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  • 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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The students have worked hard, grown academically and made new friends.

Shared Success Applauded at TSP-I Moving Up Ceremony


From the moment “Pomp and Circumstance” began playing on the overhead speakers, an air of celebration and joy filled the auditorium for the Southern Westchester BOCES’ Therapeutic Support Program Intensive Moving Up Ceremony.


During the June 16 graduation, which took place at Pocantico Elementary School, 14 students from Mara Ivkosic and Karen Walker’s fifth- and sixth-grade classes were recognized. The children and audience members alike smiled as they reminisced about the past year at school.


“We are very proud and very excited for our students,” said Principal Jessica Walker of the children who sat in the front row. “But we are having a hard time saying goodbye.”


She noted that throughout the year, they have worked hard, grown academically and made new friends. While there will be many challenges ahead for them as they enter middle school, Ms. Walker said, she knows that they will flourish in their upcoming adventures.


During the ceremony, students shared their “Hero Speeches” – words they had written to honor people who are their heroes. The students spoke about their parents, grandparents and other family members who take care of them, make them feel safe and happy, and show them how to be responsible.


Students from both classes took to the stage to sing “Count On Me” by Bruno Mars. The song’s lyrics depict friends being there for one another to help whenever one has trouble in life.


The teachers presented each student with their certificates and awards, congratulating them on a year of achievements. Principal Walker and SWBOCES Director of Special Services Lisa Schuchman shook their hands, commending the work since September and wishing them well in the next chapter of their lives.


Here is a list of the graduating students and the awards that they received:


Mrs. Ivkosic’s Class:

Jordan Baldwin – Excelled in Computer; Friendship and Good Citizenship Award

Nathaniel Davis – Excelled in Math

Cory Eulin – Overall Academic Improvement

Patrick Gettler – Most Improved in Reading; Friendship and Good Citizenship Award

Ajay Gonzalez – Most Improved in Literature

Gregory Tompkins – Excelled in History


Mrs. Walkers’s Class:

Alvaro Alvarez – Most Improved in Reading

Jasmine Doley-Figueroa – Good Citizenship Award

Michael Espinoza – Excelled in Science

Arween Hernandez-Baez – Excelled in Writing

Miguel Lopez – Most Athletic

Yeison Parra – Most Creative

Joseph Pirrotta – Excelled in Art and Music

Elyjah Williams – Academic Achievement in Math