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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Librarians Asked to Rethink their Learning Spaces

The School Library Systems Conference hosted by the Southern Westchester and Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES on March 31 prompted the region’s school librarians to reimagine a new learning space for their libraries, one that supports active learning and the various aptitudes of their students.

In a keynote presentation that kicked off the seventh annual conference, Kentucky tech education specialist Bret Foster talked about the importance of turning school libraries from passive learning spaces into more active learning environments.

Relinquishing ownership of their space was one of the key priorities that Mr. Foster laid out for the library media professionals who were attending the all-day event.

“This is not your space; it is the kids’ space,” he said, referring to the creation of a library where students could collaborate, brainstorm, research, design, experiment and even fail, all in a safe environment.

Providing participants with examples of revamped library spaces, Mr. Foster said that a school library is much more inviting to students if it contains areas that can be used as Makerspaces and other centers of creative learning.

Paying attention to the temperature of the room and the functionality and comfort of the furniture is also important, he added. Replacing encyclopedias with laptops and adding whiteboards for students to doodle on were among the changes he urged librarians to take.

The popular event, which was held at the SWBOCES offices in Harrison, also included an array of presentations. One titled, “Understanding the News in the Age of Information Overload,” was of interest to many school librarians who are struggling to provide their students with reliable information in the age of fake news.

Another delved into the topic of digital media creation, focusing primarily on the use of iPads and other tech devices to help students create meaningful content using free services, apps and other technologies.

Randy Hall, a senior facilitator in the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center’s Instructional Technology Department, helped participants understand the importance of design principles using the LHRIC’s Active Learning Center as a backdrop.

The topic of Makerspaces was popular again this year, with local library media specialists Mary Knopp of Westlake Middle/High School, Shannon Mersand of Yorktown High School and Kim Sparber, a librarian in the Alice E. Grady Elementary School in Elmsford, providing insight.

New to this year’s conference was the addition of “Exploratorium,” a room full of gadgets and cool technology, where colleagues had the opportunity to share best practices and learn from each other.Recommendations for worthwhile children’s and teen books was provided by a group of local public librarians, and as in previous years, participants had the chance to mingle with popular book authors. This year’s guests included Tracey Baptiste, the author of the creepy MG fantasy adventure “The Jumbles,” Elizabeth Eulberg, who has written several books for girls, and Courtney Sheinmel, who has penned over a dozen books for kids and teens.

Two special awards were handed out at the beginning of the conference. They included the PNW BOCES SLS Administrator of the Year Award to Dr. Valerie Henning-Piedmonte, superintendent of the Brewster School District, and the SWBOCES SLS Administrator of the Year Award to Interim Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Ronald Valenti of the Greenburgh Central School District.