased recently. 

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  • Auto Students Bring Back Coveted Prizes

    Two teams of automotive technology students did their teachers proud after they competed and won a fifth and sixth place at the Westchester/Rockland Regional Automotive Technology Competition in early January. 

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  • Auto Students Work Toward Careers in the Industry

    Making a career for themselves in the auto industry is on the minds of our students as they sit for the ASE exam. 

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  • Drum Performance Helps Students Get Creative

    Architectural students had some help getting creative, thanks to a drum performance held in their class Jan. 29. 

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  • SWBOCES, Questar collaborate on future assessments

    Southern Westchester BOCES was chosen to host educators from throughout the region to collaborate with Questar Assessment on a three-day item-writing workshop.

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  • Sharing and Caring the Theme of Special Assembly

    Students at the Tappan Hill School enjoyed a special assembly at their school Jan. 22 to honor Martin Luther King Jr., Day and to reinforce the importance of sharing and caring. 

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Call for student input 'unprecedented'

SWBOCES honors students weigh in on Every Student Succeeds Act

Members of Southern Westchester BOCES' National Technical Honor Society met Friday, March 3, with District Superintendent Dr. Harold Coles to discuss the Every Student Succeeds Act.

The federal law passed in December 2015 governs U.S. education policy, and the New York State Education Department is seeking public input - including that of students - as it drafts an implementation plan to submit to the state Board of Regents for approval.

ESSA is the successor to No Child Left Behind, which in 2001 succeeded the nation's first federal education law, ESEA, passed in 1965. Similar meetings were held in the fall.

Dr. Coles called state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia’s outreach for student input unprecedented.

"Getting feedback from you is critical to ensuring we're moving in the right direction," he told the group. "You know better than anyone else what you've seen and didn't see in your own education."

Regional meetings with community stakeholders are being hosted this month by New York's 37 BOCES and the five big-city school districts.

Following a video introduction by Elia, six key questions were discussed from among categories that include: Challenging Academic Standards and Assessments; Accountability Measures and Methodologies; and Supports and Improvements for Identified Schools.

On the question of whether New York should consider applying for the Innovative Assessment Demonstration Authority, the Honors Society members were in favor. They support classroom-based performance assessments like portfolios and project-based assessments.

The students gave personal rankings to Possible Indicators for School Quality and Student Success, such as chronic absenteeism, student access to highly qualified teachers, high school credit accumulation and students’ participation in advanced coursework. They also ranked various measures as part of the process of differentiating school performance.  

The group was quietly attentive as Dr. Coles laid out the detailed process by which NYSED seeks to garner input for its draft implementation plan and their role in that. It became clear before long, though, that they hold informed opinions derived from their own educational experiences.

"One thing I think the educational system misses,” said Robert DiFeo of Valhalla, “is driving a work ethic into kids.”

Added Jaiden Ovalle of Eastchester, “I think teachers should be more flexible when teaching, not sticking strictly to the books.”

Students often ask how they’ll use the material they are studying in the real world. Francisco Orozco of New Rochelle expressed a version of this sentiment that is particularly relevant on a Career and Technical Education campus like Southern Westchester BOCES’ Valhalla center.

“I feel that high school should pretty much have classes that will help students progress to what they’ll be doing in the future,” Orozco said. “That’s why I came to BOCES.”

The other students who took part in the wide-ranging, 90-minute discussion included Katiana Michalski of Eastchester; Addy Velez of New Rochelle; Kayla Gray of White Plains; Robert Villavicencio of Bronxville; Xavier Andre and Theodore Smith of Sleepy Hollow; and Cindy Zuna of Pleasantville.

The Southern Westchester BOCES Winter Regional Stakeholders Meeting is set for 6:30 p.m., March 13, at 450 Mamaroneck Avenue in Harrison. For anyone who would like to take part, the link to RSVP can be found at