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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Wednesday Field Trips in White Plains Are a Learning Experience

St. Matt’s Students Enjoy Open Air, Fresh Food at Market

Most Wednesday mornings during the summer, SWBOCES students at St. Matthew’s sample sweet and sour pickles, chimichurri on fresh bread, Tuscan fries, flavored honey and other goodies at the White Plains Farmer’s Market.

St. Matthew’s Principal Leslie Handler said the outings are fun and educational for the students. They learn to follow street signs and crosswalk directions, behave appropriately in public, ask questions about products, count money and make purchases.

“It’s all the skills that they really need to be learning,” Ms. Handler said.

Several classes walk to the market on Court Street first thing each Wednesday morning. Students who work as part of their St. Matt’s education stop at the bank beforehand to withdraw money for the market.

During a trip in late July, student Jilali Shareef bought some fresh pretzels, while peer Magali Rodriguez sampled some fries and a sweet pickle.

Thomas Stefanchik picked out six ears of corn that he planned to take home and share with his family. “I like buying these corn on the cobs,” he said.

Student Enzo Dent said he likes visiting the market and trying different foods. Some of his favorite products to sample and buy are seasoned French fries and chocolate chip muffins. Last week, he purchased a muffin and fries to take back to school.

Enzo said it’s important to patronize local markets. “We have to support the farmers.”

At the farmer’s market in early August, teacher Patrice Cookes discussed money with a student who wanted to buy something. “How much money do you have?” she asked. “This is $2.50. You don’t have enough, OK?”

Ms. Cookes’ class stayed for about a half hour, heading back when the summer heat and humidity started to wear on them.

Students often purchase food at the market that they prepare back St. Matt’s, Ms. Handler said. Earlier in the summer, they purchased lettuce and tomatoes and later used them for a taco lunch. They divided up the work of budgeting, finding a recipe, shopping at the farmer’s market and cooking so that each student played a role. Everyone got to eat a taco.

“It gives them the opportunity to learn about the different things for sale, identify the items and shop,” she said.